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OSGeo and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) sign MoU

News Date: 
16 Apr 2015


The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a collaborative relationship between the photogrammetry and remote sensing communities with the Open Source geospatial community. The goal of this agreement is to promote the distribution and use of open geo-data sets in all communities, promote the development of related photogrammetry and remote sensing Open Source software, and to organise joint international workshops on global geo-information sharing through the use of open geo-data sets and Open Source geospatial software. It also aims to work closely with the Geo for All initiative, to help promote openness in education and research. Professor Chen Jun, President of the ISPRS, is also an Advisory Board member of the Geo for All initiative, which aims to make geospatial education, software, and opportunities accessible to all.

Professor Chen Jun, President of the ISPRS, said "ISPRS have a long tradition in open data and open software in photogrammetry and remote sensing. One of the most recent changes in our field is the open access of GlobalLand30 dataset which was recently donated to the United Nations. With this MoU signed, ISPRS is looking forward to more advances in this field with a win-win collaboration with OSGeo and ICA."

Jeff McKenna, President of OSGeo, said "Remote sensing data is a huge part of OSGeo's projects, and this MoU will allow the open geospatial community to work closely with the ISPRS community to discover and share these geo-data sets. The hope is also that specific open software for the photogrammetry and remote sensing community can be expanded and developed with the help of our vibrant OSGeo community members. This is exciting news for the Geo For All community."


The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) is a non-governmental organisation devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications.

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 the major contributor for the global geospatial economy and used by millions of users in academia, governments and business worldwide and rapidly increasing.

Announcing Open Source GIS Seminar (ALPO 2015), Finland

News Date: 
14 Apr 2015

The ALPO seminar (by its Finnish initials) gather Finns interested in open source GIS software, data and solutions derived from those. The objective is to share experiences and knowledge about their use and benefits.

This years seminar, features a full day of presentations open and free to anyone interested, although you should be warned that the main language is... Finnish. Among other, the topics cover local journey planner to be rebuilt using open source technologies and data, use cases with Geoserver and mapping bioenergy using open source software.

The seminar is organized by the OSGeo Finland Chapter.

FOSS4G Seoul 2015 Conference Registration Opens

News Date: 
13 Apr 2015

Hi All,

FOSS4G Seoul team is very pleased to announce that FOSS4G Seoul conference is now open for registration.

This year’s International FOSS4G will be held in The-K Hotel, Seoul, 14-19 September, for the first time in Asia.

The annual FOSS4G conference is the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial solution. FOSS4G brings together developers, users, decision-makers and businessmen from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation. Through six days of workshops, presentations, discussions and code sprint, FOSS4G participants create effective and relevant geospatial products, standards, human networks and business opportunities.

Early bird registration is just USD440 for 3 days of main conference, and USD100 for half-day of top notch workshops from the world’s best international presenters. FOSS4G Seoul team has tried its best to keep the registration fee as low as possible to encourage more people to attend the conference. Also there is special rate for participants who reside in Low or Lower-Middle Income Economies.

There is ‘Travel Grant Donation’ option in on-line registration page. ‘Travel Grant Donation’ will be used for students from developing countries or participants who will be attending FOSS4G Seoul 2015. Please feel free to donate.

Call for Presentation/Academic Track

Don’t miss your great chance to present or show off your recent accomplishments at FOSS4G Seoul!

Are you planning to present at this years conference? If so, don’t wait until you have your presentation finalised to tell us about it! Go to the submission website now (http://2015.foss4g.org/programme/presentations/) and enter your name and contact details and at least a title. Then, closer to the close-off date, log back in and fill out the abstract details. This will be a big help for the organisers as it will give us some advanced notice as to how many and what type of presentations to expect. For the Academic Track, there will be “Student Awards” at the FOSS4G Seoul conference with contribution from GeoCat’s €1,500, OSGeo’s $1,000 and FOSS4G Seoul LOC’s $1,500.

Call for Presentation/Abstract will be closed on 24th April.

Workshop Selection Results

We received many brilliant workshop proposals for the conference this year. It was a very hard job for the Workshop Committee to make limited acceptance decision from many wonderful proposals.

23 selected workshops are now posted here:

Thank you for your many wonderful proposals.

Upcoming Milestones

– Academic Abstract Submission Deadline, 24th April
– Regular Track Presentation Deadline, 24th April
– Academic Track Review Decisions, 15th May
– Preliminary Program Decisions Made & Posted, 4th June
– Early Bird Registration Discount Ends, 22nd June
– Conference Begins, 14th September

For more information or to keep informed from the FOSS4G Seoul team, join our email list(foss4g2015@lists.osgeo.org) or Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/foss4g2015), Twitter(https://twitter.com/foss4g).

All the best,


Tel.: +82 2 6288 6324
Fax: +82 2 6288 6399
Email: programme_foss4g2015@meci.kr
4F, Sungji Building 837-16, Bangbae 4-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-835,
Republic of Korea

Announcing FOSS4G-India 2015

News Date: 
30 Mar 2015

FOSS4G India 2015: June 8-10, Dehradun, India

FOSS4G-India 2015 is the second in a series of National Conferences on Free and Open Source Software for Geoinformatics. FOSS4G-India is held biannually with a mission to foster the development and promote the widespread use of Open Source Geospatial Technologies including support for software development and publicly available Geo-data. The proposed theme of the Conference is "Open Source Geospatial Tools in Climate Change Research and Natural Resource Management". It will be organised jointly by OSGeo-India in collaboration with Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Survey of India (SOI) and Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG).

Important Dates


1. Abstract Submission: 25th Apr 2015
2. Acceptance Notification: 4th May 2015
3. Full Paper Submission: 20th May 2015
4. Early Registration Starts: 10th April 2015

About OSGeo-India

OSGeo-India is the India Chapter of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo.org), launched in Jan 2007 as a not-for-profit Society with a pan India focus. The goal of the Society is to provide support and help in building up of open source tools and applications related to the field of geospatial technologies and its allied sciences in this part of the world. It is working towards developing a community of both the users of such products and the developers who can contribute in developing high quality open source software. The Society and its activities are tuned towards achieving these goals, both in the context of software development, e-governance, localisation (Indian language support) and building of awareness & outreach of such software systems.

GeoTools 13.0 Released

News Date: 
23 Mar 2015

The GeoTools community is pleased to announce the availability of GeoTools 13.0, the first stable release of the GeoTools 13 series.

Download GeoTools 13:

This release is also available from our maven repository, and is made in conjunction with GeoWebCache 1.7.0 and GeoServer 2.7.0.

New Features and Improvements

The following new features and improvements are available in this release:

Data Stores

  • GeoPackage support is now compatible with QGIS and OGR.
  • A new gt-solr data store is available for working with with Apache Solr. Thanks - to Andrea Aime and Justin Deoliveira for this work.
  • CSVDataStore has been improved with write access and the ability to work with different kinds of CSV files (including lat/lon and WKT). Thanks to Travis Brundage for this work.
  • AbstractDataStore is now deprecated. Please make plans to migrate to ContentDataStore. There is an extensive ContentDataStore tutorial to help with - your migration.
  • PropertyDataStore has now been ported to use ContentDataStore, and a wide range of issues (readers, events, transactions) have been resolved for all DataStore implementations. Thanks to Torben Barsballe for this extensive QA work.

CSS Module

The gt-css module is a brand-new implementation of CSS-style support, now written in Java. Thanks to Andrea Aime for bringing this exciting approach to styling within easy reach of Java developers. Here is a quick code example:

  Stylesheet ss = CssParser.parse(css);
  CssTranslator translator = new CssTranslator();
  Style style - translator.translate(ss);

Rendering Engine

  • Color-blending has been introduced as both a FeatureTypeStyle and Symbolizer vendorExtension, allowing for a range of special effects. Thanks to Cleveland Metro Parks for this improvement.
  • A FeatureTypeStyle vendorExtension named "firstMatch". This vendor Extension will grab the first rule you specify. This can in many situations help you avoid more complicated logic for style rules.
      <sld:VendorOption name="ruleEvaluation">first</sld:VendorOption>
  • Anchor points are now supported. This is done in SLD with the AnchorPoint tag:

WFS Client

The gt-wfs client has improved:

  • Better compatibility with MapServer.
  • Extensive work has been done to support WFS 2.0 transactions. Thanks to Niels Charlier for this work.
  • The gt-wfs client now supports WFS 2.0 stored queries. Thanks to Sampo Savolainen for this work.

And more

Documentation continues to improve, now with a complete function list. For a full list of improvements and changes in GeoTools 13, please see the full release notes.

Thanks to Jody Garnett and Travis Brundage (from Boundless) for making this release happen.

Orfeo ToolBox now has an official Project Steering Committee

News Date: 
17 Mar 2015

Dear all,

This post is to let you know that Orfeo ToolBox now has an official Project Steering Committee! if you are interested in more details, please read our announcement blog post or the wiki page of the Project Steering Committee. If you have any questions on what is the PSC and how it works, please feel free to ask!