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Thanks, Dez and Chris!

 

The other day, members Dez and Chris pulled out their tool belts for a team effort and assembled another bench for the shop. The wooden stool in front is courtesy our friend Chuck, the best scrounger we've ever met. Thanks guys!

 


Hackforge at Build a Dream

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On May 14th, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc, Workforce Windsor Essex, Greater Essex County District School Board, Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board, Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence and St. Clair College hosted the Build A Dream Event.

The event highlighted opportunities in a number of careers to better assist youth in making career choices and provided an opportunity for families to come out and learn more about careers in the growing sectors. Over 130 young high school women attended to explore future careers in science, technology, engineering, math and the skilled trades.

At the event was Hackforge’s Christopher Deschamps who can be pictured above showing off the capabilities and the potential of 3D printing.

Thank you Chris for representing us so well and thanks to the organizers of the Build a Dream event for having us.


Maptime was a good time!

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Maptime  is a collection of beginner-focused community groups for learning  geospatial technology, techniques, and concepts, particularly using open  source tools and hands-on practice and exercises. But Maptime  is also an important idea: it shouldn’t be so hard to learn, and we have  the power to make it easier – and teach ourselves in the process” : from http://lyzidiamond.com/posts/why-maptime/

We had our first Maptime WindsorEssex meetup today! It was dedicated to Open Street Map. Here’s some of the stuff we shared:
    OpenStreetMap: http://www.openstreetmap.org/
    OpenStreetMap Help: https://help.openstreetmap.org/
    OpenStreetMap Canada Mailing List: https://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/talk-ca
    Be A Mapper: http://beamapper.com/
    LearnOSM: http://learnosm.org/en/

Today’s Presentation: http://copystar.github.io/osm-101/

 To learn how to add any kind of thing to the OSM map:

 To learn what is good OSM practice:

 To learn what features are missing names in Windsor:

     register at : http://www.itoworld.com/

Thanks everyone who came out!  Sign up for the Hackforge newsletter to know when Maptime will be next!

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Maptime is fun time!

Everyone get mappy! It’s Maptime Windsor Essex!

If you are interested in learning more about making web maps, please join us at Hackforge on May 13th at 7pm for Maptime!

Maptime started in 2013 as an idea at the State of the Map conference (link: ) as a way to get folks interested in map-making together for regular meet ups. Since then, the idea has spread from San Francisco, to New York, to Toronto and now to Windsor. 

So if you are curious, please come along and join us and bring a laptop if you can. We’ll start off our first get together talking about and hopefully adding to OpenStreetMap.


ODWE celebrates Open Data Day

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Thank you everyone who came out and joined Open Data Windsor Essex celebration of International Open Data Day 2014.  The theme of our event was ‘Get Your Data on the Map.’

After I gave a brief welcome and Introduction to Open Data, Philip Aylesworth gave a great presentation on the power and potential of using Google Fusion tables to produce both maps and data cards.

Doug Sartori and Jason Pomerleau then spoke to the group about some of the challenges that they faced using Open Data in a commercial app that they are currently building.

After my Introduction to Web Mapping, Randy Topliffe gave an impromptu taster of a future Tech Talk on making Data Beautiful using ReThinkDB, Pandas, and iPython Notebook.

Thank you everyone who spent the day with us and a special thank you goes out to the City of Windsor for making their Open Data Catalogue available to everyone.


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