The September tech meetup is on Friday, September 28 from 6-8pm at the Mountain CoLab.
This month the presenter is Ben Dorsey, Cartographics Technician with Parks Canada. Ben will be talking about open source GIS and applied spatial statistics. A Geographic Information System is designed to store, retrieve, manage, display, and analyze all types of geographic and spatial data. Ben’s going to talk about how open source GIS might apply to your projects, how Parks Canada is applying it, resources available to you, and where to go next. He’ll focus on what you can do with R and QGIS and give some examples about using statistical data to make predictions across space. He’ll also introduce a tool called R Shiny, an open source tool which makes live web apps using R so you can build interactive mapping or do statistical analyses using R. It’s a great proof of concept tool that easily lets you build a working example and test out your ideas. As always, there will be beer and lots of time for questions and conversation.
Ben is a spatial data scientist who has studied wildlife movements and transportation issues around the world. He has lectured on spatial statistics and published book chapters on the ecological impacts of railways on wildlife. He currently works for Parks Canada as a Cartographic Technician in Revelstoke.
If you've never been to a tech meetup, it's a monthly gathering of tech and knowledge workers in Revelstoke. We hear from a presenter, ask questions, and then socialize over beverages. It's a great way to meet other folks working in tech and talk about the projects you're working on.