Earlier this week the FOSS4G 2011 organizers announced that registration is now open. Being hosted in Denver, Colorado, in September 12-16, 2011, it's expected to be the largest FOSS4G conference ever and clearly be one of the geospatial conferences to put on the agenda.
From the main FOSS4G 2011 website: "Recent years have seen substantial changes in the geospatial industry. One of those changes has been the growth in maturity and adoption of free and open source solutions. In many cases organizations are using a mixture of open and closed source solutions. With the growth in interest in open source solutions, combined with the fact that FOSS4G has not been in North America since 2007, we anticipate a great audience for FOSS4G 2011, around 1000 people."
The call for speakers was released last week. The workshops and initial tutorials were also announced. Of note, OpenStreetMap's State of the Map conference will take place immediately before the FOSS4G Conference.
Slashgeo has been a media partner to the FOSS4G conference in 2009 and 2010. We're in talks to again provide coverage on-site this year. You'll find our previous coverage with a search.
I told you it would eventually be published, there it is. My personal notes of my attendance at the FOSS4G 2010 conference. They have been edited to remove content specific to my organization. Please find other FOSS4G 2010 entries here.
Here's an attempt to catch up the "recent" geospatial open source news that were published the past three weeks.
Let's start with the 'everything else' category:
Specifically on the FOSS4G 2010 conference, in addition to my own upcoming note, here's some of the many entries on the topic:
While we discussed SpatiaLite in the past (but the archives haven't been imported to this new site yet), here's the notes I took during Pirmin Kalberer's talk at FOSS4G 2010 named "SpatiaLite, the Shapefile of the Future?". In the notes below, Frank Warmerdam is the main developer of the famous GDAL/OGR library. In the discussion, people wondered about the status of the promised ESRI File GeoDatabase API.
Here are my personal notes for the FOSS4G 2010 closing session. More to come later.
OGC's Raj Sing - The tao of information sharing: standards, open source and the future information ecosystem
OSGeo's Tyler Mitchell - Community stats
First, I want to apologize, I just got Internet access while at FOSS4G, so I couldn't provide good coverage so far... But don't worry, I'll make sure you get all the most important announcements and news, probably some time next week. At least for the elements other Slashgeo editors won't have already shared.
Meanwhile, here's my notes and the results of the famous WMS Shoutout, which just ended minutes ago.
- WMS benchmarking, 8 teams this year instead of the usual 2.
- This year with Cardcorp, GeognoSIS, Constellation-SDI, ERDAS APOLLO, GeoServer, - Mapnik, MapServer, Oracle MapViewer, QGIS MapServer.
- Both open source and proprietary solutions compared with the same datasets, the same WMS requests, same output formats, etc.
- Testing 18 gigs of vector data.
- Testing 120 gigs of raster data.
- Using real Spain data.
- From 1 to 64 parallel clients requests (2152 requests total).
- Main winners are the users, because we are the ones who will benefit from the improvements done to the WMS servers (one rule of the Shootout is that modifications must become available to the users, I guess this also applies to proprietary software competitors).
- This year, benchmark includes bottlenecks from CPU, disk access, network access and remote database access.
- If you wonder, these guys really went deep in the benchmarking analysis (such as OS-level caching), take a look at the slides. They do try to do a serious benchmarking comparison.
- There was serious differences in servers which were disk-bound vs disk-unbounded (CPU-bound).