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Welcome to the Second Irish OSGeo Symposium 2018



Our Symposium

The Irish Local Chapter of OSGeo are delighted to announce the hosting of the Second National Symposium in Portlaoise, Ireland on Friday, 25th May 2018. We, the organisers, welcome all delegates to our second meeting as an OSGeo community in Ireland. Portlaoise is very centrally located in the midlands of Ireland. It is very well served by frequent public transportation. This symposium follows on from our very successful inaugural symposium last year in Limerick. The Midlands Park Hotel is very centrally located within Portlaoise town. It is less than 400m walking distance from the railway station and just less than 500m walking distance from the main bus station/stop in the town. The hotel and adjacent car-park is less than 2 miles in driving distance from the M7 motorway exit at the Midway Hotel.

The event is open to anyone. However it will be particular interest to individuals or groups such as: those with an interest in FOSS4G, users of open source software and FOSS4G, geographers and geoscientists, computer scientists, software developers and programmers, software companies, open data users, data scientists, researchers, government agencies, SMEs, NGOs, students, citizens, etc.

The symposium will provide a relaxed and stimulating environment to learn about OSGeo, meet people with similar interest in OSGeo and FOSS4G, and learn new skills in the workshops. There are lots of people using OSGeo software and tools in Ireland and this symposium will allow them to meet and re-connect as a community.

The Symposium will feature a Keynote speech by Dr. Marco Minghini (Twitter). Marco is a Researcher at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, an OSGeo Charter Member, a voting member of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team amongst many other activities related to OSGeo, FOSS4G and Open Data. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journal papers, organised mapathons, datathons and mapping parties and delivered presentations at conferences all over the world. We are delighted to welcome Marco to Portlaoise and Ireland for what will be a excellent keynote speech. Marco will spend the day at the symposium after his speech.

The afternoon of the symposium will feature a number of hands-on workshops in the afternoon.

Follow OSGeo IE on Twitter - we'll be using Twitter for the 2018 event.


In February 2018 we announced the official call for participation in this event.To accommodate as many presentations as possible whilst showcasing a wide and varied selection of FOSS4G and OSGeo usage and applications in Ireland the presentation format is structured as lightning talks. Lightning talks will be structured as follows. They are strictly limited to 7 minutes. Each speaker in the session delivers their presentation and the next speaker then takes over. Questions from the floor are taken at the end of the session. This format was very popular in our first event. We responded to delegate feedback from our 2017 event and expanded the number of lightning talk slots available.

The presentations, as outlined below, focus on the use of FOSS4G and OSGeo applications and software by large companies, SMEs, individuals, national and local government, academia (students, researchers, academics), volunteer communities, citizen scientists, etc who are based in Ireland.


Registration IS NOW OPEN. Registration (ticket purchase) is available on EventBrite on Twitter, on the OSGeo Ireland mailing list and on the OSGeo Events page. The standard registration price of €60.00 will apply up to the day of the event. Workshop attendance is included in the registration fee. Indeed we believe that our registration fees provide you with excellent value for money. All of the following are included in your registration fee:

  • attendance at the whole day of the symposium,
  • attendance at any of the three workshops,
  • delegate registration pack which includes an OSGeo Live USB Key,
  • three tea/coffee breaks,
  • buffet lunch,
  • free use of the hotel WiFi,
  • and if you are driving car parking fees to cover a 10 hour stay on Friday 25th May 2018 in the adjacent multi-storey carpark.

In the lead up to the event you will receive a small number of emails giving you the latest news and information about the event. You will also be given the opportunity to outline your choice/preference of workshop attendance.


This is the current version of the programme timetable. While some of the timings might change very slightly during the day the symposium will start at 09:00 and conclude at 16:45. This will allow all delegates to plan their travel to and from the event. All of the symposium sessions and workshops will be held within the conference facilities of the Midlands Park Hotel. The details of the specific rooms will be outlined before the event. All rooms are close to each other within the building to allow easy movement and interaction between the workshops and the main symposium track.

Time Slot Programme Item/Event
08:00 - 09:00 Registration in Hotel (Tea/Coffee served to arriving delegates) [Venue: Conference Lobby Area]
09:00 - 09:10 Official Opening and Welcome to the 2nd Irish OSGeo Symposium [Venue: O'Moore Suite]

Opening Address and Welcome PDF

OSGeo President María Arias de Reyna Welcome Address: View MP4 Video Message (16Mb)

09:10 - 09:45 Keynote Speech Dr. Marco Minghini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. [Venue: O'Moore Suite] "Me and FOSS4G" Download PDF Version of Slides
09:45 - 10:00 Questions and Answers session for Keynote. This will also include a presentation to the Keynote Speaker. [Venue: O'Moore Suite]
10:00 - 11:10 Lightning Talks Session 1. Each lightning talk is given a maximum of 7 minutes speaking time. [Venue: O'Moore Suite]

SESSION 1: Session Theme - Learning from practical use of OSGeo/FOSS4G tools and technologies

  • Alan Meehan - ADAPT Centre, Trinity College Dublin - The pros and cons of using Linked Data as a means to support open geospatial data. Download PDF Version of Slides
11:10 - 11:40 Tea/Coffee Break [Venue: Conference Lobby Area]
11:40 - 12:50 Lightning Talks Session 2 . Each lightning talk is given a maximum of 7 minutes speaking time. [Venue: O'Moore Suite]

SESSION 2: Session Theme - Application/domain specific usage of OSGeo/FOSS4G tools and technologies

  • Seth Girvin - Compass Informatics Ltd - Using OSGeo's MapServer to provide the symbology used in the MapGenie Premium basemaps Download PDF Version of Slides
12:50 Close of the morning session. [Venue: O'Moore Suite]
12:50 - 14:00 Lunch for Delegates in the Hotel + Networking [Venue: The Triog Restaurant]
14:00 - 15:15 Workshops (part 1) - all workshop descriptions are provided below.

Workshop 1 will take place in the O'Moore Suite, Workshop 2 and Workshop 3 will be held in the Dunamaise 3 and 4 rooms, respectively. These two rooms are adjacent to each other and are connected to the O'Moore Suite and the Conference Lobby Area.

Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3
Heikki Vesanto (LexisNexis) Daniel McInerney (Coillte Teoranta) Seth Girvin (Compass Informatics)
Data driven cartography in QGIS Processing Satellite Imagery using OSGeo Software An Introduction to Open Source Geospatial Python

15:15 - 16:30 Workshops (part 2)

Tea and Coffee will be served in the Conference Lobby Area during this time. Delegates can leave the workshop momentarily and bring their tea/coffee back to the workshop.

Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3
Heikki Vesanto (LexisNexis) Daniel McInerney (Coillte Teoranta) Seth Girvin (Compass Informatics)
Data driven cartography in QGIS Processing Satellite Imagery using OSGeo Software An Introduction to Open Source Geospatial Python

16:30 - 16:45 Wrap up and Official Closing. There will be a few minutes to take some general comments from the floor, ideas for collaborations, etc. [Venue: O'Moore Suite]

Closing Address PDF


All delegates will be provided with an OSGeo Live Bootable USB Key containing a fully operational OSGeo Live distribution. Delegates are required to bring their own laptops. The descriptions of the workshops are provided below. Delegates should check before the Symposium if their laptops can be booted up from a USB key. In some cases work laptops from organisations and companies have this feature disabled for security reasons. Delegates should check with their IT support teams if their laptops can allow booting from a USB key. There will be no laptops available at the workshop(s)

WORKSHOP #1 TITLE Data driven cartography in QGIS
Proposed software QGIS 2.x
Workshop objectives

Learn to use your data to drive symbology in QGIS

Learn to work with the atlas generator

Learn how to create animated time series outputs

Proposed dataset(s) to be used (if applicable) Open data, provided at the workshop
Level (Newbie/Intermediate/Advanced) No previous QGIS experience required
Pre-requisites (if applicable) None.

WORKSHOP #2 TITLE Processing Satellite Imagery using OSGeo Software
Proposed software GDAL/OGR, Orfeo Toolbox, pktools
Workshop objectives

Introduction to the CLI for processing satellite data

Learn to pre-process data using GDAL

Brief Introduction to Shell scripting.

Proposed dataset(s) to be used (if applicable) Sentinel-2/Landsat-8
Level (Newbie/Intermediate/Advanced) No previous experience required
Pre-requisites (if applicable) None.

WORKSHOP #3 TITLE An Introduction to Open Source Geospatial Python
Proposed software Shapely, Fiona, Rasterio, OWSLib, pyproj, Jupyter
Workshop objectives

Provide an overview of popular open source geospatial Python libraries Learn how to install and run these libraries

Proposed dataset(s) to be used (if applicable) OSGeo Live data / freely available Irish geospatial data
Level (Newbie/Intermediate/Advanced) Newbie / Intermediate – some scripting or programming experience (in any language) is useful
Pre-requisites (if applicable) None - the OSGeo Live USB key will be used as the Python environment

Our Sponsors
Thank you very much to our sponsors. The contributions of these sponsors help us to organise the event and main ticket prices for delegates at the lowest rate possible in order to give the highest value for money.

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Symposium Sponsorship
The Irish OSGeo Symposium operates on a cost-recovery model. All sponsorship we receive goes directly into the hosting of the symposium event. Sponsors are always welcome. We can offer the sponsors the following:

  • Visual presence on any programme materials produced for the symposium
  • Links and organisational logo(s) from the symposium webpage
  • Opportunity to provide promotional material for distribution to delegates in their registration pack
  • Clear acknowledgement of support during the opening and closing sessions of the symposium

If you, or your organisation, is interested in providing some sponsorship to this event please contact Daniel McInerney (daniel DOT o DOT mcinerney AT gmail DOT com) or Peter Mooney (peter DOT mooney AT nuim DOT ie) and we would be happy to discuss this in more detail with you. We do not stipulate a minimum or maximum amount of sponsorship. All support is very much appreciated and helps us deliver the best event possible.

Organising Committee

We are, at the moment, a small committee. The people who have contributed most to the organisation of the symposium are as follows. All of us will be in Portlaoise on May 25th!

  • Peter Mooney (Maynooth University)
  • Daniel McInerney (Coillte Teoranta - Irish State Forestry Board)
  • Ozan Emem (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Seth Girvin (Compass Informatics)
  • Richard McDonnell (The Office of Public Works)
  • Padraig Fitzmaurice (Compass Informatics)
  • Hrishikesh Ballal (Geodesign Hub)