Location-aware applications with GeoClue
Speaker: Henri Bergius
GeoClue is a modular geo-information service aiming to simplify the creation of location-aware applications. It's been designed with desktop and mobile use in mind, and works over D-Bus.
As mobile and social aspects of computing have become more popular, the need for collecting, sharing and utilizing geo-information has become more important. This need is not just about the user wanting specific geographical information, but also about making applications more context-aware.
GeoClue participated in 2007 Google Summer of Code as part of the maemo project. Projects currently working on GeoClue support include the Telepathy instant messaging framework and the Mauku microblogging tool.
The presentation sheds light on what location awareness is all about. The design and motivation behind GeoClue will be explained, also giving some hands on examples of using it in applications. You'll also find out how GeoClue fits into different platforms (maemo, OpenMoko, etc).
Henri Bergius is a former Viking based in the Nordic country of Finland and he works on web services built on top of the Midgard toolkit. Henri got involved with free software in 1999 when he coordinated the public release of the Midgard content management system. Since then he has been actively working on integrating standards like RSS and Microformats into the system and traveling the world advocating for interoperation between open source CMSs.
Henri's current passion is combining web services, mobile applications and socially produced geographical data together to build useful tools for travelers and mobile companies.