[OSGeo-Discuss] First Latin American Conference of Free and Open Source GIS

Maria Brovelli brvmnt at gmail.com
Thu Jun 14 14:35:05 PDT 2012

Dear Mauricio and All spanish local chapter members

many thanks for your nice answer.
I'm writing in English because I can't write in Spanish (sorry!!!) but
Indira will then contact you in Spanish.

I'm involved in OSGeo Edu and I teach at Politecnico di Milano (or better
at the moment  I'm a vice rector of the Como campus of Politecnico di
Milano). I had the occasion of meeting the colleagues from Escuela
Politecnica del Litoral in Milan and offered myself in help them in
organizing a Conference on Free and open Source GIS.
I'm also co-chair  of an ISPRS WG (http://www.commission4.isprs.org/wg5/)
and my WG could also help in organizing the conference.

Today I spoke with Rafael Moreno (who is from Mexico and now lives in
Denver and who organised the FOSS4G Academic track in Denver) and he is
also enthusiast about the idea of organizing a Conference in Latin America.

In my opinion the best is to join the efforts in such a way to maximise the
Indira will contact you to discuss what it is better to do.
I'm very pleased if I can help. Anyway what is really important is to have
created this connection.
Many thanks!!

2012/6/12 Maria Brovelli <brvmnt at gmail.com>

> Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral - Guayaquil - Ecuador
> with Politecnico di Milano and ISPRS WG IV/5 (Distributed and Web-Based
> Geoinformation Services and Applications)
> is organizing in Guayaquil  the
> *First Latin American Conference of Free and Open Source GIS - I Congreso
> Latinoamericano de Aplicación de Sistemas de Información Geográfica (SIG)
> de código libre y abierto.
> *
> *Background of the event *
> The awareness about the necessity of integrating, if not basing, the most
> of environmental and territorial analyses with geography and mapping has
> been growing at every administrative and governmental level. In the
> meanwhile the success of application, like for instance Google Earth,
> demonstrates the dramatic curiosity and active interest of people with
> respect to the space in which they live. Lowering barriers to contributing,
> making easier the interaction and the possibility of participation will
> result in more photos, maps and other pieces of information uploaded and
> therefore plays an important role in that success.
> The availability of a richer information (from institutional and/or crowd
> sourced data) can help decision-makers in their activity.
> Free and Open Source Tools and Applications are rapidly increasing in
> number and quality. Many and different actors are involved in such a kind
> of process: large and small companies, professional practitioners, public
> agencies, universities, research centers but also simple map lovers.
> The conference aims at foster interdisciplinary discussions in all aspects
> of the geospatial and free and open source domains. The conference will be
> organized in a way to promote networking between the participants, to
> initiate and favour discussions regarding cutting-edge technologies in the
> field, to exchange research ideas and to promote national and international
> collaboration.
> *
> Themes of the Event*
> Presentations should cover aspects of the use or development of open
> source GIS.
> Some topics of interest:
>    -   Case Studies and Application of free and open source GIS
>    -   State of Development of free and open source GIS
>    -   Migration from proprietary to free and open source solutions:
>    problems, advantages, drawbacks
> The proposed dates of the event are: *24-25 October 2012.*
> Other possible co-organizers of the event are the Ecuadorian Secretary for
> Risk Management and ICA (requests sent, waiting for reply).
> The Organizer Committee is asking for *OSGeo support* in whichever form
> it is possible.
> For more information please contact:
> *Indira Nolivos Alvarez*
> Departamento de Sistemas y Control
> Facultad de Ingeniería en Electricidad y Computación
> Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral
> inolivos at fiec.espol.edu.ec
> *Sergio Flores*
> Departamento de Sistemas y Control
> Facultad de Ingeniería en Electricidad y Computación
> Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral
> sflores at fiec.espol.edu.ec
> *Maria Antonia Brovelli*
> Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
> Politecnico di Milano - Campus Como
> maria.brovelli at polimi.it
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