Open geospatial's & OSM's bright future in Cleveland (2013 Kick-Off Meeting Recap)

Posted by skorasaurus on 29 January 2013 in English (English)

Over 25 people attended our 2013 kick-off of the OpenStreetMap/FOSSGIS/OpenGeo/Geospatial group in Cleveland Thursday. GIS Techs, a professor, retired schoolteacher, web developers, and others of all ages. All had the shared interest of learning more about OpenStreetMap and Open-source geospatial software. This being our first meeting, we began doing brief introductions and sought to solicit what sort of topics that we to focus on in the coming months.

We did 3 presentations aimed to give a brief, broad overview of these tools and technologies and hoped to inspire attendees of some possible things that they'd like to learn more about and continue the discussion.

After our presentations, we chatted for a bit about different projects that people were brainstorming (map of publically accessible toilets, a la that one Seinfeld episode ? map of public parking and real-time prices ?), what subjects they'd like to learn about more here, and what they'd like the group to look like (in organization, logistics, our name - still haven't decided on one yet). Interest was expressed in all of the topics mentioned: desktop uses like GRASS and QGIS, and postgis, and more web-oriented things like cartodb, web mapping APIs, although the largest interest was for OpenStreetMap. Overall, our meeting went 2 hours, longer than we anticipated and people stayed throughout it !

I was pleasantly surprised and encouraged to see the activity that's already occuring: attendees whose employers use an complete or partial open-source stack (Kudos to Medina County GIS and the Cleveland Metroparks), others trying to convince their employers to do so, and that there were 2 other Tilemill users in the room (baby steps here).

Imgur (Steve Mather giving a talk on PostGIS) Imgur Jeff Schuler presenting on Slippy Maps

Afterwards, a few of us headed out, in true OSM style, to a pub, a couple blocks away, aptly named the Map Room

Imgur Group of us at Map Room

We continued an informal chat on geospatial over food and drink. It was exciting to finally have this opportunity in Cleveland. In OSM, I mentioned there's still a lot to map in Cleveland, including easier things like most of the Cleveland State University campus (a university campus of 15,000+), finishing up POIs (bars, restaurants, etc) in Downtown Cleveland and many neighborhoods.

We're on our way to a foster a culture in Cleveland where programmers, web developers, GIS analysts, cartographers, and others utilize and contribute to OpenStreetMap and free, open-source geospatial tools and share their experiences, knowledge, and collaborate with each other.

Looking forward to our next meeting in mid-late March. =)

Extra recognition goes to fellow organizer Stephen Mather and to Jeff Schuler for helping with some of the logistics and for presenting.

Location: Warehouse District, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, 44113, USA

Comment from Rovastar on 29 January 2013 at 22:15

Great to see local groups like this starting up. Keep up the good work.

I had a quick look at your pdf.

Can I ask why you used an old picture of the stats graph on page 3 from the end of 2010.

2004 Start of OSM 2011 OSM status * 300,000 registered users * 1,9 billion GPS points * 740 million nodes * 65 million polylines

as now we have more than doubled these figures, we have:

1,000,000+ registered users 3.2 billion GPS points 1.75 billion nodes 167 million ways

Comment from Be A Mapper on 30 January 2013 at 01:26

Wonderful! And congratulations!

Host these regularly, so that interested folks know that you'll be doing this every month.

Comment from verticalgeo on 30 January 2013 at 02:55

Thanks for the great reap. We are starting OpenStreetMap St Louis this Thursday. I am expecting much less people, but I am sure we will have a great time. Thanks also for posting the Introduction to OSM presentation. It has given me some ideas.

Rick Marshall

Comment from Pieren on 30 January 2013 at 10:35

Why is it so difficult to recruit women in OSM project ?

Comment from mikelmaron on 30 January 2013 at 14:38

Great. And hey, I recognize that first slide!

Comment from sejohnson on 30 January 2013 at 18:43

Good going. Nice to see more local groups springing up.

Comment from Enock4seth on 6 January 2015 at 23:37

Thanks for sharing. Will use your introductory presentattion and others I've gathered as a reference for a presentation soon.

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