FOSS4G is taking place in Denver, USA this year and four staff from the Informatics team are attending for the week.
FOSS4G is the global conference focused on Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial, organized by OSGeo. It attracts the best Open Source geospatial software projects and their developers making it the gathering of the tribes. FOSS4G addresses the needs of users and developers alike but this year also intends to consider how business models can be used to address the needs of small and large organisations. Its a busy week with technical workshops, parallel sessions, panel discussions, lightening presentations and BOF. Some 800+ delegates are expected to attend.
The Informatics team are active users of open source software, and geospatial open source software in particular (PostGIS, Geoserver, MapServer, OpenLayers, Mod_GeoCache and so on) and FOSS4G is a great opportunity to catch up on the latest developments, engage with developers and users of the software and learn about large and mature projects.
The week after FOSS4G, members of the Open Geospatial Consortium will just up the road from Denver in Boulder for a technical planning meeting. Two of the Informatics staff, Science Leader Robert Gibb and Team Manager David Medyckyj-Scott will be staying on in Colorado to attend. It will be another busy week for alongside the meetings of the standards working groups and domain working groups there are a series of parallel events including a Ocean/Met/Hydro Water Cycle Summit and a GEOSS Workshop XLIII: Sharing Climate Information and Knowledge.