FOSS4G 2010 Breakout Sessions

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During the FOSS4G2010 conference in Barcelona, Spain, there will be conference rooms available for people to hold Breakout Sessions (aka Birds-of-a-Feather).

Breakout Sessions sessions are unstructured timeslots where people can self-organise themselves to discuss topics of interest.

This year, Breakout Sessions sessions will be held on Wednesday 8th September (and possibly at other times as well - depending on interest). A number of rooms will be available. Most popular sessions will get bigger rooms.

Room allocation to be determined

Organising Contact

Timeslots Available

At this stage, each room is scheduled for one hour between 18:00 to 19:00.

Remember the Gala Dinner is scheduled at 20:00.

Room Assignments

Rooms Available

We will need to share the biggest rooms because we have more sessions than rooms.

Add your name to the "Moderator" column if you feel as a session's leader.

Please, contact us to ask for changes.

Room Tuesday 07 Wednesday 08 Moderator
Room 3
  • Flex Mapping (Alternatives to HTML)

Sébastien Deleuze

Room 4 (75 pax)
  • QGIS user & developer meeting
  • Tiling meeting
Room 5 (250 pax)
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • Virtualization and Cloud Computing BoF
  • Java GeoSpatial
Room 6 (320 pax)
  • Sensor Web BoF
  • Biodiversity/conservation projects and FOSS4G tools
  • Spatial OLAP
  • Simon Jirka
  • Javier de la Torre 
  • -
Room 8 (100 pax)
  • Web Client (OpenLayers/GeoExt)
Room 11 (78 pax)
  • WPS BoF
  • Bastian Schäffer
Room 12 (90 pax)
  • Spatial Databases BoF

Proposed Topics

  • Add yours below...

Web Client (OpenLayers/GeoExt)

The first half of this session will be focused on OpenLayers, and the second half will focus on GeoExt. We can decide on topics at the start of each session, but we'll likely cover ideas for OpenLayers 3.0/GeoExt 1.0, getting more developers involved, and just some general Q/A time.


  • Tim Schaub
  • Eric Lemoine
  • Frédéric Junod
  • David Jonglez - for the first half, at least
  • Florin Iosub
  • Xurxo Méndez
  • Ricardo Pinho (depending on the schedule)
  • Nuno Guerreiro
  • Hugo Pereira
  • Just van den Broecke
  • Simon Lopez
  • Richard Greenwood
  • Andreas Hocevar
  • Volker Grabsch
  • Matthias Pohl
  • Kris Geusebroek - for the first (OpenLayers) half at least
  • Jeroen van Wilgenburg
  • Edwin Commandeur
  • Cédric Moullet
  • Julien-Samuel Lacroix
  • Pierre Giraud
  • Sébastien Deleuze
  • Add your name here

(promised link should go here - but all changes are gone due to session timeout)

Spatial Databases BoF

Relational and non-relational persistence layers, let's get together and talk about interoperability, appropriate use cases, architecture and where we should be moving the spatial persistence state-of-the-art!


  • Paul Ramsey (PostGIS)
  • Nicklas Avén (PostGIS)
  • Brent Wood (NIWA)
  • Peter Baumann (Jacobs University / rasdaman)
  • Vincent Picavet (Oslandia/PostGIS)
  • Nuno Guerreiro
  • Olivier Courtin (PostGIS)
  • Hugo Pereira
  • Volker Mische (CouchDB/GeoCouch)
  • Sebastián Ovide
  • Haruyuki Seki
  • Andrew Ross (Ingres)
  • Alex Trofast (Ingres)
  • Paolo Corti
  • Add your name here


Several presentation on Web Processing selected for presentation at FOSS4G2010 indicates a growing interest amongst the communities.

If you are interested please add your names below...

Who's coming:

Sensor Web BoF

The use of Sensor Web implementations has constantly increased during the last years.

If you are interested please add your names below...

Who's coming:

  • Simon Jirka
  • Marjorie Robert
  • Massimiliano cannata
  • Graeme Mcferren
  • Sarawut Ninsawat
  • Brent Wood (NIWA)
  • Jorge Piera
  • Alain Tamayo
  • Maria Brovelli
  • Add your name here

Biodiversity/conservation projects and FOSS4G tools

More and more Open Source is catching on Biodiversity and conservation projects. Most of them are publicly funded so most of the time all the source they develop is Open Source. Aditionally Biodiversity and conservation heavily rely on GIS and they have specific needs. From geospatial niche modeling to species distributions, occurrence catalog, etc, there is a lot to talk about!

If you are interested please add your names below...


We have created a specific page for this topic after the event: BiodiversityConservation

Spatial Data Infrastructure

A birds of a feather session about using open source for spatial data infrastructure. Come discuss implementation strategies, best practices, INSPIRE.

Who's coming:

Virtualization and Cloud Computing BoF

Virtualization and Cloud Computing is growing fast on the GIS world, let's get together and talk about the use cases and share opinions and suggestions about how can we take the most out of this new technology!

If you are interested please add your name below...


Spatial OLAP

Spatial OLAP can be defined as a visual platform built especially to support rapid and easy spatiotemporal analysis and exploration of data following a multidimensional approach comprised of aggregation levels available in cartographic displays as well as in tabular and diagram displays. Let's talk about new improvements combining GIS and BI technologies.

If you are interested please add your name below...


Flex Mapping (Alternatives to HTML)

Flex is a highly productive, free, open source framework for building expressive web applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops, and operating systems. OpenScales is an open source (LGPL) mapping framework written in ActionScript 3 and Flex that allows developers to building Rich Internet Mapping Applications. There are alternatives to HTML mapping, let's discuss about them...


Attendees :

  • Sébastien Deleuze (Atos Worldline) - OpenScales lead developer
  • Simon Lopez (Atos Worldline) - OpenScales core developer
  • Claude Philipona (Camptocamp)
  • Eric Lemoine (Camptocamp) - OL core developer
  • David Jonglez (Capgemini)
  • Vincent Heurteau (Geomatys) - GeoAPI core developer
  • Sebastián Cruz (Xoomcode)
  • Mauricio Miranda (Xoomcode)
  • Fabio Panettieri (Xoomcode)
  • Javier de la Torre (Vizzuality)

Discussions :

  • Sébastien presented us the 1.2 and 2.0 OpenScales RoadMaps. Lots of interesting stuff : 3D, Mobile, ...
  • David presented a prototype of Flash/Flex Mapping API build on the basis of asGeoAPI (Didier Richard work), OpenScales and Openzoom.
  • David and Mauricio exposed their wish to put the project under incubation within OSGeo process.
  • Sébastien agreed with the idea to open the gouvernance (on a meritocracy basis) but he should check this other people implied in such decision
  • David asked if OpenLayers community could coach OpenScales community in this incubation process in order to manage the interest of the different competitors around the table.
  • David propose to share Capgemini prototype as soon as Atos Worldline confirms its wish to initiate the OSGeo incubation process and to open the governance of the project.

Decisions : I notice 2 decisions :

  • First, Sebastien have to come back with the decision of his hierarchy to inform the community of t
  • Second, asking OpenLayers community to coach OpenScales in the OSGeo incubation

You can check Sébastien answer here :

QGIS user & developer meeting


  • What's new in QGIS 1.5
  • Interesting plugins
  • What's coming in the next QGIS release
  • Discussion

If you are interested please add your name below...


Java GeoSpatial (GeoTools, GeoServer, uDig, etc...)


If you are a user or developer in the "Java Tribe" come check out this BOF. You can let the developers know what you like, what you don't like, and what sorts of features and developments you would like to see in the future.


Tiling meeting

At the moment we're next to room 5 in the working area. Just follow Chris Schmidt.


  • current state of tiling implementations
  • future of our implementations