Geo4LibCamp 2018 has ended
Geo4LibCamp is a hands-on "unconference" meeting to share best-practices, solve common problems, and address technical issues with integrating geospatial data into a repository and associated services. The main event will be held at Stanford University on January 29-31, 2018 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday), with optional working sessions on February 1-2 (Thursday and Friday).

See the "About" link below for further details on registration, lodging, event location, etc.

Website: http://geo4libcamp.org
Twitter: #Geo4LibCamp

Geo4LibCamp is a hands-on meeting to bring together those building repository services for geospatial data. The main focus is to share best-practices, solve common problems, and address technical issues with integrating geospatial data into a repository and associated services. For the purposes of the camp, we broadly define geospatial data from scanned maps and aerial photography to highly structured shapefiles. The camp is structured as an unconference with suggested topics coming from the participants on the first day of the meeting, but we will also have a few prepared plenary sessions.

Following the camp, on Thursday and Friday, we will have optional post-conference working sessions.

Check out this Blog Post about last year's event.


Registration starts on September 25th, 2017 and the cost is $125. We have a limit of 45 attendees due to the size of our venue.

Travel and Lodging

Stanford University is located in Palo Alto, CA which is near both San Francisco Airport (SFO) and San Jose Airport (SJC). The campus is connected to the Palo Alto Caltrain station and the campus itself has a free shuttle service called Marguerite. From the train station, you can take the P shuttle to the "Campus Oval" or the X / Y shuttles to elsewhere on campus.  There is limited visitor parking available on campus. Uber, taxis, and metro buses are available too.

We recommend the Cardinal Hotel in downtown Palo Alto (235 Hamilton AvePalo Alto, CA 943011-650-323-5101; http://www.cardinalhotel.com). We've arranged discounted rates which you can book using this direct link. They have both queen rooms ($279/night) and shared bath rooms ($149/night), and the social events will be nearby this hotel in downtown Palo Alto.

Aside from the Cardinal Hotel, there are numerous lodging options near campus and along the Caltrain route. The lodging expenses vary quite a bit in Palo Alto and the surrounding areas as we are located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Downtown Palo Alto (along University Avenue) is the most convenient location as it's a short walking distance to the Palo Alto train station, campus, and to many restaurants.

Event Location

The main event will be held at the Hartley Conference Center located on the 1st floor of the Mitchell Earth Sciences Building (at 397 Panama Mall, Stanford, CA), which is near to the main quad on the Stanford University campus. The Branner Earth Sciences Library is just upstairs from our meeting room. The building is on the route of the X / Y / SLAC shuttles, or walking distance from the Campus Oval on the P shuttle route.

The post-conference sessions will be held on the 3rd floor of Lathrop Library, which is adjacent to the Campus Oval.

Tuesday Morning at David Rumsey Map Center

We're excited to have our Tuesday morning sessions in the David Rumsey Map Center and David Rumsey will be giving a presentation. Pre-registration to visit the Rumsey Map Center is required, so please take a moment to pre-register (http://bit.ly/geo4lib2018).  

Please note that this a special collections Center that houses rare materials.  For more on the Center, visit: http://library.stanford.edu/rumsey/using-center

Since the center is part of our special collections, we have a few rules:

  • You will be allowed to bring in your materials (backpack, laptop, cell phone, coat, writing materials) but no food or drink. Water is allowed in closed containers. 
  • Photography is allowed of the materials and of the Center but not of people without written permission.
  • Please do not sit or lean on the tables. They are finicky and expensive to repair.
  • Also note that there is no bathroom at the Center. We will direct you to one on another floor. 

At the Green Library entrance, mention that you are attending the Geo4LibCamp Meeting at the Rumsey Map Center and the Portal Monitor will let you in.

Directions: The best way to get to the David Rumsey Map Center is as follows:
  1. Enter Green Library through the Bing Wing Entrance (entrance facing the Main Quad).  If you are unable to use the stairs, please turn right past the entrance turnstile and take the elevator to the 4th floor. Ring the bell and we will be with you shortly. 
  2. If able, proceed up the grand staircase (recommended) to the 2nd floor, onto the Rotunda. The Rotunda has a large round table at the center.
  3. Turn to your right as you face the table and find the entrance to the Center, marked "David Rumsey Map Center."
  4. Come up those stairs to the 4th floor and ring the bell at the top of the stairs. We will be with you shortly.

Informal Sunday Night Dinner

For those available on Sunday night, we will meet in the lobby of the Cardinal Hotel in downtown Palo Alto at 6pm to go out for an informal dinner at a nearby restraurant.

Code of Conduct

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.


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