Osaka 2007

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Page for collecting thoughts for Japanese event schedule for Nov 9-10th, 2007 in Osaka.

  • Theme: Open Source Geospatial - Creative Tools for Creative Cities
  • Organized by: OSGeo.JP(OSGeo-Japan Chapter)
  • Sponsors:
    • Graduate School for Creative Cities, Osaka City University (OCU)
    • Applied Tecnology Co., Ltd
    • Orkney Inc.
    • Autodesk Japan

Tentative Schedule

  • Date: Nov. 9 2007 (Friday)
    • Session Chair: Venkatesh Raghavan, Osaka City University
    • 13:00-13:45 Lecture 1: What is OSGeo?
      • Tyler Mitchell, Executive Director, OSGeo
    • 13:45-14:30 Lecture 2: Greetings from OSGeo.JP (OSGeo日本支部挨拶)
      • Mori Toru Orkney Inc.
  • 14:30-15:00 Break
    • 15:00-15:45 Lecture 3: Recent Developments in FOSS Web Mapping Applications
      • Lorenzo Becchi, Omniverdi,Spain, Charter Member OSGeo
    • 15:45-16:30 Lecture 4: Predictive modeling of spatio-temporal patterns: GRASS GIS and OSGeo
      • Markus Neteler, FBK-irst, Italy, Board Member OSGeo
  • 16:30-17:00 Break
    • 17:00-17:45 Lecture 5: Web 2.0 and Open Source Geospatial in the Real World
      • Geoff Zeiss, Autodesk Inc.
  • 18:30-21:30 Ice-breaker
  • Date Nov. 10 2007 (Saturday)
    • Session Chair: Kazunori Noda, OSGeo.JP Board Member
    • 13:00-13:30 Lecture 1: Neogeograhy, OSGeo and the Democratization of Cartography etc.
      • Schuyler Erle, Independent Developer,
    • 13:30-14:00 Lecture 2: How to Enjoy MGOS/MGAid - Application Examples (「ハウツーエンジョイ MGOS・MGAid+事例紹介」~編集系コマンドライブラリの実装事例~)
      • Hirofumi Hayashi and Seiji Kimura, Applied Tecnology Co., Ltd.
    • 14:00-14:30 Lecture 3: Open Source Participatory GIS Framework Using Man-Machine Interactions(マン-マシン・インタラクションによる参加型オープンソースGISフレームワーク)
      • Sarawut Ninsawat, Graduate School for Creative Cities, OCU
  • 14:30-14:40 Break
    • 14:40-15:10 Lecture 4: GEO GRID - An IT Infrastructure for Earth Science Research (GEO Grid: 地球科学研究のためのITインフラストラクチャーの開発)
      • Koki Iwao, Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    • 15:40-16:10 Lecture 5: It's Simple!! Setting Up Open Source GIS in 30 Minutes!! (こんなに簡単!オープンソースWebGISを30分で立ち上げよう!)
      • Osamu Inoue, Autodesk Japan
    • 15:10-15:40 Lecture 6: Latest on PostLBS! - The Open Source Routing Engine (PostLBS最新情報-オープンソースで作る経路探索サイト)
      • Daniel Kastl, Orkney Inc.
    • 16:10-16:20 Break
    • 16:20-16:40 OSGeo.JP – Activity Report
      • Kazunori Noda, OSGeo.JP Board Member
      • Mori Toru, Orkney Inc.

Stage Event (Morning of 10th Nov. 2007) outline

10 Nov 2007 (Sat.) 11:35-11-50 The following members are requested to be on stage. We have 15 minutes to talk about OSGeo to the general conference audience. 3 minutes for each would be too short. I think it maybe better one are two do most of the talking and also introduce others who will be on the stage. Any ideas?

  1. Tyler Mitchell
  2. Toru Mori
  3. Geoff Zeiss
  4. Lorenzo Becchi
  5. Markus Neteler

40 min Presentation outline

Tyler Mitchell

    1. Introduce OSGeo in general
    2. Present general structure and history
    3. Discuss ideas and sponsorship for local chapters
    4. Present mentorship as a means of professional development

Toru Mori

Geoff Zeiss

Web 2.0 and Open Source Geospatial in the Real World

Tim O’Reilly in his seminal paper What is Web 2.0 ? attempted to identify the characteristics that distinguish Web 2.0. One of the key aspects of Web 2.0 that Tim O’reilly identified is participation. Perhaps the best known example of this is Wikipedia, which is distinguished from other on-line encyclopedias by the fact that its content is provided by users. Another example is open source itself. Prior to the advent of Web 2.0, the web was primarily a publishing platform. In Tim O’Reilly’s words Web 2.0 provides a platform for harnessing the collective intelligence.

Open source web mapping and Web 2.0 have important implications for infrastructure management at utilities, telecommunications firms and municipal government.

One of the most serious challenges facing organizations responsible for managing network infrastructure, including water, waste water, power, gas, telecommunications, roads, and highways, is maintaining the productivity of the field force. In the US a Conference Board study Managing the Mature Workforce predicts that by 2010, the number of workers aged 35 to 44 will decline by 19%; the number of workers aged 45 to 54 will increase 21%; and the number of workers aged 55 to 64 will increase 52%. This is a world-wide phenomenon. The number of workers aged 35 to 44 is expected to decline by 27% in Germany, 19% in the U.K., 9% in Italy, 10% in Japan, and by 8% in China. A recent study from the American Public Power Association (APPA) Work Force Planning for the Public Power Utilities: Ensuring Resources to Meet Projected Needs reports that the loss of critical knowledge and the inability to find replacements with utility-specific skills are the two biggest challenges facing the industry. In the utility industry the average age of utility workers is close to 50 and by 2010, as many as 60 percent of today’s experienced utility workers will retire. A survey conducted in 2005 by the Carnegie Mellon University Electricity Industry Center found that human resources executives in the utility sector overwhelmingly listed the aging work force as their number one concern.

The challenge for organizations responsible for network infrastructure over the next few years is to transfer the knowledge about the network infrastructure currently resident in the heads of experienced (and soon to retire) field workers into the organization’s collective knowledge base, so that the collective intelligence can be harnessed by all workers, but most critically, younger workers, to improve productivity in the future. Open source web mapping using Web 2.0 technologies will be a key technology to make this happen.

Markus Neteler

definitive program


  1. GRASS Introduction and new features
  2. Applications
    1. Distance calculations: animal tracking, hiking, ...
    2. GRASS in epidemiology: tick-borne diseases
    3. UXB unexploded bombs from second world war risk maps (GRASS and machine learning)
    4. Accidents project (GRASS, WebGIS, DB stuff)

Lorenzo Becchi

definitive program

  1. Brief history of web mapping apps in last two year, in the "Google Map Era"
  2. Focus on:
    1. ka-Map
    2. OpenLayers
    3. WPS Web Interfaces

Schuyler Erle


To-Do (Venka)

    1. Make copies of the FOSS4G2008 Poster for distribution (60 copies distributed)

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