[FOSS-GPS] FOSS4G conference registration opening

Risto H. Kurppa risto at kurppa.fi
Mon May 4 16:27:41 EDT 2009

Hi there!

Just wanted to let you know that FOSS4G registration is now open, see
the message below. Is anyone here planning to attend?

Enjoy your freedom!


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Date: 2009/5/4
Subject: OSGeo community leaders: Please announce FOSS4G conference
registration opening

FOSS4G conference registration opens

Sydney, Australia. 4 May 2009.


The international conference for free and Open Source Software for
Geospatial (FOSS4G), held in Sydney, Australia 20-23 October, 2009, is
now open for registration. http://2009.foss4g.org/registration/

FOSS4G attracts the cream of international Geospatial Open Source and
Open Standards system implementors and sponsors. With themes ranging
from the integration of Open Source with Proprietary systems to the
building of Spatial Data Infrastructures and application of Open
Geospatial Standards, the conference offers a unique opportunity to
tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience available among the
Open Source developers, sponsors and geospatial professionals of all
persuasions. The Open Geospatial Consotium (OGC) is underpinning the
conference with a Standards Based integration showcase based on a
climate change scenario, demonstrating integration between Open Source
and proprietary applications.

Along with a comprehensive program of thought provoking presentations
and interactive workshops you would expect from an international
conference, FOSS4G retains many of the engaging characteristics of its
Open Source heritage. With Bird of a Feather sessions, code sprints,
install-fests and impromptu project meetings, there is an unparalleled
opportunity to take part in active communities and provide input into
the direction for a variety of projects. FOSS4G encompasses the best
of Open Communities, such as collaboration, helpfulness, innovation
and honesty.

Early bird registration is just $AU725 (~ $US525) for 3 days of
conference and tutorials, and $AU375 (~ $US270) for a day of top notch
workshops from the world's best international presenters.


FOSS4G 2009 will be held in Sydney, Australia which is built around
one of the largest, most beautiful harbours in the world with miles of
golden beaches stretching north and south of the city on the shores of
the Pacific Ocean. It has a warm climate in October with average
temperatures ranging from 15 - 22°C. Sydney and its surrounding areas
provide a diverse range of visual excitement and vibrancy. Visitors to
Sydney are spoiled with choice including national parks, famous
beaches, the World Heritage Blue Mountains area and the picturesque
Sydney Harbour. Sydney’s also offers a diverse range of cultural
activities including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber
Orchestra, the Australian Ballet and the Sydney Theatre Company all
performing at the well know Sydney Opera House.

  Call for Presentations

Are you planning to present at this years conference? If so, don't
wait until you have your presentation finalised to tell us about it!
Go to the submission website now
(http://2009.foss4g.org/presentations/) and enter your name and
contact details and at least a title. Then, closer to the close-off
date, log back in and fill out the abstract details. This will be a
big help for the organisers as it will give us some advanced notice as
to how many and what type of presentations to expect.

  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, EE PC 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.

*Demo Theatre*: During lunch and coffee breaks the demonstration
theatre will be showcasing live software. These short demonstrations
from sponsors, open source projects and the user community show what
is possible with open source 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

  * 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

  Media Sponsors

  * Position Magazine: http://www.positionmag.com.au/
  * Asian Surveying and Mapping Newsletter: http://www.asmmag.com
  * Geoconnexions Magazine: http://www.geoconnexion.com/
  * Directions Magazine: http://directionsmag.com/
  * GIS Development: http://gisdevelopment.net/
  * Baliz Media: http://www.BALIZ-MEDIA.com/


For more information or to keep informed from the FOSS4G Organising
Committee, join our email list or twitter feed at:

or contact:

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

Cameron Shorter
Geospatial Systems Architect
Tel: +61 (0)2 8570 5050
Mob: +61 (0)419 142 254

Think Globally, Fix Locally
Geospatial Solutions enhanced with Open Standards and Open Source

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