8 QGIS Developer Meeting in Essen 2012

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Period and location

October 3rd-7th 2012, Essen, Linuxhotel (Germany)

Please note that in contrast to other years the QGIS Developer Meeting starts on Wednesday 3.10. and finishes on Sunday 7.10. The reason is, that the Linuxhotel sponsors the event and they only have free rooms for this period!

Essen is a city in the central part of the Ruhr area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Located on the River Ruhr, its population of approximately 579,000 makes it the 9th-largest city in Germany. For the year 2010, Essen was the European Capital of Culture on behalf of the whole Ruhr area. You find more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essen

The Linuxhotel (http://www.linuxhotel.de) is one of the nodes for open source training in Germany. For years, they support open source projects financially as sponsor and/or provide space for developer and project meetings for special conditions (see: http://www.linuxhotel.de/community.en.html). The QGIS project is thankful that the Linuxhotel (Villa Vogelsang) will host and support the 8th QGIS Developer Meeting.



Linuxhotel (Germany)
Antonienallee 1
D - 45279 Essen-Horst
Phone: 0049-(0)201 8536-600
Fax: 0049-(0)201 8536-605

Map: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=51.43&lon=7.11&mlat=51.43011&mlon=7.11273&zoom=8&layers=B000TTF


We currently have 3 sponsor for the event :



It will probably be possible for all participants to stay directly at the venue. The Linuxhotel provides special conditions for open source projects (see http://www.linuxhotel.de/community.html). The maximum number of beds for the special conditions (including single and double rooms, all rooms) is at about 24.

If necessary, they would also allow participants with sleeping bags, tents, etc, but we would not really recommend that. If there will be more than 24 participants, we will organize further accomodation nearby at a normal rate. So, be sure, we find a solution for that.

Dining (Evenings)

We will provide more and detailed information about this important topic soon ;).



*#* Participant Country Arrival Departure Accomodation Notes
1 Horst Düster Switzerland 03.10 (13h00) 07.10 (15h00) Linuxhotel QgsWPS/SEXTANTE integration
2 Otto Dassau Germany 03.10 07.10 Linuxhotel Documentation
3 Paolo Cavallini Italy 3.10 (18:45) @ Koeln Airport 8.10 (17:25) @ Airport Düsseldorf Linuxhotel Plugin migration, etc. Can share a room with Giuseppe Sucameli and/or Giovanni Manghi
4 Andreas Neumann Switzerland 3.10 (13-14h) 7.10. (15h) Linuxhotel QGIS Webclient. Sharing a room with Matthias.
5 Werner Macho Austria 3.10. (07:55) @Airport DUS 6.10. Linuxhotel Roomsharing with Tim, Documentation, GUI Translation, HIG for plugins, writing tests, QGIS2.0, Overview not working->testcase?(manual list?), Feature-Set ready for minimum release
6 Matthias Kuhn Switzerland 3.10. 7.10. Linuxhotel Sharing room with Andreas. Attribute editor.
7 Larissa Junek Germany 3.10 (19:00) 7.10 Linuxhotel QGIS Documentation
8 Diethard Jansen The Netherlands 3.10 evening 6.10 evening Linuxhotel QGIS Documentation, Plugins
9 Giovanni Manghi Italy (from Portugal) 3.10 (16:20) 8.10 (13:25) Linuxhotel Testing, Redmine cleaning. Can share a room with Giuseppe Sucameli and/or Paolo Cavallini
10 Hugo Mercier France 03.10 (~17h30) 07.10 (~16h00) Linuxhotel Port of Atlas plugin
11 Alessandro Pasotti Italy 04.10 08.10 Linuxhotel Plugin Website
12 Giuseppe Sucameli Italy 03.10 (18:25) @ Airport Düsseldorf 07.10 (13.50) @ Airport Düsseldorf Linuxhotel
13 Radim Blažek Czechia 03.10. 15:03 Hbf 06.10. 12:23 Hbf Tent New raster architecture
14 Mathias Walker Switzerland 4.10. morning 6.10. evening Linuxhotel
15 Marco Hugentobler Switzerland 4.10. morning 6.10. evening Linuxhotel
16 Pirmin Kalberer Switzerland 4.10. morning 6.10. evening Linuxhotel
17 Jürgen Fischer Germany Linuxhotel
18 Tim Sutton South Africa TBC Leave Saturday TBC Linuxhotel Among many things, set up a sample WMS and WFS server autoupgraded from master at every commit, roomsharing with Werner
19 Raymond Nijssen The Netherlands 4.10 7.10 Linuxhotel sharing room with Richard, own car
20 Richard Duivenvoorde The Netherlands 4.10 7.10 Linuxhotel sharing room with Raymond
21 Stefan Ziegler Switzerland 3.10 7.10 Mövenpick hotel
22 Cédric Möri Switzerland 3.10 7.10 Mövenpick hotel
23 Peter Wells UK 3.10 (~19:00) 7.10 Linuxhotel I'm driving here - let me know if anyone could make use of a lift from me; Continuing development on a QGIS plugin for rendering results from hydraulic models as QGIS layers.
24 Diana Galindo Colombia 05.10 07.10 Linuxhotel User manual translation
25 Germán Carrillo Colombia 05.10 07.10 Linuxhotel Python tests?, Bug Fixing, QgsWPS/SEXTANTE integration
26 Stephan Breisig Germany 03.10. afternoon 06.10. evening
27 Yvo Weidmann Switzerland 03.10. afternoon 07.10. afternoon Linuxhotel

Individual Preparation

  • Bring your own computer (and power supply!). Better with a power bar and long cable, and ethernet cable (we'll provide wifi, but better you have a cable, too).
  • Install git and the compiler tools, and come with a working QGIS development environment if possible.


  • Is the QGIS Hackfest just a coding event?
    • It is mainly a coding and documentation event. It is a working session for people who are already participants in the QGIS project and/or are committed to improving the QGIS project.
    • On demand we can do some presentations of current working qgis implementation and new upcoming features to spread the idea of openGIS software
  • Is the QGIS Hackfest for developers only?
    • No: anybody can help, with testing, checking out bugs and fixes, documentation and more.
  • Where can I get help and more information about the hackfest?
    • Contact Otto Dassau <dassau_at_gbd-consult.de> or Horst Düster <horst.duester_at_kappasys.ch>

About Essen and the Ruhr area


  • Otto: Working on and planing the Documentation platform. Restructuring the content user manual, update content to current QGIS version.
  • Werner: Taking a look over license issues. Trying to give every important file in source a machine readable license header. Working on some GUI Dialogs (Transparency settings) and learned a lot from Peter Wells. Thanks Pete!
  • Andreas: Discussing relations in QGIS Desktop, working on QGIS Webclient: translation improvements and theme switcher (not yet finished, but finished soon)
  • Alessandro: fixed most bugs of http://plugins.qgis.org, added rating for plugins
  • Giuseppe: fixed several bugs, new Python console much improved
  • Larissa: Worked on QGIS Dokumentation update
  • Horst: Organisation of the event, catering and continuing the developement of QgsWPS/SEXTANTE integration
  • Pete: continued development of a QGIS plugin for displaying time varying hydraulic model results (both scalar and vector) in QGIS.
  • Mathias: started integrating the upcoming QGIS Mapserver GetProjectSettings into the QGIS Webclient for more configuration options from the QGIS project file
  • Radim: Implemented raster pseudocolor limits calculation, WCS select dialog improved, WCS and raster bugfixes.
  • Diana: Contribution to the QGIS GUI Spanish translation.
  • Germán: New Python test (QgsFeature), New plugin (SyncQGISWithDir) for synchronizing QGIS with a directory, started working on WPS for Sextante.
  • Matthias: Drag and drop attribute editor designer, Specifications for foreign key constraints, Enjoying very fruitful exchange of experience and knowledge
  • Hugo: completed the atlas plugin integration (thanks Marco!). Enjoyed discussions.
  • Yvo: Testing developing Python plugins with Eclipse and PyDev under Windows.
  • Marco: Fix and extend composer unit tests, fix bugs / apply pull requests
  • Stephan: Continued work on Python plugin for point acquisition taking into account n:m attribute relationships.
  • Giovanni: Testing, testing again, and more testing. Closed a lot of tickets.
  • All: designed the roadmap to QGIS 2.0


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