FOSS for GIS video tutorials and screencasts

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This is page is a try to create a central index of all available Video Tutorials and Screencasts about FOSS for GIS.

As creating a central repository is not easy due to licenses, video formats and disk space we are using this page to list all pages hosting interesting videos.

please add you contribute at the bottom of the list respecting the table layout

Screencasts and Video List

this part is dedicated to short movies showing technical usage of FOSS GIS applications. Less than 10 mins each, please.

title and link author license duration format description
Mapping your Data Chris Schmidt not specified 4 min flash movie

Using QGIS, Mapserver and Openlayers to easily set up a web mapping application. Large description

GeoServer Tutorials Chris Holmes not specified many videos flash movie List of all official GeoServer tutorials
GRASS 6 Voxel tutorials Soeren Gebbert not specified many videos flash movie Using GRASS 6 to create 3D flow simulations etc.
FOSS GIS tutorials Aaron Racicot CC many videos flash movie Tutorials from Examples include building a new Linux GIS box and building QGIS using Python bindings...
FOSS4G2006 conference video memories Various not specified several videos quicktime movie Lightning Talks, Keynotes, Sponsor talks, ...
Riflessioni sul tema(tismo) Pibinko not specified 3min flash movie video
Sextante examples ( gvSIG) Victor Ayala CC several videos flash and avi Using Sextante with gvSIG

Presentations and long Speaches

Long public presentations of FOSS GIS softwares

title and link author license duration format description
TikiWiki Map Franck Martin not specified many videos flash movie Tutorials on setting up the TikiWiki map environment
Chris Holmes, GeoServer presentation at Google TechTalks Martin Weis not specified 54 min flash movie
  • Introduction to GeoServer,
  • GeoSpatial Open Standards,
  • GeoServer and Google Earth,
  • Future, towards collaborative data
Mapserver WMS on Google Earth Franck Martin not specified 11 min flash movie Another video on using WMS from mapserver with Google Earth.
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OSGeo-related videos preserved at the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB)

The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) ‒ Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology is a central specialised library, it is a national infrastructure facility for the provision of scientific information. TIB is actively collecting videos from past, current and upcoming OSGeo conferences and similar events.

All videos preserved by TIB receive a digital object identifier (DOI) to make them directly citable in scientific publications and wikis and blogs. Details on such video quotes

How to do your screencast

please add your suggestions on how you did your screencast. Please try to use and suggest Free Software.




Where to publish your screencast

Actually main free video hosting are using a strong dowsampling that does not allow a good video quality to present screencast.

Then you'll need to find your own web hosting or a free one that can host just the video without resampling.

Hosting Portals

There are specialized hosting services for tutorials:


  • What about distribution the videos with a bittorrent-style distribution? Maybe OSGeo could provide the infrastructure for this?


  • TIB AV-Portal - Technical Information Library located in Hannover (Germany)
  • TIB AV-Portal provides access to high grade scientific films from the fields of engineering, architecture, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics.
  • FOSS4G and FOSSGIS conferences are published here
  • Peter Löwe works at TiB
  • Example Search for FOSS4G

Process to publish the videos from a conference at TiB

  • he videas are needed as mp4
  • it takes some weeks till the videos are published by TiB. This is why you have to publish the videos on a public server before and pass them to TiB afterwards

Contact persons at TiB

  • Peter Löwe
  • Tolga Karaarslan

Contact persons at OSGeo

Some people worked together with TiB already ([User:Astrid Emde | Astrid Emde]) You are welcome to aks for information.

What TiB needs

How TiB gets the videofiles?

You can give Tib a file with all wget requests to load the mp4 files to their server.

For example


Astrid can give you a php script to create this file.

How to generate the metadata files

GIS- and Geo-related Podcasts

Some suggestions from the hivemind (note these are not necessarily open source specific):

  • Directions Magazine offers regular podcasts. They occasionally have open source related content by Adena Schutzberg (Directions staff) and others.