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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

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.

New final version of gvSIG available: gvSIG 2.0

News Date: 
15 Apr 2013

The gvSIG Association announces the publishing of the gvSIG 2.0 final version. The main novelty of this version is its new architecture. The way gvSIG manage the data sources has been redesigned with the objective of improving the reliability as well as the modularity, benefiting the users as well as the developers. Besides it permits an easier maintenance and evolution of the technology. Therefore it has been an investment in the future with the aim of not limiting the technological evolution and establish the bases for a quick evolution.

However this new gvSIG Desktop version includes a series of new features:
- New installer that supports typical and custom installation.
- Add-ons manager that allows to install new extensions and customize gvSIG from the same application.
- Some changes in the interface of data management tools like:
· File import/export
· Table operations
· New layer
- Layer load improved
- WMTS (Web Map Tiled Service) support
- Raster data cache
- Unified geoprocessing interface
- Import symbols, making the creation of symbols libraries easy.
- Export symbols, that allows to share complete symbols libraries with other users easily.
- Scripting framework (languages: Jython, Groovy and Javascript).

Nevertheless it's the last version of gvSIG, it has to be taken into account that it's really a new gvSIG, so you will find that some of the gvSIG 1.12 functionalities are not included. These functionalities will be included in following and continuous updates according to their migration to the new architecture. The main functionalities that are not included are the following:
- Georeferencing
- Legend by proportional symbols, graduated ones, dot density, quantities by categories and by expressions.
- Extensions: Network analysis and 3D

In the same way, there are several projects based on this new architecture that will allow to include new functionalities and improvements directly in gvSIG 2.0 in the next months.

Also it has to be taken into account that the level of stability of this new version is not as high as we would have wished, considering it a final version in order to be used by the community in an official way, and mainly to tackle the new developments on it.

For that, we encourage you to test it and send us any errors in order to fix them in the following updates. The known errors of this version can be consulted here.

From this version, several mirrors are now available to download the packages from gvSIG. These mirrors will be available within a few days.

We hope you enjoy the new features of this version and you help us to improve it.

gvSIG News Office