[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G 2009: One week extension to Workshops and Tutorial abstract submissions

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Mon Mar 2 08:01:51 PST 2009

Cameron Shorter wrote:
> Sydney, Australia. 2 March 2009.
> In response to requests from presenters, the deadline for the FOSS4G 
> 2009 workshop and tutorial abstract submissions has been extended by one 
> week, to Monday 9 March 2009. If you are considering submitting a 
> workshop, please notify your intent by emailing the Workshop/Tutorial 
> coordinator, Mark Leslie m a r k . l e s l i e AT l i s a s o f t . c o m
>    About FOSS4G
> FOSS4G, held 20-23 October 2009 in Sydney, Australia, is the 
> international "gathering of tribes" for open source geospatial 
> communities. The theme for the FOSS4G 2009 conference will be "User 
> Driven". Users and developers are encouraged 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
> Workshops are expected to be a hands-on experience with participants 
> following along with the instructor, working directly with the 
> application under discussion. All workshop rooms will be equipped with 
> computers (two students sharing one system) to support this vision. 
> Workshop computers will pre-installed with a basic image containing 
> standard packages running in a Windows XP environment. 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 the following topics:
>    * Practical Introduction to ____
>    * Integrating Open Source
>    * Spatial Data Privacy and Security
>    Tutorials
> Tutorial rooms will not be equipped with computers, however presenters 
> may optionally make use of delegate laptops and the FOSS4G LiveDVD.
> At least 80% of delegates are expected to be carrying a laptop and 
> FOSS4G LiveDVDs will be given to all delegates.
> 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 Live DVD or Climate Change Integration 
> Plugfest (CCIP) 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 organising committee: 
> http://2009.foss4g.org/contacts/.
> All tutorial submissions will be considered, but particular interest 
> will be shown in the following topics:
>    * Practical introductions
>    * Interoperability
>    * Spatial data accuracy
>    * Spatial data privacy
>    * Spatial data security
>    * System implementation
>    * Data migration
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Submission instructions and templates are available at 
> http://2009.foss4g.org/workshops/ and http://2009.foss4g.org/tutorials/.
> The deadline for workshop / tutorial submissions is March 2, 2009.
>    FOSS4G 2009 Highlights
> *The Climate Change Integration Plugfest (CCIP)*: FOSS4G will launch the 
> OGC's Climate Change 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. 
> http://external.opengis.org/twiki_public/bin/view/ClimateChallenge2009/WebHome 
> Presenters are encouraged (but not mandated) to make use of scenarios 
> and on-site data from the Climate Change 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. 
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Disc
> *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, EEPC 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 
> industry 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 
> differently.)
>    Upcoming milestones
>    * 2 Feb 2009, *Call for Workshops/Tutorials opens*
>    * 9 Mar 2009, Call for Workshops/Tutorials closes
>    * 9 Mar 2009, *Call for Abstracts opens*
>    * 30 Mar 2009, Notification of acceptance for workshops/tutorials
>    * 13 Apr 2009, *Registration for conference and tutorials opens*
>    * 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
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> For information about this announcement, contact:
> FOSS4G Organising Committee: 
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2009#Contact_Us
> or,
> Cameron Shorter, Chair of the FOSS4G Organising Committee and Geospatial 
> Systems Architect at LISAsoft
> tel +61-8570-5050
> 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
> Press Release at:
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2009_Press_Release_6

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Jeff McKenna
FOSS4G Consulting and Training Services

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