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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

OSGeo partners with Code for Resilience

News Date: 
25 Feb 2014

We are pleased to announce that OSGeo has become a global partner of Code for Resilience (C4R), an initiative co-founded by the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and ICT Unit (TWICT), and Code for Japan.
The initiative is partnering local technologists with disaster risk management (DRM) experts to strengthen community resilience to natural disasters through the creation of civic-minded digital and hardware solutions.

Read about Code for Resilience events held in Peshawar, Dhaka, and three cities in Japan in this World Bank feature story or this write-up in DevEx.

Stay up to date on the next hackathon events by following @Code4Resilience on Twitter.

OSGeo developers and contributors are invited to take part to local events, and/or participate to the third part of the initiative, namely the Online Innovation Challenge. C4R organisers look for mentors from various domains (web, app development..) - people who can guide development and provide expertise.

This is an exciting opportunity to interface directly with some of the developers who are hard at work building tools that address the challenges we have identified as key to improving community resilience to natural disasters.