Yesterday was the Where2.0Now conference of the AGI Northern Group.
Here’s the list of speakers again:
- Prof. Henk Scholten (Geodan)
- Gary Gale (Yahoo!)
- Tim Warr (Axon Active)
- Harry Wood (CloudMade) – OpenStreetMap. Open Licensed GeoData – Slides – more info
- Jo Cook (OSGeo)
- John McKerrell (MapMe.at)
- Stuart Harrison (Lichfield District Council)
- Chris Osborne (ITO World) – Enabling Better Public Transport With Open Data – Slides
- Dr. Richard Kingston (Manchester University)
- Tim Waters (GeoThings) – Open Historical Map – Slides
- John Fagan (Microsoft).
- Chris Parker (GeoVation)
- Dr Michael Sanderson (1spatial.com)
- Ed Parsons (Google)
Rollo Home did a great job organising this, and managed to put together a really interesting day. There was all the usual geo-buzz and excitement around neogeo technologies which we see at London tech conferences and meet-ups, and this is always fun, but yesterday was interesting for a couple of other reasons.
Firstly there was lots of guys in suits there. Like at the other AGI geoconference events, the “traditional” GIS industry was out in force. A lot of the speakers (myself included) were taking the opportunity to spread the “neogeo” message to these people. It was also an opportunity for we cheeky whippersnappers to learn a thing or two from them. Lots more work to do on this. I feel the OpenStreetMap community in particular have a lot to learn and a lot more to offer big-business GIS firms if we could only learn to speak their language better. As usual, the conference participants widely agreed that there’s no point drawing strong distinctions between neogeographers and paleogeographers, and as usual we went ahead and did it anyway 🙂
Secondly the event was interesting because it was definitely not in the The South. No… not in California either. We ventured up to Harrogate in North Yorkshire to reach a whole new audience. We should do this more often. Thanks to GeoPlan for a great venue, and thanks to my mate Paul for putting me up at his house.
Some follow ups…
(update) I have blogged again with a little more detail of what my talk was about. I have uploaded my slides to slideshare with a ‘geocom’ tag (munged with the other events in the series). Maybe they’ll be uploaded separately by the geocommunitylive user too.
Videos of the talks were also made, but probably won’t see the light of day for a while (…so surprise me)