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ISPRS joins "Geo for All"

News Date: 
18 Jul 2014

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

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

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

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

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:

Note: express your interest before June 12th!

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.