n South African Computer Journal - Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) : SACJ guest editorial
|Article Title||Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) : SACJ guest editorial|
|© Publisher:||South African Computer Society (SAICSIT)|
|Journal||South African Computer Journal|
|Author||Serena Coetzee, Antony K. Cooper, Gavin Fleming and Inge Netterberg|
|Publication Date||Jul 2009|
|Pages||1 - 2|
The current issue of SACJ includes a selection of papers from the Proceedings of the academic track of the 2008 Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G 2008) Conference, incorporating the Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA) 2008 Conference, held in Cape Town from 29 September to 4 October 2008 (Coetzee et al 2008). The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo, http://www.osgeo.org/) has organized annual FOSS4G conferences since 2006. OSGeo is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of supporting and promoting the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data. The FOSS4G conferences bring together the people who create, use, and support open geospatial software. In a change from the norm, the FOSS4G 2008 incorporated one of the biggest GIS events in South Africa, the biennial GISSA conference, providing an opportunity for GISSA members to network with geospatial professionals from around the world. The conference was the first major open source geospatial event on the African continent and hence had the theme : Open Source Geospatial: An Option for Developing Nations.
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