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OSM hard at work

I am sitting on a plane flying eastbound at 37,000 feet over middle of America. A few hours ago we left San Francisco the host city for State Of The Map US 2013. State of the Map US is the American regional conference for OpenStreetMap participants and enthusiasts. A common theme for the weekends events was building community.

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This past week I attended FOSS4G in Denver, a conference run by the open-source geospatial foundation (OSGEO) that also happened to be the largest PostgreSQL conference in North America.

FOSS4G is a big tent conference that attracted about 900 attendees from all over the world with over 400 of them from the United States, over 50 from Canada.
A big tent conference is a conference is similar to a big-tent political party. The idea is appeal to a broad base of people by catering to as many groups as possible while keeping true to some key common themes. Out of the 900 people at the conference I’d say 75% raised their hands when asked if it was their first FOSS4G. Last years FOSS4G was held in Europe and also had over 800 attendees.
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Saturday was my first full day in Denver for the OpenStreetMap State Of The Map conference. A few years ago I presented a talk at PGCon on OpenStreetMap. I have now returned the favour and presented a PostgreSQL talk (What’s new in PostgreSQL 9.1) at an OpenStreetMap conference.

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Denver, Day 0

Posted: September 10, 2011 in openstreetmap
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Friday morning I woke up and got an early start to my workday so I could get a full days work in before leaving for Denver. I did not get a Slony release packaged on Friday but Chris might get to this early next week.

The cab ride, checkin, and US customs (you clear US customs in Toronto before departure) were mostly un-noteworthy. There were no big delays or holdsups at Airport security, I was directed into a line for a scanner that was shared with an Air Crew line and a large (5 people?) United crew skipped in ahead of me. One of them apologized (but didn’t offer to wait their turn in line) she said she was based out of Denver and that they were flying to Chicago. The weather was rainy when she left Denver. I also noticed that the million+ dollar full body airport scanners were sitting in the middle of the room unused (Sept 9, 2011).

The flight to Denver was pretty un-noteworthy, clear skies with some light chop at times. United Express is a bit behind the times and hasn’t upgraded their planes to include laptop power. On arrival at Denver we sat at the gate for about 5 minutes as they tried to get the gate to move (so it would line up with the airplane door). They almost resorted to having to push the airplane into position. It sounded like rebooting the gate helped, isn’t technology great.

In Denver I am staying at the Sheraton which is hosting FOSS4G. The hotel seems nice but the rooms don’t have a fridge. They have a box that looks like a fridge, enough so that I went out and bought a jug of orange juice for the week only to discover that the fridge looking box is am empty. Bye-bye warm Orange juice.

After checking in and getting a feel for the area it was a little after 10pm local (midnight eastern) and I noticed many restaurants were starting to close. I went on a hunt for a small dinner. I found Wild Bangkok a Thai place that was still open. When I walked in I was greeted by a guy who wasn’t really dressed like a waiter but he took me to a seat at the bar, handed me a menu, told me how this was really authentic thai and stood there talking to me as I looked through the menu. On each page of the menu he said that the restaraunts specialty was something else, first page seafood, second page curries, third page bowls. I finally ordered a Bangkok bowl with tofu, mostly because I didn’t want to examine the menu more closely with this guy staring at me. As far as Thai food goes it was okay but nothing special. Later I noticed the ‘waiter’ sitting at a table being served drinks. A bartender in a uniform served me my food and gave me my bill.

I am now (Saturday morning) going to try to find my way to the SOTM conference site.

I’m planning on attending two conferences this September in Denver. The first conference is the annual OpenStreetMap State Of The Map‘ September 9-11. This year will mark the first time since I’ve been involved with OpenStreetMap that the main State Of The Map conference has been held in North America. I am looking forward to putting faces to names and meeting lots of awsome mappers. I might be giving a talk on new features in PostgreSQL 9.1 at the conference but they haven’t yet accepted talks or announced the schedule.

Following State Of the Map I will be hanging around in Denver for FOSS4G 2011 (September 12-16). FOSS4G is the annual conference for open source geo-spatial software. I will be giving a talk on ‘PostGIS replication‘ where I will give an overview of built in replication and Slony. My blog post comparing Slony and 9.0 replication is by far the most popular post on this blog, and the talk will expand on that material.

They are expecting about 1000 people to attend FOSS4G this year. I am expecting there to be a lot of maps and talk about maps. In addition to my talk there are many other PostGIS/PostgreSQL talks on the schedule. If your going to be attending a conference related to databases this September what better place to be than Denver? The early registration discounts end on June 30’th so remember to register before the price goes up