Report back on the first QGIS User Conference in Nødebo, Denmark

Posted by: Gavin Fleming | in Education, QGIS | 1 year, 11 months ago | Comments

I finally have some time to sit down and write up some thoughts on the QGIS User Conference and Developer Meeting (aka Hackfest) that we just held in Nødebo, Denmark. First up I need to thank Lene Fischer, who was the organiser and wowed us all with her relaxed and competent organisational approach to the conference. Thanks also to the University of Copenhagen School of Forestry - they sponsored the event by providing the venue and accommodation - and the venue was absolutely awesome with little cottages in the forest and all sorts of interesting diversions scattered around the forest. Lene gave me a list of names of people who helped to organise the event - I am sorry I have only got your first names but a very big thank you to you all!

 










































































































Students: Runner, Shuttlebus, Kitchenaid, Cleaner, Info, Coordinator, Parking, Inn-keeper, Keyholder
Johanne
Thomas
Mikkel M
Steffen
Christian
Mikkel N
Ida
Louise
Anita
Thyge
Rune
Nanna
Peter
Jens
Heidi
Simon
Employees at University of CopenhagenCoordination, Accomodation, Bed&Linnen, Computer, Kitchen, Network, Tent/chairs/, Cookiebaker, Supporter, Cheerleader, Lifgt, Microphones/projector, Webpage, DTP,
Anne
Irene
Aleksander
Klaus
Vivian
Nicolas
Brian
Mike
Bo
Lene
Bent
Henning
Poul
Peter
MereteSusanne

 

 

 

On the first day of the user conference, I got to present a session on 'the future of QGIS' (video feed here and continued here) which held more as a town hall style meeting with a few themes (desktop, server, mobile etc.) I think the participants enjoyed the format and it was equally novel for the general user community (who got to have their questions answered directly by developers) and the developers (who got to see what real users look like).

The QGIS User Conference had many interesting talks (you can see the complete programme here - along with links to the video stream for each talk). For me the most interesting things happening at the meetup (both user conference and hackfest parts were:


One hot topic was 'when will QGIS 3.0 be released'. The short answer to that question is that 'we don't know' - Jürgen Fischer and Matthias Kuhn are still investigating our options and once they have had enough time to understand the implications of upgrading to Qt5, Python 3 etc. they will make some recommendations. I can tell you that we agreed to announce clearly and long in advance (e.g. 1 year) the roadmap to moving to QGIS 3.0 so that plugin builders and others who are using QGIS libraries for building third party apps will have enough time to be ready for the transition. At the moment it is still uncertain if there even is a pressing need to make the transition, so we are going to hang back and wait for Jürgen & Matthias' feedback.

I apologise for not reporting on many of other interesting talks and birds of a feather meetings here - there was so much going on including work on documentation, translations, bug fixing, bug triaging that it is quite difficult to list it all here.

Two initiatives I was involved in at the meetup: the user certification programme and the formation of a QGIS legal entity. I am not going to post details here because things are not finalised yet (watch the mailing lists for details on the legal entity), but if you are interested in the certification programme, please get into contact - we have started drafting a roadmap for the roll out of our official curriculum. The QGIS project also got a huge boost from the QGIS Academy folks who will be contributing all their training resources right into the core of the QGIS documentation project (see Kurte Menke's presentation notes on the programme).

We (Paolo Cavallini, Alessandre Pasotti, Nyall Dawson and myself) had a little roundtable discussion on the last day of the hackfest where we ran through some of the highlights from the week. You can listen to it here - or subscribe to the podcast at http://podcast.qgis.org (I will try to get back into the swing of making more regular episodes).

Well that wraps up my feedback for the event - I really encourage everyone to come along and join us on the next QGIS User Conference - it was fun, informal and informative!

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