[FOSS-GPS] FOSS4G conference registration opening

Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) tmitchell at osgeo.org
Mon May 4 19:50:34 EDT 2009

Hi Risto,
I'm planning to be there.  You'll be able to find me at the OSGeo  
booth and probably up about a few other places too, including a  
MapServer introductory workshop.


On 4-May-09, at 1:27 PM, Risto H. Kurppa wrote:

> 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!
> r
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: 2009/5/4
> Subject: OSGeo community leaders: Please announce FOSS4G conference
> registration opening
> FOSS4G conference registration opens
> Sydney, Australia. 4 May 2009.
> http://2009.foss4g.org
> 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/
> <http://2009.foss4g.org/>
> 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.
>   Location
> 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.
> http://external.opengis.org/twiki_public/bin/view/ 
> ClimateChallenge2009/WebHome
> 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.
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Disc
> *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:
> http://2009.foss4g.org/contacts/
> 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

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