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Just 4 days until the FOSS4G NA deadline

February 5, 2016

Dear Everyone,

For those interested in open source geospatial technologies and open data, you will want to take a look at the FOSS4G NA 2016 conference. This conference runs May 2-5 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

If you are working with data that has a location component to it, this conference is a really good one to learn about some truly excellent technologies, techniques, and initiatives. It’s a great place to meet with experts in this field who are keen to share their thoughts with you and each other, and learn about what you are doing.

The conference features talks about popular technologies such as PostgreSQL, PostGIS, Leaflet, QGIS, Cesium, GeoServer, GRASS, GDAL/OGR, and many others. Leading big data & container technologies such as Spark, Hadoop, Accumulo, HBase, Docker, and others are prominently featured in talks from the GeoMesa, GeoTrellis, GeoWave, and other projects. If you are interested in learning about kite, drone, balloon, and microsatellite mapping, this is a great conference for you. Learn how to version control your data and share it with others using GeoGig. All of this is just a taste to communicate what a great conference this is.

FOSS4G NA is also a really warm and welcoming conference to everyone. At last year’s conference in Burlingame (near San Francisco), it was really great to see so many women speaking and participating. In my opinion, the proportion of women to men was much better balanced than many other similar conferences and made for a better conference as a result.

For those doing interesting work, you may consider proposing a talk to share your ideas. The deadline for the call for proposals is due on Monday, February 8th. To submit, visit the CfP page. Speakers who have their talks accepted will receive a free full access pass!!

For those planning to attend, you’ll save money if you register by February 26th.

There are scholarship grants for those that might benefit from them. The deadline for applying is February 8th.

Hope to see you there!

Andrea

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