It's been ten years since a handful of visionaries gathered to discuss how to collaboratively develop geospatial software that would be held in trust and free for others to use. In the decade since that first meeting of what has become the annual Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) Conference, those development efforts have grown into a force to be reckoned with. Indeed, units of government have become increasingly interested in FOSS4G as awareness has grown that it is an incredible value. Practitioners of this belief include geospatial heavyweights like the Department of Defense, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and NASA. And in many cases, efforts to develop and promote FOSS4G have ultimately benefited the Emergency Services Sector (ESS). As an example, over the past couple of years this blog has featured posts about FOSS4G such as:
- GeoMOOSE - The Open Source - Common Operating Picture Software,
- Tickets – The FREE Open Source Computer-Aided-Dispatch and Situation Awareness Software, and
- Featured Software: OpenQuake.
So against that backdrop, I think it's important to pass along that registration for the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial 2014 Conference officially opens today. The conference will be an unparalleled opportunity to learn, as well as meet developers from a unique community who are open to building products the ESS truly needs.
Here are the details:
What: Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) 2014 Conference
When: September 8th - 13th, 2014
Where: Oregon Convention Center, Portland Oregon
Abstract Cutoff: April 15, 2014
Comment: Sign up early because there will only be so many opportunities to get in the door - and the crowd will be there from around the world!
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