By fate or by fluke, Brian served as steering committee member for the 5th International Symposium on Digital Earth in 2007. As liason to speakers and distinguished guests, network administrator and conference strategist, Brian built on experience with un-conferences and an un-usual collection of resources to make the five day, one hundred and twenty presentation international event a critical success. Subsequently Brian dove headlong into the vast arcana of geo-software, beginning with GDAL and moving on to C-Tribe projects and web software. The OSGeoLive is a fundamental piece of the puzzle, in a rapidly changing and perhaps urgent context of the relationship of civilization and Gaia current: PostGIS maintainer on OSGeoLive; brought Marble, NaturalEarth, IRIS, netCDF data to the Live; SciPy stack misc.

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