[portland] Meeting TOMORROW 6:30pm: Geographic Information in Python

jason kirtland jek at discorporate.us
Mon Jan 11 18:59:15 CET 2010


Portland Pythonistas,

Our first meeting of 2010 is nearly upon us and it's going to be a big
one!  The theme for January is: Geographic Information.  In addition
to 3 (count 'em: 3!) great feature presentations, there will be a
giveaway of GIS and Python books.  And, after, we'll adjourn to the
pub for beer.  (Map to be provided.)

First up we'll have Michel's Module of the Month, a lightning talk on
a randomly chosen stdlib module by an unprepared volunteer.

Then, Michel Pelletier will introduce Geohash, a clever text encoding
of latitude and longitude information that is very useful for
non-traditional databases, among other things.  Geohashing was cooked
up by Gustavo Niemeyer of Mocker and Dateutil fame.

Webb Sprauge will talk about how to incorporate geographic data into
relational databases using PostGIS and PostgreSQL.  He will cover
making a connection with psycopg2, modeling using geographic data
types, and associating geographic data with non-geographic attributes.

Building on Webb's talk, Tim Welch will introduce the geographic
capabilities of the Django Framework (aka GeoDjango) which utilizes
PostGIS and psycopg2.  He'll briefly cover geometric data types,
spatial operators, the Django geographic admin and creating
geo-enabled web services.  In addition to examples, at least one
application will also be demoed.

Tuesday January 12th 2010
6:30PM at Webtrends
851 SW 6th Ave.
Map to Webtrends, etc. at http://www.meetup.com/pdxpython/

I hope to see everyone there!

Cheers,
Jason


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