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GRASS GIS 7.0.2 RC1 released

News Date: 
23 Oct 2015

What's new in a nutshell

This upcoming stability release provides a series of stability fixes and manual improvements. This first  release candidate GRASS GIS 7.0.2RC1 provides 160 fixes and improvements.

About GRASS GIS 7: Its graphical user interface supports the user to make complex GIS operations as simple as possible. A new Python interface to the C library permits users to create new GRASS GIS-Python modules in a simple way while yet obtaining powerful and fast modules. Furthermore, the libraries were significantly improved for speed and efficiency, along with support for huge files. A lot of effort has been invested to standardize parameter and flag names. Finally, GRASS GIS 7 comes with a series of new modules to analyse raster and vector data, along with a full temporal framework. For a detailed overview, see the list of new features. As a stable release series, 7.0.x will enjoy long-term support.

Source code download:

Binaries download:

  • ... further binary packages for other Linux distributions and Mac OSX will follow shortly.

More details:

See also our detailed announcement:

  http://trac.osgeo.org/grass/wiki/Grass7/NewFeatures (overview of new 7.0 stable release series)

First time users may explore the first steps tutorial after installation.


The Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (http://grass.osgeo.org/), commonly referred to as GRASS GIS, is an Open Source Geographic Information System providing powerful raster, vector and geospatial processing capabilities in a single integrated software suite. GRASS GIS includes tools for spatial modeling, visualization of raster and vector data, management and analysis of geospatial data, and the processing of satellite and aerial imagery. It also provides the capability to produce sophisticated presentation graphics and hardcopy maps. GRASS GIS has been translated into about twenty languages and supports a huge array of data formats. It can be used either as a stand-alone application or as backend for other software packages such as QGIS and R geostatistics. It is distributed freely under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). GRASS GIS is a founding member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).

The GRASS Development Team, October 2015

OpenGIS Conference, Moscow, Russia, 21-22 November, 2015

News Date: 
9 Oct 2015

First Open GIS conference happened in 2012 and brought together diverse crowd of 250 people from 150 organizations. We had about 50 presentations and 12 workshops. This year we expect at least the same numbers or more.

The conference runs two simultaneous presentation streams plus one or two sequence of workshops.

This conference is grassroots and organized by members of Russian GIS-Lab and OpenStreetMap communities. Attendance and workshops are free.

Registration: http://gisconf.ru/profile (in Russian, if you don't speak it, simply sent short information about yourself to info@gisconf.ru).

ISPRS Special Session: FOSS4G

News Date: 
2 Oct 2015

ISPRS 2016 - 12th July - 19th July 2016 - Prague

Special Session SpS10 - FOSS4G (coorganized with OSGeo)

Keywords: Free and Open Source Software for Geoinformatics(FOSS4G), geospatial research platform and systems for developing new applications crossing the new frontiers towards the Internet of Places, Big Geospatial Data processing and analytics and complex simulations essential for understanding and managing the earth systems, human societies and their interaction

Important dates:

  • 30th November 2015: Submission of full papers
  • 13th December 2015: Submission of abstracts

More info:

4th Annual OSgeo.nl day: 25th November

News Date: 
28 Sep 2015

The Dutch local chapter "OSgeo.nl" is proud to announce the fourth consecutive annual OSgeo.nl day.

The OSGeo.nl will take place on 25th November, at the "1931" congress hall in 's Hertogenbosch.

Just like last year, this years OSGeo.nl day is organized as part of the general Dutch geospatial congress and exhibition "GeoBuzz".

As part of a this event, we hope te attract a broader audience, including people who never "tasted" open source goespatail software & solutions before.

This years program includes an QGis workshop, presentations on MongoDB, indoor Mapping, several solution to handle the key register on addresses and building ("BAG"), workshops on the use of Open Data with QGis followed by a discussion with the open data suppliers

Please note: all workshops and presentation will be held in Dutch

Admission is € 95 (ex. VAT). This is a 50% reduction off the normal GeoBuzz admission. Your ticket gives access to the entire GeoBuzz event

For students only € 10 (ex. VAT)

More info in our website http://osgeo.nl/events/4e-jaarlijkse-osgeo-nl-dag-op-de-geobuzz/

and on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/OSGeoNL/events/225281140/

Kind regards,
Gert-Jan van der Weijden - OSGeo.nl

OSGeo Student Awards for FOSS4G 2015, Seoul

News Date: 
21 Sep 2015

On behalf of Geo for All, we are pleased to announce the winners of the OSGeo Student Awards for FOSS4G 2015, Seoul

1) OSGeo Best Oral Presentation Student Award
Title:Analysis of Spatial Density Utilizing the Big Data of Floating Population of Seoul City
Authors: Hailin Kim (Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea)

2) OSGeo Best Poster Presentation Award
Title: Mobile Application of Open Source Stack to Geo-based Data Visualization on E-Government Web Framework
Authors: Kwangseob Kim (Hansung University), Hanseam Park, Kiwon Lee, Republic of Korea

3) FOSS4G Seoul Best Oral Presentation Student Award
Title: Landmark Based Path Planning And Linear Path Generation For Mobile Map Applications
Authors: Thejaka Mahaulpatha (Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology), Pasindu Chandrasekara,Dananjaya Thathsara, Irendra Koswatta, Nimalika Fernando, Sri Lanka

4) FOSS4G Seoul Best Poster Presentation Award
Title: Development of Opensource-based Photogrammetric UAV System Using Smart Camera
Authors: Jinwoo Park (Pukyong National University), Hohyun Jung, DongYoon Shin, Chuluong Cho,Republic of Korea

It is worth noting that the winner of OSGeo Best Oral Presentation Student Award, Hailin Kim (Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea), is high school student! That is really excellent news and builds upon FOSS4G Europe's student competition win by students from a high school in Alaska for the Europa Challenge 2015 . Details at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2015/07/ica-osgeo-isprs-awards-for-nasa-europa-challenge-2015 This shows the new generation is much ahead in leading Open Principles in Education and we need to give them more support.

We congratulate all of them for their excellent work and contributions to FOSS4G and Open Principles. These student awards have been possible thanks to the support of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, so we thank the OSGeo Board , community and the LOC for their strong support. Special thanks to Sanghee Shin, Venkatesh Raghavan, Maria Brovelli, Jeff McKenna and everyone in the G4A Team who made this possible. Sanghee Shin has kindly provided the url of some of the photos in Flikr https://www.flickr.com/photos/135608763@N08/ (our thanks to the volunteer who took the photos)

Based on feedbacks received from the community , we have decided that the Student Award initiative at FOSS4G conferences from now will be handled by the GeoforAll Team (by keeping in touch with LOC) . As this is new initiative, we are learning from experiences, feedbacks and will improve for the future events. We are also looking into ideas for making the student competition more wider ( to include students from various disciplines and different levels so students from high schools to university level can participate). The aim of the awards is to recognise the excellent contributions from students worldwide not only to FOSS4G but also acknowledge their contributions to open knowledge and being good global citizens by helping spread the benefits of education to all.

Professor Venkatesh Raghavan also gave an excellent Plenary presentation on Geo4All. The slides are available at http://www.slideshare.net/VenkateshRaghavan1/g4-a-newver2

We thank the whole Seoul Team for their hard work and efforts over many months for making a very successful FOSS4G global conference http://2015.foss4g.org in Asia.

Now it is the turn of Bonn Team http://2016.foss4g.org to carry on the good work :)

Maria Brovelli Receives Sol Katz Award

News Date: 
18 Sep 2015

Maria Brovelli was honored with the 2015 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software during the FOSS4G 2015 conference in Seoul, South Korea. This was the eleventh year of the award.

Maria has been working at the Politecnico di Milano since 1994, first as researcher, then as Associate Professor and finally as Full Professor. She is currently teaching Digital Cartography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Internet GIS. In 1997, she started the Laboratory of Geomatics, placed at the Como Campus of the Politecnico di Milano and up to 2011 she has coordinated its activities as Head of the Lab. She has been involved in Politecnico governance by covering several service activities. Currently (since January 2011) she is Vice Rector of Politecnico di Milano for the Como Campus.

Maria is also charter member of OSGeo, a member of its Committee "Education and Curriculum", and is on the Advisory Board for the Geo For All initiative. She is member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Society of Photogrammetry and Surveying (SIFET) and member of the Bulletin Editorial Board. In 2010 she hosted the WebMGSevent in Como, an international workshop on 'Pervasive Web Mapping, Geoprocessing and Services'. Most recently she hosted FOSS4G-Europe in her beautiful hometown of Como, in July of 2015.

On behalf of OSGeo and the "Geo for All" community our congratulations to Maria and her wonderful family.

2015 Sol Katz Award committee