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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

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.

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.

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.

Seoul (South Korea) selected to host the 2015 international conference for "Free & Open Source Software for Geospatial" (FOSS4G)

News Date: 
3 Jun 2014
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Toward Diversity! FOSS4G Bigbang in Seoul!!

Seoul (South Korea) selected to host the 2015 international conference for "Free & Open Source Software for Geospatial" (FOSS4G).

OSGeo Korean Chapter http://www.osgeo.kr

Contact: Sanghee Shin - shshin at gaia3d.com


The OSGeo Korean Chapter is pleased to announce that we have been selected to host the 2015 FOSS4G international conference. The conference will be hosted in Seoul in September 2015, and is expected to attract the leading developers, users and business people in the open source geospatial community from Asia and all over the world.

Holding the FOSS4G conference, the biggest open source GIS event in the world, for the first time in the Asia will bring countless benefits to the region and provide geospatial communities, local businesses, and wider society with a great opportunity to learn about the potential of open source geospatial technologies.

Sanghee Shin, CEO at Gaia3D and Representative of OSGeo Korean Chapter explained his motivations for leading Seoul's bid to make Seoul the starting point of a FOSS4G big bang extending the FOSS4G throughout the region via this conference. He said, "When I tried to introduce Open Source GIS to South Korea in 2008, no one was willing to listen to my opinions. However five years later, the Korean government has recently launched a bid for an Open Source GIS R&D project with a budget of USD
9.5m. This means that that Open Source GIS is set to become a key part of the GIS landscape in South Korea. I¹m absolutely sure that FOSS4G 2015 will ignite and strengthen this trend."

The OSGeo Korean chapter has organised a FOSS4G Korea event each year since 2011 with attendance growing year on year. FOSS4G Korea events run alongside Smart Geo Expo, the biggest geospatial event in South Korea attracting many people from Government, universities, institutes and industry; these delegates also had the opportunity to attend the FOSS4G Korea conference.

In support of a successful FOSS4G 2015 conference, KSIS (Korea Spatial Information Society), the academic society with members of geospatial professional, researchers, students, and policy makers regarding geospatial field, will closely cooperate with OSGeo Korean Chapter. Additionally, KAOS-G (Koeran Alliance OpenSource for Geospatial), an alliance of open source GIS companies in South Korea has committed to actively helping OSGeo and KSIS deliver the FOSS4G 2015 event.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) for FOSS4G 2015 looks forward to the FOSS4G Seoul 2015 conference increasing awareness and usage of Open Source GIS in South Korea, throughout Asia and of course to the rest of the world where it is already being used.

About OSGeo

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation has been created 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.

About OSGeo Korean Chapter

The OSGeo Korean Chapter applies OSGeo principles locally. In particular, we focus on promotion and outreach in Korea.

About FOSS4G

FOSS4G is the annual international conference on Open Source geospatial software. From its beginning the FOSS4G conference has been the gathering of the spatial tribes and has a reputation of being a melting pot for great ideas in the spatial industry and a catalyst for many successful geospatial products, standards and protocols. In 2014 the conference will be hosted in Portland, USA, the 2013 conference was held in Nottingham, United Kingdom and was a huge success. FOSS4G Seoul 2015 will be the eleventh "formal" gathering of the Open Source geospatial community. 2015 will be a key year for South Korea and Asia, and FOSS4G will be the best place to see the Free and Open Source (FOSS) way to make an SDI work.

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!