Today, SharedGeo announced it has commenced the first of what it hopes will be many “Shared Funding Projects”. In concept, these projects use SharedGeo as the donation and management hub for projects that one entity alone does not have the funds or resources to back. A rewrite of the U.S. National Grid Mashup for the Google Maps API is the kickoff project. The project has a total budget of $5,000, with SharedGeo contributing the first $1,000 to get the project underway. When complete, this project will be available to the public without charge. Donations to SharedGeo are deducible to the full extent allowed by law. Learn more about Shared Funding Projects or the U.S. National Grid Mashup project.
SharedGeo learned today it has been accepted as an approved vendor in the State of Minnesota IT Professional Technical Services Master Contract Program (MCP) – 902TS. As such, local and state units of government throughout Minnesota can purchase products from SharedGeo with minimal paperwork. The areas where SharedGeo qualified to deliver services are as follows:
- Data Administration
- Data Warehouse
- Database Design / Architect
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Server – Application (Design & Development)
SharedGeo Executive Director, Steve Swazee, commented that, “This is a fabulous development for both SharedGeo and local and state government agencies in Minnesota. With minimal paperwork, Minnesota governments will now have access to some truly unique and inexpensive geospatial solutions created by programmers who have been on the cutting edge of technology for many years. We look forward to supporting the public sector in any way we can under the Master Contract program.” Learn more.
Recently, the SharedGeo Board of Directors voted unanimously to become a sponsor of the Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA) of Auroa, Colorado. As such, it became GITA’s first “Bronze sponsor”, a sponsorship level tailored for small businesses and nonprofits such as SharedGeo. In light of this development, SharedGeo Executive Director Steve Swazee offered the following:
“Although GITA is often thought of as an organization where only the likes of ESRI, Autodesk, GE and other major players in the infrastructure and geospatial communities participate, SharedGeo appreciates the affordable opportunity to sponsor another nonprofit that has led the way on several issues of high importance to SharedGeo. Among these is GITA’s eight-year-old effort to develop national awareness about the important interplay of geospatial technologies, infrastructure, and emergency response as embodied in their Geospatially Enabling Community Collaboration (GECCo) program. Additionally, GITA’s development of a “Thought Leaders Symposium” is another area where we believe our interests align closely. Structured to help America’s public-private “Decision Makers” gain in-depth understanding of the significant challenges that lie ahead as geospatial technology continues to develop and move ever more into the main stream, we believe this upcoming event will be very important for any leader who wants to effectively combine technology, policies and people in a way that ultimately creates a “best practice”. As such, SharedGeo is a proud and committed sponsor of GITA.”
Jim Klassen, one of the SharedGeo’s programmers, is presenting at FOSS4G North America 2012. Check out his talk on Wednesday April 11 at 2pm. He’ll be explaining how he set up a system to store and serve 50 TB of imagery on a limited budget. Read more about his presentation, Build your own Cloud – an Open Source approach to Imagery Storage.
SharedGeo’s Technical Director, Bob Basques, has been selected to present at the Wisconsin Land Information Association’s (WLIA) Annual Convention being held in Stevens Point, WI on February 15-17, 2012. The subject of Bob’s talk will be GeoMoose, an open source software project that Bob helped develop while working in the Public Works Department of the City of St. Paul, MN. GeoMoose is currently in the final stages of becoming an endorsed project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation.
What’s a “GECCo”? In this case it is a 2-day invitational session to promote Geospatial support for Emegency Managers, “Geospatially Enabling Community Collaboration”, October 27-28, 2011. Part of a nationwide series of events inaugurated by GITA, the Twin Cities GECCo is supported by a number of sponsors including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA), and local participants including members of the EPC, MetroGIS, and SharedGeo.
What do you get when you put together 900 people – software developers, users, sponsors, from legendary coders to newbies – and let them talk about their latest Open Source projects? Lots of excitement, lots of sharing, lots of opportunities for collaboration – and a lot of great solutions for problems ranging from national infrastructure and global environments to mapping slums to empower residents. Check out the talks and resources available online from FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for GeoSpatial), including talks by SharedGeo staff.
Mon. 9/12, 1-5 pm, Tower Ct. B – Workshop on GeoMoose, an extensible client framework for MapServer that provides a robust web mapping interface but with data maintenance and management distributed to the data owners. Bob Basques & Jim Klassen, with Dan Little http://2011.foss4g.org/sessions/moose-loose-mapping-geomoose
Weds. 9/14, 5:30 or 7 pm, (Room TBA) Birds-of-a-Feather session on GeoMoose and new releases – Dan Little, Jim Klassen, Bob Basques, Brian Fischer, + … http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2011_Breakout_Sessions
Thur. 9/15, 3:30-4 pm, Tower Ct. B – GeoMoose and NonProfits – Bob Basques & Jim Klassen http://2011.foss4g.org/sessions/google-maps-geomoose-whats-nonprofit-do
Fri. 9/16, 1-1:30 pm, Denver Rm. – Open Source and the Common Operating Picture – Steve Swazee & Bob Basques http://2011.foss4g.org/sessions/opensource-and-common-operating-picture-cop
Plus watch for GeoMoose demos at the OSGeo Booth – times to be posted…(http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G2011_OSGeo_Booth)
Steve Swazee returned from the GITA national meeting impressed by the widespread interest in using Open Source solutions to enable critical response in major industries. Check out his talk, recently accepted for presentation at the international Open Source Geospatial conference, Foss4G, in Denver. http://2011.foss4g.org/sessions/opensource-and-common-operating-picture-cop
At the end of June it appeared that the MnGeo image service that so many depend on would be shut down with other MN State services. SharedGeo offered to provide a backup site, since we had the capacity and expertise needed, and the state GIO accepted our offer. About 4 hours before the cutoff deadline the MnGeo image service was given a reprieve and left up, with no means of support if it went down. The SharedGeo backup was fully functional and word was spread through the MnGeo Emergency Preparedness Committee that the backup was available. The Metro Geocoder, however, was shut down with other MnGeo “non-essential” services, and SharedGeo staff set up an alternative instance which went into use soon after the shutdown. See “Available GIS for Disasters” for the latest details.