Hobart Hub FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2020



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

We are creating an exciting program for you — the FOSS4G and OpenStreetMap community.

Here is all you need to know to attend. Keep reading to learn about:

  • what to expect at the conference;
  • venue information; and
  • how to get involved.

Watch this space for information updates.

FOSS4G SotM Oceania - may sound complicated. So here is what it means

‘Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial’ or FOSS4G if you are 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 organisation 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.

Where is it

The Hobart Hub will be at MRT, 30 Gordons Hill Rd, Rosny Park, Tasmania, Australia 7018.

Who is going to 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.

This is your chance to connect with and hear from developers creating the next generation of geospatial technology. Get ahead of the curve and find out what’s on the horizon. FOSS4G and State of the Map events attract a very diverse audience on the global stage – so get ready for amazing content.

Why should I go

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

COVID safety

We are monitoring the COVID situation closely and will make sure the conference is a safe and clean space in line with the latest guidance.


All times are in AEDT.

Time Event
11:00 - 12:00 Coffee/Tea & scones (provided), networking, and preparation/setup
12:00 - 14:00 International presentations from throughout Oceania
14:00 - 14:45 Lunch (provided) and networking
14:45 - 16:00 4 x 20 minute F2F presentations on local projects
16:00 - 16:30 Final discussion and wrap-up

Our local presenters are:

  • Tim Bendall from Esk Mapping, talking about Using OpenLayers and PostGIS to bring convict station data for Van Diemen’s Land to life
  • Claire Kain from MRT, talking about Tsunami hazard assessment for eastern Tasmania: A case study of modelling and data analysis using FOSS software
  • Nick Forbes-Smith from CSIRO talking about Exploring open statistical data with TerriaJS — integrating SDMX with the open geospatial web
  • Emma Krantz from Data61, talking about 3D Data Formats: A Field Guide for Geospatial Folks

International Keynote Presentations

See the programme page for information on who is presenting.

If you would like to give one of the local F2F presentations please get in touch with the Hub Manager here: dawn_hendrick@hotmail.com.


There is no cost to attend the event but you are asked to consider giving a donation. All proceeds will go towards supporting OSGeo Oceania, the regional OSGeo organisation.
We need you to register your attendance as numbers are strictly limited to a maximum of 40 (because of COVID social distancing rules).

Please indicate if you have special dietary requirements at the same time.


Contact Information

Email the Hub Manager, Dawn, here: dawn_hendrick@hotmail.com.

Sponsors and Supporters

We wouldn’t be able to make any of this happen without our wonderful sponsors including:

Esk Mapping

Esk Mapping

And with the support of Mineral Resources Tasmania and TafeNSW.

Mineral Resources Tsamania