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MapGuide Open Source 1.1.0 Released - January 22, 2007

The MapGuide Open Source developers and project steering committee are pleased to announce the release of MapGuide Open Source 1.1.0. This release contains many bug fixes as well as the following notable enhancements:

  • FDO 3.2 API support - MapGuide now supports the latest FDO API
  • Direct KML support - allows layers styled in MapGuide to be displayed as layers in Google Earth

Details of all enhancements and defect fixes are described in the release notes.

The new release can be downloaded from

FOSS4G in Victoria, Canada, September 24-27, 2007

This fall, the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference will be presented by OSGeo in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, from September 24th to 27th, at the Victoria Conference Centre.

FOSS4G gathers developers and users of open source geo-spatial software from around the world to discuss new directions, exciting implementations, and growing business opportunities in the field of open source geo-spatial software. Focused on the practical "make it work, get it done" world of open source application development, this annual conference boasts a very high concentration of geo-spatial technical opinion leaders.

Attendance at this event has grown at over 50% a year since its inception in 2003, paralleling the rapid growth and adoption curve of open source geo-spatial tools in the marketplace, and over 500 attendees are expected in 2007. Sponsorship opportunities at FOSS4G are available, please see the prospectus at

Call for workshops open
January 19
Call for workshops closed
February 28
Call for papers open
March 1
Registration open
April 2
Call for papers closed
June 29
Conference Dates
September 24 - 27

For up-to-date information, registration and/or to submit a contribution, please visit the conference website at

Take advantage of the opportunity FOSS4G2007 offers to network with fellow geospatial data professionals, renewing old acquaintances and making new ones. Hope to see you there!

GDAL/OGR 1.4.0 Released - January 7th, 2007

The GDAL development team is pleased to announce the release of GDAL/OGR 1.4.0. This release includes many new features and bug fixes since the 1.3.2 release nine months ago described in the release NEWS.

The new release source may be downloaded from:


Binaries corresponding to the GDAL/OGR 1.4.0 release can be found included in the FWTools 1.1.3 release for Windows and Linux at:

FWTools113.exe (windows)
FWTools-linux-1.1.3.tar.gz (linux)

The GDAL project has also introduced the new gdal-announce list, hosted by OSGeo. Those interested in just occasional notices of GDAL/OGR project progress are encouraged to join this mailing list.

GeoTools 2.3.0 Released - January 1st, 2007

The GeoTools 2.3.0 release is available for download:

This release brings together a lot of great improvements made over the last year. The main focus of this release is improving the raster story for GeoTools. While plug-ins for a variety of rasters existed previously, all of them were memory constrained and not really suitable for real software. 2.3.0 brings very solid, scalable, fast support for ArcGrid, GeoTiff, GTOPO30, World Images and Image Mosaics and Pyramids. These are already in action in GeoServer 1.5.x, and will soon work their way in to uDig. In addition we've had:

  • GeoAPI filter interfaces aligned with Filter 1.1 specification
  • completed providence review
  • more relaxed PostGIS support, able to handle older varied configurations
  • Scalar Vector Graphics "Marks" can be used as part of our SLD support
  • Improved plug-in visibility - visit our website to check on status, and discover what "unsupported" modules are waiting in the wings
  • Maven "archtype" to help you start off your next GeoTools project
  • Numerous small bug fixes and improvements.
We would like to extend our thanks to the following organizations, their work is appearing in a stable release for the first time.

  • GeoSolutions for their RnD contributions appearing in this release
  • OSGeo Foundation for their support and encouragement during the incubation process

GRASS / OSGeo Newsletter Published - December 20th, 2006

The GRASS-News editors and OSGeo Promotion and Visibility Committee are happy to announce the first combined GRASS-News / OSGeo-News (5.3MB pdf) volume.

More information about the newsletters, and previous volumes of the GRASS-News can be found at:

We are looking forward to the first edition of OSGeo-News in 2007 with interesting articles covering various topics of OpenSource projects. Please visit in the next couple of weeks to find more detailed information how to submit articles.

GeoNetwork and OpenLayers Enter OSGeo Incubation - November 10th, 2006

The OSGeo Board has approved the application by the GeoNetwork project, and the OpenLayers project to enter the incubation process, a stepping stone to becoming full fledged OSGeo projects. The OpenLayers project is a pure JavaScript library for displaying map data in a web browser. The GeoNetwork project is a Java catalog application for standards compliant management of data and service metadata.

GRASS GIS Releases Version 6.2.0 - October 31st, 2006

This new stable release adds hundreds of new features, support for the latest GIS data formats, and includes new translations for many languages.

The Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS) is a Geographic Information System (GIS) used for spatial modeling, visualization of both raster and vector data, geospatial data management and analysis, processing of satellite and aerial imagery, and production of sophisticated presentation graphics and hardcopy maps. GRASS combines powerful raster, vector, and geospatial processing engines into a single integrated software package.

The GRASS GIS project is developed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (the GPL) by volunteers the world over. GRASS differs from many other GIS software packages used in the professional world in that it is developed and distributed by users for users, mostly on a volunteer basis, in the open, and is given away for free. Emphasis is placed on interoperability and unlimited access to data as well as on software flexibility and evolution rate. The source code is freely available allowing for immediate customization, examination of the underlying algorithms, addition of new features, and fast bug fixing.

GRASS is currently used around the world in academic and commercial settings as well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting companies.

Download at and

as well as many mirror sites.

Detailed announcement:

OSGeo Announces Request for Proposal for Hosting 2007 Conference - October 26th, 2006

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, today announced that the OSGeo Conference committee has released a request for proposal (PDF), or RFP, for the hosting of the 2007 conference. After a very successful FOSS4G 2006 conference in Lausanne Switzerland, OSGeo aims for the 2007 conference to be the geospatial conference of the year. The RFP solicitation closes Dec 1st, 2006.

OSGeo Selects Tyler Mitchell, Open Source Advocate, as Executive Director - October 19th, 2006

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, today announced that Tyler Mitchell has been hired as its new executive director. Mitchell-who has a decade of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) experience as an Analyst, Manager, open source advocate and author-will be responsible for the Foundation's day-to-day operations, supporting development and promotion.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Tyler Mitchell as our new Executive Director," said the Foundation's President Frank Warmerdam. "His early vision was instrumental in the formation of the Foundation, and with his extensive background in open source and GIS he is highly qualified to help this organization achieve its mission."

"It is a distinct honor to be asked to help the Open Source Geospatial Foundation," Mitchell said. "This is an exciting time for the OSGeo. I look forward with great enthusiasm to working more closely with OSGeo's dedicated members, the Board, and its partners as we strive to meet the goals of the Foundation."

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FOSS4G 2006 Conference - A Great Success - October 6th, 2006

The energy and enthusiasm of the Free and Open Source Software for Geoinformatics (FOSS4G) Conference continues to grow. This year over 500 attendees made their way to Lausanne, Switzerland from September 12-15th to participate in this annual international event. Tyler Mitchell has prepared a conference summary touching on various highlights of the conference.

Markus Neteler Wins Sol Katz GFOSS Award - September 15th, 2006

During the closing plenary of the FOSS4G 2006 conference Markus Neteler was honored with the Sol Katz GFOSS Award for 2006. Markus is the leader of the GRASS GIS project, and has played a pivotal role in the revitalization of the project and it's community. Markus is also a founding member of OSGeo, and has been active in building the broader FOSS4G community for many years.

OSGeo Meeting Preceeds FOSS4G - September 11th, 2006

There will be a face to face meeting of OSGeo supporters in Lausanne, Switzerland the day preceeding the FOSS4G conference (September 11th). The afternoon portion is open to all interested supporters.

OSGeo Swag Store Now Open - August 25th, 2006

The Visibility and Fundraising Committees are pleased to announce that OSGeo now has an online store, selling everything from our classic Black Shirts to Tote Bags to Teddy Bears, all with our distinctive and increasingly prestigious logo. And of course, all profits go to support our Foundation's activities.

This store is being run by CafePress, the same merchant service used by many other open source organizations. By using CafePress, OSGeo doesn't have to get involved in the details of ordering, credit cards, shipping, returns, etc.

Please note that these are not the same Black Shirts as we use for conference events; those have been and will continue to be supplied by Lands' End. VisCom will continue to be responsible for doing bulk-orders through them for events. The CafePress site is a fundraising venture aimed meeting individual members' needs, wants, and desires.

Also, we are in the process of setting up a PayPal site for direct donations to the Foundation. It is likely that donations above certain level will provide thank you gifts which may include a special-logo "I Support OSGeo" shirt, not otherwise available.

Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software - Call for Nominations - August 18th, 2006

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation would like to open nominations for the 2006 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software.

The Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software (GFOSS) will be given to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the GFOSS community. Recipients of the award will have contributed significantly through their activities to advance open source ideals in the geospatial realm.

Sol Katz was an early pioneer of GFOSS and left behind a large body of work in the form of applications, format specifications, and utilities while at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. This early GFOSS archive provided both source code and applications freely available to the community. Sol was also a frequent contributor to many geospatial list servers, providing much guidance to the geospatial community at large.

Sol unfortunately passed away in 1999 from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but his legacy lives on in the open source world. Those interested in making a donation to the American Cancer Society, as per Sol's family's request, can do so at

Nominations for the Sol Katz Award should be sent to with a description of the reasons for this nomination. Nominations will be accepted until midnight UTC on August 31st. A recipient will be decided from the nomination list by a selection committee designated by the OSGeo board.

The winner of the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software will be announced on September 15th at the FOSS4G 2006 conference in Lausanne Switzerland. The hope is that the award will both acknowledge the work of community members, and pay tribute to one of its founders, for years to come.

Archived News

Geotools 2.2.0 Released - August 14th, 2006

GeoTools 2.2.0 has been released, and is available for download on the Geotools Download Page.

This is the latest release in the stable Geotools development stream. New and noteworthy features and bug fixes can be found in the release notes.

More information about Geotools can be found in the Geotools wiki.

GRASS 6.1.0 Released - August 11th, 2006

Congratulations to the GRASS Development Team on the release of version 6.1.0, a "new technology preview version" of the powerful open source tool for raster, vector, and geospatial processing and analysis.

Learn more about the new release.

Visit the GRASS website.

Open Source GIS San Diego Gathering - August 8th

There is a free gathering at the San Diego State University Visualization Lab at 6:30pm (PST) on Tuesday, August 8th. Review additional details on directions, and events.

Mapbender 2.4 Released - July 31st, 2006

The new Mapbender-release 2.4 is available!


More about the changes in Mapbender 2.4 you find in the Mapbender WIKI. Have a look at:

Please read the description of the installation in the Mapbender Wiki:

Mapbuilder 1.0.1 is Released - July 21st, 2006

Cameron Shorter and team are proud to announce the release of the Community MapBuilder library; version 1.0.1. MapBuilder 1.0.1 may be downloaded at: This is a minor release which replaces obsolete WMS services with new ones and fixes a few minor bugs. Learn more about MapBuilder and what it can do at

Mapbender becomes first approved OSGeo project - July 15th, 2006

Congratulations to all the contributors to Mapbender, which has become the first project to emerge from OSGeo's rigorous "incubation" process and become an official OSGeo project.

This is the culmination of several months of activity, including a detailed review of software origins and licenses, community function and governance and software development methodologies. With Mapbender's adoption by the OSGeo board, the chair of the Mapbender Product Steering Committee, Uli Rothstein, becomes OSGeo Vice-President - Mapbender.

Read more about Mapbender and the incubation process...

Incubation Process Approved - June 23, 2006

The OSGeo board has approved a detailed procedure for incubation of projects. Incubation is the process of reviewing incoming projects, and applying OSGeo guidelines for governance, copyright and license vetting and development techniques.

Approval of this process paves the way for founding OSGeo projects to complete incubation once they have fulfilled all the requirements. It also opens the incubator to new project applications. The incubation process is managed by the Incubation Committee.

OSGeo Foundation Board of Directors Election Results - March 18, 2006

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is pleased to announce the results of the election to fill the four remaining seats on the OSGeo Board of Directors. This election is another significant step in the development of OSGeo. As many members of the community stated, the slate of nominees was extremely strong and it was a difficult task to choose from among them.

With 97% of the OSGeo voting membership submitting ballots, the following persons have been elected to the board:

  • Mark Lucas
  • Dave McIllhagga
  • Venkatesh Raghavan
  • Jo Walsh

OSGeo would like to thank all of the members of the community for their participation in this process, and we especially thank all of the candidates for their willingness to volunteer their time and effort to the Foundation.

OSGeo Foundation Board of Directors

The nomination period for adding seats to the board of directors is now complete. The nominations have been certified and a call for a vote by elected members will be announced in the email list soon. Please study the nominations list carefully and make an informed vote.

OSGeo Foundation statement on supporting

Summary: In the domain of cartography and geospatial analysis, the term "Open Source" has an important meaning not simply for software, but for data, as well. In the absence of detailed and comprehensive data to work with, the utility of geospatial software becomes drastically reduced. The current petition at aims at rejecting the directive proposal by the European Parliament. The INSPIRE Directive risks holding back the economic and social potential in maps and location-based technology in Europe by many years. The OSGeo Foundation supports the petition at Read more...

OSGeo Logo Contest

Do you have a flair for the artistic? The Open Source Geospatial Foundation needs some creative minds to help us develop the "look" for OSGeo. In return you will receive recognition, the satisfaction that comes from helping the cause, and $50 worth of free swag featuring your new logo (sometime after the contest closes, obviously). Top five entries get MapGuide studio donated by Autodesk! The logo will be featured on all of our pages, and we will have a dedicated page on our website describing the logo and the artist. The artist's name will also be featured in our brand manual. Send your entry to by 11:59pm GMT, April 12th, 2006.

The Logo Contest is now complete, with the winning submission from Aaron Koning.

Second set of voting members decided on

After an open nomination process and a vote by the existing membership, the total number of voting members was raised to 45. See the announcement.

Call for Nominations of Foundation Members 02/04/06

In Chicago it was resolved to add a second tranche of members as quickly
as practical after the meeting, bringing our membership up to 45. This
email is the formal call for nominations. For more information, please read the following:

Call for Nominations of Foundation Members 02/04/06


Kickoff Meeting

An organizational meeting of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation was held in Chicago on February 4, 2006.  See the list of participants and meeting notes for more.