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gvSIG Graduates OSGeo Incubation

News Date: 
27 Nov 2015

OSGeo is pleased to announce that the gvSIG project has graduated from incubation and is now a full fledged OSGeo project. Manuel Madrid, a long time member of the gvSIG Project Steering Committee (PSC), has been appointed as project officer.


gvSIG is an Open Source desktop application designed for capturing, storing, handling, analyzing and deploying any kind of referenced geographic information in order to solve complex management and planning problems. gvSIG is known for having a user-friendly interface, being able to access the most common formats, both vector and raster ones. It features a wide range of tools for working with geographic-like information (query tools, layout creation, geoprocessing, networks, etc.), which turns gvSIG into the ideal tool for users working in the land realm.

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 project steering committee says, The gvSIG team is thrilled to be recognized as a full OSGeo project. There have been strong ties between the two communities with common objectives to spread open source for geomatics, and develop a business model based on collaboration and shared knowledge. We are very happy to be included as part of OSGeo and a member of such an esteemed group of projects.

OSGeo would also like to thank Dimitris Kotzinos, Jeroen Ticheler and Jorge Sanz for their assistance during this Incubation process.

Congratulations to the gvSIG community!

Boston Awarded Hosting of FOSS4G 2017

News Date: 
20 Nov 2015

The OSGeo Foundation is pleased to announce that the hosting of the FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) 2017 event has been awarded by the OSGeo Conference Committee to Boston, U.S.A.

The Boston local organizing committee ("BLOC"), led by the chair Michael Terner, brings many years of experience organizing events including involvement in several past FOSS4G-NorthAmerica events. The Boston community is extremely active and vibrant, through such communities as AvidGeo, Maptime Boston, as well as the OSM community. Community members (anyone) wanting to discuss the 2017 event can do so now on the new FOSS4G2017 mailing list.

Jeff McKenna, president of OSGeo says: "The OSGeo Board of Directors are very excited for the Boston team to host the FOSS4G2017 event. Boston's so many grassroots community organizations in geospatial make it an absolutely wonderful place to bring and grow the spirit of FOSS4G. I am already looking forward to Boston 2017!"

OSGeo would also like to thank the Ottawa and Philadelphia teams for their wonderful proposals, and their continued passion for all things FOSS4G.

Congratulations to the Boston team!

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OSGeo-fr will be present at the Paris Open Source Summit 2015!

News Date: 
15 Nov 2015

OSGeo-fr, which is the french speaking representation of the OSGeo Foundation,
will hold a booth at the Paris Open Source Summit (POSS). This is an
opportunity for us to present you geospatial project, hosted or not within the
foundation, our work to translate documentation and website and finally our
futur events organized by the association.

User or editor of open source geospatial solutions, are welcome to talk with
us on our booth: what are your contributions plan? your future projects? How
do you see the market of open source geomatics and its evolution? Would you
like to join or sponsor the legal association OSGeo-fr? Or just to go to talk
with us: be all welcome on the OSGeo-fr booth!

OSGeo-fr will organize several events in the coming months: meeting of QGIS
users in Montpellier on 10 and 11 of December, FOSS4G-fr, the meeting of open
source softwares and data geospatial will be held in 2016. OSGeo-fr also works
on the translation of the documentation of the QGIS, MapServer, PostGIS,
GeoServer and GDAL-OGR projects!

About OSGeo-fr

The French speaking association, OSGeo-fr, is the representation of the Open
Source Geospatial Foundation whose mission is to support and promote the
collaborative development of open geospatial data and technologies. The
association serves as a legal entity to which community members can contribute
code, financial and other resources to ensure that their contributions will be
maintained for public benefit.

The OSGeo-fr also serves as a reference organization and support for the open
source geospatial community, and provides a common forum and shared
infrastructure for improving collaboration between projects.

Participation is open to all of the open source community. All work of the
association are posted on public forums which may invest a free community of
participants. The projects of the OSGeo Foundation are all freely available
and usable under an open source license certified by OSI.

11th International gvSIG Conference: Provisional program available

News Date: 
9 Nov 2015

The program of the 11th International gvSIG Conference, that will be held from December 2nd to 4th at La Petxina Sports-Cultural Complex (Valencia - Spain), is now available.

The provisional program is available with the paper sessions and workshops on the Conference web page.

All the presentations given at the Conference on Wednesday and Thursday, and the workshops given in Friday, will have simultaneous interpretation (Spanish-English and English-Spanish).

Registrations are free of cost (limited capacity) and must be done through the application form on the Conference web page.

In the next days we will give you more information about the conference at the gvSIG blog, including the applications to be installed previously in order to follow the workshops.

New Module of the MOOC Cycle “gvSIG for users”: Raster Analysis

News Date: 
9 Nov 2015

It is now possible to enroll on the Module “Raster Analysis”, the third and last one in the frame of the MOOC Cycle “gvSIG for users” on gvSIG Training.

The training material will be published starting from the 23rd of November: every Monday the three videos, dealing with one of the four scheduled main topics, will be loaded making thus the full Module completely published on the 14th of December 2015.

As the previouscover_raster_analysis ones, “Introduction to gvSIG” and “Layer Editing”, also this module will be entirely available for everyone wishing to improve their skill on several GIS components.

Participants will be able to download all the video tutorials, or watch them online through a YouTube channel, without any limitations in time because videos will remain available after being loaded.

Participants have two options in enrol procedure:

  • free: this level allows registered users to watch the video tutorials and download the data that have been used for the videos, interact with other participants on MOOC public forums;
  • paying: this level allows participants to receive benefits described in the MOOC module paragraph How to obtain the official “gvSIG User Certificate”.

We really hope you will appreciate this module and please stay tuned because many important news and update have been scheduled for 2016!!!

GRASS GIS 7.0.2 RC1 released

News Date: 
23 Oct 2015

What's new in a nutshell

This upcoming stability release provides a series of stability fixes and manual improvements. This first  release candidate GRASS GIS 7.0.2RC1 provides 160 fixes and improvements.

About GRASS GIS 7: Its graphical user interface supports the user to make complex GIS operations as simple as possible. A new Python interface to the C library permits users to create new GRASS GIS-Python modules in a simple way while yet obtaining powerful and fast modules. Furthermore, the libraries were significantly improved for speed and efficiency, along with support for huge files. A lot of effort has been invested to standardize parameter and flag names. Finally, GRASS GIS 7 comes with a series of new modules to analyse raster and vector data, along with a full temporal framework. For a detailed overview, see the list of new features. As a stable release series, 7.0.x will enjoy long-term support.

Source code download:

Binaries download:

  • ... further binary packages for other Linux distributions and Mac OSX will follow shortly.

More details:

See also our detailed announcement:

  http://trac.osgeo.org/grass/wiki/Grass7/NewFeatures (overview of new 7.0 stable release series)

First time users may explore the first steps tutorial after installation.


The Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (http://grass.osgeo.org/), commonly referred to as GRASS GIS, is an Open Source Geographic Information System providing powerful raster, vector and geospatial processing capabilities in a single integrated software suite. GRASS GIS includes tools for spatial modeling, visualization of raster and vector data, management and analysis of geospatial data, and the processing of satellite and aerial imagery. It also provides the capability to produce sophisticated presentation graphics and hardcopy maps. GRASS GIS has been translated into about twenty languages and supports a huge array of data formats. It can be used either as a stand-alone application or as backend for other software packages such as QGIS and R geostatistics. It is distributed freely under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). GRASS GIS is a founding member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).

The GRASS Development Team, October 2015