OGC @ ApacheCon 2018

Contributed by: 
Rich Bowen, VP Conferences of the Apache Software Foundation



ApacheCon is the annual official conference of the Apache Software Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to the production of open source software for the public good. The ASF is coming up on its 20th birthday - we were founded in 1999 as a 501c3 public charity, with just two projects, and have since grown to almost 200 top-level projects, and an Incubator for new projects that are attempting to join our ranks.


This year marks the 20th anniversary of ApacheCon, with the first one happening in Oakland, CA, in 1998. Since then we’ve been all around the world, including: Colombo, Sri Lanka; London, England; Miami, Florida; Vancouver, Canada; Seville, Spain; Budapest, Hungary; Atlanta, Georgia, and many other places. A full ApacheCon event archive is available online.


For the last several years, we’ve had a strong representation at Apache from projects in the Geospatial sciences space. Just as collaboration is so important in the sciences, it is at Apache, and Apache seems to be a great fit for Geospatial projects, giving an open, collaborative way to work on the code that matters to Geospatial scientists, across the boundaries of corporations or research organizations.


Through these projects, the ASF has forged a great relationship with OGC - The Open Geospatial Consortium - and for the last couple of years, we’ve had Geospatial tracks at ApacheCons in Vancouver, Seville, and Miami.


This year at ApacheCon North America, in Montreal, we once again are excited to be featuring a track of Geospatial-focused talks, in cooperation with OGC. ApacheCon will be held September 24th through 27th, 2018 at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain.


The Geospatial track will run on Wednesday, September 26th, and will feature talks about Apache Spatial Information System, GeoAPI, Apache Druid, Apache Lucene, Apache Calcite, and many other projects.


The Geospatial track will be chaired by George Percivall, CTO and Chief Engineer of OGC. The track will include these talks:

  • “Which geospatial API for the cloud?”, presented by Martin Desruisseaux
  • “Spatial index optimization and GIS query support on Druid using Apache Lucene”, by Jinchul Kim
  • “Spatial query on vanilla databases”, by Julian Hyde
  • “Interacting with Billions of National Water Model (NWM) Predictions using Apache Kafka and MapD”, by Aaron Williams
  • “Geospatial data and processing in Apache projects”, by OGC's George Percivall and Ingo Simonis
  • “Apache Spark MLib applied to geospatial imagery for flood indication”, by Jean-Francois Rajotte and Tom Landry


Another draw of the conference is the cross-pollination between the various project communities which will be present. We’ll have a strong representation from the Big Data community, Cloudstack, Tomcat, and many other projects. Apache projects span the range from desktop productivity to mobile phone app development to IoT to more traditional back-end server daemons. Many of our participants work on multiple projects, and the conversations across projects are often as important as those within projects, as they give new eyes to old problems.

One example of this cross project collaboration is the Apache Geospatial mailing list, which provides a place for discussion that touches all of our geospatial projects.

And ApacheCon is the physical manifestation of that - a place where all of our projects mingle, collaborate, and share meals together. We’ve got an evening reception on Tuesday evening where you can rub elbows with Hadoop developers, share a beer with Cassandra users, and discuss your weekend ski trip with Apache board members. And on Wednesday, we’ll have the fun tradition of the Lightning Talks, where attendees give 5 minute talks on any topic that interests them.

More information about the event, including registration and the full schedule, may be found at http://apachecon.com/acn18. For ongoing updates about the event, follow @ApacheCon on Twitter. For information about the Foundation as a whole, follow @TheASF.