FOSS4G conference is the largest gathering for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial techologies. It is hosted by OSGeo since 2006 and has been held all over the world and drew attendees from over 40 countries. This year, the conference was organized in Portland, Oregon, USA and it aims to held in Seoul, Korea for the year 2015 (more information can be found on: https://2014.foss4g.org and http://foss4g2015.wordpress.com )
CHANGES framework is an ITN European project entitled: “Changing Hydro-meteorological Risks as Analyzed by a New Generation of European Scientists” (A Marie Curie Initial Training Network – Jan 2011 to Dec 2014). Within the CHANGES project, it is aimed to have a spatial decision support system to analyze the current and future risk scenarios and help the decision makers in selecting the best risk reduction alternative for the current and future years. The system is to be implemented by using open source Geospatial software and it is planned to make it free for the potential users.
The reason to attend this conference was to gain the insights on the new works, updates and technologies supported by OSGeo. The technologies that are currently using to develop this web based platform of CHANGES project, are recognized by OSGeo: OpenGeo, Postgres and PostGIS, Geoserver and possibility use of GeoNode.
It is possible to watch the keynote speakers’ talks and other sessions online at:
PDXPUG Day 2014 on 6th of September 2014 was held at Portland State University:
The presentations related to Postgres, an open source relational database management system, can be watched online here:
The PhD student of the CHANGES project: Roya Olyazadeh, has attended the conference as a volunteer to help organizing the conference and she has been called “the travel Volunteer” (The farthest distance traveled by the volunteers was from University of Lausanne, Switzerland.)