FOSS4G2008 BOF Sessions

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During the FOSS4G2008 conference in Cape Town, South Africa, there will be conference rooms available for people to hold Birds-of-a-Feather sessions. These are groups who self-organise informally around something in common, like a project, interest, local chapter, or language.

Note: Times are subject to change until the main programme is finalised (around mid-August)


A timetable will be posted when BoF sessions firm up. Changes and new sessions will be posted on announcement boards during the event. In the meantime start your planning below.

BoF primetime is on Tuesday 30th after presentations end. We have the rooms till closing time around 11pm so you can go on as long as you like or we could set up two 'shifts'. Your BoF could even turn into a codesprint.

Tuesday September 30, 2008

This is the primary BOF time slot.

  • BOF sessions can be scheduled from 17h15 till late
  • Labs and Presentations are scheduled to end at 17h00
  • Venues available: 5 x presentation rooms.

Wednesday October 1, 2008

  • The session after tea has 2 x Labs running but no Presentations.
  • BOF sessions can be scheduled from 15h30 to 17h45
  • the buses for the Gala Event at Moyo in Stellenbosch leave at 18:00
  • Please only use this time slot if necessary. Many people will need to leave by 17:45 to catch the bus on time.
  • Venues available: 5 x presentation rooms.

Conference Rooms available for BOF sessions

  • The seating capacity that is listed is a maximum number, that may be reduced.
  • The rooms will be set up with chairs, but not tables.
  1. 2.6a (120)
  2. 2.6b (120)
  3. 2.4a (120)
  4. 2.4b (120)
  5. 1.6 (260)(could hold more than one BoF?)
  6. Overflow rooms or if you really need PCs - these are the workshop rooms and it might be preferable not to use them for BoFs.
    1. Roof Terrace (100)
    2. Room 1.40 (96)

BOF organization

You can use this page to organize your BOF session:

  • create a section below for your BOF
  • have people edit this page to indicate they will be attending
  • you must provide a contact person who is managing the meeting
  • also make your description as clear as possible, for many attendees it will be the only thing they read before choosing one

BOF sessions

Tuesday from 17h00

Room 1.60

  • 17h15 - 18h30: OSGEO Education group (contact Charlie Schweik,
  • In this session, we will quickly review what we accomplished this last year, and then move toward setting an agenda and some goals for this next year.

Room 2.40a

  • 17h15 - 18h30: (South) Africa OSGeo Local Chapter formation. For those on the list plus anyone from Africa who's interested in pursuing the OSGeo agenda locally. User:Gfleming

Room 2.40b

  • 17h15 - 18h30: Ext + OpenLayers. There are a number of people working on creating toolsets using OpenLayers and the Ext JS library. This session is for anybody interested in working on, or talking about collaborating on a high class geo-toolkit using Ext JS. User:tschaub

Room 2.60a

Proposed Marketing BOF. 30 mins from 17.15 - 17.45

  1. Topics
    1. ARticle library- content and use
    2. Getting volunteers (and keeping them!) for local regions
    3. Anything else?

Room 2.60b

17h15 - 18h30: OpenStreetMap BOF - Using the world's best open datasource with the world's best FOSS tools. Including how to get the OSM data, how to use it, and how to contribute back for your area of interest.

Contact Andy Allan ( )


Room 1.60

  • 15h30 - 17h00: Tentative NSIF meeting.
  • Contact Carrin Martin
  • Other half of the room -- continued BOF meeting for OSGeo education and curriculum group
  • Contact Charlie Schweik

Room 2.40a

  • 15h30 - 17h00: GIS Education at tertiary institutions exploratory workshop.
  • Anyone with an interest in tertiary GIS tuition is welcome, not only academics.
  • What is the market demanding? should specific software packages be taught? should open source now be included as an option? will this impact on institutions getting their courses accredited by PLATO? how should we be dealing with short courses to assist people who want to upgrade from technician to professional GIS practitioner? are correspondence courses an option and who will run them? are there enough short courses for the industry?
  • Contact Carrin Martin or Bongiwe Masabalala

Room 2.40b

  • 15h30 - 17h00: WMS Tiling
  • Contact: Raj Singh (
  • list of topics that we debate about the OGC 07-057r5. It was clear that OGC is extending the job that OSGeo had iniciated and helping to convert WMS tiling in a oficial international standard.
    • Document too long Break the document in spec+profiles: General+KVP+REST+SOAP.
    • If not, prepare a short paper in a tutorial format for first contact.
    • Is TIME a parameter, is it mandatory?
    • Will it support time interval. Range support? Consider collect point objects on an interval of time in a single image.
    • Is there a projection in TileMatrixSet?
    • Combination on layers and implications (see next email)
    • scales= is a number or an id? Precision considerations
    • InfoFormat= or INFO_FORMAT=?
    • General discussion on REST interface implementation
    • Style= in fact is like several layers in one
    • Mass-Market forum is a open (not OGC-only) forum

Room 2.60a

  • Proposed Live DVD BOF- Tim Bowden
  • Time: 15.30 - 16.00 -> world time
  1. Review of existing DVD
  2. Wish list
  3. Proposed Timeline
  4. Interested parties

From the debian GIS mailing list: ps- as a nice thank-you to the DebianGIS list for hosting these discussions it would be great if the FOSS4G ISO was documented with a software manifest and build scripts for the liveDVD be presented in a way which could be used for the young DebianGIS live ISO project:

"dpkg --get-selections" as a simple start.

Room 2.60b


Oracle Spatial BOF Meeting - Michael Smith, US Army Corps of Engineers and Oracle Spatial SIG Technical Representative

Anyone using Oracle Spatial in any of the FOSS4G apps? Meet at the Oracle Spatial BOF.