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Jeff McKenna is New OSGeo President

News Date: 
17 Dec 2012
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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.”

Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Lab established at the Czech Technical University in Prague

News Date: 
23 Nov 2012
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We are pleased to announce the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Research and Education (OSGeoREL) Laboratory in the Czech Republic at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague. 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. Details at http://www.osgeo.org/node/1230

OSGeoREL at the CTU in Prague is led by Martin Landa, Department of Mapping and Cartography. The laboratory is devoted to education in geoinformatics using FOSS4G, and to research in open source software development for geospatial applications. Martin Landa is an OSGeo charter member since 2011 and a member of the GRASS Development Team since 2006. He is actively involved in the GRASS project as the lead architect of graphical user interface (GUI) development and PostGIS integration in GRASS vector architecture.

Geoinformatics at the CTU in Prague: Prof. Aleš Čepek has established a study program in geoinformatics since 2005 (originally with Prof. Leoš Mervart), he is the author of project GNU Gama and of a minor project GNU Sqltutor (both hosted at GNU servers) and the editor in chief of Geoinformatics FCE CTU journal.

More details of the lab at http://geo.fsv.cvut.cz/gwiki/osgeorel

MapServer 6.2 Released

News Date: 
14 Nov 2012
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The MapServer Team is pleased to announce the long awaited release of MapServer 6.2.0 after an extensive beta phase.

This is the first joint release between MapServer 6.2, TinyOWS 1.1, and MapCache 1.0, and is the first step towards a fully-fledged MapServer “Suite” integrating these 3 components.

Major features for 6.2 include:

  • MapServer 6.2 is INSPIRE View Service compliant, i.e. supports the provision of an INSPIRE View Service compliant WMS Server.
  • Mask Layers: Mask layers are used to “mask out” part of a given layer, to only represent data that intersect features from another layer.
  • Precise Symbol Placement: Traditionally, MapServer centers a marker symbol on the point it should be rendered to. ANCHORPOINT is a new SYMBOL level keyword that describes where the given symbol should be anchored.
  • Complex Multi Label/Symbol Symbology: Some cartographic representations require juxtaposing multiple symbols and/or labels in order to obtain a complex final symbol.
  • Vector Fields: MapServer can render vector fields based off data from GDAL supported raster formats containing u and v bands.
  • Label Leader Offsetting: For densely labelled maps, MapServer now supports offseting a label with respect to it’s original anchorpoint if the original location resulted in a collision with an already present label. An optional line can also be rendered to link the rendered text to it’s original feature location.
  • Multiple Font Support: List a set of true type fonts to search for required characters.
  • SVG Symbology: Along with the traditional ELLIPSE, VECTOR, PIXMAP and TRUETYPE symbols, MapServer 6.2 now supports SVG symbols directly.

Full details and download information can be found in the MapServer 6.2 release announcement.

Prof. Venkatesh Raghavan Receives Sol Katz Award

News Date: 
25 Oct 2012
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Prof. Venkatesh Raghavan was honored today with the 2012 Sol Katz Award
for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software
during the inaugural
session of the FOSS4G-India 2012 conference in Hyderabad, India. The
award was presented by Ravi Kumar and Vundavallu Aruna Kumar, Member of
Parliament. Venka received a memento on behalf of the OSGeo-India Chapter.
Venka's dedication to FOSS4G and his community work around the world,
promoting open source geospatial, is second to none. He has been
involved in OSGeo since the foundation was formed in 2006, and we are
lucky to have such a strong global voice in him. The OSGeo foundation
wishes to thank Venka for his wonderful dedication.

Background

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.
Sol Katz's collection of GIS utilities at the BLM is still available at
ftp://ftp.blm.gov/pub/gis/. 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.

Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Lab established at North Carolina State University

News Date: 
18 Oct 2012
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We are pleased to announce the establishment of first Open Source Geospatial Research and Education (OSGeoREL) Laboratory in the United States at the Center for Earth Observation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh. The laboratory is one of the founding 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.
OSGeoREL at NCSU is led by Dr. Helena Mitasova and Dr. Laura Tateosian. The laboratory has an established program in graduate education in geospatial information science and technology using FOSS4G and extensive research in geospatial analysis, modelling and visualization with focus on natural resources.
Dr. Helena Mitasova is an Associate Professor at the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, OSGeo charter member since 2006, member of the OSGeo education and conference committees and Sol Katz award recipient http://www.osgeo.org/solkatz . She has been actively involved in the GRASS GIS development since 1991 and together with Markus Neteler she has co-authored the first book about GRASS GIS.
Dr. Laura Tateosian is Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Earth Observation Her research interest focus is on visualization, human visual perception, computer graphics, geospatial sciences, non-photorealistic rendering, and human-computer interaction.

More details of the lab at http://gis.ncsu.edu/osgeorel/

For those of you attending the Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposium (OGRS 2012) http://www.ogrs2012.org/ later this month it will be good opportunity to also hear Helena's Keynote presentation on "Building open source geospatial education at research universities" to get more ideas on future research activities.
Our aim is to establish 20 new research labs in the next 3 years. These new research labs are strategic to help us accelerate research developments in this research area for the future. If your university wishes to establish Open Source Geospatial Lab, please contact Suchith.Anand@nottingham.ac.uk

We look forward for your active participation for building up Open Source, Open Standards, Open Data research globally and helping share the benefits of geospatial technologies to all.

Incubation Anouncements

News Date: 
9 Oct 2012
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The incubation committee is pleased to report that two projects have entered incubation (and are already underway):

  • ZOO-Project: A WPS (Web Processing Service) open source project released under a MIT/X-11 style license . It provides an OGC WPS compliant developer-friendly framework to create and chain WPS Web services. Frank Warmerdam will be acting as mentor for the project.
  • Opticks: Expandable remote sensing and imagery analysis software platform. Mark Lucas has volunteered as mentor for the project.

The board also confirmed that PostGIS has completed the Foundation's incubation requirements and has accepted Paul Ramsey as "PostGIS Project Officer". Congratulations to the PostGIS project!

We have another two projects just entering incubation:

  • OGC Team Engine: The Test, Evaluation, And Measurement (TEAM) Engine is a test script interpreter. It executes test scripts written in Compliance Test Language (CTL) to verify that an implementation of a specification. Thanks to Justin DeOlivera for volunteering as mentor.
  • Marble Virtual Globe: Marble is a Virtual Globe and World Atlas that you can use to learn more about Earth. Marble is also a light weight generic geographical map component for use in your own Qt 4.x / C++ application. Arnulf Christl will be mentoring the project.

There are additional projects ready to take part in the Foundation - but they are missing a critical thing: You!

If you are in position to help out in the role of "mentor" and introduce new projects to the OSGeo Foundation we would love to hear from you.