[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G program published and new web site launched

Peter Batty peter at ebatty.com
Fri Jun 10 15:27:50 PDT 2011

We are pleased to announce the publication of the FOSS4G 2011 program. You
can view the program details
Selection was very competitive - we had almost 300 submissions for around
150 sessions. So congratulations to those who made it, and commiserations to
those who didn't, but we hope to still see you in Denver for the conference!
We feel we have an excellent program lined up.

We have also announced our plenary
They include several speakers new to FOSS4G, and several FOSS4G
veterans. *Michael
Byrne*, GIO of the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), will talk about
their work on the National Broadband Map, which is based entirely on an open
source software stack, and implements some innovative ideas regarding open
data. *Peter Ter Haar*, Director of Products at the Ordnance Survey, the
national mapping agency of Great Britain, will talk about their experience
with open data initiatives over the past 18 months, as well as how they are
using open source. *Paul Ramsey* will talk on "Why do you do that? An
exploration of open source business models". *Steve Coast*, founder of
OpenStreetMap, will talk about the past, present and (mainly) future of
OpenStreetMap. We will have a panel on "Open x 4" discussing various aspects
of openness, chaired by *Matt Ball* and featuring *Arnulf Christl*,
President of OSGeo, *Steve Coast*, and *Carl Reed*, CTO of OGC. *Schuyler
Erle* and *Brian Timoney* have accepted the challenge of giving us a couple
of short and entertaining but also insightful presentations to close
proceedings on Wednesday and Thursday. And *Jeff McKenna* will be leading
the ever-popular web mapping performance shootout in the final session.
Check the full list <http://2011.foss4g.org/content/plenary-speakers> to see
all the plenary speakers.

We have also redesigned and re-implemented the web site. Nice features
include a searchable program schedule. Shortly we will also have the ability
to save items to build your own custom schedule. We have a few things still
on our to do list, so you'll see some more improvements and additions over
the next few weeks. Please let us
know<peter at ebatty.com?subject=FOSS4G%20web%20site%20feedback>if you
have any feedback on the new website, including additional content or
features you'd like to see.
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