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OSGeo Ireland – 1st National Symposium 2017

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Symposium Overview
The Irish Local Chapter of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) are delighted to announce the hosting of the first national Symposium of the OSGeo Local Chapter in Limerick, Ireland on Friday, 26th May 2017.

The schedule will include:

  • A Morning Session of Short, Lightning Talks
  • A Keynote Presentation from Dr. Markus Neteler (GRASS-GIS Project, Mundialis, OSGeo)
  • An Afternoon Session of hands-on workshops focusing on popular OSGeo software projects, including GRASS-GIS and QGIS.

The event is open to anyone. However it will be particular interest to individuals or groups such as : those with an interest in FOSS4G, users of open source software and FOSS4G, geographers and geoscientists, computer scientists, software developers and programmers, software companies, open data users, researchers, government agencies, SMEs, NGOs etc.

The symposium will provide a relaxed and stimulating environment to learn about OSGeo, meet people with similar interest in OSGeo and FOSSG, and in some cases learn some new skills in the workshops.

Draft Programme

The programme is currently under preparation. The morning session will include a Keynote presentation, some lightning talks and an open town-hall style discussion. In the afternoon, after lunch, there will be a selection of hands-on workshops. The current list of tentative topics includes:

  • Hands-on GRASS-GIS
  • Introduction to QGIS
  • Introduction to OpenLayers/Leaflet JS
  • Getting Started with git
  • Exploring GeoJSON
  • Introduction to GDAL

Symposium Location
The symposium will be held in the Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick, Ireland. The Castletroy Park Hotel is located in the midwest of Ireland, in Castletroy, Limerick in the province of Munster. This link provides an OpenStreetMap map of the hotel location.

The hotel is situated just off the M7 Dublin motorway, adjacent to the University of Limerick and just minutes from Limerick's centre of commerce. For symposium delegates who wish to drive to the hotel the M7 provides excellent connectivity with most major cities in Ireland.

Keynote Speaker
Markus Neteler Markus received his MSc degree in Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology from the University of Hannover in Germany in 1999. He worked at the Institute of Geography as Research Scientist and teaching associate for two years. From 2001 to 2007, he was a researcher at FBK-irst (formerly ITC-irst), from 2005-2007 also at Centro di Ecologia Alpina. From 2008 to 2016 he was employed as head of the GIS and Remote Sensing Unit at Fondazione Edmund Mach, Trento (Italy). His main interests are remote sensing for environmental risk assessment and Free Software GIS development. He is author/co-author of two books on the Open Source Geographical Information System GRASS and various papers on applications in GIS. He is founding-member of GRASS Anwender-Vereinigung e.V. and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation ( In September 2006, he was honored with the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software (GFOSS). In 2010, he obtained the the degree of a Doctor of Natural Science (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physical Geography.

Registration Fees
We have a special registration rate for all delegates of €50. This rate includes coffee/tea breaks, lunch and access to the workshop(s) of your choice in the afternoon of the symposium.

Registration is open and available here

Symposium Sponsorship

More information
Further details about the Irish Local Chapter of OSGeo area available on our Wiki page.