Current Conferences

Cape Town International Convention Centre
Convention Square
1 Lower Long Street, 8001
Cape Town, ZA

September 29, 2008 – October 4, 2008

LATEST! Presentations and Papers are now available. Just click on Presentations in the right sidebar or search for a title, author or keyword and where you saw only the abstract before, now you’ll get links to the Presentations for all tracks and the Papers for the Academic track.

CONGRATULATONS to the authors who have been invited to submit a revised paper to the South African Computer Journal:

A comparison of data file and storage configurations for efficient temporal access of satellite image data, Asheer Kasar Bachoo, Frans van den Bergh, Albert Gazendam
An Extensible, Interface-Based, Open Source GIS Paradigm: MapWindow 6.0 Developer Tools for the Microsoft Windows Platform, Harold Atkinson Dunsford
An open service network for geospatial data processing, Laura Díaz, Carlos Granell, Michael Gould, Victor Olaya
A review of Spatial Data Infrastructure implementation in Africa, Prestige Tatenda Makanga, Julian Smit
Assessment of Location Sensitivity of Voronoi-based Sensor Deployment and Reconfiguration using GIS, Gareth Michael Nicholls, Derrick Kourie, Tinus Strauss
Factors Leading to Success or Abandonment of Open Source Commons: An Empirical Analysis of Sourceforge.net Projects, Charles M. Schweik, Robert English, Sandra Haire
Integration of GRASS functionality in web based SDI service chains, Johannes Brauner, Bastian Schaeffer
NAMGIS – A Context-Aware Mobile Web GIS, Maria Antonia Brovelli, Diego Magni, Maurizio Brioschi, Massimo Legnani, Francesco Corcoglioniti
Semantically Enabled SOS with Topic Maps, Robert Barta, Thomas Bleier
The Andean Information System for Disaster Prevention and Relief: a case study of multi-national open-source SDI, Martín Molina, Salvador Bayarri
Using supply chain management to enable GIS units to improve their response to their customers’ needs, Peter Schmitz

Conference coverage: Help build a collection of links to news, reports, blogs, photos, etc. here.

You can now view the final technical programme. Also see ‘Conference Schedule’ in the right panel.

See the workshop schedule and booking instructions here.

Download the Prospectus. Or contact gavinf at mintek dot co.za with any enquiries. Also see exhibitor information. Note the Bronze Sponsor category for ~$1000.

Outreach:Volunteers needed! If you help plan and run an Outreach activity you may be eligible for a Free Conference Pass. See here for more details or to add your own ideas or email Alize (abotha1 at csir dot co.za).

You can view an online conference MAP. And for South African news you might want to track this site and for tourism information, this site and the Accommodation & Travel link in the right panel.

The 2008 Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference, incorporating GISSA 2008, gathers developers and users of open source geospatial software as well as managers and decision makers from around the world to discuss new directions, exciting implementations, and growing business opportunities in the field of open source geospatial software. FOSS4G is presented annually by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).

Focussed on the practical “make it work, get it done” world of open source application development, this annual conference boasts a very high concentration of geospatial technical opinion leaders. Attendance at this event has grown at over 50% a year since its inception in 2003, paralleling the rapid growth and adoption curve of open source geospatial tools in the marketplace.

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 FOSS4G 2008 is the GeoInformation Society of South Africa, GISSA and this year FOSS4G incorporates GISSA’s biennial conference. Besides being a defining event on the international GIS calendar, it certainly is the most important GIS conference in Africa this year.

Summary of important dates regarding registration


While Free and Open Source GIS is our focus, we have also accepted papers for the ‘applied’ topics that used proprietary or mixed GIS. We want to encourage exposure, debate and understanding among FOSS and proprietary communities. Where appropriate, talks will be marked clearly on the programme as FOSS / Proprietary / Mixed. All Labs and Workshops are focused on FOSS GIS.

Topics have a FOSS component or perspective are:

Topics for applications, methodologies or theoretical geospatial work are not limited to a FOSS perspective:

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