Call For Presentations and Workshops

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FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) is pleased to invite proposals for presentations and workshops for its 2013 conference to be held in Nottingham, UK (17th-21st September). FOSS4G is the annual global gathering for those both currently or potentially working with open source geospatial software. It brings together a mix of developers, users, decision makers and observers from a broad spectrum of organisations and fields of operation for five days of workshops, presentations and discussions. This first Call for Presentations and Workshops invites proposals for presentations or workshops under the theme of ‘Geo for All’.

Note that there is a separate call for submissions of full papers for peer-review and academic publication in our Academic Track process.

Presentations and workshops may cover any aspect of the development and use of open source geospatial software: some suggestions are given below. In addition to catering for the existing FOSS4G community, attendance is being encouraged from anyone considering using open source and geospatial software for the first time. The organising committee is therefore keen to receive content which supports these delegates.  FOSS4G will, as always, be the premier showcase event for new applications, projects, case studies, business perspectives and training for free and open source geospatial software. We will also be supporting development and coding sessions for active projects.

Proposals are invited on any FOSS4G-related subject. However the following list may help to provide some guidance on areas likely to be of interest to delegates:

  • Case Studies: Relate your experiences
  • Benchmarks: Comparisons between packages
  • Business Cases: building the economic case
  • Visualization: effective presentation of information. There will also be a separate Call for Maps.
  • Disaster Response: software, case studies, outcomes
  • Development: new developments in your products
  • Hacks and Mashes: novel solutions to all our problems
  • Collaboration: data collection, data sharing, open standards,
  • New data: handling new data models, for example 3D & temporal data, or big data


The conference programme will run in parallel tracks over  four days. The paper and workshop proposals we receive will be judged by the programme committee and the FOSS4G community. From this the committee will shape a programme around the theme ‘Geo for All’ with structured tracks, designed to provide guidance on content to new and existing delegates. This will include two days of workshops providing hands-on training and in-depth discussion.

Presentation sessions will be 30 minutes including questions and changeover, while workshops can take the form of 90 minutes (with no break), three hours (including a break), or six hours (including breaks and lunch).

Conference chair, Steven Feldman says:

In the current economic climate, interest in open source geospatial solutions is stronger than ever, and the first FOSS4G in a European location since 2010 is likely to be well-attended, with around a thousand delegates expected. Several sponsors are already signed up and we will be announcing the first tranche of backers early in the New Year. With FOSS4G co-located in Nottingham with the AGI GeoCommunity, the UK’s premier annual geospatial gathering, and a conference theme of ‘Geo for All’, we’re expecting a fantastic week of all things geo.

Significant dates to note for submissions are as follows (subject to final confirmation):

  • The Call for Workshops closed on 31st March 2013
  • Close of Call for Presentations: 14th April 2013
  • The Call for Academic Papers closed on 22nd February 2013  – see Academic Track Call for Papers  for details.
  • A first Call for Maps will be issued in March 2013
It’s All Over!
Thanks to everyone who helped make FOSS4G 2013 a success!