Geospatial World Forum 2012

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Geospatial Media and Communications (formerly GIS Development) has taken the initiaitve to organise Geospatial World Forum in Amsterdam in the year 2012.To get an idea of the GWF please read the Conference Report of GWF 2011 in Hyderabad, India by Ravi.

Geospatial World Forum is a platform of convergence for all stakeholders of global geospatial community, policy makers and end users of geospatial information. Geospatial World Forum is a confluence of a variety of activities in the form of plenary, symposia, seminars, workshops, panel discussions, exchange forums- covering the vast gamut of technology, application, policy, use cases from the region and from across the world. The Forum will also host a number of additional events in parallel by its partners like board meetings, executive meetings, user meetings, partner/reseller meetings and so on.

Open Source Track

In 2012 OSGeo partners with Geospatial Media and Communications to organize the Open Source track. See for current status of the the Open Source on the GWF site.


The Open Source track will give an insight to the legal, technical and business perspectives of Open Source in the geospatial domain. It will highlight the role of the OSGeo Foundation with respect to highest quality software and security of investment into Open Source. In the technical talks industry representatives will present off-the-shelf Open Source solutions ready to use in any environment. Geospatial practitioners will present their use cases with best-of-breed Open Source software and show how to maximize return on investment.


Initial contact with GWF was through Arnulf.

From the GWF organisation Akanksha Tyagi, a.k.a. Aki is responsible for organizing the Open Source track. Primary contact within is Just van den Broecke. Just will coordinate with Aki and OSGeo.


The Open Source Track runs from 14:00-18:00 (A'dam time) and has 4 main consecutive subjects:

  1. Keynote (20 min)
  2. Track 1: Recent developments, in-depth tech sessions (4x15 min)
  3. Track 2: Examples, business cases (5x15min)
  4. Panel discussion (45 min)

So basically we (Aki in cooperation with have to "fill the slots".

The Program

We have compiled the following program: Download as PDF


Below the final program as conducted.

0) Chairman: Just van den Broecke - Welcome (10 min)

1) Keynote: Arnulf Christl - OSGeo - Delivering Professional Open Source Geospatial Software (20 min)

2) Track 1: Recent developments, in-depth tech sessions (4x15 min)

  • Just van den Broecke - The OSGeo-Live DVD - Exploring The Wealth
  • Markus Schneider - INSPIRE Network Services with deegree
  • Edward Mac Gillavry - Recent developments in web cartography
  • Jeroen Ticheler - GeoCat Bridge - The easiest way to publish (open) data through open standards

3) Track 2: Examples, business cases (6x15min)

  • Chris Holmes - Supporting Open Source Geospatial Software
  • Anthony Tuffour -The Value and Effectiveness of Open Source Software and Open Standards to Government Business –
  • Ir. Pieter G. Meijer - PDOK: the Dutch national SDI
  • Dr. Javier Morales - OSS as a Backbone for Education in Geo-Informatics
  • Drs. Thijs van Menen - Open Source SDI at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
  • Marc Vloemans - "Waterfowl Feeding Strategies"
  • Nicolas Bozon - MapMint: A Commercial Open Source Solution for Managing Geospatial Contents and Services