FOSS4G


FOSS4G 2016 – the bar gets higher and higher

Apologies, there may be a bit of gushing in this post. Last week the German Chapter of OSGeo hosted the annual FOSS4G event in Bonn. Each year the Local Organising Committee of FOSS4G wants to make their event the ‘Best FOSS4G Ever’, in 2013 the Nottingham team adopted that mantra as one of our hashtags on twitter. This year the Bonn team have really raised the bar and set an incredibly high standard for those that follow […]


May the FOSS be with you 5

I travelled home from FOSS4GUK in Southampton yesterday afternoon on something of a high, we had had a great 3 days and at the end England had scraped a sneaky win against Wales in the 92nd minute (seeing Gareth Bale cry can’t be bad, can it?). Then I saw the awful news about Jo Cox and I was flattened, what the fuck is wrong with our world? This morning I realised that whilst our little […]


GIS is not a profession (and other less controversial observations) 5

Today I did a Q&A with the Early Careers Network of the AGI. Much of it was fairly uncontroversial stuff about career plans in GI and some trends. My main focus was on choosing a good employer that provides opportunities, career progression and growth rather than being too worried about how much GI you were going to do. Somehow I slipped in the proposition that GI was not a profession and the future would be about […]


What are you doing wasting your time with that little company?

A couple of months ago I was at an industry event in the UK with a colleague from Astun Technology (I’m a strategic adviser to the board at Astun and have been helping them to grow their business). We bumped into someone, let’s call him Mr X, who is a well known senior figure within the UK geoworld who on discovering that I was attending the event with Astun said something like “What are you doing […]


Are you up for Maptember?

It’s the beginning of Maptember, who could have imagined this cacophony of mapping events in the UK over 30 days? Ken Field suggests in his blog that there may be too many events competing for the same audience, perhaps he is correct – even the most committed conference participants can’t attend all of these events. We will have to wait for Maptober to know which events flourished and if any struggled to fill their seats. […]


An avalanche of Openness will be on display in Maptember

It has been ages since I last sat down to write a post. That is because I have been massively busy working on client stuff, particularly with the great team at Astun, and chairing FOSS4G has been a lot more work than I anticipated and a lot more fun and there have been a few other projects that I am involved with including OSM-GB and Taarifa [plug for my clients and projects over]. The common […]