The international conference for free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G), held in Sydney, Australia 20-23 October, 2009, is now open for registration. http://2009.foss4g.org/registration/FOSS4G attracts the cream of international Geospatial Open Source and Open Standards system implementors and sponsors. With themes ranging from the integration of Open Source with Proprietary systems to the building of Spatial Data Infrastructures and application of Open Geospatial Standards, the conference offers a unique opportunity to tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience available among the Open Source developers, sponsors and geospatial professionals of all persuasions. The Open Geospatial Consotium (OGC) is underpinning the conference with a Standards Based integration showcase based on a climate change scenario, demonstrating integration between Open Source and proprietary applications. Along with a comprehensive program of thought provoking presentations and interactive workshops you would expect from an international conference, FOSS4G retains many of the engaging characteristics of its Open Source heritage. With Bird of a Feather sessions, code sprints, install-fests and impromptu project meetings, there is an unparalleled opportunity to take part in active communities and provide input into the direction for a variety of projects. FOSS4G encompasses the best of Open Communities, such as collaboration, helpfulness, innovation and honesty. Early bird registration is just $AU725 (~ $US525) for 3 days of conference and tutorials, and $AU375 (~ $US270) for a day of top notch workshops from the world's best international presenters. Location FOSS4G 2009 will be held in Sydney, Australia which is built around one of the largest, most beautiful harbours in the world with miles of golden beaches stretching north and south of the city on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. It has a warm climate in October with average temperatures ranging from 15 - 22°C. Sydney and its surrounding areas provide a diverse range of visual excitement and vibrancy. Visitors to Sydney are spoiled with choice including national parks, famous beaches, the World Heritage Blue Mountains area and the picturesque Sydney Harbour. Sydney's also offers a diverse range of cultural activities including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Ballet and the Sydney Theatre Company all performing at the well know Sydney Opera House. Call for Presentations Are you planning to present at this years conference? If so, don't wait until you have your presentation finalised to tell us about it! Go to the submission website now (http://2009.foss4g.org/presentations/) and enter your name and contact details and at least a title. Then, closer to the close-off date, log back in and fill out the abstract details. This will be a big help for the organisers as it will give us some advanced notice as to how many and what type of presentations to expect. FOSS4G 2009 Highlights *The Climate Challenge Integration Plugfest (CCIP)*: FOSS4G will launch the OGC's Climate Challenge Integration Plugfest (CCIP), which demonstrates standards based interoperability between Open Source and Proprietary geospatial applications. It consists of a server with multiple virtual machines, each installed with geospatial applications offering standards based web services. All web services will demonstrate a common dataset, and will be accessed by a range of geospatial client applications installed on client computers. http://external.opengis.org/twiki_public/bin/view/ClimateChallenge2009/WebHomePresenters are encouraged (but not mandated) to make use of scenarios and on-site data from the Climate Challenge Integration Plugfest (CCIP). This is especially important as demand for access to data over the internet is expected to be high, and Australia has notoriously slow connections to the outside world. *FOSS4G Live DVD*: LiveDVDs, based on the Xubuntu operating system and including Geospatial Open Source Software, will be given to all delegates. Users can boot a Live DVD on their computer and trial the software without installing or effecting the existing system. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Disc *Installfest*: The Installfest will give delegates the opportunity to meet in a common area and install a wide variety of FOSS software on their laptops, EE PC or any other system they care to bring in. Community members will be around to assist with any troubles and provide help and insight into the software. The install fest will take place after workshops on the first day. *Workshops and Tutorials*: Workshops and Tutorials allow presenters to lead attendees through applications, integration solutions, or other topics in an interactive environment. Half-day workshops (3 hours) will be held in computer rooms on the first day. Tutorials (90 minutes) will be held in standard presentation rooms, run concurrently with presentations during the third and fourth days. *Presentations*: The meat of the conference are it's presentations. Drawing on a huge community of local, regional and international experts we will discuss some of the most current and poignant topics in the industry today. *Demo Theatre*: During lunch and coffee breaks the demonstration theatre will be showcasing live software. These short demonstrations from sponsors, open source projects and the user community show what is possible with open source today. *Birds of a Feather*: Rooms have been set aside for semi-organised meetings between like minded groups. Some prominant community initiatives started in prior FOSS4G Birds of a Feather sessions. *Code Sprint*: The weekend after FOSS4G is reserved for the Hackers' Code Sprint. Hackers will be locked in a basement with lots of bandwidth, pizzas and coke. (Well, maybe something better than that, but we don't want to spoil the mystical hacker image by describing it anydifferently.) Upcoming milestones * 1 Jun 2009, Abstract submission deadline* 13 Jul 2009, Presenters notified of acceptance for talks* 31 Jul 2009, *Author/Early registration deadline** 14 Sep 2009, *Completed program available on the wiki** 20 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Workshop* 21-23 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Presentations and Tutorials* 24-25 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Code Sprint Media Sponsors * Position Magazine: http://www.positionmag.com.au/* Asian Surveying and Mapping Newsletter: http://www.asmmag.com* Geoconnexions Magazine: http://www.geoconnexion.com/* Directions Magazine: http://directionsmag.com/* GIS Development: http://gisdevelopment.net/* Baliz Media: http://www.BALIZ-MEDIA.com/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------For more information or to keep informed from the FOSS4G Organising Committee, join our email list or twitter feed at: http://2009.foss4g.org/contacts/ or contact: Cameron Shorter, Chair of the FOSS4G Organising Committee and Geospatial Systems Architect at LISAsoft tel +61-8570-5050 c a m e r o n . s h o r t e r @ l i s a s o f t . c o m
* Identifying the aspects that contribute to integration and interoperability: Technological, political and cultural
* Global standards and developments for open geospatial practices, architectures and interfaces
* Standard based web services - the potential for government and military use at planning and operational levels
* Developing a fully interoperable data sharing strategy
Open Geospatial Consortium
Third Open Source GIS Conference - OSGIS 2011
Centre for Geospatial Science, University of Nottingham
21-22nd June 2011
Building up Open Source, Open Standards, Open Data research
OSGIS 2011 Call for papers
The OSGIS conference series has a strong international focus and takes a holistic approach in bringing together speakers and delegates from government, academe, industry and open source communities. High profile speakers from all over the world are invited for giving presentations and running hands-on workshops for the conference series.
The key aims of OSGIS conference series are:
1. to hear presentations from government, academic, industry and policy makers on open source, open standards and open data geospatial technologies
2. to provide platform to network and develop ideas for future collaborative work in open source GIS
3. to understand current developments in open source GIS
4. to act as a focus for open source, open standards, open data GIS research
OSGIS 2011 Keynote address -Professor Thierry Badard (Laval University, Canada)
OGC- OSGeo Interoperability Day Workshop (21 June 2011) - (Organised by Tyler Mitchell, Executive Director, Open Source Geospatial Foundation
OpenGov: Open Data, Open Source and Open Standards Workshop (21 June 2011) - (Organised by Dr Hanif Rahemtulla, University of Nottingham
OSGeo Director Board + stakeholder meeting - 23 June 2011 (By invitation only)
We look forward to welcoming you to the Centre for Geospatial Science for research collaborations in this exciting and rapidly developing research theme.
The OGC France Forum (http://www.forumogcfrance.org/ in French and http://www.forumogcfrance.org/ in English) and announced that it has organized an Interoperability Day to be held on November 21. The topic of the day is "Download, Sharing, Service: Questions, Solutions, Advantages".
The day long event will be hosted by Le ministère de l’Ecologie, du Développement Durable, des Transports et du Logement (the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing). It will take place at the Grand Arche de la Défence in Paris. Francois Robida (BRGM), a European Board Director of the Open Geospatial Consortium, will provide the opening remarks.
There will be presentations by:
Marc Leobet (MEDDTL)
Athina Trakas (OGC)Benjamin Chartier (NeoGeo Technologies)
CAP Gemini – MEDDTL (intervenant à confirmer)
René-Luc d’Hont (3Liz)
urélie Léonard (ONEMA)
Anthony Mauclerc (BRGM)
Erwan Bocher – Antoine Gourlay (IRSTV)
Software vendors including Autodesk, Bentley, Esri, Intergraph, and Oslandia will show interoperability among systems that implement the OGC Web Feature Service Interface Standard. The meeting will conclude with a roundtable discussion.
The European Space Agency in Frascati is organising a “Big data from Space” event to address the barriers that hamper an effective use of large volumes of Earth observation data. The event will focus on issues associated with the organisation and delivery of large volumes of contemporary and historical Earth observations, either space-based or from ground (including ubiquitous information-sensing mobile devices, aerial sensory technologies, wireless sensor networks).
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The EGU General Assembly 2011 in Vienna, Austria will bring together geoscientists from all over the world into one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences. The EGU provides for scientists a forum to present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geosciences. Technical sessions of interest to OGC members include:
1. Real Use of Standards and Technologies (RUST)Conveners: John van de Vegte (KNMI), David Arctur (OGC)ESSI-RUST is a session where standards and technologies meet end users bydemonstrating leading-edge and ready-to-use services and applications.Focus will be on (but not exclusively) OGC based services, datainterchange encodings (GML, netCDF, HDF), CF-conventions and their use inapplications and services. Future challenges in RUST shall also beaddressed.
2. Information Fusion: Issues, Barriers and ApproachesConveners: David Arctur (OGC), Peter Fox (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)Merging disparate data sources and models for multidisciplinary study isan increasingly urgent need. Key drivers for this direction of researchinclude requirements for improved situational awareness; the vital needfor enhanced preparedness and swift, appropriate response to natural andmanmade disasters; global climate change; and a wide range of othersocietal and environmental circumstances. Technology - including standards- for meeting these ends has advanced rapidly, but cultural,institutional, and related issues can impede our ability to apply it. Wewelcome submissions that describe successful integrative data analyses,with descriptions of specific solutions for overcoming barriers andobtaining cooperation and coordination in multidisciplinary settings.
3. Climate Information IntegrationConveners: David Arctur (OGC), Stefano Nativi (Univ Florence, CNR), SandroFiore (CMCC, Center for Euro-Mediterranean Climate Change)The current climate debate highlights the importance of free, open,authoritative sources of quality climate data that are available for peerreview and for collaborative purposes. It is increasingly important toallow disparate organizations around the world to share climate data in anopen manner, and to perform dynamic processing of climate data via webbased services, using common “community agreed” standards without havingto change their internal systems or the language that they use internallyto describe their data. We also wish to identify archives of qualityclimate data, and make these available for interdisciplinary work. Focuswill be on applications and opportunities for enhancing existing dataexchange standards for use with climate data.