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July 2023 at Hackforge

July 12, 2023

by Lauren Hedges in News

Border City Data: Visualizing Ontario Water Quality

Thursday, July, 20 @ 6:30PM Hybrid

The province of Ontario provides data on the quality of stream water dating back to 1964. Through the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, the public can download and manipulate data that shows, among other things, total and dissolved nutrients, metals, and chloride in our streams and rivers.

On Thursday, July 20th, Border City Data and Doug Sartori will be using Python to connect to, process, and visualize this data. The slow-paced walkthrough is suitable for those with a base-knowledge of Python, as well as those interested in water quality.

In-person and virtual attendance options available. RSVP through Eventbrite and we’ll see you then!

Interested in seeing the data ahead of time? Check it out for yourself.

OpenStreetMap Windsor-Essex: Meet the Cycling Guide Mobile App

Sunday, July, 23 @ 7PM Virtual Only

Since early 2022, Hackforge has been on mission to bring bicycle routing to Windsor-Essex. To accomplish this we started the C3Tech initiative and launched WindsorEssexCycling.ca.

Recently, we connected with the Waterloo-based Cycling Guide Foundation (CGF). Earlier this summer CGF launched it’s mobile app, Cycling Guide. This cross-platform application offers low-stress cycling routes using available infrastructure. It is based entirely on OpenStreetMap data. Basically, CGF beat us to releasing the app we set out to build. So now we’re partnering with them!

Currently, Cycling Guide routing only works in the Waterloo Region and Guelph. However, Hackforge is working with CGF to bring it to Windsor-Essex, too! In this one-hour walkthrough, CGF Executive Director Mark Connolly will be giving a demonstration of the app. Joining him will be the project’s OSM expert David Trueman and data lead Amy Colford.

This event will be of interest to anyone into cycling, OpenStreetMap, or app development. It will be a great starting point for planning how OSM Windsor-Essex can work on collecting, correcting, and maintaining our roadway data.

This free, virtual-only event will be taking place on Sunday, July 23rd at 7pm. Register via Eventbrite to attend.

Linux Users Group Meetup

Tuesday, July, 25 @ 7PM In-Person Only

Join us at Hackforge HQ for another casual meetup of the Linux Users Group! Bring your computer, steam deck, thoughts, and/or ideas, and we’ll see what happens!

When: Tuesday, July 25, 7 – 9pm

Where: Hackforge HQ (300 Ouellette Ave, Unit 210)

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