[Biogeosdi] Re: biogeosdi Digest, Vol 7, Issue 4

Meganck Bart bart.meganck at africamuseum.be
Mon Jun 25 11:27:17 CEST 2007

Hi Javier,

Yes, I totally agree that we should finish this noble task of saving the

For a title, how about :

"How to save the world with standards and coconuts"
"90 coconuts can't be mad"
"OGC : Open Geospatial Coconuts ? "

I've taken a look at the report text again, and made some small changes
(mostly in style and typos) - but I think the text is quite good now as
it is, and I especially liked the addition of a bit more text on the
workings of the "backend" : it made things clearer for me (though I do
not know who put it there).

As for the demo, I see two big things that are still missing :

1/ the maps shown in the GUI are just GBIF demo maps, not the WMS maps
provided by our own work : this is actually something that I should
implement (mea maxima culpa).

2/ we had the last step (the modelling returning a WMS (WCS?) layer and
displaying it working in Campinas, but in the online demo this doesn't
work. That's a pity, because you always have to break off the
demonstration there, and ask people to believe that it was actually
working (and tough audiences going "yeah, right !").
Could we perhaps insert some sort of mock-up there ?
Or would it be possible to get it working again (would be fantastic) ?

best regards to all, I hope that some day we'll meet up and work
together again - and have a coconut, aahhh !


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> Hey people!!
> Long time ago there was a meeting in Campinas... 6 incredible person
> met there to create an amazing prototype that would save the world...
> but they forgot to finish the documentation!!
> What a pity, the world would have been a much better place....
> We can be different! We still have the opportunity to save the world
> if we finish the report from our last meeting!
> I have edited several parts of the document and sent it to Lee to ask
> him for comments. He is very happy with the status of the report, but
> I have to say I would still edit a little bit more... in any case I
> think we can start a fast process... let say we put the document
> under ask for comments until wednesday, if no one complain before I
> will send it then.
> If someone, for any reason, does not have access to the document on
> the SVN server
> Lee also asked me to present the report and the prototype on the next
> OGC meeting in Paris, the 12th of June. Flip will give us 20min and 5
> more for questions...
> I hope everybody is fine with me going there. This is part of the
> TDWG-OGC MoU, we have to demonstrate that we take them seriously.
> I will be on holidays from the 28th til the 8th of July. I will
> travel to the states for a friends wedding in Kentucky. If things get
> crazy I might finish getting marriage in Las Vegas as Elvis Presley,
> but if not I will probably fly then directly tom Paris. My trip is NY-
> Chicago-Kentucky if someone is on the road those days.
> So... I did it again... I will use my holidays to work on the
> presentation and on the prototype. Ideally I will present a finish
> prototype on HTML and Flex, with the design that the designer did
> here and with Yahoo maps integration. Of course also with a nice
> presentation, not a boring one, and with lot of preparation. But
> somewhere between this ideal situation and a total disaster I will
> finish, if someone want to help please go ahead!! First thing I need
> to have is a title for the presentation. I have some ideas but more
> are welcome:
> -90 coconuts and an old Dell laptop to save biodiversity using
> geospatial standards.
> -Demonstration on how tropical weather influence programming
> productivity and happiness... using OGC standards!
> -OGC is not enough
> -Biodioversity 2.0
> And some more classical, and more probable like:
> -OGC standards and biodiversity: the biogeosdi experiment.
> Javier de la Torre
> Dtor. Tecnologa
> Tel: 91 536 05 03
> Mov: 629 69 38 70
> skype:jatorre555
> jatorre at imaste-ips.com
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Bart Meganck,

ICT & GIS engineer,
African Zoology Department.

Royal Museum for Central Africa,
Leuvensesteenweg 13,
B-3080 Tervuren,

Tel : +32(0)2 769 56 92
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Email : bart.meganck at africamuseum.be
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