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GeoTools was really well represented at this years Free and Open Source Geospatial conference. One of the advantages of being a library is that we can really be everywhere. The downside is that even if you attended the conference (wasn't it great!) you could not of managed to catch all that we had going on.

I am going to start with just a list of links and then try and ask the authors for a couple of comments on how their lab / presentation / demo went.

Workshops and Labs

Introduction to Geospatial Collaboration using GeoServer

These guys had a great time - I ran into The Open Open Planning Project crew after words in the pub and they were all smiles. The room was at capacity with 80 people.

A full complement of GeoServer developers showed to provide lots of personal attention. Thanks to Chris Holmes, Justin, Saul Faber, Scott Davis and Simone.

An Introduction to the uDig Open Source Desktop

This lab was great. I talked for a total of a two minuets before letting people have at it. We went through
A range of power users and developers showed up to provide that all important personal touch. The room was completely full with a couple of mac user sitting on the floor at the back - and everyone went home happy.

Thanks to Jody, Jesse, Cory, Andrea, Brock.

How to Cope with GeoSpatial - The Pragmatic Intro for the Java Developers

This was the only hard-core hands on programming lab at the conference this year. Thanks to everyone who attended! GeoTools was used to access a Web Map Server, generate a Shape file, hack away at PostGIS (using Common Query Language and Filter 1.0). Students that finished early got a chance to visualization with Images and Shapefiles.

One user commented that this was what a lab should be - not a lot of talking and all the instructions printed out. Don't tell the uDig crew but we used QGis to check that shapefiles were generated correctly. One difficulty we encountered was the local install of GeoServer had been messed up by a previous Lab.

Thanks to Jody, Martin, Brock an Melisa for pulling this one together. Special thanks to Andrea and Jesse for the code review.


Opening Plenary Session

Peter Rushforth was on hand to talk about GeoConnection. GeoConnection has been an important source of inspiration and funding for many projects that feed off of (and into) GeoTools development. He appeared a little bit disjointed from the surroundings, one of the major themes was the Canadian Data Infrastructure which is a little bit of a tough sell to an international conference focused on software. I sometimes get the impression that Canada's funding of open source geospatial software is a bit of an accident on the way to cold hard data deliverables.

Still warm fussy software makes you feel good and GeoConnection has been the motivator for more than its fair share.

Lightning Talks

James Macgill (our honoured founder - yes he is from England so I am jolly well going to spell honoured with a "u") was on hand to talk about the extravaganza that was the OSGeo summer of code projects.

Raj Singh was on hand to
As far as I know this is the only presentation to get interrupted by a round of applause - for the GeoServer/Google Earth time demo (which is admittedly really cool).

Aside: Schuyer Earle did his usual amazing attention span-of-a-gnat-on-speed how-long-can-you-watch-him-click-through-slides-before-you-blink and lose-context-for-the-rest-of-his-talk power hour tour of off the wall subject material. This year it was about breaking down the subject material of the conference and trying to make sense of it using only the POWER OF STATISTICS. He presented a series of really interesting scatter plots showing how the presentations and labs split up on a number of metrics. It was really very cool to see Java so well represented and recognize that GeoTools was powering a lot of the show.

Demo Theatre

uDig Demo

Jesse did a great job of showing off the capabilities of uDig. It was noted that uDig is going for record of 12 release candidates (edging out the previous winner GeoServer). All is forgiven as uDig makes for a great show of what is possible with the open source software stack.

In fact it was so good we had Jesse fill in for a dropped presentation; and then repeat again as we waited for Safe Software to get in the game.

Summer of Code

We had many of our students show up for the Google Summer of Code demonstrations. Thanks to Hans (sorry I could not be there buddy it conflicted with my lab). Jans had a pretty slick warping transform thing going on.

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