Tyler Mitchell

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Hi, I'm the owner/publisher of Locate Press and author of Geospatial Power Tools - GDAL/OGR Command Line Tools (Locate Press) and Web Mapping Illustrated (O'Reilly, 2005).

I've worked for a variety of database and consulting companies over the years including OmniSci (GPU analytics) - Couchbase (NoSQL) - Actian/Ingres (big data analytics)). In these companies I worked in Product Marketing, Product Management, and Engineering Management. In my earlier GIS consulting work I've managed natural resource datasets for forestry, mining, and hydro companies across British Columbia.

I'm proud to have launched Locate Press several years ago, as the first publication focused on open source geospatial topics! Gary Sherman ran it for ten years and grew the book list to 15 titles. We continue to partner on projects. Check out the other dozen or so open source mapping and GIS data books.

A brief look at my OSGeo-related past... I originally proposed the idea of OSGeo back in 2004/2005. When Dave McIlhagga and Gary Lang put their support behind it, the effort really took off, bringing in dozens more open source geo project leaders and communities. As OSGeo's Executive Director (2006-2011) I ran the day to day operations and together we all kept moving open source geospatial technology to the forefront. Another way I was doing this was to get quality book/training material into the marketplace. After my book (Web Mapping Illustrated) was published in 2005, the need for such support material has become even clearer - business, government and academia (as well as professionals in general) all need high quality material that is reliable in the long term. Learn more about Locate Press.

Interviews, Articles & Presentations

Contact: tylermitchell -at- shaw ca
Blog: blog.locatepress.com
Blog: spatialguru.com
Blog: http://makedatauseful.com
Book: Web Mapping Illustrated
Book: GDAL Geospatial Power Tools
Old OSGeo Blog: osgeo.org/tyler

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Past Events

Here are some of the events that I spoke at or represented OSGeo at since it started:

  • FOSS4G 2011, Denver, Sept 12-16, 2011
  • Rendez-vous OSGeo Quebec, Chicoutimi, Canada, June 14-15
  • OSGIS, Nottingham, UK, June 21-23, 2011
  • FOSS4G 2010, Barcelona, Spain, September 6-9, 2010
  • OSGIS, Nottingham, UK, June 21-23, 2010
  • OSGeo Rendezvous Quebec - by video
  • WAURISA, Tacoma, Washington, April 19-21, 2010
  • GIS In Action, Portland, Oregon, April 14-17, 2010
  • FOSS4G 2009 - Sydney, Australia - October 20-23, 2009
  • WhereCamp5280 - Denver, USA - August 14-15, 2009
  • Mil-OSS 2009 - Atlanta, USA - August 12-13, 2009
  • First Open Source GIS UK Conference - Nottingham, UK - June 22nd, 2009
  • For personal reasons I had to cancel attendance at a few events in 2008...
  • University of Edinburgh lecture - Edinburgh, May 4, 2008
  • 1Spatial Conference and OSGeo UK Meetup May 2008 - London/Stansted, April 29-May 1, 2008
  • II Jornadas de SIG Libre, Girona, Spain, March 3-5, 2008 (invited keynote, video recorded)
    • Including pre/post-event meetings with Local Chapter, gvSIG team, FreeGIS book team and others in Madrid and Valencia
  • Kansai Open Forum, Osaka, Japan, 9 November, 2007
    • Including follow-up repeat of presentations in Tokyo, Japan, 12 November, 2007
    • I was even able to sign a few books at the O'Reilly.jp office
  • III Encontro Nacional de Usuários MapServer (site offline), May 9-11, Brasilia, Brazil, 2007 (invited keynote)
    • Various pre/post-event meetings as well
  • FOSS4G 2007, Victoria, Canada, 24-27 September, 2007 (keynote, organiser, BOF, AGM)
  • Location Intelligence, San Francisco, USA, 17-18 April, 2007 (booth, presentation in OSGeo session)
  • Autodesk University conference, Las Vegas, USA, 27-30 November, 2006 (booth, BOF)
  • FOSS4G 2006, Lausanne, Switzerland (booth, BOFs)
  • Where 2.0 2006, San Francisco, USA (booth, BOFs)

For other events that had or will have some OSGeo representation (presenters, attendees, workshops, etc.) events see this wiki page, this wiki category and the upcoming events list here on OSGeo.org