An interface for interoperability between the Generic Mapping Tools (GMT), a tool used by geophysicists to create research-quality figures, and Matlab has recently been developed that allows GMT users to interact with Matlab and Matlab users to make use of GMT.
GMT wrappers are currently also being developed for the Python programming language, particularly to be used in the IPython/Jupyter notebook due to an initiative by Leonardo Uieda (and his professor Paul Wessel) whose Postdoc is being funded by the NSF. You can watch his talk at the SciPy 2017 conference below.
Some of the mentioned advantages to which I attest include:
Begin and End statements are introduced to eliminate the need to pipe postscript results into a file in each line of code being written. This also eliminates the need to use the -K and -O flags which keep the file open and updates it, respectively. The -K and -O flags are a major confusion for newcomers to GMT.
temporary files are created under the /tmp directory, in Linux, so they will automatically be cleaned once the jupyter notebook is closed or the operating system is rebooted. Moreover, every project will have its own directory so files from different projects don’t get mixed up.
GMT documentation straight in the Jupyter notebook
Matplotlib- & Basemap-like behaviour, particularly inline viewing of figures, using gmt.show()
As mentioned in the post of Day 1, the eight finalist startups in the Seedstar Competition were:
The judges and SeedStar announced the winner and the second and third places went to:
Congratualtions to Presella and Sohati for all the free prizes they will receive and to the winner Ki.
As the winner, Ki will travel to Geneva to compete with other SeedStar winners from different cities.