FOSS4G:UK Local 2023 - Glasgow (University of Glasgow)

Local Venue Chairs: Piet Gerrits, Guy Solomon


We are very happy to announce that due to recent sponsorship the Glasgow event is now FREE. Register with discount code FOSSGLA to take advantage of this opportunity. If you would still like to donate to OSGeo:UK and FOSS4G:UK, you can do so here. If you have already registered for the Glasgow event and would like to request reimbursement, please contact Petrus Gerrits ( or Guy Solomon (

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Programme - Thursday 7th September 2023

Morning YouTube stream - Afternoon YouTube stream

Italics denote national events, which will be streamed to watch together

Time Speaker Title
09:00 - 09:30 - Arrival
09:30 - 09:45 Local organisers Local welcome and overview
09:45 - 10:15 Helen McKenzie Keynote: Geospatial Evangelism Slides YouTube
10:15 - 10:30 Brian Johnston [Ordnance Survey] Accessing OS Downloads API with R
10:30 - 10:45 Amy Taylor [Cawdor Forestry] Tree Rings; Visualising forest plan data with R
10:45 - 10:50 Ana Basiri [University of Glasgow] Geospatial Data Science at Glasgow
10:50 - 11:15 - Coffee break

We then have two parallel sessions:

Time Speaker Title
11:15 - 11:45 Mike Spencer [Smart Data Foundry] Beyond the *IMD - filling the gap
11:45 - 12:15 Junaid Abdul Jabbar [University of Cambridge] Mapping Archaeological Heritage in South Asia: open-source technologies and sustainability
12:15 - 12:45 Paul Georgie [Geo Geo] Unreal Geospatial: Rise of the Game Engines


Time Speaker Title
11:15 - 12:45 Steven Kay Introduction to using Blender for 3d cartography (Workshop)

If you would like to participate in Steven’s workshop, please bring your own device and install Blender 3.5+ beforehand - although no prior knowledge of Blender is required. You can bring your own geoTIFF if desired, but some ready-made DEMs and textures will also be made available. A GPU is not required, but a mouse is strongly recommended.

This is followed by:

Time Speaker Title
12:45 - 13:45 - Lunch
13:45 - 14:15 Liam O’Connor [Compass Informatics] MapServer in an asset management system
14:15 - 14:45 Robert Coup [Koordinates] Kart: Practical Data Versioning for rasters, vectors, tables, and point clouds
14:45 - 15:15 Ujaval Gandhi [Google] Keynote: Geospatial Careers YouTube
15:15 - 15:30 - Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:30 Panel Session FOSS4G 2013 Panel Session: 10 years on YouTube
16:30 - 16:45 National Chair Wrap up by National Chair
16:45 - Conference Close

Call for Talks

The call for talks is now closed, but if you are still interested in presenting contact Guy Solomon ( or Petrus Gerrits ( and there may be space in the programme for lightning talks or announcements.


We are very grateful for the support of University of Glasgow for sponsoring FOSS4G:UK Local 2023 at this event.

Location & Travel

Senate Room
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ

We encourage everyone to travel by public transport/car share/under their own steam if possible.

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