We invite all contributors to submit their abstract for the 3d FOSS4G Belgium Conference, which will take place in Brussels on Thursday October 26, 2017 at Bruxelles-Environnement (Tour and Taxi).
This year FOSS4G Belgium will have inter alia one special track about Free Open Source Software in Geomatic Education.
We are currently attempting to collect information about the experience in geomatics teaching, and the use of FOSS4G, in Belgian universities. We hope to have a representative panel of academics at the special session to discuss about this topic.
The potential structure envisaged for the 2-hours session is as follows :
1) Overview of Free Software in the academic and in the research environment on what is existing in the context of Universities (status – inventory) in a global point of view and also specifically in Belgium with data from a survey
2) Talk about Geo4all (the opportunity to be part of it and participating in its development) & OSGeo-Live (overview of FOSStools & demos)
3) Round 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)
This session is intended to promote an academic reflection on free open source softwares in geomatics and for example answer to this following questions :
- How is free software for geomatcics (FOSS4G) competitive with proprietary solutions? - What are the advantages and disadvantages of promoting FOSS4G versus proprietary software? - Who has access to technology and how to guarantee access for the greatest number? - How to participate in sharing the production of courses on free tools in geomatics? - What are the pedagogical innovations for geomatics courses and how to judge their effectiveness ?
Abstracts must be submitted using this form The deadline for submission is September 4, 2017.
If it is not possible for you to attend the event but you would like to give your opinion and / or be informed about the discussions that will be carried out & the activities that the reflection plan to implement, don’t hesitate to let us know.
Could you please especially inform all GIS's colleagues in your University about this call for papers.
Thanks in advance,
Kind regards, Maë//e for OSGeo.be
Maëlle VERCAUTEREN DRUBBEL Coordinatrice du stage SIG Libres ARES
Université Libre de Bruxelles - IGEAT (CP 130 / 03) Campus du Solbosch Av. F. D. Roosevelt, 50 B-1050 Bruxelles Tél.: 02/650.68.14 Fax: 02/650.50.92 Local: DB6.143