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pycsw enters OSGeo Incubation

News Date: 
12 Apr 2013

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

OSGeo is happy to announce the call for hosting the FOSS4G 2014 event. The 2014 FOSS4G RFP is available now at:


And the RFP process is summarily described on the wiki:


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


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!


Paul Ramsey
FOSS4G RFP Coordinator, 2014

OSGeo accepted in Google Summer of Code 2013

News Date: 
8 Apr 2013

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:


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

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

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!

New Associate Sponsors 2ndQuadrant and Karttakeskus

News Date: 
7 Mar 2013

OSGeo is pleased to announce 2ndQuadrant (http://www.2ndquadrant.com/) and Karttakeskus (http://www.karttakeskus.fi/) as OSGeo's latest Associate Sponsors.

2ndQuadrant founder, Simon Riggs, and his organization based in the UK offer professional support around the widely popular Open Source PostgreSQL database engine.

Karttakeskus director, Sami Masala, says "In Finland, there is an increasing interest towards Open Source software among our clients. Open Source attracts enterprises as it is fast, flexible and cost-efficient. Open Source is also easy to integrate with other software. From our viewpoint, Open Source and commercial software are not opposites, but complement each other. Karttakeskus wants to offer the best possible support and expertise in this field and promote the use of Open Source solutions in the private and public sectors. We find OSGeo an important partner for us in this, as OSGeo is working with the most important Open Source implementation projects, such as GeoServer, OpenLayers and QGIS. This year, we want to participate in the Open Source development projects, for example in the Finnish translations of the user interfaces."

Thank you to 2ndQuadrant, Karttakeskus, and all sponsors for supporting OSGeo and its vibrant community!