The annually recurring FOSSGIS conference is the German language sibling of the FOSS4G meeting of the tribes. It is not intended to compete with FOSS4G but to allow local users and businesses to meet, learn about new development and collaborate on local chapter activities in their own language.
FOSSGIS conferences have developed from the initiative of several small companies and communities who merged forces to be able to manage a larger event. OSGeo has been present with a booth and as honorary host since its conception.
With GAV e.V. renaming ot FOSSGIS e.V. it will take on the Local Chapter activities in Germany and also appear as organizer of the FOSSGIS conferences.