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Sol Katz Award - Call for Nominations

News Date: 
1 Aug 2014
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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
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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

OSGeo Charter Member Elections 2014

News Date: 
18 Jul 2014
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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.

ISPRS joins "Geo for All"

News Date: 
18 Jul 2014
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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.

FOSS4G 2014 Update: Draft Program Released, Early Bird Deadline Near

News Date: 
13 Jun 2014
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Early Bird Deadline Approaches, Conference Program Posted, Call for Travel Assistance, Field Trips


Early Bird deadline approaches!

A reminder: the Early Bird discount ends 6/15. Register now to save and guarantee yourself the best selection of workshops.

Conference program posted

Thanks to those who reviewed abstracts and finalized the schedule.

The draft schedule for presentations for FOSS4G 2014 has been posted! We feature eight tracks over three days, plus invited talks and a great selection of Keynote Speakers. Our presenters represent 20 different countries. (Curious about the presentation selection process? Here are the details.)

Help bring your colleagues to FOSS4G

The first-ever FOSS4G travel grant program received 85 requests for assistance. The applicants come from across the globe, and represent a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and experience. We are very excited to have the opportunity to strengthen the open source community by bringing more people together at FOSS4G.But in order accomplish this task, we need your help. Grant requests (for registration, lodging, and travel costs) total over $100,000, which is more than ten times our currently available funding. We would like to raise an additional $10,000 to help meet this need. Please support your colleagues by donating to our travel grant fund here, or when you register. Every little bit helps; thank you for your support.

Field trips

When you join us for FOSS4G, we hope you’ll spend a few extra days to discover some of what makes our little corner of the world special. To help you do that, we’ve planned a number of outings on various days before and after the conference. Come to a Portland Timbers game and join the most passionate soccer fans you’ll see this side of Europe, explore Portland on foot in walking tour led by Know Your City, or get to know the area by taking a tour of local breweries or wineries. More details on field trips.

Important Conference Dates

See the full calendar for more details.
June 15th: Early bird registration ends
Sept 8th-9th: Workshops
Sept 10th-12th: Main Conference
Sept 13th: Code Sprint


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

About OSGeo

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) was founded in 2006 to support and build the highest-quality open source geospatial software. The foundation's goal is to encourage the use and collaborative development of community-led projects, data development and education. Many projects live under the OSGeo umbrella, including FOSS4G, http://osgeo.org.

About PDX-OSGeo - Portland Area and Oregon OSGeo Chapter

The PDX-OSGeo chapter of OSGeo has been meeting, discussing and promoting the use of open source geospatial technology since 2009. Chapter members often organize or present on open source software at regional geospatial conferences. PDX is the airport code and like the PDX airport, the group has a wide catchment area.

Ride in your own private train to FOSS4G2014

News Date: 
3 Jun 2014
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Are you into Trains, and are you headed to the FOSS4G2014 conference in Portland OR ? What about extending your conference trip a bit and ride along with us to the conference.

Follow this link to find out more:
https://2014.foss4g.org/all-aboard-the-foss4g2014-express/

Note: express your interest before June 12th!