FOSS4G 2011 Call for Presentations

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The FOSS4G 2011 Organizing Committee would like to welcome all interested participants to submit abstracts for presentations for the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial conference (FOSS4G), being held in Denver, Colorado September 12-16. FOSS4G offers participants an opportunity to learn from and share your knowledge, experience and ideas with a group of like minded individuals representing a wide array of industries, governments, technologies and nationalities.

Presentations are open to all those interested and will comprise a 30 minute slot which includes hand-over, introductions and 5 minutes for questions. Presentations will be selected which have a strong "Open Geospatial" theme to them. The committee is looking for a mixture of technical and non-technical presentation.


FOSS4G presentations are either 25 minute talks, with a 5 minute question and answer session at the end or 5 minute lightning talks. See the program overview for more information on scheduling.

Presenters are expected to upload a digital copy of their presentation materials (slide shows, papers, etc) to the conference web site prior to the conference.


The conference will run presentations in up to seven concurrent tracks, and has room in the schedule for a maximum of 135 presentations and 30 tutorials.


Presentations should cover aspects of the use or development of open source geospatial software. Some topics of interest for this year are:

  • Case Studies

Relate the experiences of you and your organization using open source geospatial. Where do things work well? Poorly? What problems did you solve, and at what cost? What do you recommend for others? Why?

  • Benchmarks

Comparisons between pieces of geospatial software. How do features compare? Speed? Ease of use? What do you recommend for others?

  • Visualization

Tell about your tips and tricks for effective visualization. How do you present information in a compelling way? 3D? Cartographic tricks? Labelling and naming ideas? Graphs and hybrid map/data combinations?

  • Development

What are the new developments in your open source geospatial software product? How does it work, how do people use it, what are the technical issues you are running into?

  • Hacks and Mashing

Have you put together something novel or cool this year? What did you stick together, how did it work, show us your gizmo!

  • Open Data and Collaboration

What techniques are you using to improve collaboration between organizations and between individuals. Public geodata, collaborative data collection, data sharing, open standards, de facto standards, and more!