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

News Date: 
3 Jun 2014

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.

ICA-OSGeo lab established at The Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology of Chinese Academy of Science

News Date: 
2 Jun 2014

We are pleased to welcome our second ICA-OSGeo lab in China (and our 79th lab worldwide) at the Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology of Chinese Academy of Science located in Changchun city, Jilin Province of China.

Their key research areas are on agro-ecology, wetland ecology, regional development disciplines, environmental science and technology. GIS is one of their main research themes and they have done a lot of research in the past few decades to expand this.
Currently, there are about 30 researchers engaging in GIS, and they also have a doctorates and masters programs in Cartography and geographic information system. Besides, the Institute has established international partnership with Indiana University, University of Wisconsin, University of Maryland, University of Georgia, University of Toronto, and the Pacific Institute of Geography of Far East Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences to carry out research in GIS.

In order to meet the demand of the Institute, GIS has been widely used in many areas. In agriculture, GIS is one of the essential tools to investigate, analysis and manage the agricultural resources. In the subject of ecologic and environment, GIS is the primary means to conduct a survey, which can evaluate the influence of environment and perform ecological regionalization. So it can surely promote national environment protection work and decision-making. In region development, GIS can effectively manage quite a lot information with spatial attributes, which serve as a powerful tool.

The Open GIS research team in the Institute are very interested in the work related to OSGeo. The Institute has fully taken over OSGeo China Center website since 2014 by communication and consultation with Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research. CAS will spend much efforts on developing network platform, including document translation, website establishment, education and training. The institute has established the “Open Geospatial Laboratory” supported by the Information Centre of the Institute and Jingyuetan Remote Sensing Experiment Staiton. The laboratory is equipped with professional hardware and software and can operate Open Source GIS applications, which can serve as a model for the use of OSGeo software in China. The Open Geospatial Laboratory will explore the theory, methods, technology and application of Open Source GIS. It will help in the development of Open Source GIS in China and improve the technology of GIS. The lab will be led by Dr. Bu Kun (Email -bukun@osgeo.cn). The ICA-OSGeo lab in China welcomes collaborations from all interested and for making contributions to the wider society.

Website (in Chinese): http://lab.osgeo.cn/
English homepage: http://lab.osgeo.cn/en

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.

FOSS4G-Europe 2014 - Early Bird Registration extended to May 30

News Date: 
22 May 2014

It's been a busy few weeks as things start to come together for FOSS4G Europe 2014 -- but now, admittedly with some delay, we have managed the challenge of compiling an exciting program, to be published over the next days.

To give everyone time to have a look at the schedule before booking, we've extended the Early Bird registration deadline to May 30, 2014.


In the meantime, many thanks to all who submitted abstracts -- it has been a challenge to select the best of all excellent submissions passed in the last weeks. Altogether, the conference received about 78 abstracts in the general and 16 for the academic track. Every abstract has been carefully evaluated by the program committee to obtain a fair ranking.

On the whole there has been a very satisfying presence of topics relating to the relevant Open-Source- tools like GeoServer, MapServer, ZOO-PROJECT, rasdaman, GRASS GIS, and several more. As well OGC-standards like WMS, WMS, WCS, WCPS, WPS, and SOS have the attention of the community. All in all the bandwidth of proposals shows a good representation of the general trends in the geospatial world. In addition the Local Organizing Committee has secured facilities to run additional workshops and a code sprint during the conference.

A lot of registrations form Europe and beyond have poured in already, so make sure you are part of the crowd in this visionary European geo happening.

Sign in now! http://www.foss4g-e.org/

FOSS4G 2014 Update: Keynotes, Travel Grants, Volunteer Discounts

News Date: 
21 May 2014

Two new keynote speakers added to 2014 lineup

We are delighted to announce Sarah Novotny of NGINX and Al Shaw of ProPublica as keynote speakers for FOSS4G 2014. They join Mike Bostock of the New York Times in this year's lineup.

Novotny is a technical evangelist and community manager for NGINX, founder of Blue Gecko, and is currently a program chair for O’Reilly Media’s OSCON.
Shaw is a news applications developer at ProPublica and the creator of an award winning series of interactive maps documenting FEMA's response to Hurricane Sandy.

Travel Grant Program

To make sure that as many deserving people as possible can attend FOSS4G, we have created a travel grant program with funds to help cover registration, lodging, and travel costs. If you are excited about open source geospatial work but have economic barriers to attendance, we strongly encourage you to apply. Applications are due May 30th, and awardees will be notified mid-June.

Our travel grants are community funded; your donations help bring more of your colleagues to the conference. Consider an additional donation when you register for the conference or as a stand-alone contribution. If every attendee gave just $20, we could bring an additional 20 people to the conference.

Volunteer Discounts

We will also have a limited number of volunteer positions available; in exchange for a full day of work, volunteers will be eligible for a discounted rate of $125. Students will be given preference for these volunteer positions until July 1st. More details on the volunteer program and travel grants.

Important Conference Dates

See the full calendar (https://2014.foss4g.org/about/calendar/) for more details.

  • June 15th: Early bird registration ends
  • Sept 8th-9th: Workshops
  • Sept 10th-12th: Main Conference
  • Sept 13th: Code Sprint

GDAL/OGR 1.11.0 released

News Date: 
25 Apr 2014

On behalf of the GDAL/OGR development team and community, I am pleased to announce the release of GDAL/OGR 1.11.0. GDAL/OGR is a C++ geospatial data access library for raster and vector file formats, databases and web services. It includes bindings for several languages, and a variety of command line tools.


The 1.11.0 release is a major new feature release with the following highlights:

  • Significantly improved drivers: GML, LIBKML
  • Upgrade to EPSG 8.2 database

More complete information on the new features and fixes in the 1.11.0 release can be found at http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/Release/1.11.0-News

The new release can be downloaded from:

FOSS4G 2014: Community voting open through May 5th

News Date: 
22 Apr 2014

What presentations do you want to see at FOSS4G?  Now is the time to tell us!  

The FOSS4G community at large can now read and score potential presentations.  The conference committee will use the aggregate scores from the community review process to help choose which presentations to accept, and to assign presentations to appropriately sized rooms.

The community review process is an important part of creating a conference that benefits and reflects the community. Your input is a significant part of what makes FOSS4G a great conference. Note that you do not need to be registered for the conference to vote. And remember, all presentations will be available online, so even if you are unable to attend, your vote matters.

You can vote now at: http://community-review.foss4g.org/.  

Please complete your voting by May 5th.

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.

For more information or to keep informed from the FOSS4G Organizing Committee, follow @foss4g on Twitter, subscribe to our announcements list, or contact: foss4g2014-info@osgeo.org

Darrell Fuhriman, Chair of the FOSS4G Organizing Committee, email: darrell@garnix.org