FOSS4G 2009 Press Release 25

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emailed to the Australian & New Zealand Spatial Information Business Association (SIBA).

International presenters attract a motivated audience to the FOSS4G conference in Sydney

Sydney, Australia. 14 August 2009.

World class presenters are attracting motivated delegates and investors to the international conference for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G), coming to Sydney, Australia, 20-23 October 2009.

Presentations by the world's best Developers, Policy Makers, Sponsors and Geospatial Professionals address the latest geospatial applications, standards, government programs, business processes and case studies. Topics include mobile platforms, location based applications, crowd sourcing, cloud computing, development, spatial standards, integration of cross-agency data, Spatial Data Infrastructures, Sensor Webs, Web Processing Services, Integration of Open Source and Proprietary Software and more.

International and National policy and decision makers will be attending, including Key Note speakers Senator Richard Marles - Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry, Senator Kate Lundy, Warwick Watkins - ANZLIC Chair, Raj Singh - Director of Interoperability Programs at the OGC, Raul Vera - leader of Google's Geo team.

FOSS4G traditionally attracts 500 to 700 delegates, with around half the delegates from the international developer and scientific communities and the other half from regional spatial data implementers and program sponsors.

Consequently, FOSS4G provides an excellent opportunity to reach implementers of Spatial Data Infrastructures who are ready to build spatial systems. Sponsorship details can be found at:


Delegates by region
Region Delegates
Australia/New Zealand 34%
Europe 23%
Asia 16%
United States 12%
Africa 6%
Canada 5%
South America 2%

[Source: Website Google Analytics: user: foss4g2 password: foss4g2009]

Event Location Number of Attendees
FOSS4G 2008 Cape Town, South Africa 550
FOSS4G 2007 Victoria, Canada 721
FOSS4G 2006 Lausanne, Switzland 560


Endorsements for FOSS4G-2009

The following organisations have endorsed FOSS4G-2009:

  • Spatial Information Business Association (SIBA)
  • Australian Computer Society (ACS)
  • Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)

Upcoming milestones

  • 14 Sep 2009, Completed program available
  • 20 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Workshop
  • 21-23 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Presentations and Tutorials
  • 24 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Code Sprint

Media Sponsors

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Cameron Shorter, Chair of the FOSS4G Organising Committee and Geospatial Systems Architect at LISAsoft

tel +61-2-8570-5050

c a m e r o n . s h o r t e r @ l i s a s o f t . c o m