Open Source Geospatial Communities JOINT CONFERENCE '06

Gavin Fleming GavinF at
Thu Jul 6 05:24:09 EDT 2006

>From home page: 

FOSS4G2006 is a four day conference, bringing together all the Free and
Open Source Software for Geoinformatics (FOSS4G) communities. The
conference incorporates the OSGIS Conference, Mapserver User Meeting,
GRASS Users Conference, Java oriented FOSS4G and EOGEO Workshops.
Lausanne, Switzerland will host the conference, making it the first time
many of these groups will meet in Europe. It builds on the the success
of the Open Source Geospatial'05 conference held in Minneapolis, USA.

What will be covered? 

The conference focuses on an array of open source technologies and
presents how they are being used around the world. Seminars and
workshops will share the theme of advancing open source GIS technology,
by covering management and technical aspects as well as the latest

How will it run? 

The event opens with one day dedicated to workshops, followed by a joint
plenary session that will set the direction of the conference. An
Exhibitor showcase will run the duration of the conference. This
showcase will provide government, academia, private organisations and
associations with the opportunity to demonstrate their talents and
educate participants about open source technologies. There will be an
opportunity to mingle at evening events such as the "Meet & Greet
Exhibitors" Reception and a Boat Cruise on Geneva Lake, with a dinner in
the thousand year old Chillon Castle.

Who will be there? 

This conference is an exciting opportunity for both users and managers
to network, learn about products and services, and develop both
technical and management skills for adopting open source technologies.
The event is expected to draw over 500 people from around the globe,
representing the existing user and developer communities as well as
those interested from government, non-government organisations,
academia, and industry. 

Finally, with the recent creation of the Open Source Geospatial
Foundation <> , FOSS4G2006 will be an exciting
opportunity to network with foundation members and projects. 

Note from Markus Neteler: the deadline for submissions for the FOSS4G
conference is July 15th. There is a "[SDI] Free Open Geospatial Data"
track that still does not have any papers submitted for it.



Gavin Fleming MSc

Sustainable Development Researcher


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