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ORFEO Toolbox enters OSGeo Incubation

News Date: 
15 Dec 2013

The OSGeo Board is pleased to announce that it has approved the application by the ORFEO Toolbox project to enter the incubation process. Incubation is a stepping stone to becoming a full fledged OSGeo project.

ORFEO Toolbox (OTB) is a project started by CNES (French Space Agency) in 2006 to provide open source tools to process satellite images and extract information.

OTB is distributed as an open source library of image processing algorithms. As the motto of OTB goes, "Orfeo Toolbox is not a black box", OTB encourages full access to the details of all the algorithms. OTB is based on the medical image processing library ITK and offers particular functionalities for remote sensing image processing in general and for high spatial resolution images in particular. Targeted algorithms for high resolution optical images (Pleiades, SPOT, QuickBird, WorldView, Landsat, Ikonos), hyperspectral sensors (Hyperion) or SAR (TerraSarX, ERS, Palsar) are available.

OTB is distributed under a free software license CeCILL (similar to GPL) to encourage contribution from users and to promote reproducible research. The library is intensively tested on several platforms as Linux, Unix and Windows. Most functionalities are also adapted to process huge images without the need for a supercomputer using streaming and multi-threading as often as possible.

OSGeo Google Summer of Code 2013 final report

News Date: 
15 Dec 2013

OSGeo participated to Google Summer of Code 2013 with 22 accepted students from 15 software projects. This has been the seventh consecutive year of participation for OSGeo, with the highest success rate ever: 21 of 22 students got a positive final evaluation from their mentors.

OSGeo acted as an umbrella organisation for its own software projects (GEOS, GRASS GIS, gvSIG, MapServer, Opticks, OSGeo4W, OSSIM, QGIS and software packaging), and also for like-minded geospatial projects (OpenStreetMap, pgRouting, istSOS, uDig/GeoTools). More details on Melange homepage and on OSGeo Wiki.

We would like to thank all students, mentors, comentors and coordinators who contributed to this success, and to Google for managing and sponsoring the program. Along the years, many students had the possibility to contribute to open source geospatial projects. Several of them joined the developer team after GSoC, and took part to subsequent editions as mentors. The diversity of OSGeo-hosted projects, in size, programming language, age and mentor availability make OSGeo participation a lively patchwork, that is mirrored below, in the list of 2013 achievements:

Adding Voronoi Diagrams to GEOS - Vishal Tiwari, mentored by Sandro Santilli

GRASS GIS Interactive Scatter Plot Tool - Stepan Turek, mentored by Martin Landa

Temporal GIS Algebra for raster and vector data in GRASS - Thomas Leppert, mentored by Sören Gebbert

Create a title block from the library in the Layout of gvSIG - Violeta Carlos, mentored by Vicente Caballero

Add Raster Format to scripting in gvSIG - Sandeep Kumar, mentored by Joaquín del Cerro

Design and implement an API for tiled vectorial support of POIProxy for gvSIG Mini - Arturo Argiles, mentored by Alberto Romeu

Profile dataset support for istSOS - Francesco Massa, mentored by Massimiliano Cannata

ScribeUI: A GUI and tools for MapServer mapfile editing - Jessica Lapointe, mentored by Julien-Samuel Lacroix

Support for UTFGrid output in MapServer - François Desjarlais, mentored by Daniel Morissette

Object based Image Fusion and Change Detection tools for Opticks - Mohit Kumar, mentored by Trevor Clarke

Extend OSGeo4W Installer - Steve Ataucuri Cruz, mentored by Frank Warmerdam

Creating a stable and improved OpenTripPlanner Android client for walk, bike, and transit routing based on OpenStreetMap and GTFS data - Vreixo Gonzáles, mentored by Stefan Steiniger

Surveying mobile application for OpenStreetMap mappers (Field Papers-like) - Pavel Melnikov, mentored by Ilya Zverev

OSM: Cached API proxy - Paul Norman, mentored by Ian Dees

Oceanography Circulatory model using PyOSSIM and PlanetSasha for OSSIM - Mohamed Rashad, mentored by Massimo di Stefano

Enhancements to the DebianGIS and UbuntuGIS packages and repositories - Jérôme Laroouche, mentored by Alan Boudreault

Implementation of VRP Solution in pgRouting - Khondoker Md. Razequl Islam, mentored by Daniel Kastl

A partitioned approach to on demand increment graph assembly for pgRouting - Mukul Priya, mentored by Stephen Woodbridge

Repository and Tool for Resource Sharing in QGIS - Arunmozhi, mentored by Nathan Woodrow

Hydrologically controlled shallow landslides - a statistical forecasting algorithm for the uDig Spatial Toolbox - Marco Foi, mentored by Andrea Antonello

Java Surface Model Library/API For GeoTools - Julian Padilla, mentored by Andrea Aime

Looking forward for GSoC 2014 - in the meanwhile, happy mapping!

Anne Ghisla, Hamish Bowman, Dustan Adkins
OSGeo GSoC Admin team

Advisory Board of the "Geo for All" initiative

News Date: 
9 Dec 2013

We are pleased to announce the Advisory Board of the "Geo for All" initiative.

* Professor Georg Gartner (ICA President & co-chair)
* Jeff McKenna (OSGeo President & co-chair)
* Professor Josef Strobl
* Professor Marguerite Madden
* Professor Mike Jackson
* Sven Schade
* Gavin Fleming
* Sergio Acosta y Lara
* Dr Chris Pettit
* Professor Venkatesh Raghavan
* Geoff Zeiss
* Jeroen Ticheler
* Phillip Davis
* Arnulf Christl
* Professor Maria Brovelli
* Dr Rafael Moreno

The ICA-OSGeo Lab network is a joint initiative of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA). The ICA and OSGeo Presidents will be the co-chairs and permanent members of the Advisory Board. Others will have 3 year term starting date of the Advisory Board being constituted (1 Dec 2013). The Advisory Board has brought together excellent range of expertise (academia, government, industry) and geographical distribution (we have nearly all continents covered). Also it brought together members from other key communities ISPRS, AGILE, INSPIRE, UNIGIS etc. which will make sure is it a fully inclusive global initiative. The Advisory Board will meet once every six months by telemeeting and AB members will keep an eye on the developments and provide strategic advice to the initiative through various forums.

While there has been tremendous growth in geospatial technology over the last few decades, the number of universities offering courses in geospatial science has not kept pace. Free and open geographic information (GI) software helps make geospatial education available to students from economically poor backgrounds worldwide (removing the need for high cost proprietary GI software). Our key aim is to make it possible for students in developing and poor countries to be also able to get geospatial education. This initiative will bring more opportunities for geospatial education worldwide. Over 50 Open Source Geospatial Labs have already been established in universities around the world as part of this initiative in just two year's time, and we will be establishing over 100 research labs worldwide by September 2014.

We will have over 500 labs established worldwide in the next five years making us the biggest geospatial education and research network in the planet and we now have a good team of experts to guide us for the future. Welcome to all members of the Advisory Board and we are looking forward for their advice and ideas for expanding this education initiative globally.

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.

OSGeo Board approves Code Sprint Funding Guidelines

News Date: 
27 Nov 2013

The OSGeo Board has approved the Code Sprint Funding Guidelines. This document outlines specific criteria for requesting funding to support both single and multi-project coding events.

The OSGeo Board welcomes all OSGeo projects in considering funding support for code sprints, as a way to offer more opportunities for in-person gathering of developers and foster productive cross-project collaboration.

First Open Source Geospatial Lab in Wales

News Date: 
4 Nov 2013

We are pleased to announce that the first Open Source Geospatial Lab in Wales is established at the GIS Research Unit at the University of South Wales. The GIS group at University of South Wales has been established for over 25 years and its research activity and outputs has given it an international reputation. It has developed highly successful lines of GIS research, as well as introducing new areas of activity and new collaborations. Notable progress has been made in areas such as accessibility modelling, landscape visualisation, spatial data generalisation, population estimation modelling and GIS-based optimisation techniques. Staff within the Centre have published over 100 papers in peer reviewed journals and Academic staff in the group are Programme Committee members for a number of UK and International conferences.

The GIS Research Unit will become part of the ICA-OSGeo Lab network of over 50 laboratories world-wide (more details at http://www.osgeo.org/education, and on the initiative's website http://www.geoforall.org/). This is in recognition of the unit’s on-going use and development of Free and Open Source GIS technology in teaching, research and consultancy. A particular focus is on the use of such technologies in the areas of health service planning, environmental management and the emergency services. The lab will be directed jointly by Dr. Mark Ware and Prof. Gary Higgs.

More details at

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 and GIScience.

GeoExt 2.0.0 released

News Date: 
25 Oct 2013

The GeoExt community is proud to announce the release of GeoExt 2.0.0.

GeoExt 2.0.0 is the first official GeoExt version that is built atop of OpenLayers 2.13.1 and ExtJS 4.2.1. It is being released 2 weeks after release candidate 1 was published and no serious bugs were discovered.

GeoExt 2 has been in the making for quite a while, but most of the code comes from a code sprint in Bonn, Germany, that happened last year.

The newest major version of GeoExt wants to provide mostly the same API you know and love from the 1.x-series. It comes with support for the autoloading-mechanism of ExtJS, support for the single-file build tool of sencha and with exhaustive documentation that is built using the same tools that the mother library ExtJS uses (see GeoExt classes documentation and GeoExt and ExtJS classes documentation).

This release wouldn't have been possible without the sponsors of the above mentioned sprint. Also we want to thank the companies behind the contributors of GeoExt for supporting GeoExt development in numerous ways and for such a long time.

We invite you all to use GeoExt 2!

To do so, download GeoExt 2.0.0 and use it in your OpenLayers 2.13.1 and Ext JS 4.2.1 powered webpage by telling the autoloading-mechanism of Ext about GeoExt:

enabled: true,
paths: {
GeoExt: "path/to/geoext2/src",
Ext: "path/to/extjs/src"

Have a look at the examples and additional information listed at the GeoExt 2 website over at github.

We are looking forward to your feedback on this release.