UK GeoForum 2014

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The UK GEOforum – representing 40,000 professionals in the GI industry is pleased to announce its forthcoming Annual Lecture.


UKGEOforum 2014

Featuring guest speaker Arnulf Christl

35 years of Open Geospatial

                    A Brief History

Arnulf's lecture will cover the following areas:

  • Software as an Afterthought
  • The Evolution of Free Software
  • What is GIS?
  • The History of Open Geospatial
  • Founding OSGeo
  • Open Data
  • How does it all tie together?
  • SplashMaps

The slide set is available Online at:

Date and Place

Thursday 23rd January 2014
18.00 - 19.00 Lecture Hall
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
12 Great George Street • Parliament Square
London SW1P 3AD
This lecture is free of charge and open to all.
Non-members of the UKGEOforum are welcome to attend.
Please pre-register with the RICS by emailing

Refreshments will be served from 17.30.

Speaker Bio

Arnulf Christl is geospatial systems architect and provides consultancy for a diverse number of clients throughout the world including the United Nations, Ordnance Survey Great Britain, FIFA and the REWE Group. He is founder and Director of the metaspatial Institute providing certification for geospatial professionals specializing in Open Source, Open Standards and Open Data.

Arnulf started his geospatial career as a software developer and founder of the web mapping framework Mapbender which he lead for almost 10 years. This thorough technical background, standards know-how and his architecture experience form the basis for his consultancy work. Since 2007 he is also a member of the architecture board of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and helps to evolve the next generation of geospatial industry standards.

Arnulf is co-founder and President Emeritus of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), the non-profit Open Source organization focused on Geospatial software, data and education. He has significantly contributed to the OSGeo Incubation Process ensuring a high level of professionalism for Open Source geospatial software. He was appointed as Mentor of the incubation process for GRASS GIS, the PostGIS spatial database extension and the Marble Virtual Globe. In 2013 Arnulf won the Sol Katz award in recognition of his exceptional services to the Open Source geospatial community. It was presented to him at the Free and Open Source Software for GIS conference (FOSS4G) in Nottingham, UK in September 2013.

In his most recent venture he acts as the CDO (Chief Digital Officer) of the start-up SplashMaps Ltd., a business starting a whole new category of maps designed around use in the REAL outdoors. The business brings together the power of open and volunteer data and makes the benefits of these trends truly tangible. Find more on SplashMaps at

Further details about Arnulf can be found on the company website at and private website at He is also active on twitter (@sevenspatial) covering events, conferences and geospatial news.


See also the Facebook Invitation


My reception of the audience was excellent. I did not quite know who to expect at this event. In the end it turned out to be a thoroughly mixed crowd ranging from students to retired surveyors and all in between. Tongue-in-cheek: Amazingly, I could even make out a few women! Which is good because women programmers like here are not to be seen very often these days. The only common denominator was this geo-thingy, location, coordinate, whatever you may want to call it. Some tweets from right after the event: