Open Source Geospatial: An Option for Developing Nations - Capetown, South Africa

09/29/2008 9:00 am
10/04/2008 5:00 pm

Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre

In 2008, FOSS4G comes to the Cape Town International Convention Centre, in the downtown heart of Cape Town, South Africa. The Conference Theme for 2008 is:
"Open Source Geospatial: An Option for Developing Nations"

The local host for FOSS4G2008 is the GeoInformation Society of South Africa, GISSA. FOSS4G2008 incorporates 'GISSA 2008'. South African delegates can treat this as an extra-special biennial GISSA conference.

While Free and Open Source GIS is our focus, you are also welcome to submit papers for the 'applied' topics that used proprietary or mixed GIS. We want to encourage exposure, debate and understanding among FOSS and proprietary communities. Submissions with some reference or relevance to FOSS will be given preference, however and where appropriate, talks will be marked clearly on the programme as FOSS / Proprietary / Mixed.

Topics which must have a FOSS component or perspective are:

* New FOSS GIS developments

* Interoperability and standards - OGC, GEOSS, using FOSS with proprietary software, etc.

* Making the transition to FOSS GIS

* FOSS GIS support and training

* FOSS GIS business models

* FOSS GIS implementation and deployment

* Open data, open content, open architectures, open everything!

* Case studies of open source implementations

* Improving FOSS GIS cartography and map production

* Use Case driven FOSS GIS development and improving the user experience

* FOSS GIS Internationalisation and Localisation

Topics for applications, methodologies or theoretical work. These may use FOSS or proprietary software or both:

Disaster management, Health, Energy, Water, Climate change, Weather, Ecosystem management, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Location based services, logistics, routing, 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa, Land reform, GIS for sustainable development and the MDGs (Millenium Development Goals), GIS in education, GIS in government, Participatory GIS,
Semantic GIS, GIS for NGOs, CBOs (Community-based organisations) and community development workers and GIS in the military.

Call for papers available February 7, 2008 - August 18, 2008.

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