When: 7pm Sep 16th
Where: FreeGeek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue
Who: Edwin Knuth
Location-based services are all the rage these days, and almost
everyone has a latitude and longitude or two stashed away in a numeric
column somewhere. But, there is so much more to it than just a point.
Once relegated to government and academia, geographic information
systems are becoming increasingly visible. With the PostGIS
extension, PostgreSQL is a first-class geodatabase and an incredible
platform for working with spatial data, but what is PostGIS and why
would one use it? And beyond PostGIS there are a dizzying array oftools to load, visualize and interact with the wonderful geospatial
information in your database. This talk will cover GIS and PostGIS
basics and provide an introduction to geodatabases and spatial
Edwin Knuth spent quite some time as a sysadmin and web developer
before going back to school to study Environmental Science at the
University of Alaska Southeast. He quickly became fascinated with
Geographic Information Systems and realized that GIS was just a really
neat database application. In Alaska, Edwin worked on several unique
projects, including building bat detectors and using PostGIS to manage
a wireless sensor network on the Juneau Icefield. He has lived in
Portland for the past year and loves it very much.
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