[OSGeo Africa] FOSS4G conference registration opens
GavinF at mintek.co.za
Thu May 7 03:13:24 EDT 2009
The next FOSS4G is around the corner. Having been to FOSS4G 2007 and FOSS4G 2008 I can guarantee, if you have any interest or involvement in Open Source geospatial software, that you will have a highly stimulating and enriching experience.
FOSS4G conference registration opens
Sydney, Australia. 4 May 2009.
The international conference for free and Open Source Software for
Geospatial (FOSS4G), held in Sydney, Australia 20-23 October, 2009, is
now open for registration. http://2009.foss4g.org/registration/
FOSS4G attracts the cream of international Geospatial Open Source and
Open Standards system implementors and sponsors. With themes ranging
from the integration of Open Source with Proprietary systems to the
building of Spatial Data Infrastructures and application of Open
Geospatial Standards, the conference offers a unique opportunity to tap
into the wealth of knowledge and experience available among the Open
Source developers, sponsors and geospatial professionals of all
persuasions. The Open Geospatial Consotium (OGC) is underpinning the
conference with a Standards Based integration showcase based on a
climate change scenario, demonstrating integration between Open Source
and proprietary applications.
Along with a comprehensive program of thought provoking presentations
and interactive workshops you would expect from an international
conference, FOSS4G retains many of the engaging characteristics of its
Open Source heritage. With Bird of a Feather sessions, code sprints,
install-fests and impromptu project meetings, there is an unparalleled
opportunity to take part in active communities and provide input into
the direction for a variety of projects. FOSS4G encompasses the best of
Open Communities, such as collaboration, helpfulness, innovation and
Early bird registration is just $AU725 (~ $US525) for 3 days of
conference and tutorials, and $AU375 (~ $US270) for a day of top notch
workshops from the world's best international presenters.
FOSS4G 2009 will be held in Sydney, Australia which is built around one
of the largest, most beautiful harbours in the world with miles of
golden beaches stretching north and south of the city on the shores of
the Pacific Ocean. It has a warm climate in October with average
temperatures ranging from 15 - 22°C. Sydney and its surrounding areas
provide a diverse range of visual excitement and vibrancy. Visitors to
Sydney are spoiled with choice including national parks, famous beaches,
the World Heritage Blue Mountains area and the picturesque Sydney
Harbour. Sydney's also offers a diverse range of cultural activities
including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra,
the Australian Ballet and the Sydney Theatre Company all performing at
the well know Sydney Opera House.
Call for Presentations
Are you planning to present at this years conference? If so, don't wait
until you have your presentation finalised to tell us about it! Go to
the submission website now (http://2009.foss4g.org/presentations/) and
enter your name and contact details and at least a title. Then, closer
to the close-off date, log back in and fill out the abstract details.
This will be a big help for the organisers as it will give us some
advanced notice as to how many and what type of presentations to expect.
FOSS4G 2009 Highlights
*The Climate Challenge Integration Plugfest (CCIP)*: FOSS4G will launch
the OGC's Climate Challenge Integration Plugfest (CCIP), which
demonstrates standards based interoperability between Open Source and
Proprietary geospatial applications. It consists of a server with
multiple virtual machines, each installed with geospatial applications
offering standards based web services. All web services will demonstrate
a common dataset, and will be accessed by a range of geospatial client
applications installed on client computers.
Presenters are encouraged (but not mandated) to make use of scenarios
and on-site data from the Climate Challenge Integration Plugfest (CCIP).
This is especially important as demand for access to data over the
internet is expected to be high, and Australia has notoriously slow
connections to the outside world.
*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, EE PC or any other system they care to bring in.
Community members will be around to assist with any troubles and provide
help and insight into the software. The install fest will take place
after workshops on the first day.
*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 the first day. Tutorials (90 minutes) will
be held in standard presentation rooms, run concurrently with
presentations during the third and fourth days.
*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
*Demo Theatre*: During lunch and coffee breaks the demonstration theatre
will be showcasing live software. These short demonstrations from
sponsors, open source projects and the user community show what is
possible with open source today.
*Birds of a Feather*: Rooms have been set aside for semi-organised
meetings between like minded groups. Some prominant community
initiatives started in prior FOSS4G Birds of a Feather sessions.
*Code Sprint*: The weekend after FOSS4G is reserved for the Hackers'
Code Sprint. Hackers will be locked in a basement with lots of
bandwidth, pizzas and coke. (Well, maybe something better than that, but
we don't want to spoil the mystical hacker image by describing it any
* 1 Jun 2009, Abstract submission deadline
* 13 Jul 2009, Presenters notified of acceptance for talks
* 31 Jul 2009, *Author/Early registration deadline*
* 14 Sep 2009, *Completed program available on the wiki*
* 20 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Workshop
* 21-23 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Presentations and Tutorials
* 24-25 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Code Sprint
* Position Magazine: http://www.positionmag.com.au/
* Asian Surveying and Mapping Newsletter: http://www.asmmag.com
* Geoconnexions Magazine: http://www.geoconnexion.com/
* Directions Magazine: http://directionsmag.com/
* GIS Development: http://gisdevelopment.net/
* Baliz Media: http://www.BALIZ-MEDIA.com/
For more information or to keep informed from the FOSS4G Organising
Committee, join our email list or twitter feed at:
Cameron Shorter, Chair of the FOSS4G Organising Committee and Geospatial
Systems Architect at LISAsoft
c a m e r o n . s h o r t e r @ l i s a s o f t . c o m
FOSS4G 2008 conference chair
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