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Invitation to Geo4All Webinar on 5th May 2016 on Humanitarian Mapathons for Children

News Date: 
4 May 2016

On behalf of Geo4All we would like to welcome you to the "Open Geospatial Science & Applications" webinar series. Thanks to Dr. Rafael Moreno and colleagues at University of Colorado Denver for organising the Geo4All webinar series. If you are interested to do a webinar for the Geo4All webinar series please contact Rafael (email- rafael.moreno@ucdenver.edu ) and he will be happy to discuss ideas.

Webinar details below:

  • Date and Time : May 5, 2016 (Thursday) at 1:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time (7:00 AM US/Canada Mountain Time)
  • Topic : Humanitarian Mapathons for Children
  • Presenters: Maria Antonia Brovelli, Marco Minghini, Aldo Torrebruno (Politecnico di Milano), and Tyler Radford (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

Talk abstract:

This webinar will provide an introduction on humanitarian mapathons for children, which represent a remarkable educational experience as they combine geography and awareness about our world, technology and humanitarian aspects. Following the successful experiences of Politecnico di Milano (Italy), the most important educational and technical aspects of humanitarian mapathons with children will be outlined. The purpose is to provide the GeoForAll community, and specially the teachers involved (at all levels), with some practical instructions on how to set up and run their own mapathons. The webinar is organized in collaboration with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) under the umbrella of the United Nations Open Geospatial (UNOGeo) initiative of which GeoForAll and OSGeo are partners.

See webinar description in the Geo4All webinars page: http://www.geoforall.org/webinars/

Please join us here at https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/350696659

Recording and slides will be posted in the Geo4All webinars page after presentation: http://www.geoforall.org/webinars/

For more details of the webinar series, contact University of Colorado Denver FOSS4G Lab at http://geospatial.ucdenver.edu/foss4g/

The background of this webinar is at https://hotosm.org/updates/2016-03-09_200_kids_map_swaziland_for_malaria_elimination

Thanks to Maria Brovelli, Marco Minghini and all Politecnico di Milano colleagues for thier excellent work. They have been leading all our humanitarian mapathons (Nepal, Japan, Equador) [1], [2] and it will be a great opportunity to hear and learn from thier experiences.

So please join this Geo4All webinar on 5th May 2016.

[1] http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/04/humanitarian-mapathons-for-japan-and-ecuador/
[2] http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2015/04/mapping-response-contributions-for-nepal/

GDAL/OGR 2.1.0 released

News Date: 
2 May 2016


On behalf of the GDAL/OGR development team and community, I am pleased to
announce the release of GDAL/OGR 2.1.0. GDAL/OGR is a C++ geospatial
data access library for raster and vector file formats, databases and
web services. It includes bindings for several languages, and a variety
of command line tools.


The 2.1.0 release is a major new feature release with the following

  • RFC 26: Add hash-set band block cache implementation for very larger rasters (WMS, WMTS, ...) http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc26_blockcache
  • RFC 48: Geographical networks support (GNM) https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc48_geographical_networks_support
  • RFC 58: Add DeleteNoDataValue?(): https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc58_removing_dataset_nodata_value
  • RFC 59.1: Make GDAL/OGR utilities available as library functions: https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc59.1_utilities_as_a_library For gdalinfo, gdal_translate, gdalwarp, ogr2ogr, gdaldem, nearblack, gdalgrid, gdal_rasterize, gdalbuildvrt Available in C, Python, Perl and Java bindings.
  • RFC 60: Improved round-tripping in OGR https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc60_improved_roundtripping_in_ogr Implemented in GeoJSON driver
  • RFC 61: Support for measured geometries. https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc61_support_for_measured_geometries Implemented in Shapefile, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, PGDump, MEM, SQLite, GeoPackage, FileGDB, OpenFileGDB, CSV, VRT
  • New GDAL/raster drivers:
    • CALS: read/write driver for CALS Type I rasters
    • DB2: read/write support for DB2 database (Windows only)
    • ISCE: read/write driver (#5991)
    • MRF: read/write driver for Meta Raster Format (#6342)
    • SAFE: read driver for ESA SENTINEL-1 SAR products (#6054)
    • SENTINEL2: read driver for ESA SENTINEL-2 L1B/LC1/L2A products
    • WMTS: read driver for OGC WMTS services
  • New OGR/vector drivers:
    • AmigoCloud: read/write support for AmigoCloud? mapping platform
    • DB2: read/write support for DB2 database (Windows only)
    • MongoDB: read/write driver
    • netCDF: read/write driver
    • VDV: read/write VDV-451/VDV-452 driver, with specialization for the Austrian official open government street graph format
  • Significantly improved drivers:
    • CSV: new options, editing capabilities of existing file
    • ElasticSearch: read support and support writing any geometry type
    • GeoJSON: editing capabilities of existing file, "native data" (RFC 60) support MBTiles: add raster write support. fixes in open support
    • PDF: add PDFium library as a possible back-end.
    • PLScenes: add support for V1 API
    • VRT: on-the-fly pan-sharpening
    • GTiff: multi-threaded compression for some compression methods
  • Port library: add /vsis3/, /vsis3_streaming/, /vsicrypt/ virtual file systems
  • Upgrade to EPSG database v8.8
  • General sanitization pass to clean-up code, fix a lot of compiler warnings, as well as issues pointed by static code analyzers.
  • Fixes in a number of drivers to be more robust against corrupted files (most found with American Fuzzy Lop)

More complete information on the new features and fixes in the 2.1.0 release can be found at: http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/Release/2.1.0-News

The release can be downloaded from:

The migration guide can be found at: https://svn.osgeo.org/gdal/branches/2.1/gdal/MIGRATION_GUIDE.TXT

Best regards,


Astun Technology Renew Silver OSGeo Sponsorship

News Date: 
26 Apr 2016

Epsom, United Kingdom, April 26 - Astun Technology has renewed its sponsorship of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation and is now a Silver Sponsor. Astun Technology is well known for its advocacy of Open Source geospatial software solutions and has been supporting and contributing to the community for over ten years.

Astun staff volunteer to help organise and run major Open Source events notably FOSS4G UK 2016, which Astun is also sponsoring.

OSGeo would like to thank Astun Technology for their financial support and community participation.

About Astun Technology

Astun Technology is the UK market leader for Open Source geospatial solutions providing enterprise level support and training. Astun helps organisations realise the power of geography whether to manage assets, publish information or simply to help improve customer service.

Astun’s iShare premise based and cloud based solutions are now in use with over 60 organisations including Local Authorities, Government Agencies, Blue Light Services and Social Housing.

About the Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is not-for-profit organization to foster global adoption of open source geospatial technology. The software foundation is devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development. OSGeo serves as an outreach and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal support for the open source geospatial community.

OSGeo sponsorship is available on an annual basis for foundation projects, events, local chapters and operations. Visit www.osgeo.org/sponsorship for more information.

Geo-Processing summer school

News Date: 
3 Apr 2016

We are pleased to announce: Registration open now for two Summer Schools organized by www.spatial-ecology.net held at the University of Basilicata, Matera, Italy:

Spatio-Temporal Data Analyses Using Free and Open Source Software (6th-10th June 2016)

An immersion 5 day experience opening new horizons on the use of the vast potentials of the Linux environment and the command line approach to process data using Bash, AWK, Python, GRASS, QGIS, GDAL/OGR, R, PKtools, Openforis. We will guide newbies who have never used a command line terminal to a stage which will allow them to understand and use very advanced open source data processing routines. Our focus is to enhance the approach of self-learning allowing participants to keep on progressing and updating their skills in a continuously evolving technological environment.

Hands-on Open Source Drone Mapping and High Performance Computing for Big Geo-Data (13th-17th June 2016)

Another 5 day immersion experience on advanced data processing using high performance computers (HPC) and emerging technologies such as drone mapping, rasdaman (Fastest Array Database on Earth) and cloud computing. We provide a walk-through journey from the introduction of Linux operating system and different open source software (Python, GRASS, GDAL/OGR, R, PKtools, Openforis) to capturing data out in the field using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, to complex image processing and data analyses. We focus on how maximising computation performance using multicore on single computer, switching to distributed clusters of computers (using grid engine scheduler) and ultimately data analytics with cutting edge rasdaman software (Big Data Analytics Server).

More information and registrations:

Invitation to Geo4All Webinar

News Date: 
28 Mar 2016

"Geo for All" is the Open Source Geospatial Foundation's Open Educational outreach with our partners worldwide with the mission for making geospatial education and opportunities accessible to all. Onbehalf of Geo4All we would like to welcome you to the "Open Geospatial Science & Applications" webinar series. Thanks to Dr. Rafael Moreno and colleagues at University of Colorado Denver for organising the Geo4All webinar series. If you are interested to do a webinar for the Geo4All webinar series please contact Rafael (email- rafael.moreno@ucdenver.edu ) and he will be happy to discuss ideas.

Webinar details below:

  • Date and Time: March 29 (Tuesday) at 17:00 GMT
  • Topic: FOSS/FOSS4G in Urban Forestry Applications in the USA
  • Presenter: Ian Hanou, Plan-it GEO http://www.planitgeo.com/

Talk abstract:

This presentation will introduce the use of FOSS/FOSS4G applications for urban forest management, outreach and planning. Case studies will highlight web/mobile apps from municipal, private and nonprofit sectors across the country. The first examples will focus on mobile field data collection, data management, maintenance tracking and reporting for urban tree inventories of parks, streets and private property planting projects. The second half will take a big picture view of the entire urban forest at a landscape scale using urban tree canopy assessment data in interactive online mapping applications. These tools will show how progressive organizations can view, plan, and grow their urban forest without knowledge of GIS software or training in data management.

Join webminar from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android on https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/282526818

The webinar recordings will be available at http://www.geoforall.org/webinars/

For more details contact UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER FOSS4G Lab http://geospatial.ucdenver.edu/foss4g/

SIGSPATIAL 2016 - Call for Workshops

News Date: 
28 Mar 2016

24th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2016)

October 31-November 3, 2016 San Francisco, CA, USA

Call for Workshop Proposals:


The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL) traditionally holds one-day co-located workshops on the day immediately preceding the first day of the conference. The workshops have proven to be very vibrant events, providing focused environment for exchanging ideas and experiences. ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 aims to continue this practice and invites submissions of proposals for workshops. The proposals should be submitted as pdf-format attachment to an email sent to the Workshop Co-Chairs, Egemen Tanin (etanin@unimelb.edu.au) and Mohamed Sarwat (msarwat@asu.edu), by May 2, 2016.

The expected duration of a workshop is one day, and all the accepted workshops will take place on Oct 31st, 2016 at the main conference venue.

The proceedings of the workshops are to be published jointly with the conference proceedings and will appear in the ACM Digital Library. Workshops will benefit from the registration process of ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016. All workshops will have a common continental breakfast and common morning and afternoon coffee breaks. The workshops focus on particular aspects of the field and are intended to enhance the conference experience for those attending the ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference. The conference sets the registration fees for the workshops which are the same for each workshop and are set at a minimum level to recover costs of room rental, refreshments, and AV. No complimentary registration is provided to workshop organizers or keynote speakers or any other persons affiliated with the workshops. If workshop organizers wish to have invited speakers, any additional financial support must come from funds that are raised by the workshop organizers. All workshop organizers are also expected to attend and actively contribute their workshop organization. SIGSPATIAL reserves the right to cancel a workshop if such steps are not taken for a given workshop.

When composing the actual call for papers, workshop organizers are advised to explicitly mention that one author per accepted workshop contribution (paper, poster, demo) is required to register for the workshop and the conference, as well as attend the workshop to present the accepted work. Otherwise, the accepted submission will not appear in the ACM Digital Library version of the workshop proceedings. In short, SIGSPATIAL expects that each workshop is an active forum for lively discussions led by the organizers and authors of the associated papers.

Each workshop proposal must contain information deemed pertinent by the proposers/organizer which, at the minimum, should include the following:

  • Workshop title
  • Short description of the topic and the format of the workshop
  • Brief explanation of why the proposed workshop is a good match with ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016
  • Names and contact information of the workshop organizer(s)
  • Names of the members of the program committee (at least 50% must be already known to be able to contribute to the workshop development at the time of the proposal)
  • Suggested important dates (paper submission deadline, notification deadline, etc. These may need to be adjusted with respect to the proceedings publication requirements.)
  • Expected number of participants
  • A written statement representing for all organizers that they will register and attend the workshop, upon acceptance of the workshop to the program
  • In case of previous instances of the workshop in any other conference, the historical numbers of participants
  • In case of previous instances of the workshop, the historical submission and acceptance counts

The decision about acceptance/rejection of workshop proposals will be made by the Workshop Chairs in consultation with the SIGSPATIAL Executive Committee and the General Chairs, taking into account the venue capacity as well as viability. Alterations to the proposal may be requested during the course of the organization for the event. Evaluation criteria include overall quality and the fit with respect to the expected ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 program. Note that proposals are especially encouraged on emerging topics that are relevant to spatial information systems and algorithms. Notification regarding acceptance of particular workshop proposals is expected to be sent out by June 1, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to look at workshops in 2015.

The organizers of successful workshops will be responsible for their own review process. Publicity will be handled by the workshop organizers for the creation of a workshop website. Organizers are encouraged to activity promote their workshops, i.e. more than merely posting a call on a generic mailing list. The local arrangements chairs may require that all workshops adhere to a specific general timetable. Workshop organizers must inform the Workshop Chairs of the numbers of submissions and acceptances as soon as these numbers become available. Major decisions regarding a workshop should be made in consultation with SIGSPATIAL Workshops Chairs after the workshop acceptance. Workshops with fewer than 20 expected registrants or low number of submissions may be cancelled or reduced to a half-day format, at the discretion of the conference organization. All proposers and organizers of accepted workshops will be asked to register well before other registrations to SIGSPATIAL 2016 occurs and the workshop will be cancelled if such registration is not confirmed. In summary, SIGSPATIAL pursues lively debates and interesting ideas to appear at its workshops and may alter the format of workshops that do not promise or are not on track to achieving this level of quality during the timeline towards the commencement of the conference.


  • Proposal Submission Deadline: May 2, 2016
  • Send the proposal (PDF, no more than 3 pages) to Workshop Co-Chairs:
    • Egemen Tanin (etanin@unimelb.edu.au)
    • Mohamed Sarwat (msarwat@asu.edu)

Notification of Acceptance: June 1, 2016

Note that Oct 31st 2016 is a Monday. Many SIGSPATIAL workshops, including the most recent event in 2015, were held on Tuesdays. This year, the conference will commence one day earlier in the week and applicants experienced with SIGSPATIAL events should take a note of this new schedule for 2016.

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