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One Month until the Conference (Posted 2007/08/20)

Subject: Only ONE MONTH Until FOSS4G 2007

2007 Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) Conference September 24-27, Victoria, British Columbia

Register and make your travel plans now! On August 23rd, our hotel room blocks will be released, and we will no longer have discounted rooms available to delegates. Remember, airfares are better when you book more than two weeks in advance.

 http://foss4g2007.org/register

The FOSS4G program is now set!

Plenaries:

 http://foss4g2007.org/plenaries

Presentations:

 http://foss4g2007.org/program_overview/tuesday
 http://foss4g2007.org/program_overview/wednesday
 http://foss4g2007.org/program_overview/thursday

Posters:

 http://foss4g2007.org/presentations/posters

Labs & Workshops:

 http://foss4g2007.org/labs
 http://foss4g2007.org/workshops

We're looking forward to seeing you in Victoria in September!

Early Bird Registration Deadline Approaching (Posted 2007/07/20)

Subject: FOSS4G 2007 Early Bird Registration Ends in ONE WEEK

2007 Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) Conference September 24-27, Victoria, British Columbia

http://www.foss4g2007.org/register/

Book now to get the early bird rates: conference registration before the deadline is just $395CAD; after July 27, registration is $565CAD. The early bird really does get the worm!

For up-to-date information, registration and program details, please visit the conference website.

http://www.foss4g2007.org/

EXHIBITOR AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Early bird rates apply to exhibitors too! If you are planning to exhibit, reserve your booth now for a big savings! For information on exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, see http://foss4g2007.org/sponsors/ or contact Paul Ramsey, Conference Chair via email at pramsey@foss4g2007.org.

We hope to see you in Victoria, Canada in September, in just two months!

Community Program Review (Posted 2007/06/30)

Subject: FOSS4G 2007 Community Program Review

Coming to FOSS4G 2007? Help us build the FOSS4G 2007 program!

http://www.foss4g2007.org/presentations/review/

We want the attendees at the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference to help us build the program, by providing rankings of the abstract submissions.

Go to the community ranking page at the link above, and follow the directions. Just tell us the 25 sessions that YOU want to see, and we will build the program that fits the highest number of attendees. The ranking data will also be used to assign presentations to appropriately sized rooms.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS END SOON

Book now to get the early bird rates: conference registration before the deadline is just $395CAD; after July 27, registration is $565CAD. The early bird really does get the worm!

Call for Presentations Closes Soon (Posted 2007/06/22)

Subject: FOSS4G 2007 Call for Presentations Closes in ONE WEEK

June 29 is the close of the Call for Presentations for FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial). If you plan on giving a 25 minute presentation at FOSS4G, make sure you get your abstract in before the deadline!

http://www.foss4g2007.org/presentations/

FOSS4G 2007 presentations are 25 minute talks, with 5 minute question and answer sessions at the end. Presentations cover the use or development of open source geospatial software. Anyone can can submit a presentation proposal and take part in the conference as a presenter.

Some topics of interest for this year are:

  • Case Studies: Relate the experiences of you and your organization using open source geospatial. Where do things work well? Poorly? What problems did you solve, and at what cost? What do you recommend for others? Why?
  • Benchmarks: Comparisons between pieces of geospatial software. How do features compare? Speed? Ease of use? What do you recommend for others?
  • Visualization: Tell about your tips and tricks for effective visualization. How do you present information in a compelling way? 3D? Cartographic tricks? Labelling and naming ideas? Graphs and hybrid map/data combinations?
  • Development: What are the new developments in your open source geospatial software product? How does it work, how do people use it, what are the technical issues you are running into?
  • Hacks and Mashing: Have you put together something novel or cool this year? What did you stick together, how did it work, show us your gizmo!
  • Collaboration: What techniques are you using to improve collaboration between organizations and between individuals. Public geodata, collaborative data collection, data sharing, open standards, de facto standards, and more!

If you have an open source geospatial story to tell, we want to hear it!

DEMO THEATER

Looking to show off your project in a short format venue? Check out the demo theater! Note that space is limited, and sponsors get first priority for slots.

http://www.foss4g2007.org/exhibition/demotheatre/

Registration Open (Posted 2007/04/09)

Subject: FOSS4G 2007 Registration is Open

2007 Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) Conference September 24-27, Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

We are pleased to announce that online registration for the 2007 Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial conference (FOSS4G 2007) is now open. FOSS4G 2007 is the annual event bringing together the people and companies who create, use, and support open source geospatial software.

Register now by logging onto http://www.foss4g2007.org/register/

Register prior to the July 27th Early Bird Deadline to save on your registration fees! Take advantage of the opportunity FOSS4G 2007 offers to network with fellow geospatial data professionals, renew old acquaintances and make new ones.

For up-to-date information, registration and/or to submit a presentation, please visit the conference website at http://www.foss4g2007.org/.

EXHIBITOR AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

For information on exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, see http://foss4g2007.org/sponsors or contact Paul Ramsey, Conference Chair via email at pramsey@foss4g2007.org.

SUBMIT A PRESENTATION

Submit a presentation online at http://www.foss4g2007.org/presentations/. The deadline for submissions is June 29th 2007.

FOSS4G presentations are 25 minute talks, with 5 minute question and answer sessions at the end. Presentations cover the use or development of open source geospatial software. Anyone can submit a presentation proposal and take part in the conference as a presenter. More information is available on the presentations page on the website.

We hope to see you in Victoria, Canada in September!

Call for Presentations (Posted 2007/03/05)

Subject: FOSS4G 2007 Call for Presentations

We are pleased to announce the Call for Presentations for the FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) 2007 conference, being held September 24-27, in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Held annually, FOSS4G is the premier conference for the open source geospatial community, providing a full-immersion experience in established and leading edge geospatial technologies for developers, users, and people new to open source geospatial.

http://www.foss4g2007.org

FOSS4G 2007 presentations are 25 minute talks, with 5 minute question and answer sessions at the end. Presentations cover the use or development of open source geospatial software. Anyone can can submit a presentation proposal and take part in the conference as a presenter.

Some topics of interest for this year are:

  • Case Studies: Relate the experiences of you and your organization using open source geospatial. Where do things work well? Poorly? What problems did you solve, and at what cost? What do you recommend for others? Why?
  • Benchmarks: Comparisons between pieces of geospatial software. How do features compare? Speed? Ease of use? What do you recommend for others?
  • Visualization: Tell about your tips and tricks for effective visualization. How do you present information in a compelling way? 3D? Cartographic tricks? Labelling and naming ideas? Graphs and hybrid map/data combinations?
  • Development: What are the new developments in your open source geospatial software product? How does it work, how do people use it, what are the technical issues you are running into?
  • Hacks and Mashing: Have you put together something novel or cool this year? What did you stick together, how did it work, show us your gizmo!
  • Collaboration: What techniques are you using to improve collaboration between organizations and between individuals. Public geodata, collaborative data collection, data sharing, open standards, de facto standards, and more!

If you have an open source geospatial story to tell, we want to hear it!

For more information, see the FOSS4G site:

http://www.foss4g2007.org/presentations/

The deadline for presentation submissions is June 29, 2007. Submit early, submit often!

Call for Workshops Reminder (Posted 2007/02/25)

Subject: FOSS4G 2007 Call for Workshops reminder

The deadline for submission of workshop proposals for the FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference is fast approaching.

If you are considering submitting a workshop proposal, please make your submission before the end of February. All workshop submissions are welcome.

More information is available on the Call for Workshops page:
http://www.foss4g2007.org/workshops/

When planning your workshop submission, it would be a good idea to check with others who might be thinking about submitting workshops on the same or similar topics. This could be done via discussion with project leads or via relevant discussion lists.

Feel free to submit more than one workshop proposal. Proposals could be for different topics, or variations of a proposal tailored to different audiences (e.g. beginner vs advanced). Multiple related proposals could be submitted for a series of workshops that build on each other, such as "Introduction to X", "X for Intermediate Users", "Advanced uses of X".

Any questions about the workshop submission process can be asked on the FOSS4G2007 mailing list or on the IRC channel.
Conference Mailing List: http://lists.refractions.net/mailman/listinfo/foss4g2007
Conference IRC Channel: irc://us.freenode.net/foss4g2007

Item posted to osgeo discuss, osgeo announce, osgeo news page, and freegis list.

Call for Workshops (Posted 2007/02/05)

Subject: FOSS4G 2007 Call for Workshops

The FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference is pleased to announce the Call for Workshops for the 2007 conference, being held September 24-27 in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

FOSS4G is the premier conference for the open source geospatial community, providing a place for developers, users, and people new to open source geospatial to get a full-immersion experience in both established and leading edge geospatial technologies.

This is your chance to showcase your favorite application, integration solution, or other topic. You will use your superior classroom skills to lead a group of attendees through your chosen topic in either a half-day or ninety minute lab or classroom format. Half-day workshops will be delivered on Monday, September 24 (the Workshops day), while the ninety minute workshops will run concurrently with the presentations during the remainder of the conference.

While we are open to workshops on a wide range of topics, we strongly encourage workshop submissions on the following topics:

  • Practical Introduction to ___________
  • Interoperability
  • NeoGeography and NovelGeography
  • Using a Software Stack
  • 3D Worlds

In the tradition of previous FOSS4G events, we expect that the majority of workshops will be "hands on", with participants seated in front of computers and able to follow along with the instructor, working directly with the software and applications under discussion.

Be prepared to spend considerable effort in creating your workshop. Past experience has shown that a high quality workshop requires about three days of preparation for each hour of presentation time. As part of this preparation you will be expected to develop material for attendees to take away with them, such as handouts, a 'workbook', CDROM, etc.

In recognition of this effort, workshop presenters will receive a reduction in the price of conference registration:

  • free registration for delivering a half-day workshop
  • half-price registration for delivering a 90-minute workshop

Because of limited space, you may want to consider submitting two versions of your topic, one for each length format.

Please visit the workshops page on our website to download the submission templates and instructions for sending them in:

http://www.foss4g2007.org/workshops.html

The deadline for workshop submissions is February 28, 2007. Submit early, submit often!

Initial Announcement (Posted 2007/01/10)

Subject: FOSS4G in Victoria, Canada, September 24-27, 2007

This fall, the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference will be presented by OSGeo in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, from September 24th to 27th, at the Victoria Conference Centre.

http://www.foss4g2007.org/

FOSS4G gathers developers and users of open source geo-spatial software from around the world to discuss new directions, exciting implementations, and growing business opportunities in the field of open source geo-spatial software. Focused on the practical "make it work, get it done" world of open source application development, this annual conference boasts a very high concentration of geo-spatial technical opinion leaders.

Attendance at this event has grown at over 50% a year since its inception in 2003, paralleling the rapid growth and adoption curve of open source geo-spatial tools in the marketplace, and over 500 attendees are expected in 2007. Sponsorship opportunies at FOSS4G are available, please see the prospectus at http://www.foss4g2007.org/sponsorship_exhibition.html

Call for workshops open 
January 19
Call for workshops closed 
February 28
Call for papers open 
March 1
Registration open 
April 2
Call for papers closed 
June 29
Conference Dates 
September 24 - 27

For up-to-date information, registration and/or to submit a contribution, please visit the conference website at

http://www.foss4g2007.org/

Take advantage of the opportunity FOSS4G2007 offers to network with fellow geospatial data professionals, renewing old acquaintances and making new ones. Hope to see you there!