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Thursday, February 26 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Don't Fear the Open Source

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How Open Source tools can be used to innovate and complement your existing Enterprise structure.

  • How to Build Fat Polygons
             Skip Daniels
    GIS professionals are being asked more than ever to combine and analyze an assortment of data from numerous sources. Often times this can present a problem if you are trying to mix databases, spreadsheets, open or propriety source software, and so on. However, KNIME is an open source product that bridges the gap and allows you to combine all the data you want without having to know programming. This session will demonstrate how KNIME can be used to create “Fat Polygons” which then can be used in your GIS Software for display or analysis.

  • How to Use GitHub to Hire Your Next Analyst
             Dave Michelson, Cameron Carlyle
    At the city of Asheville we have been doing quite a bit with Github lately. So far we largely use it as a version control system for some custom mapping apps. But Github also was some great features such as hosting web pages. Incredibly this includes hosting JavaScript based mapping websites. So, this year we advertised and hired a new analyst\programmer. As part of the hiring process we usually do a skills test. But the skills test have never provided much about the candidates real world working skills and habits. This time we tried a new approach, we asked candidates to submit a code project using Github and Github pages. The results blew us away and taught us way more about the candidate then have ever before. This has flat out changed the way we hire.

  • Open Data Kit (ODK) An Exciting, Free, and Open-Source Field Data Collection Alternative
             Eric Wilson
    GIS Professionals are regularly tasked with gathering data in the field for a variety of different clients and a variety of different asset types. Open Data Kit is an option KCI Geospatial Solutions is utilizing to meet the needs of clients requiring traditional long term data collection efforts as well as clients who need near real time data collection results along with a flexible mobile form design in regards to their collection options. “Open Data Kit (ODK) is a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions.” (OpenDataKit.org) Open Data Kit provides a large increase in efficiency to KCI field personnel and a reduced amount of application developer expenses due to its design. ODK has provided an increased value to clients who need daily and even hourly reports of field progress as well as satisfying the need to alter digital input forms on the fly based on client requests.

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Corey White

GIS Application Developer, City of Raleigh Public Utilities
Corey has worked in local government and municipal GIS for 7 years and currently works for the City of Raleigh, NC Public Utilities GIS group. He began his career in GIS working for San Antonio Water Systems in 2007, and later worked 3 years for the City of Asheville, NC IT GIS group... Read More →


Cameron Carlyle

GIS Analyst/Civic Programmer, City of Asheville

Skip Daniels

GIS Software Developer/Analyst, MapForsyth
GIS Software Developr with Forsyth County since 2005 starting with ArcGIS Engine. For the past three years, working with Web Apps using ArcGIS JSAPI and Silverlight API and using Open Source GIS. After discovering Knime two years ago, I have developed many workflow projects to create... Read More →

Dave Michelson

City of Asheville

Eric Wilson

GIS Developer, KCI Geospatial Solutions
Mr. Wilson is a GIS application developer with more than 19 years of experience in the field of GIS. He brings a wealth of experience from over 10 years in local government working with Anne Arundel County, Maryland and nine years in the private sector. He has a wide variety of experience... Read More →

Thursday February 26, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Room 306 A

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