Day 1 Personal Highlights:
Declan De Paor and John Bailey welcomed us all, they and the rest of the organising team have put a ton of work into organising the event - John reckons he's written an average of 3 emails a day over the last year just about the conference.
Mano Marks talked about lots of new Geo things, the bit that most interested me was fusion tables and maps, I confess I've never understood what they're about but the key points to me about them are:
- Cloud based and free
- Built to handle lots of data
- Limited spatial functionality now but more being built in the future
- Can import shape files and export KML
- You can build a web based interface with them so you could build a custom web page to query a given data set and visualize results on a map
Thanks to Christiaan Adams for helping explain them to me too.
Tina Ornduff described Google's approach to education. I think they are getting much more serious about it which is a welcome development.
Barb Tewksbury described using geological outcrops in arid countries to teach geological 3D interpretation, very smart. Paul Karabinos outlined using sketchup to teach 3D geology too.
Day 2 Personal Highlights:
I did the keynote on 'User First all else follows'. I've put slides and links on prezi but they won't make much sense if you weren't there as I haven't posted the videos and its designed for people who saw the talk. People have been very kind about what I was saying after the talk.
John Bailey and Sean Askey talked about creating tours, I was persuaded that tours generated from lines can be worth trying out.
Unfortunately I missed out on a number of talks and posters on day 2 as I was talking to colleagues about current/future projects.