By Josh Wolanin
Location-based Web Apps and Open Source software have become huge trends in technology over the past few years, and catering to that audience is the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial – North America (FOSS4G-NA).
Stemming from the International FOSS4G group, the North American branch has come into the scene due to the traction in which these technologies have started to gain, and this year Minneapolis will host the 2013 FOSS4G-NA Conference May 22-24.
Program Committee member Paul Wickman says one of the major draws is the “burgeoning interest” in geospatial mapping and the need for open data.
“Google recently changed their pricing structure, so many developers are transferring from Google Maps to applications such as MapBox,” he explains. “It really comes down to control over the map content and separating content from vendor-proprietary programming APIs.”
The conference has four keynotes and a plethora of presentations, panels and lightning talks all revolving around geospatial open source technology, including:
- State of the project briefings (PostGIS, GeoServer, MapServer, etc.)
- Big Data/NO SQL (Mongo, Lucene, Hadoop)
- Government use of OSS
Tickets for the early bird registration are available through April 1st.