OK, so I'm going to make an exception to the rule of never again posting event information on this part of the blog. But, it's for a very good cause. Over the past couple of years, units of government have begun to understand that geospatial software developed by the open source software community has solid utility and real value. Practitioners of this belief include geospatial heavyweights like the Department of Defense, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and NASA. In many cases these efforts to develop and promote Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) have ultimately benefited the Emergency Services Sector (ESS). Just yesterday this blog featured a post about Mission Manager, a free and open source software platform that can be used to manage Search and Rescue operations. Before that, you'll find mention of Minnesota's own GeoMOOSE, used to create a Common Operating Picture (COP) for the 2008 Republican National Convention and a real-time situational viewer/online U.S. National Grid map distribution node during the 2009 Red River Valley floods. And, the free Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) program "Tickets" (see: Tickets – The FREE Open Source Computer-Aided-Dispatch and Situation Awareness Software). So against that backdrop, I think it's important to pass along that registration for the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial North America (FOSS4G-NA) 2013 Conference officially opened yesterday. The conference will be an unparalleled opportunity to learn, and meet developers from a unique community who are open to building products the ESS truly needs. Sign up early because ticket prices go up after April 1st!
Here are the details:
- What: Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial North America (FOSS4G-NA) 2013 Conference
- When: May 22-24, 2013
- Where: Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, MN
- Abstract Cutoff: February 15, 2013
- Event website:
Comment: Hope to see you there!