FOSS4G Call for Maps

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June 26, 2014

Portland, Oregon, USA

Call for Maps!

We invite contributions to the FOSS4G Map Gallery to build an exciting and vibrant exhibit of the very best in mapping. This Map Gallery will not only demonstrate the work of delegates but also act as a reference point for the current state of mapping more widely. We encourage all delegates to share one example of their work and help us create a cartographic record of the FOSS4G 2014 conference.

Contributing to the FOSS4G Map Gallery is simple: make a map involving open source technology or open data, and share that map online! Details of the format and mechanism to share your work are provided below.

Making your map

Make your map using whatever combination of technologies and data you choose. Your map can be the result of a commercial venture or a personal challenge. The map exhibit will feature work in digital form; your map may be a PDF or a may be fully interactive web map application. You will be asked to provide a short description of your map and a statement of the methods, software and data you used in your map design and production and you are also eligible to enter your map into one of the the various competition categories…yes, there’s prizes up for grabs! The only other criteria for submitting your work is that it should have been created during 2012-2014.

Submitting your map

The submission form will open on June 26th and close on August 31st; that’s nine weeks to pull together the projects you’ve been working with over the last year. You are encouraged to submit your application via the FOSS4G web site.

Fame and glory!

There are several optional competition categories, and each will be judged by a panel of independent experts. The winners of each category will be announced during the conference. There will also be a People’s Choice Map Prize. Delegates at the conference will be encouraged to explore the map exhibit during the conference and vote for their favorite map.

The FOSS4G Map Gallery

During the conference, submitted maps will be displayed in several ways. A digital map gallery will showcase work from all participants and delegates will be encouraged to visit the map exhibit and explore the entries. Maps will also be displayed throughout the venue on large format projected displays as well as be used in between sessions. Your maps will gain considerable exposure, and there may be no better way to network than being able to say “hey…that’s my map!” and start a conversation.