Conference Workshops - August 14-15, 2017

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Call for workshop instructors and content is open!

Click Here to Submit a Workshop

To submit a presentation for the main conference program, please visit the Call for Presentations page.

FOSS4G 2017 Conference Workshops

Workshops are an important and popular part of FOSS4G, and this year they will take place during the two days before the conference on Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15. The workshops will be held at Harvard University’s Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA). The workshops will be run by experienced members of the open source community, and sometimes by the open source project developers themselves. This makes the workshops a great opportunity to advance your skills or take your first steps into the world of Open Source GIS. This year we are excited to introduce a Maptime track, focused on introductory skills and tutorials, and will be featuring workshops at a wide variety of skill levels.


Workshop Description and Environment

Most workshops are half-day (4 hour) and all provide hands-on experiences with participants following along with an instructor. We will consider a limited number of full day (8 hour) workshops.

All workshops will be BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). While this allows for more participants, past experience has shown that this may increase setup time. Instructors are strongly encouraged to use bootable media such as the OSGeo Live USB stick to reduce set-up time and to increase efficiency. Presenters may also increase efficiency by setting up server side tutorials for their workshop. OSGeo Live USB sticks will be provided to all workshop participants.

We recognize that it requires a considerable amount of effort to produce a high-quality workshop. You are strongly encouraged to develop material for attendees to take home with them, such as handouts, a workbook, CD-ROMs, etc.

Workshop Topics

We are looking for dynamic instructors on a variety of topics.

  • PostGIS
  • GeoServer
  • MapServer
  • Web Mapping
  • GDAL/OGR CLI Tools
  • pgRouting
  • Using OSGeoLive
  • GeoPython
  • GvSig
  • Aerial Mapping and Point Clouds/LIDAR/Photogrammetry
  • Using open source GIS in a cloud environment

We are open minded to additional topics that are relevant to the FOSS4G community and will generate interest.

Call for Workshop Submission Process

If you have interest in leading a workshop, we encourage you to submit a proposal. Submissions will be accepted until Monday, March 13, 2017, and can be submitted at the following link:

Submit a Workshop

Workshop proposals should contain the following information:

  1. Title summarizing the tutorial goals or workshop theme
  2. Name and affiliations of the organizers
  3. Primary contact information for correspondence
  4. Maximum 250 abstract containing description about the relevance, motivation and goals of the workshop, as well as pointers to past editions, if any.
  5. Length of workshop, including if it is a half- or full-day workshop

Workshop Proposal Review

The workshops committee will review each submission and select those with the highest scores in diversity, originality, and relevance of the proposed topic.

Presenter Compensation

Workshop presenters will be compensated with a single payment of $650, for each 4 hour block of workshops that are given. This compensation is equivalent to the cost of an Early Bird registration. Compensation is limited to one payment per workshop, i.e., if there are multiple presenters the compensation will remain one payment of $650.

Important Dates

Event Date
Call for Workshops Announced January 21, 2017
Call for Workshops Closed March 13, 2017
Workshop Selections Announced March 20, 2017
Detailed Workshop Program April 3, 2017
Workshops Take Place at Harvard August 14/15, 2017

Click Here to Submit a Workshop

To submit a presentation for the main conference program, please visit the Call for Presentations page.