First Latvian Geospatial Information Technology Conference Held Successfully. Planning for the next one!


At the end of last year, the first Latvian Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) conference brought together almost 300 GIT industry professionals. Organizers received many positive feedback from the participants. The next conference is scheduled for December 7, 2018.

Twenty three Latvian and foreign speakers spoke at the first Latvian GIT Conference on December 8, 2017 held at the Center for Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia during two sessions throughout the day. Presentations covered a wide range of topics, including, overall industry trends, geospatial data access and usage issues, international and interdisciplinary projects as well as public and professional education opportunities.

Two of our colleagues  - Artūrs Traubergs and Monta Poļakova - were having presentation during the conference.  Arthur's presentation described finding optimal network connection using open-source graphing functions in the case where geographic and network-descriptive data are stored separately. Monta spoke about the possibility of performing analysis of data from different sources by combining them into a single dataset without changing their structure using ability of NoSQL database to store and process spatially coupled data.

The conference program and speakers can be found on the conference website. For those who have not been able to participate in the conference or watch live, they have the opportunity to watch videotapes with all presentations on the Youtube channel of the Latvian GIS Society or to familiarize themselves with presentations in PDF format.

The next Latvian GIT conference will take place on December 7, 2018. It is expected that more foreign guests will speak in it, giving a broader insight into European and world trends of the industry, and one of the parallel sessions will be devoted to specific technology solutions and hands-on presentations.

The conference is organized by the Latvian GIS Society in co-operation with SIA Autentica, SIA Karšu izdevniecība Jāņa sēta, SIA Latvijas valsts meži and SIA Mikrokods, supported by the University of Latvia. Other industry representatives are also invited to join the Latvian GIS Society and support the development of the sector as well as the progress of such activities.