Participate Remotely in the WFS Hackathon next week

Just wanted to post a quick note about an option for those who aren’t able to attend the WFS 3 Hackathon in Colorado next week. We’re organizing a ‘remote participation’ option for everyone who is up to spend some time next week writing code against the new WFS specification (including SpatioTemporal Asset Catalog implementations). I’m hoping we can demonstrate how standards are better built openly by developers working on real code and writing the test engines before a formal specification process.

We’ve had a really amazing response to the call for participants, and are excited that so many people will be in person working together. But a key part of how collaboration works in the open source world is that no one should have to show up to a special in person event where key decisions are made. A few people expressed that they’d love to participate but the travel is just too much.

So we’ve set up a online form to express interest in remote participation. We’ll keep participation pretty lightweight, so that it’s not a big coordination effort. Basically we’ll be sure to broadcast the ‘kickoff session’, and perhaps will even do a little ‘European Kickoff’ on Tuesday morning so people can get a full day of work in. Collaboration will happen on the WFS gitter chatroom, with in person and remote participants both using it in addition to github repositories. And then anyone who wants to present their work in the lightning talk presentations will be able to record a video at the end of their day and it will be played in the final session, which will also be streamed online.

So if you’re interested in participating, adapting an existing implementation to the WFS 3.0 spec, creating a new WFS 3.0 server or client, helping out on test engines, giving feedback on the spec or creating a new cool extension to the core, just fill out the form at We’ve already got expressed intent in a GeoServer WFS 3.0 implementation from GeoSolutions and a GDAL client from Even Rouault. Please join us!

Product Architect @ Planet, Board Member @ Open Geospatial Consortium, Technical Fellow @ Radiant.Earth

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