Call for Proposals

Fri, 2014-09-05 14:27

Submissions are now closed. We expect to announce the program before the end of February.

FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) is pleased to invite proposals for presentations for the 2016 North America regional conference to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina on May 2-5, 2016.

This event is an annual gathering for those currently or potentially working with open source geospatial software. It brings together a mix of developers, users, decision makers, and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation for one day of workshops and three days of presentations and discussions.

This conference is a chance for the geospatial open source community to showcase what progress we have made and discover the future. The discourse at this conference will catalyze progress for open source geospatial software. Such a significant gathering of minds affects the direction of our ecosystem for years to come. Invitation is open to any and all participants.


The conference consists of one day of workshops and three days of standard talks. Tutorials are four hours long. Standard talks are 35 minutes long.

The accepted sessions are selected by the program committee, with input from the FOSS4G community as a whole.


Workshops are instructor-led hands-on sessions. All workshop submissions will be considered, but particular interest will be shown in the following topics:

  • End-user focused introductions to FOSS4G software
  • Software frameworks for developers
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • Integration between open and closed source solutions
  • Performance tuning
  • Introduction to the use of open source mapping software
  • Developer software-framework quickstart
  • Interoperability between systems
  • Mapping with open data
  • Beyond traditional GIS and navigating the FOSS4G ecosystem
  • Working with mobile and/or cloud technologies

Conference Topics

Below is a list of topics that we think the community would be excited to hear about for session presentations. The list is certainly not exhaustive, however, and we’d love to hear your ideas; any topic related to open source geospatial will be considered.

Note that on the talk submission form, the Track field corresponds to the topics listed below.

Developing FOSS4G

  • New developments in FOSS4G
  • Emerging technologies
  • Distributed geoprocessing
  • Mobile applications
  • UI/UX Design (User Interface/User Experience)
  • Design patterns and best practices for spatial
  • Developing solutions for mobile devices
  • Open hardware.

Using FOSS4G

  • Using FOSS4G for humanitarian efforts
  • Use cases for FOSS4G
  • FOSS4G solutions for specific domains, such as remote sensing, drone/balloon/kite based imaging, climate change analysis, water resources management, disaster response/recovery, and citizen science data collection/dissemination, elevation, LiDAR, or something we forgot to mention
  • Using FOSS4G with OpenStreetMap

Government Use of FOSS4G

  • Using Open Standards and serving Open Data
  • Open source for the infrastructure
  • Case studies in adoption of FOSS4G in government environments
  • Metadata creation and maintenance

All Things Data

  • New or underused open geospatial datasets
  • Data collection techniques
  • Crowdsourcing , citizen science, and crowdsourcing
  • Collaboration with open data - techniques on modification and sharing
  • Using open data
  • Ethics of privacy and fair usage of data
  • Big Data techniques and technologies
  • Data Science
  • Data Visualization

Internet of Things

  • Processing sensor data
  • Machine to machine (M2M) applications
  • Embedded systems


  • What is our community currently, and how is the community evolving?
  • New community success stories
  • Licensing and other legal issues
  • Diversity in the FOSS4G community

Education and Research

  • Research results enabled by FOSS4G
  • Use of FOSS4G and open geospatial data in education

Other Cool Stuff

  • A catch-all track for important topics that do not fall under the categories already listed

Theme Days

Click here for details on the Theme Days.

There are three theme days this year. Each provides special focus on important topics. They are

  • PG Day - a day dedicated to talks on the PostgreSQL database
  • Big Data Day - a day dedicated to talks on Big Data tools, techniques, and technologies
  • Web Mapping Day - a day dedicated to the latest practice, tools, and technologies for web mapping

The actual speaker is required to submit the proposal. Proposals submitted by third parties will not be accepted.