FOSS4G2008 Demos

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One of the great attractions to an international conference like this is a chance to show off your work. At FOSS4G 2007 there was a room dedicated to the demo theatre, with facilities and schedule of its own. In 2008 we will have a demo theatre set up right in the Exhibition Hall. Viewers can take in their food and drinks and be informed and entertained by live demonstrations.

Organisers & Volunteers

  • Tim Sutton
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Where possible we will try and have community leaders introduce the members of their community that are offering demos.

FOSS4G2008 LocMembers

Demo Theatre

Demo Venue

A demo theatre will be constructed at one end of the Exhibition Hall.

Demo Facilities

  • We will have two overhead projectors (so one team can set up as another is presenting).
  • a table will be provided for handouts or marketing material

Who can demo?

Any person registered for the conference can do a demo (no discount for doing a demo). The best deals if you want to attend the conference purely to give a demo are to register for just one day or with a students / academic discount if you qualify. Of course we encourage you to attend the whole conference if you can!

Demo Schedule

Some things we will take into consideration when scheduling demos:

  • Primary spots are during Lunches and Tea breaks (these time slots have the most walk-by traffic to feed on)
  • Additional timeslots will be opened up if needed
  • We will group similar content together (both to allow direct comparison and to let those interested in a topic to mark off a block of time)
  • We will need to be sure not to conflict with the presentation program (setting up cool examples of GRASS opposite the GRASS track would not be a good thing)
  • Demos are the last thing to be Scheduled in terms of conference priorities (we need to be sure that Labs and Presentations are accounted for first)
  • If you would like to do a demonstration in the theatre, please contact the theatre coordinator (Tim Sutton - or add your name and contact details below.

Registering for your demo

If you would like to do a demonstration please email providing your name, email address, topic / title for your presentation and your preferred time slot. Tim will then add you to the timetable below, and communicate with you if there are scheduling conflicts.

Example email to book a slot:

Dear Tim

My name is Joe Bloggs (joe.bloggs at and I would like to present a demo on Tuesday September 20, Lunch Break slot 3, entitled:

'Making high resolution maps of cheese deposits on the moon using mapserver, QGIS and visual basic."

Please note I'll be leaving the conference on the wednesday night so please don't adjust my time slot to thursday if you need to reschedule it.


Joe Bloggs

Provisional Timetable

Please note that we reserve the right to alter the order of presentations as organisational constraints require - we will do this in collaboration with you. Exhibitors and sponsors will have priority on times. Please do not edit the schedule below yourself, but rather communicate your change requests to Tim Sutton (

Tuesday September 30 (15 slots)

Tea Break 10:00-10:30

  • Slot 1 NASA WorldWind: Evolution from .net application to Java SDK - Maurizio de Felice <maurizio AT>
  • Slot 2 QGIS
  • Slot 3 Mapbender project in a live environment. - Arnulf Christl

Lunch Break 12 - 13.30

  • Slot 1 - Markus Neteler - Grass demo
  • Slot 2 - Daniel Kastl (kastl at 'WebRoutingService - a RESTful interface for pgRouting'
  • Slot 3 - Suha Ulgen, United Nations - "UNHCR's Web-GIS: FOSS4G from data collection to end users." <ulgen AT>
  • Slot 4 - Raj Singh - WFS Simple (rsingh AT
  • Slot 5 - GIMS - ArcServer and its standards compliance
  • Slot 6 - AUTODESK
  • Slot 7 - Sahana: Using GIS to support Humanitarian Relief Operations. - Fran Boon <flavour AT>
  • Slot 8 - GeoExt: Bringing geo-enabled components to the Ext JavaScript framework- Tim Schaub <tschaub AT>
  • Slot 9 - OpenGeoPortail v2, a french open-source atlas using Ext JS, OpenLayers and MapFish - Nicolas Bozon <nicolas dot bozon at gmail dot com>

Tea Break 15 - 15.30

  • Slot 1
  • Slot 2 - Using the Drupal CMS for web mapping with a Mapping kit, OpenLayers, Mapserver/Mapscript, and PostGIS. - John Pulles <john.pulles AT>
  • Slot 3 - Development of an Agricultural Information Management System (AIMS) for the SADC region - Sjaak Dieleman <sjaakdieleman AT>

Wednesday October 1 (15 Slots)

Tea Break 10:00-10:30

  • Slot 1 - M.A.P. - Map Access Protocol ... a sleek viewer for my maps - Maurizio de Felice <maurizio AT>
  • Slot 2 - eWQMS Water Quality Management system - Philip de Souza of Emanti Management <philipds AT>
  • Slot 3 - "extJPAL, a gvsig plugin for automated labels placement" - Olivier Ertz <olivier.ertz AT>

Lunch Break 12 - 1.30

  • Slot 1 - SpatialDataIntegrator powered by Talend : spatial ETL - Francois Prunayre
  • Slot 2 - GEOMAJAS - Dirk Frigne
  • Slot 3 - NSIF
  • Slot 4 - Remote sensing and GIS in Environmental sensitivity mapping of a Nigerian coastline oil spill - Dr. Oluseyi Fabiyi <seyifabiyi AT>
  • Slot 5 - Geoinformatica, a geospatial application platform built on Gtk+, Perl, and GDAL - Ari Jolma <ari.jolma AT>
  • Slot 6 - Open Source Initiatives in Mira Mon - Joan Maso
  • Slot 7 - "PlanetEye - Discover destinations, and Share your travel experiences visually on a map" - Matt MacGillivray (
  • Slot 8 - (Repeat) OpenGeoPortail v2, a french open-source atlas using Ext JS, OpenLayers and MapFish - Nicolas Bozon <nicolas dot bozon at gmail dot com>
  • Slot 9 - The MapFish-based UNHCR Web-mapping app - Eric Lemoine <Eric -dot- Lemoine -at- camptomcap -dot- com>

Tea Break 15 - 15.30

  • Slot 1 - Custom Application Creation using the MapWindow ActiveX Control, Harold Dunsford <hadunsford AT> and the mapwindow team
  • Slot 2 - Live demo of the Community Image Data portal (European Commission - JRC) - Paul Hasenohr <paul.hasenohr AT>
  • Slot 3 - SITA - FOSS4G the way forward - Clinton Papenfus

Thursday October 2 (12 Slots) - Demos on Thursday will be subject to Tues & Weds filling up first.

Tea Break

  • Slot 1
  • Slot 2
  • Slot 3

Lunch Break

  • Slot 1
  • Slot 2
  • Slot 3
  • Slot 4
  • Slot 5
  • Slot 6
  • Slot 7
  • Slot 8
  • Slot 9

Closed for closing plenary

Giving a Demo

The first step is to have something to demo:

  • You have 10 minutes
  • You must demo live software (really - it is an open source software conference). No presentation slides.
  • Show us, rather that talk. It is better to show software and leave time for questions than to try and handle this as a presentation.
  • Source code is hard to read and does not qualify for "show us"
  • You will have 5 mins to set up prior, and 5 mins to tear down. Please be prompt as there is someone waiting to start after you.
  • Sponsors (or anyone starting a session): you will have access to the room for a bit before the session starts - if you want to take the time drag in a poster (or put hand outs on the chairs) more power to you.

The second step is to email us:

  • Contact Tim Sutton -
  • Let us know of any schedule constraints (perhaps you are presenting or giving a lab)
  • We will get back to you with a timeslot (we will be organizing the demos according to subject matter or community).


Is this your first time doing a demo?

  • If you are used to doing presentations; try this approach: Show the software and hand out your presentation in paper form.
  • Be excited, what you are showing is *cool* and meeting people like you is why we come to these conferences anyways
  • Hang around to the end of the session, many people that would like to ask you questions will be hesitant to walk out of the room to chase you down.

You may also wish to bring:

  • Something to hand out (Your business card, demo-CDs, academic papers, t-shirts)

If you would like to have someone introduce you please warn them before hand: - Your professor? Your company's marketing department? Your open source project lead?

Let people know where to find you:

  • For sponsors - be sure to include a slide showing the location of your booth
  • For academics - let them know if you have a poster up


Bring your own laptop, do not expect to install software during your demo (you only have 10 minutes).

  • This advice can be ignored if you want to demo the fact you have a slick installer now
  • You may wish to make a back up "flash" demo (use wink) in case the worst happens
  • Turn off virus checkers, ebay bidding tools, email applications and anything else that is going to leap up and ask for attention in an embarrassing manner

With respect to the Internet:

  • Ensure you can connect to the wireless network before starting your presentation
  • We will try and have a LAN drop for you
  • Expect the Internet to be slow (there are a lot of fun toys at a conference like this all of which want their piece of the packet pie)
  • Run from a local service installed on your laptop if you can


Is there a PC with Internet?

Please bring your own laptop (that way you can be sure it is set up correctly for your demo), there will be a LAN drop (or you can make use of the conference wireless).

How long should a demo be?

The demo slot is 10 mins, you may want to use the entire time to show your application. Or you may want to show the application for for 5 mins and answer a few questions.

If your community has several "new exciting features" then please present each in its own demo.

Do demo's have to be visual?

It depends on what you are showing, if you want to show that "Using JTS Prepaired Geometry is 120% faster" a simple JUnit test and a code example may be all that is needed.