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Last week I had the pleasure to attend the combined FOSSGIS, AGIT and GI_Forum conferences in Salzburg. It was a great joint event bringing together GIS user and developers from industry and academia, working with both open source and commercial GIS.

I was particularly impressed by the great FOSSGIS video team. Their tireless work makes it possible to re-watch all FOSSGIS talks (in German).

I also had the pleasure to give a few presentations. Most of all, it was an honor to give the AGIT opening keynote, which I dedicated to Open Source, Open Data & Open Science.

In addition, I also gave one talk related to an ongoing research project on pedestrian routing. It was really interesting to see that other people – in particular from the OSM community – also talked about this problem during FOSSGIS:

(For more details, please see the full paper (OA).)

To wrap up this great week, Astrid Emde, Andreas Hocevar, and myself took the chance to celebrate the 10th anniversary of OSGeo during AGIT2016 OSGeo Day.

And last but not least, I presented an update from the QGIS project with news about the 3.0 plans and a list of (highly subjective) top new features:


We are looking forward to a hot geo summer here in Central Europe with both the German FOSSGIS (this year in conjunction with the annual AGIT conference) and the international FOSS4G just a few weeks away. It’s going to be exciting, and I still have a lot of talks (and a keynote) to prep for both events ;-)

If you speak German and want to enhance your geo skills, the FOSSGIS program offers some great opportunities and there is still the chance to sign up for a couple of great FOSSGIS workshops:

Of course the program also features many non-QGIS workshops. If I’d have to pick one of them, it would most certainly be Marc Jansen’s and Andreas Hocevar’s OpenLayers 3 workshop because it’s always great to get the latest information first hand, directly from the developers.

Online registration closes on June 25th.

Heidelberg - Home of FOSSGIS2011

FOSSGIS2011 in Heidelberg was a great success for the QGIS project and for me personally. The audience was really impressed by Marco’s and Andreas’ presentation on QGIS Mapserver and GeoExt Web Client. My presentation on Time Manager for QGIS was followed by a series of interesting questions and comments concerning use cases in e.g. land use mapping. Requested features include support for raster layers and support for timestamps before year 19xx.
I’ll be posting an English version of the Time Manager presentation including some additional comments here soon.

FOSSGIS is the biggest German-speaking user conference for free geographic information systems and free geodata. It’s taking place at the university of Heidelberg from April, 5th – 7th 2011. The Call for Papers is open until November, 29th 2010.

The conference focuses primarily on a German audience. However, the program committee will also consider applications for talks or workshops held in English if they are deemed to add to the quality of the conference. So if you don’t speak German, but are a FOSS/Open Data celebrity, or have a story that only you can tell, do submit your talk.

FOSS4G 2010 conference in Barcelona is coming closer and closer. Have a look at this year’s presentations. Presentations are held on a variety of topics including:

Web Mapping

  • Web Mapping Performance Shootout
  • Web Map Printing with GeoExt
  • Printing in web mapping application: MapFish print module
  • GeoExt and MapFish Client components – how to migrate
  • Where’s MapFish going?
  • A typification of Open Source web mapping client software and frameworks
  • GeoServer CSS – Mapping in Style
  • GeoServer cartographic rendering: new features for map makers
  • Graphical style editing with Styler: Make a basemap without seeing SLD
  • WMS Inspector: a Firefox add-on with tools for working with Web Map Services
  • Performance and statistical analysis of WMS servers
  • Adding custom search engines to OpenLayers with OpenSearch ‘geo’
  • What You Type Is What You See: Comparing two web-based open source approaches to display the results of spatial SQL queries
  • Open Source & Online Tools for Old Maps
  • OpenStreetMap-in-a-Box – A Ready-Made Highly Configurable Map Server
  • MapProxy -An accelerating proxy for web map services
  • TileSeeder; a new tile management tool
  • TileCache, GeowebCache and MapProxy – a technical and usability comparison
  • Developing Desktop-like Web GIS Applications with HTML and JavaScript
  • Squeeze: Configuring MapServer and KML to Get The Most Out Of Google Earth
  • PostLBS – Universal WebAPI Platform for Visualizing Geospatial Analysis–Routing, Geocoding, Thematic Mapping and More!
  • Implementing Open Source Tile Caching in a Large Scale US Army Project
  • OpenLayers’ Future
  • Performance Considerations In OpenLayers Based Web Mapping
  • Putting things together: Geonetwork opensource, OpenLayers, GeoExt and MapFish under the roof of Drupal CMS – Geoportal RO as an example
  • MapServer Project Status
  • Hidden features and useful tips for MapServer powerusers
  • Raster data support in GeoServer and GeoTools: recent achievements, unsolved issues and future developments


  • GeoServer WPS: an integrated, extensible processing service
  • 52º North WPS framework with ArcGIS geoprocessing support – Open Source solution meets closed source software
  • ZOO Project: The powerful WPS Platform
  • Compliance Testing of Open Source software for Web Processing Services
  • Introducing deegree 3 WPS
  • EnviModel: scientific workflows and WPS geoprocessing for climate change
  • Hybrid Cloud Computing for FOSS4G

Training & Education

  • Using Open Source Software in GIS Training and Education
  • Interactive METEOSAT: Educational platform for meteorological applications entirely developed with FLOSS software
  • Why Schools must use FOSS4G

Sensor Web

  • Building a New Generation of Sensor Web Implementations for Hydrology
  • Performance of the 52º North SOS in a real application environment
  • Comparison of SOS-Servers: 52°North, UMN and deegree
  • SOS vs. WFS – Coupling 52° North’s Sensor Observation Service and Geoserver‘s Web Feature Service
  • The New Time Series Toolbox – Next Generation of Sensor Web and Time Series Processing
  • istSOS: Sensor Observation Service in Python
  • How to Discover Sensors in the Sensor Web?


  • Mobile Augmented Reality using FOSS
  • Vertical Datums: Introduction and Software Review
  • Building a consistent and transparent legal and policy framework for spatial data
  • ecoRelevé: An open source response to the biodiversity crisis
  • GeoSocial, a tool for geospatial analysis and data mining of social networks
  • Real-time position analysis during soccer matches
  • Comparison of Open Source Virtual Globes
  • deegree project report: past, present, future
  • From the crowd sourcing to the institutional sourcing: a way to cooperate between regional and local administration
  • Gesopatial Desktop Comparison
  • Neo4j Spatial – backing a GIS with a true graph database
  • Bridging the Gap Between Open Source Tools and Proprietary Data Sources
  • Open source Geospatial Business Intelligence in action with GeoMondrian and SOLAPLayers!
  • Protect your GIS
  • Introducing OpenScales
  • OSSIM – advanced open source remote sensing
  • State of the art of FOSS4G for topology and network analysis
  • Bringing the raster processing algorithms of the Orfeo Toolbox Monteverdi in QGIS
  • A geospatial data collection system for organisations
  • GeoREST: Open Web Access to Public Geodata Based on Atom Publishing
  • Distributed Spatial Indexing in the Cloud
  • Integrating SEXTANTE and GRASS
  • GeoCat Bridge – One click data publishing
  • Semantic Web approach for thematic structuring of geographic objects
  • Semantic search in OGC Catalog Services for the Web
  • BeETLe project: a free geospatial ETL tool
  • GeoKettle: A powerful open source spatial ETL tool
  • Geomajas: new kid on the block


  • The State of OSGeo
  • International Collaboration on the OSGeo4W
  • OSGeo:Open Source Projects and Communities
  • The OGC and its participatory processes: OGCnetwork, open WG, regional Fora and the collaboration with OSGeo

Mobile & 3D GIS

Inspire & SDIs

  • OpenLayers: SOS and INSPIRE
  • State of Ingres geospatial 2010
  • INSPIRE Geoportal a platform for INSPiRE services
  • Implementing INSPIRE with FOSS4G: a Success Story
  • GeoNetwork opensource – The geospatial metadata catalogue
  • Implementation of ISO and OGC (INSPIRE) metadata standards – MEDARD (FOSS) metadata editor and Internet Geoinformation Metadata Platform (IPMGeo)
  • Authentication and authorization management to OGC services with GeoShield: improvements from FOSS4G 2009
  • License and Permission-based access to OGC Web Services with 52°North
  • Deploying and securing Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) with GISpatcher
  • Metadata Reloaded – How to profit from INSPIRE
  • GeoNode Architecture: Wrangling $100 million worth of open source software to make SDI building a walk in the park

PostGIS & PGRouting

  • Shortest path search for real road networks with pgRouting
  • An extension of PGRouting library functions for visibility-graph-based course calculations in a Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS)
  • Tips for the PostGIS Power User
  • Running long and complex processes with PostGIS
  • PostGIS meets the third dimension
  • Introducing PostGIS WKT Raster: Seamless raster/vector operations in a spatial database
  • PostGIS WKT Raster. An Open Source alternative to Oracle GeoRaster
  • The State of PostGIS
  • Moving from Oracle/ArcGIS to PostGresql/PostGIS

Other Geodatabases

  • Geospatial Indexing with MongoDB
  • GeoCouch: A spatial index for CouchDB
  • Beyond PostGIS – New developments in Open Source Spatial Databases
  • SpatiaLite, the Shapefile of the future?

GIS Data

Applied GIS & Use Cases

  • A WebGIS application to monitor Road Trafic
  • GeoServer, GeoTools, GeoBatch: relying on the “usual suspects” for supporting operational Meteorology and Oceanography
  • Building the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas on an Open Source Framework
  • Open-source Earthquake and Hydrodynamic Modelling
  • Open Environmental Services Infrastructure
  • Case Study: Upgrading Guatemala’s SDI portal to a GeoNode
  • Proprietary to FOSS: MapServer as a key component in the map distribution infrastructure of the Norwegian SDI
  • Applied SDI in Germany – Complying with INSPIRE
  • Coming Full Circle: Archaeology and Open Source GIS, Past, Present and Future
  • Open Government, Open Data, Open Architecture and Open Source Software GIS Policy for U.S. Army Installation Management: 2010
  • Operational use of the Orfeo Tool Box for the Venus Mission
  • Enhancing the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) with Open Source Software
  • ArchaeoloGIS: OSGIS in Archaeological Research
  • The World Meteorological Oganization Information System
  • Introduction of flood evacuation route search system using QGIS, PostGIS, GRASS and PgRouting

FOSSGIS2011 is going to take place from 5th to 7th April 2011 in Heidelberg, Germany. More information can be found on the conference wiki:

You can check this year’s program on

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