The 16th annual Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) congress of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) will be held in Florence, Italy, from August 22 to 27, 2022.
This will be the first time OSGeo’s international congress will have been held in Italy. OSGeo is a non-profit organisation that supports and promotes the collaborative development of free and open source geographic technologies and open geospatial data.
Commenting after the announcement of Florence’s successful bid for the congress, Luca Delucchi, FOSS4G 2022 chair, said that the “organising committee, which I represent, is very happy with the result obtained, that repays us for the efforts made in recent years”.
“This is a gift that we want to give to the entire Italian community, which has always been very active in the contribution and dissemination of free geographic software.
“We are happy that the candidacy of Florence and the collaboration with other players in the city such as the Firenze Convention Bureau, Firenze Fiera, AIM Group International and the University of Florence, has allowed us to win and finally succeed in bringing the international congress to Italy.
“Now we have to roll up our sleeves and work hard to organise the conference and all related activities in the best possible way: we are confident of making the 2022 congress a memorable experience.”
The venues will be the Palazzo dei Congressi, Palazzo degli Affari and the University of Florence. But whether the congress will be held fully in-person, online or a hybrid of both will be decided closer to the time according to the worldwide COVID situation.
Meanwhile, OSGeo’s FOSS4G 2021 congress is rapidly approaching. Hosted by Buenos Aires, Argentina, but to be conducted as an online event, it will take place from September 27 to October 2.
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