September 18, 2001

Open source GIS - GRASS users conference 2002

Author: JT Smith

From Marco Ciolli and Paolo Zatelli:
The Open source GIS - GRASS users conference will take place in Trento, Italy, 11-13 September 2002.

This conference is the result of the joint effort of many GRASS developers and users all over the world to foster closer relations and provide opportunities for greater interactions among the open GIS and GRASS communities.
The aim of the conference is twofold: the exchange of experiences between Open GIS and GRASS users and developers and the possibility for the potential users to access first-hand information and GRASS capability demonstration, especially for users from developing countries.

The conference is organized by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Trento with the help of an Organizing Committee including some of the most prominent GIS/GRASS experts around the world.
The researches projects at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering pursue the main objective of developing new strategies for the protection of the environment and the sustainable use of natural resources. The focus is on land protection and preservation with particular emphasis on the mountain regions, water resources, river and estuary dynamics, analysis of the environmental impact of infrastructures, urban settlement, design of ecological and energy saving buildings, as well as surveying, GIS and remote sensing.

Conference location is in S. Chiara Auditorium, in the center of the city of Trento, Italy.
Trento is a city of art, of history and represents a crossroads for the contrasting cultures of Italy and northern Europe. Originally a Roman city, Trento became famous for the Council (1545 -1563) which gave rise to the counter - Reformation. Among the many faces of Trento, one of the most striking is that of the alpine Renaissance city, which has been restored to its original splendor by recent restorations. On nearby Monte Bondone you can comune with nature against the panorama of the Dolomites, all of which make Trento, capital of the Trentino region, a symbol of international alpine culture.

The conference will be held for three days with oral sessions, poster sessions, workshop and tutorials. The meeting will cover all the aspects of open source GISs, with special focus on GRASS. Authors are encouraged to submit papers covering the following topics:

  • Applications
  • Development
  • Education
  • Technology transfer

Papers outside these areas are welcome too, special attention will be paid to papers involving authors or projects from developing countries.
The registration at the conference, the paper submission and the accommodation booking must be done via Internet at this web site. This is the first meeting on open source GIS, so it is difficult to estimate the number of participants. Pre-registration on the web site will help the organization of the meeting to find out in advance the number of people interested to attend.

B.Benciolini, M.Ciolli, P.Zatelli
Local Organizing Committee
Open source GIS - GRASS users conference 2002
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Trento
via Mesiano, 77
38100 Trento

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