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Announcement about FOSS4G-2018 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

News Date: 
27 Dec 2016

The OSGeo Foundation is pleased to announce the hosting of FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) 2018 event in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. The FOSS4G-2018 event will be held at the Julius Nyerere International Conference Centre, Dar-es-Salaam and run from Monday 27th August through to Sunday 2nd September, 2018.

The Dar-es-Salaam Local Organizing Committee ("DarLOC"), led by the co- chair Mark Iliffe and Msilikale Msilanga, brings solid experience in organizing events including the previous FOSS4G-2013 in Nottingham as well as regional and national FOSS4G events.

The Dar-es-Salaam FOSS4G-2018 event has already received strong support form inter-governmental agencies, local/regional/global institutions as well as the Open Data related communities. Anyone wanting to discuss the 2018 event can do so at the upcoming FOSS4G-2018 mailing list (upcoming!).

Venkatesh Raghavan, President of OSGeo says: "The OSGeo Board of Directors are very pleased to collaborate with the Dar-es-Salaam team to host the FOSS4G-2018 event. The OSGeo Foundation is exited to see FOSS4G return to Africa after a decade since FOSS4G-2008 in Cape Town, South Africa. We look forward to your participation and strong support for furthering FOSS4G solutions in the African continent. Looking forward to seeing you at FOSS4G-2018!"

Congratulations to the DarLOC team!

About FOSS4G

FOSS4G is the international gathering of Open Source communities. Since its beginnings, the FOSS4G conference has earned reputation of being a stimulating gathering of spatial industry, academic, government, non-profit institutions and as facilitator for new ideas and numerous innovative geospatial solutions. Over the years, FOSS4G has advanced to be the most important annual global event, approaching a thousand participants and attracting sponsorship from main-stream geospatial industries.

Even as this announcement is made, excitement continues to build for the upcoming FOSS4G-2017 conference that will be held in Boston, U.S.A.. FOSS4G rotates around the world each year, throughout 3 regions of the Americas, Europe, and Asia/South Pacific.

OSGeo Code Sprint, Daytona Beach

News Date: 
19 Dec 2016

We are hosting an OSGEO code sprint at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University from Tuesday Feb 7 - Friday Feb 11, we'll have access to facilities for coding and collaboration. Lots of good night time activities and a trip to the Daytona International Speedway Thursday. Come join us ..


FOSS4G-Europe 2017: Call for Sponsors

News Date: 
14 Dec 2016

Dear community,

we are glad to share with you the call for sponsors that has been sent for the FOSS4G-Europe 2017 conference (1, 2, 3).

The FOSS4G-Europe 2017 local organizing committee is calling for sponsors to help making the 2017 edition a great success. Supporting FOSS4G Europe in 2017 is about giving back to the open source community as well as getting a unique opportunity to promote your geo business.

Sponsoring this event means:

  • Engaging a premium audience of key geospatial industry stakeholders and potential customers,
  • Demonstrating the strength of your corporate brand, products or services,
  • Networking and building relationships

FOSS4G-Europe 2017 is a unique marketing opportunity and we believe it will provide your company or organization with great industry rewards.

A variety of sponsorship packages are available and the local organizing committee is happy to consider any customization to meet your needs.

We are open to your ideas for sponsoring any of the following items:

  • Event lanyards or swag
  • Ice Breaker event
  • Coffee breaks
  • Gala event

Please contact sponsor-foss4ge2017@osgeo.org for any inquiry.

Best regards,

Gérald Fenoy & Nicolas Paparoditis
Chairs of FOSS4G-Europe 2017

Announcing FOSS4G + SoTM Argentina 2017

News Date: 
20 Nov 2016

Mark your calendars! The FOSS4G + SoTM communities will combine in a great event from 23 to 28 October 2017. Come to Buenos Aires to share, learn, and be open!

This conference aims to bring together members of the geomatics community of Argentina and other Latin American countries, to share and learn about open software and open data. We hope to have a mix of workshops, project presentations and exhibitions of use cases of free tools applied to geomatics. In addition, it is an event that promotes interaction between users of different communities and organizations, with leaders from both the OSGeo and OpenStreetMap communities.

Follow us on Twitter at @foss4gar We hope to see you soon in Buenos Aires!

the 2017 FOSS4G + SoTM Argentina local committee

About FOSS4G:

The FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) events occur every year in different parts of the world, and are hosted by OSGeo (the Open Source Geospatial Foundation). There is a global conference in 2017 in Boston, United States; but there are many local regional FOSS4G events each year in countries such as North America, Europe, Spain, Japan, India and others including Argentina.

About SoTM:

The SoTM (State of the Map) events also occur each year all over the world as part of the OpenStreetMap community.

GeoForAll: Happy PostGIS Day :-)

News Date: 
20 Nov 2016

On behalf of GeoForAll community, I am pleased to share the latest edition of our newsletter. Thanks to Dr Nikos Lambrinos (Chief Editor) and our amazing team of editors for making this possible.

Download the latest newsletter at http://www.geoforall.org/newsletters/

We would like to introduce our colleagues at Department of Geoinformatics, Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic as our “GeoForAll” lab of the month. Details at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/11/geoforall-lab-of-the-month-department-of-geoinformatics-palacky-university...

We are also happy to present Victoria Rautenbach from the Centre of Geoinformation Science (CGIS) at the University of Pretoria (UP) in South Africa. as our GeoAmbassador. It is even more great pleasure to have another GeoAmbassodor Dr. Serena Coetzee (the GeoForAll chair of Africa ) who nominated Victoria for us. I want to thank Serena for introducing to us a great colleague as our GeoAmbassodor of the month and sending us all the details at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/11/geoambassador-of-the-month-victoria-rautenbach/

GeoForAll’s mission is make geospatial education opportunities open to all and to make sure we all work together to create global citizens contributing to the betterment of humanity. Please be our GeoAmbassadors and share these ideas with all. Open principles in education (open educational resources, free and open software, open data, open standards etc) are key for true empowerment of staff and students globally and making education and opportunities accessible to all . We look forward to working and building collaborations with all interested in this education mission. Access to quality education and opportunities is key for getting rid of extreme poverty and enabling broadly shared prosperity for all.

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is the world’s largest Geospatial ecosystem , so we welcome you to the huge network of our partners and collaborators globally from governments, industry , universities, NGOs worldwide that you can connect to expand your ideas rapidly. Open innovation is key in driving Digital Economy opportunities and we are determined to make sure that everyone benefits.

May the FOSS be with everyone…

Best wishes,


"UN open GIS" logo contest WINNER

News Date: 
20 Nov 2016

Congratulations Ilaria De Leo, the winner of the "UN open GIS" logo contest!

Her logo entry (see below) received the majority of votes by members of UN Open GIS initiative and has been crowned the winner! A BIG thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this contest a success! Stay tuned for coming outcomes from the "UN open GIS initiative"!

In case you missed it, you can check out the contest here