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First ACM SIGSPATIAL Student Research Competition

News Date: 
19 Aug 2016
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For the first time, the ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 will host the SIGSPATIAL ACM Student Research Competition (SRC). SRC allows undergraduate and graduate students to share their research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees; understand the practical applications of their research; perfect their communication skills; and receive prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community.

Guidelines

The Student Research Competition is open to graduate (only one author) and undergraduate (up to two authors per contribution) student members whose submissions are accepted by the SRC committee. SRC submissions should describe recent research conducted primarily by students or a recent development that involves a substantial amount of work achieved primarily by students. To be considered, complete a submission of an extended abstract of a topic of interest to the ACM SIGSPATIAL conference (please check the main conference CFP for relevant topics) and indicate the level of the participation (undergraduate or graduate). Valid ACM student membership and student status enrolment as of the submission deadline are required for the lead student.

Selection Process

Submission will be judged based on novelty, impact, approach, results, and contributions to the field of spatial systems and algorithms. Selected competitors must attend the SRC session during the conference and should prepare a poster for demonstrating their work during the conference. If selected for further competition at the next level, they should be prepared to give a short talk of 10 minutes about their research projects in front of the judging committee and conference attendees. Winners of the SIGSPTIAL 2016 SRC will be announced at the conference.

Awards

Selected competitors by the SRC committee will receive up to $500 USD for their conference travel, depending on need. Winners from each category will advance to the SRC Grand Finals, where winners from various ACM SIGs are evaluated to nominate the ACM-wide SRC winners. The winners of the Grand Finals will be recognized at the Annual ACM Awards Banquet, the same banquet that also recognizes the Turing Award winners.

Sponsors

The SRC competition is fully sponsored by a generous donation from Microsoft Research.

Submission Instructions

Each submission should include the author(s)' name(s), affiliations, email addresses, research advisors' names, ACM student member number, SRC category (undergraduate or graduate), and an extended abstract of no more than two pages in the conference template. The SRC submission should not have been published before or under concurrent submission to another venue/SIGSPATIAL track. Please submit your papers through the EasyChair system at: https://easychair.org/ conferences/?conf= acmsigspatial16src

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: August 25, 2016. September 2nd, 2016.
Notification of Acceptance: September 20, 2016 September 27th, 2016.

Contact

For more information about the SRC competition, please contact the SRC Chair Moustafa Youssef at moustafa.youssef@ejust.edu.eg

CIOREVIEW SELECTED RASDAMAN AS ONE OF THE 100 MOST PROMISING BIGDATA SOLUTION PROVIDERS 2016

News Date: 
11 Aug 2016
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FREMONT, CA—July 20, 2016— Rasdaman, has been ranked as one of the 100 Most Promising BigData Solution Providers 2016 by CIOReview.

"It's a delightful experience to announce Rasdaman as one of the 100 Most Promising BigData Solution Providers 2016," said Jeevan George, Managing Editor of CIOReview. "Rasdaman is recognized for providing highly innovative products that helps to store and query massive, multi-dimensional array of data into the data base, which brings new dimension to the industries in the Big Data arena."

Rasdaman is a leader in Array Databases, and specializes in raster service standardization, leader in geo raster services, international project management, and spatial data infrastructures. It provides Scalable Array Engine typical representatives include spatio-temporal sensor, image, simulation, and statistics data. Through its SQL-embedded array query language, rasdaman is pioneer and world technology leader in flexible, fast, and scalable array analytics. The rasdaman technology is available in two compatible editions. Open-source rasdaman community is freely available as source code. The performance boosters of prorietary rasdaman enterprise edition overlay in a compatible way. It also provides Analytics tools, Visual geo clients: OpenLayers and Geo workbenches.

http://bigdata.cioreview.com/vendor/2016/rasdaman
Digital Magazine Link:http://magazine.cioreview.com/magazines/July2016/BigData/#page=147

ABOUT RASDAMAN

Founded in 2003, Rasdaman is the pioneer and leading Array Analytics Engine, the next generation in scalable data services for science, engineering, and beyond. It provides agile analytics on massive multidimensional arrays, such as regular and irregular spatio-temporal grids. For more info, visit: http://www.rasdaman.com/

ABOUT CIOREVIEW

Published from Fremont, California, CIOReview is a print magazine that explores and understands the plethora of ways adopted by firms to execute the smooth functioning of their businesses. A distinguished panel comprising of CEOs, CIOs, IT VPs including CIOReview editorial board finalized the "100 Most Promising BigData Solution Providers 2016" in the U.S. and shortlisted the best vendors and consultants.
For more info:
http://www.cioreview.com

Introduction to gvSIG free online workshops

News Date: 
22 Jul 2016
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The gvSIG Association is now pleased to inform the “Introduction to gvSIG” summer webinars at the beginning of August.

Summer has arrived in a lot of places around the world. This is a good time to learn to use gvSIG, the open source GIS.

Do you want to create a thematic map with gvSIG or a new vector layer with your parcel, a road...? You can do it now at these open and free webinars.

There will be two webinars, that will last about 30 minutes:

  • “Getting started with gvSIG” - August 3rd (14:00 UTC – Check the time in your country)
  • “Vector editing, 3D view and other gvSIG tools” - August 10th (14:00 UTC – Check the time in your country)

At the first webinar we'll see how to manage a gvSIG project. We'll create new views with cartography, and we'll apply symbology and labelling. We'll introduce the reference systems, and finally we will create a thematic map to be printed or exported to a PDF file.

At the second webinar, we'll show how to create a new vector layer, where we'll digitalize several elements. We also will see the gvSIG toolbox, where we can find all the geoprocesses. We will apply one of them. We finally will see how the 3D extension works.

We expect your participation!

ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 Workshops. San Francisco, CA, Monday, October 31st, 2016

News Date: 
22 Jul 2016
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Greetings,
The workshops for SIGSPATIAL 2016 can be found below: http://sigspatial2016.sigspatial.org/workshops/

Workshop TitleWorkshop AcronymWebsite URL
9th ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Computational Transportation Science (IWCTS 2016)IWCTShttps://udi.ornl.gov/iwcts2016
7th ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on GeoStreaming (IWGS 2016)IWGShttp://www.iwgeostream.com
2nd ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Emergency Management using GIS (EM-GIS 2016)EM-GIShttp://www.dviz.cn/em-gis2016/
5th ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Analytics for Big Geospatial Data (BigSpatial-2016)BigSpatialhttp://www.cse.buffalo.edu/~chandola/workshops/bigspatial-2016/
5th ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Mobile Geographic Information Systems (MobiGIS 2016)MobiGIShttp://www.mobigis.org
2nd ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Smart Cities and Urban Analytics (UrbanGIS) 2016UrbanGIShttps://wp.nyu.edu/urbangis/
3rd ACM SIGSPATIAL PhD WorkshopPhDhttps://sites.google.com/site/sigspatialphd16/
8th ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Indoor Spatial Awareness (ISA 2016)ISAhttps://sites.google.com/site/indoorspatialawareness2016/
ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Location-based Social Networks (LBSN 2016)LBSN
6th ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Mobile Entity Localization, Tracking and Analysis (MELT 2016)MELThttps://sites.google.com/site/meltworks/home
10th Workshop on Geographic Information Retrieval (GIR 2016)GIRhttp://www.geo.uzh.ch/~rsp/gir16/index.html

First Anniversary edition of our Geo4All Newsletter and invitation to be our GeoAmbassador

News Date: 
13 Jul 2016
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We are pleased to announce the first year anniversary of our GeoforAll Newsletter (this is our twelfth issue). On behalf of the GeoforAll community, I would like to thank  Nikos Lambrinos (Chief Editor) and our wonderful team of co-editors Rizwan Bulbul, Pavel Kikin, Alexey Kolesnikov, Rania Elsayed, Elżbieta Wołoszyńska-Wiśniewska, Antoni Perez Navaro, Emma Strong, Sergio Acosta Y Lara and  production designer Nikos Voudrislis  for their selfless dedication and volunteer efforts  which made this possible. This newsletter has been an amazing instrument to share information and ideas with the wider geocommunity and also highlight and honour the contributions of our excellent colleagues from across the world. Details at http://www.geoforall.org/newsletters/

This newsletter is a community initiative run by the community for the community. We welcome all community members to contribute and share their updates to the newsletter for the benefit of the wider geo community. We have made 'Open Principles' as the key guideline for all articles. Relevant updates and information on free and open software, open data, open standards, open education resources are all welcome for future editions. It has been a learning curve for all of us, and we request you all to help us on this initiative.

We have great pleasure in introducing Professor Georg Gartner as our GeoAmbassador for this first Anniversary edition of our Geo4All Newsletter. More information at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/07/geoambassodor-professor-georg-gartner/


So how can you contribute to enable geospatial education opportunities to all ? Everyone who is interested in enabling geospatial education opportunities to all are our GeoAmbassadors. It is not just the thousands of OSGeo members but also thousands of colleagues in ICA, ISPRS, UCGIS, AGILE, GSDI, AGS  who all work for Geoeducation opportunities for all who are our GeoAmbassadors. Geo for All is a world wide movement that provides immediate benefit to the world.

Share the free and open educational resources and software that are available from OSGeo Live to MapStory to Teacher Training resources   (developed thanks to the contributions to thousands of volunteers) all available free and open to all at http://www.geoforall.org/training/  to colleagues globally and be our GeoAmbassadors.

Also it is our great pleasure to introduce our colleagues at SIGTE, University of Girona [1] , Spain, as our “Geo4All” lab of the month. One of the founder labs of the Geo for All initiative, SIGTE has been contributing immensely to our teaching, research, and service activities. SIGTE colleagues have been the pioneers of a very successful summer school program dedicated to free and open geographic information software and aimed at promoting the use and development of free geospatial solutions and empowering students. Details are available at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/07/geo4all-lab-of-the-month-sigte-university-of-girona-spain/


We thank Gemma Boix, Lluís Vicens, Gemma Pons, Rosa Olivella, Ferran Orduña,Toni Hernandez, Alexandre Busquets, Josep Sitjar, Laura Olivas and all colleagues and students at SIGTE lab for their contributions to the Geo4All initiative and look forward to working and building more collaborations with all interested on this education mission.


Share the power of Geographic Information that SIGTE developed  https://vimeo.com/22069904  This is a wonderful introductory video that can be used by all colleagues globally to promote GIS at all levels  . The final sentence in the video is “In the not so distant future, it is hoped that GIS will help us build a better and more efficient society for all” – This is exactly why we are all working on Geo4All…

The contributions of SIGTE colleagues is a good example of our philosophy and why we are working on Geo4All at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/07/sharing-is-caring-why-openness-is-key-for-true-empowerment-and-sustainability/


Let us work together work together to support open principles in education and enable Geo technologies in empowering communities and helping improving the Quality of Life and standards of living for everyone. Let us all work together to help create a world that is more accessible, equitable and full of innovation and opportunities for everyone.
 

Happy Anniversary to all.

Best wishes,

Suchith Anand
http://www.geoforall.org/

pycsw 2.0.0 "Doug" released

News Date: 
13 Jul 2016
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The pycsw team proudly announces the release of pycsw 2.0.0 “Doug”.

The 2.0.0 “Doug” release brings major features, enhancements and fixes to the codebase, including:

  • CSW 3 support (OGC Reference Implementation)
  • Python 3 support
  • WMTS harvesting (thanks @jfdickens)
  • JSON output improvements
  • XML output improvements
  • GM03 support for Swiss metadata
  • add temporal extent support to WMS layer harvesting

The full list of enhancements and bug fixes is available at https://github.com/geopython/pycsw/milestone/8. Users are strongly advised to review the migration guide.

The 2.0.0 release is codenamed “Doug” in honour of Doug Nebert of the FGDC. Doug was internationally recognized as a champion of metadata, discovery and interoperability. Involved in numerous international standards bodies and spatial data infrastructure initiatives, Doug was one of the editors of the CSW 3.0 specification and encouraged pycsw developers to adopt and implement CSW 3.0 as part of US data.gov efforts. Doug’s vision and expertise will always be remembered and appreciated by the pycsw development team.

pycsw is an OGC CSW server implementation written in Python.

pycsw fully implements the OpenGIS Catalogue Service Implementation Specification (Catalogue Service for the Web). Initial development started in 2010 (more formally announced in 2011). The project is certified OGC Compliant, and is an OGC Reference Implementation. Since 2015, pycsw is an official OSGeo Project.

pycsw allows for the publishing and discovery of geospatial metadata. Existing repositories of geospatial metadata can also be exposed via numerous APIs (CSW 2/CSW 3, OpenSearch, OAI-PMH, SRU), providing a standards-based metadata and catalogue component of spatial data infrastructures.

pycsw is Open Source, released under an MIT license, and runs on all major platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X).

Source and binary downloads
The source code is available at: http://pycsw.org/download

Testers and developers are welcome.

The pycsw developer team.