INSPIRE conference 2013

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Coordination of activities of OSGeo projects at INSPIRE Conference

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Deadlines

  • March 15, 2013 Deadline for submitting paper and workshops proposals (extension given from March 1)
  • March 29 2013 Deadline for submitting poster proposals

Presentation and workshop

On this page, two separate events are discussed: a proposal for a presentation, and a proposal for a workshop.

The purpose of the presentation is to give a good overview of INSPIRE-readiness of the OSGeo projects, with an intended audience of general users.

The workshop, on the other hand, aims to give a quick overview of each (represented) OSGeo project and where it stands in relation to the INSPIRE technical guidelines, followed by a round-table dialog between OSGeo developers and JRC INSPIRE Technical Committee members about issues raised.

Please note that if you like to participate in both events, each has its own list of participants. If you're enlisting as a participant this would imply further commitment, e.g. to assist in the preparation of slides and paper and if possible, presence at the conference as a speaker.

Paper proposal

Generic talk about OSGeo projects and their relation to INSPIRE.

OSGeo projects and their efforts towards INSPIRE

Jachym Cepicky1, Maria A. Brovelli 2, Margherita Di Leo 3, Angelos Tzotsos 4, Arnulf Christl5, Simone Giannecchini6, Jeroen Ticheler7, Markus Schneider8, Nicola Giuliani9, Andrea Aime6, Paolo Cavallini10, Jose García7, add your namen

  1. OSGeo Board of directors, Help Service - Remote Sensing, Benesov, Czech Republic,
  2. Politecnico di Milano, Campus Como, Italy
  3. Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra (VA), Italy
  4. Remote Sensing Laboratory, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  5. metaspatial, Germany
  6. GeoSolutions, Italy
  7. GeoCat, The Netherlands
  8. Occam Labs, Bonn, Germany
  9. Trilogis, Rovereto, Italy
  10. Faunalia, Italy
  11. add your affiliation, City, Country

The abstract should not exceed two A4 pages.

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial software, data and education. The foundation provides organizational, legal and financial support to the broader open source geospatial community. It also serves as an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding and other resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit. OSGeo also serves as an outreach and advocacy organization for the open source geospatial community, and provides a common forum and shared infrastructure for improving cross-project collaboration.

Since the earliest beginning of INSPIRE open source developers have been involved with implementing systems which eventually have to satisfy INSPIRE requirements. Users have requested new features and capabilities to enable their software packages to address requirements resulting from the INSPIRE directive. Developers in turn have given technical feedback to the makers of the directive. As a result INSPIRE over time has evolved into an implementable real-world architecture.

Many members of the OSGeo development teams are located in Europe, and many of them are actively involved in implementing INSPIRE services and geo-portals. There has been a lot of volunteered and financial contribution to OSGeo projects to help implement the official INSPIRE specifications. With the help of many testers, users and community members, OSGeo projects are offering better INSPIRE support year after year.

This presentation is focused on the introduction of various popular OSGeo projects, which are used for particular tasks within the INSPIRE infrastructure. The presentation will reference certified OSGeo projects as well as projects from the broader OSGeo ecosystem which have not passed the incubation process yet. Each project will summarize the achievements over the last year of development with respect to INSPIRE and include a short report on future development. This will provide a comprehensive overview of features in the OSGeo community pipeline which will have direct impact on their usage for INSPIRE.

Keywords: OSGeo, Open Source, MapServer, GeoServer, OpenLayers, deegree, Mapbender, GDAL, GeoNetwork, pycsw, OSGeoLive, NASA World Wind, Mapbender, GRASS, Quantum GIS, gvSIG, add more here

Workshop proposal

The proposing team suggests to implement this workshop in a barcamp style within the conference. This will probably attract a more diverse group of people and allow for more dynamic communication which is one of the most important aspects requried to really get INSPIRE implemented. The aim is to get developers and project leads from OSGeo and professionals involved with INSPIRE around one table and shed light on each other's world.

From the conference website:

Pre-conference workshops will take place on the 23/24 June. Each workshop or tutorial may be proposed for a single 90-minute session. A typical conference participant may register for up to four 90-minute workshops or tutorials during the workshop day. All workshops and tutorials will be open to all conference participants at no additional cost, however a daily fee will be charged for those attending workshops only.

Ping-Pong match: OSGeo & INSPIRE

Jachym Cepicky1, Maria A. Brovelli2, Margherita Di Leo3, Angelos Tzotsos4, Markus Schneider5, Heikki Doeleman6, Jeroen Ticheler6, Simone Giannecchini7, Andrea Aime7, Paolo Cavallini8, Nicola Giuliani9, Jose García6,add your namen

  1. OSGeo Board of directors, Help Service - Remote Sensing, Benesov, Czech Republic,
  2. Politecnico di Milano, Campus Como, Italy
  3. Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra (VA), Italy
  4. Remote Sensing Laboratory, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  5. Occam Labs, Bonn, Germany
  6. GeoCat, The Netherlands
  7. GeoSolutions, Italy
  8. Faunalia, Italy
  9. Trilogis, Italy
  10. add your affiliation, City, Country

proposal - shortened to 300 words

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a non-profit international organization created in early 2006 to support and promote the collaborative development of geospatial open source software (GFOSS). The foundation provides financial, organizational and legal support to the GFOSS community. It serves as an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding etc, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit, as well as an outreach and advocacy organization for the GFOSS community providing a common forum and shared infrastructure for improving cross-project collaboration. The foundation's projects are all freely available and usable under an OSI-certified open source license. Short presentations will be given in the first part (60min) of the workshop, in which lead developers will relate their projects to INSPIRE, pointing out the relevant capabilities as well as the issues deriving from the current version of the directive. The second part (30 minutes) will be dedicated to a round table between the developers and the members of the INSPIRE Technical Committee. Expected number of speakers is 15-20. Main audience is composed of geospatial open source developers, users and Members of the JRC INSPIRE Technical Committee. The following topics will guide through the dialogue:

  1. complexity of INSPIRE technical guidance and OGC standards
  2. links between INSPIRE specs and national standards
  3. communication channels between OSGeo and INSPIRE
  4. setting up wiki pages (multilingual) to make INSPIRE documentation more readable
  5. how to test and validate INSPIRE compliance
  6. how to change/simplify INSPIRE technical guidance in practice
  7. how to contribute to INSPIRE maintenance
  8. automation of INSPIRE adoption through support in the various software packages
  9. how an implicit support for INSPIRE in any software will give a boost to the adoption of the directive even outside EU

Notes on Workshop Description and Goals

250 words or less suitable for posting on the web. Please include in the description if the session will involve lecture, hands-on exercises, group exercises, etc., whether any take-home materials will be supplied and indicate whether participants should bring a laptop computer or anything else to the workshop.

  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Round table (to the aim of smoothing the edges of INSPIRE)
  • Lead developers on one side (various technologies) and members of the INSPIRE Technical Committee on the other
  • 15-20 expected participants
  • 60 minutes of quick presentations (3 minutes / 1 slide each)
  • 30 minutes intensive dialog on the raised issues
  • Possible topics:
    1. complexity of INSPIRE technical guidance and OGC standards
    2. potential mismatch between INSPIRE specs and national standards
    3. optimisation of communication channels between OSGeo and INSPIRE
    4. setting up a tracking system for INSPIRE implementations
    5. setting up wiki pages (multilingual) to make INSPIRE documentation more readable
    6. how to test and validate INSPIRE compliancy
    7. how to change/simplify INSPIRE technical guidance in practice
    8. how to contribute to INSPIRE Maintenance [1]
    9. automation of INSPIRE adoption through support in the various software packages

Notes on Intended Audience and any Required Skills or Interests

technicians, managers, policymakers, etc., whether introductory or advanced, what skills if any participants should possess

  • possibly, free of charge for speakers (to be checked if feasible)
  • for OSGeo projects that cannot attend we should gather a couple of slides from each positioning it in relation to INSPIRE requirements
  • main audience: GFOSS developers and users + INSPIRE people: implicit support for INSPIRE in any kind of software will give a big boost to the adoption of the directive; even outside EU

The hang out has already taken place

so please do not add your name below, but either in the workshop or in the paper or in both lists of "authors". Thanks

Additional notes

Exploring the possibility of fee reduction / budget allocation to cover the costs of speakers... (ongoing tentative)