The annual OSGeo Board of Directors and Charter Membership elections have come to a close with the first meeting of the new board, and the selection of a new executive. During the process 22 new charter members were added bringing this group to 144 charter members from around the world. During the Board of Directors election, the following new board members were elected for a two year term:
- Anne Ghisla (Italy)
- Jeff McKenna (Canada)
- Daniel Morissette (Canada)
- Cameron Shorter (Australia)
- Frank Warmerdam (Canada)
Jáchym Čepický (Czech Republic) has been welcomed onto the board for a one year term to complete Jo Cook's term who stepped down just before the elections.
The new board, including the returning Peter Batty (United States), Michael Gerlek (United States), and Mark Lucas (United States), is pleased to announce the following executive:
- President: Frank Warmerdam
- Treasurer: Daniel Morissette
- Secretary: Michael Gerlek
As the new President of OSGeo, Frank Warmerdam brings many years of geospatial experience and has been involved in the OSGeo foundation since its inception. He is known for his work with the GDAL/OGR translation library, which has become the backbone of the spatial industry. Daniel Morissette is continuing the role of Treasurer and brings practical experience as a business owner to this key role as well as over a decade of experience as a technical contributor and community leader in the MapServer project and OSGeo. Michael Gerlek is returning to the role of Secretary and brings a passion for supporting OSGeo both locally and globally.
About his new role as OSGeo President Frank Warmerdam says, "OSGeo has a fantastic set of volunteers, projects and an energized board and I believe we can continue to move forward on many fronts in the coming year. I can't thank Arnulf Christl, our past president, enough for his tireless work. While I can't fill his shoes as a globe trotting speaker on behalf of OSGeo, I believe we can as a community continue to be everywhere."
- All geospatial applications on the disc have been updated to their latest stable releases.
- OpenJDK 7
- All OSGeo-Live java applications have been successfully migrated to OpenJDK 7. Migration to OpenJDK was driven by Oracle's announcement that including Sun Java in Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, or OSGeo-Live, is no longer allowed.
- There has been significant activity translating OSGeo-Live documentation. Core documents are available in ten languages, and comprehensive translations are available for many other languages, including: Catalan (new), Chinese (new), English, French (new), German, Greek, Italian (new), Japanese, Korean (new), Polish, Spanish
- Xubuntu 12.04 LTS
- The Xubuntu base has been upgraded to 12.04 LTS (Long Term Support)
OSGeo-Live is a self-contained bootable DVD, USB flash drive and Virtual Machine based upon Ubuntu Linux that is pre-configured with a wide variety of robust open source geospatial software. The applications can be trialled without installing anything on your computer, simply by booting the computer from a DVD or USB drive, or running in a Virtual Machine environment. An accompanying collection of lightning presentations introduce the breadth and depth of Free and Open Source for Geospatial.
- Fifty Quality Geospatial Open Source applications installed and pre-configured
- Free world maps and geodata
- One page overview and quick start guide for every application
- Overviews of key OGC standards
- Translations for multiple languages
Over 120 people have directly helped with OSGeo-Live packaging, documenting and translating, and thousands have been involved in building the packaged software.
Packagers, documenters and translators include:
Activity Workshop, Agustín Díez, Aikaterini Kapsampeli, Alan Boudreault, Alessandro Furieri, Alex Mandel, Alexandre Dube, Amy Gao, Andrea Antonello, Andrea Yanza, Angelos Tzotsos, Anna Muñoz, Anne Ghisla, Anton Patrushev, Argyros Argyridis, Assumpcio Termens, Astrid Emde, Barry Rowlingson, Benjamin Pross, Brian Hamlin, Bruno Binet, Cameron Shorter, Christophe Tufféry, Christos Iossifidis, Cristhian Pin, Dane Springmeyer, Daniel Kastl, David Mateos, Diego González, Dimitar Misev, Dominik Helle, Edgar Soldin, Eike Hinderk Jrrens, Eric Lemoine, Estela Llorente, Etienne Delay, Etienne Dube, Fran Boon, François Prunayre, Frank Gasdorf, Frank Warmerdam, Gavin Treadgold, Grald Fenoy, Hamish Bowman, Haruyuki Seki, Henry Addo, Hernan Olivera, Howard Butler, Hyeyeong Choe, Ian Turton, Jackie Ng, Jan Drewnak, Javier Sánchez, Jesús Gómez, Jim Klassen, Jing Wang, Jinsongdi Yu, Jody Garnett, Johan Van de Wauw, Jorge Arévalo, Jorge Sanz, José Antonio Canalejo, Judit Mays, Klokan Petr Pridal, Kristof Lange, Lance McKee, Lars Lingner, Luca Delucchi, Lucía Sanjaime, Mage Whopper, Manuel Grizonnet, Marc Torres, Marc-André Barbeau, Marco Curreli, Marco Puppin, Margherita Di Leo, Maria Vakalopoulou, Mario Andino, Mark Leslie, Massimo Di Stefano, Mauricio Miranda, Mauricio Pazos, Micha Silver, Michaël Michaud, Michael Owonibi, Mike Adair, Milena Nowotarska, Nacho Varela, Nathaniel V. Kelso, Ned Horning, Nobusuke Iwasaki, Oliver Tonnhofer, Òscar Fonts, Otto Dassau, Pasquale Di Donato, Paul Meems, Pedro-Juan Ferrer, Pirmin Kalberer, Raf Roset, Ricardo Pinho, Roald de Wit, Roberto Antolín, Roger Veciana, Ruth Schoenbuchner, Samuel Mesa, Sergio Baños, Simon Cropper, Simon Pigot, Stefan A. Tzeggai, Stefan Hansen, Stefan Steiniger, Stephan Meissl, Steve Lime, Thierry Badard, Thomas Baschetti, Thomas Gratier, Tom Kralidis, Toshikazu Seto, Trevor Wekel, Valenty González, Xianfeng Song, Yoichi Kayama, Zhengfan Lin
- The Open Source Geospatial Foundation OSGeo provides development & hosting infrastructure for the OSGeo-Live project, and infrastructure for many of the software projects themselves.
- LISAsoft provides sustaining resources and staff toward the management of the Live DVD. http://www.lisasoft.com
- Information Center for the Environment (ICE) at the University of California, Davis provides hardware resources and development support to the OSGeo Live project. http://ice.ucdavis.edu
- The DebianGIS and UbuntuGIS teams provide and quality-assure many of the core packages. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianGis and https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGIS
For more information on setting up your project with Maven, see the Quickstart (included in the user guide documentation pack above).
Geotools 8.0 is a stable release made in conjunction with GeoServer 2.2-RC2 and GeoWebCache 1.3-RC4. Currently there are no additional updates to 2.7.x planned.
Geotools 8.0 comes feature packed compared to its 2.7.x releases. Highlights include:
- Function lookup using qualified Name
- Update to Java 6
- Add support for joins to the WFS protocol
- New ILIKE statement
- Support Multi-Valued Attributes in Filter Comparison Operators
- Temporal Filters
- Allow build with Maven 2 or Maven 3
- Describe Function with FunctionName
- Detailed Argument and Return Info for FunctionName
- Introduction for the use of ResourceId
- Sphinx generated user guide with live codes examples, tutorials and build instructions
- MapContext refactor
For those migrating from GeoTools 2.7, additional instructions are available here.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all the developers, users and contributor that have helped to make this release possible.
The GeoTools Community
It was announced on July 10, 2012 by the FOSS4G local organizing committee that the FOSS4G 2012 conference that was scheduled to be held in September in Beijing has been cancelled. The OSGeo board was of course disappointed to hear this. Like anyone who follows the OSGeo conference or board public mailing lists we have known for some time that the local committee was facing various challenges. But we wanted to give the local team the maximum chance to try to pull together an event.
FOSS4G has been successful being a truly global conference, taking a major event around the world with most of the work done by local volunteers. We've had great success with this approach, with excellent events in cities including Sydney and Cape Town - but this approach also has its risks. We will look carefully into what we can learn from this year to mitigate the risk in future.
Despite this setback, the FOSS4G event has continued to expand around the globe this year: The global FOSS4G 2011 event in Denver was the largest yet, with 900 people from 42 countries and great reviews from attendees. Plans for FOSS4G 2013 in Nottingham are already very advanced with a very strong team which will beyond any doubt organize a great event.
FOSS4G has also evolved into multiple regional events in addition to the global one. We already had several successful regional FOSS4G events this year; one for North America in Washington DC, one for Central and Eastern Europe in Prague and FOSS4G Japan will take place in November. Many regional geospatial conferences now also include a strong OSGeo or FOSS4G steam. As an example find a list of events where OSGeo Live was distributed:
OSGeo normally presents the Sol Katz award at the annual FOSS4G conference, to recognize an individual as a leader in the geospatial Open Source community. The Sol Katz award will also be awarded this year, but it is still to be determined how, when and where the presentation will take place. The same applies for the OSGeo Annual General Meeting which will be rescheduled in due course, several options are already on the table.
With kind regards,
the OSGeo Board of Directors
The OpenLayers Development Team is proud to announce the final release of OpenLayers 2.12!
OpenLayers 2.12 can be downloaded from http://openlayers.org/download/
OpenLayers 2.12 offers great new features and improvements in various areas:
- A new CSS-customizable zoom control.
- Sensible projection defaults to ease the creation and configuration of maps.
- Tile caching for offline use.
- CSS-based tile animation.
- UTFGrid support.
- Improved image request management (tile queue).
- Fractional zooming for tiled layers (a.k.a. client zoom).
OpenLayers 2.12 deprecates a number of properties, methods and constructors, and the deprecated objects have been moved to a separate deprecated.js file.
Please look at the release notes for more information: https://github.com/openlayers/openlayers/blob/master/notes/2.12.md
GeoMOOSE 2.6 provides exciting new features. Some new features to GeoMOOSE 2.6 include:
- Updated OpenLayers version (2.11)
- Updated website and documentation
- Addition of local_settings.ini for overriding and customization of settings.ini
Visit the live demo from the website, http://www.geomoose.org/info/demo.html to see GeoMOOSE 2.6 in action.
GeoMOOSE (http://www.geomoose.org) is an open source web application framework for displaying geographic data. What makes GeoMOOSE unique is it provides an out-of-the-box solution that makes it easy for non-developers to create web-mapping applications with typical tools such as navigate, search, measure and print. Non-developers only need to be comfortable with configuration files. GeoMOOSE has a number of strengths including modularity, configurability, and delivers a number of core functionalities in its packages. The project has targeted local government business cases to distribute land records information, but many other users have used it for much more. Since GeoMOOSE is open source project it built on other popular open source projects such as OpenLayers (www.openlayers.org) and MapServer (www.mapserver.org). To get started with GeoMOOSE, simply go to the download page and install the software demo.
Full details at http://www.geomoose.org/releases/2.6.html