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Geospatial devroom at FOSDEM 2017 on Sunday 5/2/2017 in Brussels (Belgium)

News Date: 
5 Feb 2017

Like the last two years, there will be a geospatial devroom at the
largest open source conference of Europe: FOSDEM in Brussels.

There will be 16 talks from different types of open source projects:
from more academic projects to applications using (and updating)
openstreetmap to back-end libraries and databases.

Among others, the results of last year google summer of code projects
at OSGeo will be presented.

The schedule of this year's edition can be found here:

Be sure to check out also the other tracks - there are more than 500
presentations to choose from!

Admission is free of charge. Registration is not required.

Hope to see many of you in Brussels!

Happy 11th Birthday, OSGeo!

News Date: 
4 Feb 2017

11 years ago today was the first ever meeting of the OSGeo foundation, in Chicago USA.

Thanks to those passionately involved back then, and the thousands contributing since, now our community has expanded and has reached many countries all over world. Congratulations to everyone for continuing to share the passion for Open Source geospatial.

Here is a glimpse at some of the exciting events happening around the world this year:

GeoPython 2017

News Date: 
27 Jan 2017

Dear Geo & Python community

I’m pleased to announce the upcoming GeoPython 2017 conference, which takes place in Basel, Switzerland May 8 to 10, 2017.

The call for talks/workshops is extended until February 15, 2017.

This year the event is organised again by the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland and PyBasel - the local Python User Group and supported by the Python Software Foundation (PSF).

More info is available at https://2017.geopython.net

Conference topics are:

  • Python in General
  • GIS/Mapping
  • Geography / Geophysics / Geodesy / Geomatics
  • Earth Sciences / Environmental Sciences
  • Geovisualization
  • Smart Cities
  • Spatial Data / Geodata
  • Geospatial Webservices
  • Big Data
  • Data Processing
  • (Spatial) Databases
  • Computer Vision
  • Remote Sensing
  • Image Processing
  • Machine Learning

Kind regards,
The GeoPython organization Team

“GeoForAll” Lab of the Month – Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi , USA

News Date: 
9 Jan 2017

On behalf of GeoForAll and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation let me take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Happy New Year 2017 and a successful year ahead. It is also my great pleasure, to introduce our colleagues at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi , USA as our “GeoForAll” lab of this month in the New Year.

The Spatial {Query} Lab at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi has a mission of making spatial technology, education, and information accessible to everyone. A large part of meeting this mission is the continued development and maintenance of the GeoAcademy curriculum ( http://spatialquerylab.com/foss4g-academy-curriculum/ ).

Full details are at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2017/01/geoforall-lab-of-the-month-texas-am-university-corpus-christi-usa/

On behalf of the GeoForAll community, we thank Richard Smith and all colleagues the Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi , USA for their help and for their contributions to the GeoForAll initiative and look forward to working and building more collaborations with all interested on this education mission. We believe in empowering people with spatial decision making tools to help build a better society for all of humanity.

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,

Dr. Suchith Anand
GeoForAll - Building and expanding Open Geospatial Science

OSGeo Sponsorship Opportunities for 2017

News Date: 
6 Jan 2017

Welcome to another exciting year for OSGeo!

Many of our most important initiatives are only possible thanks to the support of our volunteers and sponsors. If you are in position to support our community, events and activities in 2017 we would love to hear from you.

OSGeo sponsorship is accumulated across events giving us a chance to recognize organizations that support us financially at each level of our community from local chapter meetups, project sprints, foundation initiatives, local FOSS4G events and this year’s global FOSS4G 2017 in Boston.

We have two key OSGeo initiatives with fund raising targets in 2017:

  • Digital asset rebranding and website reboot: The marketing committee has volunteered to undertake an Expression of Interest and Request for Proposals process to revamp the OSGeo visual and online presence in 2017. This is a significant user-focused undertaking that would greatly benefit from your support!
  • OSGeo-UN Hackathon: Our UN Committee would like to host sprints and workshops with UN partners. Additional fundraising is slated to help with travel costs allowing OSGeo project leads to attend.

Event sponsorship opportunities:

  • FOSS4G 2017 Boston - our celebrated meeting of the tribes global event with keynote speakers from Paul Ramsey to Dr. Richard Stallman.
  • FOSS4G Europe 2017 - a great combination of workshops, conference and code sprint July 18th-22nd in Paris.
  • FOSS4G-ASIA 2017- Extends foss4g to Asia welcomingall GIS communities and tribes to Hyderaba January 26-29.
  • Daytona Beach Code Sprint 2017 - our annual code sprint takes place in North America this year, bringing together project members to make decisions and tackle larger geospatial problems.
  • Additional regional and project events will be announced throughout the year, keep your eye open for a chance to assist either financially or in person.

Sponsorship benefits range from website placement, inclusion in promotional material, to events and press releases. For additional information, examples and available discounts, please see our sponsorship page, 2017 reference (or contact treasurer@osgeo.org with your questions).

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.