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Your employer

Company supplying open source geo products or services 112 36%
An end user organisation 92 30%
Self employed 32 10%
Education 38 12%
Other 36 12%

What industry or sector do you work in?

Central Government 71 18%
Local/Municipal Government 56 14%
Education 48 12%
Healthcare 2 1%
3rd Sector (Charity, NGO) 16 4%
Utilities 18 5%
Telco 4 1%
Transport and distribution 16 4%
Retail 4 1%
IT products and services 114 29%
Other 41 11%

Describe yourself

Committer to an OSGeo project 43 10%
Developer but not a committer 106 24%
Consultant 107 24%
Commercial role in an open source business 37 8%
End user 117 27%
Other 31 7%

How heavily do currently use open source geo tools?

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How many FOSS4G conferences have you attended previously?

None 158 58%
1 55 20%
2 26 10%
3 14 5%
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More than 5! 13 5%

Previous FOSS4G attendance

FOSS4G 2011 in Denver 53 44%
FOSS4G 2010 in Barcelona 68 56%

Overall how would you rate FOSS4G 2013?

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Do you think that your attendance at FOSS4G represented good value for money?

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What did you think of the venue for FOSS4G 2013?

Overall how would you rate the EMCC?

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Were you comfortable with the walk from the EMCC to the Clive Granger Building?

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Did the GeoCamp work for you as a social and networking space?

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Is there anything else you would like to tell us about the venue?

No seating for dinner?? I loved the perfume I was able to use Eduroam, which was a pleasant surprise. And the walks to Clive Granger were nice, but if the weather would have been more september-like... But it worked out fine. The bar might have been more ehm... pub-like? I think that the GeoCamp area would have benefitted greatly from a better bar-facility. Good coffee Good vendor space - lots of room Few electrical outlets in most room i liked the big oak trees Great to have good coffee on demand all through the day, and good that there were snacks available by the machines too. WiFi good at EMCC, but poor at Clive Granger Building (0.54Mbit/s measured). The food was great, but the food queues, available sitting place was bad. Especially the Gala dinner. Just great. Thanks to the team! Clive Granger Building was to far from EMCC I think a problem with the GeoCamp was that it was to cold in the tent. The venue was good, but it might be a good idea to have a tad more short breaks (say 5 mins) when the talks are spread out over a large area. Although i understand it might be hard to squeeze into the schedule. The distance from EMCC and Clive Granger Building made it difficult to switch between sessions. Lunch serving was not well done. It was difficult to find somewhere to sit down. This was great done in Barcelona 2010. A lot of space and without plates, knifes and forks. The food was good on conference days but on workshop days poor. The walk to the other building was nice in terms of getting fresh air, but it was a pity you could not switch between talks. That was easier in Barcelona. On the other hand Barcelona was very spread for the social events, I liked that everyone gathered at the same area in the evenings - I met a lot of people and networking is the main interest for me attending a Conference! Having presentations split between the EMCC and the Clive Granger Building was a bad decision. If there was insufficient room at the EMCC surely somewhere closer than the Clive Granger Building could have been found. There was s stinky spot between the hallway and the main catering / exposition area. Nothing major, but you asked. My main concern is the distance between the buildings. Also, I think the workshops should have some registration as there were people sharing computers (and I assuming they weren't oversold but people who hadn't paid made it to the workshops anyway). Heating was bad in geocamp tent - on daytime there was usually cold, and on the evening then all the heaters worked and there was extremely hot. The signs by the road to Clive Granger Building were misleading, unfortunately i did not understand the correct direction the arrows pointed (several times). Wifi was perfect on main venues but very bad in Clive Granger Building. Free parking was appreciated. Transit from the city was good too. Orchard hotel restaurant and bar service was very slow. So much so, we didn't go back and instead opted to use facilities in the city. Walk to the Clive Granger Building wasn't ideal but it wasn't a showstopper and the signage was pretty good. I felt GeoCamp was quite under utilised and felt somewhat detached from the rest of the venue. There wasn't any reason to go there really unless something was on. The food was great but the problem (hence my low score) was having to constantly actively ask for gluten free options, despite having stated this restriction on registering. The caterers could usually find gluten free bread etc when you asked them but it would have made sense for them to have it more readily to hand. Was comfortable with the walk itself, just felt it was too far if trying to get between adjacent sessions. Meant folk coming and going throughout sessions. Overall I was very impressed with set up of venue, I never went out to Clive Granger Building so couldn't comment on that section. Although only a short walk (in nice grounds), I felt compromised on the sessions I could attend in order to avoid dashing back-and-forth. There was no avoiding missing the start or end of sessions if I had to transfer to the other location. I missed some presentations because of having to switch buildings. Generally 5 minutes break between presentations would have made it easier to switch over to the other room at EMCC without missing anything. The venue was a bit small for the number of attendees EMCC distribution was great, but small rooms were uncomfortable (overcrowded, bad view from seats, and poor audio - poor non native english, we could have a hard time deciphering speech from the back rows). Sir Clive Granger & other workshop buildings too far away form each other, signaling was not too good. The little printed campus map in the badge saved us from getting lost more than once - nice. I didn't use the WIFI. The distance between the EMCC and the Clive Granger Building did no allow to attend consecutive talks in both venues and that was a major limitation. They need to put in some cycle parking facilities. I'm not sure if that is possible, but perhaps it could be arranged to send the participants beforehand a poll to see how many people you could expect in each talk. There was no space in 3 of the talks I tried to get in, spent another 2 sitting on the floor, and about 3 others I was in, it was overcrowded. Also, the two different buildings were two far from each other to switch talks. Also, the university campus was nice, but there wasn't any shops or restaurants anywhere near to go to have dinner or buy things. Only option closed at 4 or 5pm, while we were in the conference. Clive Granger Building cannot be reached didn't help in jumping between session due to distance (almost the time of one talk) The EMCC was very nice, but it's located too far from the city centre, and the food was so-so. It's nicer to have all events in one place. The walk to the Clive Granger Building made miss some great presentations and made it difficult to connect to some people. Free and good coffee was great! - The rooms in EMCC where very long (not easy to understand from back). - Sometimes sessions of similar interest were held in the two different buildings in following blocks (making attendance of both impossible). Provision of WiFi should have been better, especially when we were unable to connect from the GeoCamp, requiring a trek up to the main facility where the AGI conference was at that time happening. There was a distinct and perhaps unwarranted variation in food between the GeoHack and the conference - better food for the hack would not have gone amiss. On the plus side, the GeoCamp was always nice and warm! Bar queues were huge. Suspect it may have been worth setting up a second temporary bar. Lovely campus The walk made it practically impossible to attend sessions in both locations if there was no break between. Distance between EMCC and Clive Cranger Building too long. It was not possible to change within sessions between these buildings. Notthingham is not easy to reach from other countries. My linux mobile stuck "for ever" because of your wifi connection procedure (still no connections where ever, tries allways to connect your security system) Open geo live 7.0 dvd was not available at all, personnel did'nt know anything about it's existence The walk to the Granger building wasn't an issue, but it wasn't easy to find. Could get quite crowded during busy times with nowhere to sit for lunch/coffee if you wanted to network with others. I didn't get to walk to CG building make more water available. no. Not enough places to eat the excellent food. I thought the venue was excellent and I thought the organising team did a great job at fitting everything in. Standing to eat is very annoying. Great thanks! It was great. Fit for purpose. Perfect. Food was really good overall except for workshop days Re: walk to CGB - slightly annoying to have to leave the already short talks early to get to the building. Venues wifi was fine but the university guest wifi was terrible. All the spare time I had planned to do work was wasted with dropped connections, inability to send emails, inability to ssh, do git pulls, etc. Coffee was available all the time. The queues for the food were quite long. GeoCamp (area available anytime we needed, with full wifi and tables) was the best and most innovative part of this event. The LOC set a new standard with this addition. All future LOCs should consider this. when the small rooms were crowded it was not possible to open the windows. having the food served in different rooms at the same time was a great idea- even for that huge mass of people the waiting times were ok. some cakes were gone pretty fast. :) Thank you ! Only little trouble was issues to go to / get from Clive Granger in the short period of time between presentations There seemed to be quite a lot of problems with microphones. Distance between buildings meant you had to decide on one building for a session. Nice having coffee and tea available all day. To expand: - The EMCC would be very nice for a conference of 400 attendees. For 850 it was cramped. - The walk to CGB itself was very pleasant, but in combination with 0 break between talks, completely impractical - Food itself was excellent, but the logistics around it were insufficient. It seems to be a general characteristic of inexperienced organizers that food stands are small and with low throughput. Clive Granger Building was not too far away for walking but of course the distance was somewhat limiting the selection of proceedings to follow. Too many parallel tracks. Clive Granger should have been excluded because it is too far and this would also reduce the number of tracks to a comfortable level... It would have been good if you posted a list (on the web) of all the delegates based on country of origin...this would've been helpful... tables in the presenter rooms were too low, so that the presenter had always to come down to go to the next slide. In the bck pf the smaller rooms you couldn't see all of the presentation at all, the lower 30% were missing. Lovely scenery at the campus. Kind and helpful people working at the emcc. IMHO there has been a problem with the organization of the Gala. We spent a lot of time queuing to get beers, and then queuing to get food. Meanwhile, we couldn't socialize really much, and we had to eat though not seated. When we got into the GeoCamp, the concert was over, and we spent all the Festival of Spoken Nerds standing up again. That was not a very pleasant evening, despite the food which was awesome. EMCC and Clive Granger Building are too far apart. The walk was beautiful though. Had some problem to get the WiFi working on my Ubuntu 12.04 when I was in the venue. Finally managed to make it work in the GeoCamp Food itself was excellent through the day but places to seat and eat would have been appreciated. Friendly staff - could have done with more T-Shirts! It would have helped to schedule presentation 15 minutes apart between the EMCC and the Clive Granger Building. * The distance between the main conference centre and clive granger was too far and discriminatory for the speakers there * Geocamp was a good idea. The space felt a bit clinical though * Having to re-login frequently to the WiFi was not optimal * Food was good * Conference centre itself was fine too Wifi an EMCC was perfect. The wifi at Clive Granger and Cavendish Hall was terrible. It was far too far from the EMCC to the Clive Granger Building. It was impossible to get to talks on time. WiFi at the EMCC was good. WiFi in the Clive Granger building was very poor (slow and unreliable). Loved the never ending tea, coffee, and water The EMCC has upped its' game significantly. Food, facilities, staff friendliness, wifi (oh the wifi) were excellent. The coffee was still so so, but you can't have everything. It was a great moment, thanks! The EMCC's distance from city centre is a bit of an issue. I took 8 cab rides over the 4 days, and the costs do build up. Not sure if you can really do much about this though? 1. maybe you could have published public bus time tables more prominently in the conference material. 2. obviously more cost, but maybe there could have been a conference mini-bus running in the evenings to and from EMCC to train station + city centre to a scheduled time-table. I would have definitely used a mini-bus service. The Armbands would get you passage, that kind of thing. Not sure how feasible that would have been though? Other 'slight' grumble about the EMCC is the coffee is pretty rank, particularly the self service machines dotted around. I often walked to Starbucks in the library. But hey-ho. A first world problem ! No bother really. The room sizes were not ideal. Some rooms too big, other ones too small. The smell at the entrance in the first few days was quite disgusting. Also, the types of beer on bar and running out of the popular ones was a shame. The only thing was the Clive Grande Building, it was to far to reach to all the talks. I did not have any problem in walking to Clive Granger Building, yet it made things dificult if you wanted to attend to presentations in both places. Good Coffee. Just excellent venue, maybe a bit too posh ie. expensive :-) Ventilaltion in the meeting rooms was not working well. The air was terrible when many people were attending a session. The WiFi was not working well although I was using Eduroam. Poor coverage and strange blocking of ports. There was a bit of a funny smell in the lobby of the EMCC on the first few days (inc. GeoHack). Excellent choice of venue and campus For some reason the WiFi didn't work on Ubuntu. I suspect a DNS problem. I didn't attend the conference but the first 2 days of workshops. In each one much time was wasted setting up proxy servers. And in 3 sessions software didn't work at some point in the sessions. I think the Camp was too cold and the same was the Clive Granger Building A single building for the conference would be optimal Overall it is a very neat venue, but unfortunately the main plenary room was a bit small for the number of attendees. The EMCC and University campus were a bit far from downtown (required a bus or cab ride). Those staying in the university residence had very few options for social gathering around food or drinks outside of the EMCC and hotel. Service at the Orchard Hotel restaurant and bar was slooooowwww The lunch food during the paid workshops was not good. (The breakfast was good.) The food during the conference was good. As a mac user, I could not use the gest-network of the university. (I could only use the venue network of the main building) Staff were always helpful and friendly The main issue with two building "so" distant is that it was not possible to swap between sessions. Sometimes this has been annoying. - A better map would have been nice - More signs would have been nice - Some rooms were too small for the number of people attending a workshop (esp. PostGIS 3D) In terms of the Gala Evening, whilst there was a good selection of food available, there was very limited spaces to sit down and eat your meal at a table. this obviously limited the enjoyment of the meal. Lunchtimes, we were generally standing up balancing everything whilst trying to eat. by the time the seminars finished there was never any spaces or tables (of those limited available) to eat lunch properly. In rating the EMCC I tried to hold back my memories of the smell, those memories are horrible enough. The GeoCamp was too disconnected walking through the exhibitor room and down the steps, when talking in a quiet corridor was fine. But it worked well for the events that were held there. If I didn't see the exhibitor room as just a place to walk through then it might have felt closer. When I turned up 5 minutes late for a workshop, I queued to register (like a good Brit) and then I found out my workshop was in a building 10 mins away, plus a 5 min walk inside that building! This impression is probably what caused me to avoid any talks in the Clive Granger building, and expecting it wouldn't be simple to switch tracks other than at breaks. Food that is meant to be eaten with knife and fork, yet a lack of tables means trouble Wifi didn't work on my iPhone. Some of the rooms got quite crowded on some talks The walking between buildings discouraged me of going to very interesting conferences. Maybe it is because I am used to walk on flat roads or because I had a surgery on the knee six months ago, but it was very slow to walk from one building to another. I discussed with several attendants about having something like bikes or the carts that are used for golf to be able to move faster. The campus walks between buildings make it not very workable for this conference. It would be a lot better to have things close. I think it would be better to be closer to the city and all in one building. I never went to anything in the other buildings because there wasn't enough time in between. It was a pity one had to walk quite a bit between buildings, because that way one missed a few interesting sessions. EMCC and Granger building were too far apart to move between talks, this was sub-optimal. Also Granger rooms did not have entrances at the back of the room to allow in late arrivals without disturbing speaker. Screen in computer lab was very small, so hard to follow from work station. Distance between venues was only ok because the weather was good The venue was excellent, however it would have been nicer to have more breakout seating in the venue for between sessions or small meetings. On Friday they had run out of food for lunch half an hour before the end of the lunch period. As it was a staggered lunch and sessions were running across it I had relied on there still being food available until the end of the lunch period as was promised. Saying that - the food was excellent quality - probably why it all went so quickly! overall fantastic facilties. Plenty of drink and food. Brilliant. The presentation rooms were too spread out. I guess the main difference between Denver and Nottingham about the venue was that the meals in Denver we were in a big room so people had the opportunity to talk each other while eating.


Where did you stay?

Orchard Hotel 52 19%
Cavendish Hall 98 36%
Rutland Hall 37 14%
I stayed off site 86 32%

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Breakfast was poor, even for uni hall standards, other than no problem at all The student halls were an excellent value, and very nearby. While they were not sumptuous, I was very pleased to use this option. Very very basic and not particularly comfortable. It would have been nice to have a TV, a proper sized sink and other basic hotel(ish) type stuff in the en-suite cupboard! It was fine, perfectly adequate for my needs, though at 60 pounds a night a little on the expensive side for what it was. The accommodation questions shouldn't be compulsory. I didn't stay over. Very depressing......but for 40 quid a night just survivable. I find it unacceptable that the price for delegates (140 GBP = 167€) was 20% more expensive than the price I got through the travel agency used by my organisation (136€). Breakfast included in both cases. I expect the "special fare for delegates" to be a good one!!! sparten but cheap and as expected considering it is student student accomadation, and was advertised as such so no complaints. Wifi was excellent in the room as well which was great. actually I stayed in Ancaster (it was v quiet!) Shower was so mouldy I would not use it. The hall did rectify the situation. Food in hall was low standard and breakfast was not during time advised so people missed breakfast. Room was not cleaned every day even though hall staff said it would be. -2 for breakfeast ending at 8h30. The rest was very suitable for my needs. not your fault, but always the same breakfast... that was the only weak spot of the conference. ok, it was cheap, but food (breakfast) was poor and rooms were a little scabby. It seemed like standard student accommodation. It was starting to look a bit worn, but given the cost and the brevity of the stay this wasn't an issue. The free wifi in halls was brilliant. There was no tea or coffee at breakfast which caused some grumbling - especially given the social the night before. The dorm facilities were neither nostalgic enough nor cheap enough to offset the cost. A little into my stay I heard gunshots and screeching cars in the morning and it happened every morning from then on until I left Nottingham. I was East of the city, but quite clear of St Anns. Part of the issue may be due to me staying in my little cousin's bedroom, but a larger part is due to the organisers setting the conference to span over the release of GTA V. Please consider the dates more carefull in future. I stayed at home as I live locally but the questionnaire made me fill in a rating as a compulsory question! On-site hotels were full, so I booked one closer to the center. Good bed, pleasant shower. Two strange observations: sensor in the bathroom switches the lights and ventilator on as soon as you open the door (even in the middle of the night) and stays on for what feels like ages, but when you take a shower the light goes out after a minute or two... Did anyone before me tried to reach an electric outlet with the plug attached to the refrigerator? I think it needed to be on the desk to get there. Very pleasant staff Work well. I was happy that there was a cheaper alternative to the hotel. Cold showers, hard bed - Breakfast quality was poor - No cleaning staff, clean cups, towlels, bath mats, coffee or bicuits supplied during stay Lived locally so didn't stay in any of the provided accommodation. The wifi was poor Good value for money. Good WiFi and Breakfast. What you could expect for 50/night was there. It was pretty good for the price and it was good to meet peer programmers there. The bed was good, a bit small for me but comfortable. Breakfast was OK, but not spectecular. Generally, I found Denver much more spectecular to be honest. The breakfast hours were very bad especially if you want to eat your breakfast at 8:15, you will not find anything to eat because it is only 15 minutes to closing time and all the pots and plates are empty! Value for money, breakfast was good! the bed was terrible, had to drag the bed onto the floor... but no biggie Bottom plug in bath didn't work, so no soaks for me. Everything else was lovely (though a bit on the expensive side) Provided everything that was needed, and close to the venue. Breakfast ingredients & crockery ran out quickly and weren't replaced on time. This was a generalized daily problem, not a one-time issue. Well located wrt venues. A bit too spartan for the price, but covered with dignity all our essential needs: bed, shower, table and network connection! No close places to have dinner after a long journey. Or if they were, no clues. Had to walk off the campus all nights. Rooms almost too small for sharing. The corridors smelled like pee. :( Should be cheaper. Great thanks! Thanks to the nice personel! Hotel was very nice - good rooms, very convenient to conference center, nice restaurant noisy fan in bathroom A good variety of breakfast foods I stayed in 3 different places: Rutland Hall. 1 night - Smelly, dirty, horrible. Had to leave. Mercure Hotel. 2 nights after escaping from Rutland. Good value for money. Orchard Hotel, Last night - Good but overpriced. Cold room and full of spiders. Breakfast was good. I think there is a different standard for hotels in England than in Germany The Cavendish Hall was quite nice and close to the venue. Very good breakfast too. The room was much better than what I expected for a university hall! It's student accommodation so wasn't expecting The Ritz, but it was ample for my needs. Food was very good at breakfast! The room was ok except for a bad smell in the toilet. I actually stayed in Ancaster hall, breakfast in Cavendish. Quite uncomfortable rooms and mini bathrooms but I understand it's students' accommodation and what the university has to offer. No shops around so long walks to find somewhere to buy a drink or a snack in the evenings, far from cafe's or restaurants to have dinner. Wifi not working very well in all rooms, but ok. Please provide a richer list of local accommodations. they made the bed but didn't do anything else - no towels replaced even when on the floor. breakfast could have gone on 30 mins later chuck out at 9am on last day was inhumane Cavendish hall was a disgrace. It is amongst the worst accommodation I have ever stayed in: - no hot water - toilet didn't flush properly - paper-thin walls and noisy neighbours - plastic sheets - low quality breakfast + The distance to the conference + Geo-Breakfast every morning! + lot cheaper than typical conference hotels Fire provisions were lacking. Depressing, but adequate I got a hotel in the city center and that was a bit of a mistake for late social events. The campus was far from there, but that my fault. :) Breakfast finished too early and wasn't rectified even when mentioned to organisers I spend one night there and it was fantastic! The university was very nice too ;( thanks! Travelled from home but the question was required to answer so had to fill it out. 9am checkout time on the last day was tough. ;-) Excellent breakfast :-) Good for the price point of £50 a night. This made things a lot more palatable for asking from my company to pay. Sure the bed's not amazing but if I was bothered. I'd stump up for the hotel ! Noisy, but I guess that's halls of residence for you. The halls staff were very friendly and helpful. Very good value for money and well situated In the end not enough rooms on site did not seem to be a problem. Accommodation wasn't great, however it didn't really bother me once I turned my mattress (before turning it, it felt like slipping on springs) When I tried to book, shortly after registering, I was told the hotel and halls were full - yet I continued to get emails giving details of these. I actually stayed at the Holiday Inn on the M1 (6 miles away) which, for £50, gave me a nice room with double bed, sofa, en-suite, TV, breakfast and had a nice bar and restaurant - far better value than the halls, which cost the same and gave you nothing (as I understand from colleagues). It was manageable. Very small shower space, very thin walls and no change of towels were some of the negatives. It was nice that breakfast was included though. Not luxury but very reasonably prised and only 2 minutes walk to EMCC made it great. Accommodation was basic but clean and convenient and is what I expected in a University Hall. There was plenty of breakfast in offer each morning too! Got what I payed for. Thin walls Food biassed towards full English cholesterol bombs. It was merely acceptable. Breakfast supplied could have been considerably better. Good values for money and very handy for the venue. Not fantastic, but good price and location I loved the collaboration with the University so I could use the latter's gym!

The social program


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The gala night: the food was great, but the atmosphsere could have been a little bit more gala :-) I missed sitting at tables with other delegates. The closing party was fun but over-priced. The beer was very good, but the pizza was forgettable. Sometimes there was a bit of a drive to stop people talking in favour of organised events but networking should not be stopped unless really needed. Also, could have done with a picture round for the quiz and would have been nice to know if my team got the 'wooden spoon'. That said, I thought the entertainment was generally well done. Perhaps a bit too emphasis on alcoholic beverages at some moments. Not that it caused me a problem, but it might be an issue for some people in an international attendance with diversity of culture and religion, or refrain them from attending. I was too tired Just excellent. The gala night was hysterically funny and welcoming and the closing party, what I remember of it, was superb. I didn't listen to much jazz. Everyone was in the building... where the bar was. Didn't attend any. (Family commitments.) The entertainment was the best I have seen at a conference. Gala Night was well organised and the entertainment (Festival of the Nerd) excellent It was quite hard to meet new people at the gala night as not anybody was at the same place (hidden in the conf center ;-) ) Nottingham character, lots of humour, lots of beer, and too geek (is there anything too geek?). So, simply excellent. #bestever Afraid about how are the Portland guys going to beat that. Too few female gis-geeks. It was a pity that they costed quite a lot for me, so I decided to attend them only when several people I wished to meet told me they were attending. Note: did not attend Icebreaker or Closing Party so my "5" score is supposed to represent this. Gala Night entertainment was very good. The Icebreaker was too expensive. I didn't go. Festival of the Spoken Nerd were fantastic. I did not attend any of the social events due to time/budget restrictions! far too expensive Excellent organisation, thanks for everything. + the mixed tables at the icebreaker, great way to meet new people + that the gala dinner was more informal + the Nerds! - a few more tables to sit at during the dinner Why is there always a quiz... I think only British people like them...And it's not really an ice breaker, difficult to chat during the quiz. Beer tasting sounded like a good idea, but the general mood and ping-pong balls made it, well, confusing. The red herrings == great! Liked the beer tasting very much. The late night movies Friday were also fun! In my opinion the evnts should have been off-site to see something of the area, we already spent all the day in the conference centre, maybe some pub could have been a better choice. Great food after a long wait! The Festival of the Spoken Nerd was excellent and a very good choice for the event. Icebreaker should be part of the "main package" in my opinion. This is by definition. The social activities were nice and very well organised. At the gala night, it would have been good to foresee more chairs to watch the show. Had to leave closing party before beer & pizza served. Needed to be better organized. Great thanks! In my opinion, leave more free time for people to just talk. The entertainment was great, and the efforts for it very much appreciated. However, we've come from around the world to talk with each other. That's just my perspective of course. Others may feel differently. During Gala night, the all the food disappear all on sudden. I appreciated the civilized way of getting decently drunk with the beet tasting. The Festival of the Spoken Nerd was exceptional. Not enough food on the closing party :) great gig from FOTSN less structured activities & more networking Social activities were great, I only mark the closing party down because I don't drink beer and the pizza was ok (I'm probably fussy about my pizza and considering that you had to order 200 of them they were all right) Festival of the Spoken Nerd was perfectly pitched for the Gala night! I fully plan to go and see them again. Also the food at the Gala night was excellent. The longs were too long for the food and they took it away to quickly I didn't attend those events I expected better food for the closing party, the pizzas were ok but something more would be ok. "Gala"? I really liked the outgoing way of the organizing team. They made the conference a pleasure to be at. Thank you! Not enough space in the gala night Not normal to pay 38 pounds for pizza and some beers.... Too much focus on beer and drinking. I heard this from a quite few people. People don't really like to stand all night. Provide chairs to these events. Especially liked the comedy at the Gala Night. Socially, it was very good for me as I met the OpenLayers core developers at the code sprint and made some new friends. I received a lot of feedback on the social events, most or all were that too many required paid tickets to attend. The standard for FOSS4G events is an ice breaker that anyone can attend (cash bar), then a gala event (requires a ticket), and other social events that don't require a ticket. About the Gala Night, I liked a lot the idea of having four rooms with four different food (English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish) but I didn't like the fact that there was not enough place to sit and so we had to find a place were to have dinner (of course standing). I am aware that you couldn't find seats for 900 people at the EMCC, so probably I think the best would have been to organize the Gala dinner somewhere else (maybe in an unusual/particularly-valuable place around Nottingham). Would be good if the icebreaker would be included in the conference ticket. Otherwise it is not really an ice-breaker, if it costs extra. On Gala night there were very few places to sit down and cut my roast beef... People were too spread out. Too much grouping. Not as social as I had hoped. Not enough places to sit in the tent. Pay for Ice Breaker was the only bad things the 'play your own youtube' didn't work that well - too many conflicting tastes and no-one in charge. Food choice was great/impressive on the gala night. Kudos. I missed the show so can't comment on that aspect. I wish we had something better than pizza for food (or more choice) at the closing party. Icebreaker was too structured -- not a good chance to mix and talk The Gala Night was excellent i the different themes but poor for lack of chairs. Closing party: Don´t serve beer without food for so long time. It was expensive. You can't run out of ale on a conference in England! Unforgivable! :) Why not leave the food a little longer on the serving tables? It seems they were in a hurry to take it all away after a while, considering there were too many people and long queues to grab a plate and some food, so no chance to try different dishes. What do they do anyway with all the food that is left over. I had a not very nice treat from the catering people once. Perhaps too many people for the venue, very few tables and chairs at GeoCamp and were always full, poor ventilation in the tent so very stuffy air at the Gala Night and during the Nerd show. FUN! :) A bit of info re return/day/rover tickets on the local bus routes would have been useful Access to timetables for trains from Nottingham and Beeston also ( I coldn't get onlline very well with my secure government kit). Excellent beers in the bars. The 'Festival of the Spoken Nerd' act was hilarious! Small pizza's :-) at the closing party Icebreaker = pretty good. This is always difficult to get right. Preferred quiz to the normal spaghetti construction project. Good job on the whole. Making the hats was a nice touch. Gala Night = highlight was the Festival of the Nerd. This was inspired. Great choice. Didn't attend closing party. Sounded great though. A gala dinner without tables is (for me) no GALA dinner - sorry. And waiting 30 minutes for beer and additional 30 minutes for food ? Guinness ran out after the first round Cake ran out before we had the chance to get some Food was fine, organisation not. I skipped after the food - didn't want to stand in a tent. Party!!! Seats and tables at the gala dinner would have been great. I was only around for the evening of the Gala Night but could not attend as it was to expensive an add-on if you are having to mind cashflow. That said, I organise events outside of my work and I fully understand the costs of food and entertainment and how the budget needs to cover those costs, and it seems as if everyone who attended had a great time. I missed the closing party but I'm sure it was great! The Gala Night was superb! Just would have liked more seats. games or some sort of activities which can mix the people to make them talk to different people the stage program was difficult to follow with audience chatting at the same time. more pizza. I had so much fun with the icebraker's and the Gala Night (even I was working) was veery nice. I never tryed soo many beers! Not all events were inclusive of all sectors of the community. Gala night was excellent. Didn't attend the Closing Party.


Did you attend any paid for workshops on the 17th or 18th?

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Workshop Feedback

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W3 QGIS in Action W2 W14 pgrouting W5: OGC services with GeoServer: from journeyman to master Zoo-Project Geoserver POSTGIS 3D 3D postGIS postgis 3d PG Routing Postgis 3D GeoGit W11 GeoNode Developers Workshop Quantum GIS in action QGIS W17: A complete open source web mapping stack W2: Quantum GIS in action QGIS Workshop Open Geo w/ Paul 3D PostGIS W17: A complete open source web mapping stack (Introduction to the OpenGeo Suite) W9: QGIS Plugin Development with PyQt4 and PyQGIS PostGIS 3d Introduction to Mobile Web Development Using FOSS4G Geonode developer CartoDB 12 w7 W12: PostGIS 3D Workshop PostGIS 3D W8 Introduction to PostGIS PostGis W15: Big Data Postgis 3D OSM-GB Services and Data Workshop GeoNode QGIS 2 geonode GeoNode Developer PostGIS GeoNode Dev Workshop Qgis Plugins Applied Nonsense #1 Introduction to OpenGeo Suite QGIS plugin OpenGeo stack GeoServer Introduction To High Availability Clusters With GeoServer and GeoWebCache QGIS 2.0 ws07 Design a map W17 Complete guide to Open Source Web Mapping Stack Geoserver Master Class W12 - PostGIS 3D W17 Geonode for developers W17: A complete open source web mapping stack (Introduction to the OpenGeo Suite) W11 - Geogit OpenSource Geo Stack

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Introduction to Mobile Web Development pgRouting GeoNode W10 W10: GeoNode Developers Workshop (2 credits) QGIS plugin development W14: FOSS4G routing with pgRouting, OpenStreetMap road data and OpenLayers 3 Deegree: Build an INSPIRE Download Service WCS 2.0 / Iris Foss4g with Pgrouting Using CartoDB to map real-time data W11: Managing Versioned Data with GeoGit Envitia Introduction to mobile web development GeoGit CartoDB 14 INASAFE QGIS Plugin development W9 QGIS Plugin Development with PyQt4 W18: Introduction to Mobile Web Development Using FOSS4G Iris W15 - Big Data Using CartoDB GeoNode geogit BIG DATA PostGIS W13: deegree: Setting up interoperable INSPIRE Download Services in 3 hours QGIS Cartography by OS Post GIS Intro Zoo Project W8 PostGIS SpatioTemporal Data Handling With GeoSercer: An Introduction With Examples For MetOc And Remote Sensing Data For WMS and WCS qgis GeoServer Managing Versioned Data with Geogit Carto DB W3: Using CartoDB to map real-time data W14: FOSS4G routing with pgRouting, OpenSource GIS for mobile postgis routing PostGIS 3D Workshop W8: Introduction to PostGIS W18 Mobile GIS Big data - met office W14 W13

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W5 W6 pgRouting Quantum GIS plugin development W5: OGC services with GeoServer: from journeyman to master W6: ZOO-Project play with building GeoGIT Introduction to Postgis W6: ZOO-Project play with building blocks to build pgRouting web application Using QGis in styling OS data W14: FOSS4G routing with pgRouting, OpenStreetMap road data and OpenLayers 3 W19 Introduction To High Availability Clusters With GeoServer And GeoWebCache Introduction to PostGIS QGIS CatrtoDB intro to postgis QGis plugin developpement with PyQt4 and PyQGis 9 W9: QGIS Plugin Development with PyQt4 and PyQGIS deegree W8: Introduction to PostGIS GeoGit W9: QGIS Plugin Development with PyQt4 and PyQGIS Introduction to Mobile Web Development Using FOSS4G ZOO WPS GeoNode for Developers GeoNode Setting up interoperable INSPIRE Download Services in 3 hours W9 pyQGIS GeoServer W10 W17 mobile dev.

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QGIS plugin development big data wcs Big data (IRIS) QGIS OpenGeo Suite Iris and Big Data W9: QGIS Plugin Developement with PyQt4 and PyQGIS 8 W8: Introduction to PostGIS W9: QGIS Plugin Development with PyQt4 and PyQGIS GeoNode, a complete SDI Big Data W7: GeoNode, A complete SDI GeoNode W9 OGC services with GeoServer: from journeyman to master GeoServer Big Data Challenges and WCS: Iris The Challenges Presented by WCS 2.0 ZOO-Project play with building blocks to build pgRouting web application Zoo project

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W9: QGIS Plugin Development with PyQt4 and PyQGIS Implementing Spatial Search Engines BigData

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Do you have any general comments about the workshop programme?

Some technical problems and big groups made that it took a while before the workshop could get running. Terrible organisation: No point to book and pay early: organisers oversold places last minute so people who booked months before the event would arrive and have no seat and no pc.This is extremely unfair and terribly organised. Besides, people who booked earlier, paid more. Registration on site cost 20 pounds. Why the unfair difference if we booked months in advance? The workshops were supposed to be already fully booked (almost all of them). In the end, it did not matter if you booked or not, you could walk in to whatever workshop you fancied, there was no list or control. Nobody seemed to comment about this, but it is quite unfair and unjustifiable. Many instructors did find themself overwhelmed as they did not expect this, and did not have that much material prepared to hand out. Result was overcrowded rooms with 2-3 people per computer or even standing, so a lot of time was gone in organising everybody and getting things ready. In some workshops, lots of time gone installing things that should have been prepared already. Definitevely, workshops were NOT worth what we paid for. Will not consider them in the future conferences. GeoGit workshop interesting in itself but I was expecting more from the project behind Somehow the message for preregistration for the workshops never reached us. We arrived on campus and didn't realize we had to pre-register. We got into the one we wanted however. W11 - Geogit: was not much more than a walkthrough of the quickstart. It would have been better to have some more advanced tasks. W15 - Big data: nice workshop. Really enjoyed it. The workshops were great, but with too many people. Some internet connection problems while using the the OSGeo Live toke too long to solve for some users and that was bad for the workshops timmings. Portland team, please consider using USB OSGeoLive pens with saving ability to make all proxy settings corrected one single time. The Introduction to Mobile Web Development workshop was way to introductory. It took about 1 hour to set up our machines before the actual workshop started. Although that may have been part of the workshop I think it was an unnecessary overhead. The Introduction to Mobile Web Development on the other hand was very informative and did not have to do any machine set up whatsoever. It wasn't necessarily clear why we were required to pay extra for these workshops as it was clear that people were just turning up to them. GeoGit: Quick overview over the online quickstart in less than 30 minutes. And still with unexpected bugs that weren't solved, bcs the main developer din't come. It wasn't prepared at all. GeoNode for developers was also a bit improvised, but at least we learned something. So, boundless workshops not well prepared. Improper of a serious company like boudless and for paid worksops. Felt unrespectful. It was really hard to select workshops. The descriptions were all proposals for the conference rather than being targeted at someone choosing between sessions. As someone new to the scene, I didn't know any of the names or how to judge quality or what I should learn about. The workshop programme overall was really enjoyable. The W18 workshop was however beset with technical difficulties - my laptop wasn't up to the task and there was a wi-fi issue with a poor signal for everyone in the room. I ended up sharing a pc with a fellow delegate and someone next to me walked out after about 15 minutes! If the tech had worked properly then I would have no doubt have had a much better experience. The W5 workshop delivered by Andrea Aime was in contrast the best workshop / lecture / seminar that I have ever attended in my 20 or so years post uni learning. It was 100% relevant to me and delivered at a perfect pace with fantastic supporting materials and Andrea had an encyclopedic knowledge of the content which made it a pleasure to attend. This workshop alone is the stand out reason that FOSS4G was such a huge success for me. The contrast in quality between W14 (v. poor) and W8 highlighted the importance of having course materials that are accurate/work and a presenter who can speak clearly. Very nicely organised with the live disks including all the required software and demo files. Would have been nice to be using QGIS 2 in the workshop and to have it on my live CD. A few things didn't work right in QGIS and talking with the demostrators we had to shrug and guess maybe it's fixed in QGS 2. 1- if I pay I would like to have some advantages thus the course should not be freely available to all the dey after 2- if I pay i would like to have material 3- trainers should give lessons, not only show a tutorial online and tell people to do it on their own 4- FOSS4G stand for free, but sponsors get most of the presentation and workshop slots ;-) In sum: this was not really professional (but this is something related also to previous conferences). The workshops were, in general, excellent and provided a really good opportunity to get "hands on". 4 hours is great and much better than 1.5 hours as there were in the FOSSGIS workshops in Germany some years ago. Prepared DVD ist very good, but in both workshops there were problems with some additional downloads. The GeoNode workshops seemed to be in the wrong order. It is difficult to know in advance, the required entry level for the workshop. It seems to me this workshops were more dedicated to beginners. Any negative comments here are only here to help improve the workshops as they were all volunteers and I want to say thankyou to all of them for helping the rest of us learn more. By far the best workshop I attended was the Postgis one, it's like teaching PostGIS is Paul Ramsey's day job. Well organised clear notes and examples that worked easily. Some of the other workshops had problems getting the software to run properly. One of the other courses expected the attendee's to know how to use terminal and command line in Linux, it might be helpful if that could be mentioned in the precis so we know before hand (surely I wasn't the only windows using non developer at the conference was I?, I will improve I promise). The workshops I attended on the first day were all between very poor and average. In best case, they were more kinds of presentation (with some very useful content) than real workshops and did not provide value for money. On the other hand the geoserver workshop was run professionally and was a real workshop (i.e. with mostly hands-on activities). Also I think that a workshop with 5 participants registered should simply be cancelled if the organisers can find other people volunteering to set up an other workshop instead (I am quite confident that it would have been possible to replace the "OSM-GB Services and Data Workshop" by a GRASS or GeoNetwork workshop). Having workshops running in parallel to regular sessions was nice but the more things run in parallel the most likely one will miss presentations/workshops of interest. I'm an experienced programmer and found the workshops more aimed towards beginners and too basic. Maybe it would be better to split workshops to presentations/introductions and advanced. I was very impressed. Not quite prepared and ready In my opinion there were better (or more interesting) worskshops during the conference than the paid ones, but well it's just my impression. I was a Little disappointed about the programme change, I had already booked flight and arranged trip and then all the workshops I would have liked to attend were on the day Before I came... but having two Days of workshops is good så I understand why it happened and had I not been a mother of a toddler I had happily changed my flight ;) Really great to work with the OsGeoLive distribution! Overall workshops were interesting but must of the one I attended had IT related issues when it came to installing the required material. In the Postgis 3D workshop there were way too many people. The virtual machine should have been better tested upfront. It took too long and crashed too often, as the Virtual box guest tools could not be installed. In general, the virtual machine is not well-suited for 3D rendering. In PostGIS3D we had not enough computers and chairs, no instructions, letters much too small, not readable In GeoNode Workshop it took more than 2 hours to have an working environment! Not prepared at all. And in all of them: the proxy settings!! I chose the workshops because they were supposed to be "for developers", unfortunately these were for end users. It was nice to have an overview of these products but that was not for I was looking for. Probably I should have done more research about these workshops but the "for developers" note was misleading. Programme was superb. This really sets FOSS4G apart from other conferences. Well done! The PostGIS 3D workshop was spot on, but I was a bit disappointed by the Envitia workshop. Basically, it took ages to get up and running and then we didn't even need all that technical setup for mobile because it was basically an introduction to OpenLayers and the dojo library. Yes, we used touch events but that was a minor detail it seemed. Took a touch long to get everyone set up in both the workshops i attended Would be good to know the schedule of workshops when the early bird registration opens. A big problem the poor English some lectures has. Bad English fra Japan or France is very hard to understand for a non native english person. Also some of the workshops used way too much time on Linux configuration than on the subject.

The main programme content

Which days of conference did you attend?

Thursday 19th Maptember 260 35%
Friday 20th Maptember 258 35%
Saturday 21st Maptember 226 30%


Overall how would you rate the keynotes

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What was your favourite keynote

Ramsey Emer Coleman Conference introduction Chris Tucker tim Edward Anderson's QGIS on friday evening Tim Sutton, QGIS Paul Ramsey (PostGIS) Anolf Cristi Chris Tucker - mapstory Map story Paul The one about HOT QGIS . QGIS 2.0 - Tim Sutton Emer Coleman (TSB) World Bank/HOT Ian James QGIS talk mapstory map story The one with Paul Ramsey Ben Hennig postgis tim sutton Emer Coleman's Nathan woodrow (QGIS) paul's closing session Tim Sutton Open Street Map Keynote by Paul Ramsey Chris Tucker – Tim Sutton - QGIS Humanitarian OSM Team Mapaholic QGIS 2 presentation Christopher Tucker The State of OSGeo QGIS 2 Closing plenary; Paul Ramsey the Friday one openlayers 3 none Edward Anderson (World Bank) Paul Ramsey, open source citizens the guy who wrote a book about mapping Edward Anderson Kate from HOT. Paul Ramsey's Open Data by Emer Coleman Kate Chapman and Ed Anderson OSM Ian James - Ordnance Survey Ordnance Survey Intro QGis 2.0 Steven Feldman Chris Tucker, Chris Tucker Ed Anderson Paul Ramsey final OS at OS Kate Chapman MapStory Mapstory paul ramsey Ordenance Survey Paul Ramsey Paul Ramsey about open source citizenship Paul Ramsey final keynote Michael Palin Paul Ramsey on Sat. Arnulf Christl Paul Ramsey on saturday Paul Ramsey

What was your 2nd favourite keynote

Emer Coleman Paul Ramsy Map Story About HOSMT Chris Tucker's Ian James / Paul Ramsey QGIS . Chris Tucker ( Nathan Woodrow World Bank/HOT Ian James ian james Jeff McKenna Ben Hennig kate chapman Kate Chapman (HOT) geofence Paul Ramsay Tim Sutton Open Government Geography Professor World Bank Edward MET The guy from the mapping book The Thursday one Emer Emer Coleman Ben Henning HOT Opening World bank Tim Linux Paul Ramsey's closing keynote none no pref Chris Turner or Elmer Coleman, can't decide Edward Anderson Paul Ramsey's Ordnance Survey very close to the 1-st: Kate Chapman, HOT Paul ramsey's Hot Chris Tucker World Bank Worldmapper project QGIS 2.0 Kate Chapman MapStory Mapstory paul ramsey HOT - Kate Chapman QGIS by Tim Sutton Paul Ramsey Emer Coleman The Map Gallery Judging Could not choose HOT OSM Ben hernnig (Worldmapper Project) Arnulf Christl

Do you have any general comments on the keynotes

I personally didn't find the ones I attended particularly inspiring (and some where a bit boring) Edward Anderson - That keynoter was very boring and not interested, at least from a geek's perspective! :-) they were all good. also the cartogram talk was interesting In the plenary sessions there was too much talk about the organization of the conference and way too much self-congratulations. Overall very good keynotes, a couple not so great Almost all were worth watching. There were a few that felt a bit out-of-scope (i.e. not really geospatial-related) for me. Very good ones with a very wide range of topics. Great choice of keynotes. . Almost all of them were of great interest to me. It's nice to have big star from google,facebook,foursquare as keynote speakers ans even sometimes completely outside the geo/opensource/geek world Mapstory was also good, you should maybe survey people to rate the keynotes but include a "didn't attend" choice QGIS2.0 is great! Some went over length messing up the following schedule. That was quite unfortunate. Some of them went very long on their presentations and at the end resulted boring. For example, Edward Anderson spoke too much and due to his delay all the following sessions were delayed. Interesting to get some feedbacks from real power users/developers directly I found it sad that there wasn't the D3 keynote. The one that spoke a bit longer instead was super boring (at least until I felt asleep). The message of Ben's presentation was a bit confused. "Do make maps but wait a long time before you do"? Make sure the keynotes keep to time! When they didn't, especially in the morning, it pushed the sessions following out of time. Without this I would have scored them higher. Paul Ramsey was top notch like apparently always. However, I was even more impressed by Tim Sutton's talk, maybe because I hadn't had so much to do with QGIS so far. They were really interesting! I missed most of them really inspirational all round. too many keynotes, too many heroes, too many "we (community/organisation) are so great" Overall great speakers. Interesting topics. I rated the 2 as my favourite ones, but I did find all of them very interesting They were all good I'd like to give one next year too :) - don't overhype it. qgis is nice but not the only good piece of software out there. - try to choose keynoters that do more than self selling Listening keynotes were time well spent. Speakers were mainly really good presenters. code of conduct should not allow individuals to bash proprietary companies. very unprofessional. Very inspiring! It was a good mix of backgrounds and I think the pitch was about right. Some were a bit long given that they were more tangential in topic, but overall a big thumbs up. I know it wasn't a keynote but I had to say something somewhere about Arnulf Christl and in particular his acceptance speech for the Sol Katz Award. In total I went to 3 talks that he gave and he was an inspiration in each of them. He should definitely be a keynote at future events. Keep them shorter, let them be inspiring (open them to fresh ideas from the outside, not same ramblings about same topics we are tired of hearing). the whole thing was great! but Ben Henning gave one of that absolute worse talks i have ever ever ever heard, i am sorry, but thats a fact. Excellent quality of speakers. Very engaging and enjoyable Good spread of backgrounds and themes. Good speakers. Didn't attend any keynotes I loved how they encompassed a wider variety of views wrt. the usual OSGeo prominent figures. It is of great benefit, because our own work is described by people who share our passion but work in fields we usually don't know very well. Overall, excellent. A good wide choice of views, industries and opinions. Massive respect to get Paul Ramsey for the closing Plenary. We're lucky him him in our community. The session on friday at 10.30 ran over time. I think many of us lost other interesting sessions. Missed the first day keynote, so I can't really rate them I was volunterring at the time so did not see any of the Keynote talks Excellent mix of technical experts and advocates from society. Keeping it relevant Whilst I didn't find MapStory particularly groundbreaking in terms of technology, Chris was very engaging speaker with an interesting story. It was good to have a number of keynotes - more than I have seen at other conferences. the keynotes were too long. partwise the stuff the speakers told about were a little bit off topic. Some of the content could be presented in a lightning talk better. At all, I really missed the lightnings. The keynotes didn't seem to be in the website calendar when I booked my travel so I missed the opening and closing keynotes. I wasn't the only person to have made this mistake. It was a great problem that hey ran over time. Sitting on time in Sir Clive Granger and waiting for half an hour is a waste of time. Sorry, this survey is really long now so I'm struggling to keep interested enough to rattle my memory. I think we should have people from outside that tell us how bad we are, not people from inside that tell ourself how good we are, this don't help to go further Good variety. Missed the d3 Great to see OSGeo tools being put to such noble uses as well as just saving money in corporate environments Steve Feldman went on far too long which got the conference off to a terrible start from a time-keeping point of view Most keynotes were not really keynotes in my opinion. I'd liked to have seen more challenging talks on topics that matter. Didn't attend but had to tick box to move on Really pretty good overall. They need to not run over their allotted time slots. Some were quite entertaining at the time but I don't have a particularly clear recollection of their contents now, some weeks later. The Ordnance Survey one was of interest to me as I work in a similar organisation. The MapStory one was of interest as it introduced something novel and interesting which I hadn't been familiar with before. Some others were a bit rambling. I think the speakers were all qualified in terms of their knowledge and experience to give keynotes but their speaking skills were a bit more variable. Having the HOT and Worldbank keynotes together made it a bit boring, since the subjects were so similar. Generally very interesting and thought provoking. Well done! The opening keynotes were not very nice being viewed from the overflow room. The slides were almost unreadable and I felt like I could have been viewing from abroad. It was great to start the first day at 10am. all were very interesting timekeeping could have been stricter as sessions were affected. Not a keynote comment but can't see where else to put it: I was very disappointed in the lack of the shootout on the final afternoon. It was a whole valuable hour on the programme and there had been no announcement beforehand that it was not happening. A bit of a dampener. very good Interesting but I can't remember much about them!!! Paul always does an excellent job delivering his talks and did so again this year. It was very interesting to hear from Ordnance Survey. Chris Tucker's keynote was also very well done. Not really


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What was your favourite presentation

Danish data distribution platform andrea aime Leaflet Load Balancing Large Numbers Of OSGeo Components All of the QGIS sessions Chris Helm on fun GitHub repos Wide Area Alerting And Notification System For Wildfires (and Other Nasties): Graeme McFerren 41.2 Modelling 3D underground data John from NCAR about Threads Lucene Spatial, Steven Citron-Pousty open source intro Creating a web atlas using D3 Postgis 3D QGIS v2.0 Tom Payne - OL3 Under The Hood istSOS presentation Leaflet: Past, Present, Future Postgis w. Paul Ramsey Evaluating Open Source GIS Techniques For Addressing Database, Analysis And Visualization Aspects Of Spatiotemporal Information - Lynae Sutton Communicating Data Quality through Web Map Services - Jon Blower QGIS . Postgis Feature Frenzy 3d postgis Geographic Scripting In uDig: Halfway Between Developer And User mine ! GIS is not dead, it's coming for you and it's been drinking javascript qgis server/web/cloud LIDAR In PostgreSQL With Pointcloud: 24.1 Cartopy and Iris Denise McKenzie OL3 Stream boost geometry GeoGit GDAL/OGR from Frank W CartoDB Session 1 12:00 User-centered Design For, Or How To Create A Usable Geoportal Faster Raster For All Paul Ramsey - PostGIS Frenzy PostGIS Feature Frenzy: Paul Ramsey newbie Postgis frenzy All performed by Paul Ramsey :) 29.1 Openlayers 3 Peter Batty QGIS Server, QGIS Web Client And QGIS Cloud Brazil gesture globe MapProxy paul ramsey postgis PostGIS Feature Frenzy Application Development With OpenLayers 3 Geopackage Leaflet; Past, Present and Future Boost Geometry Barrys 65.1 Graeme Bell: Faster Rasters for All postgis feature frenzy Mapserver Status 31.3 User centered design GIS is not dead and he eating javascript PostGIS feature frenzy Steven Citron-Pousty, The Forgotten NOSQL Spatial Datastore CartoDB by Javier Mapping for Rights 39.4 Tim Waters - Psychogeography Mapserver community update geopackage The Met Office Open Data Journey Paul Ramsey - PostGIS feature frenzy PostGIS Feature Frenzy: Paul Ramsey openlayers 3 52.3 about QGIS Postgis PointClouds Openlayers3 presentations none Paul Ramsey on Postgis/LAS Postgis feature frenzy 51.2 PDAL, M. Smith GeoCat Bridge publish From ArcGIS Desktop into FOSS4G Data licenses, Arnulf Christl Cedric Moullet Swiss Topo 15.1 Things to do with OSM Space, Place And Psychogeography: Paul Ramsey's That's really tough to say. Sorry. OpenLayers 3 Showcase Stephen Pousty NoSQL All the new cool stuff in QGIS 51.1 LIDAR in PostgreSQL Session 66 - Chris Helm GeoPackage, The Shapefile Of The Future Session 51, Lidar in PostgresSql PostGIS feature frenzy - Paul Ramsey Javier de la Torre OL3 for developers Marco Minghini - web GIS and data collection GDAL Geoserver Setup GIS Is Not Dead, It’s Coming For You And It’s Been Drinking JavaScript: Christopher Helm 1.2 QGIS as a platform OpenLayers 3 OL3 Eric Lemoine WMS-V: a new way to visualise geo-temporal data - Tim Heuer LIDAR In PostgreSQL With Pointcloud pgRouting For Dummies State Of GeoServer PostGIS (Ramsey) 19.2 GeoServer On Steroids: 44.1 PostGIS Feature Frenzy. Norwegian Farmers Space, place an psycogeography by Tim Waters Vladimir Agafonkin, Leaflet: Past, Present, Future Monmouthmedia QGIS 2.0 leaflet 8.1 pgrouting Paul Ramsey - PostGIS Feature Frenzy 28.1 Paul Ramsey PostGIS Feature Frenzy (Ramsey) State of Geoserver 61.2 OL under the hood Warmerdam/Roualt Andrea & Simone on Geoserver OpenLayers 3: Under The Hood GIS Is Not Dead, It’s Coming For You And It’s Been Drinking JavaScript: Scribe: MapServer Mapfile Development Made Easy: Open Data For Real (Arnulf Christl)

What was your 2nd favourite presentation

mobile apps Arnulf Christl, Qualifying For Open Source PostGIS Feature Frenzy GeoCouch: An N-dimensional Index For Apache CouchDB And Couchbase PostGIS point clouds Advanced Geoserver Geoserver Security 41.4 3D Web Services and Models for the Web STOQS: The Spatial Temporal Oceanographic Query System 8.2 Shortest way to school Postgis feature frenzy Things to do with OpenStreetMap Iris & CartoPy Session 55, Inside GeoGit Working With Spatial Databases With GeoAlchemy: QGIS . Nathan Woodrow Pascal Coulon’s talk on disconnected GI Mobile Mobile development with Openlayers, Sencha touch, phone gap Anita Graser The Geodata Agency's Data Distribution Platform 61.1 Communicating Data Quality through Web Map Services Geoserver on Steroids GeoServer On Steroids Faster Rasters For All Subsidised school transport for the shortest way to school - Oliver May Gianni Ciolli - Optimising Spatial Data Analysis With PostgreSQL And PostGIS swisstopo Session 10 15:00 CartoDB User-centered Design For, Or How To Create A Usable Geoportal 11.2 Mobile Development 25.2 Deploying an OS GIS in Warks CC - Jonathan Moules Paul Ramsay Linked Data Mobile3D GeoServer on Steroids The Geodata Agency's Data Distribution Platform: Mads Bjørn-Møldrup Tim Waters: Space, Place And Psychogeography PostGIS Feature Frenzy Application Development With OpenLayers 3 Tile cache Leaflet past, present, future PostGIS 3D Pierre Couretin processing data in geoserver with WPS and sql views 55.1 41.3 A new dimension to PostGIS 3D cartopy 34.2 WMS-V Processing Data In GeoServer With WPS And SQL Views writing with R and Qgis Toscana LIDAR in PostgreSQL with Pointcloud All performed by the GeoServer crew :) 25.2 cartodb PostGIS Allan from Esri on using GitHub 47.2 Advanced Cartographic Map Rendering In GeoServer (Andrea Aime) LIDAR In PostgreSQL With Pointcloud: Paul Ramsey Mappy - Audrey Malherbe A New Dimension to PostGIS: 3D Disconnected Geospatial Mobile & “Open Source†5 Rules To Success?: Pascal Coulon Andrea Aime advanced cartography w/ GeoServer GDAL/OGR Project Status (Warmerdam) GST Distribution Platform Michelle Walker - catchment management User Experience - Swisstopo 61.1 OL app development video layers presentation Deegree: Turn-key Solution For Interoperable INSPIRE Download Services 10.3 MOLUSCE 51.1 LIDAR in PostgreSQL Introduction To Location And Linked Data Application Development With OpenLayers 3: Tim Schaub GeoServer Jack Harrison's on using NOSql GeoServer from Jody/Andrea E. Belo - 3D: Where do we stand? OpenLayers 3 OpenLayers 3: Under The Hood 44.1 WMS-V OpenLayers 3: Under The Hood - Tom Payne 53.1 GraphGIS That was Barry's also. State Of GeoServer OGR/GDAL Esri and GitHub Optimising Spatial Data Analysis With PostgreSQL And PostGIS 31.2 Leaflet, the Making Of Geospatial Javascript - Christopher Helm Geoiq javascript guy 13.4 Integrating collaborative data Envitia: Delivering High Performance Spatial Data Infrastructures Using FOSS4G Components Paul Ramsey - PostGIS Feature Frenzy Paul Ramsey by GeoSolutions State of Geoserver PDAL Vladimir Agafonkin cartodb PostGIS frenzy Geoserver on steroids Optimising Spatial Data Analysis With PostgreSQL And PostGIS: Gianni Ciolli WMS-V: A New Way To Visualise Geo-temporal Data Pietr from Klokan about MapTiler iris/cartopy

What was your 3rd favourite presentation

Mobile Development With OpenLayers 53.2 53.3 10.2 QGIS Server, QGIS web Client OpenLayers 3 - How To Successfully Run A Crowdfunding Campaign For An OSS Project Faster rasters for all ESRI Github about OpenLayers 38.2 Working With Spatial Databases With GeoAlchemy The State of GeoServer Web-based Participatory GIS With Data Collection In The Field: A Prototype Architecture: Marco Minghini GIS is not dead, it's coming for you... GIS data security applied Fire Prevention (SA) Leaflet: Past, Present, Future - Vladimir Agafonkin State Of GeoServer Epidemiology With An Open Source WebGIS Platform Chris Helm on awesome JS projects QGIS As A Platform . Paul Ramsey: LIDAR in PostgreSQL With Pointcloud John Goodwin linked data Advanced GeoServer Security With GeoFence 42.1 Pymodis Session 18, GDAL/OGR project status 20.1 Advanced Cartograpic Map Rendering In GeoServer Project Status Report - Meet The Developers!: Daniel Morisse 11.2 Mobile Development Geogit User-centered Design For, Or How To Create A Usable Geoportal: Cédric Moullet Migration To Open Source Database System GDAL status MODIS python tool presentation Why Open Source GIS Is A Viable Option For The Korean National GIS Program: Sanghee Shin 29.1 Geoserver State of the Art Tim Water's on Psychogeography Arnulf christl on open data Application Development With OpenLayers 3 - Tim Schaub Application Development With OpenLayers 3 31.1 User Centered Design Mappy-ng by Audrey Malherbe PostGIS Frenzy Delivering High Performance Spatial Data Infrastructures Using FOSS4G Components Marius Schebella Tim Waters too many A Mercader - CKAN 57.2 Scribe oldmapsonline Tim Sutton on QGIS (damn, that was a keynote too, right? Keep You Data & Metadata Synchronised How to build an usable GeoPortal: Mapcache Raster Data In GeoServer And GeoTools: Achievements, Issues And Future Developments GIS Is Not Dead, It’s Coming For You And It’s Been Drinking JavaScrip New Zealand Case Study - Brent Alexander Wood no pref Geoserver introduction 60.1 14.2 UK Metoffice Gdal / Ogr status Frank Warmerdam Using Free And Open Source GIS To Automatically Create Standards-Based Spatial Metadata In Academia: Claire Ellul Tim Schaub - Application Development With OL3 GIS Is Not Dead, It’s Coming For You And It’s Been Drinking JavaScript: Christopher Helm 60.1 leaflet 15.2 OSM-GB SwissTopo Portal from Cedric GIS javascript Opensource on AWS Kate Chapman Eric Lemoine SVG Map - tile map without JavaScript - Taro Matsuzawa istSOS: A Comprehensive User Friendly Monitoring Data System; Release 2.0 And Latest Enhancements (Massimiliano Cannata) Application development with OpenLayers 3 32.1 postgis goodies GeoServer On Steroids: Simone Giannecchini Create And Use INSPIRE Harmonised Geodata With HALE 18.1 Spot on Geomajas OpenLayers 3: Under The Hood Innovations In Mapping Time-Based Data In CartoDB Barry's again.

Was the number of presentations?

About right 166 64%
Too many 85 33%
Not enough! 6 2%
Other 3 1%

Do you have any general comments on the presentations

Maybe the location of the talks...usually an issue on university campuses for FOSS4G. Sometimes the buildings are too spread out. But this is minor. Can live with that. I think that the choice of having presentations also at the Sir Clive Granger Building was not good, because it was too far from the EMCC and so, if you wanted to attend a presentation at the Sir Clive Granger Building, you were forced to stay there for all the three presentations of that session. Many interesting presentations. Overall, excellent and varied. For me the problem was that the most interesting presentations were all on one day (Sat) and there were many I had to miss because of conflicting times and the distance to Clive Granger. Also, some presentations were put in rooms that were too small, having people disappointed (and too late/far away to make it to another talk) and some were in a room far too big. Also a good mix of themes. I would have liked to see some more presentations of applied tools perhaps, like projects that had utilised analysis in QGIS or so, but overall everything was interesting. I have little comments, because I attended the conference mainly for networking, so I spent all my time at OSGeo booth and discussing with people. I am sorry to not have given presentations much attention, but felt they were more useful for newcomers and developers than for myself, given the coordination/management role I am steadily morphing into. In my opinion open source conferences try to do too much which leads to conferences that are extremely long and hard to justify with work. I notice that many delegates had to take leave to attend. Hard to know what is the right number of tracks ... was similar to previous events, but I lean to maybe having slightly fewer tracks in future. Presenter did not show up for "Vector Pyramids: A Multi-scale Vector Rendering And Processing Algorithm" Unfortunatelly too many talks at the same time I think there were too many presentation, though I can see the point of not excluding too many people. The split between the two locations of talks was bad. I had the feeling that only a Paul Ramsey or Frank Warmerdam were able to fill the rooms that weren't located in the EMCC. Quite a few people (me included) often didn't bother going there. The presentations didn't provide too much insight to a developer who has been working with this tools for several years... someone suggested an idea that talks should not only be grouped by topic, but rather by level. at least for introductory talks. so that I can sit in a room and get an overview about different topics that are new to me. As a relative non-techie I visited a number of presentations that were about the use of FOSS4G software. Something like the business-end of it. With the broadening of the use of open software one or two specific tracks throughout the conference would help peeps like me a lot. And it would encourage more users and managers to come to the conference as well. Select larger rooms for popular talks (e.g. PostGIS, OpenLayers). Fewer streams and use four conference days. The recordings should include a movie recording. It would be more practical if the presentations were all held in the same venue - EMCC. I also think that 6 streams would be enough. It was hard to follow 9 streams and attend all the interesting presentations. There's a chance that reducing the number of presentations by 33% would also increase their overall quality. Some could of been in bigger rooms to accommodate the all the people wanting to go... but I wanted to see more, but there was less time...lot of streams at once Most were excellent, some semed to have a less than ideal grasp of their subject or struggled in public speaking. many Presentations were good, In an ideal world there wouldn't have been such a big distance between the two buildings but at least I got plenty of exercise. Nice to have so much choice - we had a number of staff there to attend as many as possible. I missed out on lots of good presentations because of the number of parallel sessions, but hopefully I'll get to watch the ones I missed online when I get a chance. Less parallel session perhaps. There could have been a bit more presentations about phenomenas which may be rising in popularity. Voting process do not find new innovative stuff easily but that would suti better for the committee. Own sessions about more obvious trends like Time dimension in GIS and 3D, and one to two for the wild, different ideas. There could have been less presentation, perhaps somehow bundled, about the well known stable products. The overall quality of the presentations was high and whilst good to have choice, the actually choice was overwhelming – perhaps a question of less is more? Good range of case studies & technical presentations. Would have liked to see some streams with longer, more in-depth technical presentations or demos, but on balance the format worked well for the majority of cases. Too many interesting presentations running at he same time, especially on saturday many of them I've seen were excellent. I am not a fan of always saying, that was th best and so on. Everybody who talked did a good job. I think there were too many parallel sessions (some interesting presentations were at the same time), and there was no chance to get from one building to another between two presentations. Most of the presentations were very good in particular those given by Andrea & Simone on GeoServer. Some were postgrad students describing their thesis which I found less valuable as very specialist and not applicable to my job. There were many concurrent greate presentation, so it was almost impossible not attend some of them. Very interesting range of content. Inevitably there were some times when I wanted to go to more than one simultaneously and other times when I wasn't too worried about attending any but not much can be done about that. The number was enough to give a good choice. If there were many more it would become difficult to check all of them to see which ones looked interesting but it is hard to argue against having more if a reasonable quality can be maintained. Too many scientific / user presentations, presentations with more technical information would be better. I think it was a bit too OSGeo-centric, many of the awesome geo technologies of today were not covered, e.g. Mapnik, MapBox stuff. I'd certainly enjoy more presentations about cool non-OpenLayers HTML5/JS stuff, which is dominating the geo web otherwise. FOSS4G-NA in Minneapolis was more balanced in this way. I would have enjoyed less overlapping between workshops and presentations. It would be better if the presentation slides could be uploaded before the conference starts. Quite an important problem : Really to much QGIS and other user stuff, good presentations for developpers were hided in the smallest rooms with too many people to attend them Locations of some of the workshops seemed back to front - biggest players in smallest venues - e.g. OL3, Paul Ramsey Too many parallel streams - I frequently wanted to be in two (or three) places at once - while at other times I struggled to find one! Presentations, in the main, were good. some of them the presentations were hard to understand (because of the language) and in others the speaker did not seem to have been prepared to do the presentation. to many parallels presentation. Please build only 4 or 5 tracks. The planning of topics and parallel tracks was not right for me. E.g. on Saturday the sessions on GeoGIT, MapServer and OL3 ran parallel: what to choose??? And then having to run from one building to the other made it impossible to go to some of the sessions of my preference. Very good quality and very intersting to see the varied use of Open Source products across so many disciplines/industries Many presenters have a very hard time keeping to the assigned amount of time. Either by magic make them keep to the assigned time (although they should be prepared for this, they clearly are not), or give them a bit more time, which would cause fewer presentations. Fewer but more thorough presentations would be ok. some unfortunate overlaps (like OpenLayers/Leaflet), otherwise well done! I didn't mind the walk between the 2 buildings, it was good for some fresh air and stretching. But sometimes it was impossible to attent the presentations i wanted. too many concurrent session, i would give one more day to presentation There were *far* too many presentations, quality suffered. A number of the presentations that I was interested in were cancelled or the speaker did not turn up. The scheduling of presentations was poor, with presentations covering similar areas scheduled at the same time in different places. In fact the number of presentations was good but the length of the conference was too short. We really need to think about expanding FOSS4G to a full 5 days of presentations to cut down on the overlap. Some of the presenters need to be clear who their intended and actual audiences are. The amount of streams was about right. Only the commute between different venues was not nice. I was on time for the presentation I had to give, but virtually nobody else was, even the session chair was 15 minutes to late because of the lengthy keynotes plus commute time between venues. Too many good stuff for me to attend them all It would have been better if all of the presentations had been in the same building as I had to miss some presentations due to travel time. Too many in parallel, too many streams. A topic per stream would have been nice. The quality seems to have been better in Denver, but I was not disappointed. There were many good presentations/sessions. I went to JavaOne straight after the conference and FOSS4G seemed to have better sessions. Maybe I'm spoiled by FOSS4G 2011 in Denver. I was blown away then. I couldn't get to some of my favourites because of scheduling conflicts, would have been good if some of the most popular speakers had been scheduled separately or double scheduled Usually 30 minutes was too short time to give a technical presentation to tech savvy audience. Alright, so there were only too many because I couldn't be in two places at once! most of them where very good, some were quite poor. The scheduling was sometimes wierd and sometimes worse Too much streams, can't split myself.... Most of the time i wanted to be at least in 2 places at the same time. Would be nice if (at least some) presentations could be presented 2x Having so many presentations in parallel made it hard to choose, and then if the ones of interest were in the different buildings, it was rather a rush (sometimes I was too late to get into popular ones so missed out completely). But, it was really good to have so many interesting topics - maybe it needed to be over more days with fewer run in parallel. It would have been nice to have planned breaks post Q&A between talks, even if only 5 minutes. Some seemed a little to hastily prepared. Some presentations were in unsuitable rooms (Frank Warmerdam, Paul Ramsey) You know up front they will be very popular so plan for it. I have not added favourite presentations because I believe the value was having many presentations on the topics I tend to need now. The only remark I have is that some projects didn't have the chance for a presentation, and some projects took a large share of the presentations. I would have liked to see more different projects. Eg mapguide was missing as were some of the upcoming javascript libraries I'd like more newbie presentations. My main suggestion for FOSS4G is that there should be more demos and hands on exercises for the new OS-GIS user, or even for people who haven't used GIS before. It would have been great to have a group of people who you could sit down with and teach you how to make a map using QGIS and OS data sets. That would get me back next year and be a powerful feature. The choice of rooms for certain streams of presentations didn't appear to be well thought out. Open Layers 3 talks for example were particularly over full. I had the problem that sometimes there were 3-4 interesting presentations at the same time in different sessions. Therefore I would plead for a better thematical organization of the presentations. Especially during the session, I was presenting in (and where I was supposed to stay at), there were several interesting presentations in other sessions I couln't attend to. Additionally the distance between EMCC and Sir Clive Granger wasn't helping with session hopping. Though, no offense - I know you probably tried... As mentioned above, two venues too far apart, hard to plan your sessions. After attending 5+ geo events, many of the presentation are coming back and not many are new stuff for me personally. Quite a few interesting presentations were overlapping (which I guess cannot be avoided). But more problematic was that some presentations were in the other building, which was too far away to change to in between presentations. Very professionally done overall. Presentations were of a better quality than at AGI GeoCom In general the session chairs did a really good job of making sure that the speakers kept to time, and that the programme was as near to as advertised as it could be. The volunteers also did a good job of managing traffic in and out of rooms between talks so that the question and answer sessions were not interrupted. I would like to (re)view some of the presentations online. Shame opening speeches overran on Thursday causing inability to get to Clive Granger building on time and subsequently missing 12:30 session entirely back at EMCC. Out of 190 presentations, less than half have the presentations or videos online. With nine streams, you are bound to have missed some of the presentations you wanted to see, and the material still isn't available. I know thats not the committee's fault, but it is disappointing from a community built around being open. The 9 parallel tracks, along with the two locations, made it impossible to attend all the interesting (from my point of view) session reduce number of sessions - make presentations a bit shorter 1 hour time slots didn't allow time to go between presentations if required. Annoying that people walked in/out of presentations during the time slots. The MapServer presentations seemed to be clumped together on the last morning and the GeoServer presentations seemed to be on the first two days. This may have been due to the teams availability. Give 5 minutes of break between one presentation to another to allows attendance to move freely. I think the presentations would be best if all in the same building. It was hard to get back and forth. Several of the presentations that I went to started badly/late because the presenter did not know that there would not be a PC for them to put a USB stick into. The notes to presenters on the web-site implied that there would be "Should you not wish to use your own laptop please have your presentation available on a USB drive". Nothing that FOSS4G could fix - some presentations were powerpoints FILLED with information and pictures of clouds, cylinders, arrows, charts and small fonts. Next time a 10 days FOSS4G to be able to see everything: happy with all those presentations but difficult to choose. I'm not sure I chose the right Thursday afternoon session but the choice of sessions available was a bit overwhelming! 9 streams is too much. Not all were so interesting. I'd rather be more selective. Distil down to ~100 really good ones. Less rooms, better conditioned, raise bar to become a FOSS4G presenter. Then maybe let some other space to give oportunity to minorities? Generally the standard was really high. I was disappointed with several presentations that were very sales-orientated from service providers, but across 190 presentations there are always going to be a few duff ones. Great job all round. Understandably there are going to be clashes in the time table with such an event, but sometimes it was a juggling act to march between the two venues to get to the talks that i wanted to attend. Resulting in either not getting into the talk due to high demand or missing the first 5 minutes due to the walk. Please dont stand and read a pp. We can all read. Please tell us something additional and with examples if possible. the sorting/combination of the presentations could be better Needed to be time to move between presentations. Too many people either arrived just after a presentation started or left before it ended. Seemed to be a large drop off in people attending on the Saturday and those presenting between 9.00-10.00 slot had very few attendees. Too many streams I recognise that it is difficult to strike a balance, especially for an international conference in the open source domain, however, I gained the impression that anyone who wanted to make a presentation was able to do so. Perhaps clearer streaming within OS GEO projects might have helped. somme presentation should be a little longer in time (but less than the workshop) so the speakers can go in details There were so many interesting presentations going on at the same time. Maybe increase the duration of the conference, or reduce the number of accepted presentations. It was very hard to choose where to go. On the bus or in bed I would try to plan out a session ticking my guide, but there were so many to read per session(~27 to decide a run of ~3). Some were great. Others were badly informed (like the OSM one that didn't include the default editor(iD) in a list of top editors). Why put popular presentations like feature frenzy, gdal, openlayers in Clive Granger? Why Leaflet and Openlayers at the same time? 30 min is too short, extend the session to min 45 min. Needed to build in a little more time (5 minutes) between presentations to allow for moving between venues etc. Some of the rooms were a little small (and hot) - I'm thinking here of room 3 (I think that what it was called). too many streams. Longer day with less streams = more ability to actually see stuff. Had to choose to stay on one or the other building because the presentations were one after the other so no time to run to the other building or get there halfway through the presentation. On the whole the different sessions were well sycnhronised, allowing delegates to move between sessions in the breaks between speakers quite easily. This was not possible if the sessions desired were split across the EMCC and the Clive Grainger building - a slight downside. Probably too many parallel streams. A bit frustrating sometimes to have to pick up one stream rather another one. Not sure how this could be addressed : more days ? less streams ? or just keep it like that... Depending presentation: there too many people in some presentation 9 parallel tracks and having to commute to a separate building for three of the rooms was not ideal. We should aim for 4-5 tracks max either by spreading the program over an extra day or reducing the overall number of talks (if at all possible). The format of 20 mins talk, 5 mins questions, 5 mins to switch room is great, let's keep that. There were too many presentations I wished to attend that were clashing with each other. Also the distance between the EMCC and the Sir Clive Granger meant that we had to make a choice between the 2 locations. Had all the presentations been in the one place I could have attended some presentations I had to miss. The calendar of presentations was not so good, first days few interesting talk and the last day was full of overloaded and I cannot follow all the talk that I'd like There was a couple of presentations which were in too small room - more people would have wanted to attend them. Too many parallel streams, making it impossible to attend all presentations I was interested in. This could be adressed by having some presentations in parallel to morning introductions and afternoon wrap-ups. the tracks could have been better organized. Don't put leaflet and openlayers in parallell - the same people are interested! Too many of the presentations were trivial, possibly because the topic was too broad (e.g. "Choosing the right datastore", "Optimising spatial analysis with PostGIS") compared to the time avaliable In my opinion, leaving lunch for an hour is best. Mind you, people could optionally stay out in the halls if they wish. Too many presentations at the same time, so couldn't be at all presentations which interrested me. I think it would be better if there would be less presentations, and all held at EMCC. I would have preferred an extra day and fewer parallel sessions. The venue split was also difficult, wanting to see presentations in both venues in one session and no time to transfer.

Free workshops

Did you attend any of the free workshops

Yes 57 21%
No 216 79%

Overall how would you rate the free workshops?

0 0 0%
1 2 3%
2 0 0%
3 3 5%
4 3 5%
5 5 8%
6 7 11%
7 14 23%
8 13 21%
9 6 10%
10 9 15%

Please list which free workshops you attended

Geoserver 1 and 2 PostGIS Geoserver w19,w20 Geoserver no time Geonetwork widgets Thu pm: W20 - SpatioTemporal Data Handling With GeoServer: An Introduction With Examples For MetOc And Remote Sensing Data For WMS And WCS Fri am: W24 - Implementing Spatial Search Engines Fri pm: W27 - Keep Your Data And Metadata Synchronized Sat am: W26 - GeoNetwork For Dummies, Or How To Setup And Use An SDI In 3 hours Grass WPS With GeoServer Implementing Spatial Search Engines QGIS and Sextante Openshift Workshop Geoserver HA Geospatial Search Geocat Optimising GeoServer W21-Spatial analysis with QGis & Sextante W23-WPS with geoserver W27-How to easily build your own geonetwork UI using Widgets SpatioTemporal Data Handling With GeoServer W20: SpatioTemporal Data Handling With GeoServer: An Introduction With Examples For MetOc And Remote Sensing Data For WMS And WCS W28, W25, W26 in that order W28: Advanced Spatial Data Analysis With GRASS GIS 7 W21: Spatial Analysis With QGIS And its Processing Module W26: GeoNetwork For Dummies, Or How To Setup And Use An SDI In 3 hours GeoServer for Production GeoServer, that was a presentation not a workshop W19: Introduction To High Availability Clusters With GeoServer And GeoWebCache W23: WPS With GeoServer I organised the workshop on geospatial and search. W19: Introduction To High Availability Clusters With GeoServer And GeoWebCache Introduction to high availability clusters with geoserver and geowebcache QGIS geoprocessing Spatial Analysis With QGIS And its Processing Module GRASS GRASS advanced analysis GeoServer High availability geoserver setup QGIS and Processing GeoNetwork - CGB, Saturday Geoserver by GeoSolutions W24: Implementing Spatial Search Engines PotsGIS W19: Introduction To High Availability Clusters With GeoServer And GeoWebCache W23: WPS With GeoServer W19: Introduction to High Availability Clusters With Geoserver and Geowebcache W20: Spatio Temporal Data Handling with Geoserver How To Easily Build Your Own GeoNetwork UI Using Widgets QGIs plugin (wrong answer in the previous step as QGIs plugin was a free workshop) W19 High performance strategies for geoserver with Andrea Aime W20: SpatioTemporal Data Handling With GeoServer: An Introduction With Examples For MetOc And Remote Sensing Data For WMS And WCS (4/10) W24: Implementing Spatial Search Engines (8/10) W25: How To Easily Build Your Own GeoNetwork UI Using Widgets (3/10) W19: Introduction To High Availability Clusters With GeoServer And GeoWebCach W20: SpatioTemporal Data Handling With GeoServer: An Introduction With Examples For MetOc And Remote Sensing Data For WMS And WCS W23: WPS With GeoServer W22: Big Data in Geo W19 W20

Do you have any general comments on the free workshops

Didn't feel they were general enough. These were massively useful = really impressed these were available. good thing! I think it is very interesting to have free workshops for people who payed the conferences but cannot attend to the first days. A good idea, it should be maintained Excellent, lots of information and expertise made freely available. Not just from presenters, but other attendees Didn't like collision with presentations. I would have liked attend to more, but too many things were clashing. Unfortunately they were at the same time than the presentations. There was not enough promotion for the free workshops. They were for example sadly enough not visible in the official program. It takes quite some time and effort to create and run a workshop (i know since i ran one). Hopefully next year this will be promoted in a better way. Else i don't think i will do that again. DIdn't have time to attend Was a failure... We couldnt get the geoservers up and running. It was impossible for us to get our software (Virtual Machine) working via USB. Next time it would be great if VM software is already available so that the software can be started instantly. The registration process could be improved. Although, I would have liked to attend one or more of the free workshops (good add-on to the conference!), I was reluctant to miss the presentations. Perhaps, it would be possible to shift the workshops to the after-presentation time in the afternoon or evening?? It was OK I did not have the background for W25. I had the misfortune to come about 10 minutes late. I got no assistance from the one instructor or any assistants,if she had any. I had no idea what was happening. The instructor talked continuously. The room was too full. I left halfway and was totally unsatisfied. Luckily I had the courage to go to W26 the day after, after hearing the instructor's talk. I was 150% happy with that workshop. He and his 2 assistants were very helpful and attentive to our needs at every step of the way. Installation of QGis wasn't working on my computer, W23 took 1 hour over 2h to set up. Eccelent none was very good. Was more like a lecture, not enough hands on,no hand outs. I would have liked to give a Free workshop and had it in the program. It wasn't clear how I was supposed to make that happen. The workshop was usefule but a little rushed Better than the paid ones. This was a valuable addition to the conference. It is hard to decide between going to workshops and presentation sessions but it was a good choice to have. In the end I kept it to one as it was quite intense and I didn't think I could keep up the same level of concentration for a longer period! Very good presentation! The free one I attended was of better quality than some of the paid ones I attended. Adding these free workshops has been a nice way to allow users to get their hands on some packages like grass and geonetwork which had been "forgotten" from the main workshops. My main comment is that attending a free workshop implied missing three to four presentations. the two I attended were really just demos - very good and worthwhile, but we didn't touch our PCs. very good ie QGIS 2.0 wouldn't work on windows so it was hard to follow along, unfortunate, but maybe in the future presenters could prepare for the version on the DVD ( I know a bit hard when the version comes out during the conference and it is awesome) And the Openshift workshop, it felt like we were intruding on all the groups working in the geotent, it just didn't have a good vibe, they didn't seem happy to have someone trying to do a talk and it was hard to concentrate on the speaker when other people around you are talking about other things. The WPS With GeoServer workshop did not work because of problem within the University's proxy! It could have been better if the workshop presenter could have tested that before starting the workshop because it was a little bit boring and time-wasting to attend a workshop that actually doesn't work! Too busy attending talks to attend the free workshops - there was almost too much choice (that common FOSS issue!) good idea...but at the same time were another hot topics so i had to miss something Good initiative. Problem is that they are competing with the plethora of presentations. There was a general lack of organisation in the free workshop that I attended. There was wifi access issues and no clear instructions about setting up your kit (laptop/software) prior to the workshop or at the start. I think that I spent the first 15 minutes trying to gage what was going on and what we should be doing. Generally a bit disorganised at the beginning but got better.

Attending a future FOSS4G event

How likely are you to attend next year's FOSS4G will be in Portland, Oregon USA

0 19 7%
1 13 5%
2 27 10%
3 25 9%
4 16 6%
5 45 17%
6 32 12%
7 36 13%
8 24 9%
9 20 7%
10 11 4%

If you answered with less than an 8/10 to the above question please indicate why you might not attend FOSS4G 2014

Too far 162 49%
Too expensive 119 36%
I didn't enjoy FOSS4G 2013 4 1%
Other 46 14%

If FOSS4G 2015 was in Europe how likely would you be to attend

0 3 1%
1 2 1%
2 7 3%
3 6 2%
4 5 2%
5 17 6%
6 18 7%
7 33 12%
8 66 24%
9 67 25%
10 47 17%

Would you like to give us a one line quote that we can use in future FOSS4G publicity?

A quote from Ivan Sanchez: "Like the folks who made Linux, we meet yearly at venues...". Or a quote from an unnamed geohacker "Geo for all (who have £300 to spare)" Free like beer; free like speech Its a really good conference. You enjoied their software, now enjoy their company This conference have boosted my enthousiasm for contributing to open source geosoftware Delete this test response OS GIS community is strong Please stop the creation of heros. We all do our job! It's not about what free GIS does today, but what you can do with it tomorrow! FOSS4G - Top Notch GIS If you care about Mapping and Open Source Software then FOSS4G is the perfect place to unleash your inner map-geek! Meet the people that make our world work. FOSS4G-4EVER . The venue to be Join the georevolution Feel the true spirit of a FOSS4G event. Meet, laugh, and share. FOSS4G: The yearly gathering of the whole Open Source Geo tribe F%#& I$RI The one you should not miss to keep up with the state-of-the-art FOSS4G technologies. Cool I want to break free!!! FOSS4G is the best conference for any geospatial enthusiast. If you have the chance to attend, do it. a great opportunity to meet the developers, users and contributors to open-source geospatial software across all industry sectors and communities FOSS4G...get your yearly dose of geospatial stuff Take a hike to mapland ! Never has money been so well spent Mad about Mapping State of FOSS4G is a state of mind "Many keen, open minded geo professionals who are in business." --Jan Kolar "I felt right at home, so many like-minded geo-geeks" Geotastic! FOSS4G is the place to learn about Open-Source Geo in a friendly and informal environment It was a long time since I felt as inspired as after FOSS4G 2013 Community, passion, meetings, geospatial and opensource. Can't ask better Meet the friendly and geeky FOSS4G community FOSS4G was one of the best conferences I’ve attended in my career – high energy, thought provoking and fun, and great to exchange ideas with folks who are equally passionate about open source. Welcoming. Challenging. Inspiring. Fun. Your favorite FOSS-deity will be there too! A great opportunity to learn whats happening in the Open Source Community. Add "where" to your life yes FOSS4G rocks! FOSS4G was a fantastic learning experience for me, it was the best industry event of 2013. A refreshing change from the usual corporates sales pitches, open source geo software has finally reached the stage where it is a viable alternative to commercial offerings - the big vendors should be afraid Attendance vital to all those who work with Open Source geospatial software The old GIS World is exploding Sets the standard against which other open source and geo conferences need to be judged; just superb Best FOSS4G (until now) Inspiring what is being done with Opensource now FOSS4G is always a truly awesome but also exhausting event one should never miss. Go to FOSS4G to meet - and say thank you to - the people who creates the software you use shame the beer ran out Just Do It! Don't miss it. Ever. The future of geography! Go FOSS4G FOSS4G 2013 has demonstrated that geospatial open source software has grown up, so wake up and start using it! FOSS4G is the place to go to meet with key developers in the geospatial community. FOSS4G is an amazing oportunity to get in contact with the best on open source software for geospatial information! Get help from the source Free and Open your mind for geospatial this concept has strong perspec Fantastic conference - I came away with a renewed enthusiasm for pursuing Open Source geo solutions. The only way to see all the FOSS4G players in one place Brilliantly organised high energy event in the geo space. Emer Coleman Excellent Maptastic in every way Amazing FOSS4G - all you can eat opensource GIS! It's a simple equation: Open Source + Spatial = FOSS4G All the brains of the geo world If you care about Geo, you must attend FOSS4G and see how the open source conmunity is working hard to make a difference. If you care about Open Source, you need to attend FOSS4G to see how Open Source is diisrupting nd competing in beyong just IT but in areas that really matter to tje public. The most enjoyable and productive conference I've ever been to - thank you FOSS4G Dont be afraid to come alone, because you wont be lonely! I loved the relaxed, open minded and dedicated atmosphere at the FOSS4G conference. Collaboration, cheering, meaning rather than competition, cheering rather than competition, critisising, money

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