We’re taking it on the road! UMI’s own Jessy and John will be representin’ in Minneapolis, May 22-24 at FOSS4G North America. We are a Gold level sponsor and will be on hand to spread the word about how powerful and user-focused geospatial software combined with a rich collection of high-value data is the way to go! If your travels call for FOSS4G, please drop us a note and let us kn0w!
Map conference season is upon us! And the State of the Map confab will be happening in San Francisco this June 8-9. Urban Mapping is proud to be a Gold level sponsor–we’re underwriting several scholarships and will have a presence at the event. OpenStreetMap has served us very well over the past five plus years–we love the ability to custom style and render tiles for use within Mapfluence and for customers like Tableau Software. It’s a sort of reunion for extended family, some of whom we haven’t yet met. If you are attending the conference, please be sure to drop us a note or say hi at the event!
Urban Mapping is looking for passionate engineers to support sales operations, internal prototyping and special projects. You will develop and maintain hybrid applications to strengthen internal reporting and build applications using Mapfluence to support product management.
This role blends requirements from several functional areas and provides insight to the guts of running a software company. Leveraging APIs and building applications based on Mechanical Turk, New Relic, Jira, splunk, Tableau Software, Confluence and other tools, you will grow your skills in OOP, various ETL techniques and prototyping. Your work will ensure we remain laser-focused on customer and product support. If you are equally comfortable explaining the business benefit of a feature to customers as you are discussing technical trade-offs with colleagues, we’d like to hear from you.
- 1-3 years programming experience (prefer Java, Python or C++)
- 1-3 years database experience
- HTML literacy
- 1 year SQL experience
- ETL/data transformation experience using Google Refine, FME or others
- Web application development
- Ingesting/analyzing large datasets
- String parsing/transform experience
- Data validation/deduplication experience
- Worked with decentralized contributors in online communities
Please send your resume along with a note of introduction to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate ‘OPERATIONS ENGINEER’ in the subject line.
Urban Mapping, Inc (UMI) provides geospatial web and data services to simplify the development and deployment of online mapping and data visualization applications. UMI’s Mapfluence service offers a solid technical infrastructure for mapping, custom base maps and the industry’s most comprehensive on-demand data catalog.
Since 2006, leading interactive publishers like Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft and leading enterprises like CoStar Group, Tableau Software and CoreLogic have utilized Urban Mapping’s geospatial data and technology. For more information, please visit www.urbanmapping.com. This position pays a competitive base salary + benefits, including paid vacation, health insurance, stock options, training/education. Urban Mapping is centrally located in San Francisco’s Financial District. Relocation assistance is available, as is sponsorship for work authorization (H-1B or TN NAFTA).
PyPg Day 2013, otherwise known as PostgreSQL Day at PyCon US is happening on March 13 at the Santa Clara Convention Center and UMI is proud to sponsor the event, getting us premium logo placement on banners and tees! We’ll have some of our engineering staff there to learn, educate, mingle and have fun. If you are interested in attending, don’t delay, register today!
Postgres and Python are both vibrant communities that have much in common. Both at their core are open communities that believe in making the world better through the software they release. Beyond the similarities in the communities, many Python users are Postgres users and vice-versa. The overlap in users between these communities allowing the opportunity for both to benefit from closely timed and coordinated events it makes it easier on attendees of both.
PyPgDay 2013 will be a full-day event with talks about PostgreSQL and Python, including talks by contributors to PostgreSQL, Django, PostGIS, and Python. Half the talks will help PostgreSQL DBAs, and the other half will focus on developing Python applications using Postgres features. There will also be a party in the evening.
This year’s Urban Mapping holiday party is planned and ready for execution! Bring your season’s finest and be prepared to enjoy! This year we’ll be at Ozumo, right near the historic Embarcadero. Festivities begin early in the evening, but that’s only for Umibot and friends. We hope you can make it from 9pm until late.
For those cartographers out there, you are no doubt familiar with the adulterated “Chevalier” Commercial, Pictorial and Tourist Map of San Francisco From Latest U.S. Gov. and Official Surveys.
Summer reading list! Or not…but required reading at UMI. Why these three books?
- The Image of the City, Kevin Lynch – This is a seminal work of urban planning. Hard to believe it is 50+ years old, but still very relevant. However, wouldn’t it be nice to pen The Image of the Megapolis, a c.2013 follow up?
- The Elements of Style, Strunk & White – Nobody who communicates in English should be without this reference. It is indispensable and makes the decent writer a great writer. It encapsulates the economy of language.
- Innumeracy, John Allen Paulos – What is worse than not knowing how to read a newspaper? Not knowing how to understand a statistic. Too many people accept facts at face value without posing any questions. Blind acceptance is dangerous! As we say in Mapland…maps are not true for all purposes!
Sometimes the information economy ushers in fantastic opportunities for government to more with less. Efficiencies derived through smart use of IT practices, crowdsourcing, transparency and social media are areas that have ‘injected’ dynamism into government operations. Unfortunately, the opposite holds true: sometimes the information economy ushers in stupid opportunities for private parties to take advantage of government.
Exhibit A is the Department of Homeland Security’s recent solicitation for Airline Industry Flight Data. Seems odd, given that the FAA, which oversees air travel in the US, um, has this information*. But not completely– all aircraft have to file a flight plan with the FAA before take off, and this is public. However, for a variety of reasons, the plan filed may not be the actual route flown.
This RFP seeks information that is known by a small group of companies active in the airline ticketing and scheduling industry. GDS acts as a sort of back office for airline ticketing (the history of the GDS alone is a fascinating one, but that for another time), and schedule aggregators (like Innovata) work with IATA to provide schedule data in a standardized format. Getting to the details, the solicitation seeks detailed information relating to US originating or terminating flights in the industry-standard SSIM format. Specifically, it seeks:
- Airline names
- Flight numbers
- Itinerary variation
- Leg sequence numbers
- Service types
- Departure/arrival stations
- Discontinued dates
- and more! (consult the solicitation if you dare: Scope of Work, Page 2)
Additionally, “…[t]he flight data file shall not contain the following Data Element Identifier (DEI) Type 4 line items:
a. 501 – On-Time Performance
b. 502 – In-Flight service (meals for sale, movies, smoking, non-smoking, etc)
c. 503 - Electronic Ticketing Information”
Seems odd to specifically identify three attributes that you do not want. What is weird about this solicitation (apart from the FAA already having this data) is that DHS already has it– under the Secure Flight program, the TSA collects traveller information from airlines. This includes a unique ID (PNR) that can be used to associate with the aircraft, and therefore capture info the TSA seeks!
*Ok, we lied. The FAA actually doesn’t have this data. Of course you would think they create this data, but they don’t–it’s licensed from a private party, giving more opportunities to license public resources to additional government agencies, like DHS!