Wednesday, May 14, 2008


The annual Open Source Geospatial Software conference, Free and Open Source Geospatial 2008 (FOSS4G2008), will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from September 29 - Oct 3 2008. The theme is Open Source Geospatial: An Option for Developing Nations. The Conference Chair writes, via a widely released email:

FOSS4G is renowned for its hands-on Workshops and Labs. 2008 is no exception. The Workshop/labs track has been going well in terms of submissions. We have (as of 9th May 2008) 26 interesting and relevant submissions to choose from, ranging across a wide spectrum of GIS topics. Desktop GIS (with spatial analysis and geovisualization to the fore) is a common theme and there is a strong representation from the broad Internet GIS field (web map servers, rich internet applications/web clients, OGC web services). Themes also making an appearance are geoportals, metadata, spatial ETL and the use of spatial databases. There is also some focus on programming/scripting. The emphasis is heavily on showing what is possible with FOSS4G through practical "how-to's", getting software/services up and running quickly and trying them out. Many of the workshops emphasise the excellent Java-based tools and frameworks.

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