Apia - FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2020



FOSS4G SotM Oceania Apia 2020 is taking place in person this November.

We're creating an exciting program for you — the FOSS4G and OpenStreetMap community, together with the GIS community in Samoa.

Here's all you need to know to attend. Keep reading to learn about: what to expect at the conference,


Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC)
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Headquarters
Apia, Samoa


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FOSS4G SotM Oceania? Here's what it means.

So let's break it down — 'Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial' or FOSS4G if you're a fan of efficiency (we are) is the name given to the conferences of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). OSGeo is a non-profit with a mission to foster and promote the adoption of open source geospatial technology. All of this is done within the broader context of open source software philosophy and participatory community driven development.

'State of the Map' or SotM is the conference of the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) which supports the development of a free and open editable world map. This takes the form of the community driven OpenStreetMap project.


What can I expect?

FOSS4G SotM Oceania belongs to you! It's the chance to come together as a community to share knowledge and experience through conference sessions, technical workshops, and social events. The topics will be wide ranging and the attendees will be users, creators, business, academics, community mappers, and government.

Who is going be there?

This conference is aimed at a broad swath of the community – developers, users, contributors, community mappers, academics, business, government and anyone interested in open source geospatial software and the OpenStreetMap project.

Why should I go?

You'll learn about cutting edge tech and what's on the horizon, meet the experts and talk to them, and learn new skills. Get the chance to hear what others like yourself are doing and producing with their open source geospatial tools. Along the way you'll meet up with old friends, make new ones, and share your experiences.

COVID safety

Samoa has been fortunate to stay COVID-free, however we will make sure the conference is a safe and clean space in line with the latest guidance.

Call for presentations

We want you to share your fascinating stories about open source geospatial, open data, and OpenStreetMap in Samoa. We are looking for a diverse range of presenters including all genders and people from a variety of backgrounds. To achieve this goal, we need you to accept the challenge and put yourself forward, the community can't wait to hear what you have to say! Get in touch with us below for more details:


Time Schedule Objectives
Friday 20th November 2020
08:30 Registration
Please fill the sign-in sheets on arrival
9:00 Official Remarks
Jope Davetanivalu
Kosi Latu - Director General, SPREP

Official opening remarks and welcome
9:15 Group Photo
09:20 Introduction
Tavita Su'a Julie Callebaut

Agenda and house rules. Introduction to FOSS4G SotM 2020 Conference and OSM.
09:30 Introduction on GIS
Sam Saili
James Atherton
Paul Anderson

The Importance of GIS for Decision Makers
10:30 Morning Tea
10:45 GIS Use Cases and Application
Nomeneta Saili
To’oa Brown
Clark Duseigneur

Applied GIS and Use Cases
12:00 User Group Meeting
Nomeneta Saili
Sam Saili
James Atherton

History of the GIS User Group Samoa GIS User Group Revival
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Open GIS Data - OpenStreetMap Pacific
Peter McDonald
Paul Anderson
Julie Callebaut

Free and Open GIS Data on Samoa and the Pacific utilizing OSM and the Samoa Environment Data Portal
15:00 Afternoon Tea Available
15:00 FOSS4G SotM Oceania, Apia Hub Introduction Local Apia hub introduction to the wider regional conference
15:10 Parallel Session 1 - FOSS4G Keynote Livestream Presentations from the Regional FOSS4G SotM Zoom Conference
15:10 Parallel Session 2 - Samoa GIS User Group Network Networking Session for the Samoa GIS User Group
17:00 Official Close and Cocktail

Our sponsors and partners

We would not be able to make any of this happen without our wonderful sponsors. The Local Hub in Samoa is sponsored by the Inform Project and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme in partnership with SkyEye Pacific.

Conference Host and Partners