The world of open-source geographic information systems (GIS) and graph databases is rapidly expanding, yet we are lacking the conceptual paradigm shift by which these technologies can be efficiently applied to any number of new, revolutionary areas. These areas are currently the separation between academic pursuit and technological endeavor in realms of computer science, social science, engineering, and the arts. The Open Spatial Systems initiative pursues ground-breaking ideas, efforts, and developments as it draws these disciplines together. This process will include, but is not limited to, hands-on sessions in relevant software and hardware, focus groups on ideological and practical issues within and between disciplines, and networking to ensure broad inclusion within the local and global community of interest. In doing this, Open Spatial Systems aims to significantly advance the definition of cyberspace and cyberplace through the human and physical geographies shaping these environments on multiple scales.
Topics will include: QGIS; OpenGeo; any relevant open-source software; programming languages (Python, C, Java, etc.); hardware interfaces (arduinos, transducers, Oculus Rift, etc.); any relevant social science areas (geography, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, art, etc.); pretty much anything regarding advancement of open-source GIScience software and/or cyber geographic concepts.
Tags: cyber, geography, GIScience, hacking, making, engineering, software, social science, art, computers, innovation