Keynote presentations - synopsis


Gilberto Câmara

Câmara Gilberto, Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, Brazil.

Gilberto Câmara is General Director of Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) for the period 2006 to 2010. He is responsible for the administration of INPE's research and development groups in Space Science, Space Engineering, Earth Observation and Weather and Climate Studies. Previously, he was head of INPE’s Image Processing Division (1991-1996) and Director for Earth Observation (2001-2005). See complete profile

Presentation title: "Beyond OGC Standards: The New Challenges for Open Source GIS."


Markus Neteler

Fondazione Edmund Mach - Centro di Ecologia Alpina, Italy

Markus Neteler received his MSc degree in Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology from the University of Hanover in Germany in 1999. He worked at the Institute of Geography as Research Scientist and teaching associate for two years. From 2001-2007, he was a researcher at FBK-irst (formerly ITC-irst), since 2005 he works at Fondazione Mach, Trento, Italy. He is head of the GIS and Remote Sensing technological platform. His main research interests are remote sensing for environmental risk assessment and Free Software GIS development. He is author/co-author of two books on the Open Source Geographical Information System GRASS and various papers on applications in GIS. He is founding-member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation ( and serves in the board of directors. In September 2006, he was honored with the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software (GFOSS). See complete profile.

Presentation title: "From a niche to a global user community: Open Source GIS and OSGeo."


Stefan Steiniger

University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Stefan Steinger is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Geography, University of Calgary, Canada. He received an undergraduate diploma in cartography and did his MSc in geodesy with a focus on geographic data analysis and global geodynamics. Afterwards he continued with PhD studies in GIScience and Geography at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) in 2004. His PhD research and his current research project focus on methods and algorithms for automated data and map generalization. Since his time in Zurich Stefan is actively involved in the JUMP Pilot Project, which maintains and develops the free and open source GIS OpenJUMP. See complete profile.

Presentation title: "Free and Open Source Desktop GIS Projects and Software: An Analysis."