We are pleased to announce the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Laboratory at the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. The laboratory is one of the members of a worldwide network developed under the auspices of the ICA-OSGeo Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
In 2011, the International Cartographic Association (ICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) with the aim to develop global collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organisations in the field of open source GIS software and data. The MoU aims to provide expertise and support for the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Laboratories and Research Centres across the world to support the development of open source geospatial software technologies, training and expertise.
Responding through research to global challenges, the University of Warwick introduced the Global Research Priorities strategy, which aims to focus Warwick's world-class, multidisciplinary research on key areas of international significance, by bringing together scholarly expertise from across faculties and departments. Themes for the GRPs were approved by Research Committee in September 2011: Connecting Cultures, Energy, Food, Global Governance, Innovative Manufacturing, International Development, Materials, Science and Technology for Health and Sustainable Cities. These will seek to combine areas of research strength in the University, across departmental boundaries, in order to enhance the ability to respond to funding bodies'priorities.
The establishment of dedicated open geospatial lab within the School of Life Sciences will help to accelerate opportunities in research and teaching for stimulating knowledge and information exchange for creative thinking withing and across GRP groups. This integrated research strategy applies multiple technologies to the study of a wide range of connected systems to generate fundamental knowledge as well as a range of impacts of direct relevance to the wider community.
Prof. Liz Dowler of Warwick University said "Hurrah for this: everyone loves 'maps' and 'visualisations' - they speak volumes and are invaluable for making key points."
The website of the new lab is at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/lifesci/research/facilities/geolab/
ICA is the world authoritative body for cartography, the discipline dealing with the conception, production, dissemination and study of maps.
OSGeo is pleased to announce that the GeoServer project has graduated from incubation and is now a full fledged OSGeo project. Andrea Aime, a long time member of the GeoServer Project Steering Committee (PSC), has been appointed as project officer.
GeoServer is an Open Source Java Web App allowing users to publish, share and edit geospatial data. GeoServer is well known for its ease of use, excellent documentation and active development community. Designed for interoperability, GeoServer has always had a strong base in open standards and is a reference implementation of the OGC Web Feature and Web Coverage Services. It also supports other well known standards such as the Web Map and Web Processing service. GeoServer is supported by an easy-to-use web configuration and a full REST API for configuration.
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 GeoServer team is thrilled to be recognized as a full OSGEo project. There have been strong ties between the two communities with GeoServer developers being involved as charter members, volunteering at the committee level and represented in local OSGeo chapters and helping with foss4g. 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 Landon Blake, Jody Garnett, the Aust-NZ OSGeo Chapter, the Free Software Foundation, and The Eclipse Foundation for their assistance during this Incubation process.
Congratulations to the GeoServer community!
2ndQuadrant founder, Simon Riggs, and his organization based in the UK offer professional support around the widely popular Open Source PostgreSQL database engine.
Karttakeskus director, Sami Masala, says "In Finland, there is an increasing interest towards Open Source software among our clients. Open Source attracts enterprises as it is fast, flexible and cost-efficient. Open Source is also easy to integrate with other software. From our viewpoint, Open Source and commercial software are not opposites, but complement each other. Karttakeskus wants to offer the best possible support and expertise in this field and promote the use of Open Source solutions in the private and public sectors. We find OSGeo an important partner for us in this, as OSGeo is working with the most important Open Source implementation projects, such as GeoServer, OpenLayers and QGIS. This year, we want to participate in the Open Source development projects, for example in the Finnish translations of the user interfaces."
Thank you to 2ndQuadrant, Karttakeskus, and all sponsors for supporting OSGeo and its vibrant community!
We are pleased to announce the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Laboratory at the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom. The laboratory is one of the members of a worldwide network developed under the auspices of the ICA-OSGeo Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
In 2011, the International Cartographic Association (ICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) with a view to develop global collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organisations in the field of open source GIS software and data. The MoU aims to provide expertise and support for the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Laboratories and Research Centres across the world to support the development of open source geospatial software technologies, training and expertise.
Newcastle University is one of the leading geospatial research group in the UK and have very strong research and teaching expertise and well developed CPD programs etc. The Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Laboratory is run by the Geospatial Engineering Research Group but draws heavily on interactions with other research groups and partners within the University, nationally and internationally. The Geospatial Engineering Group supports the development and training of Open Source Geospatial technologies by utilising these technologies to carry out fundamental research and to deliver geospatial solutions to engineering problems. They also provide training both as part of thier Undergraduate degree programmes in Surveying and Mapping Science, Geographic Information Science and Physical Geography as well as through short training courses.
Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Lab at Newcastle University is led by Dr Philip James. Key members of the lab are Dr Stuart Barr,Dr David Fairbairn,Dr Rachel Gaulton,David Alderson,Alistair Ford ,Dr Pauline Miller and Neil Harris.
The website of the new lab is at http://research.ncl.ac.uk/osgeolab/
Over the last 6 months, we have a rapidly expanding network of Open Geospatial Labs and we are now in the process of setting up Open Geospatial Lab Network node site within OSGeo website so that all participating labs urls can be added to this.
We are actively working in expanding this ICA-OSGeo initiative (http://www.osgeo.org/node/1230) globally in our aim to bring the benefits of geospatial technology to all.
We especially welcome applications from universities, educational institutes, government organisations in developing countries to develop capacity building in geospatial education by establishing Open Source Geo Labs. Details of how to apply for OSGeo Lab is at http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Edu_current_initiatives
The pycsw development team is happy to announce that pycsw 1.4.0 is now certified OGC Compliant for OGC CSW 2.0.2, and passes all 103 CITE tests.
As well, pycsw is now an official OGC Reference Implementation. A demonstration instance of the reference implementation is available at http://demo.pycsw.org.
Standards are at the core of pycsw; acheiving OGC compliance and reference implementation status is part of the project's ongoing commitment to an open source, standards-based metadata and catalogue component of spatial data infrastructures.
pycsw is an OGC Compliant CSW server implementation written in Python. Please visit http://pycsw.org for more information.
The OSGeo Board of Directors have named Jeff McKenna as its new President. The previous President, Frank Warmerdam, has stepped down, and the OSGeo Board is extremely grateful for his leadership. Mr. McKenna brings years of experience in the geospatial industry, and has been involved in the MapServer web mapping project since its early days. He was also one of the founding forces behind the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) international conference, and has dedicated himself to promoting the use of Open Source geospatial software through FOSS4G events
all around the world.
Mr. McKenna explains, “I'm honored to be named as the new President of OSGeo. I plan to continue the wonderful work of our past presidents Frank and Arnulf. The OSGeo community is now thriving and vibrant, with FOSS4G regional events operating all across the world; I plan to continue spreading this passion for Open Source geospatial, and help introduce our knowledge to both decision makers and technical users. Decision makers all around the world should be exposed to our experts through our communities, our regional events, our local chapters, and also through our professional service providers. There is much work still to be done in spreading our knowledge of Open Source geospatial through all of these networks.”