[MS4W-Users] REMINDER: FOSS4G 2010 Call for Workshops and Tutorials

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Tue Jan 26 14:31:39 EST 2010

Hi everyone, don't forget that the FOSS4G2010 call for workshop/tutorial 
abstracts closes Jan 30th.


Barcelona, Spain. 15 January 2010.

The Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference is
pleased to announce a Call for Workshops and Tutorials for the 2010
conference, being held September 6-9, 2010, in Barcelona, Spain.

FOSS4G is the international "gathering of tribes" for open source
geospatial communities. Users and developers are encouraged to present
their latest projects and software to demonstrate the power of Open
Source for system integration through a series of workshop sessions and
tutorial presentations. Session participants should expect to see
presentations on both geospatial open source and propriety software
integration along with pure open source solutions.



Workshops are expected to be 3 hour hands-on experiences with
participants following along with the instructor, working directly with
the application under discussion. All workshop rooms will be equipped
with computers to support this vision. A projector will be provided for
each computer room for use within a workshop. Instructors will need to
discuss pre-installation requirements with the Conference Organising
Committee if required.

Workshops are expected to require considerable effort to create, with
past experience showing that three days of preparation per hour of
presentation are required to produce a high quality workshop.

Additionally you will be expected to develop material for attendees to
take home with them, such as handouts, workbook, CD-ROMs, etc. Due to
the effort involved in producing and presenting a workshop, instructors
will receive a single complementary registration to the conference for
delivering a workshop.

All workshop submissions will be considered, but particular interest
will be shown in:

  * Practical Introduction to FOSS4G software

  * Integrating Open Source

  * Spatial Data Infrastructure



Tutorials are 90 minute sessions during the regular presentations
portion of the conference. Tutorial rooms will not be equipped with
computers. However, presenters may make use of delegate laptops and the

Preference will be given to hands-on tutorials.

Any hands-on aspects to a tutorial will be the responsibility of the
presenter and needs to be described in the tutorial description.

Presenters making use of the LiveDVD will be expected to contribute to
testing pre-releases to ensure material and software is properly
installed. To discuss your requirements for LiveDVD, please contact the
LiveDVD community:


All tutorial submissions will be considered, but particular interest
will be shown in the following topics:

  * Practical Introductions

  * Interoperability

  * Integration

  * Performance tuning

  * SDI services

  * Mobile/phone applications

Application form


Follow this link to submit your proposals:


Please add a 300 word abstract, in plain text format (pasting a text
with style markup could make the process fail).

The deadline for workshop / tutorial submissions is January 30.

FOSS4G 2010 Highlights


Workshops and Tutorials: Workshops and Tutorials allow presenters to
lead attendees through applications, integration solutions, or other
topics in an interactive environment. Half-day workshops (3 hours) will
be held in computer rooms on September 6 (afternoon session) and

7 (morning session). Tutorials (90 minutes) will be held in standard
presentation rooms, run concurrently with presentations on 7-9 September.

Presentations: The meat of the conference are it's presentations.

Drawing on a huge community of local, regional and international experts
we will discuss some of the most current and poignant topics in the
industry today.

Academic Track: The academic sessions, with paper publications and
poster presentations, aims at bringing together researchers, developers,
users and practitioners carrying out research and development in the
geospatial and the free and open source fields and willing to share
original and recent research developments and experiences. The academic
track will act as an inventory of current research topics, with the main
objective of promoting cooperative research between OSGeo developers and
the academia.

FOSS4G Live DVD: LiveDVDs, based on the Xubuntu operating system and
including Geospatial Open Source Software, will be given to all
delegates. Users can boot a Live DVD on their computer and trial the
software without installing or effecting the existing system.


Installfest: The Installfest will give delegates the opportunity to meet
in a common area and install a wide variety of FOSS software on their
laptops, netbooks or any other system they care to bring in.

Community members will assist with any troubles and provide help and
insight into the software.

Birds of a Feather: Rooms have been set aside for semi-organised
meetings between like minded groups. Some prominent community
initiatives started in prior FOSS4G Birds of a Feather sessions.

Code Sprint: The day after the conference is reserved for the Hackers'

Code Sprint. Hackers will be locked in a basement with lots of
bandwidth, plugs and coffee. :)

Upcoming milestones


15 Jan 2010, Call for Workshops/Tutorials opens 30 Jan 2010, Call for
Workshops/Tutorials closes

1 Feb 2010, Call for Abstracts opens

16 Feb 2010, Notification of acceptance for workshops/tutorials

22 Feb 2010, Registration for workshop and tutorials opens

1 May 2010, Abstract submission deadline

1 Jun 2010, Presenters notified of acceptance for talks

15 Jun 2010, Author/Early registration deadline Aug 2010, Completed
program available

6-7 Sep 2010, FOSS4G Workshops

7-9 Sep 2010, FOSS4G Presentations and Tutorials 10 Sep 2010, FOSS4G
Code Sprint

Please visit our site to subscribe and find more information about this


Or contact Conference Chair for details about this announcement:

Lorenzo Becchi E-mail: lbecchi at osgeo.org <mailto:lbecchi at osgeo.org>

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