Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Call For presentations Geospatial devroom @FOSDEM 2016

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FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event bringing together about 5000 developers in Brussels, Belgium. The goal is to provide open source software developers and communities a place to meet and share thoughts. The participation is free of charge, although donations are welcome. The next edition will take place the last weekend of January 30 - 31 2016. This year for the second time there will be a Geospatial devroom on Sunday 31/1/2016,organised by members of the OSGeo, Locationtech and OpenStreetMap communities.

Geospatial technology is becoming rapidly mainstream. The idea underpinning the geospatial devroom is bringing together developers with different backgrounds to disclose the opportunities offered by cutting-edge open source geospatial technologies. Due to the success of last years devroom, a Belgium local chapter of OSGeo, was founded, and is now taking part of the organisation of the devroom as driving community.

The Geospatial devroom is the place to talk about the state of the art of open, geo-related data, free and open source geospatial software and its ecosystem. This includes standards and tools, e.g. spatial databases, online mapping tools, geospatial services, used for collecting, storing, delivering, analysing, and visualizing geodata. We welcome submissions about: 

  • Web and desktop GIS applications
  • Interoperable geospatial web services and specifications
  • Collection of data using sensors/drones/satellites
  • Open hardware for geospatial applications
  • Geo-analytic algorithms/libraries
  • Geospatial extensions for classical databases (indexes, operations) and dedicated databases
  • Collaborative editing/versioning of geodata
  • Big geodata, scalable GIS applications
  • Volunteered Geograpic information - Crowdsourced data


Are you thrilled to present your work to other open source developers? Would you like to run a discussion? Any other ideas? Please submit your proposal using the Pentabarf event planning tool at:

Make sure to select the 'Geospatial devroom' as  'Track'. Please, specify in the notes if you prefer for your presentation either a short timeslot (lightning talks ~10 minutes) or a long timeslot (20 minutes presentation + discussion). However, note that time slots are indicative and will be assigned according to the needs of the session.

The DEADLINE for submissions is Tuesday **1st December 2015**. Notification of acceptance will be sent to the Authors by Friday 11/12/2015 at the latest.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the organisers of the devroom at!

Johan Van de Wauw
Margherita Di Leo
Astrid Emde
Anne Ghisla
Martin Hammitzsch
Andy Petrella 
Dirk Frigne
Olivier Courtin
Thomas Gratier