FOSS4G 2013 Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:32:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fiona’s FOSS4G – Academic bursary review Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:51:08 +0000 Addy ]]> Fiona provides our latest bursary write-up. Fiona is studying for an MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London and is interested in how Geospatial technology can be used to aid conservation projects.

As a conservationist attending software based conference I was worried a lot of the presentations would be way above my head, being more comfortable with the Burmese sort of python than the script type. However with a number of talks being highlighted for ‘newbies’ such as myself and a range of excellent keynote talks I found I was often rushing around trying to get all of the talks I had ear-marked.

There were a few talks that really stood out for me, largely because of their engaging speakers but also due to the topic matter which I found fascinating and relevant to my interests. Saying that there was such a broad range of topics covered at FOSS4G – from guiding natural disaster recover to mapping the freshest powder snow –it was difficult to pick just three!

The first presentation that I went to at FOSS4G was ‘An Introduction to Open Source Geospatial’, by Arnulf Christl; which for me set the tone for the whole conference and provided an excellent and balanced introduction to the current state of affairs within the open source world. It was also great to be introduced to FOSS4G by one of the key players and this year’s winner of the Sol Katz award.

Another highlight for me followed shortly afterward with Michelle Walker’s talk ‘A Toe In The Water – Using Open Source Software To Support Catchment Management’; which provided an excellent overview of how open source geospatial data and software is being used on a practical level by The Rivers Trust, in order to identify likely sources of river pollution as well as other tools allowing the identification of problematic barriers to migratory fish. I found this talk especially interesting as it not only highlighted the more technical aspects of the data processing and management, but also provided a great insight into how to practically use the vast amount of data that is becoming increasingly available.

My third and final top pick from this year’s FOSS4G was the keynote talk by Kate Chapman – the Acting Director from the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). This talk was especially inspiring as I found it touched upon on all of the great strengths of the open source community – with HOT providing a service that is fast, responsive and most importantly, useful. Making geospatial data and software internationally relevant and perhaps even being the difference between life and death.

These three presentations, plus the many, many others which I have not mentioned, provided a great depth and breadth of information on the cutting edge work currently occurring within the open source geospatial world. What struck me throughout all the events I attended was the great desire and ability for collaboration, a characteristics which is all too often only considered superficially in the wider world; and one which I think all participants of FOSS4G should be proud of.

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Marco’s FOSS4G – Academic Bursary review Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:28:49 +0000 Addy ]]> Who are you?

I am Marco Minghini and I am currently studying for a PhD in Environmental and Infrastructures Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy.  As it was my second FOSS4G after the one in Denver (2011), I was sure it would have been a great experience but I have to say it turned out to be even better. First of all I must describe the conference organization: everything was in place, everything well-scheduled and everything went fine. An applause for the LOC is more than deserved!



What really stood out at the event?

Presentations at FOSS4G 2013 were all very good and choosing the best one(s) would mean somehow depreciating the others. What I can do is to list the ones that stuck in my memory for teaching me something.

  1. First presentation of the list is Paul Ramsey’s  closing plenary.  I will always remember his motto “be an open source citizen” and his impressive and exciting talk! Inspirational.
  2. The second presentation I would like to mention is the one given by Tim Sutton during the plenary session on Friday, September 20th, where he presented the new QGIS 2.0. I was astonished, not just because a new version of a software package I regularly use is available, but because I just didn’t expect it to be announced at the conference. This will be a great memory for me.
  3. Third presentation is “Open Data for Real” given by Arnulf Christl, who is first of all a great person and communicator – a real FOSS4G hero!


FOSS4G 2013 taught me a lot.

  • it updates my knowledge about the state of the art software/libraries and provides insight to their development path.  It also allows me to find out about new packages or ones that I have not considered using for a while.
  • It provides tips and hints on how to get the most out of software.  Having core developers on hand is amazing to help you exploit advanced functionality
  • I learnt once again, that one of the key factors for the success of FOSS4G is its community.  FOSS4G projects continue to grow, both in terms of quantity and quality and that means more people working together for a common goal.
  • I also have to say that FOSS4G people are incredibly funny! This conference has been unique in terms of the entertainment one can experience just listening to the presentations. Just to remember one of them, the Robin Hood-based welcome session was amazing!
  • And the last thing I learnt at FOSS4G was that… well, Nottingham beer was delicious!!

What do you intend to do after FOSS4G?

Now that I’m back, I pledge to do at least three things. First, to be (even more) part of the community, for instance by finding some time to spend helping some projects – “why not translate QGIS2.0 into my native language?”. Then, starting from what I heard during presentations and what I can find on the new OSGeo Live, I pledge to expand my FOSS4G knowledge by learning to use some more software, maybe the newest ones. Last but not least, I pledge to maintain and grow the friendships with the people I met, and to look forward for future collaborations with them. This is the way FOSS4G community grows!

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Tobias’ FOSS4G – Academic Bursary Review Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:01:13 +0000 Addy ]]>

Tobias Kohr

This Academic bursary event review is by Tobias Kohr who is a Research Associate at the Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology (i3mainz) at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz.

So FOSS4G 2013 Nottingham is over and I want to reflect on the event.  My FOSS4G started with workshops on Wednesday, which gave me the chance to meet some of the core developers of my favorite FOSS4G project (GeoNode) and taught me how to develop a QGIS plug-in. The next day the main conference started.  My write up is going to be a bit different from the ones that have already been posted.  I want to highlight some of the talks beyond the main keynote which have already seen quite a lot of discussion.


Oops, i am actually going to start discussing a keynote, but rules are there to be broken, right?  MapStory is a project that approaches crowd sourcing from a storytelling standpoint. Story tellers who are in the center of this application are able to present their concerns in a spatiotemporal frame. This frame covers most data and enables to share information in a way that can be easily interpreted. MapStory is based on GeoNode.

While QGIS 2.0 doesn’t seem to present any completely new innovations, a broad range of its features have been improved considerably or extended. One example would be the printing functions (Atlas/Mapbook, Snapping, HTML labeling, scalebar flexibility, etc.). Besides a new raster engine for better performance, a Model-Builder-like widget was integrated for easier processing.

As “the World’s leading open-source data portal platform”, ckan increasingly supports spatial capabilities like a CSW interface (pycsw), map widgets for visualization and spatial searches (based on Solr). Future challenges for the developersinclude the plan to merge and into one portal.


It is difficult to keep track with all the emerging cloud solutions in the Web GIS world. The creator of Mango gave a handy overview of ArcGIS online, CartoDB, geocommons, GIScloud, MapBox and his own invention. More information can be found in his free book.

The quite impressive cloud solution of CartoDB is based on technologies such as PostGIS, nodejs and ruby. Beyond the quick formatting and configuration of web map applications, it offers developers various APIs (CartoCSS, MapAPI, SQLAPI).

Cartaro tries to leverage common functionalities of the widely used and powerful CMS Drupal, like user administration, internationalization, versioning, layout, templates and editorial workflow and extend it with spatial capabilities to create a framework that can build “websites with a map” and “business apps with some GIS”.

While current Web GIS application can be very powerful, often they are not very intuitive. A rework of tries to overcome this shortcoming by simplifying the GUI and supporting the user with layer previews. The application is based on OpenLayers 3.

Geo-processing in spatial databases is faster than in programming code, so why not use it in WPS? This idea is pursued by GeoSolutions who have enabled their GeoServer WPS to pass SQL queries directly to the database for execution.


The vision of OL3 is to converge 2D (OpenLayers 2/Leaflet) and 3D (Cesium/OpenWebGlobe) web capabilities within one library. OL3 sees maps as graphics and puts a focus on client-side rendering. It follows the design principles of separation of concerns (map layers vs. data sources, interactions vs. controls) and high performance. Different to OL2, OL3 doesn’t include any GUI components itself, but is designed to work with other libraries, CSS and Bootstrap, which many responsive web applications tend to use nowadays. To get a feel, how to work with OL3 have a look at Tim Schaub’s presentation.

Just before the closing plenary, Christopher Helm turned out to give one of the most entertaining presentations of the conference, in my opinion. While he neglected the JavaScript loaded program of Saturday a little bit, he was asking for more and more and more of it, telling the audience about D3, topojson, node.js, walkshed.js, shapefile.js, shapely.js and Esri’s koop and terraformer. So why don’t we process geodata in JavaScript? In Helm’s opinion we should do and should also consider using technologies like Web RTC, Web sockets and Web workers.

Thank you so much to the LOC, the bursary sponsors and my institute for making my first FOSS4G visit possible!

FOSS4G 2013 academic bursaries were sponsored by EDINA. EDINA supports the use of spatial data in higher and further education in the UK.  EDINA relies heavily on free and open software to deliver its service and is proud to support FOSS4G 2013.


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Peter’s FOSS4G – Academic Bursary Review Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:39:46 +0000 Addy ]]> Next up in the Academic Bursary hot seat is Peter Broßeit.  Peter is currently studying for a MSc in Geoinformation Technologies at Dresden University of Technology. Over to Peter……

For me, it was an outstanding and enriching experience to participate in FOSS4G 2013. The combination of great people, amazing technology and the open source spirit made my five days in Nottingham something special, far more than a usual business-conference.

What really stood out?

There were so many outstanding presentations, that it is almost impossible to pick a top three.  Nevertheless, here is what I would select:

  • I have been working with PostGIS for several years and was interested to see Paul Ramsey’s “PostGIS Feature Frenzy”. Showing established as well as new functionality, this presentation has inspired me to continue  exploring this software.
  • ‘State of Geoserver‘ (Andrea Aime and Jody Garnett) because of the impressive bunch of features that are included in the new release version. It was nice to see that Geoserver is now shipped with many tools that we have missed in the past, like NetCDF support. The security enhancement was another import topic.
  • The Keynote about QGIS 2.0 by Tim Sutton was another highlight, not only because of the great new capabilities of the new version, but also because it provided a potted history of QGIS that I was not fully aware of.

The World at FOSS4G

As soon as I am back at my desk, I will check out some of the interesting software projects I have seen. I am hoping to utilise some of them in my upcoming study projects, such as:

  • in the next semester we have to build a software environment for automatic object recognition within point clouds. I will try to use the new PostgreSQL-extension Pointcloud as back end and figure out how it works. The related presentations have been very promising.
  • I also want to use OpenLayers3 to build a front end for an ongoing SDI-project to benefit from the nice look and feel of the new version of this popular library.
  • Using Git for source code management as a matter of course, I am very interested in playing around with GeoGIT. Inspired by Git, this project aims to enhance and simplify versioning of geospatial data. I will examine how this works, especially with large datasets.


All in all, the FOSS4G was a perfect complement to my studies in the fields of geo-informatics, software development, and geodesy. It was very interesting to meet the people who are developing and working on great open source projects that I use in my studies. It was this mix of people from all over the world with various backgrounds from business and  academia as well as the open source enthusiasts that created the friendly and exceptional atmosphere. I am very grateful to be given opportunity to attend the FOSS4G 2013 in Nottingham. I can definitely say that attending FOSS4G was an unforgettable experience for me. As a result I feel strong connected to the FOSS4G-community and I am eager to spread the word about open source geospatial software in my professional future. “I pledge to be a responsible Open Source Citizen.”

FOSS4G 2013 academic bursaries were sponsored by EDINA. EDINA supports the use of spatial data in higher and further education in the UK.  EDINA relies heavily on free and open software to deliver its service and is proud to support FOSS4G 2013.

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Sizwe’s FOSS4G13 – Academic Bursary Review Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:12:19 +0000 Addy ]]> Who are you?

My name is Sizwe Mabaso and I am from Swaziland. I am currently studying for a PhD at the University of Aberystwyth looking at “Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) for Tanzanian forests using space and airborne remote sensing data”.  Through this I have started using open source software.  Prior to starting my PhD I was involved in teaching undergraduates and research at the University of Swaziland. During this time I became aware of the expensive nature of some software packages which can act to exclude users in developing countries.

The long-awaited month of Maptember 2013 came without fail, and over 800 delegates converged at Mappingham, oops, I mean Nottingham.

What things really stood out?

  1. Range of presentations – The programme was rich and packed with amazing presentations, keynote talks, workshops and entertainment. Some presentations were quite complex, but there were also loads that accommodated beginners like myself.
  2. GDAL/OGR talks by Frank - In my research, I work with massive datasets that need a lot of translation, especially to enable their integration.  I have been using GDAL and OGR libraries, together with my research group’s library (RSGISLib). I was therefore very curious to go to GDAL/OGR project presentations. I hadn’t appreciated that the talk would be delivered by Frank Warmerdam, the man behind GDAL. This was one of the highlights of the conference.
  3. QGIS 2.0 Dufour -   The new version of this ‘cutting edge’ software boasts of a wide range of either newly introduced or improved functions. The user interface, layout of side tabs, navigation, symbology, map composer, programmability, plugins, analysis tools and browser functions have all been massively improved, while the whole labelling system has been overhauled. Well, gone are the days of confusion caused by the ‘quantum’ aspect of the software. With effect from this release, it was announced that Quantum GIS shall be known as QGIS. This is a great open source software and tool that is not just desktop software, but as it was highlighted during the conference, is also a GIS platform.


FOSS4G 2013 has come and gone so quick, but has left me with a great insight on open source software. Even a book is not enough to record the endless experiences and lessons learnt from FOSS4G 2013. Besides learning and getting updates on the work of professionals and experts in open source software development, I got a lifetime opportunity to network with lots of people from diverse professions and background. Some of these are developers of software and codes’ libraries that are useful in my studies.

I am forever indebted to FOSS4G for awarding me the academic bursary that enabled me to be part of such a great event. Special thanks to the whole FOSS4G Organising Team for the wonderful organisation of a very educational conference, loaded with endless entertainment, ensuring great time and opportunities for networking.

FOSS4G 2013 academic bursaries were sponsored by EDINA. EDINA supports the use of spatial data in higher and further education in the UK.  EDINA relies heavily on free and open software to deliver its service and is proud to support FOSS4G 2013.

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Cristina’s FOSS4G – Academic Bursary Review Thu, 03 Oct 2013 09:32:36 +0000 Addy ]]>


FOSS4G 2013 offered a number of academic bursaries to students and early stage researchers.  This would reduce the cost of attending FOSS4G.  But, there is no such as thing as a free lunch and we asked that they write a short review of their FOSS4G experience.  First up, Cristina Rosales.

Who are you?

I am Cristina, a GIS and remote sensing researcher with experience as consultant in the environmental domain. I’m finishing a master on Geoinformation Science in the University of Wageningen (The Netherlands). Aware of the OS relevance and strong supporter of the OS “philosophy”, I designed my thesis topic in the way I could use OS software and get a better insight. Therefore, my master thesis considers the use of OS to develop a decision support system for crisis management. It’s regarding the integration of volunteer geo-information, aka VGI, with official information to offer the most updated information in case of disasters.

These are my first steps within the use of OS software, and won’t be the last ones!

What did you hope to get out of attending FOSS4G?

Being my first FOSS4G conference, I cannot compare it to the ones organized before to confirm that FOSS4G 2013 in Nottingham was the best ever!  However, the passion and inspiration received during these days made it a really worthy and amazing experience!

Looking at the program before the event I had a list of people and presentations that I thought would be interesting to see.  I was excited about having the opportunity to meet and thank people who are directly involved in developing the software and tools that I use in my research. People like Kate Chapman, Paul Ramsey and Martin Isenburg are so inspirational.  More than that, I had the opportunity to discover other projects and people who are contributing to the OSGeo community.  I think that this is probably the best aspect of FOSS4G, meeting people, getting to know them and making contacts that turn into friendships in just 3 days. OSGeo really is a community.

What caught your eye at the event?

Talking about inspiration, seeing Steven Feldman on the stage was a charge of energy! During the welcome speech I was surprised to hear that some countries have rules which mean that government departments have to use Open Source software, data and systems whenever possible. Countries such as the UK, Germany and The Netherlands. This does not reflect where Open Source solutions are being implemented, the actual use is far wider.  Other quotes that I liked from Steven’s speech were “Geo 4 All” or “FOSS4G Nottingham, the Woodstock of maps: 3 days of peace and maps”.

Due to my personal interests, I found the presentation on pgRouting from Julien Lacroix (MapGears) very useful.  It was a pleasure to assist in the session on sensor networks.  Other speeches/sentences that caught my attention were:

  • Chris Tucker –, as a tool for story telling
  • Ian James (Ordnance Survey) – His talk about WPS
  • Paul Ramsey – About “being an OS citizen” and the women involvement in  OS-IT (only about 2%)

At FOSS4G 2013 there were so many presentations and workshops that were always going to be clashes where 2 were taking place at the same time.  Choosing was difficult, but being a relative Open Source newbie, I decided that the workshops would give me a better insight into open source. The workshops were great, not just for the content, but also because they brought newbies together and we exchanged hints and tricks we had learned. It created a little support network.  I want to thank Paolo Cavallini, Anita Graser and Jeroen Ticheler for their time, clear material and help.

What do you intend to do after FOSS4G?

The knowledge that I have gained, the hints, links to projects, software discovery is going to benefit my studies immediately.  I’ll try to develop my thesis project through the OSGeo Live DVD (I’ve been struggling with the versions and interoperability of the different programs that I’ve tried to execute ’till now).

Taking inspiration from Paul Ramsey’s closing keynote, my contribution to the FOSS4G community will be to share the information and knowledge I have gained at FOSS4G 2013 with my Master students colleagues and the staff at the University. I’ll also try to keep updated on the evolution of the OSGeo software, data and projects that are relevant for my professional career.

Thanks for the great event and experience. I found the inspiration to get more involved and to support and spreading the OSGeo philosophy!

See you next year at FOSS4G Europe in Bremen.

FOSS4G 2013 academic bursaries were sponsored by EDINA. EDINA supports the use of spatial data in higher and further education in the UK.  EDINA relies heavily on free and open software to deliver its service and is proud to support FOSS4G 2013.



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Delegate News – The Final Edition – 13/9 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 16:06:51 +0000 steven ]]> Hi

Well this is it, we are almost there. In 3 days time some of you will start to arrive in Mappingham and the workshops and hackathon will kick off on 17th Maptember with the main conference starting on 19th Maptember.

The Team are getting very very excited and all of the last details seem to be coming together to welcome you to the #BestFOSS4Gever. This is the final mailing before the event if you have recently signed up for FOSS4G you can skim through the previous mails at


There are a few places left for workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you want to try to get a place come to the registration desk each morning before 9.00am, you will need a paypal account to pay on the day as we will have no other way of receiving payments (no cash accepted)

We also have some free workshops running on Thursday afternoon, Friday and Saturday morning. You will need to get to the sign up board early each day as the places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Programme changes

The up to date list of programme changes is at check regularly for changes, there will also be printed sheets available for those of you who prefer paper.

Car parking

The car park at the EMCC is bigger than it looks and extends around the back of the Orchard Hotel. Please look back at the parking instructions from last week’s mail for more info on parking restrictions

Getting around the site

The workshops and some conference presentations are taking place in some of the university buildings in addition to the EMCC. The interactive programme includes links to maps showing the location of all of the buildings and rooms. Most of the walks between buildings are no more than 5 minutes and will provide you with an opportunity to see the beautiful Mappingham campus, here is a photo navigation guide to help you find your way.

Weather guidance

There will probably be a bit of rain in Mappingham next week so I suggest you pack something light and waterproof for when you are moving around the site.

Friday night

Friday is a free night with no formal activity or entertainment scheduled. You can hang out on the campus if you wish or we have provided a list of some recommended bars and restaurants if you want to venture into Mappingham. We have a big screen in the GeoCamp and there just might be some odd ball movie choices screening there as well.

Robin Hoodware

A Robin Hood hat is not obligatory but do you want to be the only person in the opening plenary not wearing one? If you are attending the ice breaker then you will get a chance to make your own Robin Hood hat otherwise go shopping this weekend.

Getting to Nottingham

A reminder, once again, that you can save a lot of money on UK rail tickets by booking online in advance. Details were in last week’s mail.

Have a safe journey to Mappingham

Abi, Addy, Antony, Barend, Barry, Claire, Franz-Josef, Jeremy, Jo, Ian, Ian, Mark, Matt, Rollo, Suchith and I are looking forward to welcoming you to what we want to make the #BestFOSS4Gever


Steven Feldman

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Delegate news 2/9 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 15:25:52 +0000 steven ]]> Hi

It’s Maptember! In 2 weeks time people will have started arriving at FOSS4G in preparation for the geohack and the workshops, the team will be in hyper caffeinated panic mode and no doubt the unexpected will have already have happened.

This will be a shortish mail, remember that most of the info you may need will have been in one of the previous mailings which are all available on the Delegate Information section of the web site


Have you thought how you are going to get from the airport/station/motorway to the EMCC? There’s a map here and travel information here


This is the last check that you have booked your accommodation? Your conference pass does NOT include accommodation, there are still a few budget and hotel rooms available if you get to the registration system quickly (you can add them to your registration)

Robin Hoodware

It is not compulsory but it would be very nice if everyone wears a Robin Hood Hat for the opening plenary. Imagine 800 Robin Hoods :) If you are coming to the Ice Breaker you will have the chance to engage in a thrilling make your own Robin Hood Hat activity with all materials supplied. If not and without in  any way endorsing them you can buy a cheap hat in the UK or the US and no doubt many of you will want to demonstrate your ingenuity and creativity in other ways.


Remember that you have a free night on the Friday night, you can sign up for the visit to the greyhound racing by phoning  +44/0 (115) 910 33 33 for a reminder of the details see We will also be posting a list of bars and restaurants that you may want to visit (we will not be making any bookings though)

There are a handful of places left for the Ice Breaker on Wednesday night and also a few places left for the closing party on Saturday night, you can sign up through the registration pages.

If you are travelling from outside of the UK, don’t forget that we use £ not € or $. Also remember that you will need a UK plug adapter

I will try to get one more mail to you before the conference starts.

It’s both scary and exciting for us, hopefully it’s just exciting for you. See you in Nottingham in 2 weeks time


Steven Feldman

On behalf of the FOSS4G Organising Team

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Delegate news 9/9 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 15:18:00 +0000 steven ]]> Hi

7 days until the tribes start to gather, you must be getting excited by now?

The FOSS4G Team are in overdrive focussing on the mass of logistics for a colossal conference with over 800 attendees, that is a very large number of delegates to feed and water, present to, accommodate, entertain and network with.

This may be the last delegate mail that I send to you before the event kicks off with workshops on Tuesday 17th Maptember in Mappingham (note that the coordinates of the venue are unchanged, just a new alias for the location city) and there is quite a lot of important and useful info included, so please do read through. If you have missed any of my previous delegate mails you can read them at


If you are a presenter or are running a workshop or giving a keynote please have another look at even if you have previously had a look as some details may have changed. It is probably a good idea to check back at this page a couple of times before your session.

Travel for visitors from overseas 

If you are planning to make part of your journey to Mappingham via rail you can save a lot of money by preordering your tickets beforehand and picking up at the station before you travel. Remember that some of the cheaper options restrict you to travelling at the time for which you have booked so allow for some flexibility. You can search for cheap fares and timetables at but do search for Nottingham as National Rail have not yet recognised Mappingham as a destination :)

Parking on the University of Mappingham Campus

You must get a free parking voucher and display in your windscreen to park on the campus.

If you are staying in halls – when you arrive for the first time park in the EMCC car park, go to the registration desk where you will get your delegate pass and other goodies and be directed to your hall of residence. The porter at the reception of the hall will give you a car park pass along with your room key.

If you are staying in the hotel – park in the hotel car park and request a voucher from reception when you check in.


Inevitably there are some changes to the program in the last week or so (presenters are ill, plans get messed up) after the program book has gone to the printer. The program changes as of today are summarised at and we will update this throughout the conference if anything further changes. The interactive program on the website will also be kept up to date with any changes (if you download to an iCal or usng the Android app then you won’t get the changes automatically).

We will have a daily changes sheet for those of you who prefer paper.

No Unconference 

Unfortunately the person coordinating the unconference session on Friday afternoon is not able to get to FOSS4G so we will not be running an unconference.

The GeoCamp is a massive space that will support multiple spontaneous activities including Birds of a Feather and lightning talks if you want to take the initiative.


If you are taking photos or video that you would like to share with the community then please post to flickr with the tag FOSS4G2013. There is a FOSS4G group on flickr at which makes it easier to view all of the content from the event, if you can please apply for membership before the event as we may be a bit busy during the event to deal with group admin.

We would like to make a collage of photo and video from the event to use in the closing session, if you want your stuff included please upload to the group. If you want to volunteer to help build the collage or create a funky sound track then please mail

OSGeo Live DVD

You will receive the latest release OSGeo Live DVD when you register for the conference or a workshop. There will be recycling boxes in the conference centre, if you do not want the DVD or if you have multiple copies please recycle the DVD so that we can use them for future events and for teaching purposes.

Make a pledge

Have you made a pledge yet? If not have a look at and make one or more pledges, you can also show your approval for other peoples’ pledges. The FOSS4G Team will be making some small awards for the pledges that inspired us, made us laugh or which we thought were incredibly ambitious.

Getting out and about in Nottingham

Travel information and taxi phone numbers are at

Some of the locals’ favourite bars and restaurants are at

You may need this info to plan your Friday night entertainment if you are not going to the dogs. If you want a restaurant, I encourage you not to leave your planning until Friday late afternoon or you may find everything is sold out.

Robin Hoodware

Have you got your hat or other item of Robin Hoodware? It’s not compulsory but ….

If you are coming to the Icebreaker you will have a chance to make your Robin Hood hat and you may want to swat up on Robin Hood history/mythology as I think there might be the odd question in the quiz.


If you are a twitterer the #tags will be #FOSS4G2013 or #FOSS4G13 or if you feel so inspired #BestFOSS4Gever, lets leave #FOSS4G (without date) as it has a broader use than just the conference

Phew that was a long one! Time to get back to the preparations now.

I can’t wait to welcome you all to the #BestFOSS4Gever in #Mappingham on 17th #Maptember


Steven Feldman

On behalf of the FOSS4G Team

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Delegate news 25/8 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:49:39 +0000 steven ]]> Hi Everyone,

Steven is taking a well-deserved rest this week – so a short update from the rest of your Local Organising Committee. Remember, the previous delegate emails are all available on the FOSS4G website.

Launch of FOSS4G Mobile Programme

Have you organised your week yet? Will you be at a workshop, or the GeoHack? Decided on your “must-see” sessions? No?!

This week we are delighted to announce that you can get the FOSS4G programme on your Android Phone* using a great app called “Giggity”. Mark up the sessions you want to catch and make sure you don’t miss a thing during FOSS4G.

Alternatively, remember to check the online programme and make sure you have registered for any extras, such as the GeoHack or Friday night dinner excursion to the Nottingham Dog Track, well before you arrive in Nottingham.

*Want this for iOS? Then volunteer to take the lead on making it happen…

Code Sprint

This week we would like to remind you about the Code Sprint that is happening during and after FOSS4G and can announce that this includes an Open Layers 3 Code Sprint on Wednesday 18th. The Code Sprint provides the opportunity for projects to get together to make plans, work on new features, write documentation and generally collaborate. We provide comfortable facilities with all the power and wifi you could need, it’s up to the individual projects to decide what the time is used for.

Please make sure you have registered your interest as soon as you can on the Code Sprint wiki to ensure that we arrange appropriate space for you.

Special Rates for AGI GeoCommunity ’13 for FOSS4G Delegates

GeoCommunity takes place at the same venue as FOSS4G between the 16th and 18th September and is the most comprehensive independent event in the UK GI calendar providing an opportunity to share knowledge and network with professionals from outside your usual peer group and client base.

The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) are an organising partner of the FOSS4G conference. As a result we are happy to be able to offer FOSS4G delegates the chance to attend GeoCommunity ’13 at the discounted rate normally only available to AGI members. Full conference packages start from only £340+VAT. For details on other delegate packages (including the exhibition, dinner and party on Tuesday night for only £60+VAT) please visit the AGI website.

That’s all for this week – we are grateful for all your support as we get very close now to Maptember. Remember if you are a twitterer you can follow us at @FOSS4G and it would be great if you decided to temporarily change your avatar to use one of these FOSS4G badges


Abigail Page

On behalf of the FOSS4G Organising Team

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