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OSGeo Student Awards for FOSS4G 2015, Seoul

News Date: 
21 Sep 2015

On behalf of Geo for All, we are pleased to announce the winners of the OSGeo Student Awards for FOSS4G 2015, Seoul

1) OSGeo Best Oral Presentation Student Award
Title:Analysis of Spatial Density Utilizing the Big Data of Floating Population of Seoul City
Authors: Hailin Kim (Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea)

2) OSGeo Best Poster Presentation Award
Title: Mobile Application of Open Source Stack to Geo-based Data Visualization on E-Government Web Framework
Authors: Kwangseob Kim (Hansung University), Hanseam Park, Kiwon Lee, Republic of Korea

3) FOSS4G Seoul Best Oral Presentation Student Award
Title: Landmark Based Path Planning And Linear Path Generation For Mobile Map Applications
Authors: Thejaka Mahaulpatha (Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology), Pasindu Chandrasekara,Dananjaya Thathsara, Irendra Koswatta, Nimalika Fernando, Sri Lanka

4) FOSS4G Seoul Best Poster Presentation Award
Title: Development of Opensource-based Photogrammetric UAV System Using Smart Camera
Authors: Jinwoo Park (Pukyong National University), Hohyun Jung, DongYoon Shin, Chuluong Cho,Republic of Korea

It is worth noting that the winner of OSGeo Best Oral Presentation Student Award, Hailin Kim (Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea), is high school student! That is really excellent news and builds upon FOSS4G Europe's student competition win by students from a high school in Alaska for the Europa Challenge 2015 . Details at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2015/07/ica-osgeo-isprs-awards-for-nasa-europa-challenge-2015 This shows the new generation is much ahead in leading Open Principles in Education and we need to give them more support.

We congratulate all of them for their excellent work and contributions to FOSS4G and Open Principles. These student awards have been possible thanks to the support of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, so we thank the OSGeo Board , community and the LOC for their strong support. Special thanks to Sanghee Shin, Venkatesh Raghavan, Maria Brovelli, Jeff McKenna and everyone in the G4A Team who made this possible. Sanghee Shin has kindly provided the url of some of the photos in Flikr https://www.flickr.com/photos/135608763@N08/ (our thanks to the volunteer who took the photos)

Based on feedbacks received from the community , we have decided that the Student Award initiative at FOSS4G conferences from now will be handled by the GeoforAll Team (by keeping in touch with LOC) . As this is new initiative, we are learning from experiences, feedbacks and will improve for the future events. We are also looking into ideas for making the student competition more wider ( to include students from various disciplines and different levels so students from high schools to university level can participate). The aim of the awards is to recognise the excellent contributions from students worldwide not only to FOSS4G but also acknowledge their contributions to open knowledge and being good global citizens by helping spread the benefits of education to all.

Professor Venkatesh Raghavan also gave an excellent Plenary presentation on Geo4All. The slides are available at http://www.slideshare.net/VenkateshRaghavan1/g4-a-newver2

We thank the whole Seoul Team for their hard work and efforts over many months for making a very successful FOSS4G global conference http://2015.foss4g.org in Asia.

Now it is the turn of Bonn Team http://2016.foss4g.org to carry on the good work :)

Thomas Bonfort Receives FOSS4G Developer Award

News Date: 
18 Sep 2015

Thomas Bonfort was honored with the inaugural FOSS4G Developer Award, sponsored by GeoCat, during the FOSS4G 2015 conference in Seoul, South Korea. Attendees of the FOSS4G-Seoul event placed votes for the best developer, by filling out ballots at the GeoCat booth.

Thomas has been a longtime member of the MapServer Project Steering Committee (PSC), and has been the driving force of many thorough changes, especially to both MapServer 6 and MapServer 7 releases. MapServer's high quality and fast rendering engines have all been upgraded thanks to Thomas. Thomas is also the maintainer of MapCache, MapServer's caching engine that is handled through an Apache module. Many will remember Thomas working so hard on past WMS Benchmarking exercises with other lead developers of GeoServer and Mapnik, improving not only MapServer but helping the other projects as well.

GeoCat and the whole OSGeo community would like to thank Thomas Bonfort for his contributions to the community. Thanks Thomas!

GeoCat & OSGeo

Maria Brovelli Receives Sol Katz Award

News Date: 
18 Sep 2015

Maria Brovelli was honored with the 2015 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software during the FOSS4G 2015 conference in Seoul, South Korea. This was the eleventh year of the award.

Maria has been working at the Politecnico di Milano since 1994, first as researcher, then as Associate Professor and finally as Full Professor. She is currently teaching Digital Cartography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Internet GIS. In 1997, she started the Laboratory of Geomatics, placed at the Como Campus of the Politecnico di Milano and up to 2011 she has coordinated its activities as Head of the Lab. She has been involved in Politecnico governance by covering several service activities. Currently (since January 2011) she is Vice Rector of Politecnico di Milano for the Como Campus.

Maria is also charter member of OSGeo, a member of its Committee "Education and Curriculum", and is on the Advisory Board for the Geo For All initiative. She is member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Society of Photogrammetry and Surveying (SIFET) and member of the Bulletin Editorial Board. In 2010 she hosted the WebMGSevent in Como, an international workshop on 'Pervasive Web Mapping, Geoprocessing and Services'. Most recently she hosted FOSS4G-Europe in her beautiful hometown of Como, in July of 2015.

On behalf of OSGeo and the "Geo for All" community our congratulations to Maria and her wonderful family.

2015 Sol Katz Award committee

Board Member Elections Begin

News Date: 
7 Sep 2015

The nominations for the OSGeo Board of Directors start today. Please take a minute to understand what the board actually does. A director should plan to spend several hours a week on OSGeo business in order to do a good job. The current board members will know best. Maybe you could please also look over this page and add things that are on your agenda but are not well reflected on this Wiki page.

To nominate a candidate for the board please first confirm with the
person that they would like to stand for election as a Board member.
Then send an email to cro@osgeo.org CCing the candidate by 12:00 GMT
on Sunday 20.09.2015
consisting of:

  • name and e-mail
  • current country of residence
  • a paragraph describing why you think this person would make a good
    Board member.

Remember that only Charter Members are eligible for a seat on the
Board and for voting but that anybody can nominate a board member.

Thank you.

Best regards,
CRO 2015

Charter Member Elections Begin

News Date: 
17 Aug 2015

OSGeo elections start today with the nomination period for new Charter Members. The nomination period is open for the next two weeks. Please help our Foundation grow and nominate new Charter Members by 2015-08-30.

Elections page: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Election_2015

Please help spread the word and also reach out to communities who have
not yet been connected with OSGeo.

Best regards,
Vasile Craciunescu
2015 CRO

11th International gvSIG Conference: "It's possible. It's real"

News Date: 
28 Jul 2015

The 11th International gvSIG Conference, organized by the gvSIG Association, will be held from December 2nd to 4th 2015 at La Petxina Sports-Cultural Complex (Valencia - Spain), under the slogan "It's possible. It's real".

Call for papers is now open. As of today communication proposals can be sent to the email address: conference-contact@gvsig.com; they will be evaluated by the scientific committee as to their inclusion in the conference program.

There are two types of communication: paper or poster. Information regarding to regulations on communication presentations can be found in the Communications section of the website. Abstracts will be accepted until September 25th.

Organizations interested in collaborating in the event can find information in the section: How to collaborate.