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FOSS4G2006 - Free And Open Source Software for Geoinformatics
FOSS4G2006 - Free And Open Source Software for Geoinformatics
11-15 September 2006 Lausanne, Switzerland

Practical informations

French, German, Italian and Rumantsch are the four official languages. Lausanne is located in the french-speaking part of Switzerland. In the urban area of Geneva Lake Region many inhabitants understand or speak at least some English.

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). 1 CHF ~= 0.63 EUR, 0.81 USD, 0.90 CAD, 0.43 GBP

Time zone
GMT+1. In September, it is still daylight saving period, so it is actually GMT+2. Detailled information
Electrical plug
Power and electrical plugs
Electricity is 220-240V, 50 Hz. There is a special electrical plug in Switzerland (different from France or Germany).
Please bring an adaptator as we won’t have any available for you.

General information:
  • Switzerland country code : 41
  • Lausanne area code : 21
  • Mobile: GSM frequencies used in Switzerland are 1800 Mhz and 900 Mhz. UMTS or EDGE is available in Lausanne Region.
  • To call inside Switzerland, use 0 as prefix to area code: for example 021 692 23 47
  • To call foreign countries 00 + country code + area code + number. For example 00 33 4 79 44 44 96 (example for France)
Emergency numbers during the conference:
  • during the registration desk opening : 021 692 23 47
  • anytime when the above number is not available : 079 606 07 73 (Luc Maurer mobile phone)

There are more than 500 attendees registrated to the foss4g conference, so we ask you to come early for the registration. We strongly advise attendees coming to Lausanne on Monday to register on Monday. The registration desk will be open from 2:00pm to 8:00pm.
The registrants who made their payment lately should bring with them a proof of payment. Registrant who did not pay will not be able to have access to the conference unless they pay their registration cash in Swiss Francs currency at the registration desk. No credits cards or other currencies will be accepted at the registration desk.

Internet Access - Wifi
WiFi Internet access is available for free for all attendees. An open WiFi access is available in most of the building of the conference:
  • Connect to SSID : forum-unil
  • Use DHCP network setup
  • It is an open WiFi. There is NO security to activate (WEP key, WPA, etc.)

Registrants who have booked dormitories accomodation will have to pay cash (in Swiss Francs currency) the dormitories at the registration desk. No credits cards or other currencies will be accepted at the registration desk. The cost is CHF 20.00 per person per night without breakfast. Contrary to what has been announced in the mail confirmation, there won’t be any buses bringing you to the conference sight. However, dormitories are easily reachable through a short walk from the conference area (10-15 minutes). For information about hotels please refer directly to the Accomodations page. Please notice the links to public transportation table for each hotel.

Information for Birds of a feather
Exact location of the «Birds of a feather» events will be given during the conference at a proper time.

Information for conference presenters
Each conference room is setup with a laptop computer, connected to Internet, and a projector. The following software are installed on each computer:
  • WinXP with SP2, 2GHz, 512 Mb RAM
  • Open Office 2
  • Microsoft Office 2003
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer 6
  • Win Media Player 10
  • Adobe Reader 7.0.8
  • Adobe SVG 3.03
  • Java Runtime Environment Version 5.0 Update 8
  • dotNet Framework 2.0
  • 7-Zip 4.42
All the material (slides, paper, ...) should be uploaded through this website, so it will be available for others. To submit documents through the website : login -> My Contributions -> Choose a contribution -> Submit material. You can upload from a file on your disk or from an URL. Please choose the right type for your upload or insert your own type. There is no limitation for the file format (pdf, ppt, odp, zip, ...).
Presenters who don’t have uploaded their file in the conference website should bring them on a USB key and transfer on the conference computer THE DAY BEFORE the beginning of the session.

Information for poster presenters
Posters can be setup on Tuesday in the posters area on the dedicated wood panels with pins or tape. The maximum size of the poster in A0 portrait (120 cm height 90 cm width).
Poster presenters should also upload their poster in pdf format into the conference website.

Information for demo givers
One table with one electrical plug (220V, 50Hz Swiss electrical plug) is available for each demo. Internet access is made through Wifi (see previous chapter). In case you need any help, please contact the exhibition hall manager at the registration desk.

Information for sponsors
All information has already been given. In case you need any help, please contact the exhibition hall manager at the registration desk.

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