FOSS4G 2011

Thursday Geonews: Bing Maps Map Style Updated, London Transit in Google Maps, Timezones Shapefile, Backseat Driver, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode covering the last two weeks. It's a bit longer than usual.

On the open source front:

On the Google front (well, new since yesterday):

On the Microsoft front:

In the miscellaneous category:

Discussed over Slashdot:

In the maps category:

FOSS4G Open Source Geospatial Conference Unveils Program Content

A Broad Range of Topics Are Addressed in More Than 140 Presentations

DENVER, June 15, 2011 -- The Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference has just announced the lineup of presentations that features more than 140 individual talks with noted plenary speakers. FOSS4G is the premier international conference focused on open source geospatial software. The selection of presentations was very competitive, with 300 submissions for roughly 150 session slots.

The five-day event includes two days of workshops followed by three days of sessions that cover a broad range of technical topics, tool-specific tutorials, application case studies, lightning talks, panel discussions and overviews.  The breadth of content address a full range of technical expertise, applications, regional interests, and business purposes.

Among the program highlights regarding the use of open source software are:

  • A full-day introduction to geospatial open source with case studies and business cases
  • Workshops and tutorials on popular open source geospatial tools such as PostGIS, GRASS, GeoServer, GeoNode, MapFish, Geomajas, Spatial Wiki, GeoTools, etc.
  • Workshops and sessions organized by educators for educators
  • Sessions regarding open spatial data and spatial data infrastructure directives
  • Timely sessions addressing such applications as mapping the BP oil spill, monitoring flood waters, and responding to the earthquake in Japan
  • Several sessions of five-minute lightning talks

Plenary speakers and topics for the event include:

  • Michael Byrne, Geospatial Information Officer of the Federal Communications Commission, talking about the National Broadband Map, which is based on an open source software stack, and implements some innovative ideas regarding open data
  • Peter Ter Haar, Director of Products at Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency of Great Britain, speaking about their experience with open data initiatives and open source software
  • Steve Coast, founder of OpenStreetMap, talking about the past, present and (mainly) future of this wiki-style collaborative geospatial data creation phenomenon
  • Paul Ramsey, a team member of OpenGeo and founder of the PostGIS spatial database discussing different open source business models
  • A panel on "Open x 4" that will discuss various aspects of openness for open source, open data, open street mapping, and open standards

The event has strong support from major sponsors that include Esri, Google, OpenGeo, MapQuest, Newmont, RadiantBlue, and Safe Software. Additional support at the bronze level include AppGeo, Azavea, Camptocamp, EOX, GeoCat, GeoIQ, GeoSolutions, Korem, MapGears, Metaspatial, Oracle Spatial, SkyGone, Spatial Networks, Spatialytics and Terrestris.

You can view the full program at http://2011.foss4g.org/program/session-schedule. The deadline for early registration, with the cheapest price, is June 30.

About FOSS4G
FOSS4G is the global conference focused on Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial that is organized by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) with support from an all-volunteer organizing committee and professional conference management from the Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA). The 2011 FOSS4G event in Denver marks the first North American event in four years, with the prior three events taking place in Barcelona, Sydney and Cape Town.

SOURCE: FOSS4G Organizing Committee

RELATED LINKS:
http://2011.foss4g.org/ FOSS4G Denver 2011
http://www.osgeo.org/ Open Source Geospatial Foundation
http://stateofthemap.org/ State of the Map Conference
http://www.gita.org/ Geospatial Information Technology Association

FOSS4G 2011 Conference Program Published & Early Registration Extended

Last Friday was published the FOSS4G 2011 Conference program. We mentioned quite a few times the upcoming FOSS4G 2011 Conference, to be held in Denver September 12-16. This is going to be a major geospatial conference. Slashgeo.org is a media sponsor and should provide, like we did in the past two years, on-site coverage.

From the program announcement: "We are pleased to announce the publication of the FOSS4G 2011 program. You can view the program details here. Selection was very competitive - we had almost 300 submissions for around 150 sessions. [...] Since we were slightly later than planned in publishing the program, we have extended the early registration deadline to June 30.

We have also announced our plenary speakers. They include several speakers new to FOSS4G, and several FOSS4G veterans. Michael Byrne, GIO of the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), will talk about their work on the National Broadband Map, which is based entirely on an open source software stack, and implements some innovative ideas regarding open data. Peter Ter Haar, Director of Products at the Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency of Great Britain, will talk about their experience with open data initiatives over the past 18 months, as well as how they are using open source. Paul Ramsey will talk on "Why do you do that? An exploration of open source business models". Steve Coast, founder of OpenStreetMap, will talk about the past, present and (mainly) future of OpenStreetMap. We will have a panel on "Open x 4" discussing various aspects of openness, chaired by Matt Ball and featuring Arnulf Christl, President of OSGeo, Steve Coast, and Carl Reed, CTO of OGC. Schuyler Erle and Brian Timoney have accepted the challenge of giving us a couple of short and entertaining but also insightful presentations to close proceedings on Wednesday and Thursday. And Jeff McKenna will be leading the ever-popular web mapping performance shootout in the final session. Check the full list to see all the plenary speakers."

Open Source Geospatial Conference Offers Entry-Level Content Day-Long Offering Provides an In-depth Introduction

DENVER, May 12, 2011 -- The Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference offers a full-day introduction for newcomers at the 2011 conference, which will be held Sept. 12 - 16 in Denver, CO, USA. FOSS4G is the premier international conference focused on open source geospatial software.

The broad introduction to the world of geospatial open source software takes place on Tues., Sept. 13. The maturity of the software in recent years rivals closed source software, and it is being used by a wide range of commercial and government organizations for many mission-critical applications. If your organization is paying for geospatial software and you haven’t yet evaluated open source software, this is a great way to find out more.

The introduction will address common questions and misconceptions about open source software, including:

  • Is the software really free? (Yes)
  • Do its capabilities really compare with closed source software? (Yes)
  • Can I get support? (Yes)
  • Can it work together with my existing closed source software? (Yes)

Several case studies will be presented, with details on the tools deployed, how they were implemented, and the results that were achieved. There will also be a panel discussion that focuses on the various business models for making money using open source geospatial software.

The day will work equally as a standalone event, or as a way to get up to speed for the subsequent FOSS4G conference, which provide three more days of detail on software and projects, and an opportunity to meet the leading developers and companies working in open source geospatial. Learn more about the introductory day-long session at
http://2011.foss4g.org/intro-details/

About FOSS4G
FOSS4G is the global conference focused on Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial that is organized by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) with support from an all-volunteer organizing committee and professional conference management from the Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA). The 2011 FOSS4G event in Denver marks the first North American event in four years, with the prior three events taking place in Barcelona, Sydney and Cape Town.

SOURCE: FOSS4G Organizing Committee

RELATED LINKS:
http://2011.foss4g.org/ FOSS4G Denver 2011
http://www.osgeo.org/ Open Source Geospatial Foundation
http://stateofthemap.org/ State of the Map Conference
http://www.gita.org/ Geospatial Information Technology Association

Monday Geonews: Finding Osama Bin Laden in Google Earth, FOSS4G 2011 News, More on 'Locationgate', and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. Some of those news could have deserved individual announcements.

From the open source / open date front:

From the Google front:

From the ESRI front, Mandown shares several entries, including:

In the miscellaneous category:

In the maps category:

Thursday Geonews: Where 2.0 2011 Coverage, 'WorldMap' Collaborative Mapping, More on Google Earth Builder, and much more

With the Easter break at the door, here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

From the Google front:

From the open source/data front:

From the Microsoft front:

In the miscellaneous category:

Open Source Geospatial Conference Announces Workshop Lineup

Open Source Geospatial Conference Announces Workshop Lineup
A Stable of Hands-On Offerings AvailableDENVER, March 9, 2011 -- The Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference has released a lineup of 24 hands-on workshops for the 2011 conference, which will be held Sept. 12 - 16 in Denver, CO, USA. FOSS4G is the premier international conference focused on open source geospatial software.

The bulk of the workshops provide an opportunity for in-depth insight into different tools of the open source geospatial stack from leading developers and practitioners. Many of the workshops focus on the customizing of code to match specific needs. There are also several introductory courses to help the novice gain familiarity with capabilities and applications of this robust software.

The three-hour workshops will take place in morning and afternoon sessions on Monday, Sept. 12 and Tues., Sept. 13, with the main conference running from Wed. through Fri. Computers will be provided to participants. A full lineup of workshops, with descriptions, can be found online at http://2011.foss4g.org/workshops/.

There is pent up demand in the North American market for this content given the growth in open source geospatial solutions and the fact that this is the first time this international event will return to a North American venue in four years. Workshops often reach full capacity, so the time to act is now.

The event has strong support from major sponsors that include Esri, Google, OpenGeo, MapQuest and Newmont. Additional support at the bronze level include Camp to Camp, EOX, GeoCat, GeoIQ, GeoSolutions, Korem, MapGears,
Metaspatial, Oracle Spatial, Spatial Networks and Terrestris.

About FOSS4G
FOSS4G is the global conference focused on Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial that is organized by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) with support from an all-volunteer organizing committee and professional conference management from the Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA). The 2011 FOSS4G event in Denver marks the first North American event in four years, with the prior three events taking place in Barcelona, Sydney and Cape Town.

SOURCE FOSS4G Organizing Committee

RELATED LINKS:
http://2011.foss4g.org/ FOSS4G Denver 2011
http://www.osgeo.org/ Open Source Geospatial Foundation
http://stateofthemap.org/ State of the Map Conference
http://www.gita.org/ Geospatial Information Technology Association

Open Source Geospatial Conference Calls for Speakers

Open Source Geospatial Conference Calls for Speakers
Education for All Levels of Ability and Experience
 
DENVER,
Feb. 22, 2011 -- The Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial
(FOSS4G) conference is reaching out to speakers interested in
presenting at the 2011 conference that will be held Sept. 12 - 16 in
Denver, CO, USA. FOSS4G is the premier international conference focused
on open source geospatial software. The open source geospatial toolset
is mature with enterprise-class deployments across the globe at all
levels of enterprise for a wide variety of applications.
 
Users and developers are encouraged to present their latest projects and
software development work to demonstrate the power of open source
geospatial solutions. The organizers are looking for a good mix of
content for all levels of ability and experience with open source. In
addition to high-caliber sessions for developers, there are plans for
several workshops and sessions that will welcome non-technical decision
makers to the power, capability and compelling business case for open
source geospatial software.
 
Presentation topics will include case studies of open source applications,
benchmarks of performance between different components, visualization
tips and tricks, and new tool developments, hacks and mashups. In
addition to the core focus on free and open source software, this
year’s conference will also feature a major focus on free and open
data. Content may cover systems that are solely open source or a
combination of open and closed source solutions. 
 
Sessions will run in seven concurrent tracks with space for around 135
presentations in both a regular program and an academic program.
Presentations will either fill 30-minute slots with time for questions
or 5-minute lightning talks. Proposals can be submitted online at http://2011.foss4g.org/program/.
 
There is pent up demand in the North American market for this content given
the growth in open source geospatial solutions and the fact that this
is the first time this international event will return to a North
American venue in four years. “With the current strong interest in open
source geospatial solutions, we anticipate an attendance of around a
thousand people” said Peter Batty, conference committee chair and vice
president of geospatial technology at Ubisense, Inc. “We have a great
venue and an experienced organizing team, and believe this will be one
of the premier geospatial events of 2011.”
 
This year’s FOSS4G event is also adjacent to State of the Map, the annual
international conference focused on OpenStreetMap, the wiki-style
creator and provider of free geographic data that has recently garnered
corporate support from both MapQuest and Microsoft. The ability to
attend both events with one trip to Denver in September makes for a
great opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the
geospatial industry.
 
 
The event already has strong support, with major sponsors that include
Esri, Google, OpenGeo, MapQuest, Newmont and Safe Software. Bronze
sponsors include CamptoCamp, EOX, GeoCat, GeoIQ, GeoSolutions, Korem,
MapGears, Metaspatial, Oracle Spatial, Spatial Networks and Terrestris.
You can view an updated list of sponsors at http://2011.foss4g.org/sponsors.
 
About FOSS4G
FOSS4G is the global conference focused on Free and Open Source Software for
Geospatial that is organized by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation
(OSGeo) with support from an all-volunteer organizing committee and
professional conference management from the Geospatial Information
Technology Association (GITA). The 2011 FOSS4G event in Denver marks
the first North American event in four years, with the prior three
events taking place in Barcelona, Sydney and Cape Town.
 
SOURCE FOSS4G Organizing Committee
 
RELATED LINKS:
http://2011.foss4g.org/ FOSS4G Denver 2011
http://www.osgeo.org/ Open Source Geospatial Foundation
http://stateofthemap.org/ State of the Map Conference
http://www.gita.org/ Geospatial Information Technology Association
 
 
Contact: [email protected]

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