I am passionate about metadata and every once in a while I meet someone else who is either also passionate about metadata or has had an interesting interaction with metadata and lived to tell the tale. A very small number of the people will tell me about their metadata mis-adventure while the rest of the people around us will slowly edge away from us as we discuss the necessity of the proper keyword thesaurus or some other metadata minutia. Those “other” people, well, they just don’t know what they’re missing. At the ASPRS / JACIE co-located conference in Louisville, KY in March I was lucky enough to catch the JACIE session on NED. Little did I realize the presenter, who had some great metadata information in the presentation, was someone I had spoke with on the phone about LiDAR metadata. I was extremely lucky as she sat at my table for lunch the next day. We exchanged some great stories. First, I better preface this with a sad warning. If you are all lucky enough not to have nightmares (or dreams) about work related topics in your sleep, you will not be able to relate to the rest of the story. You can, however, laugh with me…at myself…yes, and I suppose you’ll be laughing at me. But I don’t mind since I laugh at myself as well. Once the panic settles down about not doing something major on that dataset I will laugh but anyway, one with the story itself. When the presenter and I were talking at lunch she mentioned one of her coworkers had a metadata nightmare. The coworker said to herself in the nightmare, “I can’t use this apple, it doesn’t have metadata!” So the presenter wrote some metadata for the apple. Bounding coordinates of an orchard and everything. It sounded like an absolutely awesome way to chase away work-related sleep states to me! I just love this type of interaction and it is the reason I go to conferences. I have conversations with people who “get” my passion! And, you never know when this type of a connection will help you! I called on them for more metadata advice in late April. So sometimes it is who you know, but it is also who you connect with even if it is on a strange metadata topic!
So the Intro to QGIS class rolls out yet again – this was a bit unexpected.
Intro to QGIS be held in Johnson City TN June 12th 2014. Price is $325
Location:First Tennessee Development District 3211 North Roan St. Johnson City, TN 37601
As always: This 1-day workshop is designed to introduce you to QGIS 2.2, an alternative Open Source GIS software for viewing, editing, and managing spatial data in a wide variety of commonly used vector and raster formats. It is lightweight, flexible, and can be installed on Windows, MacOSX, Linux, as well as Android devices. Best of all, most will find QGIS to be extremely affordable while still providing a growing list of features and functionality.
If you want to attend contact myself or fill out the form on the Intro to QGIS page.
There are still seats remaining for the 1 day Intro to QGIS class in Chattanooga TN on April 29th 2014.
Right now it looks like the class is going to be a heavy on the GIS professional side of life – so we might cover a bit more than is in the first class like editing ESRI File based geodatabases and integration with other software. So It looks like I need to work on the MS SQL Server side of life before the class. I have Postgresql and geoserver running on the laptop. Room is being reserved today.
Show up. Learn something new.
So we’ve got the new QGIS class ready to rock and roll.
Price is $325 dollars for one day and we can hold up to 12 people. You can look at the new page here. and see some of what we’re going to be doing in the class. The cool thing right now is we’ve got a space at ITOS to hold it. That puts you in walking distance of some decent restaurants in Athens GA. PLUS – bug us after class – ask questions – that’s why we are here.
One of the big things that has changed in the class is we compare what you will be looking at (QGIS) with other well known GIS software packages and point out the similarities and differences. To me (rjhale’s opinion) there aren’t gigantic differences if you are used to working in one software package – BUT – if your organization is growing or just needs some software to get over a hump and budget is a problem you can get past those differences with a little bit of effort.
Sign up – zip us an email if you want to take it. We’re hopfully going to be travelling around and offering the class in more places than just Athens. If you want one (or both) of us to come to you just email us and let us know.
Show up – learn – be a better GIS person.
On Friday November 15th 2013 we almost had a sold out QGIS class. It was partly the price (Carol had just created the 2.0 version (the price and the software) and we ran this as a low cost workshop for Georgia URISA) and it was partly curiosity about the software.
It’s been an odd year for being a consultant. I effectively ended all affiliation with ESRI (on the business and training front) and that’s a bit scary given that was the first GIS Software I used in 1992. I don’t see myself ever stopping use of the software – you have to – it’s everywhere and it’s really good.
This year has had a common theme of “I need to get work done and I can’t afford the commercial stuff”. “We’re paying too much now….”. We’ve pretty much adopted “The best tool for the job” mentality. We don’t care what software is getting used – as long as your data is good and you are getting your job done.
That was the great thing about the new Intro class. It shows the good and the bad with QGIS – it has some quirks but we make sure you know what they are and we try to show how you can get your job done with your current software. We even do a comparison with commercial software so you know to reproject you do a “save as” and with the commercial software you use the reproject tool.
Anyway – watch for more classes and watch for more tutorials.