FOSS4G 2017 Boston is One Month Away

So this summer we’re taking our show on the road! The Free and Open Source for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference is “the” international conference for all things related to geospatial technology and open source software. FOSS4G 2017 is in Boston August 14-18 and the Baruch GIS team will be there! Anastasia, Janine, and I will be running our full-day introductory GIS Practicum workshop (re-dubbed “Introduction to GIS Using QGIS” for the conference) at the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis in Cambridge on Tuesday Aug 15th. There are a slew of great workshops being offered that Monday and Tuesday, covering all technologies and user levels. The main conference runs from Wednesday to Friday.

FOSS4G is an excellent event that brings together open source GIS and mapping developers, practitioners, and educators. It’s a good place to learn new skills, make connections, and keep up with the latest developments. The main conference only comes to North America once every 3 years, and this is the first time it’s been on the east coast. So if you have some time and money to spare, check it out (August 3 is the last day to register) and come by and say hello.

The last one I attended was FOSS4G 2011 in Denver. I gave a talk about a brand new, introductory workshop with QGIS that I had just launched… 29 workshop sessions and 358 participants later, I couldn’t be happier that I’m returning to complete the circle, running the workshop at the same conference where I had initially unveiled it as a little experiment six years earlier. That conference introduced me to so many tools and ideas that I’ve carried with me in my work over the past several years. I’m eager to learn some more and to connect with some mapping / GIS / librarian pals I haven’t seen in quite a while.

In preparation for the conference and the upcoming academic year, I will be updating the GIS Practicum manual pretty soon. While QGIS 2.18 Las Palmas is currently the latest release, it is scheduled to become the new Long Term Release once version 3.0 comes out later this year. I’m going to make the switch from 2.14 to 2.18 in the next workbook, since this change is on the horizon.

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