Call for Papers

Wed, 2014-10-01 12:38

The call for papers is now closed.

FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) is pleased to invite proposals for presentations for the 2015 North America regional conference to be held in Burlingame, California, USA (March 9th – 12th).

This event is an annual gathering for those currently or potentially working with open source geospatial software. It brings together a mix of developers, users, decision makers, and observers from a broad spectrum of organisations and fields of operation for one day of workshops and three days of presentations and discussions.

This conference is a chance for the geospatial open source community to showcase what progress we have made and discover the future. The discourse at this conference will catalyze progress for open source geospatial software. Such a significant gathering of minds affects the direction of our ecosystem for years to come. Invitation is open to any and all participants.


To be included in the Early Bird Selection, please submit by November 3rd. Even if you don't make the cut for the early bird, you can respond to feedback and have a chance of making the final cut.

The final deadline has been extended to November 28th.


The conference consists of one day of workshops and three days of general sessions, with lightning talks on some or all of of the general session days.

The workshop, presentation and lightning talk proposals received will be selected by the program committee and the FOSS4G community as a whole.


Workshops are instructor led half or full-day hands-on experiences.

All workshop submissions will be considered, but particular interest will be shown in the following topics:

  • End-user focused introductions to FOSS4G software
  • Software frameworks for developers
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • Integration between open and closed source solutions
  • Performance tuning
  • Introduction to the use of open source mapping software
  • Developer software-framework quickstart
  • Interoperability between systems
  • Mapping with open data
  • Beyond traditional GIS and navigating the FOSS4G ecosystem
  • Working with mobile and/or cloud technologies

Session Presentations

General session presentations will be allotted 35 minutes. There will be three parallel tracks of talks over the three days.

Topics of Interest

Below is a list of topics that we think the community would be excited to hear about for session presentations. The list is certainly not exhaustive, however, and we’d love to hear your ideas; any topic related to open source geospatial will be considered.

Developing FOSS4G

  • New developments in FOSS4G.
  • Emerging technologies.
  • Distributed geoprocessing.
  • Mobile applications
  • UI\UX Design (User Interface\User Experience).
  • Design patterns and best practices for spatial.
  • Open hardware.

Using FOSS4G

  • Using FOSS4G for humanitarian efforts.
  • Use cases for FOSS4G.
  • FOSS4G solutions for specific domains, e.g. remote sensing, climate change analysis, water resources management, disaster response/recovery, and citizen science data collection/dissemination.

Open Geospatial Data

  • New or underused open geospatial datasets.
  • Data collection techniques.
  • Crowdsourcing , citizen science, and crowdsourcing.
  • Collaboration with open data: techniques on modification and sharing.
  • Using open data.
  • Ethics of privacy and fair usage of data.


What is our community currently, and how is the community evolving?

  • New community success stories.
  • Licensing and other legal issues.
  • Diversity in the FOSS4G community.


  • Research results enabled by FOSS4G.
  • Use of FOSS4G and open geospatial data in education.

We strongly encourage the actual speaker to submit the proposal. Sometimes a third party will submit on a speaker’s behalf. Typically such proposals are not accepted. We want speakers who are engaged and really want to speak at the conference. The program committee will review all proposals, but proposals submitted by third parties will be given lower priority.

Submission Help

The Submission FAQs and Speaker FAQs include lots of information. If you are new to submitting for EclipseCon, we strongly encourage you to read them. To contact us, send email.

You and any co-speakers need an Eclipse Foundation account to submit a session proposal. Please create your account first and have all speakers log into the website before submitting a proposal. For detailed instructions, see this section of the Submission FAQs.

First, make sure you are logged in to the website (you can log in here).

On the submission form

  1. Enter your Session Title
  2. Choose the type – Standard (35 minutes) or Tutorial (3 hours)
  3. In the Speaker field, type each speaker's email address, separate by a comma; if a person has a valid account, the system will perform an auto-complete and locate it
  4. Enter the Tags of your choice
  5. Choose the Track (see the list above)
  6. Choose the Experience Level
  7. Enter the Description, and make it as interesting, specific, and complete as possible!
  8. If you have Slides, upload them in this section of the form
  9. Click Save