FOSS4G 2017

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FOSS4G 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

2017 Presentation Slides and Information

FOSS4G 2017 Presentations

Birds Of A Feather (BoF)

BoF sessions are informal gatherings of people around a specific topic. BoF's can be held in BoF rooms, the BoF lounge, or can be taken off site for lunch or dinner. FOSS4G will provide space, but the programming of events should be done informally through the community using the wiki and the on site BoF board.

BoF sessions rooms will be available through regular session times. There Are two rooms setup theater style without AV that are available. There will also be a lounge available on the trade floor to gather small groups. We will put a BoF organizing board next to the lounge for on site organization.

The community wiki page is: FOSS4G 2017 BirdsOfAFeather

Languages Spoken

Please help us list what languages will be spoken at the conference. Add to the following list:

Language Abbreviation (3 letter) Language Name
ENG English
SPA Spanish
KOR Korean
GER German
CAT Catalan

Initial Proposal

Download the proposal PDF:

Local Organizing Committee

Name Organization Sector Title Location Role
Andy Anderson Amherst College;
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Academic Academic Technology Specialist;
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Environmental Conservation
Amherst, Massachusetts Chair of Program Subcommittee
Giovanni Zambotti Harvard University Academic GIS Specialist Greater Boston
Patrick Florance Tufts University Academic Associate Director of Geospatial Technology Greater Boston
Chris Barnett Tufts University Academic Geospatial Developer Greater Boston
Guido Stein AvidGeo & Applied Geographics, Inc. Community Founder & GIS Analyst Greater Boston Co-Chair of FOSS4G Boston 2017
Mike Foster Maptime Boston & MIT Community Community Organizer & GIS Specialist Greater Boston Chair of Workshop Subcommittee
Aleda Freeman MassGIS/EOTSS/Commonwealth of Massachusetts Government Web Mapping Services Manager Greater Boston Chair of Extracurricular Subcommittee; Member Outreach Committee, Member Program Subcommittee
Christian Jacqz MassGIS/MassIT/Commonwealth of Massachusetts Government Former Director of MassGIS Greater Boston Member Program Subcommittee
Carolyn Bennett Boston Redevelopment Authority Government GIS Manager Greater Boston
Michael Terner Applied Geographics, Inc. Private Executive Vice President Greater Boston Chair of FOSS4G Boston 2017
Will Mitchell NBT Solutions, LLC Private Principal Portland, Maine On Sponsor Committee

Community Committee

Past Activities

Logo Contest

Program Related

Academic Committee

FOSS4G Notes on Academic Track


Charlie Schweik, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA 
Volunteered Geographic Information, Land Use/Cover, Commons-Based Peer Production in Open Geospatial, Education
Mohammed Zia, National Innovation & Research Center for Geographical Information Technologies, Turkey 
GIS, Web GIS, Vehicle Routing, Programming, Remote Sensing, Geology


Andy Anderson, Amherst College & University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA 
Demographics, Environmental Systems, Geostatistics, Programming, Web GIS, CyberGIS, Education
Maria Brovelli, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
GIS, Web Mapping, Collaborative Mapping, Geo-crowdsourcing
Serena Coetzee, Centre for Geoinformation Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa 
Spatial Data Infrastructure, Address Data, Standardization, Open Principles, GISc Education, Geovisualization
Kim Durante, Stanford University, USA 
Spatial Data Infrastructure, Metadata, Standardization, Preservation
Nimalika Fernando, Sri Lanka
Location-Based Services, Mobile GIS, Route Planning, Indoor Spatial Data Modelling, Indoor Navigation, Web GIS
Simone Lanucara, Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment, National Research Council of Italy 
Spatial Data Infrastructures, Open Geospatial Consortium interfaces, Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial, Sensor Web Enablement, Semantic Harmonization, Data Harmonization, Big Data
Steven Lehr, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA 
Machine Learning, Data Mining, Mapserver, PHP
Peter Löwe, Germany
Open Science, Data Science, GRASS GIS
Jeff McKenna, OSGeo, Canada 
Web Mapping, Databases, Standards
Marco Minghini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy 
Volunteered Geographic Information, OpenStreetMap, Land Use/Cover, Education
Helena Mitasova, North Carolina State University, USA 
Terrain Modeling, Visualization, GRASS GIS
Rafael Moreno, University of Colorado Denver, USA 
Natural Resources Management, Sustainable Development, Environmental Modeling with GIS, FOSS4G
Venkatesh Raghavan, Osaka City University, Japan 
Remote Sensing, Geoinformatics, Geospatial Web Services
Darshana Rawal, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India
Web GIS, GIS, Programming, Geomarketing, Disaster Management, Location-Based Services
Jorge Gustavo Rocha, University of Minho, Portugal 
Volunteered Geographic Information, OpenStreetMap, Software development
Sven Schade, European Commission - Joint Research Centre, EU 
Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), Semantic Web, Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), Citizen Science, Crowdsourcing
Kalum Priyanath Udagepola, Scientific Research Development Institute of Technology Australia, Australia 
Digital Globe, GIS Education, Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), Geospatial Business Intelligence, Decision Support Systems, Spatial Data Visualization, Remote Sensing, Land Surveying
Tuong-Thuy Vu, Malaysia
Remote Sensing, Data Fusion, GIS Education, Big Data


Lessons Learned


With 68 days left until the conference we, the LOC, are going to start trying to connect more directly with those attending and thinking about attending. We are going to have happy hours with members of the committee and sub-committees. These sessions will be run in the form of an AMA (Ask Me Anything).

Live Video Stream:

Live Chat:

For each happy hour we will list who is going to be in the hot seat, but feel free to list yourself as participating if you are planning on attending (Hot Seat = NO):

6/13 17:00 EDT- Volunteer Committee now accepting applications
No Name Organization Twitter Handle Role Location Hot Seat
1 Guido Stein Applied Geographics, Inc. @guidos FOSS4G Boston 2017 Co-Chair Boston, MA IN
2 Ashley Tardif FOSS4G Boston 2017 @aerthrae FOSS4G Boston 2017 Operations Coordinator Boston, MA IN
3 Kayla Patel City of Boston @paylakatel FOSS4G Boston 2017 Volunteer Sub-Committee Chair Boston, MA IN