Birds of a Feather Sessions

Online submissions for BOFs are now closed. Please check the BOF board in the conference area on the Ballroom Level of the Fairmont to sign up for a session onsite. Space is limited; sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions provide face to face exposure to those interested in the same projects and concepts. BOFs can be organized for individual projects or broader topics (best practices, open data, standards). BOFs are entirely up to you. We post your topic online and onsite and provide the space and time. You provide the engaging topic.

Please note that audio/visual equipment, including projection equipment, will not be available for BOF sessions. If you require any audio/visual equipment, you may contact the official convention audio/visual producer, for rental rates.

The following BOFs have been scheduled for the conference. Please check the "Birds of a Feather Sessions" corkboard located throughout the foyers onsite for up-to-the-minute changes and information.


Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Geo Microformats BOF II: Developing a "directions" Microformat
Time: 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Location: Paseo Room
Tim O'Reilly and Bill Gates recently discussed microformats, and the need for a directions microformat became clear. http://microformats.org/blog/2006/03/20/bill-gates-at-mix06-we-need-microformats/ http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2006/03/directions_microformat_leading.html This sequel to last year's Microformats BOF at Where 2.0 will discuss the work on the directions microformat to date, and brainstorm on proposals for a directions microformat. http://microformats.org/wiki/directions-examples

Geospatial Solutions for Humanitarians: Challenges, Current Projects and Next Steps
Time: 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Location: Plaza Room
This session will explore how new geospatial technologies, including Google Earth, can best support human rights and humanitarian causes for public awareness, professional information-sharing and more. We will discuss who is doing what right now, the technical challenges involved and how we can move forward as a community to effectively support global humanitarian efforts.

A look at a geospatial mobile platform for communities generated information
Time: 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: Redwood Room
The Mo’Blast project aims to reveal the potential of mapping and sharing location-based community blogs and events to foster the development of new social practices based around place, people and community. Join us for a discussion on revenue-sharing model for community participation and importing shared content, such as ICalShare.

OSGeo Foundation
Time: 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: Plaza Room
OSGeo is the newly formed Open Source Geospatial Foundation (www.osgeo.org). This BOF will give a chance for the current OSGeo members to get together, as well as provide an informal setting for those interested in finding out who OSGeo is and what we're doing.

Geo-tools in the University Classroom: Applications and New Developments
Time: 9:30PM - 10:30PM
Location: Redwood Room
A discussion of how geo-tools are being used in the college classroom to enhance teaching and research across the disciplines.

The Pragmatic Future of Social Place Sharing Services
Time: 9:30PM - 10:30PM
Location: Paseo Room
What are pragmatic near and medium term future possibilities for social place sharing services? What is the gap between the current offerings and what they should provide? How will social mapping services come to be used every day by millions of people around the world?