FOSS4G2007 Call For Workshops

This has been posted to a couple mailing lists, but posting it here can’t hurt:

The FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference is pleased to announce the Call for Workshops for the 2007 conference, being held September 24-27 in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

FOSS4G is the premier conference for the open source geospatial community, providing a place for developers, users, and people new to open source geospatial to get a full-immersion experience in both established and leading edge geospatial technologies.

This is your chance to showcase your favorite application, integration solution, or other topic. You will use your superior classroom skills to lead a group of attendees through your chosen topic in either a half-day or ninety minute lab or classroom format. Half-day workshops will be delivered on Monday, September 24 (the Workshops day), while the ninety minute workshops will run concurrently with the presentations during the remainder of the conference.

While we are open to workshops on a wide range of topics, we strongly encourage workshop submissions on the following topics:

  • Practical Introduction to __________
  • Interoperability
  • NeoGeography and NovelGeography
  • Using a Software Stack
  • 3D Worlds

In the tradition of previous FOSS4G events, we expect that the majority of workshops will be “hands on”, with participants seated in front of computers and able to follow along with the instructor, working directly with the software and applications under discussion.

Be prepared to spend considerable effort in creating your workshop. Past experience has shown that a high quality workshop requires about three days of preparation for each hour of presentation time. As part of this preparation you will be expected to develop material for attendees to take away with them, such as handouts, a ‘workbook’, CDROM, etc.

In recognition of this effort, workshop presenters will receive a reduction in the price of conference registration:

  • free registration for delivering a half-day workshop
  • half-price registration for delivering a 90-minute workshop

Because of limited space, you may want to consider submitting two versions of your topic, one for each length format.

Please visit the workshops page on our website to download the submission templates and instructions for sending them in:

The deadline for workshop submissions is February 28, 2007. Submit early, submit often!

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