[Foss4g2008loc] FOSS4G 2008 - Call for papers : abstract submission deadline extended to Friday, 23 May 2008

Serena Coetzee scoetzee at cs.up.ac.za
Tue May 13 13:06:44 EDT 2008


2008 Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference,
incorporating GISSA 2008

Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
Monday 29 September to Friday 3 October, 2008

Open Source Geospatial: An Option for Developing Nations

We are pleased to announce an extension in the abstract submission deadline
for the 2008 Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G)
conference, incorporating GISSA 2008, being held from 29 September to 3
October, in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa.  This is due to the fact that
there was a glitch with the online submission process which appeared to be
already closed for submissions yesterday, the 12 of May on the last day of
submissions. Thank you to those of you who informed us, so that we could
rectify the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience caused. As a result
we have extended the date for the submissions of abstracts to Friday the
23rd of May 2008. 

Please endeavor to submit your abstract as soon as possible. We believe that
we have ironed out the glitch in the system.  In summary the following still

1. Topics that must have a Free and Open Source FOSS component/perspective: 
- New FOSS GIS developments 
- Interoperability and standards - OGC, GEOSS 
- Web processing services, Sensor Web enablement and the like 
- Using FOSS with proprietary software 
- Making the transition to FOSS GIS 
- FOSS GIS support and training 
- FOSS GIS business models 
- FOSS GIS implementation and deployment 
- Open data, open content, open architectures, open everything! 
- Case studies of open source implementations 
- Improving FOSS GIS cartography and map production 
- Use Case driven FOSS GIS development and improving the user experience
- FOSS GIS Internationalization and Localization 

2. Topics for applications, methodologies or theoretical geospatial work are
not limited to a FOSS perspective: 
- Sustainable development and the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) 
- Disaster management 
- Health 
- Energy 
- Water 
- Climate change 
- Weather 
- Ecosystem management 
- Agriculture 
- Biodiversity 
- Land reform 
- Education 
- Government 
- Local economic development, poverty alleviation 
- Participatory GIS 
- Semantic Web and ontologies in GIS 
- Location based services, logistics, routing 
- 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa 
- NGOs, CBOs (Community-based organizations) and community development
- Mining, exploration, beneficiation 
- Spatial economics 
- Military 
- Land information and administration (cadastre, address data, etc.)

Submission of abstracts: 12 May 2008 
Notification of acceptance: 17 June 2008 
Submission of papers: 18 August 2008 
FOSS4G2008 Conference: 29 September - 3 October 2008

For the peer-reviewed track of the conference, abstracts have to be 500-600
words in length and will be reviewed by the Program Committee of the
academic track of FOSS4G 2008. Abstracts will be judged on the basis of
significance, relevance, correctness, originality, and clarity. If your
abstract is accepted, you have to submit a full paper by 18 August 2008 for
inclusion in the proceedings. The Program Committee will compile a short
list of high quality papers addressing substantial research questions.
Authors of these papers will be invited to submit a revised paper in
response to reviewer comments and suggestions for inclusion in the South
African Computer Journal.

For the latest information, and to register or submit an abstract for the
peer-reviewed academic track, see http://www.foss4g2008.org.  The website
also offers information about opportunities for non-reviewed presentations,
workshops and labs.
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