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Welcome to 75th ICA-OSGeo lab - University of Salzburg

News Date: 
19 Apr 2014

We are pleased to welcome Z_GIS, Department of Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg as our 75th ICA-OSGeo lab. Z_GIS are one of the leading centres of Geospatial education and research globally with over 85 staff and one of the best examples of their global impact and leadership is the distance education initiative offering masters and diploma programmes in Geographical Information Science and Systems through the UNIGIS International Association. They already contribute to Open Source Geo through both their teaching within UNIGIS and MSc in Applied Geoinformatics (e.g. QGIS module) and research (they develop innovative applications based on OSM, application-centric development of sensor web services architectures etc). They also contribute to outreach through FOSS focused workshops at AGIT, GI Forum, etc.

Dr Suchith Anand, chair of the ICA-OSGeo labs initiative, said "This an important milestone in our growth and we warmly welcome Z_GIS to our initiative. Prof. Josef Strobl is also the Advisory Board member of ICA-OSGeo Labs and we are looking forward to working closely with him, Dr Hermann Klug and other colleagues at Salzburg for building up more research and education collaborations and opportunities globally. Over the last two years since the ICA-OSGeo labs initiative was launched, it has grown rapidly thanks to the strong support of colleagues globally. We now have strong presence in all continents expect Antarctica! Our biggest growth country wise is in the United States of America (over 12) and region wise it is in Europe with over 30 labs joining our initiative. Free and open GI software helps make geospatial education available to students worldwide. We thank all of you for your strong support for this education initiative and it is very happy for us that our initiative has now grown rapidly from very humble beginnings and is helping to widen the benefits of geospatial education opportunities to thousands of students worldwide. More details of our mission at http://www.geoforall.org "

Open Source Geospatial Foundation (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.

International Cartographic Association (ICA) is the world authoritative body for cartography and GIScience.

OSGeo Code Sprint 2014 in Vienna - A great success!

News Date: 
8 Apr 2014

In the week from March 24 to 28 more than 60 developers from over 18 projects gathered for the OSGeo Code Sprint 2014 in the rooms generously provided by the City of Vienna (MA 14). Improvements of and new features for the individual projects were decided and implemented in direct personal communication among the relevant developers. A very important core element of free and open source software development is the active exchange and the direct collaboration of the individual projects and initiatives.

Vector tiles are one of the current hot topics among the whole community that have been extensively discussed at the Code Sprint. A specification draft has been prepared and will be discussed further.

The following paragraphs provide some highlights and achievements of the various participating projects during the Code Sprint.

With 210 updates in the code base during the Code Sprint the international GRASS GIS development team has released the new version 7 after 6 years of development. The free software package provides novel methods to process, analyze, and visualize geographic data and runs on all major platforms (MS Windows, Apple, Linux, BSD) and architectures (x86, amd64, arm) from laptops to mainframes.

The QGIS project took care of bug resolving, discussed future new features, updated and simplified the management of plugins which can be generated and freely provided by users. Together with the GRASS GIS project the integration of version 7 in QGIS has been prepared.

The MapServer team decided on the release plan for the upcoming 7.0 release, worked on easier processes for documentation translations, and resolved several smaller issues with respect to coverty scans, dateline crossing data, pixel is point vs. pixel is area, UTF-grid, etc.

A proposal was made or maybe better an experiment undertaken to harmonize the data models of GDAL and OGR. Considerable work went into scala bindings for GDAL.

The PostGIS team succeeded to close all remaining tickets for the 2.1.2 and 2.0.5 releases and releasing them. Very interesting work started on 3D exports using three.js.

OpenLayers 3 is a comprehensive rewrite of a well established library for displaying and interacting with geospatial data on the web. The new version is currently in pre-release beta state. During the sprint, the documentation system was improved to include documentation of the events that the library emits. Work on feature clustering to unclutter a map with too many point features was started, and a demo of displaying HiDPI (Retina) tiles from the Austrian basemap was created. The inter-project discussion about creating a common transport format for vector tiles will benefit the project in the near future.

pycsw finished packaging for version 1.8 and worked on OSGeo project incubation.

In order to find and exploit synergies in functionality and technology the projects EOxServer and GeoNode started a closer collaboration at the Code Sprint.

Various other projects have also been present and active at the Code Sprint like PDAL, ZOO-Project, MapMint, etc.

A great result for the local community in Vienna and Austria is the start of regular OSGeo/FOSSGIS meetups.

GeoTools 11.0 and GeoServer 2.5.0 released

News Date: 
20 Mar 2014

The GeoTools and GeoServer communities are delighted to announce that the first full release of GeoTools 11.0 and GeoServer 2.5.0 have been made today. If you want to see what's new there are blog posts for GeoTools and GeoServer.

These releases are the first to be made under the new release schedule so GeoTools 11.1 and GeoServer 2.5.1 will not be released next month but in May giving users a chance to bed down the new releases before any changes hit them.

pycsw 1.8.0 released

News Date: 
20 Mar 2014

20 March 2014 21:57:00 GMT - by Angelos Tzotsos

The pycsw team proudly announces the release of pycsw 1.8.0 codenamed “data.gov”.

This release powers the Geoplatform.gov and Data.gov CSW endpoints http://catalog.data.gov/csw and http://catalog.data.gov/csw-all.

Data.gov Geoplatform.gov

Data.gov is the home of the U.S. Government’s open data.

The 1.8.0 release brings significant features, enhancements and fixes to the codebase, including:

  • support for PostgreSQL Full Text Search
  • support for repository filtering
  • support for PostgreSQL schemas other than ‘public’
  • implement database connection pooling for WSGI
  • more robust native model
  • fix csw:AnyText population to be finer grained for OGC data services
  • fix UTF-8 handling in configuration

The full list of enhancements and bug fixes is available at https://github.com/geopython/pycsw/issues?milestone=9&state=closed

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: http://pycsw.org/download

Testers and developers are welcome.

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

FOSS4G 2014 Announces Opening Keynote & Workshop Reminder

News Date: 
15 Mar 2014

Opening Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce that Mike Bostock (http://bost.ocks.org/mike/) will be featured as the opening keynote speaker for FOSS4G 2014.

Bostock designs interactive graphics for The New York Times. He is also the author of D3.js (http://d3js.org) , a popular open-source library for visualizing data using web standards, and TopoJSON (https://github.com/mbostock/topojson) , an extension to GeoJSON that encodes topology.

D3.js is one of the most exciting visualization technologies to appear recently, and we're very excited to have Mike at FOSS4G. You can see some of his work at his website (http://bost.ocks.org/mike/) and be sure to check out his numerous elegant D3.js examples at http://bl.ocks.org/mbostock.

Workshop Proposal Reminder

Workshop Proposals are due March 15th, just a couple of days away. We've had lots of great submissions, but would love to have yours, too. Workshops are always very popular, and are a great way to introduce people to your work. No project or idea is too small to be worth submitting.

Read the Call for Workshops (https://2014.foss4g.org/calls-for-papers/workshop-proposals/) or go right to the submission page (https://2014.foss4g.org/submit-workshop/) .

Upcoming Dates

Workshop Proposals Due - March 15th
Registration Begins - April 1st
Academic Track Papers Due - April 15th
Presentation Submissions Due - April 15th
Workshops - Sept 8th-9th
Main Conference - Sept 10th-12th
Code Sprint - Sept 13th

About FOSS4G

The annual FOSS4G conference is the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial software. FOSS4G brings together developers, users, decision-makers and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation. Through six days of workshops, presentations, discussions, and cooperation, FOSS4G participants create effective and relevant geospatial products, standards, and protocols.

Contact us at foss4g2014-info@osgeo.org

OSGeo Code Sprint 2014 goes to Vienna

News Date: 
14 Mar 2014

From March 24 to 28 OSGeo developers will gather in Vienna for the annual OSGeo Code Sprint of the "C Tribe" OSGeo projects. Vienna was selected to continue a series of code sprints after Toronto, New York, Montreal, Island Wood, and Boston.

Leading developers of popular software projects like MapServer, QGIS, GRASS, GDAL, PostGIS, PDAL, pycsw, and many more get together to discuss new ideas, hack, decide, tackle large geospatial problems, etc. simply to have fun. Almost 70 developers have already registered to a full week of concentrated work and fun.

We want to thank our generous sponsors supporting the Code Sprint.

  • City of Vienna MA14 provides the venue for the event
  • OSGeo provides considerable funding
  • Gold Sponsors
    • Airborne Interactive Ltd
    • Austrospace, a non-profit association of Austrian space industries and research institutions focusing on: *) Comprehensive information about Austrian space activities and *) Representation of common interests of Austrian suppliers and users of space technologies vis-à-vis Austrian authorities and international organizations.
    • TYDAC
    • FOSSGIS e.V.
  • Silver Sponsors
    • ITS Vienna Region and the realtime trafficservice AnachB.at, jointly created in 2006 by Austria's three Federal Provinces of Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland (Vienna Region) and supporting them in optimizing their traffic management and e-government. AnachB.at offers intermodal journey planners for all means of transport and a dynamic traffic map free of charge, as Smartphone App and as Widget.
  • Bronze Sponsors
    • metaspatial Institute
    • Oslandia
    • rapidlasso
    • Azavea, a B Corporation (a social enterprise) that creates civic, geospatial software for the web. Our open source work includes civic projects, like DistrictBuilder and OpenTreeMap, as well as GeoTrellis, a fast geoprocessing framework based on Scala.
    • GFOSS.it
  • EOX provides in-kind support to the organization of the event
  • Further in-kind support is provided by OSGeo and FOSSGIS members

It is a great honor and privilege to be able to welcome so many well-known OSGeo developers in Vienna. At the same time it is an excellent opportunity for the Austrian, in particular the Viennese, Open Source community to network and show international presence.

Vienna OSGeo Code Sprint 2014 Organizer