"Opening" the Possibilities: APIs and Open Source Code

Gary Lang, Vice President of Engineering, Autodesk, Infrastructure Solutions Division

Date: Thursday, July 27
Time: 9:00am - 9:15am
Location: Portland Ballroom

Perhaps no recent technological development has been more influential in the open source geospatial community than Google Earth. This amazing tool has had an energizing effect on developers with its “Cartographer’s Eye Candy.” Google Earth’s open APIs have opened the developer community’s eyes to the possibilities of working with even more robust code, such as the mapping open source code available today which could allow developers to host and publish compelling applications and have more control over their data.

With open source code at its fingertips, the mapping development community is on the verge of explosive growth. Everything from map coordinates to electrical grid schematics will be on demand to project stakeholders in dynamic, easy to understand, and highly accurate images. In doing so, geospatial technology will continue to build off the amazing foundation laid by Google Earth and reach ever higher planes of innovation.