A few weeks ago I got the chance to attend the 26th annual Minnesota GIS/LIS conference (Geographic Information Systems / Land Information Systems). My co-worker, Andy Walz, and I were able to give two presentations each.
Andy compared Lidar and Stereo-pair surface models and showed how easy it is to get started with Turf.js.
My talks were on the suitability of MySQL for GIS use, and to ask and discuss the question Can GIS and WordPress be Friends?.
All presentations were very well received. You can see more details on all the presentations including slide decks, sample code and presentation videos over at the Cimbura.com blog.
For your convenience, I’ll leave an abbreviated abstract and links to materials for the WordPress related presentations.
Remember that these presentations were for an audience of GIS professionals were not necessarily familiar with MySQL or WordPress.
MySQL : The right database for GIS sometimes – Michael Moore
MySQL is not a popular database for use with GIS data. It is, however, the most popular database on the Internet. As use of GIS on the web continues to expand we, as GIS professionals, will be asked to integrate with WordPress, Drupal and other MySQL based systems.
Can GIS and WordPress be friends? – Michael Moore
WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) that powers 25% of the websites on the Internet. Its growth is due in large part to its ease of use and a thriving plugin ecosystem.
Unfortunately support for GIS data and operations is severely lacking. I believe that geo-enabling popular frameworks like WordPress represents the next big area of growth for GIS on the web. Creating tools that work the way non-GIS admins expect lowers the barrier to entry into the world of GIS.