Don’t panic: FOSS4G cheat sheet

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | by

Tomorrow starts a fantastic three days of talks and sessions and networking and general geo-you-name-it. We are so excited to have you all here (and attending virtually, dear live stream viewers); here’s a quick list to get you rolling on day one. 

Conference details

BOF sessions: Find the carefully curated data on the . . .

A (partial) PDX Survival Guide

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | by

TL/DR: (1) Our public transit is excellent, take it! (2) Go beyond the Convention Center area to see the best of PDX (3) We’re building a crowdsourced map of Portland goodness; find places to go and add the places you find.

Welcome to PDX, FOSS4G! Here’s a little hint . . .

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 . . .

It’s (a)live! – Map Gallery, livestream link

Saturday, September 6, 2014 | by

Map fans, the 2014 FOSS4G Map Gallery is live. (Ta-da!) A stunning 88 maps available for your viewing pleasure. After you’ve appreciated the work of your fellow maptastic colleagues, we ask that you use your sharp-but-sweet critical eyes and your strong opinions to help us pick the 2014 People’s Choice Award. . . .

Increasing access to FOSS4G

Friday, September 5, 2014 | by

FOSS4G is an incredible gathering of open source geospatial developers and users from all over the globe; the event prides itself on being “the world’s premier open source geospatial conference.” Each year the hosting delegation works incredibly hard to put on a fantastic conference, and attendees come away with . . .

FOSS4G 2014 Booth Tour Preview #1

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 | by

Inspired by Jody Garnett’s post-FOSS4G 2013 booth tour, we present the pre-FOSS4G 2014 booth tour. This is the first of our posts that aims at connecting the attendees with the sponsors early on in this year’s conference.


Stop by to visit the CartoDB booth to learn the . . .

Extracurricular adventures, don’t forget the Map Gallery, and schedule updates

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | by

Your registration is paid (what? not yet? register now!), your bags are near-packed, and now you’re wondering what else to do in Portland — in addition to a fantastic week of development, networking, and geo-geek revelry. See below for things you may have forgotten, an update on lodging, info on the . . .

Sponsor FOSS4G: limited time opportunity

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | by

First a big thank you to the many existing sponsors. Sponsors make FOSS4G possible.

Late call for FOSS4G sponsorship

As we build momentum for September, we have one last chance for sponsors to join in supporting the FOSS4G* conference. We hope that you will join us as a sponsor. After August 15th, . . .

RSVP for PostgreSQL Day, Saturday September 6th

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | by

Do you use PostGIS and/or PostgreSQL?

As you are planning your FOSS4G travel, here’s another excellent event to have on your radar.

Saturday, September 6th, is PostgreSQL Day, co-hosted by the Portland Postgres Users Group (PDXPUG)  and Portland State University. Attendance is free, but RSVP is required (RSVP here). See below for more details on . . .

FOSS4G Call for Maps

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | by

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 . . .

PDX is different (Early Bird Registration)

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | by

Three more days of Early Bird Registration!

What should you expect while in Portland for FOSS4G? The unexpected!

After several visits, Bruce Momjian, a PostgreSQL core contributor, observed that Portland is different.  Wikipedia even has an entry to Keep Portland Weird.  Last weekend, Portland yet again had the highest participation of 100+ . . .

FOSS4G Call for Journalists

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | by

To better inform the broader world about the happenings of FOSS4G, we are offering complimentary press passes to journalists.

To apply for a press pass mail the following to

Provide links to relevant recent work
List professional association memberships
Include your contact information and the name and link of the organization for which . . .

All aboard the FOSS4G2014 Express

Friday, May 30, 2014 | by

From the Desk of Bob Basques to all FOSS4G2014 Conference attendees:

Do you want to travel to FOSS4G in style?  With leg room, good food, good friends and no security lines?

As conference attendees across the world prepare to travel to Portland, OR for FOSS4G2014, this message is intended to gauge the . . .

Where our presenters are from

Monday, May 26, 2014 | by

FOSS4G has always had a wonderful diversity of attendees – we don’t call it “The world’s premier open source geospatial conference” for nothing.

But just in case you were curious, here’s where our presenters are from. If a presenter has more than one talk, they are counted once for each talk. . . .

Abstract review process for FOSS4G 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014 | by

The final selection of the presentations for the FOSS4G has always been a controversy. Reviewing so many abstracts takes a lot of effort, so it’s not possible to tell the rejected presenters in detail why their abstract wasn’t accepted. Though it’s possible to be transparent about the process that was . . .

Travel Grant Details Available

Sunday, May 4, 2014 | by

We’re happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for travel grants.

Our default travel grant includes a complimentary admission to the main conference, and four nights  in the conference hotel. Alternatively, applicants may request funds just for registration waiver, or for transportation instead of lodging. In exceptional cases, we . . .

Community voting open through May 5th

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | by

What presentations do you want to see at FOSS4G?  Now is the time to tell us!

The FOSS4G community at large can now read and score potential presentations.  The conference committee will use the aggregate scores from the community review process to help choose which presentations to accept, and to assign . . .

Regular Session and Academic Track proposals due early next week (4/15)

Friday, April 11, 2014 | by

April 11, 2014
Portland, OR, USA

Regular Session and Academic Track proposals due

A reminder to all FOSS4G attendees – the proposal submission deadline for both the Academic Track and Regular Sessions is next Tuesday, April 15th. For the Regular Sessions, we strongly recommend reviewing our advice for successful proposals before submitting.

The community . . .

Advice on writing submissions

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | by

We’re expecting some 400 submissions for approximately 200 presentation slots this year for the regular track sessions. That means only about half of the submissions we get are going to be accepted. What can you do to help ensure your presentation is accepted? Here’s some advice.

Consider your reviewers. They have . . .

Mike Bostock to Open FOSS4G 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014 | by

We are pleased to announce that Mike Bostock will be featured as the opening keynote speaker for FOSS4G 2014.

Bostock designs interactive graphics for The New York Times. He is also the author of D3.js, a popular open-source library for visualizing data using web standards, and TopoJSON, an extension to GeoJSON that encodes topology.

D3.js is one . . .

Update March 5th, 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014 | by

March 5, 2014

Portland, Oregon, USA

FOSS4G releases calls for workshops, presentations and academic papers

The FOSS4G organizing committee calls for presentations, workshops and academic papers.  FOSS4G, to be held September 8th-13th in Portland, Oregon, USA is the premier international conference on open source geospatial technologies.  With two . . .

What is PDX?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | by

What is PDX and more precisely, where is PDX?  

In the most basic terms,

PDX == The airport code to the Portland, Oregon Airport

PDX == 45.5889, -122.5929

PDX == Portland, Oregon, USA (the City)

PDX == The catchment area of the PDX airport, . . .

2014 Logo Unveiled

Saturday, January 25, 2014 | by

The FOSS4G 2014 organizing committee is pleased to unveil the logo for this year’s conference. Designed by Elizabeth Haddad, the logo reflects the geography and history of Portland, and of FOSS4G.

The logo’s central element is a slab of wood, recalling Portland’s history of timber production. Though the timber industry is no . . .