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OSGeo welcomes 13 students for Google Summer of Code 2015

News Date: 
28 Apr 2015
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Ladies and Gentlemen of the Geospatial Community,

OSGeo is glad to welcome the 13 accepted students and their mentors for OSGeo GSoC 2015!

We received 37 proposals from a variety of geospatial projects. Despite the lower total number of proposals received compared to former years, the overall quality was high, so our choice has been a difficult task. Eventually we appointed the following proposals:

  1. GDAL: Faza Mahamood - Integration of GDAL utilities into GDAL core library
  2. GRASS GIS: Matej Krejci - Improved Metadata for GRASS
  3. gvSIG: Eva Rodríguez - Port Network Analysis Extension to gvSIG 2.x branch
  4. istSOS: Ambrosini Luca - Scalability for Big data processing for istSOS
  5. JGRASSTOOLS: Silvia Franceschi - Development of a simple 1D hydraulic model for JGRASSTOOLS
  6. MapServer: Samuel Lapointe - Add productivity tools to MapServer's ScribeUI
  7. Opticks: Tom Van den Eynde - Image Enhancement/Background Suppression for Opticks
  8. OTP: Nipuna Gunathilake - GTFS-Realtime validation tool for Open Trip Planner
  9. OSGeo-Live: Massimo Di Stefano - Integration of geospatial OSS in educational notebooks
  10. OSSIM: Martina Di Rita - OSSIM tool for DSM generation using tri-stereo and SAR imagery
  11. pgRouting: Sarthak Agarwal - New osm2pgrouting import tool to import OpenStreetMap(OSM)data in pgRouting
  12. PyWPS: Calin Ciociu - REST interface for PyWPS 4
  13. QGIS: Marcus Santos - Multithread support on QGIS Processing toolbox

Congratulations to all accepted students!

We are proud of the geographical variety of countries from which our students come from and live, including: Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Luxemburg, Portugal, Spain and Sri Lanka. The list of software projects includes OSGeo (official and incubating) and like-minded projects - let GSoC be a "gathering of tribes", an occasion to improve communication among all geospatial open source initiatives.

See the list of OSGeo accepted proposals also here

We wish all students and mentors a great summer!

Madi and Anne
OSGeo GSoC Admins 2015

Open Letter for the need for Open Standards in LiDAR

News Date: 
25 Apr 2015
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To all colleagues in Academia, Government and Industry who have interest in maintaining Open Standards:

On behalf of Geo for All community, I would like to bring to your kind attention a significant development that can lead to undermining our principle for Open Geospatial Standards. I request you review the wikipage that is meant to represent our concern and allow for ongoing input and expression by our geospatial community.

We specifically thank Martin Isenburg (author of LASzip and LAStools for bringing this matter to our attentionand an email thread of our initial discussion of this subject that highlight the wider implication of this issue.

We request all who wish to support this effort to protect Open Standards for Geospatial data to kindly add your name, email, affiliation details to the wikipage directly or email Patrick Hogan with the subject heading "Support for Open Geo Standards" and the following fields (Name, Email, Affiliation) and we will gladly add this to the wiki.

There is current interest by the OGC in pursuing point cloud encoding standards, including a member-initiated mechanism to extend LAS data with OGC-standard XML content. The OGC invites interested members who wish to work on this effort to please contact Scott Simmons (Executive Director, Standards) to register their interest and discuss details.OGC will also be holding an ad hoc session at our next Technical Committee meeting in Boulder, CO, USA in June 1st (more details will be send soon) to bring together all interested from all sectors (government, industry, academia) for this and plan next steps. We welcome feedback and input from Esri and invite them to join this effort tosupport open LIDAR formats.

I thank you all again for your attention and support for this important matter.

Best wishes,

Suchith Anand
Founder, GeoForAll
http://www.geoforall.org

OSGeo and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) sign MoU

News Date: 
16 Apr 2015
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The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a collaborative relationship between the photogrammetry and remote sensing communities with the Open Source geospatial community. The goal of this agreement is to promote the distribution and use of open geo-data sets in all communities, promote the development of related photogrammetry and remote sensing Open Source software, and to organise joint international workshops on global geo-information sharing through the use of open geo-data sets and Open Source geospatial software. It also aims to work closely with the Geo for All initiative, to help promote openness in education and research. Professor Chen Jun, President of the ISPRS, is also an Advisory Board member of the Geo for All initiative, which aims to make geospatial education, software, and opportunities accessible to all.

Professor Chen Jun, President of the ISPRS, said "ISPRS have a long tradition in open data and open software in photogrammetry and remote sensing. One of the most recent changes in our field is the open access of GlobalLand30 dataset which was recently donated to the United Nations. With this MoU signed, ISPRS is looking forward to more advances in this field with a win-win collaboration with OSGeo and ICA."

Jeff McKenna, President of OSGeo, said "Remote sensing data is a huge part of OSGeo's projects, and this MoU will allow the open geospatial community to work closely with the ISPRS community to discover and share these geo-data sets. The hope is also that specific open software for the photogrammetry and remote sensing community can be expanded and developed with the help of our vibrant OSGeo community members. This is exciting news for the Geo For All community."

About ISPRS

The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) is a non-governmental organisation devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications.

About OSGeo

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data. OSGeo software and technologies are the major contributor for the global geospatial economy and used by millions of users in academia, governments and business worldwide and rapidly increasing.

Announcing Open Source GIS Seminar (ALPO 2015), Finland

News Date: 
14 Apr 2015
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The ALPO seminar (by its Finnish initials) gather Finns interested in open source GIS software, data and solutions derived from those. The objective is to share experiences and knowledge about their use and benefits.

This years seminar, features a full day of presentations open and free to anyone interested, although you should be warned that the main language is... Finnish. Among other, the topics cover local journey planner to be rebuilt using open source technologies and data, use cases with Geoserver and mapping bioenergy using open source software.

The seminar is organized by the OSGeo Finland Chapter.

FOSS4G Seoul 2015 Conference Registration Opens

News Date: 
13 Apr 2015
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Hi All,

FOSS4G Seoul team is very pleased to announce that FOSS4G Seoul conference is now open for registration.
http://2015.foss4g.org/attending/registration/

This year’s International FOSS4G will be held in The-K Hotel, Seoul, 14-19 September, for the first time in Asia.

The annual FOSS4G conference is the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial solution. FOSS4G brings together developers, users, decision-makers and businessmen from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation. Through six days of workshops, presentations, discussions and code sprint, FOSS4G participants create effective and relevant geospatial products, standards, human networks and business opportunities.

Early bird registration is just USD440 for 3 days of main conference, and USD100 for half-day of top notch workshops from the world’s best international presenters. FOSS4G Seoul team has tried its best to keep the registration fee as low as possible to encourage more people to attend the conference. Also there is special rate for participants who reside in Low or Lower-Middle Income Economies.

There is ‘Travel Grant Donation’ option in on-line registration page. ‘Travel Grant Donation’ will be used for students from developing countries or participants who will be attending FOSS4G Seoul 2015. Please feel free to donate.

Call for Presentation/Academic Track

Don’t miss your great chance to present or show off your recent accomplishments at FOSS4G Seoul!

Are you planning to present at this years conference? If so, don’t wait until you have your presentation finalised to tell us about it! Go to the submission website now (http://2015.foss4g.org/programme/presentations/) and enter your name and contact details and at least a title. Then, closer to the close-off date, log back in and fill out the abstract details. This will be a big help for the organisers as it will give us some advanced notice as to how many and what type of presentations to expect. For the Academic Track, there will be “Student Awards” at the FOSS4G Seoul conference with contribution from GeoCat’s €1,500, OSGeo’s $1,000 and FOSS4G Seoul LOC’s $1,500.

Call for Presentation/Abstract will be closed on 24th April.

Workshop Selection Results

We received many brilliant workshop proposals for the conference this year. It was a very hard job for the Workshop Committee to make limited acceptance decision from many wonderful proposals.

23 selected workshops are now posted here:
http://2015.foss4g.org/programme/workshop/

Thank you for your many wonderful proposals.

Upcoming Milestones

– Academic Abstract Submission Deadline, 24th April
– Regular Track Presentation Deadline, 24th April
– Academic Track Review Decisions, 15th May
– Preliminary Program Decisions Made & Posted, 4th June
– Early Bird Registration Discount Ends, 22nd June
– Conference Begins, 14th September

For more information or to keep informed from the FOSS4G Seoul team, join our email list(foss4g2015@lists.osgeo.org) or Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/foss4g2015), Twitter(https://twitter.com/foss4g).

All the best,

FOSS4G SEOUL 2015 TEAM!

Contact
Tel.: +82 2 6288 6324
Fax: +82 2 6288 6399
Email: programme_foss4g2015@meci.kr
4F, Sungji Building 837-16, Bangbae 4-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-835,
Republic of Korea

Announcing FOSS4G-India 2015

News Date: 
30 Mar 2015
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FOSS4G India 2015: June 8-10, Dehradun, India

FOSS4G-India 2015 is the second in a series of National Conferences on Free and Open Source Software for Geoinformatics. FOSS4G-India is held biannually with a mission to foster the development and promote the widespread use of Open Source Geospatial Technologies including support for software development and publicly available Geo-data. The proposed theme of the Conference is "Open Source Geospatial Tools in Climate Change Research and Natural Resource Management". It will be organised jointly by OSGeo-India in collaboration with Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Survey of India (SOI) and Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG).

Important Dates

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1. Abstract Submission: 25th Apr 2015
2. Acceptance Notification: 4th May 2015
3. Full Paper Submission: 20th May 2015
4. Early Registration Starts: 10th April 2015

About OSGeo-India

OSGeo-India is the India Chapter of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo.org), launched in Jan 2007 as a not-for-profit Society with a pan India focus. The goal of the Society is to provide support and help in building up of open source tools and applications related to the field of geospatial technologies and its allied sciences in this part of the world. It is working towards developing a community of both the users of such products and the developers who can contribute in developing high quality open source software. The Society and its activities are tuned towards achieving these goals, both in the context of software development, e-governance, localisation (Indian language support) and building of awareness & outreach of such software systems.