Maria Brovelli was honored with the 2015 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software during the FOSS4G 2015 conference in Seoul, South Korea. This was the eleventh year of the award.
Maria has been working at the Politecnico di Milano since 1994, first as researcher, then as Associate Professor and finally as Full Professor. She is currently teaching Digital Cartography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Internet GIS. In 1997, she started the Laboratory of Geomatics, placed at the Como Campus of the Politecnico di Milano and up to 2011 she has coordinated its activities as Head of the Lab. She has been involved in Politecnico governance by covering several service activities. Currently (since January 2011) she is Vice Rector of Politecnico di Milano for the Como Campus.
Maria is also charter member of OSGeo, a member of its Committee "Education and Curriculum", and is on the Advisory Board for the Geo For All initiative. She is member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Society of Photogrammetry and Surveying (SIFET) and member of the Bulletin Editorial Board. In 2010 she hosted the WebMGSevent in Como, an international workshop on 'Pervasive Web Mapping, Geoprocessing and Services'. Most recently she hosted FOSS4G-Europe in her beautiful hometown of Como, in July of 2015.
On behalf of OSGeo and the "Geo for All" community our congratulations to Maria and her wonderful family.
2015 Sol Katz Award committee
The nominations for the OSGeo Board of Directors start today. Please take a minute to understand what the board actually does. A director should plan to spend several hours a week on OSGeo business in order to do a good job. The current board members will know best. Maybe you could please also look over this page and add things that are on your agenda but are not well reflected on this Wiki page.
To nominate a candidate for the board please first confirm with the
person that they would like to stand for election as a Board member.
Then send an email to email@example.com CCing the candidate by 12:00 GMT
on Sunday 20.09.2015 consisting of:
- name and e-mail
- current country of residence
- a paragraph describing why you think this person would make a good
Remember that only Charter Members are eligible for a seat on the
Board and for voting but that anybody can nominate a board member.
OSGeo elections start today with the nomination period for new Charter Members. The nomination period is open for the next two weeks. Please help our Foundation grow and nominate new Charter Members by 2015-08-30.
Elections page: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Election_2015
Please help spread the word and also reach out to communities who have
not yet been connected with OSGeo.
The 11th International gvSIG Conference, organized by the gvSIG Association, will be held from December 2nd to 4th 2015 at La Petxina Sports-Cultural Complex (Valencia - Spain), under the slogan "It's possible. It's real".
Call for papers is now open. As of today communication proposals can be sent to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org; they will be evaluated by the scientific committee as to their inclusion in the conference program.
There are two types of communication: paper or poster. Information regarding to regulations on communication presentations can be found in the Communications section of the website. Abstracts will be accepted until September 25th.
Organizations interested in collaborating in the event can find information in the section: How to collaborate.
We are pleased to announce the second release candidate of the upcoming GRASS GIS 7.0.1 version
The GRASS Development Team released at their recent Community Sprint in Como, Italy the last release candidate of GRASS GIS 7.0.1RC2.
What's new in a nutshell
This upcoming stability release provides a series of stability fixes, manual improvements and a few language translations. This second release candidate provides 55 fixes and improvements with respect to RC1. It is expected that RC2 will be turned into the final release of GRASS GIS 7.0.1 after a short period of testing.
About GRASS GIS 7: Its new graphical user interface supports the user to make complex GIS operations as simple as possible. A new Python interface to the C library permits users to create new GRASS GIS-Python modules in a simple way while yet obtaining powerful and fast modules. Furthermore, the libraries were significantly improved for speed and efficiency, along with support for huge files. A lot of effort has been invested to standardize parameter and flag names. Finally, GRASS GIS 7 comes with a series of new modules to analyse raster and vector data, along with a full temporal framework. For a detailed overview, see the list of new features. As a stable release 7.0 will enjoy long-term support.
Source code download:
- To get the GRASS GIS 7.0.1 RC2 source code directly from SVN, see here.
- winGRASS 7.0.1RC2 standalone installer
- winGRASS 7.0.1RC2 in OSGeo4W installer
- Ubuntu installer
- ... further binary packages for other Linux distributions and Mac OSX will follow shortly.
See also our detailed announcement:
- http://trac.osgeo.org/grass/wiki/Grass7/NewFeatures (overview of new stable release series)
First time users may explore the first steps tutorial after installation.
About GRASS GIS
The Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (http://grass.osgeo.org/), commonly referred to as GRASS GIS, is an Open Source Geographic Information System providing powerful raster, vector and geospatial processing capabilities in a single integrated software suite. GRASS GIS includes tools for spatial modeling, visualization of raster and vector data, management and analysis of geospatial data, and the processing of satellite and aerial imagery. It also provides the capability to produce sophisticated presentation graphics and hardcopy maps. GRASS GIS has been translated into about twenty languages and supports a huge array of data formats. It can be used either as a stand-alone application or as backend for other software packages such as QGIS and R geostatistics. It is distributed freely under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). GRASS GIS is a founding member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).
The GRASS Development Team, July 2015
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation would like to open nominations for the 2015 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 August 21st. A recipient will be decided from the nomination list by the OSGeo selection committee.
The winner of the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software will be announced at the FOSS4G-Seoul 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.
2014: Gary Sherman
2013: Arnulf Christl
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 2015:
Jeff McKenna (chair)