GeoWeb 2008 Student Contest

To advance the development of the GeoWeb, Google, Galdos Systems, FGDC and OSGeo are sponsoring a contest, which is open to all full time students attending an educational institution anywhere in the world. The objective of the contest is to materially advance the development of the GeoWeb with either:

  • A theoretical solution or
  • A piece of software (All software must be open source and free of any royalties or other encumbrances)

To help students prepare their submissions for the GeoWeb 2008 student contest, here are a few ideas. These are simply suggestions and using these ideas or not, will have no influence on the decision of the judges.

Develop software or solve a theoretical problem to:

  • Generate 3D models for Google Earth, Virtual Earth etc. from CAD drawings automatically.
  • To enhance position measurement inside a building.
  • Integrate Google or Virtual Earth with Second Life
  • Generalize from large scale to small scale in 2D and 3D.
  • Generate GML (observations) from KML and KML (by styling) from GML.
  • Validate geography and topology automatically using a rule based mechanism.
  • To visualize the content of an ebRIM (OASIS) registry.
  • Develop visualization mechanisms for travelogues
  • Use wavlets to integrate geometry, coverages and observations.

Students may submit a registration of an abstract of their proposal at any time (see link above). Note that both registration and final submissions are due and must be submitted no later than May 15, 2008.

Software submissions must include the following components:

  • One sentence description of your software.
  • Source code for the software (C, C++, Java etc).
  • Build files as required to create an executable program for one of (Linux, Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS). The build file must be executable automatically and generate an executable program with minimal input by the software judges. It should require very minimal effort on the part of the installer to create an executable program.
  • Description of the functionality of the software. This description should be limited to two typed pages (12 pt type), and must highlight the key points that you feel the software demonstrates that are advances over existing software technology.
  • Presentation (e.g. Keynote, Power Point etc) that you will give if your entry is selected.

Contest winners will be selected by Friday, April 27th, 2008. Winners of the contest will be brought to the GeoWeb 2008 conference in Vancouver, Canada, and all legitimate expenses will be paid by the contest supporters. A cash honorarium will also be provided.

Full details are available at:

The theme for GeoWeb 2008 this year is “Infrastructure: Local to Global”, and it will be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada from July 21st to 25th, 2008.

The GeoWeb conference is one of the only annual conferences focusing exclusively on the convergence of GIS and the Internet, and the economic potential associated with the convergence of XML, web services and geographic information systems. The GeoWeb 2008 conference welcomes both public and private organizations to meet, discuss and learn about today’s most
innovative geospatial technologies.

The Call for Papers for GeoWeb 2008 is open until March 7th.

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