[OSGeo-Conf] Intention to submit a 'Letter of Intent' for FOSS4G 2016 from Dublin, Ireland

Peter Mooney petermooney78 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 16 13:20:22 PST 2014

My name is Dr. Peter Mooney and I am a Research Fellow at the Irish
Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Computer Science,
Maynooth University, Ireland.

I am delighted to announce to the subscribers of this list that I am
leading a local organizing committee (LOC) which intends to bid for the
hosting of FOSS4G 2016 in Dublin Ireland. I have been working for over a
decade on GIS, Open Data, public access to environmental information and
open source software.

I have gathered an experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic (LOC) who
are very eager to work with the OSGeo and FOSS4G committees in hosting this
conference in Ireland in 2016. Dublin is European headquarters for many
major ICT, financial, manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies. These
companies will be engaged as sponsors, delegates and members of the LOC.
The major drives on open data and public access to geospatial information
amongst governmental organisations in Ireland will also be a driver for the

Our chosen venue is the iconic Convention Centre, Dublin (CCD). The CCD is
located right in the heart of Ireland's capital city and just 20 minutes
from Dublin International Airport. The CCD is on the banks of the River
Liffey and served by Dublin's tram system. The CCD has hosted conference
events with up to 4,500 delegates. The facilities provided by the CCD make
it one of the finest such venues internationally. In addition to CCD we
shall be partnering with local universities and other partners to deliver
FOSS4G 2016.

We shall be officially submitting our Letter of Intent well before the
deadline in January 2015. We are very excited by the challenge and the
opportunity of bringing this truly outstanding geospatial conference event
to Dublin in 2016. We wanted to let the OSGeo commmunity know that there is
lots of planning work going on in Ireland at the moment preparing for our

We will work very hard to ensure that FOSS4G celebrates it's 10th Birthday
in 2016 in style in one of the friendliest and open cities in the world.
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