GITA 2011

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April 10-14, Grapevine, Texas

OSGeo will have a booth and its own Open Source track throughout this GITA event, mainly on April 11-13th.


GITA is hired as the conference managers for FOSS4G 2011 and working with this GITA event gives OSGeo a chance to promote FOSS4G several months in advanced to a community that may be somewhat under-represented in OSGeo that is, the infrastructure/utility organisations.

Event Summary

It is estimated that 25-40 attendees per room, with space for up to 60.

Copy from the 2010 website:

  1. See the most diverse program on the latest geospatial solutions being applied at the most cutting edge infrastructure organizations
  2. Walk an exhibit floor that goes beyond technology to show true solutions and ways you can make the most of your existing systems
  3. Meet some of the fathers of the geospatial industry who are now putting their pioneering spirit to work with a new generation of geospatial leaders


Exhibitor Move In
April 10, 2011 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Sun.)
April 11, 2011 8:00 am - 10:00 am (Mon.)
Show Hours 	April 11, 2011 11:30 am - 6:00 pm (Mon.)
April 12, 2011 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Tues.)
April 13, 2011 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (Wed.)
Exhibitor Move Out 	April 13, 2011 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Wed.)


  • Tyler ordered project overview business cards (1000), sponsor postcard (500), brochures (500) and is having them shipped to Robert H.


Presentations coordinated by Tyler at OSGeo.

There will be presentations through the event in our own OSGeo track. Details of times are coming but are spread across the event timeline (April 11-13th).

Monday, April 11

Applicable notes below, items marked "Session #" are for our track only.

Plenary Panel
8:00 - 10:00am Geoff and Peter on plenary panel
Session 1
10:30 - 11:00am
Lightning Round: OGC, OSM, OSGeo and App Examples. Tyler, Carl, Hurricane, Robert, Geoff, Peter
Session 2
11:10 - 11:40am
Power of Open Standards: Open Geospatial Consortium. Carl Reed, OGC
Exhibit hall & lunch
11:30 - 1:30

Session 3
1:30 - 2:00pm
Accessibility of Open Data: OpenStreetMap and More. Hurricane Coast, OpenStreetMap & MapQuest Open
Session 4
2:10 - 2:40pm
Focusing with Open Source Geospatial Software. Tyler Mitchell, OSGeo
2:40 - 3:15pm

Session 5
3:15 - 3:45pm
You're the Author of the Next Open Source product. Robert Hollingsworth, Kartanica GeoSystems
Session 6
3:55 - 4:25pm
Discussion/Q&A Panel: Merging the “Open” Perspectives. Carl Reed, Hurricane Coast, Robert Hollingsworth, Geoff Zeiss, Peter Batty
Exhibit floor social
4:30 - 6:00pm

Tuesday, April 12

Plenary "ITAG" meeting - no tracks
8:00 - Noon

Exhibit hall open
Noon - 6:00pm

Session 7
2:00 - 2:30pm
Developing utility web and mobile applications using Google Maps and Open Source software. Peter Batty & Jason Sanford, Ubisense
Session 8
2:40 - 3:15pm
Open Source Geospatial Web Applications for Utilities. Geoff Zeiss, Autodesk
3:15 - 3:45pm

Session 9
3:45 - 4:15pm
Migration to Open Source – MapServer and OGC Web Standards. Daniel Morissette, MapGears
Session 10
4:25 - 4:55pm
Data Management: Just One Query Away – PostgreSQL & PostGIS. Robert Hollingsworth, Kartanica GeoSystems
Exhibit floor social
5:00 - 6:00pm

Wednesday, April 13

Event Time Speaker/Topic
Plenaries 8:00 - 10:30am
Session 11 10:45 - 11:15am Discussion/Q&A Panel: What Solutions Are You Aiming For? Bring your questions! Robert Hollingsworth, Daniel Morissette, Geoff Zeiss, Peter Batty
Exhibit hall open 11:00 - 2:00pm
Session 12 12:30 - 1:00pm TBD
Closing plenary 1:30 - 2:45pm
Closing social 2:45 - 3:45pm

OSGeo Attendees

If you are planning to be at this event and are able to lend a hand with the booth or interested in presenting in our track, please put your name and interest/availability here:

  • Tyler Mitchell: Coordinating the event from OSGeo's side
  • Peter Batty: already planning to be at show. Available for presentation if needed. My company will have a booth so limited ability to spend time on OSGeo booth, but maybe a little. Definitely up for spreading the word about FOSS4G!
  • Robert Hollingsworth: definitely will be there. Been there a number of times before. 4-hr drive from here. Interested in being Booth Presence. Will consider presentation possibilities. Would love to see FOSS4g crack the utilities/telecom market.
  • Geoff Zeiss: Add to our track: Open Source Geospatial Web Applications for Utilities
  • Karsten Vennemann: will be there in spirit, helping with demos but can't attend
  • Daniel Morissette: Add to our track: TBD: MapServer as an example of power of Open Standards. planning on going. Available to help with the booth (part time), and could be interested in presenting something, just need to find a topic of interest for this crowd.
  • Hurricane Coast: Add to our track: OSM, OpenData topic TBD
  • Carl Reed: Add to our track: OGC, Open Standards topic TBD

Others to Contact

Hit these guys up to speak in our stream? What project, community, consultants might do a good job addressing this utility style audience.

  • Past agenda here
  • OpenGeo - showing a stack is important
  • Gerrry at Texas A&M geo side
  • Check past exhibitor list
  • Email to service providers directory
  • geosparc, the overlords of Geomajas, have been contacted about possibility of somehow showing off existing Geomajas projects in the utilities space.