Japan Chapter Report 2009

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Japan Chapter

  • Period covered by report: Jan-Dec 2009
  • Contact name: Toru Mori

Key Accomplishments

  • Held the 4th annual conference in November in Tokyo and Osaka, attended 150 active people.

Invited Arnulf Christl, president of OSGeo Foundation, to give them a speech and promoted OSGeo and its community. Chris Holmes, Eugenio Realini Gerald Fenoy and many local speakers gave speech.

Held 4 hands-on sessions (pgRouting, MapServer, GeoServer and QuantumGIS) both in Tokyo and Osaka.

In this event, we organized collaboration with other “geo-friendly” communities such as “GeoMedia (geo mash up folks)”, Open Street Map Japan and Android.

  • 5 local sponsors, Osaka-city University, Autodesk Japan, Ouyougijyutsu, Mapconcielge and Orkney.
  • Organized various community activities such as
    • FOSS4G meeting at annual ecology society meeting in Iwate Japan
    • "Osaka mini event" in September. Eugenio Realini, Nicolas Bozon and Naoki Ueda give speech
    • QGIS hands on at National Institute for Agro-Environmental Science in Tsukuba Japan
    • Launch QGIS localization project
    • FOSS4G session at annual GIS society meeting in Niigata Japan
    • Support and promote Japanese version of "GRASS GIS book" (Markus & Helena)
    • Launch MEXT funded project which promotes use of satellite imagery by using FOSS4G tools such as GRASS and QGIS
  • Promoted OSGeo.JP activities to international OSGeo community.
  • Organized local board committee regularly.

Areas for Improvement

  • Enhanced local website (in Japanese language).
  • Increased registored local chapter members.

Opportunities to Help

  • Join and express your opinions to our local mailing lists.
  • Contribute us translated materials of OSGeo.org pages.
  • Become sponsor of the Japan Chapter and support local activities in financial.

Outlook for 2010

  • Enrich the local OSGeo web site.
  • Increase number of local mailing lists subscribers from 170(current) to 300.
  • 5rd annual conference (currently scheduled in November).
  • Organize off line activities such as face to face meetings and beer parties!