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Free registration for gvSIG festival is now open

News Date: 
16 May 2016

Free registrarion period for the [1st gvSIG Festival http://www.gvsig.com/festival] is now open, a virtual conference about free geomatics with more than 25 presentations in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Turkish and Russian.

At this first edition there will be presentations about the different gvSIG products (Desktop, Online, Roads...) and how they can be applied in different themes like mental health, civil protection, cooperation, historic studies, roads management, acoustic analysis, hydrology, tourism, urban analysis...

The webinar platform allows to connect to the webinars from any operating system, and in case you can't see some of the webinars, you will be able to watch them at the [gvSIG Youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/gvsig/videos] later.

Registration for each webinar can be done from the [gvSIG Festival website http://www.gvsig.com/en/web/guest/events/gvsig-festival/1st-gvsig-festival/program].

See you at the gvSIG Festival!

SIGSPATIAL 2016 - Call For Papers

News Date: 
16 May 2016

24th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on
Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2016)

Call for Research, Industrial, Systems, Demonstration, and Vision Papers

Monday October 31 - Thursday November 3, 2016
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA


Paper Submission Site:

Abstract Submission: June 14, 2016 (midnight PT)
Paper Submission: June 21, 2016 (midnight PT)
Acceptance Notification: August 23, 2016

The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems 2016 (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016) is the twenty fourth event in a series of symposia and workshops that began in 1993 with the aim of bringing together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners in relation to novel systems based on geo-spatial data and knowledge, and fostering interdisciplinary discussions and research in all aspects of geographic information systems. The conference provides a forum for original research contributions covering all conceptual, design, and implementation aspects of geospatial data ranging from applications, user interfaces, and visualization to data storage and query processing and indexing. The conference is the premier annual event of the ACM Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (ACM SIGSPATIAL). Researchers, students, and practitioners are invited to submit their contributions to ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016.

Suggested Geospatial-related topics include but are not limited to the following:

Cartography and Geodesy
Computational Geometry
Computer Graphics Applications
Computer Vision Applications
Distributed and Parallel Algorithms
Earth Observation
Geographic Information Retrieval
Geospatial Architectures and Middleware
GPU and Novel Hardware Solutions
Human Computer Interaction and Visualization
Image and Video Understanding
Location-Based Services
Location Privacy, Data Sharing and Security
Mobile Systems and Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks
Object Tracking and RFIDs
Performance Evaluation
Similarity Searching
Spatial Analysis and Integration
Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Data Acquisition
Spatio-Temporal Data Analysis
Spatial Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
Spatial Data Quality and Uncertainty
Spatial Data Structures and Algorithms
Spatial Data Warehousing, OLAP, and Decision Support
Spatial Information and Society
Spatial Modeling and Reasoning
Spatial Query Processing and Optimization
Spatio-Temporal Data Management
Spatio-Temporal Sensor Networks
Spatio-Temporal Stream Processing
Spatio-Textual Searching
Standardization and Interoperability
Storage and Indexing
Traffic Telematics
Urban and Environmental Planning
Visual Languages and Querying
Web and Real-Time Applications

* Paper Format

Manuscripts should be submitted in PDF format and formatted using the ACM camera-ready templates available at http://www.acm.org/publications/article-templates/proceedings-template.html . It is important that previous related work (especially appearing in prior editions of the ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference and the ACM SIGSPATIAL workshops/symposia) be appropriately cited. All submissions will be refereed for quality, originality, and relevance by the Program Committee. Accepted papers will be considered for "Best Paper Award."

* Research Papers

Authors are invited to submit full, original, unpublished research papers that are not being considered for publication in any other forum. Submissions are limited to 10 pages. In addition to the regular full-length papers, the Program Committee may accept some as poster papers that will be requested to be shortened to 4 pages.

* Industrial Experience and Systems Papers

Industrial experience and systems papers are invited that describe original industrial experiences, challenges, and applications, as well as systems to be presented during the conference. Industrial Experience and Systems paper submissions are limited to 10 pages — append "(Industrial Paper)" or "(Systems Paper)" to the title as is appropriate. Accepted Industrial Experience and Systems papers will appear in the conference proceedings.

* Demonstration Papers

Authors are invited to submit demo papers describing original demonstrations to be presented at the conference. Submissions are limited to 4 pages — append "(Demo Paper)" to the title. Accepted demo papers will appear in the conference proceedings.

* Vision Papers

Authors are invited to submit vision papers describing visionary ideas to be presented at the conference. Submissions are limited to 4 pages — append "(Vision Paper)" to the title.

* Presentation

At least one author per accepted research, industrial experience and systems, demonstration, or vision paper must register and attend the conference to present the accepted submission. Otherwise, the accepted submission will not appear in the published conference proceedings or in the ACM Digital Library version of the conference proceedings.

*Programming Contest

The ACM SIGSPATIAL CUP 2016, with prizes, is a geospatial-focused algorithm competition.

Follow ACMGIS @
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=4162155
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1450681355222657/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sigspatial_gis

Ahmed M. Aly

OSGeo Local chapter - OSGeo.cz was accepted

News Date: 
4 May 2016

During the OSGeo board meeting [1], new local chapter for the Czech Republic was recognized [2].

The local chapter - OSGeo.cz (Association for Open GeoInfrastructure) - is non-governmental public association, registered by Czech authorities as legal body since 2014.

Our scope is to promote usage of Open Source software and Open data in the geospatial domain in the Czech republic.

Jachym - Director of OSGeo.cz

[1] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Meeting_2015-12-10
[2] http://osgeo.cz

gvSIG Festival: First virtual gvSIG Conference is coming!

News Date: 
4 May 2016

From May 23rd to 27th there’s an event that you can’t miss: the first gvSIG Festival. In this case it doesn’t matter where you live or even what language you speak since you will be able to attend (virtually) more than twenty webinars in different languages.

An idea that we were thinking about during the last months was to show varied experiences and in different languages, removing the limitations of the events in an only place. And this take us to this first gvSIG Festival.

At this first edition, some colleagues of the gvSIG Community will tell us about some experiences related to the gvSIG technology (gvSIG Desktop, Online, Roads…). At the next edition we will open a period for sending proposals to convert it in a more global and open event.

There will be presentations in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Turkish and Russian, and we will count with speakers and works developed in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain, United States of America, France, India, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Paraguay, Russia, Somaliland, Turkey y Uruguay.

They will speak about how the gvSIG technology can be applied in different themes like mental health, civil protection, cooperation, historic studies, roads management, acoustic analysis, hydrology, tourism, urban analysis…, in conclusion about how gvSIG can help to meet the needs of the society and improve the life of the inhabitants of the Earth.

The webinar platform allows to connect to the webinars from any operating system.

You can consult the complete program in: http://www.gvsig.com/festival, and the information about how to register at the webinars will be available soon.

In case you can't see some of the webinars, they will be published at the gvSIG Youtube channel soon.

See you at the gvSIG Festival!

Invitation to Geo4All Webinar on 5th May 2016 on Humanitarian Mapathons for Children

News Date: 
4 May 2016

On behalf of Geo4All we would like to welcome you to the "Open Geospatial Science & Applications" webinar series. Thanks to Dr. Rafael Moreno and colleagues at University of Colorado Denver for organising the Geo4All webinar series. If you are interested to do a webinar for the Geo4All webinar series please contact Rafael (email- rafael.moreno@ucdenver.edu ) and he will be happy to discuss ideas.

Webinar details below:

  • Date and Time : May 5, 2016 (Thursday) at 1:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time (7:00 AM US/Canada Mountain Time)
  • Topic : Humanitarian Mapathons for Children
  • Presenters: Maria Antonia Brovelli, Marco Minghini, Aldo Torrebruno (Politecnico di Milano), and Tyler Radford (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

Talk abstract:

This webinar will provide an introduction on humanitarian mapathons for children, which represent a remarkable educational experience as they combine geography and awareness about our world, technology and humanitarian aspects. Following the successful experiences of Politecnico di Milano (Italy), the most important educational and technical aspects of humanitarian mapathons with children will be outlined. The purpose is to provide the GeoForAll community, and specially the teachers involved (at all levels), with some practical instructions on how to set up and run their own mapathons. The webinar is organized in collaboration with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) under the umbrella of the United Nations Open Geospatial (UNOGeo) initiative of which GeoForAll and OSGeo are partners.

See webinar description in the Geo4All webinars page: http://www.geoforall.org/webinars/

Please join us here at https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/350696659

Recording and slides will be posted in the Geo4All webinars page after presentation: http://www.geoforall.org/webinars/

For more details of the webinar series, contact University of Colorado Denver FOSS4G Lab at http://geospatial.ucdenver.edu/foss4g/

The background of this webinar is at https://hotosm.org/updates/2016-03-09_200_kids_map_swaziland_for_malaria_elimination

Thanks to Maria Brovelli, Marco Minghini and all Politecnico di Milano colleagues for thier excellent work. They have been leading all our humanitarian mapathons (Nepal, Japan, Equador) [1], [2] and it will be a great opportunity to hear and learn from thier experiences.

So please join this Geo4All webinar on 5th May 2016.

[1] http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/04/humanitarian-mapathons-for-japan-and-ecuador/
[2] http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2015/04/mapping-response-contributions-for-nepal/

GDAL/OGR 2.1.0 released

News Date: 
2 May 2016


On behalf of the GDAL/OGR development team and community, I am pleased to
announce the release of GDAL/OGR 2.1.0. GDAL/OGR is a C++ geospatial
data access library for raster and vector file formats, databases and
web services. It includes bindings for several languages, and a variety
of command line tools.


The 2.1.0 release is a major new feature release with the following

  • RFC 26: Add hash-set band block cache implementation for very larger rasters (WMS, WMTS, ...) http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc26_blockcache
  • RFC 48: Geographical networks support (GNM) https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc48_geographical_networks_support
  • RFC 58: Add DeleteNoDataValue?(): https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc58_removing_dataset_nodata_value
  • RFC 59.1: Make GDAL/OGR utilities available as library functions: https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc59.1_utilities_as_a_library For gdalinfo, gdal_translate, gdalwarp, ogr2ogr, gdaldem, nearblack, gdalgrid, gdal_rasterize, gdalbuildvrt Available in C, Python, Perl and Java bindings.
  • RFC 60: Improved round-tripping in OGR https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc60_improved_roundtripping_in_ogr Implemented in GeoJSON driver
  • RFC 61: Support for measured geometries. https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc61_support_for_measured_geometries Implemented in Shapefile, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, PGDump, MEM, SQLite, GeoPackage, FileGDB, OpenFileGDB, CSV, VRT
  • New GDAL/raster drivers:
    • CALS: read/write driver for CALS Type I rasters
    • DB2: read/write support for DB2 database (Windows only)
    • ISCE: read/write driver (#5991)
    • MRF: read/write driver for Meta Raster Format (#6342)
    • SAFE: read driver for ESA SENTINEL-1 SAR products (#6054)
    • SENTINEL2: read driver for ESA SENTINEL-2 L1B/LC1/L2A products
    • WMTS: read driver for OGC WMTS services
  • New OGR/vector drivers:
    • AmigoCloud: read/write support for AmigoCloud? mapping platform
    • DB2: read/write support for DB2 database (Windows only)
    • MongoDB: read/write driver
    • netCDF: read/write driver
    • VDV: read/write VDV-451/VDV-452 driver, with specialization for the Austrian official open government street graph format
  • Significantly improved drivers:
    • CSV: new options, editing capabilities of existing file
    • ElasticSearch: read support and support writing any geometry type
    • GeoJSON: editing capabilities of existing file, "native data" (RFC 60) support MBTiles: add raster write support. fixes in open support
    • PDF: add PDFium library as a possible back-end.
    • PLScenes: add support for V1 API
    • VRT: on-the-fly pan-sharpening
    • GTiff: multi-threaded compression for some compression methods
  • Port library: add /vsis3/, /vsis3_streaming/, /vsicrypt/ virtual file systems
  • Upgrade to EPSG database v8.8
  • General sanitization pass to clean-up code, fix a lot of compiler warnings, as well as issues pointed by static code analyzers.
  • Fixes in a number of drivers to be more robust against corrupted files (most found with American Fuzzy Lop)

More complete information on the new features and fixes in the 2.1.0 release can be found at: http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/Release/2.1.0-News

The release can be downloaded from:

The migration guide can be found at: https://svn.osgeo.org/gdal/branches/2.1/gdal/MIGRATION_GUIDE.TXT

Best regards,