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Furthers collaboration on second edition of popular community-driven conference 
track through new Community Partnership

Wakefield, MA —6 March 2018— ApacheCon, the official conference series of The 
Apache Software Foundation (ASF), announced today the Geospatial Track, 
organized by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), who will be supporting 
ApacheCon as a Community Partner. The track will be held at ApacheCon North 
America, 24-27 September 2018 in Montreal; the Call for Presentations is open 
through 30 March 2018.

ApacheCon showcases the latest breakthroughs from ubiquitous Apache projects 
and upcoming innovations in the Apache Incubator, as well as Open Source 
development and leading community-driven projects "The Apache Way". Building 
upon the success of the 2016 Geospatial Track, ApacheCon North America 2018 
will once again provide participants the opportunity to learn about leveraging 
Apache projects for the development, implementation, and processing of 
geospatial information.

"ApacheCon is unique in that its content is directly created by Apache project 
user and developer communities," said Rich Bowen, Vice President of Conferences 
at the ASF. "We are pleased to see the geospatial community’s commitment to 
Apache software and look forward to extending our collaboration with the Open 
Geospatial Consortium in future events."

Apache projects used in geospatial computation include Accumulo, Flink, Hadoop, 
Ignite, Jena, Kafka, Lucene/Solr, MapReduce, Marmotta, Mesos, SDAP (Science 
Data Analytics Platform), SIS (Spatial Information System), Spark, and more.

“Two years ago, the first dedicated Geospatial Track held at ApacheCon led to 
two workshops that helped shape OGC’s Big Geospatial Data white paper,“ said 
George Percivall, CTO and Chief Engineer at OGC. “Collaborating with the Apache 
community gives us the opportunity to connect with the people behind some of 
the most widely used projects in Open Source. We welcome proposals for 
presentations, and invite organizations to sponsor the Track.“

Key details on ApacheCon:  

 - Geospatial Track - contact George Percivall at gperciv...@opengeospatial.org 
 - Call for Participation - visit http://apachecon.com/acna18/schedule.html 
--submittors must include “Geospatial Track” in their abstract. CFP closes 30 
March 2018.
 - Sponsorship - contact Kevin A. McGrail at kmcgr...@apache.org
 - Registration - http://apachecon.com/ Sign up by 21 July for early 
registration incentives.

About the Open Geospatial Consortium
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international consortium of more 
than 525 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and 
universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available 
geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that 
‘geo-enable’ the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. 
OGC standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and 
services accessible and useful within any application that needs to be 
geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC Website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/ .

About ApacheCon
ApacheCon is the official global conference series of The Apache Software 
Foundation. Since 2000 ApacheCon has been drawing participants at all levels to 
explore ”Tomorrow’s Technology Today” across 300+ Apache projects and their 
diverse communities. ApacheCon showcases the latest developments in ubiquitous 
Apache projects and emerging innovations through hands-on sessions, keynotes, 
real-world case studies, trainings, hackathons, community events, and more. For 
more information, visit http://apachecon.com/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheCon 

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