[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G Buenos Aires 2013

Jorge Gaspar Sanz Salinas jsanz at osgeo.org
Mon Apr 29 04:58:59 PDT 2013

I second all Adrian comments. Buenos Aires was a great venue, the
organizing did an splendid job and the support of the National Mapping
Agency to the event was perfect.

The best talk for me was one of the mentioned by Adrian about social
cartography in local communities in Colombia. It should be an honor an
a reason to be trully proud for every single FOSS4G developer that the
tools we build are used to help those local communities, with so many
difficulties, to take the leadership on the geographical data of their
location to improve their lives.

Anyway, I hope this kind of events under the FOSS4G "brand" spread all
over LatinoAmerica. With such an enthusiastic organization team and
the support of public administrations there will be plenty of
opportunities to spread the word there about free software at public
and private sectors.


On 27 April 2013 19:48, Adrian Custer <acuster at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey Cameron, all,
> FOSS4G BA 2013 rocked! So much, we are all, totally, beat.
> The organizers did an amazing job, pulling off the conference without any
> noticeable hitch. Their friendliness and passion permeated the whole event.
> It was a stellar performance from what appears to be a great group of
> friends.
> Attendees came from all over South America, with a few from Europe and North
> America. We were a great mix of technical developers and users, of folk
> working with government agencies, in universities, at companies and some
> simply interested folk. (There was even at least one spy, a developer who
> had never thought about geospatial before but who had been sent by a friend
> to check things out.) We discovered the amazing overlap of issues and
> solutions being developed across the continent. The workshop rooms were
> totally full, standing room only! Some of the great talks (for me) were:
>   * a talk on a social mapping project helping non-technical communities
>     map their land use in order to pressure recognition from local and
>     national governments,
>   * the presentation of GvSig 2.0, a release which apparently has cost
>     a lot of work but is a real new beginning for that project,
>   * a talk on HOT (the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team)---the best of
>     our crowd-sourced activism,
>   * a 30 minute, stopwatch in hand, walk through of building a spatial
>     analysis application with processing.js and any WMS,
>   * presentations on the amazing work going on in Italy at a
>     University in Milan and at the World Food Organization.
> Best of all, it was fantastic to hear geospatial discussed in all sorts of
> different flavours of Spanish!
> IGN, the argentine national mapping agency, was a great venue. Access was
> really easy, right on a main avenue, next to the subway with tons of buses
> in front. The agency opened up their amphitheater and meeting rooms to us,
> gave us a decent amount of bandwidth (which we proceeded to squash, of
> course), and seemed thrilled to see a new kind of geospatial, youthful and
> full of energy. They also have this great little museum at the entrance with
> the entire history of the instruments they have used over the years mapping
> the country.
> And Buenos Aires ... well, the city never stops so when you find yourself
> walking home, yet again, at four in the morning, there are all sorts of
> people around, waiting for the bus, grabbing a bite to eat, wandering into
> and out of clubs, and walking along the side walks.
> The only real question of FOSS4G BA is when the next one comes.
> However, the conference has only just ended today, really, so don't expect
> updates right away. Officially, FOSS4G BA was Wed (workshops), Thur, Friday
> (talks) but today (Sat) they continued with a State of the Map, Ar. That
> ended up being a fun workshop with Maté (a local tea) being passed around
> and everyone having such a good time we kind of had to force ourselves to go
> to lunch.
> Eventually, the organizers plan to upload talks and videos and pictures and
> all sorts of goodies but we need to give them a little while yet---as far as
> I can tell they have not had a decent night sleep or regular meals in quite
> a while.
> cheers,
>   ~adrian
> On 4/27/13 6:07 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>> I understand that FOSS4G Buenos Aires completed last week?
>> I'd encourage organisors, presenters and attendees to share their
>> thoughts on how this (first?) South American FOSS4G event went.
>> I'd also be interested to see metrics on where people travelled from in
>> order to attend, and compare to prior foss4g events.
>> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Al9zh8DjmU_RdEZoOUtSeVZRVWtKQzV6R2N5ekdSdlE#gid=57
>> On 15/11/12 03:48, Mauricio Miranda wrote:
>>> Hello everybody,
>>> I'm writing on behalf of the FOSS4G conference committee to be held in
>>> Buenos Aires next year.
>>> The event is being organized by the group "Geoinquietos Buenos Aires"
>>> which is a kind of argentinian OSGeo microchapter.
>>> Even though this conference is focused on the Spanish-speaking
>>> community in Latin America, we would like to invite you all to join us.
>>> This will be a great opportunity to share experience, projects and
>>> ideas, and of course, it will also help to consolidate the FOSS4G
>>> community on these ends.
>>> You can get more info about the event at: http://foss4g-ba.org
>>> Please, help us to promote the conference between your folks.
>>> We look forward to seeing you here!
>>> Thanks,
>>> Mauri
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