Foss4g2006 wks

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Thanks to a great program, workshop sessions will be an important part of FOSS4G2006. Up to 350 participants are already registered and will attend to at least two workshops.

In order to properly organize the session, the committee has created a wiki for presenters. The main purpose is to synchronize with presenters to reduce last minute problems.

Duration and scheduling

Most probably 1.5 hrs + 30min break + 1.5 hrs

  • Tuesday morning - 9:00 to 12:30
  • Tuesday afternoon - 14:00 to 17:30
  • Wednesday afternoon - 13:30 to 17:00

See the below pdf file for the actual program schedule.

Click [1] to find out the number of attendees registered for each workshop.

Room Equipment

  • There are 8 desktop PC rooms. So there is one computer available for one/two participant(s).
  • Projector and desktop PC for one presenter
  • Network available : LAN or WLAN
  • 1 printer (Amphipôle)
  • 1 file server (Linux/Samba)

See also the below pdf document (PC specs, number of computers...)

Desktop PCs pre-installation

  • Committee will provide a basic installation of each PC
  • Committee will also make sure each room will be ready for workshops to run immediately. Therefore we need to know exactly what must be installed.
  • If installing your software is part of your workshop, ask committee to not pre-install the software.
  • All attendees and presenters will have Administrative rights on machines - you're free to install during your workshop.
  • We will schedule two time slots on Monday and Tuesday to access rooms and check that all is ok (Tuesday workshop presenters should use the Monday time slot to check room).

Basic Installation

  • WinXP with SP2
  • Win Media Player 10
  • Internet Explorer 6
  • Firefox
  • Filezilla 2.2.27
  • Adobe Reader 7.0.8
  • Macromedia Flash Plugin
  • Adobe SVG 3.03
  • TextPad 4.7.3
  • Crimson Editor 3.70
  • Java Runtime Environment Version 5.0 Update 8 [2]
  • dotNet Framework 2.0 [3]
  • 7-Zip 4.42
  • Open Office
  • PuTTY (ssh client)

(all in english version)

  • set two input languages : EN Keyboard US and FR keyboard Swiss French
  • homepage of browsers is
  • create a local c:\foss4g directory where each workshop can store files (i.e c:\foss4g\workshop_name)

Specific Installation in rooms

Amphipôle (Pol 342/geolab)(40) : GRASS LiveCD

  • nothing more then basic installation

Amphipôle (Pol 189.1)(40)

Image : 2 different images (35 laptops = x Dell Latitude + y Dell D610)

  • PostGIS workshop
    • follow instructions in postgis_ms4w.txt on FTP site
      • for ms4w, use the foss4g-ms4w-1.5.5-setup.exe file in that same FTP folder (it already contains the postgis workshop files)
    • postgis/postgres installers are on FTP site in /WKS47/software
    • documents for print are in (on FTP UNIL site in /WKS47)
  • Common for next two workshops :
    • J2SE(JDK) 5.0 update 8
  • deegree iGeoPortal workshop
    • Jakarta Tomcat 5.5 with admin app (service starts manually)
    • iGeoPortal : same as the one used for OpenJUMP workshop (see forwarded mail from Ugo to Jens)
  • Rolling your own Google Maps
    • PostGIS : use the one from PostGIS workshop (user/password ?)
    • GeoServer 1.3 (same as for GeoServer workshop)

Amphipôle (Pol 204.2)(30)

Image : same as Bio1928

  • CartoWeb workshop :
    • C2C team is in charge of installation (Thursday PM or Friday)
    • use of WAMP => apache2/php5
    • need a PostGIS server debian-based for pgDijkstra/routing
  • MapWindow workshop :
    • doesn't need more then basic installation (confirmed)

Amphipôle (Pol 189)(28) : Mapguide (DONE)

  • Follow instructions in mapguide-foss4g-install.txt (on FTP UNIL site in /WKS33)
  • all installers are on FTP UNIL site

Biophore (Bio 1928)(30)

Image : same as Pol 204.2

  • ka-Map
    • will bring LiveCD

EPFL (GC D0 383)(18) : LiveCD, Tomcat/OJ

  • Postgresql 8.1.4 installed locally
  • Inkscape 0.44
  • Apache Tomcat/5.5.17 installed locally on 8080 with module admin
  • OpenJump from ftp
  • Data from wiki [4]

EPFL (GR C0 02)(22) : the "Geo" room

  • Room :
    • Basic installation
    • J2SE(JDK) 5.0 update 8
  • GeoNetwork workshop (DONE)
    • nothing uploaded, received more or less instructions by mail.
    • installation of GeoNetwork-Desktop [5]
    • Username = administrator ; Passwd = foss4g ; Email = workshop@
  • GeOxygene workshop (DONE)
    • files on FTP HEIG
    • install VMWare Player
    • extract zipped VM on disk (size = 4GB !!!)
    • play VM in the player
    • login : geoxygene/foss4g
  • GeoServer workshop
    • Files on GeoServer wiki space, and through FTP.
    • installation of GeoServer (1.3.3a or 1.4M1, they must confirm and/or upload the software)
    • GeoServer embeds a Jetty (no need of Tomcat)

EPFL (GR BO 01)(40) MapServer Room

  • installer is on FTP site in /WKS20
    • instructions are in ms4w-install-notes.txt in /WKS20

Software requirements

Thanks to previous emails concerning software requirements, we compiled a sofware requirements document that the committee will use :

Note that the committee needs to know the exact software versions required for your workshop (MapServer version, GeoServer version, PHP version, etc.). Please email those to [6], or use the FTP site below to copy your instructions, installers, and workshop documents/data.

Upload your workshop files by September 1st

  • What ? :
    • specific software/data to pre-install/copy on each PC desktop.
    • specific instructions for installation if required
  • How ? :
    • FTP access : (
      • Login/passwd : sent by email
  • When ? :
    • Until Sept 1st

Upload your workshop documents

For uploading workshop documents (text/pdf documents and presentation slides), obviously you can upload them on the ftp. However, there is an advantage to submit them through the website, because these documents will also be automaticaly published so everyone can access them.

To submit workshop documents through the website :

login -> My Contributions -> Choose a contribution -> Submit material

Please tell us if the committee should print these documents for you and your attendees

Stay tuned !

Please don't hesitate to send your feedback and requests to [7].