Technical Committee Meeting

Start: 
Mon, 2010-09-20 (All day)
End: 
Fri, 2010-09-24 (All day)
Location: 

The Météo-France Conferences International Centre
42, avenue Gaspard Coriolis
31057 Toulouse cedex 1
France

Tel : +33 (0)5 61 07 80 51 or 33 (0)5 61 07 80 52
http://www.meteo.fr/cic/

Located right on the doorstep of Toulouse, just 8 km from its international airport Toulouse Blagnac, the Conferences International Centre lies at the very heart of Europe's leading meteorology Centre. Since it was first opened in 1992, the CIC has hosted companies, scientists and engineers from a wide range of technical fields. It shares the same grounds as the three major divisions of Météo-France - operations, research and training. In a high-tech and comfortable environment, this user-friendly conference centre was designed with people in mind.

Sponsors: 

Meteo France

 

Schedule of Meetings: 

The tentative agenda is now avaliable.  Please be aware that this schedule is subject to change up to and during the event.

NOTE:  During registration attendess should get a card as load it with 50 euros.  Everyday you can use this card to pay for your lunch in the cafeteria.  After your last lunch of the week, you can returen the card and get the balance reimbursed to you.

 

 

Registration: 

On-line Registration is now open

There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

The Wednesday evening Reception (22 September) will be at the at a mansion in Toulouse City Centre. The cost of the Reception tickets are $35.

 

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 8 September)Regular Rate (8 September - 16 September )On-Site (after 16 September)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $0
$50
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings $100.00 $120.00 $150.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $50.00 $75.00 $105.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings
$325.00 $350.00
$400.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
$225.00
$275.00
Wednesday Reception Only $35.00 $35.00 $35.00
Accommodations: 

OGC will not have a room block. 

Travel to the meeting venue is easiest via metro and bus (see below).

The below prices have been negotiated by Meteo-France for 2010 and are all in the downtown area (recommended if you do not have a car).

 

HOTELSPer night, incl breakfast and taxes
SingleDouble
Sofitel Toulouse Centre (Parking) ****
84, allées Jean Jaurès - 31000 TOULOUSE
Tél : 05 61 10 23 10 - Fax : 05 61 10 23 20
   
 
Crowne Plazza (ex Holiday Inn) ****
7, Place du Capitole - 31000 TOULOUSE
Tél : 05.61.61.19.19 - Fax : 05.61.23.79.96
201.10 € / 246.10 € 225.20 € / 270.20 €
 
Hôtel GARONNE****
32, descente de la Halle aux Poissons - 31000 Toulouse
Tél : 34 31 94 80 – Fax : 05 34 31 94 81
190 € et + 210 € et +
 
Hotel des Beaux Arts ***+
1, Place du Pont Neuf - 31000 TOULOUSE
Tél : 05 34 45 42 42 - Fax : 05.34 45 42 43
   
 
HOLIDAY INN Capoul ***+
13, Place Wilson - 31000 Toulouse
Tél : 05.61.10.70.70 - Fax : 05.61.21.96.70
   
 
Grand Hôtel Les Capitouls ***+
29, allées Jean Jaurès - 31000 Toulouse
Tél : 05.34.41.31.21. - Fax : 05.61.63.15.17.
123.40 € 134.80 €
 
Hotel Jean Mermoz (Parking) ***
50, rue Matabiau - 31000 TOULOUSE
Tél : 05.61.63 04 04 - Fax : 05.61.63 15 64
107.9€ 122.40 €
 
hotel phoenicia ***
7 boulevard Bonrepos – 31000 TOULOUSE
Tél : 05 61 63 81 63 – Fax : 05 61 63 02 06
88.90 € 103.08 €
108.8 € (twin)
 
terminus **
13, Boulevard Bonrepos - 31000 TOULOUSE
Tél : 05.61.62.44.78 - Fax : 05.61.63.18.06
63.7 € 81.4 €
 
Hôtel De France **
5, Rue d'Austerlitz - 31000 Toulouse
Tél : 05.61.21.88.24 - Fax 05.61.21.99.77
72,70 € (shower)
94.40 € (bath)
80,40 € (shower)
101.40 € (bath)
 
Hôtel Patio Wilson **
7, Rue Lafaille - 31000 Toulouse
Tél : 05.61.62.74.74 - Fax 05.61.99.15.44
64.70/87.70 € 77.40/101.40 € (dbl)
90.40 € (twin) ?
 
Hôtel castellane **
17, Rue Castellane - 31000 Toulouse
Tél : 05.61.62.18.82 - Fax 05.61.62.58.04
84.70 € 91.4 €
97.40 € (twin)
 
Hôtel Président **
43-45, Rue Raymond IV – 31000 Toulouse
Tél : 05.61.63.46.46 – Fax 05 61 62 83 60
78.50 € (standard) 80.50 € (standard)
twin 102 €
 
Citadines Wilson ***+
8, boulevard de Strasbourg – 31000 Toulouse
Tél : 05 34 41 75 00 – Fax : 05 61 99 07 55
112.40 €  
 
Hôtel Victor Hugo **
26, boulevard de Strasbourg - 31000 TOULOUSE
Tél : 05 61 63 40 41- Fax 05 61 62 66 31
81.70 € (shower)
89.70 € (bath)
99.40 € (shower)
103.40 € (bath)
Twin 110.40 € (shower)
 
Hôtel Riquet**
92, Rue Riquet - 31000 Toulouse
Tél : 05.61.62.55.96 - Fax 05.61.62.45.29
62.20 € (single)
89.20 € (Club)
116.20 € (Executive)
0
98.40 € (double)
125.40 € (double)
 
Hôtel SAINT CLAIRE **
26 place Nicolas Bachelier- 31000 TOULOUSE
Tél : 05 34 40 58 88- Fax 05 67 57 85 89
75€ 98 €
145 € (twin)

 

You can browse a map of the hotels in the City Centre.

Local Information and Travel: 

Getting to the venue

Arriving by air:
Taxis can drive you to Meteopole in about 15 minutes. It will cost you around 25 €, or take the airport shuttle to Toulouse city center and get off at "Allée Jean-Jaurès" bus stop. Then, take the subway line A in direction of "Basso Cambo", and get off at Basso Cambo station. Then take the bus Line N° 8 (time schedules), in direction "Lycée Polyvalent", and get off at stop "METEO-FRANCE". A subway+bus ticket will cost you around 1,40 €. Map of Line A.

Arriving by rail:
Matabiau railway station is in the city centre.Toulouse Matabiau Station 64, boulevard Pierre Sémard 31000 Toulouse. SNCF Information : +33 (0)8 36 35 35 35.
Take the subway line A in direction of "Basso Cambo", and get off at Basso Cambo station. Then take the bus Line N° 8 (time schedules), in direction "Lycée Polyvalent", and get off at stop "METEO-FRANCE". A subway+bus ticket will cost you around 1,40 €. The trip takes about 30 minutes. Map of Line A.

Arriving by road:
From the motorway "Paris-Bordeaux", follow "Foix-Tarbes" direction; you are on the ring. Take Exit 27 "La Cépière". Follow "Cugnaux", then "Les Pradettes" and "Météo-CERFACS".
From the motorway "Montpellier-Carcassonne", follow "Aéroport de Blagnac" (airport sign). On the ring take Exit 27 "La Cépière/Cugnaux" and then follow the signs Meteopole.

Map to Meteo-France

 

Timetables for public transport from Downtown Toulouse to Meteo-France (Subject to change)

http://www.tisseo.fr/se-deplacer/horaires

Metro A (subway) from any stop downtown to Basso Cambo

Then

Bus number 8 from Basso Cambo to Meteo (sometimes called Meteorologie)

Timetable for Metro
http://www.tisseo.fr/sites/default/files/ligneMETRO.html
http://www.tisseo.fr/sites/default/files/Tisseo_hivMETROweb.pdf

Timetable for Number 8
http://www.tisseo.fr/sites/default/files/ligne8.html
http://www.tisseo.fr/sites/default/files/Tisseo_hiv08web.pdf

Linkes to be updated later because these timetables will change end of June

  • VISA
    Visa Information for France
    Every foreign national wishing to come to France must have ready for presentation at the border documentary evidence of the purpose of the visit, means of support for the duration of the stay and accommodation arrangements. In some cases, a visa is required. It must be requested from the French consulate before departure.
    According to your nationality, the length and the purpose of your trip to France, you may be requested to obtain a visa before traveling.
    Do you need a Schengen visa to travel to France?
    To find out whether or not you require a Schengen visa to travel to France, please consult the following link:
    http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/france_159/entering-france_2045/getting-visa_2046/index.html
    Contact details of the French embassy and/or consulate in your country:
    http://www.mfe.org/annuaires/repdipet.asp
    Invitation letters for processing of your visa will be issued upon receipt of your confirmation of your participation in the Symposium.
  • TIME ZONE
    GMT/UTC +1 (Central European Time)
  • WEATHER IN TOULOUSE
    http://france.meteofrance.com/france/meteo?PREVISIONS_PORTLET.path=previsionsregion/REG09
  • HEALTH AND SAFETY
    Pharmacies can be identified by a Green Cross.
    Emergencies:
    SAMU (ambulance) - Tel: 15 (free)     Police Emergency (from a cell phone) -Tel: 112
    Fire Department - Tel: 18 (free)     European emergency call: 112
    Police - Tel: 17 (free)
  • LOSS OR THEFT
        Visa, Eurocard MasterCard Tel: 33 (0)8 36 69 08 80 (24/24) Contact details can be found at the cash dispenser at your bank or from the multilingual inter-bank voice server by dialling 33 (0)892 705 705
        Diners Club: Tel: 33 (0)810 314 159 (24h/24)
        Checks: Tel: 33 (0)8 92 68 32 08 (24/24)
        Carte France Télécom: Tel ("Green number") : 0 800 10 20 40 (free)
  • CURRENCY AND BANKS
    Visa and MasterCard (Access or Eurocard) are widely accepted; AmEx cards are useful at more upmarket establishments. In general, all three cards can be used in shops, supermarkets, for train travel, car rentals, autoroute tolls and cash advances. Remember you'll need to know your PIN number (le code) to use a credit card in many hotels, shops and restaurants.
    The cheapest and most convenient way to change money in France is via ATMs; they accept all the major international credit and bank cards. You get the best exchange rate by using a credit card for purchases and a debit card for cash. Travellers cheques are safe and almost universally accepted. Post offices that exchange travellers cheques give a good rate. Major train stations and fancy hotels also have exchange facilities which usually operate in the evening, at the weekend and during holidays, but the rates are generally poor.
    Euro notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is often difficult to get change for a €500.00 note. One euro is divided into 100 cents or centimes. Coins of 1, 2 and 5 centimes are copper-coloured; coins of 10, 20 and 50 centimes are gold-coloured; 1 and 2 euro coins are gold-and-silver coloured.
    Exchange rate given by the Universal Currency Converter is now about 1 USD – 0.762 EURO.
  • POST OFFICE
    Letter boxes are yellow. Stamps can be bought in post offices, open Monday to Friday and Saturday morning, as well as in tobacconists.
  • ELECTRICITY
    The electrical voltage in France is 220 volts. France uses the standard European grounded and non-grounded socket, the most common in the world.
  • TAX-FREE
    If you live outside of the EU you can claim taxes back if you have purchase more than 175 € of value. Customs telephone information: + 33 (0)820 024 444.
  • TIPPING
    Leaving a pourboire (tip) is done at your discretion - restaurants and accommodations add a 10-15% service charge to every bill, making a tip unnecessary, but most people leave a few coins if the service is satisfactory.
  • TOBACCO
    Smoking is forbidden in public areas as well as in restaurants and bars

 

Start: 
Mon, 2010-06-14 (All day)
End: 
Fri, 2010-06-18 (All day)
Location: 

The Meetings will take place at two locations:

NOAA
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

and

Crowne Plaza - Washington DC/Silver Spring
8777 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

NOTE: It is a short 10 minute walk between the NOAA facility and the Hotel.

Sponsors: 
US NOAA  
US NOAA  
     
   
Schedule of Meetings: 

The Tentative Agenda has been posted. Please continue to check back, as changes will be made to this schedule.

Registration: 

On-line Registration is now open

There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

The Wednesday evening Reception (16 June) will be at the Discovery Communications Building. The cost of the Reception tickets are $55.

 

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 1 June)Regular Rate (1 June - 12 June )On-Site (after 12 June)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $0
$50
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings $100.00 $120.00 $150.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $50.00 $75.00 $105.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings
$325.00 $350.00
$400.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
$225.00
$275.00
Wednesday Reception Only $60.00 $60.00 $60.00
Accommodations: 

We have rooms blocked at the:

Crowne Plaza - Washington DC/Silver Spring
8777 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tel: +1 301 589 0800
http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/wasss

Room rates $159.00 per night, please use the group code "OGC" when making your reservations. NOTE:  This room block is now closed.

Local Information and Travel: 

NOAA has put together an entire Informational Packet for this meeting.

Additional information can be found below:

Directions and Transportation to the Crowne Plaza Hotel:

From Reagan National (DCA)

  • Distance: 14 MI / 22.53 KM North East to Hotel
  • Taxi Charge (one way): $40.00 (USD)
  • Time by taxi: 30 minutes, depends
  • Time by train: 30 minutes
  • Go towards George Washington Memorial Pkwy. Take the exit I-395 N toward Washington. Exit onto 14th St toward Downtown.Turn right at Arkansas Ave. Turn left at 13th St NW. Turn left at Georgia Ave. Turn right at Sligo Ave. Turn right on Georgia Ave.

From Dulles International (IAD)

  • Distance: 25 MI / 40.23 KM North East to Hotel
  • Taxi Charge (one way): $50.00 (USD)
  • Time by taxi: 45 minutes, depends
  • Take the exit onto VA-267 E. Take the exit toward I-495 N. Keep left at the fork to continue toward I-495 N and merge onto I-495 N. Take exit 30B to merge onto Colesville Rd/US-29 S toward Sliver Spring. Turn right onto Georga Ave.

From Balt/Wash Int'l (BWI)

  • Distance: 27 MI / 43.45 KM South West to Hotel
  • Taxi Charge (one way): $65.00 (USD)
  • Take the exit onto I-95 S. Take exit 27 to merge onto I-495 W toward Silver Spring. Take exit 30 to merge onto Colesville Rd/US-29 S toward Silver Spring. Turn right at Georgia Ave.

Via Train

  • Station Name: Silver Spring Metro-Red Line
  • Distance: 0.2 MI / 0.32 KM North to Hotel
  • Complimentary Train Station Shuttle
  • Taxi Fee From Train Station: $8.00 (USD)
  • Go northeast on Colesville Road toward 2nd Avenue. Turn left on Georgia Avenue. Hotel will be on the right.

Parking at the NOAA facility (For Monday, Thursday and Friday)

  • 1315 East-West Highway Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282 is the closest public parking, in fact this parking is part of the NOAA campus.

Additional Parking Garages:

  •   Bonifant-Dixon (Garage 5/55) - 1101 Bonifant St
  •   Cameron-Second (Garage 7) - 8530 Cameron St
  •   Fenton Street Village (Garage 4) - 8110 Fenton St
  •   Kennett Street Garage (Garage 9) - 8040 Kennett St
  •   NOAA Building Garage (Garage 58) - 1315 East West Hwy
  •   Spring Cameron Garage (Garage 2) - 8700 Cameron St
  •   Spring-Colesville (Garage 21) - 1000 Spring St
  •   Town Square Garage (Garage 61) - 801 Ellsworth Dr
  •   Wayne Avenue Garage (Garage 60) - 921 Wayne Ave

or check:

http://www.silverspringdowntown.com/transportation/parking/parking-garages

Start: 
Sun, 2011-06-12 (All day)
End: 
Fri, 2011-06-17 (All day)
Location: 

Taichung, Taiwan

Conference Venues:

  • June 12th (Sunday), June 15th (Wednesday), June 16th (Thursday)

    Feng Chia University, Central Taiwan Science Park Campus
    227, Sec. 2, Dongda Rd., Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C (map)

  • June 13th (Monday)

    National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC), Emerging System Business Unit
    22, Keyuan Rd., Central Taiwan Science Park, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C. (map)

It is a 3 minute walk between NCHC and the Feng Chia University, Central Taiwan Science Park Campus

  • June 17th (Friday) [for 2011 Int’l Interoperability Day and OGC Planning Committee Only]

    NTUH International Convention Center
    2, Xuzhou Road, Zhongzheng District 101, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. (map)

 

 

Sponsors: 

 

Hosted by:

GIS.FCU   ITRI

 

 

Gold Sponsors:    
Meet Taiwan   BFT
     
Silver Sponsors:    
Intergraph   National Science Council
     
NARL   NCHC

 

 

 

   
Schedule of Meetings: 

 

Overview:

Date & Time

Venue

6/12 (Sun)
Day1

6/13 (Mon)
Day2

6/14 (Tue)
Day3

6/15 (Wed)
Day4

6/16 (Thu)
Day5

6/17 (Fri)
Day6

Feng Chia University, Central Taiwan Science Park Campus

National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC), Emerging System Business Unit

Central Taiwan (Nantou County)

Feng Chia University, Central Taiwan Science Park Campus

Feng Chia University, Central Taiwan Science Park Campus

NTUH International Convention Center (Taipei)

8:00~18:00

Registration

Registration

Field Trip

[There is a $80 USD fee for Non-OGC Members]

Registration

Registration

Registration

8:00~12:00

Meeting sessions

Meeting sessions

Meeting sessions

Augmented Reality Workshop

[There is a $99 USD fee for Non-OGC Members, includes lunch and breaks]

 

 

 

 


 

Meeting sessions

Augmented Reality Workshop

[There is a $99 USD fee for Non-OGC Members, includes lunch and breaks]

 

 

 

 

 

 


Interoperability Day - Taiwan

 

[There is a $30 USD fee for Non-OGC Members]

 

12:00~13:00

Lunch (Provided by FCU)

Lunch (Provided by NCHC)

Lunch (Provided by FCU)

Lunch (Provided by FCU)

13:00~13:55

TC Opening Plenary

Meeting sessions

Meeting sessions

TC Closing Plenary

14:00~17:55

Meeting sessions

18:30~21:00

 

Welcome Banquet (Provided by NCHC)

[There is a $50 USD fee for Non-OGC Members]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Detailed Agenda is posted here

 

Registration: 

All OGC Members will receive free admission to the Welcome Banquet on Monday evening (sponsored by NCHC) and the Field Trip on Tuesday.  Any non-OGC members may attend any events, however, non-members must pay for these events.

The International Interoperability Day (2011 II DAY@TW) on Friday is free for OGC members. Any non-OGC members must pay for this event.  GIS.FCU sincerely welcomes you to participate in the Welcome Banquet, Field Trip, or 2011 II Day@TW. Please tick the items you want to attend on the registration webpage. 

You must register for this event via the OGC Registration Page.

If your visa request requies a letter of invitation, such letters will only be granted to OGC Portal account holders or registered attendees of the AR Meeting.  Please check your national travel agencies regarding visa requirements for entering Taiwan. Note that United States Passport holders do not require Visas for this meeting (see http://travel.state.gov/ for details).

Requests for OGC Portal accounts can be made via your orgranization's official representatives. Non Members wanting to attend the OGC TC meetings must provide justification to gbuehler at opengeospatial.org.

 

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 1 June)Regular Rate (1 - 11 June)On-Site (after 11 June)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $0
$50
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings $100.00 $120.00 $150.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $50.00 $75.00 $105.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings
$325.00 $350.00
$400.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
$225.00
$275.00
Accommodations: 

 

Please note that the Planning Committee and Interoperability Day will be held in Taipei on Friday.  It is advised that those attending both the TC and PC or TC and Interoperability Day change hotels for Thursday Evening to Taipei.

HOTELSSingleDouble
(Per night, included breakfast and taxes)
Windsor Hotel (裕元) (map)
78-3, Sec. 3, Taichung Kang Rd., Taichung, Taiwan (about 5km to the venue)
Download reservation form
US$114~136 US$125~147
Howard Prince Hotel Taichung (福華) (map)
129, An Ho Rd., Taichung, Taiwan
(about 5km to the venue)
Download reservation form
US$100~117 US$112~140

Hong’s Mansion (台中商旅) (map)
177, Sec.2, Taichung Kang Rd., Taichung, Taiwan
(about 7.5km to the venue)
Download reservation form

US$93~120 --
Evergreen Laurel Hotel (長榮桂冠) (map)
6, Taichung Kang Rd., Sec.2, Taichung, Taiwan
( about 8.5km to the venue)
Download reservation form
US$103~117 US$113~126
* Please download the reservation form with Group code "OGCGIS" at http://www.gis.tw/1106ogctc/Accommodation.html 

 

HOTELS in Taipei

GIS.FCU haven't contacted with hotels below, please reserve via the website or contact with hotels directly.

  • Forte Orange hotel-Guanqian (台北福泰桔子商旅【館前店】)
    22, Guanqian Road, Taipei, Taiwan
    TEL:886-2-2381-1155 FAX:886-2-2381-1105
    台北市中正區館前路22號
  • CAESAR PARK TAIPEI (台北凱撒大飯店)
    38, Chung Hsiao W. Rd., Sec. 1, Taipei, Taiwan
    TEL:886-2-2311-5151 Fax : TEL:886-2-2331-9944
    台北市中正區忠孝西路一段38號
  • Sheraton Taipei Hotel (台北喜來登大飯店)
    12, Chung Hsiao E. Rd., Sec. 1, Taipei, Taiwan
    TEL:886-2-2321-5511 Fax : TEL:886-2-2394-4240
    台北市中正區忠孝東路一段12號
  • The Regent Taipei (台北晶華酒店)
    41, Chung Shan N. Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei, Taiwan
    TEL:886-2-2523-8000 Fax : TEL:886-2-25232828
    台北市中正區中山北路二段41號

 

 

Local Information and Travel: 

 

From Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Taichung

By Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) 

  1. Take a taxi to the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Taoyuan Station (about 20 mins, USD10 )
  2. Take THSR from Taoyuan Station to Taichung Station (about 40 mins, USD20 )
  3. Hire a taxi at Taichung Station to the hotel (about 20 mins,USD10 )

For more information, please click on the links below:

 

From hotel to the Venue

By Taxi : Take our shuttle buses at the specific time period, or take a taxi in front of the hotel. It may take about 20 mins to the venue.

From Taichung to Taipei

By Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) 

  1. Take a taxi to the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Taichung Station (about 20 mins, USD10 )
  2. Take the THSR from Taichung Station to Taipei Station (about 60 mins, USD24 )
  3. Hire a taxi at Taipei HSR Station to the hotel.

From Taipei to the Airport

By Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) 

  1. Take a taxi to the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Taipei Station.
  2. Take the THSR from Taipei Station to Taoyuan Station (about 25 mins, USD12 )
  3. Hire a taxi at Taoyuan HSR Station to the international airport.

 

Local Information:

  • Visitor Visa
    Please check your national travel agencies regarding visa requirements for entering Taiwan or check here. Note that United States Passport holders do not require Visas for this meeting (see http://travel.state.gov/ for details).
    Please refer to the following page for details.
    http://www.boca.gov.tw/lp.asp?ctNode=534&CtUnit=77&BaseDSD=7&mp=2

    If you require an invitation letter, please send your complete contact information to gbuehler at opengeospatial dot org.
  • Time Zone
    The local time zone in Taiwan is UTC/GMT +8 hours.
  • Currency and Foreign Exchange
    The Local currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD), which has five denominations in paper money and five in coins. Major currencies, such as the US dollar and EURO, can be exchanged at the international airport, banks, and hotels. Banks are open from 9:00 to 15:00 on Monday to Friday.
    http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002065
  • Credits Cards
    International credit cards such as American Express, VISA, MASTERCARD, and JCB will be widely accepted at stores and hotels.
  • Electricity
    Electricity provided in Taiwan is 100 volts, AC/60 Hz.
    Taiwan uses Type A plug/socket with 2 parallel flat prongs - "American" type, or Type B plug/socket with 2 parallel flat prongs - "American" type with an earth connector.
  •  Tipping
    Tips are not required in Taiwan, even at hotels or restaurants.
  • Drinking Water
    Don’t drink the tap water directly. Tap water in Taiwan should be boiled first. Or you can get drinking water in the venue or hotel’s water dispensers.
    Bottled mineral waters can be easily obtained from supermarkets and convenience stores.

 

Travel

Taichung

Located in central Taiwan, Taichung has long attracted top chefs who are masters at preparing northern and southern Taiwanese cuisine and delicacies developed over the past century. Food is available day and night, 24 hours a day, from food stalls and five-star restaurants alike, offering everything from local fare to exotic foreign dishes. There is definitely always something to fill one's cravings in Taichung, a city that has developed its own unique dining culture.

  • Transportation: Taxi is the quickest way in Taichung.
  • Click here for more information about Taichung City.

Taipei

Nestled in the center of the Taipei Basin, Taipei City is surrounded by mountains to the north, east and south, and by the Danshui River to the west. As a result, it is endowed with unique natural scenery, with lush forests and winding rivers, and a variety of fascinating terrains, including volcanic mountains, foothills, terrace tablelands, coastal plains and river wetlands.

In addition to beautiful sceneries, Taipei is also a city for individuals who enjoy indulging themselves in shopping, exotic meals, and feasts of arts and culture.

Visit TaipeiTravel Net to find out about places to go in Taipei City! 

  • Transportation: Take MRT or Taxi.
Start: 
Mon, 2010-11-29 (All day)
End: 
Fri, 2010-12-03 (All day)
Location: 

The University of Sydney
Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre
Eastern Avenue Complex
Sydney, Australia

– located 1.6km from the hotel

Sponsors: 

CSIRO

Schedule of Meetings: 

The Tentative Agenda is now available.  This agenda will be updated as new sessions are confirmed.  Please continue to check back for the latest information.

Registration: 

On-line Registration is now open

There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

The Wednesday evening Reception (1 December) will be Sydney Harbour Dinner Criuse. The cost of the Reception tickets are $85.

 

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 8 November)Regular Rate (8 November - 26 November )On-Site (after 26 November)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $0
$50
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings $70.00 $80.00 $90.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $50.00 $60.00 $70.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings
$90.00 $100.00
$110.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $70.00
$80.00
$90.00
Wednesday Reception Only $85.00 $85.00 $85.00
Accommodations: 

 

The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
28 Albion Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Sydney, Australia

The hotel is right next to Central Station, allowing easy transport from the airport to the hotel.
There is an Airport Train which departs Mascot Airport to Central Station. Please use this link for the timetable http://www.airportlink.com.au/

Accommodation only @ $169.00 per night
Full Buffet Breakfast @ $29.00 per person
Accommodation and Buffet Breakfast @ $184.00 per night (single share)

NOTE: If you have problems booking on-line, please contact the hotel directly at < reservations [at] css [dot] mirvac [dot] com [dot] au >, use the Event Code: OGC2811

 Visit the online booking form  to reserve your hotel rooms.  This block will remain open until either the hotel sells out of rooms or one week prior to the event, which ever is earlier.

Rates include:

- Overnight accommodation in a Deluxe room (comprising 1 x King bed or 2 x king-single beds)
- A full Buffet breakfast daily (where package selected)
- Return scheduled transfers to / from The University of Sydney and The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
- Use of the hotels leisure facilities – indoor heated pool & spa, gym and sundeck area
- Broadband in guest rooms (fee applies)
- Wirless access in lobby, restaurant and function rooms (fees apply) 

Hotel Disclaimer:

As the preferred hotel for the OGC Conference, this exclusive rate is extended to conference delegates only. We are pleased to extend this offer for delegates staying in Sydney before or after the event, valid for from Sun 18th Nov until Sunday 12th Dec 2010. Bookings must be made by Friday 8th October, nights outside the conference dates are subject to room availability. Rate includes accommodation, limited scheduled transfers to/from the University of Sydney and use of the hotel's leisure facilities - indoor 20m pool, spa, sauna, gym and rooftop sundeck and access to two restaurants and two bars on site. Deposit Schedule: A deposit of the total of the first night's accommodation per room booked is due within 72-hours of booking A further deposit of 50% of the entire stay per room booked is due by Friday 8th October Final payment is due 3 weeks prior to the arrival date Cancellation Schedule: Cancellations after 15 Nov 2010 or within 7 days of arrvial will incur 100% cancellation fee of the full stay Cancellations after 30 Oct 2010 will incur 50% cancellation fee of the full stay Cancellations after 15 Oct 2010 w

Local Information and Travel: 

 The Sebel Surry Hills will organise transfers daily for the delegates to/from the University – a 5-10 minute drive from the hotel
 
Monday:
06:45am - depart hotel to The University of Sydney
19:30 - depart University and return to The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
Tuesday
06:45am - depart hotel to The University of Sydney
19:30 - depart University and return to The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
 
Wednesday
06:45am - depart hotel to The University of Sydney
19:30 - depart University and return to The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
Thursday
06:45am - depart hotel to The University of Sydney
17:30 - depart University and return to The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
 
Friday
06:45am - depart hotel to The University of Sydney
19:30 - depart University and return to The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney

 

Flights to and from Sydney

  • Delegates visiting Sydney from overseas
  • Visa for Australia
    Most overseas visitors need a valid visa before they can travel to Australia. Travellers should arrange their visa well ahead of time (at least four to six weeks before leaving their home country) to ensure entry into Australia is seamless. Travel agents or airlines can arrange visas.  See website
  • Incoming passenger cards
    Most visitors need to complete and present a passenger card when they enter or leave Australia. On the way in, the airline crew give visitors this card to complete before they land.


  • Luggage at Sydney Airport
    At Sydney Airport, visitors can pick up a free luggage trolley after they pass through immigration, before retrieving their luggage to move through Customs.


  • Australian quarantine inspectionsAustralia’s distance from the rest of the world protects it from a number of diseases. To keep things this way, our quarantine process is extremely strict. Almost all bags are X-rayed, many are searched, and trained dogs sniff luggage.
    Visitors may not bring any food, flowers or other prohibited items (visitors will be given a list) into Australia.


  • Visiting Sydney from other Australian regions
    If visitors are coming to Sydney from anywhere else in Australia, the process is simple. There are five domestic airlines flying to Sydney: Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Blue, Aeropelican and Rex.

    The Sydney domestic and international terminals are separate buildings, next to each other. There are no formalities when visitors arrive, other than to collect their luggage and head off to enjoy the city.


Getting to Sydney from the airport

 

Sydney is only eight kilometres, or five miles, from both the International and Domestic Airports. Getting into the city is therefore quick, and easy.

 

  • Taxi
    Each terminal has its own sheltered taxi rank. Supervisors are on hand to ensure a smooth flow of taxis, and only authorised taxis have access to the rank. Your journey into the city should cost between AU$25-30, and will take about 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic.


  • Public Bus
    Sydney Buses has a timetables service between Bondi Junction and Burwood which includes the T1 International and T3 Domestic Terminals in the route. Clearly marked bus stops are located on the arrivals level of each of these terminals.
  • Train
    There is a railway link from Sydney’s International and Domestic airports direct to Central Station. Trains from Central go to almost every other precinct of Sydney. The single adult fare from Sydney International Airport is around AU$15, and takes about 10-15 minutes.
  • Shuttle-buses
    Various shuttle-buses operate from the airports to the city centre and will drop visitors off at their hotels. Some hotels also provide complimentary shuttle services for their guests.

 

 

Money Matters – Australian money for travellers

 

Sydney is an easy city to visit, with a straightforward and buoyant currency. Aside from cash, credit cards, banking cards and travellers’ cheques are accepted almost everywhere. Prices are on par with most major international cities, and a lot cheaper than many, especially those in Europe.

 

  • Currency – what money is used in Australia?
    The Australian dollar is made up of 100 Australian cents.


  • Banks
    Banks in Sydney are generally open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. On Fridays, a number of banks stay open until 7pm, and some open on Saturday mornings.
  •  Credit Cards
    All major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) are widely accepted in Australia.
  •  Travellers’ Cheques
    Travellers’ cheques are widely accepted in Australia, and may be changed at a bank.


  • Automatic Teller Machines
    Automatic teller machines (ATMs) are available throughout the city, and accept most common cards. Look for your type of card on the posters, stickers or signs next to the ATMs.

 

Sydney snapshot – visiting as a business tourist

  • Languages in Sydney
    English is Australia’s official language, but Sydney is one of the world’s most multicultural cities and more than 1.2 million of our residents speak a different language at hoe, so you’re sure to find someone who speaks your ‘lingo’ (that’s Australian for language).


  • Sydney’s population
    Sydney is home to about 4.2 million people, and another 6.7 million people live in the rest of New South Wales (NSW).
     
  • Sydney climate and seasons
    Sydney enjoys four distinct seasons:
    • Summer from December to February
    • Autumn from March to May
    • Winter from June to August
    • Spring from September to November
    Sydney’s sub-tropical climate is temperate all year, and average temperatures range from 16 degrees Celsius (61 Fahrenheit) in winter to 26 degrees Celsius (79 Fahrenheit) in summer.

  • Sydney time zones
    Sydney is one of the first cities to wake up each day: we’re 10-11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
    • October to March: Sydney runs on GMT plus 11 hours. Sunrise is between 5:30am and 6am and the sun sets between 7:30pm and 8pm
    • March to October: Sydney is on GMT plus 10 hours. Sunrise is around 7am while the sun sets between 5pm and 5:30pm
  • Visas
    Most overseas visitors need a valid visa before they can travel to Australia. Travellers should arrange their visa well ahead of time (at least four to six weeks before leaving their home country) to ensure entry into Australia is seamless. Travel agents or airlines can arrange visas.  Some visitors (depending upon your citizenship) can apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) @ http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/index.html
  • Electricity in Sydney
  • In Sydney and throughout Australia, the electrical supply is 240 volts, 50 Hz. International adaptors are readily available at chemists (drug stores) and electrical supply stores. Most hotels provide 110-volt outlets for shavers.

  • Taxes in Sydney
    A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% is included in the price of all goods and services sold in Australia. It is automatically charges, so you do not need to add this to your bill.


    If your leave Australia within 30 days of buying goods in Australia, you may be exempt from paying GST. You can take advantage of the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) to claim back the GST you have paid, and also claim back any Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) you paid. TRS only applies to goods that you can carry as hand luggage, and other conditions do apply.


  • TippingSydney does not operate on a tipping culture. You may tip to show your appreciation for good service, but it is not a requirement anywhere. As a guide, a tip of 10% in restaurants and taxis would be an indication that you were very happy with the service your received.

     
  • Sydney’s dress code
    Sydney-siders are friendly, casual and relaxed, and their dress code reflects this attitude. But we’re a stylish population, and if you’re out on the town at night, you’ll fit in if you dress up! A number of Sydney restaurants do require you to dress appropriately (for example, no ‘thongs’ or flip-flops, shorts or singlets). For business, it is normal for suits to be worn by both men and women.
     
  • Vaccinations
    Australia is a ‘clean, green’ nation, and free of many common diseases. Therefore, you do not need any specific vaccinations to enter Australia. However, if you are travelling from a yellow fever infected country, you will need to present a yellow fever certificate.
Start: 
Mon, 2010-03-08 (All day)
End: 
Fri, 2010-03-12 (All day)
Location: 

ESA/ESRIN
ESRIN,
Via Galileo Galilei, 00044 Frascati
Italy

 

Sponsors: 
Schedule of Meetings: 
View the Tentative Agenda .  Please continue to check back for the most up-to-date information.
Registration: 

On-line Registration is now open

There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

 The Wednesday evening Reception (10 March) is still being negotiated. The cost of the Reception tickets are $60.

 

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 27 February)Regular Rate (27 February - 5 March )On-Site (after 5 March)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0$0
$50
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings $100.00 $120.00 $150.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $50.00 $75.00 $105.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings
$325.00 $350.00
$400.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
$225.00
$275.00
Wednesday Reception Only $60.00 $60.00 $60.00

 

Accommodations: 
 
The ESA/ESRIN staff have blocked rooms at the following hotels:

 Hotel
 SingleDouble
 Status
 Hotel Bellavista  € 90 € 110Full
 Hotel Cacciani  € 78 Full
 Hotel Antica Colonia € 80  
 Hotel Villa Mercede  € 65  
 Hotel Colonna  € 75 Full

 

Please use the Hotel Reservation and ESA/ESRIN Meeting Form to Reserve your Hotel and inform ESA of your attendance for security purposes.

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