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Happy 9th Birthday, OSGeo!

News Date: 
4 Feb 2015

9 years ago today was the first ever meeting of the OSGeo foundation, in Chicago U.S.A.

Thanks to those passionately involved back then, and the thousands contributing since, now our community has expanded and has reached many countries all over world. Congratulations to everyone for continuing to share the passion for Open Source geospatial.

Here is a glimpse at some of the exciting events happening around the world this year:

Participate in Map Competitions at FOSS4G events globally to support the International Map Year

News Date: 
2 Feb 2015

We are pleased to invite your participation for the Map competitions organised at the various FOSS4G conferences worldwide in support of the International Map Year.The International Map Year (lead by the International Cartographic Association and supported by the United Nations) is a great opportunity for making geospatial education, software and opportunities accessible to all.

For FOSS4G North America 2015 (March 9-12th , 2015) in San Francisco, California, USA the Call for Maps & Posters is now live. It is a great opportunity to share your interesting work to a global audience.

For FOSS4G Europe 2015 (July 14th-17th, 2015) at Como, Italy there is planned Map Competition (details to be announced soon).

Also as with the previous years for the main FOSS4G conference at Seoul, South Korea (Sep 14th-19th, 2015) there will be Map Competition and this year's program will be led by Professor Youngok Kang, President of KCA (Korea Cartographic Association).

FOSS4G conferences are the flagship events of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). 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.

We are also looking forward to your active participation for Openness in GeoEducation mission.

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.

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

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.



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