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Bonn Awarded Hosting of FOSS4G 2016

News Date: 
13 Mar 2015


The OSGeo Foundation is pleased to announce that the hosting of the FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) 2016 event has been awarded by the OSGeo Conference Committee to Bonn, Germany.

The Bonn local organizing team, led by the chair Till Adams, brings many years of experience, hosting a successful yearly FOSSGIS event in Germany, and also as one of the original OSGeo local chapters, FOSSGIS_e.V.. Community members (anyone) wanting to discuss the 2016 event can do so now on the new FOSS4G2016 mailing list.

Jeff McKenna, president of OSGeo says: "The OSGeo Board of Directors are very excited for the Bonn team to host the FOSS4G2016 event. I have personally known many of the local committee members for several years, and I have watched their successful FOSSGIS event grow in Germany each year. I couldn't be more confident that the 2016 event in Bonn will be one of the most memorable FOSS4G events."

OSGeo would also like to thank the Dublin, Ireland team for their wonderful proposal, and their continued passion for all things FOSS4G.

Congratulations to the Bonn team!


About FOSS4G

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. FOSS4G rotates around the world each year, throughout 3 regions of the Americas, Europe, and Asia/South Pacific.

pycsw Graduates OSGeo Incubation

News Date: 
11 Mar 2015


OSGeo is pleased to announce that the pycsw project has graduated from incubation and is now a full fledged OSGeo project. Angelos Tzotsos, a long time member of the pycsw Project Steering Committee (PSC) has been appointed as project officer.

pycsw is an OGC CSW server implementation written in Python. pycsw implements clause 10 (HTTP protocol binding - Catalogue Services for the Web, CSW) of the OpenGIS Catalogue Service Implementation Specification, version 2.0.2. Started in 2010 (more formally announced in 2011), pycsw allows for the publishing and discovery of geospatial metadata, providing a standards-based metadata and catalogue component of spatial data infrastructures. The project is certified OGC Compliant, and is an OGC Reference Implementation. pycsw is Open Source, released under an MIT license, and runs on all major platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X).

The project powers numerous high profile activities such as US data.gov/geoplatform.gov, Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), US National Geothermal Data System (NGDS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the WMO World Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation Data Centre (WOUDC) (more info).

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 pycsw team is thrilled to be recognized as a full OSGeo project. Being part of OSGeo is important for us since OSGeo supports the collaborative development of open source geospatial software. There have been strong ties between the two communities with pycsw developers being involved as charter members, represented in local OSGeo chapters and helping with various FOSS4G activities. We are very happy to be included as part of OSGeo and a member of such an esteemed group of projects."

Jeff McKenna, mentor of the incubation process says: "It has been a pleasure to work with the pycsw team throughout this process. pycsw complements the OSGeo stack with a lightweight method to share and discover geospatial data. I want to thank the pycsw team for their continued passion for FOSS4G."

OSGeo and pycsw would also like to thank Jeff McKenna and Jody Garnett for their assistance during this Incubation process.

Congratulations to the pycsw community!

GeoForAll - Global Educator of the Year Award 2015

News Date: 
9 Mar 2015

On the occasion of Open Education Week 2015 http://www.openeducationweek.org/ , "Geo for All" community http://www.geoforall.org would to like to thank all educators worldwide who have made contributions to open education efforts and being good global citizens by helping spread the benefits of education to all.

We are very happy to announce the nominees for the GeoForAll - Global Educator of the Year Award 2015. This is an opportunity for us to thank colleagues for their excellent contributions to Openness in Education principles in the Geo domain.

Congratulations to the following individuals or teams who received one or more nominations for the 2015 GeoForAll Global Educator of the Year Award.

In no particular order, the nominees are:



  • Environmental Information Centre GRID-Warsaw; UNEP/GRID Warsaw for their EduGIS Academy
  • Open Source Geospatial Laboratory team at ETH Zurich, Switzerland for their Interactive Web Maps course
  • Shashi Shekhar and Brent Hecht, Computer Science, University of Minnesota, USA for their Massive Open Online Course “From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing”
  • Lluis Vicens (SIGTE,Spain), Toni Hernandez (SIGTE, Spain), Jeremy Morley (University of Nottingham,UK), Alberto Romeu (Prodevelop) and Jorge Sanz (Prodevelop) for their GIS Open Source Summer School at the University of Girona in Spain
  • Ricardo Olivira, Raphael Moreno - FOSS4G lab, University of Colorado, Denver USA for their course materials
  • Raquel Sosa, Rosario Casanova and Jorge Franco, for their gvSIG Educa/Batovi effort in Uruguay
  • Kurt Menke - Brids Eye View, Nate Jennings Urbandale Spatial, Jon Van Hoesen Green Mtn College, Rick Smith Texas A&M, and Phil Davis, Delmar College (all in USA) for their GeoAcademy development efforts

All of these individuals and teams should be celebrated for their efforts. Just being nominated is an honour.

The award committee now has the very difficult task of selecting the GeoForAll Educator of the Year out of this well deserving list of nominees. This year’s selections (possibly an individual and a team award) will be announced at the FOSS4G 2015- Europe "Open Innovation for Europe" conference at Como, Italy in July . Details at http://europe.foss4g.org/2015/

Congratulations again to all the nominees and we encourage you to list this nomination honour in your CVs.

Happy Open Education Week 2015 everyone.


Prof. Charlie Schweik, on behalf of the GeoForAll Educator Award

Selection Committee

Prof. Georg Gartner (President, ICA)
Jeff McKenna (President, OSGeo)
Chen Jun (President, ISPRS)
Prof. Maria Antonia Brovelli (Italy)
Dr. Xinyue Ye (USA)
Dr. Luciene Delazari (Brazil)
Dr. Tuong-Thuy Vu (Malaysia)
Prof. Venkatesh Raghavan (Japan/India)
Prof. Ivana Ivánová (Brazil)
Jeroen Ticheler (The Netherlands)
Dr. Serena Coetzee (South Africa)
Prof. Helena Mitasova (USA)
Anne Ghisla (Germany)
Patrick Hogan (USA)
Dr Suchith Anand (UK/India)

"Geo for All" region wise and subject wise thematic groups established

News Date: 
6 Mar 2015

On behalf of Geo for All, we are pleased to inform that Region wise and Subject wise Thematic groups are now established and we welcome you to join us.

Following inputs from the "Geo for All" community we decided to have new Regional chairs to help us accommodate our expansion plans. Also this helps us to arrange meetings of the regional research labs coinciding with the FOSS4G regional conferences now fully established for accelerating research and teaching collaborations between our labs . For example FOSS4G-Europe for our European labs; FOSS4G NA for our North American labs, FOSS4G-Asia for our Asian labs etc.

With the region wise thematic groups established, the chairs of these are now the contact points for any new labs to be established in that region to contact and the mailing list becomes the first point of contact for the new members and all regional members in the region can use the list for collaborating on regional funding calls, FOSS4G local conferences etc. This way we can make sure it is scaleable and meets local/region requirements/needs. The criteria for membership for ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS Labs are at http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Geoforall_criteria

Regions groups:

Thematics: Subjects/Language

We invite all of you who are interested in different regions are welcome to join the specific mail list to build local collaborations and directly contact the regional chairs for new applications for establishing ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS Research labs in universities worldwide to build Open Principles in Geo Education.

Dr Suchith Anand

OSGeo accepted to GSoC 2015

News Date: 
3 Mar 2015

Dear All,

It is our pleasure to announce that OSGeo has been accepted as mentoring organization also this year! The OSGeo GSoC Team has been reshaped with respect to former communications, and it's now composed by myself (Madi) in the role of primary admin and the experienced Anne Ghisla in the role of co-admin.

Now it's time for prospecting students to carefully browse the list of ideas and contact developers team of their interest. Mentor registration is not yet open and will be announced in due time. Students can officially apply on Melange from 16th to 27th of March.

All, do keep an eye (and a calendar client reminder) on all GSoC 2015 dates!

Yours enthusiastically,

Madi and Anne
OSGeo GSoC Admins 2015

New stable release: GRASS GIS 7.0.0

News Date: 
26 Feb 2015

The GRASS GIS Development team has announced the release of the new major version GRASS GIS 7.0.0. This version provides many new functionalities including spatio-temporal database support, image segmentation, estimation of evapotranspiration and emissivity from satellite imagery, automatic line vertex densification during reprojection, more LIDAR support and a strongly improved graphical user interface experience. GRASS GIS 7.0.0 also offers significantly improved performance for many raster and vector modules: "Many processes that would take hours now take less than a minute, even on my small laptop!" explains Markus Neteler, the coordinator of the development team composed of academics and GIS professionals from around the world. The software is available for Linux, MS-Windows, Mac OSX and other operating systems.

Detailed announcement and software download:



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).

Markus Neteler