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Asunto: 2011 FOSS4G Call for Papers
*Open Source Geospatial Conference Calls for Speakers*
/Education for All Levels of Ability and Experience/
DENVER, Feb. 22, 2011 -- The Free and Open Source Software for
Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference is reaching out to speakers interested in
presenting at the 2011 conference that will be held Sept. 12 - 16 in
Denver, CO, USA. FOSS4G is the premier international conference focused
on open source geospatial software. The open source geospatial toolset
is mature with enterprise-class deployments across the globe at all
levels of enterprise for a wide variety of applications.
Users and developers are encouraged to present their latest projects and
software development work to demonstrate the power of open source
geospatial solutions. The organizers are looking for a good mix of
content for all levels of ability and experience with open source. In
addition to high-caliber sessions for developers, there are plans for
several workshops and sessions that will welcome non-technical decision
makers to the power, capability and compelling business case for open
source geospatial software.
Presentation topics will include case studies of open source
applications, benchmarks of performance between different components,
visualization tips and tricks, and new tool developments, hacks and
mashups. In addition to the core focus on free and open source software,
this year’s conference will also feature a major focus on free and open
data. Content may cover systems that are solely open source or a
combination of open and closed source solutions.
Sessions will run in seven concurrent tracks with space for around 135
presentations in both a regular program and an academic program.
Presentations will either fill 30-minute slots with time for questions
or 5-minute lightning talks. Proposals can be submitted online
There is pent up demand in the North American market for this content
given the growth in open source geospatial solutions and the fact that
this is the first time this international event will return to a North
American venue in four years. “With the current strong interest in open
source geospatial solutions, we anticipate an attendance of around a
thousand people” said Peter Batty, conference committee chair and vice
president of geospatial technology at Ubisense, Inc. “We have a great
venue and an experienced organizing team, and believe this will be one
of the premier geospatial events of 2011.”
This year’s FOSS4G event is also adjacent to State of the Map, the
annual international conference focused on OpenStreetMap, the wiki-style
creator and provider of free geographic data that has recently garnered
corporate support from both MapQuest and Microsoft. The ability to
attend both events with one trip to Denver in September makes for a
great opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the
The event already has strong support, with major sponsors that include
Esri, Google, OpenGeo, MapQuest, Newmont and Safe Software. Bronze
sponsors include CamptoCamp, EOX, GeoCat, GeoIQ, GeoSolutions, Korem,
MapGears, Metaspatial, Oracle Spatial, Spatial Networks and Terrestris.
You can view an updated list of sponsors at http://2011.foss4g.org/sponsors.
FOSS4G is the global conference focused on Free and Open Source Software
for Geospatial that is organized by the Open Source Geospatial
Foundation (OSGeo) with support from an all-volunteer organizing
committee and professional conference management from the Geospatial
Information Technology Association (GITA). The 2011 FOSS4G event in
Denver marks the first North American event in four years, with the
prior three events taking place in Barcelona, Sydney and Cape Town.