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New final version of gvSIG available: gvSIG 2.0

News Date: 
15 Apr 2013
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The gvSIG Association announces the publishing of the gvSIG 2.0 final version. The main novelty of this version is its new architecture. The way gvSIG manage the data sources has been redesigned with the objective of improving the reliability as well as the modularity, benefiting the users as well as the developers. Besides it permits an easier maintenance and evolution of the technology. Therefore it has been an investment in the future with the aim of not limiting the technological evolution and establish the bases for a quick evolution.

However this new gvSIG Desktop version includes a series of new features:
- New installer that supports typical and custom installation.
- Add-ons manager that allows to install new extensions and customize gvSIG from the same application.
- Some changes in the interface of data management tools like:
· File import/export
· Table operations
· New layer
- Layer load improved
- WMTS (Web Map Tiled Service) support
- Raster data cache
- Unified geoprocessing interface
- Import symbols, making the creation of symbols libraries easy.
- Export symbols, that allows to share complete symbols libraries with other users easily.
- Scripting framework (languages: Jython, Groovy and Javascript).

Nevertheless it's the last version of gvSIG, it has to be taken into account that it's really a new gvSIG, so you will find that some of the gvSIG 1.12 functionalities are not included. These functionalities will be included in following and continuous updates according to their migration to the new architecture. The main functionalities that are not included are the following:
- Georeferencing
- Legend by proportional symbols, graduated ones, dot density, quantities by categories and by expressions.
- Extensions: Network analysis and 3D

In the same way, there are several projects based on this new architecture that will allow to include new functionalities and improvements directly in gvSIG 2.0 in the next months.

Also it has to be taken into account that the level of stability of this new version is not as high as we would have wished, considering it a final version in order to be used by the community in an official way, and mainly to tackle the new developments on it.

For that, we encourage you to test it and send us any errors in order to fix them in the following updates. The known errors of this version can be consulted here.

From this version, several mirrors are now available to download the packages from gvSIG. These mirrors will be available within a few days.

We hope you enjoy the new features of this version and you help us to improve it.

Greetings,
gvSIG News Office

pycsw enters OSGeo Incubation

News Date: 
12 Apr 2013
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The OSGeo Board is pleased to announce that it has approved the application by the pycsw project to enter the incubation process. Incubation is a stepping stone to becoming a full fledged OSGeo project.

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.

FOSS4G 2014 RFP Process

News Date: 
10 Apr 2013
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OSGeo is happy to announce the call for hosting the FOSS4G 2014 event. The 2014 FOSS4G RFP is available now at:

http://svn.osgeo.org/osgeo/foss4g/rfp/2014/osgeo-conference-2013-request-for-proposal.pdf

And the RFP process is summarily described on the wiki:

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2014_Bid_Process

Links to letters of intent, proposals, and supplementary information will be added to the wiki page as the process goes on.

Highlights:

2014 is a "North America year"
Like last year, using a two-stage bidding process, with letters-of-intent, followed by full proposals for selected bidders.
Letters of intent due May 10.
Please share this document far and wide!

Yours,

Paul Ramsey
FOSS4G RFP Coordinator, 2014

OSGeo accepted in Google Summer of Code 2013

News Date: 
8 Apr 2013
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OSGeo has been accepted as mentoring organisation at Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2013! This program provides funding for students to work on open source projects under the support of experienced mentors.

All OSGeo projects are invited to propose ideas, and encourage would-be students to discuss their own ideas with the developers.

Moreover, we happily welcome our guest projects for 2013, istSOS and pgRouting, and also students from Mapnik, OpenStreetMap and uDig. See Ideas page for more details.

The main communication channel is the dedicated mailing list:

http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/soc

We look forward for another productive and fun Summer of Code!

Anne, Hamish and Dustan
OSGeo GSoC Admins 2013

Open Source Geospatial Laboratory established at the University of Warwick, UK

News Date: 
23 Mar 2013
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We are pleased to announce the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Laboratory at the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. 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 the aim 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.

Responding through research to global challenges, the University of Warwick introduced the Global Research Priorities strategy, which aims to focus Warwick's world-class, multidisciplinary research on key areas of international significance, by bringing together scholarly expertise from across faculties and departments. Themes for the GRPs were approved by Research Committee in September 2011: Connecting Cultures, Energy, Food, Global Governance, Innovative Manufacturing, International Development, Materials, Science and Technology for Health and Sustainable Cities. These will seek to combine areas of research strength in the University, across departmental boundaries, in order to enhance the ability to respond to funding bodies'priorities.

The establishment of dedicated open geospatial lab within the School of Life Sciences will help to accelerate opportunities in research and teaching for stimulating knowledge and information exchange for creative thinking withing and across GRP groups. This integrated research strategy applies multiple technologies to the study of a wide range of connected systems to generate fundamental knowledge as well as a range of impacts of direct relevance to the wider community.

Prof. Liz Dowler of Warwick University said "Hurrah for this: everyone loves 'maps' and 'visualisations' - they speak volumes and are invaluable for making key points."

The website of the new lab is at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/lifesci/research/facilities/geolab/

ICA is the world authoritative body for cartography, the discipline dealing with the conception, production, dissemination and study of maps.

GeoServer Graduates Incubation

News Date: 
19 Mar 2013
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OSGeo is pleased to announce that the GeoServer project has graduated from incubation and is now a full fledged OSGeo project. Andrea Aime, a long time member of the GeoServer Project Steering Committee (PSC), has been appointed as project officer.

GeoServer is an Open Source Java Web App allowing users to publish, share and edit geospatial data. GeoServer is well known for its ease of use, excellent documentation and active development community. Designed for interoperability, GeoServer has always had a strong base in open standards and is a reference implementation of the OGC Web Feature and Web Coverage Services. It also supports other well known standards such as the Web Map and Web Processing service. GeoServer is supported by an easy-to-use web configuration and a full REST API for configuration.

Graduating incubation includes fulfilling requirements for open community operation, a responsible project governance model, code provenance, and general good project operation. Graduation is the OSGeo seal of approval for a project and gives potential users and the community at large an added confidence in the viability and safety of the project.

The project steering committee says, "The GeoServer team is thrilled to be recognized as a full OSGEo project. There have been strong ties between the two communities with GeoServer developers being involved as charter members, volunteering at the committee level and represented in local OSGeo chapters and helping with foss4g. We are very happy to be included as part of OSGeo and a member of such an esteemed group of projects."

OSGeo would also like to thank Landon Blake, Jody Garnett, the Aust-NZ OSGeo Chapter, the Free Software Foundation, and The Eclipse Foundation for their assistance during this Incubation process.

Congratulations to the GeoServer community!