Building up gvSIG Community in UK

Over the last two years the gvSIG Project has participated at the OSGIS (Open Source GIS UK (OSGIS) Conference Series at the Centre for Geospatial Science (CGS) of the University of Nottingham.

The OSGIS conference series has a strong international focus and takes a holistic approach in bringing together speakers and delegates from government, academy, industry and open source communities. High profile speakers from all over the world are invited for giving presentations and running hands-on workshops for the conference series.

This conference takes places every year from 21st June till 23rd June.

The University of Nottingham is a world-class research intensive University and in the top 1% of all universities worldwide. The Centre for Geospatial Science is the key leader in the Open Source Geospatial domain within the UK. CGS is actively involved in multiple Open Source geospatial initiatives.

At OSGIS 2009 we participated with the presentation “gvSIG Mobile as mobile client of SDI”. We took part as well at the 6th International Symposium on LBS & TeleCartography with the Showcase “gvSIG Mini as a mobile client of SDI & LBS” presented by Miguel Montesinos et al., PRODEVELOP, SL being the Winner of Best LBS 2009 Showcase presentation awarded by Taylor & Francis .

After one year at the OSGIS 2010 we took part with three presentation: “gvSIG Sensors”, “SDI of Venezuela” and “gvSIG Association: promoting an open source business as model” and we celebrated our first gvSIG Day at UK by running a 6 hours workshop about gvSIG and gvSIG Mobile. About 25 people assisted and the experience was really successful. We participated as well also at the OSGeo Director Board meeting, sharing our experience with other companies, Universities and Local Government Members of UK.

As a result of our participation in these events and the support of the CGS for the diffusion of the gvSIG Project and the FOSS4G Technologies, the gvSIG Association has invited to the CGS to join us as an Honorary Member. The CGS agreed this invitation becoming the first research centre in UK to be an Honorary member of the gvSIG Association.

During our meeting at CGS we discuss the terms of collaboration looking forward to carry out together training activities, R&D Projects, always with the goal of promoting gvSIG and the FOSS4G Technologies. Because of that this year we are going to take part at the OSGIS 2011 with a gvSIG Day with the aim of building up the gvSIG Community in UK.

I would like to thank you people from CGS and the GRACE CENTER that I have met in Nottingham (Mike Jackson, Suchith Anand, Jeremy Morley, Amir Pourabdollah, Stella Fuller , Gerrard Wilcoxson…..etc.) for the support they have given us to spread gvSIG in UK.

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