FOSS4G2008 Call for papers

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Call for Workshops

The FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference is pleased to announce the Call for Workshops for the 2008 conference, which is being held September 29 - October 3 in Cape Town, South Africa.

FOSS4G is the premier conference for the open source geospatial community, providing a place for developers, users, and people new to open source geospatial to get a full-immersion experience in both established and leading edge geospatial technologies.

This year’s FOSS4G conference is a bit different than prior FOSS4G conferences, because it incorporates GISSA 2008, the main GIS Conference on the South African calendar. GISSA is primarily attended by people who are not yet familiar with FOSS4G. However, the South African government has made a strategic commitment to FOSS. This has created a clamour for more information about FOSS4G. The FOSS4G Organising Committee believes that immersive workshops could play a crucial role in convincing people that FOSS4G is "An Option for Developing Nations". FOSS4G offers an opportunity to experience FOSS working alongside more well known proprietary software.

Come to Cape Town to showcase your favorite application, integration solution, or other topic, and get the excitement bubbling. You will use your superior classroom skills to lead a group of attendees through your chosen topic in either a half-day Workshop or ninety minute Lab session.

No restrictions are placed on topics for workshops, but we expect interest to be high for workshops on:

  • Practical Introduction to ________________
  • Interoperability
  • Exposure to a Software Stack
  • Fitting FOSS4G into the enterprise
  • Using FOSS4G to solve __________________

In addition, FOSS4G plays strongly in emerging spaces, so Workshops/Labs with NeoGeography-like themes, or on new directions, will be welcome and are likely to be fresh topics for many attendees.

Workshops and Labs are hands-on events, with participants seated in front of computers and able to follow along with the instructor, working directly with the software and applications under discussion. There will be two computer labs with close to 50 computers each, with two people per computer. So your audience will be close to 100. Depending on your input we are still flexible about operating systems and other choices, so whatever your idea, submit a proposal.

Workshops/Labs require considerable preparation. Past experience has shown that a high quality Workshop requires about three days of preparation for each hour of classroom time. As part of this preparation you will be expected to develop material for attendees to take away with them, such as handouts, a "workbook", CDROM, etc.

In recognition of this effort, Workshop/Lab Instructors will receive a reduction in the price of conference registration:

  • Free registration for delivering a half-day Workshop
  • Half price registration for delivering a 90-minute Lab

If your topic can be delivered in either a half-day or 90-minute format, you may want to consider submitting two versions of your topic, because the number of Workshops and Labs is limited. It is unlikely that your topic will be selected for delivery in both formats. You are welcome to submit Workshop/Lab proposals for more than one topic. There are slots available for six half day workshops and twenty Labs

Please visit the Call for Papers page on our website to receive instructions for submitting a Workshops/Lab proposal:

The deadline for Workshop/Lab proposals submission is 30 April, 2008. You will hear whether your proposal has been accepted by 16 May, after which you will be required to register for the conference to confirm your attendance, as well as subscribe to the conference workshops mailing list (, which will be the forum for discussing your Workshop/Lab development, progress, and logistics with the Workshop Committee, members of the OSGeo community, and fellow Instructors.

Workshop Proposal Template

Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 2008 Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference, incorporating 'GISSA 2008', being held from 29 September to 3 October, in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. For more information, please see the FOSS4G 2008 site: [1]

This conference gathers developers and users of open source geospatial software from around the world to discuss new directions, exciting implementations, and growing business opportunities in the field of open source, mixed and propriety geospatial software. FOSS4G is presented annually by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). The local host for FOSS4G2008 is the Geo-Information Society of South Africa, GISSA. FOSS4G 2008 incorporates 'GISSA 2008'. While Free and Open Source GIS is our focus, you are also welcome to submit papers for the 'applied' topics that use proprietary or mixed GIS. We want to encourage exposure, debate and understanding among FOSS and proprietary communities. Talks will be marked clearly on the programme as FOSS / Proprietary / Mixed / Peer Reviewed.

Topics which must have a FOSS component or perspective are:

  • New FOSS GIS developments
  • Interoperability and standards - OGC, GEOSS
  • Web processing services, Sensor Web enablement and the like
  • Using FOSS with proprietary software
  • Making the transition to FOSS GIS
  • FOSS GIS support and training
  • FOSS GIS business models
  • FOSS GIS implementation and deployment
  • Open data, open content, open architectures, open everything!
  • Case studies of open source implementations
  • Improving FOSS GIS cartography and map production
  • Use Case driven FOSS GIS development and improving the user experience
  • FOSS GIS Internationalisation and Localisation

Topics for applications, methodologies or theoretical geospatial work are not limited to a FOSS perspective:

  • Sustainable development and the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals)
  • Disaster management
  • Health
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Climate change
  • Weather
  • Ecosystem management
  • Agriculture
  • Biodiversity
  • Land reform
  • Education
  • Government
  • Local economic development, poverty alleviation
  • Participatory GIS
  • Semantic Web and ontologies in GIS
  • Location based services, logistics, routing
  • 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa
  • NGOs, CBOs (Community-based organisations) and community development workers
  • Mining, exploration, beneficiation
  • Spatial economics
  • Military
  • Land information and administration (cadastre, address data, etc.)

Academic Track

This year we are thrilled to announce the first academic track for peer-reviewed papers. The date for submission of abstracts to the academic track is 12 May 2008. Abstracts have to be 500-600 words in length and will be reviewed by the Program Committee of the academic track of FOSS4G 2008. If your abstract is accepted for the academic track, you have to submit a full paper by 18 August 2008 for inclusion in the proceedings. The Programme Committee will compile a short list of high quality papers addressing substantial research questions. Authors of these papers will be invited to submit a revised paper in response to reviewer comments and suggestions for inclusion in the South African Computer Journal.

Presentation Track

The date of submission for abstracts of 500-600 words to the presentation track is the 12 May 2008. The abstracts submitted to this track will be chosen by an open community process. If your abstract is accepted for the presentation track then you will be required to submit your presentation by 18 August 2008 for inclusion in the CD proceedings.

Important Dates

Presentations Peer reviewed papers for the academic track
Submission of abstracts 12 May 2008 12 May 2008
Notification of acceptance 17 June 2008
Submission of presentations / papers 18 August 2008 18 August 2008
FOSS4G2008 Conference 29 September – 3 October 2008

General Information

All FOSS4G 2008 papers/presentations take the form of 25 minute talks, with 5 minute question and answer sessions at the end. Anyone can submit a presentation or paper and take part in the conference as a presenter. Author guidelines for the formatting of the paper or presentation will be made available online on the conference website. Please note that your paper or presentation will only be included in the proceedings once your registration to the conference has been received in full. We are making use of an online submission facility. Please visit the website to submit your paper. Submit early, submit often! For more information, see the FOSS4G 2008 site:

Guidelines for Authors

Normal Presentations

Academic Papers