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Welcome To W3G


"Welcome To W3G"; presented at W3G on 28th. September 2010 in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

"Welcome To W3G"; presented at W3G on 28th. September 2010 in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

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  • Hello
  • I’m Gary and have the pleasure of being …
  • … the W3G conference chair
  • I’d like to formally welcome you all to the first W3G
  • Want wifi?
  • Hashtags for the Twitterers in the audience
  • This is not a conference
  • Conferences are fairly formal affairs with invited speaks and strict agendas
  • Unconferences are far more relaxed
  • You participate and slap your talk title on a post-it note on “The Wall”
  • Even the talk titles are more relaxed
  • An (un)conference is a half way house between a conference and an (un)conference … invited guest speakers to get you thinking and unconference sessions as well
  • Geo is a wide topic … from maps and cartography
  • … through LBS and LBMS
  • … and not forgetting GIS as well
  • The first of the 3 W’s of Geo is the where; what we’ve been doing for centuries, mapping the globe. Whilst it’s a sweeping generalisation, we’ve pretty much done this, albeit to a varying degree of accuracy, coverage and granularity. We’ve mapped the globe, now it’s time to do something with all of this data. The opportunity now is much less about what shall we map and much more about what can we create from this data, how can we use this data, what restrictions are placed upon this data and how can this data make a difference?
  • The second of the 3 W’s of Geo is the when, the gnarly problem of temporality which just won’t go away. The when shows up in two ways. Firstly there’s the fact that places and geography change over time; how we map a place today doesn’t show how the place was 100 years ago and neither can we expect the geography of a place to be static 100 years hence. As we update our geographic data sets and throw away the old, supposedly obsolete, historical versions, we’re throwing away a rich set of temporality in the process.Secondly there’s the problem of places which only exist at certain times of the year. Take Burning Man and Glastonbury; for most of the year these places are a salt flat in a desert and a farmer’s field but at a certain time they become places in their own right.
  • The third of the 3 W’s of Geo is the what; or to put it another way, that a reference to a place is intrinsically bound to its granularity. References to London from outside of the United Kingdom are frequently aimed at the non specific London bounded by the M25 orbital motorway. Zoom in and London becomes Greater London, and then the London Boroughs and finally the City of London and neighbouring City of Westminster.
  • W3G is free to attend
  • But it costs money to put on … we need to recognise the contribution that our sponsors have made
  • But W3G also costs time to put on
  • And wouldn’t have happened without the help of Rollo Home
  • As well as sterling support from Chris Holcroft and Claire Huppertz of the AGI
  • There’s even Geo Buzzword Bingo for you to play
  • It’s not time for me to stop and hand over to the first speaker. Enjoy the day


  • 1. W3G
    28th. September 2010
    52° 11' 33.5868”, -1° 42' 2.8758"
  • 2. 2
    KELLYLEEBARRETT on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/kellylee/4177529745/
  • 3. Gary Gale on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/vicchi/4414198544/
  • 4. Ian Gallagher on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/iangallagher/122746878/
  • 5. Enokson on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/vblibrary/4522126718/
  • 6. The (Un)Conference On The Three W’s Of Geo
  • 7. Wifi Access?Access Point: swisscomUsername: EVENT/AGIPassword: AGI
  • 8. Twitter Hashtag#w3g#w3gconf
  • 9. So what is an (un)conference?
  • 10. Conference?
  • 11. Gary Gale on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/vicchi/3065728562/
  • 12. Unconference?
  • 13. Gary Gale on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/vicchi/3554626421/
  • 14. Gary Gale on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/vicchi/4428320591/
  • 15. Gary Gale on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/vicchi/4428321047/
  • 16. (Un)conference?
  • 17. Andrew Bowden on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/bods/4450966551/
  • 18. (Un)conference?Check
  • 19. Geo?
  • 20. Changua Coast Conservation Action on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/waders/3177090710/
  • 21.
  • 22. James Fee on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/cageyjames/30936701/
  • 23. Boson Nova on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/bosonnova/3250298799/
  • 24. Geo?Check
  • 25. The 3 W’s?
  • 26. #1 - Where
    Leo Reynolds on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/4519785041/
  • 27. Norman B Leventhal Map Centre on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/normanbleventhalmapcenter/2674855383/
  • 28. #2 - When
    Leo Reynolds on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/3940744688/
  • 29. Paul on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/wokka/270124789/
  • 30. #3 - What
    takomabibelot on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/takomabibelot/2604494470/
  • 31. Nad on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/nad/386051891/
  • 32. The 3 W’s?Check
  • 33. klabusta on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/klabusta/346519139/
  • 34. 34
    Howard Lake on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/howardlake/4550760086/
  • 35. Gold Sponsor
    Adam Howarth on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/puppydogbites/2160460793/
  • 36. ESRI Developer Hub
  • 37. Silver Sponsors
    Marg on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/play4smee/2418525366/
  • 38. GeoVation
  • 39. STAR-APIC
  • 40. 40
    Jules Morgan on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/ladymissmarquise/3612953518/
  • 41. Rollo Home
  • 42. 42
  • 43. Chris HolcroftClaire Huppertz
  • 44.
  • 45. 45
    Paul Riismandel on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/mediageek/2412873536/
  • 46. #w3gconf
    28th. September 2010
    52° 11' 33.5868”, -1° 42' 2.8758"