About FOSS4G

Open Source Geospatial FoundationThe 2007 Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference gathers developers and users of open source geo-spatial software from around the world to discuss new directions, exciting implementations, and growing business opportunities in the field of open source geo-spatial software. FOSS4G is presented annually by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).

Focused on the practical “make it work, get it done” world of open source application development, this annual conference boasts a very high concentration of geo-spatial 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 geo-spatial tools in the marketplace.

BC Legislature Buildings Victoria Conference Centre This year, FOSS4G comes to the Victoria Conference Centre, in downtown Victoria, Canada. Major topics for 2007 will include:

  • Case studies of open source implementations
  • Open standards support and implementation of emerging standards
  • Practical workshops on using and developing open source geo-spatial tools
  • Deploying on open source, using Mapserver, Mapguide, PostGIS, GRASS, Worldwind and other tools as the basis for operations
  • Interoperability between open source and proprietary software

Who Attends FOSS4G?

FOSS4G is attended by a wide range of geospatial professionals:

  • Developers exploring new tools and techniques for building spatial applications.
  • Managers interested in how open source is being put to practical use around the world.
  • Companies looking to connect with open source communities and align their development with open source trends.
  • Users seeking a more collaborative relationship with their tools and the people who make them.

FOSS4G 2006 was presented in Lausanne, Switzerland, bringing together 535 attendees from over 40 countries. As a truly international event, FOSS4G is an unequalled opportunity to learn from and compare notes with people from around the world.

Organizing Committee

Victoria Committee

FOSS4G 2006 Representatives

  • Claude Philipona
  • Luc Maurer

OSGeo Representatives

  • Jeff Mckenna (Conference Committee Chair)
  • Frank Warmerdam (Board Representative)