Mark Leslie in Australia did his part too, though he wasn't present -- he would come into IRC when others had fallen asleep. Such is the way with timezones. He has been working on beefing up the curved support in PostGIS. The FOSS 4G 2009 conference will be in Sydney, Australia.
It was nice to be able to put a face to these people I've talked via newsgroups. It was also strange since most of the clients and many of the people we work with we have never met, so the idea of meeting in person has become a very foreign concept for us.
We sat at the PostGIS table and a lot of ground was covered. On the PostGIS side, we discussed plans for PostGIS 2.0 -- specifically
I'm particularly looking forward to WKT Raster. When many think of Rasters in GIS, they think Aerial Imagery. I think aerial too, but what really excites me with Raster is its application in cellular automata, game grids, signal processing, computational biology, and all sorts of other sugar plums overlaid, intersected and differenced in space which admittedly don't necessarily have anything to do with GIS, but everything to do with spatial (by spatial I mean the use of space that need not be geographic). I think the real deal in GIS and more specifically the power of spatial analytical processing, is not GIS but the conventions and concepts it provides which are equally applicable in non-geographic problem domains. The analytical stuff planned and work already done for WKT Raster I find pretty exciting. I'm hoping we can start playing with it in the next month.
On another note -- this year is going to be very busy for Leo and myself. We are going to be presenting at PGCon 2009 in Ottawa in May - doing a PostGIS Lightning talk and a PostGIS Spatial Query lecture, and another lecture in July at OSCON 2009 in San Jose, and some other new developments which we shall discuss later. So this year will be pretty interesting and exhausting. We are getting deeper into PostGIS on all fronts and if we can get thru this year all in one piece, I think it will be a major milestone for us and hopefully for PostGIS as well.