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Announcing FOSS4G + SoTM Argentina 2017

News Date: 
20 Nov 2016
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Mark your calendars! The FOSS4G + SoTM communities will combine in a great event from 23 to 28 October 2017. Come to Buenos Aires to share, learn, and be open!

This conference aims to bring together members of the geomatics community of Argentina and other Latin American countries, to share and learn about open software and open data. We hope to have a mix of workshops, project presentations and exhibitions of use cases of free tools applied to geomatics. In addition, it is an event that promotes interaction between users of different communities and organizations, with leaders from both the OSGeo and OpenStreetMap communities.

Follow us on Twitter at @foss4gar We hope to see you soon in Buenos Aires!

--
the 2017 FOSS4G + SoTM Argentina local committee

About FOSS4G:

The FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) events occur every year in different parts of the world, and are hosted by OSGeo (the Open Source Geospatial Foundation). There is a global conference in 2017 in Boston, United States; but there are many local regional FOSS4G events each year in countries such as North America, Europe, Spain, Japan, India and others including Argentina.

About SoTM:

The SoTM (State of the Map) events also occur each year all over the world as part of the OpenStreetMap community.

GeoForAll: Happy PostGIS Day :-)

News Date: 
20 Nov 2016
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On behalf of GeoForAll community, I am pleased to share the latest edition of our newsletter. Thanks to Dr Nikos Lambrinos (Chief Editor) and our amazing team of editors for making this possible.

Download the latest newsletter at http://www.geoforall.org/newsletters/

We would like to introduce our colleagues at Department of Geoinformatics, Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic as our “GeoForAll” lab of the month. Details at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/11/geoforall-lab-of-the-month-department-of-geoinformatics-palacky-university...

We are also happy to present Victoria Rautenbach from the Centre of Geoinformation Science (CGIS) at the University of Pretoria (UP) in South Africa. as our GeoAmbassador. It is even more great pleasure to have another GeoAmbassodor Dr. Serena Coetzee (the GeoForAll chair of Africa ) who nominated Victoria for us. I want to thank Serena for introducing to us a great colleague as our GeoAmbassodor of the month and sending us all the details at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/11/geoambassador-of-the-month-victoria-rautenbach/

GeoForAll’s mission is make geospatial education opportunities open to all and to make sure we all work together to create global citizens contributing to the betterment of humanity. Please be our GeoAmbassadors and share these ideas with all. Open principles in education (open educational resources, free and open software, open data, open standards etc) are key for true empowerment of staff and students globally and making education and opportunities accessible to all . We look forward to working and building collaborations with all interested in this education mission. Access to quality education and opportunities is key for getting rid of extreme poverty and enabling broadly shared prosperity for all.

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is the world’s largest Geospatial ecosystem , so we welcome you to the huge network of our partners and collaborators globally from governments, industry , universities, NGOs worldwide that you can connect to expand your ideas rapidly. Open innovation is key in driving Digital Economy opportunities and we are determined to make sure that everyone benefits.

May the FOSS be with everyone…

Best wishes,

Suchith

"UN open GIS" logo contest WINNER

News Date: 
20 Nov 2016
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Congratulations Ilaria De Leo, the winner of the "UN open GIS" logo contest!

Her logo entry (see below) received the majority of votes by members of UN Open GIS initiative and has been crowned the winner! A BIG thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this contest a success! Stay tuned for coming outcomes from the "UN open GIS initiative"!

In case you missed it, you can check out the contest here

GeoForAll newsletter

News Date: 
9 Nov 2016
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On behalf of GeoForAll community I am pleased to share the latest edition of our newsletter.

We would like to introduce our colleagues at Hellenic digital earth Centre of Excellence, Greece, as our “GeoForAll” lab of the month. Hellenic digital earth Centre of Excellence, Greece, has developed as a hub for fostering interactions and cross disciplinary collaborations not only between Aristotle University of Thessaloniki students and faculty, but it is also the hub of the global GeoforAll initiative. Dr. Nikos Lambrinos initiated the idea of the GeoForAll newsletter, and in just one year's time, this has become the key platform for expanding our ideas and building closer collaborations with universities and industry worldwide.

We are also happy to present Sergio Acosta Y Lara as our GeoAmbassodor. The amazing work that Sergio and colleagues in Uruguay have done through gvSIG Batovi initiative has been an inspiration for all of us. Sergio is a true global citizen who has been working toward expanding opportunities for geospatial education for all. Sergio is the leading force who took the initiative to expand GeoFotAll across South America and is the co-chair of South America.

There are some nice articles including letter from Patrick Hogan (NASA) regarding the NASA/Trentino Europa Challenge. Thanks to everyone contributing articles to our newsletter http://www.geoforall.org/newsletters/

We welcome PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh, India as our new lab. Details at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/09/kalpana-chawla-chair-on-geospatial-technology-and-our-new-osgeo-lab-at-pec...

GeoForAll’s mission is make geospatial education opportunities open to all and to make sure we all work together to create global citizens contributing to the betterment of humanity. Caring and Sharing are important values that all students should learn . Details of why this is important at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/07/sharing-is-caring-why-openness-is-key-for-true-empowerment-and-sustainabil...

Please be our GeoAmbassadors and share these ideas with all. Join the mailing list at http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/geoforall

For the freely available training materials visit http://www.geoforall.org/training/

For those wishing to learn GIS, there are free online materails produced by GeoForAll colleagues at GeoAcademy. Thier FOSS4G Academy Curriculum with comprehensive QGIS tutorials are at http://spatialquerylab.com/foss4g-academy-curriculum/

Download QGIS from http://qgis.org/en/site/ (there is also lot of documentation for learning at http://www.qgis.org/en/docs/index.html

Recording of the Open Principles in Education webinar can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmGoC6iFds4

Open principles in education (open educational resources, free and open software, open data, open standards etc) are key for true empowerment of staff and students globally and making education and opportunities accessible to all . We look forward to working and building collaborations with all interested in this education mission. Access to quality education and opportunities is key for getting rid of extreme poverty and enabling broadly shared prosperity for all.

Best wishes,

Suchith

Dr. Suchith Anand
http://www.geoforall.org/

GeoForAll - Building and expanding Open Geospatial Science

GeoNode Graduation

News Date: 
9 Nov 2016
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The OSGeo Foundation is pleased and proud to announce that the GeoNode project has graduated from incubation and is now a full fledged OSGeo project. Jeffrey Johnson, a long time member of the GeoNode Project Steering Committee (PSC) has been appointed as Project Officer.

GeoNode is a web-based application and platform for developing geospatial information systems (GIS) and for deploying spatial data infrastructures (SDI). It is designed to be extended and modified, and can be integrated into existing platforms. Geonode is Open Source, released under an GPL license, and runs on all major platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X).

The project powers numerous global initatives such as, WorldMao (http://worldmap.harvard.edu/), MapStory (http://www.mapstory.org/), Risiko/SAFE, UN World Food Program (http://geonode.wfp.org/), EU JRC (http://geonode.jrc.ec.europa.eu/) and more (see http://geonode.org/gallery/).

Graduating incubation includes fulfilling requirements for open community operation, a responsible project governance model, code provenance, and general good project operation. Graduation is the OSGeo seal of approval for a project and gives potential users and the community at large an added confidence in the viability and safety of the project.

The GeoNode Project Officer, Jeffrey Johnson says, "The entire GeoNode Development team is delighted to have our project join the ranks of leading Open Source GIS software and become part of the OSGeo family. We look forward to working with OSGeo to further the adoption of these tools around the world."

David Bitner, mentor of the incubation process says: "As the mentor for the GeoNode incubation process, it is exciting to welcome the entire GeoNode team as an official OSGeo project. It has been exciting to work with such a vibrant and diverse community through the incubation process. I look forward to seeing the continued growth of the project for many years to come."

OSGeo and Geonode PSC would also like to thank Jody Garnett and Angelos Tzotsos for their assistance during this incubation process.

Congratulations to the GeoNode community!

Venkatesh Raghavan
President, OSGeo Foundation

Orfeo ToolBox 5.8 is released!

News Date: 
9 Nov 2016
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We are very happy to announce the new release of Orfeo ToolBox 5.8 codename Sphenomorphinae with a lot of new exciting features!

Some of the new additions:

  • Monteverdi sources have been moved inside OTB repository and Monteverdi is now included as an OTB module.
  • Connect applications in memory is now available, which allows to write a Python script chaining multiple applications and connect them in memory, no more disk I/Os!
  • Random Forest based on the machine learning library Shark is now available in all OTB machine learning tools
  • More sampling strategies have been added to the classification framework released in previous versions.
  • OTB documentation for non developers aka the "Cookbook" has been migrate in RST (nicer, better, faster...)

The complete list of Request for Changes added in release 5.8 (including new features in Monteverdi):

Source and binary packages can be downloaded from Orfeo ToolBox website. Standalone binary packages for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows are now available for download.

OTB 5.8 will also be available soon depending of your package management system (please revisit the download page if your platform is not available yet). Support for version 5.8 will also soon be added to QGIS thanks to improvements made during last FOSS4G with the support of QGIS developers.

We welcome your feedback and request, and encourage you to join the OTB community and mailing list.

If you think you face a bug, please report it on Mantis.

Happy remote sensing with OTB!

The OTB Team