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The theme for the GeoWeb 2008 conference is Infrastructure: Local to Global. This implies the GeoWeb has a local or community dimension as well as a global one that the integration of local information infrastructures will give rise to a global information infrastructure that global aggregators will drive the creation of local infrastructures.

To advance the development of the GeoWeb, we are sponsoring a contest, which is open to all full time students attending an educational institution anywhere in the world. The objective of the contest is to materially advance the development of the GeoWeb with either:

  • A theoretical solution or
  • A piece of software (All software must be open source and free of any royalties or other encumbrances)

To help students prepare their submissions for the GeoWeb 2008 student contest, here are a few ideas. These are simply suggestions and using these ideas or not, will have no influence on the decision of the judges.

Develop software or solve a theoretical problem to:

  • Generate 3D models for Google Earth, Virtual Earth etc. from CAD drawings automatically.
  • To enhance position measurement inside a building.
  • Integrate Google or Virtual Earth with Second Life.
  • Generalize from large scale to small scale in 2D and 3D.
  • Generate GML (observations) from KML and KML (by styling) from GML.
  • Validate geography and topology automatically using a rule based mechanism.
  • To visualize the content of an ebRIM (OASIS) registry.
  • Develop visualization mechanisms for travelogues.
  • Use wavlets to integrate geometry, coverages and observations.

Students may submit a registration of an abstract of their proposal at any time (see link above). Note that both registration and final submissions are due and must be submitted no later than May 15, 2008.

Software submissions must include the following components:

  • One sentence description of your software.
  • Source code for the software (C, C++, Java etc).
  • Build files as required to create an executable program for one of (Linux, Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS). The build file must be executable automatically and generate an executable program with minimal input by the software judges. It should require very minimal effort on the part of the installer to create an executable program.
  • Description of the functionality of the software. This description should be limited to two typed pages (12 pt type), and must highlight the key points that you feel the software demonstrates that are advances over existing software technology.
  • Presentation (e.g. Keynote, Power Point etc) that you will give if your entry is selected.


Contest Submittals>
Students must register above by Thursday, May 15th, 2008.

Contest Requirements
Contest entrants will be required to complete a registration form verifying their status as full time students and these details will be verified before any award is granted.

Please note that any costs associated with the submittal for this contest is at the expense of the student.

Questions & Answers
Please click here for recent questions and answers submitted.

Selection Process
The selection of the contest winner(s) will be made by a GeoWeb committee consisting of leading figures in the GIS industry and will be notified by Friday, June 6th, 2008.

Winners of the contest will be brought to the GeoWeb 2008 conference in Vancouver, Canada, and all legitimate expenses* will be paid by the contest supporters. A cash honorarium will also be provided.

* The contest supporters will arrange transportation to/from Vancouver, lodging and meals while in Vancouver, however reserve the right to refuse any expenses they believe are unreasonable.

Click here for submission information.


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