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OSGeo is accepted as a mentor organization for GSoC 2017!

News Date: 
28 Feb 2017
Details: 

Dear OSGeo community,

We are proud to announce that OSGeo has been selected as a mentor organization for the 2017 edition of GSoC! See all selected orgs here.

From now until March 20, potential student participants are invited to discuss application ideas with mentoring organizations/OSGeo’s projects (see the detailed timeline.

Mentors are invited to let us know the project they intend to mentor, and to subscribe to the Google webpage. Before committing for mentorship, please read and accept the mentor’s responsibilities.

Once we have verified the correspondence between the mentors and the idea, we will proceed to appointing them in our wiki page and connect the mentors to the OSGeo organization on the Google website, from which it’ll be possible for the mentors to evaluate the proposals. Mentors: please offer guidance to the students that contact your software communities, and offer them a code challenge in line with the project that they want to apply for.
Would-be students: please read carefully the recommendations and browse the ideas page.

All: please subscribe the soc mailing list.

Let’s begin!!

Cheers,
The OSGeo GSoC Team

Summer School in Geocomputation - Italy - June 2017

News Date: 
24 Feb 2017
Details: 

Dear colleagues,

registration open now for our International Summer School organized by Spatial Ecology (http://www.spatial-ecology.net) held at the Univ. of Basilicata, in the magnificent town Matera, Italy.

Geocomputation using free and Open Source Software (19th-23th June 2017)

A 5 days intense experience opening new horizons on the use of the vast potentials of Linux environment and the command line approach for data processing using Bash, AWK, Python, GRASS, QGIS, GDAL/OGR, R, PKtools, OpenForis. We will guide newbies and experienced GIS users who have never used a command line terminal to a stage which will allow them to understand and apply very advanced open source data processing routines. Our focus is to enhance a self-learning approach. This allows participants to keep on progressing and improving their skills in a continuously evolving technological environment.

More information and registration:

Best regards

Spatial Ecology – Team

ACM SIGSPATIAL Cup 2017 CFP

News Date: 
18 Feb 2017
Details: 

The 6th GIS-focused algorithm competition, GISCUP 2017, co-located with ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2017, November 7 - November 10, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, USA

http://sigspatial2017.sigspatial.org/giscup2017/

This year will be the 6th GIS-focused algorithm competition, GISCUP 2017, co-located with the 2017 ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS conference. ACM SIGSPATIAL hosts an annual algorithm contest with the goal of encouraging innovation in a fun way. The winners will be announced at the ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS conference in November 2017. Contest participants will submit original computer programs to be evaluated by the contest organizers on common datasets.

This year’s contest will focus on the growing research area of trajectory computing. Massive amounts of spatial trajectories are generated nowadays by smartphones, infrastructure, computer games, natural phenomena, and many other sources. A trajectory consists of a time series of locations with the assumption that some sort of interpolation (often piecewise linear) is reasonable. In this way, trajectories are one-dimensional geometric objects, but their representation in computer systems is usually zero-dimensional as a series of pairs of location and time, for example.

Trajectory similarity is a very basic problem when dealing with this type of data and many different ways of comparing trajectories have been proposed. In this challenge, we concentrate on a very intuitive measure called Fréchet distance with hard computational complexity, but superior quality in theory and practice.

The Fréchet distance is defined as the minimal length of a leash connecting a dog on one trajectory with its owner on a second trajectory, both never moving backwards. For this challenge, the "true" Fréchet distance shall be used, though teams are free to exploit the existing approximations including the Discrete Fréchet distance as they wish. The challenge for this year consists of finding and combining spatiotemporal indexing schemes with efficient algorithms for Range Queries in very large databases of trajectories. The approaches will be evaluated on a multitude of real and synthetic datasets, a sample datasets can be found on the download page page.

In summary, the key topics that are being addressed in this year’s cup are the following:

- Spatio-temporal Big Data
- Trajectory Computing
- Computational Geometry
- Indexing and Retrieval in Spatial Computing

The top three teams will be provided with cash and / or other prizes. In addition to these prizes, the top three teams will be invited to submit a four page paper for a contest paper session to be held at the 2017 ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS conference. These papers will be subject to review and acceptance by the contest organizers, but it is expected that each of the top three teams will have their paper in the conference proceedings and a ten-minute presentation in the contest session.

At least one team member of each winning team must register for the 2017 ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS conference.

Important Dates:
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July 30, 2017 Deadline for Submissions
August 17, 2017 Invitation of papers for the best submissions
August 24, 2017 Submission deadline for invited papers

More information about the contest can be found here:

http://sigspatial2017.sigspatial.org/giscup2017/

Contest Chairs:
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Martin Werner, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, martin.werner@ifi.lmu.de
Dev Oliver, ESRI, DOliver@esri.com

Contest Masters:
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To be announced

ACM SIGSPATIAL 2017 - Call for Participation

News Date: 
18 Feb 2017
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The 25th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on
Advances in Geographic Information Systems
(ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2017)

Tuesday November 7 - Friday November 10, 2017
Los Angeles, California, USA

http://sigspatial2017.sigspatial.org

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The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems 2017 (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2017) is the twenty-fifth event in a series of symposia and workshops that began in 1993 with the aim of bringing together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners in relation to novel systems based on geo-spatial data and knowledge, and fostering interdisciplinary discussions and research in all aspects of geographic information systems. The conference provides a forum for original research contributions covering all conceptual, design, and implementation aspects of geospatial data ranging from applications, user interfaces, and visualization to data storage and query processing and indexing. The conference is the premier annual event of the ACM Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (ACM SIGSPATIAL). Researchers, students, and practitioners are invited to submit their contributions to ACM
SIGSPATIAL 2017.

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Call for Papers:
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Important Dates:
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Abstract Submission: June 6, 2017 (midnight PT)
Paper Submission: June 13, 2017 (midnight PT)
Preliminary Reviews Available: July 24, 2017

Author Responses: July 27, 2017

Acceptance Notification: August 17, 2017

Paper Submission Site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=acmsigspatial2017

The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems 2017 (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2017) is the twenty fifth event in a series of symposia and workshops that began in 1993 with the aim of bringing together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners in relation to novel systems based on geo-spatial data and knowledge, and fostering interdisciplinary discussions and research in all aspects of geographic information systems. The conference provides a forum for original research contributions covering all conceptual, design, and implementation aspects of geospatial data ranging from applications, user interfaces, and visualization to data storage and query processing and indexing. The conference is the premier annual event of the ACM Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (ACM SIGSPATIAL). Researchers, students, and practitioners are invited to submit their contributions to ACM SIGSPATIAL 2017.

Suggested Geospatial-related topics include but are not limited to the following:

Cartography and Geodesy
Computational Geometry
Computer Graphics Applications
Computer Vision Applications
Distributed and Parallel Algorithms
Earth Observation
Geographic Information Retrieval
Geospatial Architectures and Middleware
GPU and Novel Hardware Solutions
Human Computer Interaction and Visualization
Image and Video Understanding
Location-Based Services
Location Privacy, Data Sharing and Security
Mobile Systems and Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks
Object Tracking and RFIDs
Performance Evaluation
Photogrammetry
Similarity Searching
Spatial Analysis and Integration
Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Data Acquisition
Spatio-Temporal Data Analysis
Spatial Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
Spatial Data Quality and Uncertainty
Spatial Data Structures and Algorithms
Spatial Data Warehousing, OLAP, and Decision Support
Spatial Information and Society
Spatial Modeling and Reasoning
Spatial Query Processing and Optimization
Spatio-Temporal Data Management
Spatio-Temporal Sensor Networks
Spatio-Temporal Stream Processing
Spatio-Textual Searching
Standardization and Interoperability
Storage and Indexing
Traffic Telematics
Transportation
Urban and Environmental Planning
Visual Languages and Querying
Web and Real-Time Applications
Paper Format
Manuscripts should be submitted in PDF format and formatted using the ACM camera-ready templates available at http://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template. It is important that

previous related work (especially appearing in prior editions of the ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference and the ACM SIGSPATIAL workshops/symposia) be appropriately cited. All submissions will be refereed for quality, originality, and relevance by the Program Committee. Accepted papers will be considered for “Best Paper Award.”

Research Papers
Authors are invited to submit full, original, unpublished research papers that are not being considered for publication in any other forum. Submissions are limited to 10 pages. In addition to the regular full-length papers, the Program Committee may accept some as poster papers that will be requested to be shortened to 4 pages. Both full and poster papers will appear in the conference proceedings.

Industrial Experience and Systems Papers
Industrial experience and systems papers are invited that describe original industrial experiences, challenges, and applications, as well as systems to be presented during the conference. Industrial Experience and Systems paper submissions are limited to 10 pages—append “(Industrial Paper)” or “(Systems Paper)” to the title as is appropriate. Accepted Industrial Experience and Systems papers will appear in the conference proceedings.

Demonstration Papers
Authors are invited to submit demo papers describing original demonstrations to be presented at the conference. Submissions are limited to 4 pages—append “(Demo Paper)” to the title. Accepted demo papers will appear in the conference proceedings.

Vision Papers
Authors are invited to submit vision papers describing visionary ideas to be presented at the conference. Submissions are limited to 4 pages—append “(Vision Paper)” to the title. Accepted vision papers will appear in the conference proceedings. Awards in the amount of $1,000, $750, and $500 are expected to be provided to the first, second, and third best vision papers.

Registration and Presentation
At least one author per accepted research, industrial experience and systems, demonstration, or vision paper must register and attend the conference to present the accepted submission. Otherwise, the accepted submission will not appear in the published conference proceedings or in the ACM Digital Library version of the conference proceedings.

Workshop Proposals
One-day workshops will be held on Tuesday November 7, 2017. Workshop proposals are to be submitted in PDF format to the Workshops Chairs. The proceedings of the workshops will appear in the ACM Digital Library. All proposers and organizers of accepted workshops must register for the workshop or the workshop will be canceled. Workshop proposal submission deadline is May 1, 2017.

Programming Contest
The ACM SIGSPATIAL CUP 2017, with prizes, is a geospatial-focused algorithm competition.

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Orfeo ToolBox 5.10 is released!

News Date: 
18 Feb 2017
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We are very happy to announce the new release of Orfeo ToolBox 5.10, codename Valentine! Besides 29 bugs fixed, we are introducing some exciting new features:

  • On the fly color mapping in Monteverdi with GLSL shaders. One of Orfeo ToolBox flagship application is Monteverdi, a hardware accelerated satellite image viewer that works with multiple geometries (including sensor!). In the upcoming version, OTB 5.10, we are adding a powerful new feature: live color mapping with GLSL shaders. What does that mean? You can now add colors to your single band raster images on the fly!
  • Easy migration from GUI to Bash with automatic command line. Have you ever used an OTB application from Monteverdi and wanted to move it to a script? Now it's easier than ever! Whenever you use any OTB application from the GUI, there will be the equivalent command line for Bash displayed in the Logs tab.
  • New applications in OTB. DomainTransform for transforming images to the Fourier or Wavelet domain
  • A new system for making composite applications. We can now write applications that call other applications, improving code reuse. For example, the BundleToPerfectSensor application has been refactored to reuse the Superimpose and Pansharpening applications internally.
  • Packaging Remote Module. We are now packaging remote modules for binary distribution. Select packages compatible with our build system are now available for download via a “OTB-contrib” package that includes the standard OTB installation (Applications, Monteverdi, etc), plus remote module binaries.
Binary packages for 5.10 are available now for Linux, Mac OS and Windows!

https://www.orfeo-toolbox.org/Download/

You can also checkout the source directly with git:

git clone https://git@git.orfeo-toolbox.org/git/otb.git OTB --branch release-5.10

We welcome your feedback and request, and encourage you to join the OTB community and mailing list. If you think you face a bug, please report it on Mantis.

Happy remote sensing!

OTB Team

"Geospatial Professional Society of the Year" Awarded to OSGeo Foundation

News Date: 
10 Feb 2017
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The OSGeo Foundation is pleased to be recognized as the "Geospatial Professional Society of the Year" by Geospatial Media and Communication. Geospatial World Award is an internationally-acclaimed private award recognizing exemplary innovations and practices in the global geospatial industry.

The announcement was made at the gala dinner event of Geospatial World Forum, recently held in Hyderabad, India. The 2017 award in recognition of our foundation's effort towards promoting the use of open source geospatial software, and its collaborative development.

The Award was presented to our president, Prof. Venkatesh Raghavan, by Dr Swarna Subba Rao, the Surveyor General of India, in the presence of Mr. Sanjay Kumar, CEO, Geospatial Media and Communications and other luminaries of the global geospatial community.

While accepting the award on behalf of the OSGeo Foundation, Prof. Venkatesh Raghavan said the award calls for a triple celebration, as 2017 also marks 250 years of glorious history of the Survey of India, the 20th Anniversary for Geospatial Media and Communications Pvt. Ltd. Our president dedicated the award to all who believe in openness and freedom in geospatial software.

Thanks to Geospatial Media and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for bestowing the OSGeo Foundation with this rare honor and congratulations to all members of our community!

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About Geospatial World Forum

Geospatial World Forum (GWF) is a conference covering the entire spectrum of geospatial technologies, workflows, policies and practices in one global platform. Founded in Hyderabad in 2007, the conference has traveled across Europe before returning to Hyderabad in 2017. GWF 2017 was co-hosted by Survey of India and Indian Space Research Organization. The conference witnessed participation of 3000+ delegates from 100 countries and covered 30 thematic sessions and workshops with over 300 presentations.

About Open Source Geospatial Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is not-for-profit organization to foster global adoption of open source geospatial technology. The software foundation is devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development. OSGeo serves as an outreach and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal support for the open source geospatial community.

OSGeo sponsorship is available on an annual basis for foundation projects, events, local chapters and operations. Visit osgeo.org/sponsorship for more information

About Geospatial Media and Communications

Known for its quality publication and insightful geospatial conferences, Geospatial Media is a global organization that believes in making difference through geospatial knowledge in world economy.

About Geospatial World Leadership Awards

Established in 2007, by Geospatial Media and Communications, Geospatial World Leadership Awards have evolved to be recognized globally. Categories of these awards are aligned with characteristics and directions of the geospatial industry.