International Symposium

Evaluating Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G)
for Environmental Applications
International Symposium and International Information Workshop

Both events were offered to the international GIS community – in particular:

  • members of organizations dealing with geo-information (GI);
  • scientists;
  • small- and medium entrepreneurs;
  • representatives of regional self-government authorities;
  • staff of institutions involved in implementation of the GMES Programme, including representatives of national GMES offices;
  • staff of National Mapping Authorities (NMAs);
  • other members of the Open-Source community
The main purpose of the International Symposium was to present results accomplished so far by the CASCADOSS Project partners, such as outcomes of an assessment of available FOSS4G tools and solutions, and to demonstrate the most promising and useful applications.
We also strived to address the following questions:
  1. In what way open-source software can foster use of GI technologies (particularly in reference to the GMES Programme) in the public sector?
  2. How the existing GI standards contribute to the development of open-source applications? What are the current trends in this area?
  3. How can FOSS4G services benefit from open-source solutions and stimulate the development of business-related GIS&RS applications?

Archived additional information

Registration (closed):

For registration, please use the electronic registration form available at the Project website.
Using this form, any prospective participant can register for either of the events (Symposium or Workshop), or for both.

Please, note that participation in the International Symposium is limited to 100 participants, registrations was done on the “first come – first serve” basis.

Deadline for registration: 2 May 2008

Participation in the event is free of charge (no registration fees).


All presentations, sessions and other activities at the Symposium were conducted in English. Similarly, all materials developed for/at the event were in English

Travel and Accomodation: 

Travel and accommodation arrangements are upon own discretion of the participants. Travel and accommodation costs are not covered by the organizers. Please, visit the Accommodation section on the Project website for information that you may find helpful in your arrangements.
Note for students: the organizers have arranged a limited number of budget-priced double rooms (about 20 Euro/person). Please, contact us directly if you are interested. The reservations will be made on the “first come – first serve” basis. Please, be ready to share your room with another person.


A poster session will be organized at the International Symposium. If you wish to submit a poster, please indicate this in the registration form. Please, note that the organizers reserve the right to make a selection of submitted posters in case their number would exceed available space.


Free lunches will be provided at both events.

Participation in the social programme (that includes dinner) costs 30 Euro, payable directly to the organizers at the event. The social programme will be organized at both events so if you choose to participate in both, this would amount to a 60 Euro fee.

Other matters:

Wireless Internet access (WLAN) will be available – therefore, the participants are encouraged to bring along their laptop computer.

Any questions? – Contact usThe Cascadoss Project is financed
by the European Commission under
the Sixth Framework Programme