We live amazing times! Our world, our day-to-day lives, how we communicate and interact have dramatically changed within the last decades. Access to an almost surreal amount of information is at a swipe of a finger. And all of it is possible because of mind blowing technological and informational progress, at the heart of which stands DATA. And because everything happens somewhere or in a spatial relation with something, the geospatial dimension opens anew analysis and visualization opportunities. Schuyler Erle said years ago ”You are awesome, your software is awesome, (but) your software is useless, …without data.” Our great challenge today lies in our capability of extracting meaningful information from all the (geo)data resources flooding our world.
We are convinced that open source is the solution and, thus, FOSS4G 2019 is dedicated to enable an asymptotic connection between SOFTWARE and DATA.