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ZOO-Project 1.4.0 release

News Date: 
10 Dec 2014

Hello OSGeo community, and ZOO-Project users!

The ZOO-Project development team is pleased to announce the ZOO-Project 1.4.0 release.

This release should work correctly on both GNU/Linux, MacOS X and WIN32 platforms.

You can download the archives from (zip) and (tar.bz2) or use Subversion:

svn co http://svn.zoo-project.org/svn/tags/rel-1.4.0/ zoo-project-1.4.0

The most important modifications / fixes are listed below:

  • Small fix for mimeType of results for CGAL services
  • Binary support for PHP language
  • ZOO-API for the Java language
  • ZOO-Client Javascript API
  • FastCGI fixes
  • JavaScript ZOO-API enhancements (COOKIE use and Output in generated XML)
  • Add debian files
  • Inputs passed by reference downloaded in parallel
  • Conform behavior for DescribeProcess when the Identifier was not found
  • Add support of maximumMegabytes keywords for ComplexData Inputs
  • Add the optional YAML ZCFG support #4 and the zcfg2yaml converter
  • Return error messages that enable the service provider to quickly identify the root cause of errors due to configuration file syntax (ticket #90)
  • Fix logic in addMapToMap (ticket #91)
  • Enable AllowedValue and multiple Range definitions using default and supported blocks
  • Add the lastest revision number in version.h (available in Python ZOO-API)
  • Add the optional Ruby Language Support to the ZOO-Kernel with an API similar to the Python ZOO-API
  • Small rewrite of Python support
  • Inputs can be requested over https protocol (ticket #86)
  • Add capability to define both percentage of execution and a message (ticket #87).
  • Add usid in lenv section used to generate an unique identifier based on time and the process identifier.
  • Add gdal_contour service
  • Add dynamic definition of serverAddress from the main section

This work was supported by a grant from the European Union's 7th Framework Programme (2007-2013) provided for the project PublicaMundi (GA no. 609608).

I hope you can have good time using this new ZOO-Project release,
Best regards,

Gérald Fenoy

Sponsorship packages are now available for the International FOSS4G 2015 Seoul

News Date: 
1 Dec 2014

Dear OSGeo and OSGeo members,

Sponsorship and Exhibition packages are now available to be purchased for the international FOSS4G 2015 conference, to be held at the The K-Hotel, Seoul, from 14-19 September 2015.

FOSS4G is the international "gathering of tribes" for open source geospatial communities, where developers, users and organisations show off their latest software and projects. The theme for 2015 is “Toward Diversity, Big Bang in Asia", highlighting the importance of diversity and locality around Open Source GIS.

To sponsors, FOSS4G Seoul will be a unique chance to reach the growing Asian market. This is the first time the international FOSS4G conference has run in Asia and is expected to attract many delegates from all around Asia. In spite of global economic slowdown, Asia region has been showing steady growth. Also many vibrant open source GIS activities have been seen in the region. Seoul is only 2 hours flight from the economic centers of Tokyo and Beijing, providing sponsors with an opportunity to approach these major markets.

BOOK NOW to take advantage of extensive direct marketing campaigns that will extend your exposure well before and beyond the Conference itself.

For further details, please contact Heegu Park through hgpark@gaia3d.com.

There is discount rate for early sponsors, and sponsorship packages can be tailored to meet individual requirements. (e.g. substituting exhibition space for additional delegates or some alternative benefit).

Thank you so much.

Sanghee Shin, Chair of FOSS4G 2015
"Toward Diversity! FOSS4G Bigbang from Seoul!"
Twitter: @foss4g
Facebook: FOSS4G2015
email: foss4gchair@osgeo.org

OGC honored Jacobs University Professor Peter Baumann with Kenneth D. Gardels Award

News Date: 
21 Oct 2014

Peter Baumann, Professor of Computer Science at Jacobs University, has been honored with the Kenneth D. Gardels Award by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). The OGC Board of Directors awarded the prize to Peter Baumann in recognition of his "significant contribution to the OGC's essential role and mission in the global Information Technology community".

Jeffrey K. Harris, Chairman of the OGC Board of Directors, said: "We wish to express our deep appreciation for the extraordinary contribution you have made to the OGC community and to people around the world who are the ultimate beneficiaries of improvements in the development,management and use of geoscientific data. Devoting your time and bringing your dedication, expertise, critical thinking and leadership to OGC working groups has resulted in significant and enduring advances intechnical standards."

Peter Baumann has been closely working with the Open Geospatial Consortium for more than ten years. He is editor of twelve adopted standards around the OGC Web Coverage Service (WCS) suite of Big Geo Data standards. Recently he has been instrumental in establishing a new Big Data Domain Working Group with the OGC which he also co-chairs. As a consequence of this engagement, Peter Baumann has been invited by the European Spatial Data Infrastructure initiative, INSPIRE, as well as ISO to provide expertise in geo service and query language standardization.

Peter Baumann's research focuses on large-scale scientific information services, in particular: massive multi-dimensional data cubes. He has architected the rasdaman ("raster data manager") technology which in fact has pioneered a new research field, Array Databases. With rasdaman, spatio-temporal sensor, image, simulation, and statistics data of any size can be accessed and explored interactively through Array SQL which offers a "what you get is what you need" interface to scientists, engineers, and other data users.

About the Kenneth D. Gardels Award

The Award is named after Kenneth D. Gardels, a Research Specialist at the Center for Environmental Design Research (University of California), who passed away in 1999 at the height of his career. It was conceived to memorialize the spirit of a man with a passion for making the world a better place through open communication and the use of geospatial information technology to improve the quality of human life.

About OGC

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international industry consortium of 473 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface standards. OGC® Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services and mainstream IT. The standards empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications. More info: www.opengeospatial.org

University of Colorado Denver's FOSS4G Lab

News Date: 
8 Oct 2014

The global ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS labs http://www.geoforall.org/ are pleased to announce the launch of the University of Colorado Denver's FOSS4G Lab. Thanks to Dr. Rafael Moreno-Sanchez who has been leading this at University of Colorado, Denver, USA. It is also great to see the establishment of an international advisory board for the lab to review plans and activities and provide advice for the growth and future direction of the lab. Details at http://geospatial.ucdenver.edu/foss4g/advisory-board

The University of Colorado Denver's FOSS4G Lab is supported by a diverse group of faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Architecture and Planning, all of whom have a particular interest in FOSS4G. The faculty collective is constantly expanding into new departments and colleges, adding to the breadth of knowledge and expertise in Geospatial Science. The initial lab faculty include Dr. Peter Anthamatten, Dr. Joshua French, Michael Hinke, Dr. Wesley Marshall, Dr. Carolyn McAndrews, Dr. Rafael Moreno-Sanchez, Dr. Deborah Thomas, Dr. Austin Troy, Dr. Amanda Weaver, Dr. Michael Wunder, Suzanne Anderson, Tim Stalker and Valerie Kraucunas.

Details at http://geospatial.ucdenver.edu/foss4g/faculty

They also offer a wide diversity of geospatial training with certificate programs in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science, the College of Architecture of Planning, and the School of Engineering. More details of the University of Colorado Lab at http://geospatial.ucdenver.edu/foss4g/home-2

University of Colorado is the 18th University in the USA to establish Open Geospatial Lab in the last 2 years and joins a great family of other key research universities (University of Massachusetts ,Harvard University, University of California, University of North Carolina, University of Kansas, Arizona State University, Kent State University etc). We are looking forward to receiving more applications from other universities in USA to establish research labs and expand our research in Open Geospatial Science in the United States and globally.

There is also good news on Open Education with the U.S. Open Government Partnership: National Action Plan that is released. Details at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/new_nap_commitments_report_092314.pdf

Thanks to all who made this possible and this will have a domino effect...

Announcing FOSS4G-Europe 2015 (Como, Italy)

News Date: 
30 Sep 2014

We are proud to announce the second Edition of the FOSS4G (Free and Open Source For Geospatial) Europe Conference.

The Conference aims to bring together FOSS4G users and developers worldwide and foster closer interactions with and amongst European communities in order to share ideas for improving geodata, software and applications, openness, and availability.

It will be held at Politecnico di Milano (http://www.polo-como.polimi.it/en/), Como (Italy), from July 14 through 17, 2015.

A one day of workshops precedes the conference (13 July 2015) and the code sprint closes the event (18 July 2015).

Besides the traditional Academic Track (one day track), three special Tracks on FOSS4G for water resources (one day track), OpenGeodata (half day track) and FOSS4G for Libraries (half day track) will be organized.

A meeting of the Labs involved in the GeoForAll (http://www.geoforall.org/) initiative will take place.

A mapping party for celebrating the International Map Year (http://internationalmapyear.org/) will be organized together with ICA and other Associations.

Last but not least, the winners of the NASA Worldwind Europe Challenge 2015 (http://eurochallenge.como.polimi.it/) will present their innovative apps to the public.

This is just the beginning. Stay tuned: website and more information available soon.

Maria Brovelli & the Organizing Team

Gary Sherman Receives Sol Katz Award

News Date: 
12 Sep 2014

Gary Sherman was honored last week with the 2014 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software during the FOSS4G 2014 conference in Portland, Oregon, US. This was the tenth year of the award. Gary is the founder of the QGIS project (or Quantum GIS), a desktop Open Source GIS that has become one of the most popular projects today, with a huge user and developer community. He began development of QGIS back in 2002, and it was approved as an OSGeo project in 2008. Gary's work and passion for “open” has touched the lives of millions.

Gary's acceptance video http://vimeo.com/106310099


The Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software is awarded annually by OSGeo to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the GFOSS community. Recipients of the award will have contributed significantly through their activities to advance open source ideals in the geospatial realm. The hope is that the award will both acknowledge the work of community members, and pay tribute to one of its founders, for years to come. Sol Katz was an early pioneer of GFOSS and left behind a large body of work in the form of applications, format specifications, and utilities. In the early 80's, Sol assisted in the development of a public domain GIS package called MOSS (Map Overlay and Statistical System). This software was arguably the first open source GIS software in the world. Sol would later go on to release and maintain PC MOSS. He was also one of the first involved in public data translator utilities. Utilities that he developed for converting DEMs and reading SDTS files were contributed back to the geospatial community, and are still available today. Sol was also a frequent contributor to many geospatial list servers, providing much guidance to the geospatial community at large. Sadly, after fighting Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma for almost a decade, Sol died April 23, 1999 in bed. His legacy will always live on in the GFOSS world.