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Letter of intent for FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2019

FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2019 Letter of Intent for Wellington, New Zealand

Dear FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2018 Committee:

Home to most of New Zealand's civil service, and increasingly a hub for information technology and innovation, Wellington has a thriving geospatial community.

With an organising committee comprised of local members and a strong contingent of organisers from FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2018, we believe FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2019 in Wellington will continue the momentum generated for Melbourne. This event will provide another exciting community building opportunity.

We look forward to exploring advances in open source geospatial technology and sharing open geospatial data journeys with the wider Oceania community in 2019.




Daniel Silk (LINZ)
Jan Ducnuigeen (LINZ)
Dionne Hansen (LINZ / Women in Spatial/Surveying)
Richard Law (MetOcean Solutions)
Tim-Hinnerk Heuer (Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research)
Greg Lauer (East View Geospatial / Mainland Spatial)
John Bryant (Mammoth Geospatial)
Alex Leith (FrontierSI)
Edoardo Neerhut (Mapillary)
Adam Steer (Spatialised)
Emma Hain (SMEC)
Brent Wood (NIWA)
your name here

Supporting Partner Organisations

We have support from the following organisations and industry groups:
Land Information New Zealand
Women in Spatial/Surveying
your organisation here


FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2018 will be a financial success, with surplus funding which will be made available to future events. No cash advance will be required from OSGeo.

It is likely that the 2019 edition will need to pay for venue hire that was provided for free in 2018. The 2019 edition should otherwise have a similar financial and pricing structure, and aim to support more of those who cannot otherwise afford to attend through an expanded Travel Grant Program and discounted tickets.

Provisional Venue and Timing

The Tiakiwai Conference Centre is conveniently located next to Parliament and the Wellington CBD within the National Library. It features a brand new 170 seat auditorium. There are two additional break-out spaces that can hold 80 and 100 people respectively. The venue hosted the last two iterations of GeoCart, and the 'Unfolding the map' exhibition which showcased New Zealand's history through maps.

Workshops may be held at the Victoria University of Wellington nearby, or one of the specialist training venues around the city, depending on pricing and availability.

We aim to hold FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2019 in late 2019.


Wellington was named New Zealand's best destination in Lonely Planet's 2018 edition. Embraced by a natural ampitheatre of ocean and hill, Wellington merges big city culture with small town charm. Authentic and often unconventional, the city is celebrated as New Zealand's arts, film, coffee, culinary, craft beer and political capital.

Wellington's compact geography makes the city easy to navigate by foot. There are plenty of attractions on its doorstep including Zealandia - a completely fenced urban eco-sanctuary that has brought native bird life back to the suburbs, and Te Papa Tongawera - the hugely popular Museum of New Zealand.

Why FOSS4G SotM Oceania in Wellington?

Wellington has a strong history in the open source geospatial space. QGIS training is regularly held at NIWA's Evan's Bay campus. The NZ QGIS User Forum was previously held in Wellington, attracting over 80 attendees.

Koordinates, AddressFinder and TechnologyOne are all sponsors of FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2018 that have a presence in Wellington. Land Information New Zealand is a strong supporter of software within the OSGeo umbrella, providing continuous funding to ensure support for OGC web services in QGIS and a large contribution to the GDAL barn raising in 2018.

The city is well connected, with direct international flights to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Nadi.


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@alexgleith alexgleith commented Nov 12, 2018

Put my name down, @dwsilk :-)


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@dwsilk dwsilk commented Nov 12, 2018

Awesome, done!


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@eneerhut eneerhut commented Nov 12, 2018

Likewise if you'll have me! Love it @dswilk.


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@adamsteer adamsteer commented Nov 14, 2018

Add my name also :D happy to help out


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@pcreso pcreso commented Nov 20, 2018

Please add Brent Wood (NIWA) to the team, and NIWA to the list of supporting partner organisations

Also, There are a couple of workshops relevant to FOSS4G that we'd like to discuss holding either as part of this event, or in Wgtn associated with this event.


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@kinow kinow commented Nov 22, 2018

+1 count me in! Keen as to travel down to Wellington to attend it.

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