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Be part of Openness in Geoeducation

News Date: 
23 Jan 2015

On behalf of Geo for All we are pleased to invite you to join our efforts in creating Openness in GeoEducation.

You are invited to register and participate in free course on "Introduction to Geospatial Technology Using QGIS". Over 1000 students have already registered for the next course starting Feb 23- Mar 29, 2015 being run by GeoAcademy.

For Educators, please note that the curriculum (lecture materials, tutorials etc) is also free for you to share and share alike under the Creative Commons BY 3.0 license. Please find all the materials at GitHub repository.

For universities and educators it is an excellent opportunity to build your own Geospatial courses using Free and Open Source Geospatial Software. OSGeo software and technologies are the major contributor for the global geospatial economy and used by hundreds of thousands of users in academia, governments and business worldwide and rapidly increasing.

GeoAcademy and OSGeo Live are going to be the two key instruments that Geo for All will be using to accelerate Openness in Geoeducation worldwide and the International Map Year 2015 (lead by the International Cartographic Association and supported by the United Nations) is the opportunity we will be using to implement this action.

GeoAcademy will not only expand geospatial education opportunities to thousands of students but more importantly by making all the lectures, tutorials available in GitHub under Creative Commons licence enables other educators globally to build up their own teaching resources to suit their requirements.

Creating openness in Geo Education is important 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 your participation for Openness in Geoeducation worldwide and successful International Map Year activities.

2015 OSGeo Code Sprint in Philadelphia - Feb 9 - 13

News Date: 
13 Jan 2015

OSGeo Folks,

We announced the the OSGeo Code Sprint a venue and dates a couple of months ago. If you haven't already done so, OSGeo developers are invited to make travel plans for a 4-day code sprint that will occur Feb 9 - 13.

We will have a social get-together on the evening of Mon, Feb 9 with the code sprint beginning in earnest on Tues, Feb 10 and running through Fri, Feb 13.

Hotel - We have reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Loews Hotel for $ 149/night - a great rate in a nice hotel that occupies an historic tower in downtown Philadelphia. Booking information is available at: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Code_Sprint_2015

Venue - We will be holding the code sprint at the downtown Friends Center, a conference facility operated by the Quakers (Philadelphia was founded by Quakers, and the "Society of Friends" continues to be an important part of the local community). The Friends Center is located at 1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Flights - Philadelphia (PHL) is a hub for American/US Air and Southwest and also has a good number of international carriers with direct flights, including Air Canada, Air France, Lufthansa, British Air and Qatar Airways. Other regional options include Newark Airport (EWR), which has a rail link to the Newark Airport train station, which is about a 50 min train ride to Philadelphia 30th St Station. Newark airport has a broad range of international flights, including Porter Airlines from Toronto.

Rail - Philadelphia is about 2hrs from Washington DC and 1hr 15min from New York Penn Station by Amtrak rail.

While the code sprint will primarily be focused on OSGeo projects, in the interest of enabling the two communities to work together, we have also invited LocationTech projects participate, meet and work on areas of common interest. The Eclipse Foundation's LocationTech projects include: JTS, uDig, GeoTrellis, GeoMesa, Geogig, and GeoJini. LocationTech has already stepped up and agreed to be a Gold Sponsor for the code sprint.

We're looking forward to welcoming you all to Philadelphia in February. It will probably be cold, but we'll be inside coding, and at least it's always sunny in Philadelphia.



FOSS4G Europe: ready!

News Date: 
13 Jan 2015

We are proud to announce the second edition of the FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software For Geospatial) Europe Conference.

The conference will bring together some of the most fervent developers, users and promoters of FOSS4G from Europe and beyond; it will also foster closer interactions with and amongst European communities in order to share ideas for improving geodata, software and applications, openness, and availability. This international event will be held in Italy at Politecnico di Milano, Como Campus, from July 14 through 17, 2015.

Organizers of the FOSS4G Europe 2015 include the Politecnico di Milano, the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), the International Cartographic Association (ICA), and the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).

One day of workshops precedes the conference (14 July 2015) and the code sprint closes the event (18 July 2015). Besides the traditional Academic Track (one day track), four special tracks on FOSS4G for water resources (one day track), Open Geodata (half day track), FOSS4G for Libraries (half day track) and Indoor/Outdoor Positioning (one day track) will be organized. A meeting of the labs involved in the GeoForAll initiative will take place. A mapping party for celebrating the International Map Year will be also organized.

Last but not least, the winners of the NASA World Wind Europe Challenge 2015 will present their innovative apps to the public.

Organizers opened the Call for Papers and Workshops.
They are planning to put together 10 workshops.
As expected, these will be shaped as 4 hours hands on courses.

As referring to the tracks, topics of the general one are:

- Application development
- Interoperability and open standards
- FOSS4G implementations for INSPIRE
- Transition to FOSS4G
- Big data
- Case studies of FOSS4G implementations
- Benchmarks: Comparisons between packages
- FOSS4G in education
- Analysis, manipulation and visualization of geospatial data
- Sensors, remote sensing, laser-scanning, structure for motion

For the special tracks, please refer directly to their Call for Papers. Be advised that the chance to actively participate at FOSS4G Europe will expire on the 25th of February. All proposals received after, might not be considered.

Information about the Conference is available at the website: http://europe.foss4g.org/2015/

Looking forward to receiving your contributions, and hosting you in beautiful Como, Italy! A presto!

Maria Brovelli and the Organization Committees

EGU 2015 FOSS session Call for Papers

News Date: 
27 Dec 2014

Dear colleagues,

After this year’s successful EGU session "Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Geoinformatics and Geosciences", we would like to draw your attention to the upcoming deadline for the submission of abstracts for next year’s event.

This session will look at the growing role of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in the geosciences with a special emphasis on the interoperability among existing and future FOSS-tools within Geoinformatics. The session will be a forum for both the latest advances in FOSS-empowered research and also successful applications of existing FOSS tools for geoscientific tasks. Also, this session will discuss issues relating to publication and citation of software and other conceptual contributions to scientific free and open source software.

The link for abstract submission can be found here

EGU 2015 will be held from 12 - 17 April, 2015 in Vienna, Austria.
The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is 07 January 2015, 13:00 CET.

We look forward to your participation and contribution.

Peter Löwe, Jens Klump, Dominik E. Reusser, Yann Chemin and Markus Neteler

FOSDEM Geospatial devroom program published

News Date: 
23 Dec 2014

FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event organised by the community for
the community. The goal is to provide open source software developers
and communities a place to meet. Participation and attendance is totally
free, though the organisers gratefully accept donations and sponsorship.

The FOSDEM team feels it is very important for open source software
developers around the world to be able to meet in “real life”. To this
end, we have set up developer rooms (devrooms) with network/internet
connectivity and projectors where teams can meet and showcase their
projects. devrooms are a place for teams to discuss, hack and publicly
present latest directions, lightning talks, news and discussions. We
believe developers can benefit a lot from these meetings.

This year a team of OSGeo and related community members led by Johan Van
de Wauw is organising Geospatial devroom, packed with talks about web
development, open geodata, mobile platforms, algorithms and much more.

See the full schedule of the Geospatial devroom here:

Expect many more talks to be announced in other tracks the coming weeks:

Hope to see you in Brussels the 31st of January and 1st of
February 2015:

Announcing the FOSS4G 2016 Call for Hosting

News Date: 
16 Dec 2014

The OSGeo Conference Committee the OSGeo Board of Directors are happy to announce the call for hosting the FOSS4G 2016 event. With the excitement building for the upcoming event in Seoul, and after such a wonderful event in Portland last September, OSGeo again plans on making the 2016 event the geospatial conference of the year. Please see the following page for the actual request for hosting document, as well as upcoming important dates:


If you have any questions regarding the 2016 call for hosting, feel free to send an email to the conference-dev mailing list (subscribe at http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/conference_dev).

Thank you.
OSGeo Conference Committee