[Workshops] [Fwd: FOSS4G 2010 Call for Workshops and Tutorials is open]

Jody Garnett Jody.Garnett at lisasoft.com
Sun Jan 24 18:55:58 EST 2010

I passed this information onto the geosever-devel list last week; the developer communities had not really gotten this information up until now (to the point several commented that it was a surprise).  Do we have good contact email lists set up for the press releases yet?

I was also saddened to see the Lab arrangement from last year being maintained; it was noted as a difficulty in the lessons learned from FOSS4G 2009. To wit it is more work to run a hands on lab then a workshop; especially with a BYO laptop policy and live DVD is brought into the mix.  

Jody Garnett
Geospatial Systems Architect

-----Original Message-----
From: conference-workshops-bounces at lists.osgeo.org [mailto:conference-workshops-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Jeff McKenna
Sent: Saturday, 23 January 2010 3:18 AM
To: FOSS4G conference workshops subcommittee
Subject: [Workshops] [Fwd: FOSS4G 2010 Call for Workshops and Tutorials is open]

Just a reminder that the deadline to submit a workshop is 30 January.

(Oscar - all of the past workshop presenters live on this email list, so 
it is a great way to discuss issues with them)

Workshop Subcommitee

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Workshops] FOSS4G 2010 Call for Workshops and Tutorials is open
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:55:52 +0100
From: Oscar Fonts <oscar.fonts.lists at gmail.com>
Reply-To: FOSS4G conference workshops subcommittee 
<conference-workshops at lists.osgeo.org>
To: foss4g2010 at lists.osgeo.org, conference-workshops at lists.osgeo.org, 
discuss at lists.osgeo.org, live-demo at lists.osgeo.org

Barcelona, Spain. 15 January 2010.

The Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference
is pleased to announce a Call for Workshops and Tutorials for the 2010
conference, being held September 6-9, 2010, in Barcelona, Spain.

FOSS4G is the international "gathering of tribes" for open source
geospatial communities. Users and developers are encouraged to present
their latest projects and software to demonstrate the power of Open
Source for system integration through a series of workshop sessions
and tutorial presentations. Session participants should expect to see
presentations on both geospatial open source and propriety software
integration along with pure open source solutions.


Workshops are expected to be 3 hour hands-on experiences with
participants following along with the instructor, working directly
with the application under discussion. All workshop rooms will be
equipped with computers to support this vision. A projector will be
provided for each computer room for use within a workshop. Instructors
will need to discuss pre-installation requirements with the Conference
Organising Committee if required.

Workshops are expected to require considerable effort to create, with
past experience showing that three days of preparation per hour of
presentation are required to produce a high quality workshop.
Additionally you will be expected to develop material for attendees to
take home with them, such as handouts, workbook, CD-ROMs, etc. Due to
the effort involved in producing and presenting a workshop,
instructors will receive a single complementary registration to the
conference for delivering a workshop.

All workshop submissions will be considered, but particular interest
will be shown in:

  * Practical Introduction to FOSS4G software
  * Integrating Open Source
  * Spatial Data Infrastructure


Tutorials are 90 minute sessions during the regular presentations
portion of the conference. Tutorial rooms will not be equipped with
computers. However, presenters may make use of delegate laptops and
the FOSS4G LiveDVD.

Preference will be given to hands-on tutorials.

Any hands-on aspects to a tutorial will be the responsibility of the
presenter and needs to be described in the tutorial description.
Presenters making use of the LiveDVD will be expected to contribute to
testing pre-releases to ensure material and software is properly
installed. To discuss your requirements for LiveDVD, please contact
the LiveDVD community:

All tutorial submissions will be considered, but particular interest
will be shown in the following topics:

  * Practical Introductions
  * Interoperability
  * Integration
  * Performance tuning
  * SDI services
  * Mobile/phone applications

Application form

Follow this link to submit your proposals:
Please add a 300 word abstract, in plain text format (pasting a text
with style markup could make the process fail).

The deadline for workshop / tutorial submissions is January 30.

FOSS4G 2010 Highlights

Workshops and Tutorials: Workshops and Tutorials allow presenters to
lead attendees through applications, integration solutions, or other
topics in an interactive environment. Half-day workshops (3 hours)
will be held in computer rooms on September 6 (afternoon session) and
7 (morning session). Tutorials (90 minutes) will be held in standard
presentation rooms, run concurrently with presentations on 7-9

Presentations: The meat of the conference are it's presentations.
Drawing on a huge community of local, regional and international
experts we will discuss some of the most current and poignant topics
in the industry today.

Academic Track: The academic sessions, with paper publications and
poster presentations, aims at bringing together researchers,
developers, users and practitioners carrying out research and
development in the geospatial and the free and open source fields and
willing to share original and recent research developments and
experiences. The academic track will act as an inventory of current
research topics, with the main objective of promoting cooperative
research between OSGeo developers and the academia.

FOSS4G Live DVD: LiveDVDs, based on the Xubuntu operating system and
including Geospatial Open Source Software, will be given to all
delegates. Users can boot a Live DVD on their computer and trial the
software without installing or effecting the existing system.

Installfest: The Installfest will give delegates the opportunity to
meet in a common area and install a wide variety of FOSS software on
their laptops, netbooks or any other system they care to bring in.
Community members will assist with any troubles and provide help and
insight into the software.

Birds of a Feather: Rooms have been set aside for semi-organised
meetings between like minded groups. Some prominent community
initiatives started in prior FOSS4G Birds of a Feather sessions.

Code Sprint: The day after the conference is reserved for the Hackers'
Code Sprint. Hackers will be locked in a basement with lots of
bandwidth, plugs and coffee. :)

Upcoming milestones

15 Jan 2010, Call for Workshops/Tutorials opens
30 Jan 2010, Call for Workshops/Tutorials closes
1 Feb 2010, Call for Abstracts opens
16 Feb 2010, Notification of acceptance for workshops/tutorials
22 Feb 2010, Registration for workshop and tutorials opens
1 May 2010, Abstract submission deadline
1 Jun 2010, Presenters notified of acceptance for talks
15 Jun 2010, Author/Early registration deadline
Aug 2010, Completed program available
6-7 Sep 2010, FOSS4G Workshops
7-9 Sep 2010, FOSS4G Presentations and Tutorials
10 Sep 2010, FOSS4G Code Sprint

Please visit our site to subscribe and find more information about
this conference:

Or contact Conference Chair for details about this announcement:
Lorenzo Becchi E-mail: lbecchi at osgeo.org

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