Cartonama Conference

Making the most of geospatial data, community mapping, and location-based services.

The ‘Where’ question is central to our everyday lives. Geospatial data shapes our ability to answer that question and build intelligent applications, whether on the web or on your mobile device.

Supported by contributions from crowd-sourced data projects and open source software, geo data and its technology spectrum has grown impressively in recent years. In the face of this massive and diverse range of spatial data and technologies, the ability to choose effective methods for storage, retrieval and visualisation becomes critical .

The Cartonama conference is about geographic data, the technology behind it, the applications built around it and the overarching aspect of community and mobility.

We will organize workshops along with the conference. The goal would be to provide hands-on training to collect, store and visualize geographic data, and finally, to build location-based services with these tools. Workshop theme falls into:

  • Nature of Geospatial Data: Structure, Formats and Operations
  • Collection, Storage & Delivery of Geospatial Data: Crowd-sourced Models, Standards and Databases
  • Location-based Services: Front-end and Back-end tools to build and manage your applications
  • Leveraging Open Geographic Data Repositories: Using OpenStreetMap to visualize and tell stories through maps

You can submit your workshop proposals via the submissions through the funnel below.

##Speaking submissions
You can submit a proposal to speak at Cartonama via the submission funnel below. Please describe your proposal in as much detail as possible. Detail is important if you’d like to be voted up into the schedule.

Your submission will be up for public voting for up to 2 weeks before the event. For the final tally, we will only consider votes from ticket holders, as a way to ensure participants get exactly what they pay for.

Making a funnel submission does not guarantee final selection. Selected speakers will get a free ticket to the event (limited to one speaker per proposal). Proposers whose talks are not on the final schedule will be able to purchase tickets at the prevailing rate for the day on which they made their proposal.

You can buy a ticket to the event here.

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Cartonama is HasGeek’s conference on mapping and location-based services. more

Kristine Gali

Mapping a Solution to an Unknown Location

Submitted Aug 22, 2012

To demistify the current address system used throughout India. An explanation of the many complications associated with getting from point A to point B.


Ever wondered how useful your home ‘address’ ACTUALLY is? How long SHOULD it take for a letter to travel 15,000km to suburban India? Or, how many times should your driver be allowed to ask for directions before being excessive??

This is an open ended discussion driven by the problems encountered when attempting to locate people on a household basis. We will discuss how much information is actually needed to pinpoint a location and how proper mapping can improve the efficiency of this system for several industries such as municipal utilities, e-commerce, general billing, recreation, etc.

In general, what are our current limitations in mapping and when/where does it make sense to begin mapping community based, spatial knowledge? After a brief introduction to the challenges we’ve faced and the solutions we’ve come up with, this session will act as a platform for creativity and endless mapping possibilities. Share your past experiences, innovative suggestions, and future solutions!


An open mind.

Speaker bio

Kristine Gali is the Product Development Manager at NextDrop, a social enterprise focused on piped water supply. She’s committed to increasing the transparency between employees on the field and engineers in the office. Her interests revolve around mapping and navigation systems that are efficient in both suburban/rural neighborhoods as well as large urban cities.

Finally, she just wants to know how her delayed airport luggage arrived at her doorstep without any address attached at all!


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Cartonama is HasGeek’s conference on mapping and location-based services. more