FOSS4G 2010 Call for Abstract

FOSS4G 2010 Press Release #4

We are pleased to announce the Call for Abstract for the FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) 2010 conference, being held September 6-9, in beautiful Barcelona, Spain.

Held annually, FOSS4G is the premier conference for the open source geospatial community, providing a full-immersion experience in established and leading edge geospatial technologies for developers, users, and people new to open source geospatial.


FOSS4G 2010 presentations are 25 minute talks, with 5 minute question and answer sessions at the end. Presentations cover the use or development of open source geospatial software. Anyone can can submit a presentation proposal and take part in the conference as a presenter.

Some topics of interest for this year are:

  • Case Studies: Relate the experiences of you and your organization using open source geospatial. Where do things work well? Poorly? What problems did you solve, and at what cost? What do you recommend for others? Why?
  • Benchmarks: Comparisons between pieces of geospatial software. How do features compare? Speed? Ease of use? What do you recommend for others?
  • Visualization: Tell about your tips and tricks for effective visualization. How do you present information in a compelling way? 3D? Cartographic tricks? Labelling and naming ideas? Graphs and hybrid map/data combinations?
  • Development: What are the new developments in your open source geospatial software product? How does it work, how do people use it, what are the technical issues you are running into?
  • Hacks and Mashing: Have you put together something novel or cool this year? What did you stick together, how did it work, show us your gizmo!
  • Collaboration: What techniques are you using to improve collaboration between organizations and between individuals. Public geodata, collaborative data collection, data sharing, open standards, de facto standards, and more!

If you have an open source geospatial story to tell, we want to hear it!

For more information, see the FOSS4G site:


The deadline for abstract submissions is April 1, 2010. Submit early, submit often!

Academic Track

The FOSS4G 2010 academic track aims to bringing together researchers, developers, users and practitioners carrying out research and development in the geospatial and the free and open source fields and willing to share original and recent research developments and experiences.

The academic track will act as an inventory of current research topics, but the major goal is to promote cooperative research between OSGeo developers and the academia. The academic track is the right forum to highlight the most important research challenges and trends in the domain, and let them became the basis for an informal OSGeo research agenda. It will foster interdisciplinary discussions in all aspects of the geospatial and free and open source domains. It will be organized in a way to promote networking between the participants, to initiate and favour discussions regarding cutting-edge technologies in the field, to exchange research ideas and to promote international collaboration.

Submission guidelines

All submissions to the academic track must be original unpublished work written in English. Papers should not exceed the 6000 words limit. Formatting guidelines will be available soon. Submitted papers will be thoroughly reviewed by three members of the international scientific committee and refereed for their quality, originality and relevance.

Submission deadline (full paper for the academic track) – May, 31th, 2010

Upcoming milestones

  • 15 Jan 2010, Call for Workshops/Tutorials opens
  • 30 Jan 2010, Call for Workshops/Tutorials closes
  • 1 Feb 2010, Call for Abstracts opens
  • 16 Feb 2010, Notification of acceptance for workshops/tutorials
  • 22 Feb 2010, Registration for workshop and tutorials opens
  • 1 Apr 2010, Abstract submission deadline
  • 1 May 2010, Presenters notified of acceptance for talks
  • 15 Jun 2010, Author/Early registration deadline
  • 15 Jul 2010 Full article submission deadline
  • Aug 2010, Completed program available
  • 6-7 Sep 2010, FOSS4G Workshops
  • 7-9 Sep 2010, FOSS4G Presentations and Tutorials
  • 10 Sep 2010, FOSS4G Code Sprint