The Free GIS Conference, organized by the SIG and Remote Sensing Service (SIGTE) of the University of Girona, will be held on 29 and 30 days in May at the Facultat de Lletres i de Turisme.
During two days there will be an excellent program of plenary speakers, communications, tutorials and workshops with the aim of providing a space for debate and learning about the use of open and free geospatial technologies. This year we have surpassed the 200 attendees who come from Catalonia and also from all the Spanish state, consolidating Girona as a meeting point and a reference point in this specialized sector such as free GIS.
The conference aims to connect users, programmers, developers and people interested in open source geospatial technologies whether they are in the field of business, the University or the Public Administration.
The program features the plenary presentations of Sara Safavi, from the North American company Planet Lab, who will make a presentation entitled "Hello World: Tiny Satellites, Big Impact. Next, Pablo Martínez, from the Barcelona company 300.000km, will talk about how to rethink the future of cities through cartography. And, finally, it will be the turn of Víctor Olaya, GIS developer and writer, who will talk about the ecosystem of a free GIS.
In addition, the program brings together 28 communications distributed in parallel sessions dealing with such diverse topics as: open data and IDEs, maps, advanced technical projects, use cases, academic projects, etc. The program is completed with 4 tutorials and 6 workshops that will take place the next day in the computer rooms of the faculty. The day of the 29 day will conclude with a presentation by Antonio Rodríguez from the National Geographic Information Center (CNIG) who will speak about open data in an open society.
Mapping party and night tour
As a novelty of this edition will be held a mapping party, a meeting to collectively map different places in Girona with a single goal: identify the architectural barriers of the city. The purpose of the activity is to collect accessibility data from the old town of Girona and then upload them to OpenStreetMap. In an entertaining and different way the attendees will be able to know the city while collaborating in the mapping of the city.