GeoGit and MapStory

Big Data, Cloud Computing, and virtual teams are all big trends in the field of computer science. That’s why GeoGit and MapStory are outstanding technologies worth a DC ACM tech talk.

Dr. Chris Tucker. Photo courtesy DC ACM member Gene Gaines.
Dr. Chris Tucker. Photo courtesy DC ACM member Gene Gaines.

On Monday, 3/31, Dr. Chris Tucker, founder of MapStory, discussed various technologies used to help people tell stories through maps. These are no ordinary maps. What makes MapStory stand out is that the maps visualize data and can tell a story through visually presenting data as it changes over time.

The simple idea of telling stories through maps requires very powerful technology. One piece of the technology stack, GeoGit, helps MapStory makes manage the large amounts of data. Based on the concepts of GitHub, the open source GeoGit offers data versioning, change history, and distribution capabilities, much like GitHub, though highly tailored for geospatial data.

Dr. Tucker offered a tremendous amount of technical information on GeoGit, MapStory, GeoNode, and other pieces of technology. His slides are available online.

Attendees listening to Dr. Tucker speak on GeoGit
Attendees listening to Dr. Tucker speak on GeoGit

The event drew a diverse crowd of students, professionals, and hobbyists. We also got a surprise visit from ACM President and Turing Award winner Dr. Vint Cerf! After the educational talk, attendees went out for a SIG-BEER at Capital Brewing Company.

The DC ACM would like to thank Google DC for graciously hosting the well attended event.

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