FOSS for GIS video tutorials and screencasts
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
- 1 Screencasts and Video List
- 2 Presentations and long Speaches
- 3 OSGeo-related videos preserved at the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB)
- 4 How to do your screencast
- 5 Where to publish your screencast
- 6 GIS- and Geo-related Podcasts
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 www.reprojected.com. 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||GFOSS.it 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||
|Mapserver WMS on Google Earth||Franck Martin||not specified||11 min||flash movie||Another video on using WMS from mapserver with Google Earth.|
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.
- Open Source GIS - GRASS User Conference Trento 2002 (45 videos)
- FOSS4G Nottingham 2013 (95 videos)
- FOSS4G Portland 2014 (188 videos)
- FOSS4G Seoul 2015 (182 videos)
- FOSS4G Bonn 2016 (193 videos)
- FOSSGIS Konferenz 2011 : Heidelberg, 05. - 07. April 2011 (24 videos)
- FOSSGIS Konferenz 2012 : Dessau, 20. - 22. März 2012 (47 videos)
- FOSSGIS Konferenz 2013 : Rapperswil, 12. - 14. Juni 2013 (30 videos)
- FOSSGIS Konferenz 2014 : Berlin, 19. - 21. März 2014 (71 videos)
- FOSSGIS Konferenz 2015: Münster, 11. - 13. März 2015 (69 videos)
- FOSSGIS Konferenz 2016: Salzburg 04. - 06. Juli 2016 (56 videos)
- FOSSGIS Konferenz 2017: Passau 22. - 25. März 2017 (68 videos)
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.
- Easist way: recordmydesktop (on Mandriva, install with 'urpmi gtk-recordmydesktop')
- Ubuntu discussion over screencast
- Ubuntu screencast how to
- vnc2swf to record a flash movie (short vnc2swf usage tutorial)
- Taksi - Desktop Screenshot, Video Capture/Recorder - worked well for capturing OpenGL output (I used it to record from VTerrain's Enviro viewer)
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.
There are specialized hosting services for tutorials:
- Learn2Use (German)
- What about distribution the videos with a bittorrent-style distribution? Maybe OSGeo could provide the infrastructure for this?
German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB)
FOSS4G cooperates with the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB). TIB is one of the world’s largest specialised libraries for science and technology. It is publicly funded and has no commercial interest. TIB provides a scientific open access video portal (AV-Portal), where recordings from OSGeo conferences (in English and German) can be stored, long term preserved and made citable using persistent digital object identifers (DOI). TIB provides this services free of charge for OSGeo. If you wish to publish your video in the AV Portal, you have different options to do so:
How does TIB get the videofiles?
1. Single videos via the TIB AV-Portal upload form:
If you wish to upload a video, please register in the AV Portal and follow the instructions. The upload form helps you to insert the metadata to describe the video. Registration and upload steps:
- Register via the respective tab on the AV Portal.
- Log in by using your customer name and password.
- Use the tab "Upload" and fill out the upload form.
- Specify the publisher as „FOSS4G“ and title of series as „FOSS4G +year”
2. Large data transmissions via an FTP server: (to obtain the FTP access data, please contact KNM@tib.eu)
3. Videos from a webserver via wget: You can provide TIB with a file with all wget requests to load the mp4 files to their server.
For example wget_foss4g2016.sh:
Astrid can give you a php script to create this file.
Requirements by TIB (if you do not use the upload form)
The video file in mp4 and the metadatafile in xml. The name of the video file and the metadata file must be identical, so that they can be matched automatically. For example:
- name of the video file: Prof_Mueller_LA_2016.mp4
- name of the XML-file: Prof_Mueller_LA_2016.xml
How to generate the metadata files
- for every mp4 file we have to upload (on an ftp server) a metadata file
- the metadata file has the same name as the mp4 file with ending xml
- the xml-files can be generated by the schedule.jspn file from frab (http://frab.fossgis-konferenz.de/en/foss4g-2016/public/schedule.json)
- Astrid (firstname.lastname@example.org) can give you a script to generate the file for each mp4 file
- for example see: https://git.osgeo.org/gogs/astrid_emde/video.foss4g.org/src/master/foss4g2016/example
What licence to use
Example 1: For the international community we recommend:
Example 2: If the video is published in Germany and/or addresses the German community we recommend:
Contact persons at TIB:
- Lars Gottschalk (Tel.: +49 511 762-14224)
- Tolga Karaarslan (Tel.: +49 511 762-14227)
- Some OSGeo members worked together with TIB already (Astrid Emde, Till Adams). You are welcome to ask for information.
For more information see AV-Portal Info.
Some suggestions from the hivemind (note these are not necessarily open source specific):
- Directions Magazine http://www.directionsmag.com/ offers regular podcasts. They occasionally have open source related content by Adena Schutzberg (Directions staff) and others.
- http://hobu.biz/category/podcast/ (note: links seem to be dead as of 15 Jan '08)
- IT Conversations has a lot of good content, http://itc.conversationsnetwork.org/index.html