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GeoTools 13.0 Released

News Date: 
23 Mar 2015

The GeoTools community is pleased to announce the availability of GeoTools 13.0, the first stable release of the GeoTools 13 series.

Download GeoTools 13:

This release is also available from our maven repository, and is made in conjunction with GeoWebCache 1.7.0 and GeoServer 2.7.0.

New Features and Improvements

The following new features and improvements are available in this release:

Data Stores

  • GeoPackage support is now compatible with QGIS and OGR.
  • A new gt-solr data store is available for working with with Apache Solr. Thanks - to Andrea Aime and Justin Deoliveira for this work.
  • CSVDataStore has been improved with write access and the ability to work with different kinds of CSV files (including lat/lon and WKT). Thanks to Travis Brundage for this work.
  • AbstractDataStore is now deprecated. Please make plans to migrate to ContentDataStore. There is an extensive ContentDataStore tutorial to help with - your migration.
  • PropertyDataStore has now been ported to use ContentDataStore, and a wide range of issues (readers, events, transactions) have been resolved for all DataStore implementations. Thanks to Torben Barsballe for this extensive QA work.

CSS Module

The gt-css module is a brand-new implementation of CSS-style support, now written in Java. Thanks to Andrea Aime for bringing this exciting approach to styling within easy reach of Java developers. Here is a quick code example:

  Stylesheet ss = CssParser.parse(css);
  CssTranslator translator = new CssTranslator();
  Style style - translator.translate(ss);

Rendering Engine

  • Color-blending has been introduced as both a FeatureTypeStyle and Symbolizer vendorExtension, allowing for a range of special effects. Thanks to Cleveland Metro Parks for this improvement.
  • A FeatureTypeStyle vendorExtension named "firstMatch". This vendor Extension will grab the first rule you specify. This can in many situations help you avoid more complicated logic for style rules.
      <sld:VendorOption name="ruleEvaluation">first</sld:VendorOption>
  • Anchor points are now supported. This is done in SLD with the AnchorPoint tag:

WFS Client

The gt-wfs client has improved:

  • Better compatibility with MapServer.
  • Extensive work has been done to support WFS 2.0 transactions. Thanks to Niels Charlier for this work.
  • The gt-wfs client now supports WFS 2.0 stored queries. Thanks to Sampo Savolainen for this work.

And more

Documentation continues to improve, now with a complete function list. For a full list of improvements and changes in GeoTools 13, please see the full release notes.

Thanks to Jody Garnett and Travis Brundage (from Boundless) for making this release happen.

Orfeo ToolBox now has an official Project Steering Committee

News Date: 
17 Mar 2015

Dear all,

This post is to let you know that Orfeo ToolBox now has an official Project Steering Committee! if you are interested in more details, please read our announcement blog post or the wiki page of the Project Steering Committee. If you have any questions on what is the PSC and how it works, please feel free to ask!



Bonn Awarded Hosting of FOSS4G 2016

News Date: 
13 Mar 2015


The OSGeo Foundation is pleased to announce that the hosting of the FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) 2016 event has been awarded by the OSGeo Conference Committee to Bonn, Germany.

The Bonn local organizing team, led by the chair Till Adams, brings many years of experience, hosting a successful yearly FOSSGIS event in Germany, and also as one of the original OSGeo local chapters, FOSSGIS_e.V.. Community members (anyone) wanting to discuss the 2016 event can do so now on the new FOSS4G2016 mailing list.

Jeff McKenna, president of OSGeo says: "The OSGeo Board of Directors are very excited for the Bonn team to host the FOSS4G2016 event. I have personally known many of the local committee members for several years, and I have watched their successful FOSSGIS event grow in Germany each year. I couldn't be more confident that the 2016 event in Bonn will be one of the most memorable FOSS4G events."

OSGeo would also like to thank the Dublin, Ireland team for their wonderful proposal, and their continued passion for all things FOSS4G.

Congratulations to the Bonn team!


About FOSS4G

FOSS4G is the international gathering of Open Source geo tribes. From its beginnings the FOSS4G conference has a reputation of being a melting pot for great ideas in the spatial industry and a catalyst for many successful geospatial products, standards and protocols. FOSS4G has evolved into one of the most important geo events of the year, approaching a thousand attendees and with major industry sponsors. Excitement is now building for the upcoming FOSS4G2015 conference that will be held in Seoul, South Korea. FOSS4G rotates around the world each year, throughout 3 regions of the Americas, Europe, and Asia/South Pacific.

pycsw Graduates OSGeo Incubation

News Date: 
11 Mar 2015


OSGeo is pleased to announce that the pycsw project has graduated from incubation and is now a full fledged OSGeo project. Angelos Tzotsos, a long time member of the pycsw Project Steering Committee (PSC) has been appointed as project officer.

pycsw is an OGC CSW server implementation written in Python. pycsw implements clause 10 (HTTP protocol binding - Catalogue Services for the Web, CSW) of the OpenGIS Catalogue Service Implementation Specification, version 2.0.2. Started in 2010 (more formally announced in 2011), pycsw allows for the publishing and discovery of geospatial metadata, providing a standards-based metadata and catalogue component of spatial data infrastructures. The project is certified OGC Compliant, and is an OGC Reference Implementation. pycsw is Open Source, released under an MIT license, and runs on all major platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X).

The project powers numerous high profile activities such as US data.gov/geoplatform.gov, Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), US National Geothermal Data System (NGDS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the WMO World Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation Data Centre (WOUDC) (more info).

Graduating incubation includes fulfilling requirements for open community operation, a responsible project governance model, code provenance, and general good project operation. Graduation is the OSGeo seal of approval for a project and gives potential users and the community at large an added confidence in the viability and safety of the project.

The project steering committee says, "The pycsw team is thrilled to be recognized as a full OSGeo project. Being part of OSGeo is important for us since OSGeo supports the collaborative development of open source geospatial software. There have been strong ties between the two communities with pycsw developers being involved as charter members, represented in local OSGeo chapters and helping with various FOSS4G activities. We are very happy to be included as part of OSGeo and a member of such an esteemed group of projects."

Jeff McKenna, mentor of the incubation process says: "It has been a pleasure to work with the pycsw team throughout this process. pycsw complements the OSGeo stack with a lightweight method to share and discover geospatial data. I want to thank the pycsw team for their continued passion for FOSS4G."

OSGeo and pycsw would also like to thank Jeff McKenna and Jody Garnett for their assistance during this Incubation process.

Congratulations to the pycsw community!

GeoForAll - Global Educator of the Year Award 2015

News Date: 
9 Mar 2015

On the occasion of Open Education Week 2015 http://www.openeducationweek.org/ , "Geo for All" community http://www.geoforall.org would to like to thank all educators worldwide who have made contributions to open education efforts and being good global citizens by helping spread the benefits of education to all.

We are very happy to announce the nominees for the GeoForAll - Global Educator of the Year Award 2015. This is an opportunity for us to thank colleagues for their excellent contributions to Openness in Education principles in the Geo domain.

Congratulations to the following individuals or teams who received one or more nominations for the 2015 GeoForAll Global Educator of the Year Award.

In no particular order, the nominees are:



  • Environmental Information Centre GRID-Warsaw; UNEP/GRID Warsaw for their EduGIS Academy
  • Open Source Geospatial Laboratory team at ETH Zurich, Switzerland for their Interactive Web Maps course
  • Shashi Shekhar and Brent Hecht, Computer Science, University of Minnesota, USA for their Massive Open Online Course “From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing”
  • Lluis Vicens (SIGTE,Spain), Toni Hernandez (SIGTE, Spain), Jeremy Morley (University of Nottingham,UK), Alberto Romeu (Prodevelop) and Jorge Sanz (Prodevelop) for their GIS Open Source Summer School at the University of Girona in Spain
  • Ricardo Olivira, Raphael Moreno - FOSS4G lab, University of Colorado, Denver USA for their course materials
  • Raquel Sosa, Rosario Casanova and Jorge Franco, for their gvSIG Educa/Batovi effort in Uruguay
  • Kurt Menke - Brids Eye View, Nate Jennings Urbandale Spatial, Jon Van Hoesen Green Mtn College, Rick Smith Texas A&M, and Phil Davis, Delmar College (all in USA) for their GeoAcademy development efforts

All of these individuals and teams should be celebrated for their efforts. Just being nominated is an honour.

The award committee now has the very difficult task of selecting the GeoForAll Educator of the Year out of this well deserving list of nominees. This year’s selections (possibly an individual and a team award) will be announced at the FOSS4G 2015- Europe "Open Innovation for Europe" conference at Como, Italy in July . Details at http://europe.foss4g.org/2015/

Congratulations again to all the nominees and we encourage you to list this nomination honour in your CVs.

Happy Open Education Week 2015 everyone.


Prof. Charlie Schweik, on behalf of the GeoForAll Educator Award

Selection Committee

Prof. Georg Gartner (President, ICA)
Jeff McKenna (President, OSGeo)
Chen Jun (President, ISPRS)
Prof. Maria Antonia Brovelli (Italy)
Dr. Xinyue Ye (USA)
Dr. Luciene Delazari (Brazil)
Dr. Tuong-Thuy Vu (Malaysia)
Prof. Venkatesh Raghavan (Japan/India)
Prof. Ivana Ivánová (Brazil)
Jeroen Ticheler (The Netherlands)
Dr. Serena Coetzee (South Africa)
Prof. Helena Mitasova (USA)
Anne Ghisla (Germany)
Patrick Hogan (USA)
Dr Suchith Anand (UK/India)

"Geo for All" region wise and subject wise thematic groups established

News Date: 
6 Mar 2015

On behalf of Geo for All, we are pleased to inform that Region wise and Subject wise Thematic groups are now established and we welcome you to join us.

Following inputs from the "Geo for All" community we decided to have new Regional chairs to help us accommodate our expansion plans. Also this helps us to arrange meetings of the regional research labs coinciding with the FOSS4G regional conferences now fully established for accelerating research and teaching collaborations between our labs . For example FOSS4G-Europe for our European labs; FOSS4G NA for our North American labs, FOSS4G-Asia for our Asian labs etc.

With the region wise thematic groups established, the chairs of these are now the contact points for any new labs to be established in that region to contact and the mailing list becomes the first point of contact for the new members and all regional members in the region can use the list for collaborating on regional funding calls, FOSS4G local conferences etc. This way we can make sure it is scaleable and meets local/region requirements/needs. The criteria for membership for ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS Labs are at http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Geoforall_criteria

Regions groups:

Thematics: Subjects/Language

We invite all of you who are interested in different regions are welcome to join the specific mail list to build local collaborations and directly contact the regional chairs for new applications for establishing ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS Research labs in universities worldwide to build Open Principles in Geo Education.

Dr Suchith Anand