[Chicago] Thanks

Paul Smith paulsmith at pobox.com
Fri Feb 15 22:48:29 CET 2008

Thanks for listening to my talk, everyone, I hope you got something
out of it. I'll clean up my demo code and post it this weekend
somewhere accessible.

The OpenLayers and Mapnik mailing lists are very friendly and high
signal-to-noise ratio. If you're interested in this stuff, definitely
get to know TIGER/Line, which is an incredible resource that our
federal government publishes for free (well, we pay for it, obviously,
so download it and get your money's worth.) The US Census, which
publishes TIGER/Line, claims that they will be coming out with
shapefiles of the data in March. Until then, as I mentioned in my
talk, ogr2ogr is your friend -- use it to translate from the raw
TIGER/Line format to shapefiles or PostGIS SQL or something else
that's easier to work with in your application.

Also poke around state and municipal government websites. If they have
a GIS department more often than not they've published something


On Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 3:29 PM, Chris McAvoy <chris.mcavoy at gmail.com> wrote:
> Agreed...great meeting.
>  Can any of the GIS-savvy folks on the list suggest some IRC channels
>  or mailing lists that are newbie friendly?  I just found a big list of
>  train track data from the BTS (I like trains) and I'm looking for tips
>  on how to get started playing with it.
>  http://www.bts.gov/publications/north_american_transportation_atlas_data/
>  Chris
>  On Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 10:48 AM, Tom Printy <tprinty at mail.edisonave.net> wrote:
>  > I wanted to say thanks to everyone for a great meeting last night. This
>  >  was my first meeting but it will not be my last.
>  >
>  >  -Tom
>  >
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