the challenge

SDI Now . . .


NASA World Wind Lidar Analysis and

Visualization Competition

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  2. The intent of this challenge is to advance open source community development through user involvement and competition.   Your participation will advance solutions for current and future generations and expand access to Lidar data.

  3. Although there will clearly be winners, there will be no losers.  The current tool set is robust, intuitive, and supports common point cloud manipulation functions.  The application can be shared with others and is free.   At a minimum, you will gain knowledge of these Lidar processing tools, become a partner with a highly skilled user community, enhance your access to Lidar data and be an active part of a larger community.  Should you win one of the categories described below, you will receive a certificate of recognition from NASA.

  4. Simply use these WW Lidar tools to develop contest entries in any or all of the categories below and participate in a quick and simple judging process.


  1. “Kids should be allowed to break stuff more often. That's a consequence of exploration. Exploration is what you do when you don't know what you're doing.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson


Contest Timeline


  1. Start date                                                             (Now - see GET STARTED . . . above)

  2. Post your results by                                               5:00PM PST, Friday October 31, 2014

  3. Participate in judging                                             November 1 through November 7, 2014

  4. Results announced during FOSS4G Conference      November 17, 2014

Time remaining



Get started . . .

  1. a category

  1. 6.Post your results

    (To be announced)

Helpful Links . . .

  1. 1.World Wind Navigation Tools

  2.     Keyboard actions

  3.     Keyboard and mouse chart

  4. 2.World Wind Lidar Community Forum

  5. 3.Sample Filtering Schema

  6. 4.Developers see