[fdo-users] FOSS4G 2009 One week extension to Workshops and Tutorial abstract submissions

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Mon Mar 2 05:10:57 EST 2009

FOSS4G 2009 One week extension to Workshops and Tutorial abstract

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, at 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 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


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 Challenge 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:
All tutorial submissions will be considered, but particular interest will be
shown in the following topics:

Practical introductions
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 9, 2009.

FOSS4G 2009 Highlights

The Climate Challenge Integration Plugfest (CCIP): FOSS4G will launch the
OGC's Climate Challenge 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.
Presenters are encouraged (but not mandated) to make use of scenarios and
on-site data from the Climate Challenge 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.
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:
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
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