A Gentle Introduction to GIS

A session at PyCon US 2012

Saturday 10th March, 2012

1:20pm to 2:15pm (PST)

Datums! Coordinate systems! Map projections! Topologies! Spatial applications are a nebulous, daunting concept to most Pythonistas. This talk is a gentle introduction into the concepts, terminology and tools to demystify the world of the world.

This talk will have multiple parts:

  • What is GIS?
  • Cartography
  • Analysis
  • Geodatabases
  • Types of data
  • Vector
  • Raster
  • How do you talk about spots on earth?
  • What is a datum and why does it matter?
  • Spatial reference systems: WUT?
  • Map projections: what's appropriate and what's web mercator
  • Great circle distances and geodesy (or, your lines are wrong and you should feel bad)
  • Analysis
  • Overlay operators
  • Clementini operators
  • Buffer, clip their friends
  • Will demonstrate concepts with commercial tools (the ArcGIS stack) and some open source (GDAL, OGR, QGIS).

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Jason Scheirer

Software engineer, linguist, chronic whiner

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Time 1:20pm2:15pm PST

Date Sat 10th March 2012

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