FOSS4G 2010 Breakout Sessions

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During the FOSS4G2010 conference in Barcelona, Spain, there will be conference rooms available for people to hold Breakout Sessions (aka Birds-of-a-Feather).

Breakout Sessions sessions are unstructured timeslots where people can self-organise themselves to discuss topics of interest.

This year, Breakout Sessions sessions will be held on Wednesday 8th September (and possibly at other times as well - depending on interest). A number of rooms will be available. Most popular sessions will get bigger rooms.

Room allocation to be determined

Organising Contact

Timeslots Available

At this stage, each room is scheduled for one hour between 18:00 to 19:00.

Remember the Gala Dinner is scheduled at 20:00.

Room Assignments

Rooms Available

Room Wednesday 08 Contact
Room 4 (75 pax)
Room 5 (250 pax)
Room 6 (320 pax)
Room 8 (100 pax)
Room 11 (78 pax)
Room 12 (90 pax)

Proposed Topics

  • Add yours below...

Web Client (OpenLayers/GeoExt)

The first half of this session will be focused on OpenLayers, and the second half will focus on GeoExt. We can decide on topics at the start of each session, but we'll likely cover ideas for OpenLayers 3.0/GeoExt 1.0, getting more developers involved, and just some general Q/A time.


Spatial Databases BoF

Relational and non-relational persistence layers, let's get together and talk about interoperability, appropriate use cases, architecture and where we should be moving the spatial persistence state-of-the-art!


  • Paul Ramsey (PostGIS)
  • Nicklas Avén (PostGIS)
  • Brent Wood (NIWA)
  • Peter Baumann (Jacobs University / rasdaman)
  • Vincent Picavet (Oslandia/PostGIS)
  • Nuno Guerreiro
  • Olivier Courtin (PostGIS)
  • Hugo Pereira
  • Volker Mische (CouchDB/GeoCouch)


Several presentation on Web Processing selected for presentation at FOSS4G2010 indicates a growing interest amongst the communities.

If you are interested please add your names below...

Who's coming:

Sensor Web BoF

The use of Sensor Web implementations has constantly increased during the last years.

If you are interested please add your names below...

Who's coming:

  • Simon Jirka
  • Marjorie Robert
  • Massimiliano cannata
  • Graeme Mcferren
  • Sarawut Ninsawat
  • Brent Wood (NIWA)
  • Jorge Piera
  • Alain Tamayo
  • Maria Brovelli
  • Add your name here

Biodiversity/conservation projects and FOSS4G tools

More and more Open Source is catching on Biodiversity and conservation projects. Most of them are publicly funded so most of the time all the source they develop is Open Source. Aditionally Biodiversity and conservation heavily rely on GIS and they have specific needs. From geospatial niche modeling to species distributions, occurrence catalog, etc, there is a lot to talk about!

If you are interested please add your names below...


Spatial Data Infrastructure

A birds of a feather session about using open source for spatial data infrastructure. Come discuss implementation strategies, best practices, INSPIRE.

Who's coming:

  • Sebastian Benthall (GeoNode)
  • David Winslow (GeoNode)
  • Ariel Núñez (GeoNode)
  • David Jonglez
  • Ricardo Pinho
  • Hugo Pereira
  • Maria Brovelli
  • Add your name here
  • Sebastián Cruz

Virtualization and Cloud Computing BoF

Virtualization and Cloud Computing is growing fast on the GIS world, let's get together and talk about the use cases and share opinions and suggestions about how can we take the most out of this new technology!

If you are interested please add your name below...


Spatial OLAP

Spatial OLAP can be defined as a visual platform built especially to support rapid and easy spatiotemporal analysis and exploration of data following a multidimensional approach comprised of aggregation levels available in cartographic displays as well as in tabular and diagram displays. Let's talk about new improvements combining GIS and BI technologies.

If you are interested please add your name below...


Flex Mapping (Alternatives to HTML)

Flex is a highly productive, free, open source framework for building expressive web applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops, and operating systems. OpenScales is an open source (LGPL) mapping framework written in ActionScript 3 and Flex that allows developers to building Rich Internet Mapping Applications. There are alternatives to HTML mapping, let's discuss about them...

If you are interested please add your name below...


  • Sébastien Deleuze (OpenScales)
  • Aurélien Barbier-Accary (OpenScales)
  • Simon Lopez (OpenScales)
  • Fabio Panettieri
  • Marjorie Robert (if the session is planned on tuesday)
  • Add your name here

David Jonglez - As discussed previously with other parties, it would be interesting to plan this session in an other time schedule in order to allow a maximum of interested persons already involved in other sessions to participate. What do you think planning this session on tuesday, the 7th evening ? (I'm shure we'll find a place !)

QGIS user & developer meeting


  • What's new in QGIS 1.5
  • Interesting plugins
  • What's coming in the next QGIS release
  • Discussion

If you are interested please add your name below...