Mapgears was present at the third edition of VisionGÉOMATIQUE that took place in Chicoutimi, QC Canada on October 17th and 18th 2012.

The event that was organized in collaboration between the “Centre de Géomatique du Québec”, OSGeo-Québec and AGMQ was a great success with about 300 participants and a full house for all conferences in the OSGeo-Quebec track.

Oktoberfest

Wednesday, October 17th

Daniel broke the ice early on October 17th in the OSGeo track with an introduction talk (PDF download) aiming at demystifying Free and Open Source Software in Geomatics.

Simon was also the author of a presentation (view it online) about Open Data, a growing trend reflected by the increase in popularity of Open Data portals.

In the evening, Mapgears was the host of the Business networking event that took place at the “vieille Pulperie de Chicoutimi”. The Oktoberfest dinner with ambience, band and Bavarian style was a great success.

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Thursday, October 18th

Julien delivered an introduction to Web mapping with a presentation (PDF download) featuring some of the main open source tools and softwares available for adding maps to a website, particularly MapServer, OpenLayers and PostGIS.

Charles-Éric was the author of a conference about OpenStreetMap and MapServer as alternatives to Google Maps as geospatial data source and software to produce high-quality maps. It aroused much interest in the crowd.

NASA World Wind

We’d like to extend special thanks to Mr Nicolas Vila from Groupe Thales Toulouse for his excellent keynote talk about the use of NASA World Wind and the importance and strengths of Open Source software in the spatial field. He made reference to the choice of MapServer for the next generation of NASA World Wind servers which was also the object of an announcement that we had published the day before.

Mapgears kiosk

Mapgears made heads turn at her kiosk with a motion controled interactive map that used a Microsoft Kinect sensor device to pan and zoom on a map using hand gestures.

Demo Kinect