Frank Pichel, CPO & Robert Banick, Consultant
Cadasta Foundation and NRGI collaboratively reviewed a subset of annotated contracts from ResourceCountracts.org to identify the range of possibilities in spatial definition of agreements, to extract & map concession areas, and to define processes for automating the mapping of extractive contracts when possible. Consultancy recommendations are presented in this report and will be incorporated into ResourceContracts.org.
Kate Chapman, CTO
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend XOXO, a festival and conference celebrating independent film, art, and technology in Portland, OR. It was an amazing opportunity to hear people I've admired from afar speak in person such as Zoe Quinn, Kirby Ferguson (Everything is a Remix), and Alex Blumberg (Startup Podcast and Gimlet Media). I also discovered people and projects I hadn't heard about before, but will certainly be following in the future such as C. Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics) and The Toast. In the midst of all of this amazing content, the talk that most struck a chord with me was from Eric Meyer.
Kate Chapman, CTO
Frank and I are off to New York City this weekend for the annual State of the Map US Conference (SotM-US). SotM-US is the annual OpenStreetMap US hosted conference, and this year it's being held at the UN Headquarters. While the venue excites me, the content is really what I'm looking forward to. For context, OpenStreetMap is an online project to create a free map of the entire world that anyone can contribute to. It works similarly to Wikipedia - and contributors are using the project for all sorts of incredible applications. This weekend we'll be seeing some of these talks about building OSM communities, the technology behind it, related projects, and different use cases.