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Innovation is the name of the game at Systemapic.  As a darkhorse in the GIS sector and the entrepreneurial world we’re keen on pushing the envelope and the industry.  So when Norway’s best and brightest GIS minds came together at FOSS4GNOR on Wednesday 23 September you can bet we were the first in line to attend.


FOSS4GNOR (Free and Open Source Software for Geoinformatics) was the Diet Coke version of the big FOSS4G conference that took place in Seoul last week, but nevertheless we got some great insight into the open source geoinformatics trends in Norway and beyond.  Here are some of the highlights in our humble opinion:


-NorKart discussed their meeting with MapBox earlier this year, and their newfound love for vector tiles.  We agree, vector tiles are awesome. They allow for new and exciting possibilities for large data, and we’ve already been playing around with them for a while here at Systemapic.


-Geodata briefly discussed how ESRI servers can be incorporated into open source front end frameworks.


-Leaflet demonstrated the beauty and simplicity of their javascript package that is pushing the way we display maps in web browsers, and talked enthusiastically about the future of WebGL – map rendering in the browser.  As a company building a collaborative and interactive platform for web maps this was highly relevant for us and we looked forward to participating in this innovation.


-TurApp, our neighbor at Startup Lab in Oslo, gets a special shout out for their extremely awesome trekking/skiing route planning algorithms.  Really cool.  We can’t wait to hit some new trails using their product.


-Graeme Bell of NIBIO came late but good with an excellent talk on parallelizing geoprocessing. Lots of cool tricks for getting the most out of our CPU’s that we’ll definitively try out. Check out the slides for his talk here.


Overall, problems were discussed, solutions were batted around, business cards were exchanged and we really enjoyed ourselves.  Great learning experience.  We felt predictably comfortable in this small crowd of #geohipsters and felt like we were well received as relative newcomers.


We can’t wait to discuss our own experiences next year in Oslo or Bonn (fortunately a cheaper flight than South Korea for the global edition); because for Systemapic, collaboration is the other name of the game.


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