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The OSGeo India's 1st Asia event's Abstract submission dates are extended

News Date: 
17 Oct 2016

Please visit http://www.foss4g-asia.org/2017/ and give it a wide publicity.

Students can apply for registration waiver.

Submit an Abstract by 25th October (full paper not required). There will be very informative workshop on hands on training which will be announced soon. Confirmed workshops so far:

  • Mobile-GIS an End to End solution
  • The cream of Qgis, by an expert in the field
  • Web-GIS with Open Tools

Codesprint: Participate in the code-sprint where young programmers will solve and add code.

Greetings from OSGeo India,

V.Ravi Kumar
Secretary, OSGeo India

Geospatial devroom at FOSDEM 2017 on Sunday 5/2/2017 in Brussels

News Date: 
14 Oct 2016

Call for Presentations
Please forward!

FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event bringing together about 5000 developers in Brussels, Belgium. The goal is to provide open source software developers and communities a place to meet and share thoughts. The participation is free of charge, although donations are welcome. The next edition will take place on 4 - 5 February 2017. For the third (!) time there will be a Geospatial devroom and will be happening on Sunday 5/2/2017!

Geospatial technologies and mapping used to be specialist work, but nowadays location and maps are becoming part of many projects/applications, which usually use only a small subset of the possibilities the data and software offer.

The geospatial devroom is the place to talk about open, geo-related data and software and their ecosystem. This includes standards and tools, e.g. for spatial databases, and online mapping, geospatial services, used for collecting, storing, delivering, analysing, and visualizing purposes.

We welcome submissions about:

  • Web and desktop GIS applications;
  • Collaborative editing / versioning of geodata and metadata;
  • Interoperable geospatial web services and specifications;
  • Collection of data using sensors / UAVs / satellites;
  • Geo-analytic algorithms / libraries;
  • Geospatial extensions for classical databases (indexes, operations) and dedicated databases;
  • Big geodata, scalable GIS applications;
  • Volunteered Geographic information - Crowdsourced geodata.


Are you thrilled to present your work to other open source developers? Would you like to run a discussion? Any other ideas?

Please submit your proposal at:


Make sure to select the 'Geospatial devroom' as 'Track'. If you have an account from previous years, you should be using the same.

Please specify in the notes if you prefer for your presentation either a short timeslot (lightning talks ~10 minutes) or a long timeslot (20 minutes presentation + discussion). However, note that time slots are indicative and will be assigned according to the timing of the session.

The DEADLINE for submissions is Thursday 1st December 2016.

Notification of acceptance will be sent to the Authors by 11/12/2016 at the latest.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the organisers of the devroom at fosdem-geospatial at gisky.be!

Want to know what FOSDEM geospatial is like? Check out the videos and the presentations of our previous two editions: [1,2]

The organizers:
Johan Van de Wauw
Margherita Di Leo
Anne Ghisla
Martin Hammitzsch

[1] https://archive.fosdem.org/2015/schedule/track/geospatial/

[2] https://archive.fosdem.org/2016/schedule/track/geospatial/

FOSS4G-Europe 2017: save the date!

News Date: 
11 Oct 2016

Dear OSGeo community,

we are glad to announce that the FOSS4G-Europe 2017 will be held in Marne-La-Valée in France from July 19 to 21.

The schedule is as follow:

  • July 18th: Workshops
  • July from 19th to 21th : Conference
  • July 22th: Code Sprint

In case you are willing to help in the organization, please feel free to add your name on this page.

More informations to come soon, by now make sure to save the date!

Best regards,

The FOSS4G-Europe 2017 LOC

OSGeo Welcomes New Board and Charter Members

News Date: 
5 Oct 2016

Today the OSGeo family welcomes many new passionate leaders from around the world, having recently elected new charter and board members in the 2016 election.

33 charter members have been added to the OSGeo foundation, bringing the total number of OSGeo charter members to 312. The breakdown by region of charter members shows the great diversity of the OSGeo foundation:

  • Europe & Central Asia (165)
  • North America (75)
  • East Asia & Pacific (37)
  • Latin America & Caribbean (16)
  • South Asia (14)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (4)

The OSGeo foundation is extremely happy to welcome new members to the Board of Directors, Maria Antonia Brovelli and Angelos Tzotsos, as well as returning members Vasile Craciunescu and Michael Smith. Also thank you to the past board members Dirk Frigne and Massimiliano Cannata for their contributions.

The complete OSGeo Board of Directors for 2016/2017 is:

  • Maria Antonia Brovelli (Italy)
  • Vasile Craciunescu (Romania)
  • Jody Garnett (Canada)
  • Anita Graser (Austria)
  • Helena Mitasova (United States)
  • Venkatesh Raghavan (Japan)
  • Sanghee Shin (South Korea)
  • Michael Smith (United States)
  • Angelos Tzotsos (Greece)

The OSGeo family grows stronger today!

SIGSPATIAL 2016 - Call for Participation

News Date: 
3 Oct 2016

Dear colleague,

The early registration and hotel reservation cutoff dates for ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 are fast approaching.
The early registration deadline is September Oct 13, 2016, and the hotel reservation cutoff date is October 9, 2016.
Register and reserve soon to enjoy the discounted registration and hotel rates before they go up:


24th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on
Advances in Geographic Information Systems
Oct 31-Nov 3, 2016 -- San Francisco, USA

Call for Participation


*Early Registration by September 29, 2016 (midnight PT)

The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic
Information Systems 2016 (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016) is the twenty-fourth 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).

List of accepted papers: http://sigspatial2016.sigspatial.org/accepted-papers/

List of affiliated workshops: http://sigspatial2016.sigspatial.org/workshops/

Registration: http://sigspatial2016.sigspatial.org/registration-site/

Venue and Accommodations:

Travel Grants for Graduate and Undergraduate Students:

General Chairs
Mohamed Ali, University of Washington, Tacoma, USA
Shawn Newsam, University of California, Merced, USA

Program Committee Chairs
Siva Ravada, Oracle Corporation, USA
Matthias Renz, George Mason University, USA
Goce Trajcevski, Northwestern University, USA

Follow ACMGIS @
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=4162155
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1450681355222657/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sigspatial_gis

Ahmed M. Aly

gvSIG 2.3 final version is now available

News Date: 
30 Sep 2016

gvSIG 2.3, the new gvSIG final version, is now available to download.

This version has been a qualitative leap, because of all the improvements and novelties, in a functional level, as well as in an architecture one.

Downloads are available from the project website, and there are two distribitions: installable and portable.

Some of the main novelties of this version are the distributions for Mac and for Windows 64 bits, and in reference to the functionalities, the main new features are the PRJ file support for projections, access to Google Maps, Bing Maps or Street View, and LiDAR data support among other.

All the novelties can be consulted here.

For any error in the application, or for any doubt or question, you can send it to the mailing list, and finally, we want to tell you that your help, although it is small, can be very important to continue improving gvSIG. We encourage you to collaborate.