Call for papers

Help making our 2016 edition a success

After the very succesful FOSS4G Belgium event in 2015, will organise another edition of the FOSS4G Belgium Conference on Thursday 22 September 2016.
FOSS4G conferences gather developers and users of Open Source geospatial software as well as managers and decision-makers from around the world to discuss new directions, exciting implementations, and growing business opportunities in this domain. Recent years have seen substantial changes in the geospatial industry. One of those changes has been the growth in maturity and adoption of Free and Open Source solutions. In many cases organizations are using a mixture of open and closed source solutions.
We will share knowledge and experiences during the whole event through presentations and demonstrations with 25 minutes each at most.
We are looking for contributors who want to present at this event.

Presentations and side tracks

We will be having 3 parallel streams

Plenary Side Track Dev Track

Plenary sessions will be show cases of FOSS4G usages within business, administration, education and research.

The side track will be dedicated to interactive demonstrations for IT-Officers, with more concrete issues linked to the introduction and use of FOSS4G into a specific institutional environment.

The dev track will be a sort of dev room and presentation of latest developments within FOSS4G.

Are you an expert in GIS ?

Did you used OSGeo’s tools in a specific context - large SDI, Big Data, specific customer, innovative project, etc. - for your own business, research or for education?

If you meet any of these, STOP and... feel free to suggest a presentation!

Topics & Debates

Tools • Goals • Applications

Foss4G’s Tools: What are the current offers for storage, treatment and web distribution of spatial data?
How do Open Source tools allow you to successfully personalize software for your needs?

Goals: How can OSGeo help you in your organization? How to build an effective Open Source solution?
How to choose between different solutions?

Applications: Which Open Geomatics tools are deployed and used by administrations, companies, teachers and researchers? What about INSPIRE infrastructures, climate change and smart cities? What are the problems and opportunities that you encountered during migration of commercial software to Open Source software?

Format of presentations

Presentation will take place both in English and in the major official languages of Belgium: Dutch and French.

Each individual presentation will be allowed about 20 minutes and 5 minutes for Q&A.

Submissions can be written in English, French or Dutch (and adhere to the template available soon in ODT format).


Summaries must be sent by e-mail to the following address: by specifying the following elements:

  1. Your name and first name;
  2. A contact email;
  3. Your company (organization) and/or employer;
  4. Your intervention's title;
  5. A short abstract (200 characters max.)
  6. The nature of your intervention (Explanatory / Application / Demonstration);


Deadline for submissions: July 24 Deadline for submission is July 24, but we invite presenters to send their title as soon as possible. Abstracts will be evaluated by a program committee and authors will be notified of their acceptance the first week of August.
All the presentations will be made available on the event website.

How do we evaluate

The choice of presentations will be based on the quality of the submitted material, its interest for professional and student audiences and also its consistency with the program. The decision of the selection committee will be final and binding. Committee members speak on their own behalf, their choices do not reflect the position of their employer.

The Dutch and French coordinators of the program committee are Johan Van de Wauw (NL) and Gaël Kruwialis (FR).

We encourage you to send us an email for any inquiries.

FOSS4G is a free event. We thank our sponsors and partners for making this possible.

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