About FOSS4G North America
The annual FOSS4G North America (NA) conference is one of the largest global gatherings focused on Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial. FOSS4G NA brings together developers, users, decision-makers and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation. Through four days of workshops, presentations, discussions, and cooperation, FOSS4G NA participants create effective and relevant geospatial products, standards, and protocols.
This year's FOSS4G NA conference is a collaborative effort involving OSGeo & LocationTech.
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation was founded to support and build the highest-quality open source geospatial software. The foundation’s goal is to encourage the use and collaborative development of community-led projects, data development and education. Many projects live under the OSGeo umbrella. http://osgeo.org
LocationTech is a vendor neutral community for individuals and organizations who wish to collaborate on commercially-friendly open source software that is location aware.
LocationTech hosts technology projects, provides many services to help them, and helps cultivate both an open source community and an ecosystem of complementary products and services.
LocationTech is a working group hosted by the Eclipse Foundation
About The Eclipse Foundation
The Foundation employs a full-time professional staff to provide services to the community but does not employ the open source developers, called committers, who actually work on the technology projects. Project committers are typically employed by organizations or are independent developers that volunteer their time to work on an open source project.
In general, the Eclipse Foundation provides five services to the community: 1) IT Infrastructure, 2) IP Management, 3) Development Process, 4) Ecosystem Development, and 5) Event organizing. Full-time staff are associated with each of these areas and work with the greater community to assist in meeting the needs of the stakeholders.