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University of Colorado Denver's FOSS4G Lab

News Date: 
8 Oct 2014

The global ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS labs http://www.geoforall.org/ are pleased to announce the launch of the University of Colorado Denver's FOSS4G Lab. Thanks to Dr. Rafael Moreno-Sanchez who has been leading this at University of Colorado, Denver, USA. It is also great to see the establishment of an international advisory board for the lab to review plans and activities and provide advice for the growth and future direction of the lab. Details at http://geospatial.ucdenver.edu/foss4g/advisory-board

The University of Colorado Denver's FOSS4G Lab is supported by a diverse group of faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Architecture and Planning, all of whom have a particular interest in FOSS4G. The faculty collective is constantly expanding into new departments and colleges, adding to the breadth of knowledge and expertise in Geospatial Science. The initial lab faculty include Dr. Peter Anthamatten, Dr. Joshua French, Michael Hinke, Dr. Wesley Marshall, Dr. Carolyn McAndrews, Dr. Rafael Moreno-Sanchez, Dr. Deborah Thomas, Dr. Austin Troy, Dr. Amanda Weaver, Dr. Michael Wunder, Suzanne Anderson, Tim Stalker and Valerie Kraucunas.

Details at http://geospatial.ucdenver.edu/foss4g/faculty

They also offer a wide diversity of geospatial training with certificate programs in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science, the College of Architecture of Planning, and the School of Engineering. More details of the University of Colorado Lab at http://geospatial.ucdenver.edu/foss4g/home-2

University of Colorado is the 18th University in the USA to establish Open Geospatial Lab in the last 2 years and joins a great family of other key research universities (University of Massachusetts ,Harvard University, University of California, University of North Carolina, University of Kansas, Arizona State University, Kent State University etc). We are looking forward to receiving more applications from other universities in USA to establish research labs and expand our research in Open Geospatial Science in the United States and globally.

There is also good news on Open Education with the U.S. Open Government Partnership: National Action Plan that is released. Details at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/new_nap_commitments_report_092314.pdf

Thanks to all who made this possible and this will have a domino effect...

Announcing FOSS4G-Europe 2015 (Como, Italy)

News Date: 
30 Sep 2014

We are proud to announce the second Edition of the FOSS4G (Free and Open Source For Geospatial) Europe Conference.

The Conference aims to bring together FOSS4G users and developers worldwide and foster closer interactions with and amongst European communities in order to share ideas for improving geodata, software and applications, openness, and availability.

It will be held at Politecnico di Milano (http://www.polo-como.polimi.it/en/), Como (Italy), from July 14 through 17, 2015.

A one day of workshops precedes the conference (13 July 2015) and the code sprint closes the event (18 July 2015).

Besides the traditional Academic Track (one day track), three special Tracks on FOSS4G for water resources (one day track), OpenGeodata (half day track) and FOSS4G for Libraries (half day track) will be organized.

A meeting of the Labs involved in the GeoForAll (http://www.geoforall.org/) initiative will take place.

A mapping party for celebrating the International Map Year (http://internationalmapyear.org/) will be organized together with ICA and other Associations.

Last but not least, the winners of the NASA Worldwind Europe Challenge 2015 (http://eurochallenge.como.polimi.it/) will present their innovative apps to the public.

This is just the beginning. Stay tuned: website and more information available soon.

Maria Brovelli & the Organizing Team

Gary Sherman Receives Sol Katz Award

News Date: 
12 Sep 2014

Gary Sherman was honored last week with the 2014 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software during the FOSS4G 2014 conference in Portland, Oregon, US. This was the tenth year of the award. Gary is the founder of the QGIS project (or Quantum GIS), a desktop Open Source GIS that has become one of the most popular projects today, with a huge user and developer community. He began development of QGIS back in 2002, and it was approved as an OSGeo project in 2008. Gary's work and passion for “open” has touched the lives of millions.

Gary's acceptance video http://vimeo.com/106310099


The Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software is awarded annually by OSGeo 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. 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. 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. In the early 80's, Sol assisted in the development of a public domain GIS package called MOSS (Map Overlay and Statistical System). This software was arguably the first open source GIS software in the world. Sol would later go on to release and maintain PC MOSS. He was also one of the first involved in public data translator utilities. Utilities that he developed for converting DEMs and reading SDTS files were contributed back to the geospatial community, and are still available today. Sol was also a frequent contributor to many geospatial list servers, providing much guidance to the geospatial community at large. Sadly, after fighting Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma for almost a decade, Sol died April 23, 1999 in bed. His legacy will always live on in the GFOSS world.

OSGeo-Live 8.0 Released

News Date: 
29 Aug 2014

Version 8.0 of the OSGeo-Live GIS software collection <http://live.osgeo.org/> has been released, featuring over 50 open source, standards compliant geospatial applications.

Release Highlights

Lubuntu 14.04.1 LTS

We have moved from Xubuntu to the lighter Lubuntu base operating system, which starts up faster, requires less RAM, and uses less disk space, making it a better choice for running in a Virtual Machine or from a LiveDVD. We have upgraded to the latest 14.04.1 stable Long Term Support (LTS) release. LTS releases are put out every 2 years by Ubuntu.

Debian packaging

We have steadily been moving more of our projects to .deb packaging, which makes it easier to install programs on Debian-based systems such as OSGeo-Live, and allows application of post-release fixes if required.


34 geospatial programs have been updated to newer versions.

About OSGeo-Live

OSGeo-Live is a self-contained bootable DVD, USB flash drive and Virtual Machine, pre-installed with robust open source geospatial software, which can be trialled without installing anything. It includes:

  • Over 50 quality geospatial Open Source applications installed and pre-configured
  • Free world maps and sample datasets
  • Project Overview and step-by-step Quickstart for each application
  • Lightning presentation of all applications, along with speaker's script
  • Overviews of key OGC standards
  • Translations to multiple languages

Homepage: http://live.osgeo.org

Download details: http://live.osgeo.org/en/download.html

Post release glitches collected here:


Over 180 people have directly helped with OSGeo-Live packaging, documenting and translating, and thousands have been involved in building the packaged software.

Developers, packagers, document writers and translators include:

Activity Workshop, Agustin Di­ez, Aikaterini Kapsampeli, Alan Beccati, Alan Boudreault, Alessandro Furieri, Alexander Bruy, Alexander Kleshnin, Alexander Muriy, Alexandre Dube, Alexey Ardyakov, Alex Mandel, Amy Gao, Andrea Antonello, Andrea Yanza, Andrey Syrokomskiy, Andry Rustanto, Angelos Tzotsos, Anna Munoz, Antonio Falciano, Anton Novichikhin, Anton Patrushev, Argyros Argyridis, Ariel Nunez, Assumpcio Termens, Astrid Emde, Barry Rowlingson, Benjamin Pross, Brian Hamlin, Bruno Binet, Bu Kun, Cameron Shorter, Christophe Tufféry, Christos Iossifidis, Cristhian Pin, Damian Wojslaw, Dane Springmeyer, Daniel Kastl, Danilo Bretschneider, Daria Svidzinska, David Mateos, Denis Rykov, Diego Gonzalez, Diego Migliavacca, Dimitar Misev, Dmitry Baryshnikov, Dominik Helle, Edgar Soldin, Eike Hinderk Jürrens, Elena Mezzini, Eric Lemoine, Erika Pillu, Estela Llorente, Etienne Delay, Etienne Dube, Evgeny Nikulin, Fran Boon, Francois Prunayre, Frank Gasdorf, Frank Warmerdam, Friedjoff Trautwein, Gavin Treadgold, Giuseppe Calamita, Grald Fenoy, Grigory Rozhentsov, Guy Griffiths, Hamish Bowman, Haruyuki Seki, Henry Addo, Hernan Olivera, Hirofumi Hayashi, Howard Butler, Hyeyeong Choe, Ian Edwards, Ian Turton, Ilya Filippov, Jackie Ng, Jan Drewnak, Jane Lewis, Javier Rodrigo, Javier Sanchez, Jesus Gomez, Jim Klassen, Jing Wang, Jinsongdi Yu, Jody Garnett, Johan Van de Wauw, John Bryant, Jorge Arevalo, Jorge Sanz, Jose Antonio Canalejo, Jose Vicente Higon, Judit Mays, Klokan Petr Pridal, Ko Nagase, Kristof Lange, kuzkok, Lance McKee, Lars Lingner, Luca Delucchi, Lucia Sanjaime, Mage Whopper, Manuel Grizonnet, Marc-Andre Barbeau, Marco Curreli, Marco Puppin, Marc Torres, Margherita Di Leo, Maria Vakalopoulou, Mario Andino, Mark Leslie, Massimo Di Stefano, Matthias Streulens, Mauricio Miranda, Mauricio Pazos, Maxim Dubinin, Michael Michaud, Michael Owonibi, Micha Silver, Mike Adair, Milena Nowotarska, M Iqnaul Haq Siregar, Nacho Varela, Nadiia Gorash, Nathaniel V. Kelso, Ned Horning, Nobusuke Iwasaki, Oliver Tonnhofer, Oscar Fonts, Otto Dassau, Pasquale Di Donato, Patric Hafner, Paul Meems, Pavel, Pedro-Juan Ferrer, Pirmin Kalberer, Raf Roset, Regina Obe, Ricardo Pinho, Roald de Wit, Roberta Fagandini, Roberto Antolin, Roger Veciana, Ruth Schoenbuchner, Samuel Mesa, Scott Penrose, Sergey Grachev, Sergio Banos, Simon Cropper, Simon Pigot, Stefan A. Tzeggai, Stefan Hansen, Stefan Steiniger, Stephan Meissl, Steve Lime, Takayuki Nuimura, Thierry Badard, Thomas Baschetti, Thomas Gratier, Tom Kralidis, Toshikazu Seto, Trevor Wekel, Valenty Gonzalez, Vera, Xianfeng Song, Yoichi Kayama, Zhengfan Lin

Sponsoring organisations

Call for Abstracts for FOSS4G-Asia 2014

News Date: 
22 Aug 2014

The Steering Committee of FOSS4G-Asia (2-5 December, Bangkok) is pleased to invite abstract submissions on a wide range of topics, in celebration of 10 years of FOSS4G activity. The deadline for submissions is 8 September 2014. Please follow the steps at:

Topics of Interest

  • FOSS4G Project Status Report, New Developments and Road-map
  • Open Data – Technology, Use Cases and Data Quality
  • Open Geospatial Standards
  • Open Hardware Development and Sensor Network
  • Architectures and Frameworks for Open SDI
  • Approaches to Combine Open and Closed Software
  • Mobile Mapping and Location Based Services
  • Data Visualization and Augmented Reality
  • Teaching Geospatial Sciences with FOSS4G
  • Community Building and Citizen Participation through FOSS4G
  • Disaster Management and Mitigation with FOSS4G
  • Improving Quality of Life and Sustainability through FOSS4G
  • FOSS4G in Local and Regional Administrations
  • FOSS4G Application Examples in Health, Water, Energy, Air-quality, Climate Change,Transportation, Agriculture, Forestry, Marketing...
  • Doing Business with FOSS4G

About FOSS4G-Asia

FOSS4G-Asia 2014 aims to bring together FOSS4G users and developers worldwide and foster closer interactions with and amongst Asian communities in order to share ideas for improving software and applications. The Bangkok conference will cover all aspects of FOSS4G, Open Data and Open Standards, with a particular focus on exchanging experiences between FOSS4G users and developers and providing first-hand information on FOSS4G for developing national/local spatial data infrastructures in Asian countries. FOSS4G-Asia 2014 also commemorates ten years since the FOSS-GRASS User Conference was held at Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand between 12-14 September 2004.

Join the conference mailing list to follow discussions on the FOSS4G-ASIA event:

FOSS4G update: additional activities - Volcanoes, Megafauna, Sprinting, Hieroglyphics and Beer, oh my!

News Date: 
6 Aug 2014

August 6, 2014
Portland, Oregon, USA

After you register [1] for FOSS4G and as you make your plans to join us in Portland, Oregon this September 8th - 13th, you might be wondering what other exciting things you can do while in PDX...
[1] http://foss4g2014.eventbrite.com/

PostgreSQL Day

Join the Portland Postgres Users Group [2] (PDXPUG) for PostgreSQL Day on September 6th, the Saturday before FOSS4G. Attendance is free, but an RSVP is required [3]. PostgreSQL Day is hosted by Portland State University and PDXPUG.
[2] http://pdxpug.wordpress.com/
[3] http://wiki.postgresql.org/wiki/PDXPUGDay2014

Code Sprint

The annual FOSS4G Code Sprint is on Saturday Sept 13th at the Eliot Center. More details at the wiki [4]. The industrious GeoServer team is continuing the sprint on Sunday [5].
[4] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2014_Code_Sprint
[5] http://blog.geoserver.org/2014/07/25/geoserver-sunday-sprint-foss4g/


If you are lingering in PDX after FOSS4G, and need a place to put your creative thoughts into action, drop by WhereCampPDX and share them with other friendly geo-nerds. WhereCamps are unconferences that aim to connect geo-enthusiasts, developers, social place hackers, artists, activists, grad students, geographers, earth scientists and anybody else who wants to "know their place". More details at website [6]. (check back for updates).
[6] http://wherecamppdx.org/


Js.Geo is officially happening during FOSS4G (for reals). This one day conference brings together experts or people deeply interested in spending a full day digging into advanced topics in the Geospatial Javascript realm. We'll convene for a series of curated talks from some leaders in JS + GEO and have plenty of time to explore ideas and concepts. The talks will also leave time for demos and questions and answer sessions

More details and speakers will be revealed as the event gets closer, but space is limited and we are down to 80 tickets. So book your spot [7].

[7] http://jsgeo2014.eventbrite.com/


After an evening of hor d'oeuvres in the exhibit hall, head over to the FOSS4G stop of the LocationTech Tour [8].
[8] http://tour.locationtech.org/2014/

Additional guest tickets for Gala

The Gala Night at the World Forestry Center is included with regular conference registration. If you would like to bring a guest, then you will need an additional ticket. Note that single day and volunteer registrations do not include the Gala Night; you will need a ticket if you want to attend. Gala Night tickets are available in the registration [1].
[1] http://foss4g2014.eventbrite.com/

Field trips and tours

You travelled all the way to Portland so be sure to take some time to relax
and explore our beautiful little corner of the world with one of our field
trips or tours:

Sunday, Sept. 7th:

  • Portland Timbers Soccer Match [9] (football & chainsaws!)

Friday, Sept. 12th:

  • Portland 101 Walking Tour [10] (more than just Portlandia!)
  • Keep Portland Wired! Walking Tour [11] (wired, and weird!)

Saturday, Sept. 13th:

  • Mount Saint Helens Field Trip [12] (live volcano!)
  • Willamette Valley Wine Tour [13] (viticulture and sustainable farming!)

Sunday, Sept. 14th:

  • Portland Breweries Tour [14] (Beer Bus!)

Space is still available, but limited. To register for an activity, visit the main registration [1] page (scroll towards the bottom). Note that you can still register for field trips even if you've already registered for the conference. If you need assistance or have questions, contact support at foss4g-info@osgeo.org.

[9] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#Timbers
[10] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#WalkingTours
[11] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#WalkingTours
[12] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#MtStHelens
[13] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#WillametteWine
[14] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#Breweries

About FOSS4G

About FOSS4G
The annual FOSS4G conference is the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial software. FOSS4G brings together developers, users, decision-makers and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation. Through six days of workshops, presentations, discussions, and cooperation, FOSS4G participants create effective and relevant geospatial products, standards, and protocols.

FOSS4G has been held all over the world and draws attendees from over 40 countries. Nottingham, England hosted the conference in 2013. In 2014, Portland, Oregon, USA will host FOSS4G's tenth year.

Important Conference Dates

See the full calendar [15] for more details.

  • Sep 8th-9th: Workshops
  • Sep 10th-12th: Main Conference
  • Sep 13th: Code Sprint

[15] https://2014.foss4g.org/about/calendar/


[1] http://foss4g2014.eventbrite.com/
[2] http://pdxpug.wordpress.com/
[3] http://wiki.postgresql.org/wiki/PDXPUGDay2014
[4] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2014_Code_Sprint
[5] http://blog.geoserver.org/2014/07/25/geoserver-sunday-sprint-foss4g/
[6] http://wherecamppdx.org/
[7] http://jsgeo2014.eventbrite.com/
[8] http://tour.locationtech.org/2014/
[9] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#Timbers
[10] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#WalkingTours
[11] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#WalkingTours
[12] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#MtStHelens
[13] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#WillametteWine
[14] https://2014.foss4g.org/schedule/field-trips#Breweries
[15] https://2014.foss4g.org/about/calendar/

For more information or to keep informed from the FOSS4G Organizing Committee, follow@foss4g (https://twitter.com/foss4g) on Twitter, subscribe to our announcements list (http://eepurl.com/N5Q6X) , or contact: foss4g2014-info@osgeo.org

Contact us at:

  • foss4g2014-info@osgeo.org