PolyGeo has now been trading for almost 6 months, so I thought it was time to blog about its business to date. It has made what I believe to be a solid start, based on a strategy to raise its profile first, before increasing its billable hours and product development.
Profile raising has been achieved by presenting two workshops (OpenStreetMap and OGC Web Service Interoperability) and a joint paper on the Online Environmental Mapping Service at the Queensland Surveying and Spatial Conference in Brisbane (September), and then a similar paper with more emphasis on Python in the developer stream at the Esri Asia-Pacific User Conference in Auckland (November). These conferences have been complemented by active participation in the Stack Exchange GIS, Brisbane GeoRabble and Brisbane Geospatial Network communities, along with some micro-blogging via Twitter.
Along the way I have undertaken a number of training assignments in Queensland and internationally for NGIS Australia who have proven to be a very valuable partner.
In the background, I have been developing some advanced ArcGIS training courses and the first of these, Advanced ArcPy (and Python) for Geoprocessing, is now ready for release. This, and subsequent courses and workshops, will be available direct from PolyGeo, but also via NGIS Australia and PolyGeo’s newest partner, GIS People. GIS People has been in existence only two years but has quickly established itself as a major provider of GIS consulting and training in Queensland.
I’m long overdue for making my first blog post in a very long while, so I hope no one has been looking for it daily. Since starting to trade as PolyGeo in late July, I have been doing the odd paid job but have mostly been preparing for the Queensland Surveying & Spatial Conference (QSSC) 2012 that took place in Brisbane last week.
My role in the conference was principally to run two workshops on OpenStreetMap and OGC Web Services respectively, but I also co-presented with Steve Jones of the Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA) on the Online Environmental Mapping Service (OEMS) Redevelopment Project. The latter involved me writing lots of Python/ArcPy code for a “maps on demand” application that requests maps to be created as PDF files via a Geoprocessing Service using a multitude of business rules.
For the OpenStreetMap workshop there was opportunity to investigate the ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap, or to use Potlatch to edit OpenStreetMap in a web browser, by following a short exercise that I put together, but I thought the star of the show was 1Spatial’s Andrew Harvey who has made many contributions to OpenStreetMap around Sydney. I was also very impressed by Nick Lawrence’s use of slides from David Dean after the latter could not attend, the OpenStreetMap Great Britain (OSM-GB) project presentation by Brett Madsen and an overview of the Esri Community Maps Program by Len Olyott.
When it came to OGC Interoperability, we worked to an ambitious idea of seeing how many client and server products we could use to test WMS, WMTS, WCS, WFS, WFS-T, WPS and CSW. It was only WFS-T and WPS that we fell short on, and this was largely due to the time factor. With much support from Denise McKenzie of the OGC ANZ Forum who gave an OGC overview, 1Spatial Australia (Brett Madsen), Esri Australia (Len Olyott & Craig Sandy), and Intergraph Australia (Defkalion Kaligridis & Anton Van Wyk) we were able to provide participants with written exercises to use the client(s) of their choice from Quantum GIS, GeoMedia Professional, Intergraph ERDAS Imagine and ArcGIS for Desktop to consume WMS, WMTS, WCS, WFS and/or CSW from Intergraph Geospatial Portal and APOLLO Server, Safe Software’s FME Server, Esri’s ArcGIS for Server and open source MapServer, GeoServer and GeoNetwork. Matthew Fry of Mipela GeoSolutions also provided us with WMS and WFS services from the X-Info Suite.
All in all it was a great workshop day and conference!