AppGeo’s Peter Girard Joins Applied Math Advisory Committee

Posted on November 25, 2013 in News

In recognition of the growing importance of location-based analysis or geoanalytics, the Wentworth Institute of Technology recently invited AppGeo Vice President and Director of Software Architecture Peter Girard to join their Professional Advisory Committee for the newly formed and innovative three-year B.S. program in Applied Math.

The committee is comprised of a wide range of industry leaders from engineering, software, government, biostatistics and more. Members of the committee will share industry updates and trends, advise on curriculum and training needs, and offer outreach ideas to appropriate industry groups.

The new major links mathematics and the worlds of science, technology, engineering and social science. “I am excited to contribute to this new major,” said Girard. “With the convergence of geospatial IT and big data, I look forward to helping a new generation discover the importance of applied math for addressing our spatial IT and geoanalytics challenges!”

Congratulations Peter!

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Picked Up Pieces That Have Settled Out Since the FOSS4G North America Conference

Posted on August 26, 2013 in Thinking

By Michael Terner (@mt_AppGeo), Executive Vice President

Here in Boston, we are privileged to have some of the greatest sports writing in the country on the pages of the Boston Globe. This blog is written in the style of, and in homage to both Dan Shaughnessy’s (@Dan_Shaughnessy) “Picked Up Pieces While…” columns, and Bob Ryan’s (@GlobeBobRyan) “Cleaning Out the Desk Drawer of my Mind…” columns. Here is a recent example from Shaughnessy.

  • The second-annual Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) North American conference, aka FOSS4GNA, was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in late May. After many bitten fingernails from the host committee, the conference drew almost 400 people as the notoriously late-registering “open source crew” came through over the final three weeks leading up to the event. This very respectable attendance came in spite of two significant hurdles. First, unlike the initial FOSS4GNA conference last year in Washington, D.C., there was almost zero attendance from Federal employees due to the sequester and associated travel restrictions.  Second, and unlike last year (when the international conference scheduled for Beijing was cancelled) there will be an international FOSS4G conference in Nottingham, England in September, and undoubtedly some had to choose between the two events. The success of the Minneapolis show fully validates the health of this community and the ability of this continent to support its own FOSS4G gathering.  
  • Next year, North America is slated to host the 2014 international FOSS4G event, which should have no problem exceeding the 2013 North America- only attendance figure. After heady competition with Washington, D.C., OSGeo recently announced that Portland, Oregon won the bid to host the international FOSS4G conference. This leaves open two questions:
    • Will this year’s international conference in England outdraw the Minneapolis show, and if so, by how much?
    • Where will FOSS4GNA 2015 be held, and how many people will come?

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Who will shape the GIS of the Future?

Posted on October 23, 2012 in News

AppGeo President, Rich Grady, and AppGeo’s Director of Software Architecture, Peter Girard, are presenting today on GIS and GIS programming at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, Department of Applied Mathematics.

“This is another example of how interest in GIS and the recognition of the importance of location-based analysis is spreading to all corners of higher education,” said Grady.  “We’re enthusiastic about sharing our knowledge and experiences with this audience, and interested to hear about their perspectives.  Mathematicians and contributors from many other disciplines will help to shape the GIS of the future.  And the nexus of location-based services, big data, the internet and social media, mobile devices, and evolving GIS platform technologies challenges all of us to stay in ‘learning mode’ as GIS professionals.”

Photo credit: http://teachertechblog-lisa.blogspot.com/

380 Changes: Esri’s ArcGIS Server 10.1 and the SOAP API

Posted on August 1, 2012 in Thinking

When upgrading software, the challenge is to find the differences between old and new versions and identify which changes might cause problems.  We’ve been upgrading to ArcGIS Server 10.1 from 10.0 and thought we’d pass on what we’ve discovered with respect to the SOAP API.

Although we use the ArcGIS Server REST API for much of our web GIS work these days – it’s simple, lightweight and we prefer it for rapid development – we still have many legacy applications as well as our General Purpose Viewer that use the ArcGIS Server SOAP API.  These applications all use a common DLL that we built to wrap the SOAP API and extend it with convenience properties and methods.  With each new release of ArcGIS Server we have to update the web service references in this DLL to account for the new and changed features.  Sometimes these changes break existing functionality.  Thus it’s critical for us to know where those breaking changes will occur.

For the version 10.1 update we have run a complete comparative analysis of the SOAP API against version 10.0.  The linked AGS 10.1 SOAP API Changes spreadsheet documents 380 changes across the nine services common to both versions.  The good news: the vast majority of these changes are additions, so your existing version 10.0 code should not be affected by them. continue_reading…