#GISChat transcript for 20th November 2013

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the first #GISChat, it was great to see such a wealth of experience and views.

For some reason (As Dale Loberger pointed out) my tweets were not wholly appearing in the feed, therefore apologies for the missing text from myself, I hope to have this rectified for the next event on 18th December at 9pm.

The chat began at 9pm (GMT) and I welcomed everyone and asked everyone to introduce themselves:

  1. Hello #GISChat, I’m GIS Data Coordinator at Angus Council in Scotland.
  2. Hello #GISChat i’m the GI Engineer at Angus Council
  3. Hello #GISchat! I’m almost a 30 year GIS veteran working in the private sector that whole time. Now focusing on public safety apps of #GIS.
  4. Some of you may have seen the #geocake at Angus Council today? I think we over-catered but #GISday was very useful indeed#GISChat
  5. Two very enthusiastic secondary school teachers who need to teach kids about GIS – def going to follow that up #GISChat
  6. #GISChat we had lots of visitors throughout the day from Social Work. Legal people, teachers
  7. Then conveyancing team needing linked title deeds with property and housing records and integrated workflows #GISChat
  8. people were all internal staff and a mix of power users, sometime users and “what’s GIS?” #GISChat
  9. @Dragons8mycat this was my first #GISDay not spent at an event since they started in 1999. #GISchat
  10. #GISChat We also enticed none GI people with #GEOCake and then hit them with questions and showed them how they could use GIS too
  11. @Dragons8mycat funny, but your tweets are not showing in the official #GISchat filter
  12. @Dragons8mycat at least three options to get more integrated datasets and more people using a single source of the truth#GISChat
  13. @Dragons8mycat past #GISDay we had a good mix between pros and novices. The public is hard to entice without some exposure to#GIS #GISchat
  14. @DaleLoberger Thats a pretty good run of GIS days. After todays success we need to plan earlier for next year and get more peeps in#GISChat
  15. #GISChat Belated happy GISDAY. We didnt do anything today for this gobal GIS event. We’ll probably do something in a few weeks.
  16. @COsmitty @Dragons8mycat haven’t changed much. We still discuss “What is #GIS?” every #GISDay #GISchat
  17. We also ran an easy geoquiz with a mix of geography and GIS questions – some designed to make use of web GIS to get answers#GISChat
  18. @mixedbredie hated to break a perfect record, but like@Dragons8mycat I had to work. #GISChat
  19. @geosmiles were you out playing with QGIS on your tablet? you going to sell that to field workers? #GISChat
  20. @Dragons8mycat you know that is my favorite subject! #GISChat
  21. @DaleLoberger @Dragons8mycat Really? Rinse and repeat. Pretty maps & awesome analysis #gischat
  22. Q: How big is a Scottish rod? Quite surprised a few people new that straight out. #GISChat
  23. @mixedbredie #GISchat took the tablet up to the tree section and they loved it. Even the address management team wanted a bit of it!
  24. @mixedbredie It also embarrassed a few too! #GISChat
  25. @COsmitty @Dragons8mycat it is often the pretty maps that overshadow the great analysis. #GISchat
  26. @COsmitty @Dragons8mycat it can be a real challenge to get the effort behind getting the question/answer right #GISChat
  27. @geosmiles @mixedbredie #GISChat A mobile device would have been handy when I was Address Custodian at Dudley, had to use parchment & quill
  28. @reagarbett True dat. The country with the highest minimum elevation caused much discussion too. #GISChat
  29. @mixedbredie I sent my answer from the wrong account and forgot#GISChat anyway – isn’t a rod 16.5 feet like in US?
  30. .@Dragons8mycat sorry busy busy 🙂 will try & join in if I can#gischat #gisday
  31. @reagarbett @geosmiles just recently we have had two requests for mobile GIS to capture street furniture – we need a tablet…#GISChat
  32. @DaleLoberger @Dragons8mycat Shiny object map and analysis hide ugly data. #gischat
  33. @Dragons8mycat #GISChat the right name for #GIS is a topic everywhere – in fact #EMS is asking if that is the right name there too.
  34. @COsmitty @Dragons8mycat definitely. Maybe that is why I like to get better handle on the analysis than worry abt the map #GISChat
  35. @Dragons8mycat #GISchat it is a samsung 10.1 with wms to mastermap.
  36. @DaleLoberger @COsmitty @Dragons8mycat but the masses pay attention to pretty maps- lesson needs to be learnt #gischat
  37. @DaleLoberger @COsmitty @Dragons8mycat for sure once you know the data and understand the analysis the map prod becomes clearer #GISChat
  38. @mixedbredie #GISchat we contracted someone to do this for us about 18 months ago, produced some really good datasets.
  39. @Dragons8mycat @DaleLoberger no separation needed. I prefer to start as a geek and pick lens according to project or phase #GISchat
  40. @Dragons8mycat We had a small gathering here in Dublin, a few well known people and a couple of newbies. #GISChat
  41. @Dragons8mycat #GISchat peeps not really that interested in Mastermap attributes, its just something to navigate and plot by!
  42. @Dragons8mycat @COsmitty this is where I separate cartography from GIS (which I see as primarily the analysis) #GISChat
  43. @AngharadStone bit more pressure on us then to get the map to give the right message. Lots of diff hats to wear… #GISChat
  44. @AngharadStone bit more pressure on us then to get the map to give the right message. Lots of diff hats to wear… #GISChat
  45. @Dragons8mycat It was a bit last-minute, in fairness. #GISChat
  46. @Dragons8mycat They work with one of the regulars. Had some real out-of-the-blue types at another #GeoBeer last month tho.#GISChat
  47. @COsmitty @Dragons8mycat how many GIS people know “effective cartography”? #GISchat
  48. @DaleLoberger explain “effective cartography”? simplest way to convey message? #GISChat
  49. Late to the #gischat – hello all, I’m in Euston after the @foss4g wrap up and catching up
  50. @mixedbredie “clearest” way to convey the message without confusion #GISchat
  51. @mixedbredie @DaleLoberger #GISChat would it be the best blend of background noise to produce the image?
  52. @mixedbredie @DaleLoberger Effective cartography- the ability to communicate a story, results of analysis, or focus on data #GISChat
  53. @COsmitty @daleloerger @reagarbett often the bit I find hardest and then I turn to map galleries for inspiration and fresh eyes#GISChat
  54. @Dragons8mycat The last official gathering of the @foss4g 2013 team, capturing lessons learned and tidying up a few things #gischat
  55. @DaleLoberger @COsmitty @Dragons8mycat Worked alongside Graphic Designers in my early years, an eye-opener re: ‘effective’#GISChat
  56. With Foss4g in the UK this year there was a lot of open on the agenda, what are the topics for 2014? #gischat
  57. @COsmitty @DaleLoberger luckily I can just turn to @mixedbredieand say does this look right to you? #GISChat
  58. @DaleLoberger @COsmitty @Dragons8mycat Main learning: a good looking map can hide a multitude of sins #GISChat
  59. @abi_csgn heading north on the sleeper or the cattle trucks?#GISChat
  60. @reagarbett I miss that – just me covering GI & Data management#gischat
  61. @ManAboutCouch @COsmitty @Dragons8mycat …or a multitude of “lies” #MarkMonimer should join #GISchat
  62. @abi_csgn #GISChat late night travelling? were there any#GISDay celebrations @foss4g or GEOCakes?
  63. @abi_csgn @reagarbett ah yes from lone wolf to team of 7- different challenges. #gischat
  64. @Dragons8mycat @abi_csgn @foss4g #GISChat next year conference is in Portland.
  65. @abi_csgn I’m sure if you send @mixedbredie a screen shot, he’ll provide the same service #GISChat
  66. @mixedbredie yup, sleeper for me, early start this morning will hopefully mean I sleep through the bumps… #gischat
  67. @mixedbredie anyone archiving or storifying #gischat or is this less formal?
  68. @DaleLoberger @COsmitty @Dragons8mycat That book gets more relevant every year. Hard to believe it’s 22 years old! #GISChat
  69. @COsmitty @abi_csgn @reagarbett I did solo GIS for 18 months before Roger joined – don’t know how I managed… #GISChat
  70. @COsmitty yes, I am sure the other way is equally interesting#gischat @reagarbett
  71. @COsmitty @abi_csgn #GISChat I can image the project meetings may last some time …
  72. @Dragons8mycat I probably need to find a more effective way to track the #GISchat
  73. @COsmitty I am sure @Dragons8mycat has a handle on that – I’m finding it hard to keep track of the threads – needs colours#GISChat
  74. @abi_csgn @mixedbredie Hey at least that is better than the MegaBus I did 2 weeks ago 10 hours travelling #GISChat
  75. @COsmitty @mixedbredie @reagarbett building strong external networks is key, more so when you are on your own #gischat
  76. There must be a way of linking all the replies into a timeline in this twubs #GISChat
  77. @hp_ems Yup – can do that with FME and a couple of transformers but it only works on located tweets #GISChat
  78. @Dragons8mycat @mixedbredie @COsmitty @DaleLobergerWoohoo Cricket starts soon #GISChat #Ashes sorry just went off piste!
  79. @mixedbredie @hp_ems shouldn’t every GIS’er opt to geo-tag their tweets?!? #GISChat
  80. It is official- profile corrupted. ArcMap on strike. No GIS for me on#GISDay Poetic. #GISChat
  81. @abi_csgn Indeed – glad I joined AGI and QGIS User Group and the Scotland crowd are good at getting together too #GISChat
  82. Twubs makes #GISChat much nicer.
  83. @DaleLoberger Maybe. Some people do get concerned about locational privacy… #GISChat
  84. @mixedbredie @abi_csgn The Scotland #OpenStreetMap user group look v. active, even had their own SotM. Lessons for us in Ireland #GISChat
  85. @Dragons8mycat @abi_csgn @COsmitty @mixedbredie I’ve been driven batty by bat files, but would not be without them now#GISChat
  86. @mixedbredie my suggestion was *somewhat* tongue in cheek, but I do share location #GISChat
  87. #GISChat calling it a night, my cat is wanting the laptop!!!! goodnight all
  88. are you listening @fozy81 @osmedin @chrisfl ? MT@ManAboutCouch: The Scotland #OpenStreetMap user group look v. active, #GISChat
  89. @Dragons8mycat Thanks for setting up this #GISChat. I look forward to more!
  90. @reagarbett see you next time… #gischat
  91. till the morro all – thanks Nick! #GISChat
  92. @Dragons8mycat #GISChat Portland Oregon! Must stop this thing auto correcting to Poundland…
  93. @abi_csgn @fozy81 @osmedin @chrisfl missed that chat, but maybe next time. #GISChat
  94. @Dragons8mycat @mixedbredie @abi_csgn I compared OSM editor numbers Sco/Irl with @chrisfl at #SotM13: v similar.#GISChat
  95. @Dragons8mycat @mixedbredie @abi_csgn Our OpenData regime is different tho, positive noises but no action yet from@OrdnanceIreland #GISChat
  96. @Dragons8mycat @mixedbredie I’ll ask the SMEM folks which tools they are using for archiving chat #GISChat could be fun
  97. Thanks all involved, keeping me occupied while hanging around – see you next time #gischat
    As stated above, next chat is 18th December, do join in!!

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