I am very happy to announce that Emily Ashley will be speaking at Clojure SYNC.
Emily is very enthusiastic about maps. She organizes the local chapter of Maptime in New Orleans. She volunteers at MapStory.org where users can build stories of changing maps over time. She’s got an awesome topic lined up about how our informal understanding doesn’t always match with a formal data model–and what we can do about it. Here’s the description:
7 Falsehoods Programmers Believe about Place & Time
What if I told you everything you know about location and time was wrong? Geospatial software has come a long way and everything works great . . . that is, until humans join the scene. Using off-the-shelf geospatial building blocks, MapStory.org has engaged a global user community and challenged them to collaboratively organize knowledge about the world both spatially and temporally . . . and found that users’ mental models of maps over time do not match our software data model. This session will address assumptions you might be making about the nature of spatiotemporal data. There’s a significant disconnect between the data model and user knowledge — is software rich enough to support the whole story? Can we reconcile the two?
Emily is consistently awesome and I’m sure you’ll find that this talk is no exception. Definitely in the Craft theme I talk about here.
Please forgive the poor audio quality. We had technical trouble with the audio recording and had to use the backup audio.
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