GeoMonday 2017.1 – Smarter School Zoning in Public Administration

One of the main reasons why governments collect geodata is because they love zoning! The division and classification of public space is very old governmental business. It can also benefit hugely from new digital tools. The development of „smarter“ zoning software is actually a nice way to show people in administration how they can make better use of their own datasets.

About a year ago, we were approached by a Berlin district with an interesting challenge: Could we build a tool that helps them to put all the kids in their district into the right elementary school, while at the same time maxing out school capacity and guarantee the shortest possible pedestrian path for each kid? Well, this sure sounds like an interesting math problem? Of course things tend to get a bit more complicated once politics is thrown in the mix…

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Dr. Benjamin Seibel is a project lead at Technology Foundation Berlin, where he mostly deals with civic tech & open data projects.

 

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Daniel Kirsch is a data scientist at Idalab and an open data activist at Data Science for Social Good.

 

GeoMonday 2017.1 – The Full Exploitation of Open GI

ENERGIC_logoThe European project ENERGIC-OD (European Network for Redistributing Geospatial Information to user Communities – Open Data) address the heterogeneity of GI world and the lack of the single system which could satisfy the different user-requirements in world of geoinformation. The adopted approach is by utilising a brokering architecture and deploying a set of virtual hubs and a single point of access to geospatial datasets. This approach facilitates the development of multidisciplinary applications, based on full exploitation of open GI.

Studied Architecture and urban development, Frank Iden started as an Urban planner and Architect. Later he founded his own firm in 1992, SRP GmbH, where the Geographical Information Systems were developed for “Senate department for urban development and environment Berlin”. The interdisciplinary information system (Fachübergreifendes Informationssystem, FIS), the Geoportal of Berlin (FIS-Broker), and specialised procedures for city, landscape, environmental planning are among their products.

GeoMonday 2017.1 – Where is Eugène Pottier?

Toponymy has long been a qualitative discipline in between geography, history and philology. With the development of massive digital gazetteers, such as the Geonames database or the OSM database, it is now possible to conduct a quantitative approach of toponymy. In this talk I will give examples of spatial analysis methods applied to place names at different scales.

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Hadrien Commenges is an associate professor at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. His research focuses on quantitative methods applied to urban geography, mainly in the field of urban mobility and transportation.

GeoMonday 2017.1 – Innovation in Open Data

Happy 2017 to everyone! New year, new topics…familiar location 🙂

The first GeoMonday of 2017 is getting closer and here is what it will be about:

Face it, open data is free to everyone – you can present, process and republish it according to your very own needs or business models. This data can be used without any restrictions-  like copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control – and the access is easy and at best machine readable. Especially in the geo sector a lot of business models rely on open data with geospatial references. In this first edition of GeoMonday in 2017, we would like to present some really cool use cases which became possible through the use of open data or open governmental data. Furthermore, we invite all of you to join the discussion of further needs and opportunities – Innovation in Open Data.

Save the date: 27th of March, 7pm, Office Club Berlin

GeoMonday 2016.4 – Impressions

Another exciting GeoMonday passed by – Thanks to our speakers for the broad and very interesting presentations, thanks to the Office Club team for providing us with the room and service, thanks to Esri for the nice drinks and to HERE for the delicious food and of course a big final thanks to you all for attending and making this another successful GeoMonday year.

As always, please check this blog for the presentations and videos of the last GeoMonday. Here are all the presentations:

  1. Make maps fun again!
  2. Are you a smart citizen? Try Smart Beetles
  3. The Beauty of Mapping Big Data
  4. Geovisualization Tools

Last but not least, the GeoMonday Team wishes everyone a merry christmas and a happy new year! See you all again 2017.

 

GeoMonday 2016.4 – The Beauty of Mapping Big Data

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Data Lens is a cloud-based API toolkit for developing web-based geographical data visualizations. Raw data is queried via a REST API from the Data Lens cloud, and transformed and aggregated to provide input to the JavaScript API, which can render map objects, vector shapes and heat maps. This talk is about the beauty behind big data represented by Data Lens heat maps, the beauty behind its accuracy and its engineering.

stoimen_popovA graduate in computer science and information systems, Stoimen started his working life as a server-side developer. For the past eight years, he has fallen hopelessly into front-end technology stacks.  Ever since then, he keeps an obsessive interest in the integration of the latest technologies discovered in the wide world of the front end. Stoimen is currently an R&D Lead for the Product Innovation team in the HERE IoT Department.

GeoMonday 2016.4 – Are you a smart citizen? Try Smart Beetles

logoSmart cities make use of information technologies to improve performance and quality of urban services, to decrease costs and to optimize resources, besides to involve citizens actively. However, many citizens do not know all the services and advantages that a smart city offers to them. In this work, we make use of a videogame to involve them in different cities and, by playing with real services, increase their knowledge about smart cities.

franciscoFrancisco Ramos is Associate Professor at University Jaume I of Castellon (Spain). He teaches in the Master Erasumus Mundos of Geospatial technologies and is Director of a Master in Mobile Programming and Videogames. Moreover, he is also co-founder of Pixeder.com

GeoMonday 2016.4 – Geovisualization Tools

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The democratization of spatial data and mapping tools has led to a broader field of actors working on maps and geovisualization tools. In his talk, Sebastian Meier will show examples from student projects to research projects to applied design projects, from the interface design department at the university of applied sciences Potsdam, to illustrate this new opportunity space.

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Sebastian is a researcher in the interaction design lab of the university of applied sciences Potsdam and the human centered visualization firm VISLAB. He is working on spatial data visualization and mobile systems.

GeoMonday 2016.4 – Make maps fun again!

Maps are more than just conveyors of geographic information. Maps can tell stories and – given their purpose and use – this is reflected in their appearance. In the digital world, map design goes well beyond the design of the base map, polygons and marker icons. It involves creating an entire experience beyond the borders of the map container and includes UI elements as well as data. Digital map design needs to accomodate very different use cases. Great experiences give context to a map, help to convey the most important information effectively and increase its usability. They are also more fun. So what are we waiting for? In his talk, Alsino Skowronnek (@alsinosko), will stress the importance of map experience design and present a selection of his own work.

Alsino Skowronnek is a Berlin-based freelance interface designer and alsinosmaker of visual things. A geographer by training in his earlier life, he has worked for different organizations around the world, most often somewhere between spreadsheets, maps and policy. Amongst others, he has worked for the OECD in Paris and Statista GmbH in Hamburg. For his work on airbnbvsberlin.de he was nominated for the Grimme Online Award, the “Information is Beautiful Award” and the Designpreis Brandenburg.

GeoMonday 2016.4 – The beauty of maps

The year 2016 is soon to end, but not before we have our 4th and last edition of GeoMonday. Even though the nature is showing all different shades of grey, we want this time to have a broad overview of technologies and projects which help to generate beautiful and easy to use maps. Fortunately enough there is way more then just markers and also the base maps can now be easily customized to feature either your corporate identity or help to tell your story.
Join us in that colorful journey of maps you have never seen before.

This time we offer a full range of X-Max buffet completely for free in order to smoothly finish the GeoMonday year 2016.

Get your tickets for the 4th GeoMonday 2016 now at: http://geomonday2016-4.eventbrite.de

Date: 5th of December 2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Office Club Berlin, Pappelallee 77/78, 10437 Berlin

Please also have a look at our partner Esri’s developer summit, which is starting the day after: http://www.esri.com/events/devsummit-europe