[GRASS-user] Fwd: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G 2009: One week extension to Workshops and Tutorial abstract submissions

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Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G 2009: One week extension to Workshops
and Tutorial abstract submissions
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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 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 Change 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
  * Interoperability
  * 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

The deadline for workshop / tutorial submissions is March 2, 2009.

  FOSS4G 2009 Highlights

*The Climate Change Integration Plugfest (CCIP)*: FOSS4G will launch
the OGC's Climate Change 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 Change 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: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2009#Contact_Us


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

Press Release at:

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

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