We present the preliminary program of the international conference "Open source GIS - GRASS users conference 2002", that will take place in Trento - ITALY, 11-13 September 2002.
This conference has been organized after the success of the "Meeting of the GRASS Italian Users" held in Trento in February 2001 and it 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 meeting will cover all the aspects of open source GISs, with a special focus on GRASS. 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. Their peculiar license scheme, free availability, high efficiency and low management costs make the open source software systems particularly suitable as support for technology transfer to the developing countries and to the academic spin-offs.
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.
People from all over the world have already expressed their intention to participate. The conference has received the sponsorship from UNIDO (United Nation Industrial Development Organization) and Local branch of ISF (Ingegneria Senza Frontiere - Ingénieurs sans Frontières - Engineers Without Borders).
We are still looking for sponsor for travel grants to allow people from the disadvantaged countries to participate and we hope we can count on your cooperation to spread the announcement both for the scientific interest and for the sponsor search. Obviously, if you think you are directly interested in the sponsoring of the conference please contact us.
Our organising secretariat is at your disposal for any kind of information. We can offer specific presentation spaces and stands can be arranged both for commercial and for no-profit organizations. We hope that the cooperative inspiration of the open source movements will provide a significant contribution to the Trento conference and we thank you in advance for your attention. Best regards,
B.Benciolini, M.Ciolli, P.Zatelli Local Organizing Committee Open source GIS - GRASS users conference 2002 E-mail:email@example.com Web: http://www.ing.unitn.it/~grass/ Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and CUDAM, Center of advanced studies of hydrogeological risks in mountain areas University of Trento via Mesiano, 77 38100 Trento ITALY
Organising secretariat: OriKata organizzazione congressi Cognola di Trento http://www.orikata.it/