Building My Own Little World with Open Data

Presented by Steven Pousty
Monday 2:10 p.m.–3 p.m.
Target audience: Developer


Everybody cares about the place (they live, they grew up in, they had a great vacation, in the news….). With the rise of open data, big data tooling, and new visualisation technology, we can actually now build applications that give people new ways to explore beyond “where is the closest Starbucks”. I have collected Open Data from my home town (Santa Cruz, CA) and compiled it into the beginnings of a visualization and analysis platform. The goal of this talk is to show the process of collecting open data from disparate sources, some of the caveats on being able to put them together, general lessons learned, and some fun visualizations. I want to move past thinking about sources for open data and moving on to tools and lessons so you can get cracking! I want to show how we can enable people to gather open data and turn it to open knowledge. Data sources will be from Government (e.g. United States Geologic Survey) and Non-Government sources (e.g Audubon Society eBird Data) while some of the tools covered will be Apache Spark, PostGIS, Leaflet, and various others.

Presented by

Steven Pousty

Steve is a Dad, Son, Partner, and PaaS Dust Spreader (aka developer evangelist) with OpenShift. He goes around and shows off all the great work the OpenShift engineers do. He can teach you about Java, Python, PostgreSQL MongoDB, some JavaScript, Docker, and Kubernetes. He has deep subject area expertise in GIS/Spatial, Statistics, and Ecology. He has spoken at over 75 conferences and done over 50 workshops including Monktoberfest, MongoNY, JavaOne, FOSS4G, CiscoLive, Fluent, DevNation, Where2.0, and OSCON. He has keynoted events like the Big Data Spain, DevCon TLV, and US Intelligence Community Developer Program. Before OpenShift, Steve was a developer evangelist for LinkedIn, deCarta, and ESRI. Steve has a Ph.D. in Ecology and loves to educate people on cool ecology concepts and phenomena (don't stand next to him at a party if you don't want to hear). He likes building interesting applications and helping developers create great solutions.

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