Creating Web 2.0 Applications on an Open Source Geospatial Platform (Sponsored Tutorial)

Location: Salon F Level: Novice

The tutorial is aimed at developers and others who are interested in the business and technical aspects of developing software on a Web 2.0 open source geospatial platform. No background in web development is required. The workshop will include both business and hands-on technical aspects of developing web mapping applications.

The topics that will be covered include developing commercial open source applications, business benefits of open source web mapping applications, installing open source web mapping platform and tools, Ajax, the Feature Data Object (FDO) API, and DMSolutions’ Fusion using tools to develop web mapping applications, working with multiple data sources including Oracle Locator/Spatial, and developing web-based edit applications.

Upon successfully completing the course you will be able create dynamic web-based mapping applications including spatial edit. You will understand the key business drivers motivating commercial web mapping application and will have learned how to install open source web mapping platform and tools; to use open source tools to connect to, prepare, and stylize geospatial information; to use an open source API to connect to multiple data sources including Oracle Locator/Spatial; and to develop open source web mapping applications using open source development tools.

Course materials that will be provided include CDs with platform and development software, and collateral including web links, white papers, and presentation material.

Technical requirements:
Each participant is expected to bring

  • Laptop computer with minimum 1GB RAM, 30 GB HDD
  • Internet Explorer or FireFox (preferably both)
  • Internet Connection (for downloading purposes)
  • Windows XP
  • Administrative Privileges (for installation of software)
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Geoff Zeiss

Autodesk, Inc.

Geoff is a technology evangelist at Autodesk. His particular interests include streamlining the infrastructure management workflow at utilities, telecommunications firms and local government, open source geospatial and Web 2.0 and its impact on infrastructure management, and the convergence of architectural, engineering, geospatial, and 3D simulation and its implications for egovernment including citizen involvement, urban planning, emergency planning and first response. Geoff came to Autodesk from MCI VISION* Solutions where he was Director of Product Development. VISION* Solutions is credited with pioneering RDBMS-based spatial data management, CAD/GIS integration, and UML modeling in the utility, communications, and public works industries. He has more than 10 years experience developing enterprise geospatial solutions for the utilities, communications, and public works industries. Geoff is a frequent speaker at geospatial events around the world including OSCON, GITA (US, Australia, Japan), GeoBrazil, GeoTec, Location Intelligence, MapIndia, GIS in the Rockies, World Map Forum, Map Middle East, and MapAsia and recently received two Speaker Excellence Awards at GITA 2007.

Chris Claydon

Autodesk, Inc.

Jeremiah McKnelly

Autodesk, Inc.

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  • Skyhook Wireless
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