Hi! this is a translation from the Russian blog.
The 1st Russian gvSIG Meeting started its work in the Lipetsk State Pedagogical University, Russia, on Monday 14th May. The first activity of the Meeting was the gvSIG workshop which was attended by 14 specialists from six cities of the Russian Federation. Participants represented 10 different organizations, including a number of universities from Lipetsk, Smolensk, Orel, Moscow, Institute of Geography, Department of the Administration of the Lipetsk region, as well as business enterprises from the Lipetsk and Tambov regions.
The venue of the workshop was given by the Center for Free Software of the LSPU (the Head – Vladimir Kalitvin, Ph.D., Associate Professor). The workshop was opened by Lyubov Belyaeva, the Head of the Department of Geography. A brief story about the gvSIG project was made by the coordinator of the Russian gvSIG Community Serguei Mikhailov.
The workshop was led by the lecturer and coordinator of the Russian gvSIG Community Alexander Karandeev from the Department of Geography of the Lipetsk State Pedagogical University.
Workshop participants received a set of teaching materials, including textbook, “Geographic Information Systems. Basic Course. Workshop “, prepared by Alexander Karandeev and Serguei Mikhailov. The exercises were focused on gvSIG Desktop 1.11 and other open source software products.
The workshop organizers are grateful to the Organizing Committee of the International Conference “Fifth Semenov’s Reading: Legacy of the P.P. Semenov-Tyan-Shansky and modern science” dedicated to 185th anniversary of P.P. Semenov-Tyan-Shansky, also to the Center for Free Software of the LSPU, Alkis LLC  and of NPO “GISIT”  for their help in organizing and conducting the gvSIG workshop.
The reports of participants of the Fifth Semenov’s Readings and the 1st Russian gvSIG Meeting were presented on the 15th May. The plenary session was opened by the President of the Lipetsk State Pedagogical University Pavel Bugakov.
After greetings from the representatives of the Public Administration of the Lipetsk Region and the territorial authority of the Federal State Statistics Service of the Lipetsk Region, the conference continued with a report on the role of P.P. Semenov-Tyan-Shansky in the reform of 1861 that was made by the chairman of the “Semenov’s Charity Society (the society of descendants of P.P. Semenov-Tyan-Shansky, Saint-Petersburg)” Alexander Semenov-Tyan-Shansky.
As part of the 1st gvSIG Users Meeting in Russia, there was the report about The gvSIG Project (Authors: V. Agazzi, G. Carrion, M. Madrid from the gvSIG Association) at the plenary session. On behalf of the authors the presentation was performed by the coordinator of the Russian gvSIG Community Serguei Mikhailov.
In the afternoon there were session meetings, being one of them the session devoted to the 1st Russian gvSIG Meeting. One report about Cartographic Information ALKIS web-service based on the OpenSource products was made by Vladimir Egorov, General Director of Alkis LLC, Lipetsk.
Another report was based on the usage of gvSIG for the protection of cultural heritage of the Lipetsk Region told by Serguei Mikhailov (NPO “GISIT”, Lipetsk).
Polemical, but funny, was the report by Maxim Dubinin (@gislab), General Director of NextGIS LLC, Moscow. His presentation can be found at . The final slide of the presentation was accompanied by the applause of the audience.
The day ended with an evening stroll along the Lipetsk streets and discussing the various issues of development and use of GIS open source software.
The final day of the Fifth Semenov’s Readings was on May 16th, where participants visited the family estate of Semenov-Tyan-Shansky in the village Ryazanka, Chaplyginsky district of the Lipetsk Region. Participants also visited the Museum of Local History of Chaplygin Town.
Once the conference passed, we would like to thank everyone who was involved in its organization and support, especially the staff of the Department of Geography of the Lipetsk State Pedagogical University under the direction of the Head of Department Lyubov Belyaeva.