Wellington Hub FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2020



We are excited to present the 2020 FOSS4G SotM Conference Wellington Hub, hosted by NIWA, Evans Bay on Friday 20 Nov.

With COVID-19 restricting travel, this years FOSS4G-SotM conference is a combined online & physical event. Hubs held around the region will host a mix of shared online content and local presentations. There will be opportunities to meet local OSGeo community attendees and hear from a range of speakers.

Keep reading to learn about:

  • what to expect at the conference - presentations of local success stories, web mapping, GIS, spatial data management, metadata

  • venue information - The main conference room at NIWA, Wellington. This will comfortably seet 40 people, theatre style

  • how to get involved - submit a presentation, joint the audience, all welcome

Who’ll 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 strap in for amazing content.

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

The number of tickets is limited by the size of the room and social-distancing guidelines.

Call for Presentations

Email brent.wood@niwa.co.nz if you are interested in giving a presentation.

Please specify:

  • whether you prefer to give a 5 minute lightning talk or a 20 minute presentation

  • a title for your presentation

  • an abstract for your presentation


Two rooms will be available, one for the international keynotes and local presentations, and another for a live connection to the Auckland Hub, for attendees to see their presentations if desired.

8:00 am Registration & Coffee
9:00 am Conference Opening
9:30 - 10:30 am First Session - local talks
10:30 am Morning Tea (Tea & coffee free from NIWA cafeteria)
11:00 - 12:30 am Second Session - local talks
12:30 Lunch (can be purchased from NIWA staff cafeteria)
1:30 - 1:50 pm Third Session - Lightning talks
2:00 - 4:00 pm International Streaming Session - 6 speakers via Oceania-wide video link
4:00 - 4:10 pm Closing Remarks (Early finish to hopefully escape peak traffic)


(nominal 20 mins)

Ian Reese (XYCarto): Serverless vector tiles - A lightweight solution

Rose Phillips (LINZ): Airborne LIDAR - Unveiling our nation

Peter King: Visual perception and cartography

David Bowden/Pablo Escobar-Flores/Darren Stevens (NIWA): QGIS in the Ross Sea

Byron Cochrane (OpenWorks): DGGS - partitioning the globe

Andrea Mari/Brent Wood (NIWA): NiSOS- NIWA’s spatially enabled video analysis software

Anthony Pengelly: Using R to access and analyse cloud native satellite imagery

Tim Heuer (LCR): Introduction to PyGeoAPI (OGC API)

(more coming?)

Lightning talks

(5-10 mins)

Simon Planzer (LINZ): LINZ Data Importer

Simon Nitz (WDC): Whanganui Council’s Open GIS software stack

Wendy Shaw (LINZ): QGIS & PostGIS at NZGB

Brent Wood (NIWA): Timeseries data management with Postgis and TimescaleDB

Shrividya Ravi: Geospatial network analysis with R: an example with rail infrastructure

David Medyckyj-Scott (Landcare Research): Open Source based Pacific Soils Portal

Conference Shirts and Merchandise

Conference shirts will not be available on the day of the conference. If you would like to purchase conference shirts or other merchandise to celebrate FOSS4G-SotM Oceania 2020 you can purchase directly online:

Contact Information

Email Brent Wood here: brent.wood@niwa.co.nz

Conference Host

NIWA Wellington


Main Conference Room/Boardroom


301 Evans Bay Parade,


Please sign in at reception, and follow COVID guidelines.