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Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) Develops a Code Of Conduct

News Date: 
29 May 2015

Over the last decade there has been a gradual adoption of Code-Of-Conduct statements at events and within organisations, including at FOSS4G events and within OSGeo projects. Adopting a good Code-Of-Conduct consolidates expectations about respectful behaviour at events and forums, ensuring they are safe, welcoming and productive and helps communities discreetly address indiscretions should they occur.

Building upon this initial momentum, the OSGeo Foundation has adopted a general Code-Of-Conduct to make it easy to apply to all OSGeo projects, and related events such as OSGeo.

Jeff McKenna, president of the OSGeo Foundation, explains:

"OSGeo community members must be able to safely interact, contribute, share, learn, and be respected for who they are. OSGeo strives to foster growth and innovation in the geospatial industry, and diversity must be respected to reach this goal. Thank you to everyone involved in creating this Code-Of-Conduct for the OSGeo foundation, and let us all continue to promote Open Source geospatial safely and fairly."

The Code-Of-Conduct can be referenced by adding a line similar to:

Contributors to this project are expected to act respectfully toward others in accordance with the OSGeo Code of Conduct.

The OSGeo Code-Of-Conduct is available at http://www.osgeo.org/code_of_conduct.

It is derived from the great work of other organisations, mostly from the Apache Foundation's Code-Of-Conduct.

About FOSS4G

Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) is the international gathering of Open Source geo tribes. From its beginnings the FOSS4G conference has a reputation of being a melting pot for great ideas in the spatial industry and a catalyst for many successful geospatial products, standards and protocols. FOSS4G has evolved into one of the most important geo events of the year, approaching a thousand attendees and with major industry sponsors. Excitement is now building for the upcoming FOSS4G2015 conference that will be held in Seoul, South Korea in September. FOSS4G rotates around the world each year, throughout 3 regions of the Americas, Europe, and Asia/South Pacific.

About OSGeo

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data. OSGeo software and technologies are a major contributor for the global geospatial economy and are used by millions in academia, governments and businesses worldwide.

GeoTools 13.1 Released

News Date: 
21 May 2015

The GeoTools community is happy to announce the latest GeoTools 13.1 download:

This release is also available from our maven repository. This release is made in conjunction with GeoServer 2.7.1.

This is a release of the GeoTools 13 Stable series recommended for production systems. The release schedule now offers 6 months of stable releases followed by six months of maintenance releases.

For the full list of bug fixes and improvements, see the GeoTools 13.1-Release Notes.

Announcing the Travel Grants Programme at FOSS4G Seoul

News Date: 
10 May 2015

As follow last year’s FOSS4G Travel Grant Programme, and to make sure that as many deserving people as possible can attend FOSS4G, we appreciate to continue this programme at FOSS4G Seoul 2015.

How can I help?

Demand for travel grants is fast outpacing funds. The organizing committee has set aside some money, but we can’t set aside nearly as much as we would like. To that end, we are asking you to donate to the cause. When you register for the conference or workshops, we have included a donation option. 100% of the donated money (less transaction fees) will be dedicated to our travel grant fund. Please add a donation to your registration to help us improve our community.

If you would like to support increasing access to FOSS4G, you can donate to the travel grant fund when you register <http://2015.foss4g.org/attending/registration/>, or make a stand-alone donation here <http://2015.foss4g.org/sponsorship/sponsorship-package/>. We greatly appreciate your support.

What is included?

Travel grants include a complimentary admission to the main conference, and four nights in a hotel if applicants request lodging and funds allow. Airfare and any transportation will not be included.

  • Please make sure that you are required to pay USD50 when you register for promise that you will attend the conference.

Who is eligible?

The travel grants are available to anyone, but their purpose is to help those attend who would not have otherwise been able to. If you have the means to attend on your own, please do not apply.

Because we believe that a diverse community is a stronger community, we firstly would like to dedicated our funds for students, women and minority attendees from low-income economies and lower-middle income countries(according to the world bank – http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-and-lending-groups <http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-and-lending-groups>) – these people have been traditionally underrepresented in the open source community and we believe it is important to work to bring that to an end.

How do I apply?

Application process will be open May 11th until May 29th on FOSS4G Seoul 2015 website. Please download and fill the application form on website, and send it to the FOSS4G Seoul 2105 committee(foss4g2015-info@osgeo.org <mailto:foss4g2015-info@osgeo.org>) with title head [Travel Grants]. Application should be filled with “Why I should attend FOSS4G Seoul 2015?” and/or “How I have contributed open source community”. If applicants are from low-income economies or lower-income economies, it is required to submit the applications with the scan of your Passport. All applicants have been notified of the status of their application.

Applicants who submitted Abstract or Presentation will be preferred for the selection.

FOSS4G Seoul 2015

International FOSS4G 2015 will take place from 14th to 19th in Seoul, South Korea for the first time in Asia. There will be Asia Special Session discussing past, present and future of open-source geospatial in Asia during FOSS4G Seoul. Also FOSS4G Seoul conference will be held in conjunction with SmartGeoExpo – the largest geospatial event in Korea – at the same venue during the same period. FOSS4G Attendees can go to any talks or exhibition booth at SmartGeoExpo without additional cost. You can also find your research/business partners from Korea through SmartGeoExpo. Thus FOSS4G Seoul will be your ideal place to show off your brilliant recent works to more broader audiences.

GeoNetwork 3.0.0 released

News Date: 
5 May 2015
Dear all,

We're proud to announce the release of GeoNetwork opensource v3.0.0.

This is a major release for the project that provides a brand new user interface with great functionality, helping all those that need to publish their data, services and maps with standardized metadata.

You can find the software at

You can find a list of new functionality in v3.0.0 at

If you have any improvements you want to contribute back, the best is to use git to get a local copy of the source code, apply the fix and put out a Pull request so your improvements can be integrated quickly. Otherwise you can also create new Tickets in the issue tracker:

Thanks and congratulations to the all community members and developers that have been putting a huge amount of effort and energy in this release!

Francois Prunayre
PSC member

OSGeo welcomes 13 students for Google Summer of Code 2015

News Date: 
28 Apr 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Geospatial Community,

OSGeo is glad to welcome the 13 accepted students and their mentors for OSGeo GSoC 2015!

We received 37 proposals from a variety of geospatial projects. Despite the lower total number of proposals received compared to former years, the overall quality was high, so our choice has been a difficult task. Eventually we appointed the following proposals:

  1. GDAL: Faza Mahamood - Integration of GDAL utilities into GDAL core library
  2. GRASS GIS: Matej Krejci - Improved Metadata for GRASS
  3. gvSIG: Eva Rodríguez - Port Network Analysis Extension to gvSIG 2.x branch
  4. istSOS: Ambrosini Luca - Scalability for Big data processing for istSOS
  5. JGRASSTOOLS: Silvia Franceschi - Development of a simple 1D hydraulic model for JGRASSTOOLS
  6. MapServer: Samuel Lapointe - Add productivity tools to MapServer's ScribeUI
  7. Opticks: Tom Van den Eynde - Image Enhancement/Background Suppression for Opticks
  8. OTP: Nipuna Gunathilake - GTFS-Realtime validation tool for Open Trip Planner
  9. OSGeo-Live: Massimo Di Stefano - Integration of geospatial OSS in educational notebooks
  10. OSSIM: Martina Di Rita - OSSIM tool for DSM generation using tri-stereo and SAR imagery
  11. pgRouting: Sarthak Agarwal - New osm2pgrouting import tool to import OpenStreetMap(OSM)data in pgRouting
  12. PyWPS: Calin Ciociu - REST interface for PyWPS 4
  13. QGIS: Marcus Santos - Multithread support on QGIS Processing toolbox

Congratulations to all accepted students!

We are proud of the geographical variety of countries from which our students come from and live, including: Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Luxemburg, Portugal, Spain and Sri Lanka. The list of software projects includes OSGeo (official and incubating) and like-minded projects - let GSoC be a "gathering of tribes", an occasion to improve communication among all geospatial open source initiatives.

See the list of OSGeo accepted proposals also here

We wish all students and mentors a great summer!

Madi and Anne
OSGeo GSoC Admins 2015

Open Letter for the need for Open Standards in LiDAR

News Date: 
25 Apr 2015

To all colleagues in Academia, Government and Industry who have interest in maintaining Open Standards:

On behalf of Geo for All community, I would like to bring to your kind attention a significant development that can lead to undermining our principle for Open Geospatial Standards. I request you review the wikipage that is meant to represent our concern and allow for ongoing input and expression by our geospatial community.

We specifically thank Martin Isenburg (author of LASzip and LAStools for bringing this matter to our attentionand an email thread of our initial discussion of this subject that highlight the wider implication of this issue.

We request all who wish to support this effort to protect Open Standards for Geospatial data to kindly add your name, email, affiliation details to the wikipage directly or email Patrick Hogan with the subject heading "Support for Open Geo Standards" and the following fields (Name, Email, Affiliation) and we will gladly add this to the wiki.

There is current interest by the OGC in pursuing point cloud encoding standards, including a member-initiated mechanism to extend LAS data with OGC-standard XML content. The OGC invites interested members who wish to work on this effort to please contact Scott Simmons (Executive Director, Standards) to register their interest and discuss details.OGC will also be holding an ad hoc session at our next Technical Committee meeting in Boulder, CO, USA in June 1st (more details will be send soon) to bring together all interested from all sectors (government, industry, academia) for this and plan next steps. We welcome feedback and input from Esri and invite them to join this effort tosupport open LIDAR formats.

I thank you all again for your attention and support for this important matter.

Best wishes,

Suchith Anand
Founder, GeoForAll