conferences gather developers and users of Open Source
geospatial software from around the world to discuss new
directions, exciting implementations, and growing business
opportunities in this domain. Recent years have seen
substantial changes in the geospatial industry. One of those
changes has been the growth in maturity and adoption of Free
and Open Source solutions. In many cases organizations are
using a mixture of open and closed source solutions.
share knowledge and experiences during the whole event
through presentations and demonstrations with 25 minutes
each at most. We are looking for contributors who want to support this
Target Audience and Structure of the Event
of the conference is to target a broad audience of at least
be plenary sessions with a high-level keynote speaker, a
main track with presentations of use cases, side tracks on
academic usage of open source geo, openstreetmap and a last
track targeting developers of FOSS4G.
and debates with be both in English and in the major
official languages of Belgium: Dutch and French.
will take place on October 26, 2016 in Brussels.
Topics & Debates : Tools • Goals •
Tools: What are the current offers for storage, treatment
and web distribution of spatial data? How do Open Source
tools allow you to successfully personalize software for
How can OSGeo help you in your organization? How to build
an effective Open Source solution? How to choose between
Which Open Geomatics tools are deployed and used by
administrations, companies, teachers and researchers? What
about INSPIRE infrastructures, climate change and smart
cities? What are the problems and opportunities that you
encountered during migration of commercial software to
Open Source software?
FOSS4G Belgium will have two special tracks
about OpenStreetMap data, community, new tools for mappers
or map users
table about tagging discussions, improve documentation,
collect real life data etc.
Open Source Software in Geo Education
of Free Software in the academic and in the research
environment with data from a survey on what is existing in
the global context in Belgium Universities (status –
table about experiences we had with training and teaching
FOSS4G : moving to FOSS, what we have as new open data,
new FOSS tools, what are the needs for education to
developers, what are the resources we have (which
materials already exist and how to enhance new material
using FOSS in the existing flow)
Format of presentations
will take place both in English and in the major official
languages of Belgium: Dutch and French.
individual presentation will be allowed about 20 minutes
and 5 minutes for Q&A.
can be written in English, French or Dutch (and have to
adhere to the template available soon in ODT format).
must be submitted using this form by
specifying the following elements:
name and first name;
company (organization) and/or employer;
have any additional questions, feel free to contact
for submission is September 4, but we invite presenters to
send their title as soon as possible. Abstracts will be
evaluated by a program committee and authors will be
notified of their acceptance early August. All the
presentations will be made available on the event website.
How do we evaluate
of presentations will be based on the quality of the
submitted material, its interest for professional and
student audiences and also its consistency with the program.
The decision of the selection committee will be final and
binding. Committee members speak on their own behalf, their
choices do not reflect the position of their employer. The
Dutch and French coordinators of the program committee are
Johan Van de Wauw (NL) and Gaël Kruwialis (FR). We encourage
you to send us an email ([hidden email])
for any inquiries.