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martedì 18 marzo 2008

Le impressioni di una nostra collaboratrice americana sull'ultimo GRASS/GFOSS Meeting di Perugia...

The Ninth Meeting of Italian Users of GRASS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) and GFOSS (Geospatial Free and Open Source Software)  

21-22 Feb 2008, Perugia, Italy

The Italians are setting an excellent example with their impressive interest in, and dedication to, open source software for geospatial science. The annual Meeting of Italian Users of GRASS and GFOSS is a time for communication and collaboration among geospatial open source enthusiasts in Italy. These approximately 170 mapping experts come together to present research, network and build relationships, share new information about open source geospatial software, and make adjustments to their very organized administration.

This year, the ninth meeting was held during a sunny weekend in the ancient city of Perugia, in the region of Umbria. On Friday, February 21, there were research presentations, a poster display, and an administrative meeting at the University of Perugia's Department of Engineering. The presentation topics were diverse and generated much interest from the attendees. During the administrative meeting, issues and concerns were discussed, next year's meeting was planned to be in Sardinia, and Paolo Cavallini was voted the official president for a new 2-year term.

On Saturday, February 22, there was a "mapping party" for OpenStreetMap.org, which involved the use of GPS to log walking tracks around the city's historic center.  Approximately 20 people, including family members and friends, gathered together on Saturday morning in Piazza IV Novembre – Perugia's most famous piazza – to team up, plan routes, and program GPS devices. The groups then dispersed and walked all around different parts of the city center to collect GPS tracks. These GPS tracks are meant to be converted into street data that will be free and available on OpenStreetMap.org.  The idea of having "mapping parties" is to create free and open source data covering everywhere in the world. On OpenStreetMap.org, you can see the collaborative efforts of mapping participants by viewing an interactive world map of newly mapped streets, and with a piece of open source software, you can download street data. This allows cartographers and GIS users to create new maps without having to rely on expensive and copyrighted data.

Everyone enjoyed their strolls around beautiful Perugia and much data was collected.  The only problem was that there was much interference with the GPS signal due to Perugia's many narrow streets surrounded by tall buildings. Later in the afternoon, the mapping participants met at an office outside the city center to download the data and format it for use on OpenStreetMap.org.

Overall, the "mappers" seemed very happy to get together and share their information and enthusiasm for geospatial open source technology. The annual meeting is special opportunity for these technologically apt, democratic-minded mapping experts to relate to one another and make important advances in geospatial science.


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