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Open Source GIS & WebMapping for UN staff

20 & 21 November 2012

The hands-on workshop "Open Source, Open Standards, Open Data for Geospatial " will be a 2-day workshop on the 20th & 21st November 2012 in Vienna, Austria. It is organized on behalf of the Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies of the International Cartographic Association (ICA).

In 2011, the ICA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) with a view to develop global collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organizations in the field of open-source GIS software and data. This workshop is organized as part of this  ICA-OSGeo MoU vision for  spreading the benefits of geospatial technologies to all. The MoU details can be found at http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/MOU_ICA.

You are invited to sessions to learn about Open Source tools for GIS and mapping on the Web. We start with an introductory session, and then show hands-on how to actually do it . So participants bring their laptop, we provide the theory, the software and guidance. Some dedicated lectures on topics of modern cartography in the context of open source geospatial technologies will be given as well.

The workshop is tailored especially for members of staff of United Nations (UN) bodies and entities. No specific requirements and skills are needed for participation other than your interest in finding out about the potential of open source, open standards and open data for geospatial domain.

This event is organised as a pre-event to SOMAP 2012, the International Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping, in Vienna (Austria), from November 22nd to 23rd 2012. Workshop participants are invited to join the Icebreaker event of SOMAP on 21st November, and we of course heartily recommend  to join the SOMAP symposium itself!


a short report on the workshop is published here.