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Call for papers for IJGI Special Issue on "Open Geospatial Science and Applications"

News Date: 
6 Aug 2014
Details: 

The last decade has seen a rapid growth in open source geospatial software and open data developments. Building upon the broader progress in open science, the synergies in the developments in open source geospatial software, open data, open standards, open hardware and open access to research publications have been key in accelerating the advancement for open geospatial science and applications. A combination of factors are driving this momentum, including the contributions made by hundreds of developers and the leading role played by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), aiming primarily to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data. For the geospatial community this has offered exciting opportunities for expanding both research and education for the future. By combining the potential of free and open GI software, open data, open standards, open access to research publications, open hardware, etc. will enable the creation of a sustainable innovation ecosystem for advancing the discipline and accelerating new discoveries to help solve global cross disciplinary societal challenges from climate change mitigation to sustainable cities.

We invite original research contributions on all aspects of open source geospatial software and its applications, and particularly encourage submissions focusing on the following themes for this Special Issue special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964):

- The use of open source geospatial software and data, in and for scientific research
- Academic endeavors to conceptualize, create, assess open source geospatial software and data, and teach such usage.
- Use of Open Data and Big Data
- Data quality, software quality
- Open source implementations
- Open SDI
- Community building
- Assessment of costs and benefits of open source applications and open source business models
- Architectures and frameworks for open source software and data
- Teaching geospatial sciences with open source solutions and open data
- Open Source GIS application use cases: government, participatory GIS, location based services, health, energy, water, climate change, etc.
- Human computer interfaces and usability in and around Open GI systems

More details at http://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijgi/special_issues/science-applications

Important Dates

  • Abstracts Due: 15/08/2014
  • Approved Abstracts: 30/08/2014 (put as planned papers online)
  • Manuscripts Due: 28/02/2015
  • Decision to Authors: 05/04/2015
  • Final Papers Due: 15/05/2015

We welcome all contributions including case studies, work in progress and demos.

Dr. Suchith Anand, Prof. Thierry Badard, Prof. Franz-Josef Behr, Prof. Serena Coetzee, Dr. Luciene Delzari, Dr. Barend Kobben (Guest Editors)

FOSS4G update: additional activities - Volcanoes, Megafauna, Sprinting, Hieroglyphics and Beer, oh my!

News Date: 
6 Aug 2014
Details: 

August 6, 2014
Portland, Oregon, USA

After you register [1] for FOSS4G and as you make your plans to join us in Portland, Oregon this September 8th - 13th, you might be wondering what other exciting things you can do while in PDX...
[1] http://foss4g2014.eventbrite.com/

PostgreSQL Day

Join the Portland Postgres Users Group [2] (PDXPUG) for PostgreSQL Day on September 6th, the Saturday before FOSS4G. Attendance is free, but an RSVP is required [3]. PostgreSQL Day is hosted by Portland State University and PDXPUG.
[2] http://pdxpug.wordpress.com/
[3] http://wiki.postgresql.org/wiki/PDXPUGDay2014

Code Sprint

The annual FOSS4G Code Sprint is on Saturday Sept 13th at the Eliot Center. More details at the wiki [4]. The industrious GeoServer team is continuing the sprint on Sunday [5].
[4] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2014_Code_Sprint
[5] http://blog.geoserver.org/2014/07/25/geoserver-sunday-sprint-foss4g/

WhereCampPDX

If you are lingering in PDX after FOSS4G, and need a place to put your creative thoughts into action, drop by WhereCampPDX and share them with other friendly geo-nerds. WhereCamps are unconferences that aim to connect geo-enthusiasts, developers, social place hackers, artists, activists, grad students, geographers, earth scientists and anybody else who wants to "know their place". More details at website [6]. (check back for updates).
[6] http://wherecamppdx.org/

Js.Geo

Js.Geo is officially happening during FOSS4G (for reals). This one day conference brings together experts or people deeply interested in spending a full day digging into advanced topics in the Geospatial Javascript realm. We'll convene for a series of curated talks from some leaders in JS + GEO and have plenty of time to explore ideas and concepts. The talks will also leave time for demos and questions and answer sessions

More details and speakers will be revealed as the event gets closer, but space is limited and we are down to 80 tickets. So book your spot [7].

[7] http://jsgeo2014.eventbrite.com/

LocationTech

After an evening of hor d'oeuvres in the exhibit hall, head over to the FOSS4G stop of the LocationTech Tour [8].
[8] http://tour.locationtech.org/2014/

Additional guest tickets for Gala

The Gala Night at the World Forestry Center is included with regular conference registration. If you would like to bring a guest, then you will need an additional ticket. Note that single day and volunteer registrations do not include the Gala Night; you will need a ticket if you want to attend. Gala Night tickets are available in the registration [1].
[1] http://foss4g2014.eventbrite.com/

Field trips and tours

You travelled all the way to Portland so be sure to take some time to relax
and explore our beautiful little corner of the world with one of our field
trips or tours:

Sunday, Sept. 7th:

  • Portland Timbers Soccer Match [9] (football & chainsaws!)

Friday, Sept. 12th:

  • Portland 101 Walking Tour [10] (more than just Portlandia!)
  • Keep Portland Wired! Walking Tour [11] (wired, and weird!)

Saturday, Sept. 13th:

  • Mount Saint Helens Field Trip [12] (live volcano!)
  • Willamette Valley Wine Tour [13] (viticulture and sustainable farming!)

Sunday, Sept. 14th:

  • Portland Breweries Tour [14] (Beer Bus!)

Space is still available, but limited. To register for an activity, visit the main registration [1] page (scroll towards the bottom). Note that you can still register for field trips even if you've already registered for the conference. If you need assistance or have questions, contact support at foss4g-info@osgeo.org.

[9] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#Timbers
[10] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#WalkingTours
[11] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#WalkingTours
[12] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#MtStHelens
[13] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#WillametteWine
[14] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#Breweries

About FOSS4G

About FOSS4G
The annual FOSS4G conference is the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial software. FOSS4G brings together developers, users, decision-makers and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation. Through six days of workshops, presentations, discussions, and cooperation, FOSS4G participants create effective and relevant geospatial products, standards, and protocols.

FOSS4G has been held all over the world and draws attendees from over 40 countries. Nottingham, England hosted the conference in 2013. In 2014, Portland, Oregon, USA will host FOSS4G's tenth year.

Important Conference Dates

See the full calendar [15] for more details.

  • Sep 8th-9th: Workshops
  • Sep 10th-12th: Main Conference
  • Sep 13th: Code Sprint

[15] https://2014.foss4g.org/about/calendar/

Links

[1] http://foss4g2014.eventbrite.com/
[2] http://pdxpug.wordpress.com/
[3] http://wiki.postgresql.org/wiki/PDXPUGDay2014
[4] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2014_Code_Sprint
[5] http://blog.geoserver.org/2014/07/25/geoserver-sunday-sprint-foss4g/
[6] http://wherecamppdx.org/
[7] http://jsgeo2014.eventbrite.com/
[8] http://tour.locationtech.org/2014/
[9] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#Timbers
[10] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#WalkingTours
[11] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#WalkingTours
[12] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#MtStHelens
[13] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#WillametteWine
[14] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#Breweries
[15] https://2014.foss4g.org/about/calendar/

For more information or to keep informed from the FOSS4G Organizing Committee, follow@foss4g (https://twitter.com/foss4g) on Twitter, subscribe to our announcements list (http://eepurl.com/N5Q6X) , or contact: foss4g2014-info@osgeo.org


Contact us at:

  • foss4g2014-info@osgeo.org

Sol Katz Award - Call for Nominations

News Date: 
1 Aug 2014
Details: 

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation would like to open nominations for the 2014 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software.

The Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software (GFOSS) will be given to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the GFOSS community. Recipients of the award will have contributed significantly through their activities to advance open source ideals in the geospatial realm.

Sol Katz was an early pioneer of GFOSS and left behind a large body of work in the form of applications, format specifications, and utilities while at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. This early GFOSS archive provided both source code and applications freely available to the community. Sol was also a frequent contributor to many geospatial list servers, providing much guidance to the geospatial community at large.

Sol unfortunately passed away in 1999 from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but his legacy lives on in the open source world. Those interested in making a donation to the American Cancer Society, as per Sol's family's request, can do so at https://donate.cancer.org/index.

Nominations for the Sol Katz Award should be sent to SolKatzAward@osgeo.org with a description of the reasons for this nomination. Nominations will be accepted until 23:59 UTC on August 22nd. A recipient will be decided from the nomination list by an OSGeo designated selection committee.

The winner of the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software will be announced at the FOSS4G-Portland event in September. The hope is that the award will both acknowledge the work of community members, and pay tribute to one of its founders, for years to come.

It should be noted that past awardees and selection committee members are not eligible.

Past Awardees:

2013: Arnulf Christl
2012: Venkatesh Raghavan
2011: Martin Davis
2010: Helena Mitasova
2009: Daniel Morissette
2008: Paul Ramsey
2007: Steve Lime
2006: Markus Neteler
2005: Frank Warmerdam

Selection Committee 2014

Jeff McKenna (chair)
Frank Warmerdam
Markus Neteler
Steve Lime
Paul Ramsey
Sophia Parafina
Daniel Morissette
Helena Mitasova
Martin Davis
Venkatesh Raghavan
Arnulf Christl

FOSS4G 2014: Program details, Keynote speakers, Call for maps, FOSS4G turns ten, and Birds of a feather

News Date: 
22 Jul 2014
Details: 

Program details, Keynote speakers, Call for maps, FOSS4G turns ten, and Birds of a feather

July 22, 2014
Portland, Oregon, USA

Excitement builds as FOSS4G 2014 approaches! Join us in Portland, Oregon this September 8th - 13th. Half a dozen workshops have already filled up -- register now to secure your seat in pre-conference workshops and your place at the conference.

Call for maps

We invite contributions to the FOSS4G Map Gallery to build an exciting and vibrant exhibit of the very best in mapping. This map gallery will not only demonstrate the work of delegates but also act as a reference point for the current state of mapping. We encourage all delegates to share one example of their work and help us create a cartographic record of the FOSS4G 2014 conference. Read the full call for maps and enter your map.

Workshops and general sessions program

This year FOSS4G features more than 40 workshops, providing excellent training opportunities on relevant, leading technologies -- and that’s all before the conference even begins. With eight tracks of sessions, plus invited talks and a great selection of Keynote Speakers, it will be a FOSS4G packed week to remember.

Keynote biographies

See exciting keynotes by Mike Bostock of D3.js fame and the New York Times, Sarah Novotny of NGINX and a program chair for O'Reilly Media's OSCON, and Al Shaw whose work at ProPublica has been honored with several awards.

FOSS4G turns ten!

2014 marks a decade of FOSS4G! The tenth anniversary is a great time to organize birds of a feather (BOFs) to reflect back and look forward. BOFs can be organized in advance on the wiki or on the spot during the event. Having a bird (Her name is Helen) as a logo is a good reason to organize a BOF too!


About FOSS4G

The annual FOSS4G conference is the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial software. FOSS4G brings together developers, users, decision-makers and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation. Through six days of workshops, presentations, discussions, and cooperation, FOSS4G participants create effective and relevant geospatial products, standards, and protocols.

FOSS4G has been held all over the world and draws attendees from over 40 countries. Nottingham, England hosted the conference in 2013. In 2014, Portland, Oregon, USA will host FOSS4G’s tenth year.

Important Conference Dates

See the full calendar for more details.

  • Sep 8th-9th: Workshops
  • Sep 10th-12th: Main Conference
  • Sep 13th: Code Sprint

ISPRS joins "Geo for All"

News Date: 
18 Jul 2014
Details: 

The "Geo for All" Advisory Board is pleased to welcome the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) joining our initiative.

We are looking forward to working together in our common aim to expand geospatial education and opportunities to all. Professor Chen Jun (ISPRS President), Jeff McKenna (OSGeo President) and Professor Georg Gartner (ICA President) met during AfricaGEO in Cape Town in July 2014 to discuss future collaboration for GeoforAll and we thank all of them for their vision to expand the initiative for the benefit of the wider community globally and also to make it inclusive as possible. Prof. Maria Brovelli will be the coordinator for ISPRS and Geo4All activities.

From 14th July 2014, Geo4All will be ICA, OSGeo and ISPRS initiative. Jeff McKenna formally announced this important development in our expansion at his keynote presentation at FOSS4G-Europe.

For universities, educational institutions, Open Geospatial Science & Applications is especially important as it helps in empowerment of staff and students, capacity building, create openness in Geo Education for developing creative and open minds in students which is critical for building open innovation and contributes to building up Open Knowledge for the benefit of the whole society and for our future generations. We look forward to working with you all for making geospatial education, software and opportunities accessible to all.

Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data.


International Cartographic Association (ICA) is the world authoritative body for cartography and GIScience.

International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) is a non-governmental organisation devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications.

OSGeo Charter Member Elections 2014

News Date: 
18 Jul 2014
Details: 

As in every year, the Open Source Geospatial Foundation will have an election process to allow anyone in the community to become active in the growth of the foundation, by becoming a Charter Member; new people bring new energy, points of view, and diversity. Do you know somebody who is involved with Open Source geospatial software, education or geospatial open data and could contribute to OSGeo's mission and goals? Anybody can nominate anybody, there is no requirement for a prior formal involvement with OSGeo. Please consider making a nomination for Charter Membership. Find out more about positive attributes expected from new Charter Members.

OSGeo Charter Members maintain the integrity of the Foundation. They "own" the Foundation, they elect new Charter Members and the Board of Directors. OSGeo uses the term "Charter" Member to explicitly indicate that these members are responsible for upholding the "Charter" of the Foundation. We emphasize that the only real difference between any regular member and a Charter Member is the responsibility to vote at the Foundation level. It is not our intent to make the Charter Members some "privileged" class. All mailing lists, projects, committees, and other Foundation activities are uniformly open and available to all friends of the Foundation.

Charter Members are eligible to serve on the Board of Directors which is responsible for regular day to day operations of the Foundation. Part of the Board of Directors is renewed each year. Nominations and election of new board members take place in August. Read more about the Foundation Membership.

The 2014 Charter Member nomination period runs for two weeks starting from 2014-07-19 and ending on 2014-08-01. Find all details here.