FOSS4G Manifesto

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Purpose: To define manifesto for future FOSS4G conferences all over the world

FOSS4G conference Manifesto

Free and Open Source for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conferences refer to a series of events which provides presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities based around Free and Open Source Software.

FOSS4G includes one annual global event which rotates around the world, as well as a number of regional events which follow similar principles.

Use of the name

The use of the name "FOSS4G" is managed by the OSGeo Conference Committee. As a courtesy, events which wish to make use of the "FOSS4G" name should request permission to do so from the conference committee. Permission will be granted if the event being described is predominantly about Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial.

Conference place rotation

"Global FOSS4G event": The FOSS4G conference (sometimes referred as "Global FOSS4G") rotates around the world every year. The selection process has been set and described for future years, as well as the rotation scheme. The selection process is maintained by OSGeo Conference Committee.

"Regional FOSS4G events": On regional level, several other events are taking place, which are referring to the name "FOSS4G" as well. This happens at the national, language-oriented or regional level. Each regional event is organized on it's own way by the local conference committees.

You can find more detailed information about the conference and its organization in the FOSS4G Handbook.

FOSS4G Europe Manifesto

FOSS4G Europe (started as FOSS4G Central and Eastern Europe) is the regional event. Its scope is to bring the spirit and information flow of the global FOSS4G conference closer to the people living in various edges of Europe. FOSS4G Europe is

  • rather small than big,
  • rather simple than opulent,
  • rather affordable than spendy,
  • rather educative than academic,
  • rather fun & social than boring.

We are especially welcoming developers of open source software for geoinformatics as well as students. FOSS4G Europe is intended to address also (but not exclusively) Europe specific topics, like INSPIRE, European Union and other topics.

Location and date selection of FOSS4G regional and local events should be coordinated with other FOSS4G events.

See also: FOSS4G Handbook

FOSS4G North America Manifesto