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Sol Katz Award - Call for Nominations

News Date: 
28 Jun 2013

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation would like to open nominations for
the 2013 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 July 31st.
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-Nottingham event in September.
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:

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 2013:

Jeff McKenna (chair)
Frank Warmerdam
Markus Neteler
Steve Lime
Paul Ramsey
Sophia Parafina
Daniel Morissette
Helena Mitasova
Martin Davis
Venkatesh Raghavan

pycsw 1.6.0 Released

News Date: 
28 Jun 2013

The pycsw team announces the release of pycsw 1.6.0.

The 1.6.0 release brings numerous features, enhancements and fixes to the codebase. The full list of enhancements and bug fixes is available at https://github.com/geopython/pycsw/issues?milestone=7&state=closed

This release also moves pycsw forward as an OSGeo project in incubation.

About pycsw

pycsw is an OGC CSW server implementation written in Python.

pycsw fully implements the OpenGIS Catalogue Service Implementation Specification [Catalogue Service for the Web]. Initial development started in 2010 (more formally announced in 2011). The project is certified OGC Compliant, and is an OGC Reference Implementation.

pycsw allows for the publishing and discovery of geospatial metadata. Existing repositories of geospatial metadata can also be exposed via OGC:CSW 2.0.2, providing a standards-based metadata and catalogue component of spatial data infrastructures.

pycsw is Open Source, released under an MIT license, and runs on all major platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X).

Source and binary downloads

The source code is available at:


Testers and developers are welcome.

The pycsw developer team. http://pycsw.org/

Mapbender3 Version released - bugfix release one week after version last week

News Date: 
7 Jun 2013

Last week we published Mapbender which was a big step for the Mapbender project with a fully new Mapbender3 implementation, with new design, integration of OpenLayers and Symfony2 and much better usability. Thanks to the Mapbender team and thanks for all your feedback.

The last week we worked at fixing bugs and enhancing Mapbender3. We worked in Bonn and Bolsena [8].

Today we published Mapbender3 version . Find the milestones at [5].

Download: the official tarball is located over at [1]

The documentation is hosted at [2].

Source code is hosted at Github [3]. For issues, please use the Github issue queue [4].

A demo installation is available at [6].

For more news - follow Mapbender at Twitter [7].

See you at FOSSGIS in Rapperswil next week! [9]

[1] Download http://mapbender3.org/builds
[2] Documentation http://doc.mapbender3.org/
[3] https://github.com/mapbender/mapbender-starter
[4] Feature and Bugtracker https://github.com/mapbender/mapbender/issues
[5] Milestone https://github.com/mapbender/mapbender/issues?milestone=3
[6] http://demo.mapbender3.org/
[7] http://www.twitter.com/mapbender
[8] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Bolsena_Code_Sprint_2013
[9] http://www.fossgis.de/konferenz/2013/

OSGeo accepts 22 students for Google Summer of Code 2013

News Date: 
27 May 2013


let us warmly welcome the 22 accepted students for this round of GSoC!

We received over 30 proposals from a variety of geospatial projects, and we accepted proposals from (in alphabetical order): GEOS, GRASS GIS, gvSIG, istSOS, MapServer, Opticks, OSGeo4W, OpenStreetMap, OSSIM, software packaging, pgRouting, QGIS and uDig/GeoTools.

The list includes OSGeo projects (official and incubating) and like-minded projects such as OSM, pgRouting, uDig and istSOS - let GSoC be a "gathering of tribes", an occasion to improve communication among all geospatial open source initiatives.

See the full list of OSGeo students on OSGeo page on Melange. More details on the program are available on Melange and on OSGeo wiki page about Google Summer of Code.

We wish all students and mentors a great summer!

Anne, Hamish and Dustan
OSGeo GSoC Admins

Open Source Geospatial Laboratory established at the University of Southampton, UK

News Date: 
30 Apr 2013

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Open Source Geospatial Laboratory at the University of Southampton, 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 and will support the
development of open source geospatial software technologies, training and expertise.

The University of Southampton is one of the top research universities in the UK and has strong research in geospatial science. The University of Southampton Open Source Geospatial Laboratory (OSGL) has been established by the GeoData Institute and Geography and Environment AU in collaboration with other initiatives in the UK and further afield. The initiative brings together staff from various disciplines (Engineering, Geography, Electronics and Computer Science) across the

The current members of the lab are Prof.Pete Atkinson, Prof. David Martin, Jason Sadler, Chris Hill, Julia Branson, Craig Hutton, Andrew Murdock, Duncan Hornby, Andrew Harfoot, Gemma Gubbins, Homme Zwaagstra, Jeremy Austin, Ian Waldock, Oles Kit, Mike Clark, Samantha Cockings, Robin Wilson, Kirk Martinez, Kate Parks, Simon Blainey and Richard Treves.

The Laboratory will engage in open source research for geospatial software and data, using open source geospatial software and data as tools and contributing to the development of tools, standards and data through research. The lab will seek to exploit new opportunities for research, often in partnership with other OSGLs and members of the ICA-OSGeo initiative. The Laboratory will also deliver open source geospatial training and CPD programs.

The website of the new lab is at http://www.osgl.soton.ac.uk/

OSGeo is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data.

ICA is the world authoritative body for cartography, the discipline dealing with the conception, production, dissemination and study of maps.

GDAL/OGR 1.10.0 Released

News Date: 
29 Apr 2013

The GDAL/OGR team is pleased to announce the release of GDAL/OGR 1.10.0, a major new feature release. Complete news on the new release can be found at http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/Release/1.10.0-News and source code and supporting materials can be downloaded at http://download.osgeo.org/gdal/1.10.0.