FOSS4G 2014 Booth Tour Preview #2

Saturday, September 6, 2014 | by

This is part two the FOSS4G 2014 booth tour (part one). We encourage you to continue the booth tour in person for interesting and exciting geo-conversations, and we look forward to seeing you next week in Portland.



Swing by the Boundless booth (#16) for insights into their latest projects and ideas, or for a general chat on spatial theory. There will be several Boundless team members at FOSS4G including Paul Ramsey, Andreas Hocevar, Jody Garnett, Justin Deoliviera, Ian Schneider, Mike Pumphrey, and Benjamin Trigona-Harany. Interested to see Boundless’s folks in action at this year’s FOSS4G? Check out their recent post highlighting their presentations and workshops.

Members of the Boundless team helped found the GeoServer project and include core committers on PostGIS, OpenLayers, GeoTools, GeoWebCache, and other projects. They are also very involved in the LocationTech initiative of the Eclipse Foundation on projects such as GeoGig (formerly GeoGit).

Even if you are not a programmer, web developer, or database administrator, consider stopping by the booth to learn more about Boundless’s continued commitment to the QGIS project and future releases of the GeoGig library that will enable great new workflows for GIS analysts and all creators and consumers of geospatial data.



Missed out on the Nutiteq “Create a mobile GIS app using FOSS tools” workshop? Then visit their booth (#22) for the interactive hands-on experience of their open source mobile mapping SDK. The Nutiteq team is looking forward to meeting attendees, getting feedback and showcasing their newest developments. Visit with Founder Jaak Laineste, Lead Developer Ats Vendik, and their VP of Sales and Marketing Kaido Irval.

Nutiteq is launching a new generation of Nutiteq Maps SDK at FOSS4G. Nutiteq SDK 3.0 is their first cross-platform geospatial solution covering all the major platforms. It started as map visualisation for mobiles (J2ME and Android) a few years ago, but now it can be seen as a geospatial engine which does map rendering and provides pre-integration with many well-known FOSS tools and libraries like GDAL/OGR, Proj.4, Spatialite, and GEOS. Unlike most other mobile visualisation engines, Nutiteq SDK supports any map projection and works seamlessly with custom file formats and back-end APIs. Nutiteq also offers the same API for many platforms, including mobile (iOS, Android, Tizen and Windows Phone) and also desktop systems (Windows, Mac and Linux).

Penn State World Campus

Penn State World Campus

If you are interested in refreshing and expanding your FOSS4G knowledge beyond this conference, definitely stop by the Penn State booth (#8) to discuss their latest endeavors in open source based education programs. Chat with Sterling Quinn on the development of a Open Web Mapping course or listen to Anthony Robinson (part of the team behind the first geospatial MOOC*) lead a education panel discussion on Openness in Geospatial Education.

Penn State now offers several online courses that focus on the use and customization of open source geospatial tools. All the course content is provided for free at for self-study and re-use in your own classes. They currently feature a new class on Open Web Mapping – which not only covers a broad spectrum of OS geospatial platforms and methods (e.g. GDAL, GeoServer, TileMill, OpenLayers), but is also available for self-study at no charge under a Creative Commons license.

Penn State will offer its first MOOCs in Geodesign and Geospatial Intelligence this year, and the Mapping and the Geospatial Revolution course will run for the third time in early 2015. These classes are free and open to all; learn more at the Penn State Coursera site.

* Massive Open Online Course

Safe Software


Safe Software’s Chief Scientist, Kevin Wiebe, will be on hand at the Safe booth (#9) throughout the conference. Chat with him about the latest features in FME 2014, including added support for Mapnik.

FME makes it easy to move data between applications. Its ability to integrate with 325+ data sources and its point-and-click interface makes it easy to create impressive mashups with Mapnik. Safe Software staff will also be able to address how FME can integrate platforms such as PostGIS, GeoServer with hundreds of data sources – and facilitate a variety of interesting automation possibilities.

Chat with Kevin about Safe Software’s 3D development initiatives and how to manipulate 3D data across popular formats like CityGML and SketchUp. And, if you are curious – ask for the story behind for the company name.