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Sol Katz Award 2016 - Call for Nominations

News Date: 
13 Jul 2016
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The Open Source Geospatial Foundation would like to open nominations for the 2016 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 https://donate.cancer.org/index.

Nominations for the Sol Katz Award should be sent to SolKatzAward@osgeo.org with a description of the reasons for this nomination. Nominations will be accepted until 23:59 UTC on August 4th. A recipient will be decided from the nomination list by an OSGeo designated selection committee.

The winner of the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software will be announced at the FOSS4G-Bonn event in August. 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.

It should be noted that past awardees and selection committee members are not eligible.

Past Awardees:

  • 2015: Maria Brovelli
  • 2014: Gary Sherman
  • 2013: Arnulf Christl
  • 2012: Venkatesh Raghavan
  • 2011: Martin Davis
  • 2010: Helena Mitasova
  • 2009: Daniel Morissette
  • 2008: Paul Ramsey
  • 2007: Steve Lime
  • 2006: Markus Neteler
  • 2005: Frank Warmerdam

Selection Committee 2016

  • Venkatesh Raghavan (chair)
  • Frank Warmerdam
  • Markus Neteler
  • Steve Lime
  • Paul Ramsey
  • Sophia Parafina
  • Daniel Morissette
  • Helena Mitasova
  • Martin Davis
  • Arnulf Christl
  • Gary Sherman
  • Maria Brovelli

First Anniversary edition of our Geo4All Newsletter and invitation to be our GeoAmbassador

News Date: 
13 Jul 2016
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We are pleased to announce the first year anniversary of our GeoforAll Newsletter (this is our twelfth issue). On behalf of the GeoforAll community, I would like to thank  Nikos Lambrinos (Chief Editor) and our wonderful team of co-editors Rizwan Bulbul, Pavel Kikin, Alexey Kolesnikov, Rania Elsayed, Elżbieta Wołoszyńska-Wiśniewska, Antoni Perez Navaro, Emma Strong, Sergio Acosta Y Lara and  production designer Nikos Voudrislis  for their selfless dedication and volunteer efforts  which made this possible. This newsletter has been an amazing instrument to share information and ideas with the wider geocommunity and also highlight and honour the contributions of our excellent colleagues from across the world. Details at http://www.geoforall.org/newsletters/

This newsletter is a community initiative run by the community for the community. We welcome all community members to contribute and share their updates to the newsletter for the benefit of the wider geo community. We have made 'Open Principles' as the key guideline for all articles. Relevant updates and information on free and open software, open data, open standards, open education resources are all welcome for future editions. It has been a learning curve for all of us, and we request you all to help us on this initiative.

We have great pleasure in introducing Professor Georg Gartner as our GeoAmbassador for this first Anniversary edition of our Geo4All Newsletter. More information at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/07/geoambassodor-professor-georg-gartner/


So how can you contribute to enable geospatial education opportunities to all ? Everyone who is interested in enabling geospatial education opportunities to all are our GeoAmbassadors. It is not just the thousands of OSGeo members but also thousands of colleagues in ICA, ISPRS, UCGIS, AGILE, GSDI, AGS  who all work for Geoeducation opportunities for all who are our GeoAmbassadors. Geo for All is a world wide movement that provides immediate benefit to the world.

Share the free and open educational resources and software that are available from OSGeo Live to MapStory to Teacher Training resources   (developed thanks to the contributions to thousands of volunteers) all available free and open to all at http://www.geoforall.org/training/  to colleagues globally and be our GeoAmbassadors.

Also it is our great pleasure to introduce our colleagues at SIGTE, University of Girona [1] , Spain, as our “Geo4All” lab of the month. One of the founder labs of the Geo for All initiative, SIGTE has been contributing immensely to our teaching, research, and service activities. SIGTE colleagues have been the pioneers of a very successful summer school program dedicated to free and open geographic information software and aimed at promoting the use and development of free geospatial solutions and empowering students. Details are available at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/07/geo4all-lab-of-the-month-sigte-university-of-girona-spain/


We thank Gemma Boix, Lluís Vicens, Gemma Pons, Rosa Olivella, Ferran Orduña,Toni Hernandez, Alexandre Busquets, Josep Sitjar, Laura Olivas and all colleagues and students at SIGTE lab for their contributions to the Geo4All initiative and look forward to working and building more collaborations with all interested on this education mission.


Share the power of Geographic Information that SIGTE developed  https://vimeo.com/22069904  This is a wonderful introductory video that can be used by all colleagues globally to promote GIS at all levels  . The final sentence in the video is “In the not so distant future, it is hoped that GIS will help us build a better and more efficient society for all” – This is exactly why we are all working on Geo4All…

The contributions of SIGTE colleagues is a good example of our philosophy and why we are working on Geo4All at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/07/sharing-is-caring-why-openness-is-key-for-true-empowerment-and-sustainability/


Let us work together work together to support open principles in education and enable Geo technologies in empowering communities and helping improving the Quality of Life and standards of living for everyone. Let us all work together to help create a world that is more accessible, equitable and full of innovation and opportunities for everyone.
 

Happy Anniversary to all.

Best wishes,

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

First ACM SIGSPATIAL Student Research Competition (SRC)

News Date: 
7 Jun 2016
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First ACM SIGSPATIAL Student Research Competition (SRC)
co-located with ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2016
October 31-November 3, 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA

http://sigspatial2016.sigspatial.org/competition/

Call for Submissions

For the first time, the ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 will host the SIGSPATIAL ACM Student Research Competition (SRC). SRC allows undergraduate and graduate students to share their research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees; understand the practical applications of their research; perfect their communication skills; and receive prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community.

  • Guidelines: The Student Research Competition is open to graduate (only one author) and undergraduate (up to two authors per contribution) student members whose submissions are accepted by the SRC committee. SRC submissions should describe recent research conducted primarily by students or a recent development that involves a substantial amount of work achieved primarily by students. To be considered, complete a submission of an extended abstract of a topic of interest to the ACM SIGSPATIAL conference (please check the main conference CFP for relevant topics) and indicate the level of the participation (undergraduate or graduate). Valid ACM student membership and student status enrollment as of the submission deadline are required for the lead student.
  • Selection Process: Submission will be judged based on novelty, impact, approach, results, and contributions to the field of spatial systems and algorithms. Selected competitors must attend the SRC session during the conference and should prepare a poster for demonstrating their work during the conference. If selected for further competition at the next level, they should be prepared to give a short talk of 10 minutes about their research projects in front of the judging committee and conference attendees. Winners of the SIGSPATIAL 2016 SRC will be announced at the conference.
  • Awards: Selected competitors by the SRC committee will receive up to $500 USD for their conference travel, depending on need. Winners from each category will advance to the SRC Grand Finals, where winners from various ACM SIGs are evaluated to nominate the ACM-wide SRC winners. The winners of the Grand Finals will be recognized at the Annual ACM Awards Banquet, the same banquet that also recognizes the Turing Award winners.
  • Sponsors: The SRC competition is fully sponsored by a generous donation from Microsoft Research.
  • Submission Instructions: Each submission should include the author(s)' name(s), affiliations, email addresses, research advisors' names, ACM student member number, SRC category (undergraduate or graduate), and an extended abstract of no more than two pages in the conference template. The SRC submission should not have been published before or under concurrent submission to another venue/SIGSPATIAL track. Please submit your papers through the EasyChair system at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=acmsigspatial16src
  • Important Dates
    • Submission Deadline: August 25, 2016.
    • Notification of Acceptance: September 20, 2016.
  • Contact: For more information about the SRC competition, please contact the SRC Chair Moustafa Youssef at moustafa.youssef@ejust.edu.eg

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ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2016

News Date: 
7 Jun 2016
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24th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on
Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2016)

Call for Research, Industrial, Systems, Demonstration, and Vision Papers

Monday October 31 - Thursday November 3, 2016
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

http://sigspatial2016.sigspatial.org

Paper Submission Site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=acmsigspatial2016

  • Abstract Submission: June 14, 2016 (midnight PT)
  • Paper Submission: June 21, 2016 (midnight PT)
  • Acceptance Notification: August 23, 2016

The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems 2016 (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016) is the twenty fourth event in a series of symposia and workshops that began in 1993 with the aim of bringing together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners in relation to novel systems based on geo-spatial data and knowledge, and fostering interdisciplinary discussions and research in all aspects of geographic information systems. The conference provides a forum for original research contributions covering all conceptual, design, and implementation aspects of geospatial data ranging from applications, user interfaces, and visualization to data storage and query processing and indexing. The conference is the premier annual event of the ACM Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (ACM SIGSPATIAL). Researchers, students, and practitioners are invited to submit their contributions to ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016.

Suggested Geospatial-related topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Cartography and Geodesy
  • Computational Geometry
  • Computer Graphics Applications
  • Computer Vision Applications
  • Distributed and Parallel Algorithms
  • Earth Observation
  • Geographic Information Retrieval
  • Geospatial Architectures and Middleware
  • GPU and Novel Hardware Solutions
  • Human Computer Interaction and Visualization
  • Image and Video Understanding
  • Location-Based Services
  • Location Privacy, Data Sharing and Security
  • Mobile Systems and Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks
  • Object Tracking and RFIDs
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Photogrammetry
  • Similarity Searching
  • Spatial Analysis and Integration
  • Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Data Acquisition
  • Spatio-Temporal Data Analysis
  • Spatial Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
  • Spatial Data Quality and Uncertainty
  • Spatial Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Spatial Data Warehousing, OLAP, and Decision Support
  • Spatial Information and Society
  • Spatial Modeling and Reasoning
  • Spatial Query Processing and Optimization
  • Spatio-Temporal Data Management
  • Spatio-Temporal Sensor Networks
  • Spatio-Temporal Stream Processing
  • Spatio-Textual Searching
  • Standardization and Interoperability
  • Storage and Indexing
  • Traffic Telematics
  • Transportation
  • Urban and Environmental Planning
  • Visual Languages and Querying
  • Web and Real-Time Applications
  • Paper Format: Manuscripts should be submitted in PDF format and formatted using the ACM camera-ready templates available at http://www.acm.org/publications/article-templates/proceedings-template.html . It is important that previous related work (especially appearing in prior editions of the ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference and the ACM SIGSPATIAL workshops/symposia) be appropriately cited. All submissions will be refereed for quality, originality, and relevance by the Program Committee. Accepted papers will be considered for "Best Paper Award."
  • Research Papers: Authors are invited to submit full, original, unpublished research papers that are not being considered for publication in any other forum. Submissions are limited to 10 pages. In addition to the regular full-length papers, the Program Committee may accept some as poster papers that will be requested to be shortened to 4 pages.
  • Industrial Experience and Systems Papers: Industrial experience and systems papers are invited that describe original industrial experiences, challenges, and applications, as well as systems to be presented during the conference. Industrial Experience and Systems paper submissions are limited to 10 pages — append "(Industrial Paper)" or "(Systems Paper)" to the title as is appropriate. Accepted Industrial Experience and Systems papers will appear in the conference proceedings.
  • Demonstration Papers: Authors are invited to submit demo papers describing original demonstrations to be presented at the conference. Submissions are limited to 4 pages — append "(Demo Paper)" to the title. Accepted demo papers will appear in the conference proceedings.
  • Vision Papers: Authors are invited to submit vision papers describing visionary ideas to be presented at the conference. Submissions are limited to 4 pages — append "(Vision Paper)" to the title.
  • Presentation: At least one author per accepted research, industrial experience and systems, demonstration, or vision paper must register and attend the conference to present the accepted submission. Otherwise, the accepted submission will not appear in the published conference proceedings or in the ACM Digital Library version of the conference proceedings.
  • Programming Contest: The ACM SIGSPATIAL CUP 2016, with prizes, is a geospatial-focused algorithm competition.

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1st gvSIG Festival. Presentations and videos are now available

News Date: 
1 Jun 2016
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We would like to inform you of the availability of presentations presented during the 1st gvSIG Festival, which was held from May 23rd to 27th.

This gvSIG Festival was a virtual conference about free geomatics with 25 presentations in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish and Russian.

If you couldn't attend the presentations all the material is now available, as well as the recording of every session. You also can filter them by language at the web page.

GeoTools 15.0 Released

News Date: 
31 May 2016
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The GeoTools team is pleased to announce GeoTools 15.0!

This release is also available from our Maven repository. Java 8 is now required, please view the install guide for details. This release is made by Jody Garnett and Devon Tucker (Boundless) in conjunction with GeoWebCache 1.9.0 and GeoServer 2.9.0