Seminars: Open Source

Just van den Broecke
Open Source Geospatial Consultant
Just Objects B.V.


Just van den Broecke studied Chemistry and Computing Science at the University of Amsterdam. For 11 years. He worked as a software engineer and architect on telecommunications software at AT&T/Lucent Bell Laboratories. In 1997 he became self-employed, working from his own company Just Objects B.V., initially focussing on object technology, Java, multimedia and mobile applications. After having developed several GPS mobile apps and having a lifelong passion for maps and mapping he fell for the beauty of the GIS-domain. For Just, Free and Open Source has always been 'a way of life'. He has initiated and contributed to various open source geospatial projects such as GeoNetwork, the Heron Mapping Client and recently NLExtract, ETL tools for free Dutch geospatial datasets. He attempts to regularly contribute to OpenStreetMap. Just is now the trailblazer ('kwartiermaker') for the recently established OSGeo Dutch Language Local chapter.

OSGeo-Live is a Self-Contained Bootable DVD, USB Thumb Drive or Virtual
Machine based on Linux (XUbuntu), that allows you to try a wide variety of open source geospatial software without installing anything. It is composed entirely of free software, allowing it to be freely distributed, duplicated and passed around. It provides pre-configured applications for a range of geospatial use cases, including storage, publishing, viewing, analysis and manipulation of data. It also contains sample datasets and documentation. This lightening presentation covers the breadth of this open source geospatial software from the OSGeo Live DVD.
Arnulf Christl
Geospatial Systems Architect and Project
Manager-Metaspatial President

OSGeo - Delivering Professional Open Source Geospatial Software
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) was created to support and build the highest-quality Open Source geospatial software. The goal is to encourage the use and collaborative development of community-led projects. The kenyote of the Open Source seminar will introduce to the concepts behind Free Software licenses, highlight the driving forces of Open Source development and outline the role of the OSGeo Foundation in the geospatial domain. The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data. The foundation provides financial, organizational and legal support to the broader open source geospatial community. It also serves as an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding and other resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit. OSGeo also serves as an outreach and advocacy organization for the open source geospatial community, and provides a common forum and shared infrastructure for improving cross-project collaboration. All of the foundation's projects are freely available and useable under an OSI-certified Open Source license. They have been packaged in a special distribution called OSGeo Live and is available as DVD at the OSGeo desk.
Markus Schneider
Occam Labs UG


Markus Schneider holds a diploma in computer science from the University of Bonn. He is a renowned expert on the standards of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), especially Web Feature Service (WFS) and Geography Markup Language (GML). He worked as a software engineer at lat/lon GmbH for 9 years, where he was mostly involved with the development of the Open Source project deegree. His main technical focus is the deegree WFS implementation and the mapping of complex GML application schemas to relational databases. In 2011, he founded Occam Labs, a company that offers deegree-related services and software development. He is chair of deegree's technical management committee and involved with the OSGeo foundation.

INSPIRE Network Services with Deegree
Implementing compliant and scalable INSPIRE Network Services can be tough. This presentation outlines the major challenges of this task and shows how deegree 3 webservices can help you overcome them. As deegree is an OSGeo project, these components are Open Source and available free of any license fees. INSPIRE has high requirements with regard to support for ISO/OGC standards, quality-of-service and data conformity. The deegree project has a long tradition of providing advanced implementations of OGC web services. Version 3 has been designed based on INSPIRE requirements and implements INSPIRE Discovery Service, INSPIRE View Service, INSPIRE Download Service and INSPIRE Processing Service specifications. These implementations aim for full standard compliance and are highly scalable.
Edward Mac Gillavry
Cartographer and Director

Edward Mac Gillavry is director and co-founder of Webmapper, a consultancy firm that creates online mapping applications and provides consultancy services in the fields of web cartography and online GIS using Open Source software. Before starting Webmapper, Edward was product manager Location Based Services at TomTom, worked for the Dutch National Atlas of Public Health and started his career in online mapping with Multimap (now Bing Maps) in the UK. He studied Geoinformatics at the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede and received his MA degree in Geography from Utrecht University in 2000. Edward lives with his wife and two children in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Recent Developments in Web Cartography

The look and feel of maps on the Web has long been determined by the likes of MapQuest, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Google. Both the map data and software to render the maps were proprietary creating huge barriers of entry into the online mapping industry. OpenStreetMap and Natural Earth Data are international efforts to create global data sets that are available and free to use for anyone. Furthermore, an increasing number of government agencies across the world are making their geographic data available tot the public. Add to this an expanding range of Open Source software to render maps and the rules of the game in the online mapping industry change completely.This presentation charts the currents that have led up to the recent revolution in web mapping, making the cartographic presentation of geographic information a unique selling point for mobile and web applications. It maps out the Open Source projects contributing to this new era of cartography and highlights the new players that currently play a significant role in online mapping. The presentation concludes with a roadmap for the future of web cartography and the role of Open Source software.
Jeroen Ticheler
GeoCat bv
The Netherlands


Jeroen Ticheler studied Tropical Forestry at Wageningen University specialising in GIS and Remote Sensing. Following graduation in 1997, he worked for the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Rome for almost ten years. Ticheler held various positions in GIS/remote sensing and established the United Nations Spatial Data Infrastructure (UNSDI) and the GeoNetwork opensource project. He established GeoCat BV, a company focussing on Government Geospatial Data Publishing. GeoCat provides all-in-one solutions for the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) that include a geospatial catalog, map server and map client. The solutions are based on established Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects, open standard protocols and will be customized to the needs of different clients.

Geocat Bridge - The Easiest Way to Publish (Open) Data through open Standards GeoCat Bridge, an extension for Esri ArcGIS® Desktop, has been designed to make the process of publishing geospatial data on the internet as easy as hitting the Publish button. From your project in ArcGIS Desktop, you are literally only one click away from publishing your geographic data and metadata on the Internet using an open source server platform. The resulting geospatial services are based on open standards and allow users of these (open) data services to combine and analyze data or develop innovative applications quickly.
Chris Holmes


Supporting Open Source Geospatial Software
This talk will look at building business models to support core open source development. We will focus on the experiences of OpenGeo, and its progress in creating a 'whole product' around a stack of geospatial software. This is centered around the OpenGeo Suite, a stack of software combining PostGIS, GeoServer and OpenLayers and building on top of them to create a coherent product, which is bundled with professional support services. We will also examine the path of GeoNode, OpenGeo's bottom up SDI solution, which has been a project funded by several early clients and will soon be the basis of a fully supported OpenGeo product.
Anthony Tuffour
GIS Technical Manager
Master Data Management, Finance and Resources - ICT
London Borough of Hackney, UK


Anthony Tuffour oversees the implementation and maintenance of a corporate spatial data warehouse as well as developing web mapping applications using open source software stack technologies and open standards to drive government business. Anthony has a firm belief that open source software and open standards are becoming established as the dominant method for delivering business operations and solutions and are re-engineering business models. He is the technical contact point on GIS for users and managers to support the council by analysing business processes in service areas where there is a geospatial data requirement. Anthony Tufour has an MSc in Geographic Information Science from University College London (UCL) and is currently studying for another MSc in Spatial Planning at UCL in order to forge the integration of GIS and Spatial Planning for the purposes of urban modelling and strategic planning for space and place shaping.

Open Source Software (OSS) and Open Standards (OS) have become Ubiquitous and the Most Talked about Technology The presentation examines the adoption of and barriers to OSS & OS and recommend how governments can support OSS products and OS through research and development to reach a critical mass, thereby creating employment, whilst at the same time generating revenue. Finally, all these processes will be reviewed with existing theories of value and effectiveness of OSS & OS using the case of LBH’s implementation of a web mapping application based on OSS stack and OS.
Ir. Pieter G. Meijer
Program Manager Publieke Dienstverlening op de Kaart (PDOK), Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands


Pieter Meijer studied Land-use planning specialising in GIS and Remote Sensing at the Wageningen University. From 1989 till 1999 he worked as a GIS-consultant in a number of companies in GI-projects for utilities, telecom and aeronautical charting. From 1999 onwards he is employed by Rijkswaterstaat with the Dutch ministry of infrastructure. Within Rijkswaterstaat he played different roles starting woth consulting, product- and project management in the field of GIS, metadata and IT-architecture. As a manager he was responsible for a mayor sourcing programme involving the contracting-out the application management of a larger application portfolio. Since april 2011 Pieter holds the psotion of programma manager for the realisation of PDOK, the Dutch national SDI.

PDOK: The Dutch National SDI
In a close cooperation different departments within the national Dutch government are constructing PDOK, the dutch national SDI. This SDI is a services-based infrastructure aimed at the dissemination of all important geo basedata in The Netherlands. part of the infrastructuire is the "NGR" the national geo-data catalogue which also serves as the Dutch INSPIRE hub. The INSPIRE legislation, dutch legislation about the use of base data within the government and the policy for open data made it easier to raise the funds and commitment necessary to drive the development of this SDI forward. Backbone of this infrastructure are OGC-complient web-services, for images, vectordata and metadata. PDOK relies heavily on different open source components such as GeoNetwork and GeoServer.
Marc Vloemans
Age of Peers
The Netherlands


He is specialized in strategies and business development for OS code & service suppliers, e.g. governmental agencies, software communities and businesses. Currently Marc is working on various projects in which organizations intend to ‘open source’ their development platform for innovative purposes (software re-use). In the role of chairman of the Dutch association for OS service suppliers (OSSLO) he actively lobbies for increased usage of OS in profit and not-for-profit sectors. He has written several books and articles ranging from marketing OS to re-use of software. Over the years he has given presentations at (inter-)national conferences and seminars.

Waterfowl Feeding Strategies
Ever wondered why various birds are able to peacefully cohabit in the same duck pond and thrive? If the answer is ’No’, you probably have just started out as an entrepreneur, you are plain lucky that you are still in business or are desperately struggling for survival. In case the answer is ‘Yes’, there is the potential for a profitable future. But where lies the analogy? You probably have seen ducks stroll the banks and swim around, while sticking their necks under the surface or diving further below. Unfortunately, your view does not extend well below the surface; a world unknown to many. And that’s where it gets interesting in terms of business strategy! Relatively small market places such as the GIS sector can be compared to a duck pond in which the various inhabitants resemble the many professionals, SME’s and larger service suppliers. All feeding on the available plants in that same pond: the market. Once the interaction between these ducks and their environment is understood, service suppliers can more effectively compete for the increasingly more scarce resources. Darwin’s ‘Survival of the fittest’ has become a survival of the smartest. This presentation will give an insight in what happens below the market surface and is an introduction to Marc’s upcoming book on open source strategies.
Dr. Javier Morales
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation University of Twente
The Netherlands


Dr. Javier Morales is Assistant Professor in Spatial Data Infrastructures at the Department of Geo-Information Processing at the University of Twente in The Netherlands. His research domains include Design methods, Architectures for distributed (geo-information) systems, Spatial Data Infrastructures, Web technology and Business Process Management. His PhD thesis (2004) is titled "Model-driven Design of Geo-information Services" (ISBN 90-6164-222-1).

OSS as a Backbone for Education in Geo-Informatics

Education in geo-informatics has always been an interesting subject for both educators and students because most methods and good practices in this discipline are closely associated with a given technology. These days, at the forefront of (geo)data transformation and dissemination lies the field of geo-webservices. This means that todays geo-informatics curriculums have a significant number of components dealing with the concepts and the technology behind geo-webservices. Since the technology to support web services in both proprietary and open source has matured significantly, it is now possible to train students to choose the best tool to solve their problem rather than having to compromise. This combined with the usage of open standards has resulted in nice hybrid implementations that provide great value to organisations and communities. This presentation will provide an insight, particularly, on the open standards and the usage/development of open source software in education, research and professional training at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente. Areas in which open source is used include, a.o., spatial databases, spatial data services, workflow management and system design.
Drs. Thijs van Menen
Senior Advisor


During his study Social Geography Thijs stumbeled upon a GIS course and instantly fell in love. After finishing his study Thijs started working at RWS with mainly desktop GIS. Innovation always had his attention so when webGIS came along, ArcIMS, he joint a huge innovative program of RWS and in the end implemented webGIS within the organization. But it really all came together in the GeoServices project that started around 2003; GIS, Open Standards and Open Source. Thijs now still works at RWS as Senior Advisor and is responsible for the GeoServices program within RWS.

Open Source SDI at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
GeoServices stands for a SDI (Spatial Data Infrastructure) based upon OGC standards and open source. It's a framework existing solely of open source components. It is this framework that provides the ability to publish many datasets existing within RWS. But it also provides the ability to build web applications while reusing generic functionalities. GeoServices is used to provide webGIS applications for primary and secundary RWS tasks.