We informed you a few times already about the upcoming FOSS4G-NA 2013 conference in Minneapolis in May 22-24, what's new is Slashgeo is going to be a proud media partner of the event!
Reminder: "FOSS4G brings together public and private-sector stakeholders, innovators and developers who are at the forefront of free and open source software for geospatial applications. FOSS4G-NA 2013 will offer a broad program to discuss and build tools to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems and business needs. FOSS4G-NA 2013 follows on the success of the 2012 conference held in Washington, DC. This regional event complements the larger FOSS4G International Conference, the leading global conference organized by OSGeo focusing on Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial."
We mentioned in January the upcoming FOSS4G-NA 2013 conference in Minneapolis May 22-24. Yesterday, the organizers announced the preliminary program and early bird registration deadline.
The keynote speakers according to the preliminary program pdf:
The details of FOSS4G North America 2013 have been announced. Everything is there, from registration, the call for presentations, the gala and the code sprint.
Amongst the keynotes they propose: "Eric Gundersen, CEO, MapBox. With big names converting from Google Maps to MapBox (USA Today, Foursquare, etc.), Eric will be discussing the business proposition/value of open source geo.
Erek Dyskant, Sr. Analytics Engineer, Democratic National Committee. Whether you were happy or sad with the outcome of the recent election, they must have done something right! Erek will talk about how open source solutions were used to empower tacticians with geospatial data, and describe what drove the intentional choice of using open source."
Last year, Slashgeo had the chance to be a media partner of the first FOSS4G-NA 2012.
Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.
From the open source front:
From the Google front:
On the Microsoft front:
Discussed over Slashdot:
Directions Mag articles of note:
In the everything else category:
In the maps category:
This is the third and last of my summary entries on FOSS4G-NA 2012.
First, here are other pertinent summaries I found on the blogosphere;
Reminder: here's my notes, stripped from content directly related to my employer. These notes intend to provide some level of information on components that I considered interesting or pertinent. Most, if not all, FOSS4G-NA 2012 talks are or will be freely available online, many with full video recording. The program schedule is available online.
Skipped some talks that were mostly U.S.-specific
That's the second out of three summary entries on FOSS4G-NA 2012.
Reminder, here's my notes, stripped from content directly related to my employer. These notes intend to provide some level of information on components that I considered interesting or pertinent. Most, if not all, FOSS4G-NA 2012 talks are or will be freely available online, many with full video recording. The program schedule is available online.
I was lucky to participate to the first FOSS4G-NA 2012 conference in Washington D.C. last week. Here's one of three entries in which I'll share my general notes, talk notes and links to other reviews of the conference. First, I want to acknowledge and thank the FOSS4G-NA 2012 organizers for this incredible conference and the complimentary pass as a media partner. There was also a recent official press release from OpenGeo wrapping up the conference. All entries related to FOSS4G-NA 2012 on Slashgeo should be found with a simple search.
Here's my general notes, stripped from content directly related to my employer. These notes intend to provide some level of information on components that I considered interesting or pertinent. Most, if not all, FOSS4G-NA 2012 talks are or will be freely available online, many with full video recording. The program schedule is available online.
Sponsor Day Programming Highlights OpenGeo’s Vision
New York, NY, April 18, 2012 — OpenGeo, successfully held the first OpenGeo User Meeting on April 12, 2012 during Sponsor Day at FOSS4G North America in Washington DC. As Eddie Pickle, OpenGeo CEO, mentioned: “FOSS4G North America and Sponsor Day would not have been possible without our fellow Gold Sponsor RadiantBlue and Venue Sponsor RedHat.”
Eddie Pickle began the day with an overview of OpenGeo, its clients, and a vision of its future. This was followed by a detailed look into the OpenGeo technical roadmap led by Tim Schaub, OpenGeo CTO. Building on the technical roadmap presentation, various OpenGeo developers gave technical demonstrations led by Juan Marin Otero, Senior Implementation Specialist: Justin Deoliveira presented on the future of web-based spatial processing in GeoServer, WPS, Geoscript; Paul Ramsey discussed the state of Spatial IT and how it differs from the conventional desktop-based GIS paradigm; Tim Schaub presented on building applications for web and mobile audiences using the latest features in OpenLayers and GeoExt/GXP; and Matt Priour announced the recent launch of MapStory, a platform for telling stories with maps based on GeoNode. These presentations provided users with an inside view of the latest existing and planned capabilities of OpenGeo technologies.
During the Sponsor Day lunch, a policy-focused panel comprising speakers from RedHat, the US Department of Defense, and the Institute for Defense Analysis discussed policy initiatives related to the acceptance and implementation of open source software within the federal government.
The afternoon sessions began when Dr. Christopher Tucker, a key advocate for open source and open standards within the US government, delivered an inspiring message on the “Open Future”. This was followed by panels highlighting successful deployments of OpenGeo technology that featured open source geospatial innovators and practitioners from over a dozen government agencies including the US Department of State, FCC, NOAA, NGA, Army Geospatial Center, and the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication (DoITT).
Commenting on the OpenGeo User Meeting, Eddie Pickle noted, "OpenGeo is looking to provide the best possible educational opportunities for users of the OpenGeo Suite. Sponsor Day at FOSS4G North America allowed us to support both FOSS4G North America and our software users. The day proved to be an exciting and informative forum on the open source geospatial ecosystem and how OpenGeo fits into its future."
OpenGeo is a social enterprise working to build the best web-based geospatial technology. The company brings the best practices of open source software to geospatial organizations around the world by providing enterprises with supported, tested, and integrated open source solutions to build the Geospatial Web. OpenGeo also supports open source communities by employing key developers of PostGIS, GeoServer, and OpenLayers. Since 2002, the company has provided successful consulting services and products to clients like the World Bank, US Department of State, NYC DoITT, Ordnance Survey Great Britain, SFMTA, Portland TriMet, MassGIS, GeoScience Australia, NOAA and the Federal Communications Commission. OpenGeo is the geospatial division of OpenPlans, a New York-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that informs and engages communities through journalism and open source software. All of OpenGeo's revenue has been and will continue to be re-invested into innovative and useful software in support of the OpenPlans mission.
We're now in FOSS4G-NA 2012 day 3. The conference has been great so far, with high quality talks and a stellar event organization. I've been busy enough to not find enough time to clean and complete my conference notes, but don't worry, I expect to share my summaries early next week. And to my satisfaction, I learned much more again than I expected... some important projects should have receive more visibility here on Slashgeo, I'm eager to tell you about them! More soon - thank you for your patience.
I'm glad to announce that Slashgeo is a proud media partner of the first FOSS4G - North America 2012 conference. We certainly have experience with these after having participated to the previous three FOSS4G conferences. We'll provide on-site coverage of the event and share with our users any pertinent related news. We already mentioned FOSS4G-NA 2012 a few times and here's how the about page presents it:
"FOSS4G conferences highlight the latest and greatest projects from the Open Source Geospatial foundation OSGeo. This year’s program targets a range of interests with the following tracks:
Over 900 international attendees came together for FOSS4G 2011 in Denver. The event fostered new ideas and enthusiasm to build great things. Join us in Washington, DC this spring to make magic again!"