2008 Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial Conference (FOSS4G2008)

Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre

Location: Cape Town 7439, South Africa

Event Date/Time: Sep 29, 2008 End Date/Time: Oct 03, 2008
Registration Date: Sep 29, 2008
Early Registration Date: Jun 15, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: May 23, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Aug 18, 2008
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FOSS4G 2008 ANNOUNCEMENT - 040408:

The Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) 2008 conference, incorporating the GeoInformation Society of South Africa (GISSA) 2008, is for the first time being hosted on the African continent in Cape Town, South Africa! In a five day conference FOSS4G 2008 will bring together developers and users of open source geo-spatial software from around the world to discuss new directions, exciting implementations, and growing business opportunities in the field of open source geo-spatial software. The incorporation of GISSA 2008 and the proprietary geo-informatics software community creates the perfect ground for lively debates, formulation of creative solutions and displays of implemented open source solutions breathing life into the theme for FOSS4G 2008 "Open Source Geospatial: An Option for Developing Nations".

FOSS4G is presented annually by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) boasting a very high concentration of geo-spatial technical opinion leaders from around the world whose approach is bringing forward practical open source geospatial software, solutions and implementations.

Monday 29 September to Friday 3 October 2008, at the world class Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The conference features an array of open source technologies and applications and how they are being used around the world with a focus on how the developing nations can benefit form these geospatial developments. Topics include:
i. Sustainable development and the MDGs (Millenium Development Goals)
ii. 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa
iii. Energy, Water, Climate change, Weather
iv. Agriculture, Biodiversity, Education, Health, Military
v. Land reform, Ecosystem management, Local economic development, poverty alleviation, Disaster management, utilities management, Mining, exploration, beneficiation
vi. Government, NGOs, CBOs (Community-based organisations) and community development workers, private sector
vii. Location based services, logistics, routing
viii. Participatory GIS, Semantic Web and ontologies in GIS
ix. Spatial economics

The call for workshops and labs is now open, visit the website to submit Abstract, workshop/lab proposal http://www.foss4g2008.org

N.B. Submissions with some reference or relevance to FOSS will be given preference, however and where appropriate, talks will be marked clearly on the programme as FOSS / Proprietary / Mixed.

Through practical exercises in workshops and labs, seminars, ‘birds-of-a-feather’ sessions, presentations and academic papers, professionals, academics, users, managers and interested stakeholders will experience open source geospatial and proprietary technologies and investigate optimum potential solutions for their own organisations and institutions. An exhibitor showcase will run throughout the duration of the conference providing government, academia, private organisations and associations an opportunity to demonstrate their applications, solutions, talents and educate participants about open source technologies and proprietary software geospatial applications.
Other highlights include: a live demo theatre, large exhibition hall, outreach activities, technical visits, poster session, virtual market for FOSS GIS opportunities, launch of integrated '1-click' FOSS GIS Linux and Windows distributions, launch of FreeGIS books.

Sponsor and Exhibitor sales are now open, visit the website to download the Sponsor and Exhibitors Prospectus http://www.foss4g2008.org

This conference is an exciting opportunity for both users and managers to network, learn about products and services, and develop both technical and management skills for adopting open source technologies. The event is expected to draw between 800-1000 people from around the globe, representing the existing user and developer communities as well as those interested parties of open source and proprietary geospatial software from government, non-government organisations, academia, and industry.

AND there’s great social programme!
o Icebreaker dinner and drinks
o Gala dinner at Moyo in Stellenbosch
o Tour and travel opportunities before, during and after the conference


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