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"Geo for All" region wise and subject wise thematic groups established

News Date: 
6 Mar 2015
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On behalf of Geo for All, we are pleased to inform that Region wise and Subject wise Thematic groups are now established and we welcome you to join us.

Following inputs from the "Geo for All" community we decided to have new Regional chairs to help us accommodate our expansion plans. Also this helps us to arrange meetings of the regional research labs coinciding with the FOSS4G regional conferences now fully established for accelerating research and teaching collaborations between our labs . For example FOSS4G-Europe for our European labs; FOSS4G NA for our North American labs, FOSS4G-Asia for our Asian labs etc.

With the region wise thematic groups established, the chairs of these are now the contact points for any new labs to be established in that region to contact and the mailing list becomes the first point of contact for the new members and all regional members in the region can use the list for collaborating on regional funding calls, FOSS4G local conferences etc. This way we can make sure it is scaleable and meets local/region requirements/needs. The criteria for membership for ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS Labs are at http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Geoforall_criteria

Regions groups:

Thematics: Subjects/Language

We invite all of you who are interested in different regions are welcome to join the specific mail list to build local collaborations and directly contact the regional chairs for new applications for establishing ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS Research labs in universities worldwide to build Open Principles in Geo Education.

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Dr Suchith Anand

OSGeo accepted to GSoC 2015

News Date: 
3 Mar 2015
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Dear All,

It is our pleasure to announce that OSGeo has been accepted as mentoring organization also this year! The OSGeo GSoC Team has been reshaped with respect to former communications, and it's now composed by myself (Madi) in the role of primary admin and the experienced Anne Ghisla in the role of co-admin.

Now it's time for prospecting students to carefully browse the list of ideas and contact developers team of their interest. Mentor registration is not yet open and will be announced in due time. Students can officially apply on Melange from 16th to 27th of March.

All, do keep an eye (and a calendar client reminder) on all GSoC 2015 dates!

Yours enthusiastically,

Madi and Anne
OSGeo GSoC Admins 2015

New stable release: GRASS GIS 7.0.0

News Date: 
26 Feb 2015
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The GRASS GIS Development team has announced the release of the new major version GRASS GIS 7.0.0. This version provides many new functionalities including spatio-temporal database support, image segmentation, estimation of evapotranspiration and emissivity from satellite imagery, automatic line vertex densification during reprojection, more LIDAR support and a strongly improved graphical user interface experience. GRASS GIS 7.0.0 also offers significantly improved performance for many raster and vector modules: "Many processes that would take hours now take less than a minute, even on my small laptop!" explains Markus Neteler, the coordinator of the development team composed of academics and GIS professionals from around the world. The software is available for Linux, MS-Windows, Mac OSX and other operating systems.

Detailed announcement and software download:

http://grass.osgeo.org/news/42/15/GRASS-GIS-7-0-0/

About GRASS GIS

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).

Markus Neteler

FOSS4G 2015 Call for Presentations/Papers/Workshops

News Date: 
26 Feb 2015
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Dear all,

The International FOSS4G organising committee is pleased to announce the Call for Presentations/Papers/Workshops for the 2015 conference to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea (September 14th – 19th).

The annual International FOSS4G(Free Open Source SW for Geospatial) 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 organisations 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.

Call for Presentations

Deadline: 24th April

For complete details, please visit Regular Session CFP page.

After the deadline there will be a community voting mechanism to help select the final program. We expect we could have around 200 presentations during the conference showing the uses of open-source geospatial software in various fields and benefits of open-source geospatial software. We will be having 6~8 parallel streams in a range of subjects from diverse fields. Each individual presentations will be allowed about 25 minutes and 5 minutes for Q&A.

Call for Papers(Academic Track)

Deadline: 24th April

For complete details, please see the Academic Track CFP.

Your contributions will be reviewed (double-blind) by a committee of geospatial experts, who will assess the papers on originality and academic rigour, as well as interest for the wider FOSS4G community. Academic Committee will make efforts to get selected papers published in reputed academic journals.

And 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. FYI, OSGeo will spend $10,000 for “Student Awards” at various FOSS4G events(i.e. local, regional) for the year. More details about “Student Awards” will be announced later.

Call for Workshops

Deadline: 23rd March

For complete details, please visit our Workshop page.

Workshops are half (4 hours) or full-day (8 hours) hands-on experiences with participants following along with an instructor. Workshops will be run by experienced members of the open source community, and sometimes by the actual developers. As such, they are a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills or take your first steps into the world of Open Source GIS.

Workshops are a very popular part of FOSS4G, and demand always outstrips supply. We are looking for dynamic instructors on a variety of topics.

Call for Posters/Call for Maps

Call for Posters/Maps will be announced later with details.

We hope many proposals and submissions from all around the world.

Best regards

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Sanghee Shin, Chair of FOSS4G 2015 Seoul
"Toward Diversity! FOSS4G Bigbang from Seoul!"
http://2015.foss4g.org
Twitter: @foss4g
Facebook: FOSS4G2015
email: foss4gchair@osgeo.org

Geo for All - Open Education Award 2015. Nominations till 28th Feb 2015

News Date: 
21 Feb 2015
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Open Education Week (9-13 March 2015) is an annual opportunity to raise awareness about open education and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone. Details at http://www.openeducationweek.org/

Geo for All, will be strongly supporting and participating in the Open Education Week 2015 and build synergies with the training events, workshops, webinars etc planned.

We are pleased to welcome nominations for Geo for All - Open Education Award 2015. This is an opportunity for us to thank our colleagues for the greatest contributions to Open Education principles in the Geo domain. We greatly welcome nominations for educators who have created GIS courses from different languages and regions in developing and developed world. The nominator can send the summary details in English along with the nomination which will help the committee members to understand its impact.

We aim to announce the winner of the award during the Open Education Week 2015 and the winner will be awarded at the FOSS4G 2015- Europe Open Innovation for Europe conference at Como, Italy. The winner will also be receiving a crystal momento from NASA titled Geo for All Educator of the year (more details). We are grateful to Patrick Hogan (NASA) for this and also the excellent idea of this competition.

We will welcome nominations from everyone. Students, Colleagues or wider public can nominate any educator who they believe has contributed to Open Education in Geo domain. Anyone except those in Award Committee listed at http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Geoforall_educatoroftheyear
are eligible for the award. Award Committee members are welcome to nominate any others work they know that deserve nomination though all members of the Award Committee themselves are not eligible .

Especially this is a great opportunity for students to nominate their Teachers and Educators for their great service to Open Education Principles building upon free and open software, open data, open standards, open educational resources etc for the benefit of the wider humanity. It can be short (Summer Schools, Trainer programs etc ) or long (full semester) courses both online and class based. Please feel free to pass this call to your students and colleagues.

Anyone who wish to nominate should send the details by email to Professor Charlie Schweik - Committee Chair with the subject header - Nomination for Geo for All - Open Education Award 2015.

This should include the Course leader details with the url to the course details (or attachment with the course details). Ideally if there is website for the program it will be helpful. Please follow this template for nomination. (Thanks to Antoni Pérez Navarro for this)

  • Course Title in English
  • Language
  • Original title
  • Credits/Hours
  • Number of editions
  • Type: Virtual, face-to-face, blended
  • Target (professionals, technical students, primary school level, secondary school level, university level ,embedded in a wider program, etc.)
  • Average number of students per edition
  • Goal (maximum 150 words): what is the goal of this course in its socio-economical context and why the course was created?
  • Contents
  • Links to course, materials, contents, etc.
  • License type

All applications should be received by 28th Feb 2015 before 12:00 GMT to be considered for this award.

So please send your nominations to honour and recognise the educators who made it possible and will be an inspiration to others to build upon for future years. It will also acknowledge their excellent contributions to open knowledge and being good global citizens by helping spread the benefits of education to all. Central to Geo for All mission is the belief that knowledge is a public good and Open Principles in Education will provide great opportunities for everyone.

GeoTools 11.5 Released

News Date: 
18 Feb 2015
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The GeoTools team is happy to announce the release of GeoTools 11.5 available for download.

- geotools-11.5-bin.zip
- geotools-11.5-doc.zip
- geotools-11.5-userguide.zip
- geotools-11.5-project.zip

This release is a maintenance release for the GeoTools 11 series. Check out the change log for all of the details.

Torben Barsballe
GeoTools team