We are pleased to inform that the ICA-OSGeo Lab was launched at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India on the concluding day of the AGSE 2013 conference, on 19th December 2013. This Laboratory is part of the international ICA-OSGeo Open Source Geospatial Labs Network. The aim of this worldwide network is to provide on global basis collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organizations in open source GIS software and data based on the Memorandum of Understanding of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). The aim of ICA-OSGeo "Geo for All" initiative is to bring more opportunities for geospatial education worldwide.
Dr. Anjana Vyas, chair of AGSE 2013 conference and Professor CEPT University, gave an overview about the future plans of Open Source Geo Lab at CEPT University, India and launched the website. Photos of the event are publicly available. Guest speakers contributed to the discussions at the launch event. Dr. D Schroeder (HFT Stuttgart) gave his views on the benefits of open source and explained about its success stories in the field of Information Technology. He also added that the philosophy behind open source development is the importance of freedom to use the software. Dr. FJ Behr (HFT Stuttgart) gave a talk on open source in the context of GIS and the need to promote it. He included in his presentation about the OSGeo foundation, its mission, goals and its activities on a global scale and local scale. As Head of the first ICA-OSGeo Laboratory in Germany he outlined the work and importance of the OSGeo Foundation. M. G Koenig (TU Berlin) presented the power of the open CityGML standard as an example to visualize 3D data to support management and development of cities. He provided city GML as an example of open consensus driven OGC standard.
We congratulate Prof. Anjana Vyas and her team at CEPT University for leading the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Lab in India and working to provide opportunities for staff and students to learn the latest geospatial technologies. We are sure more universities in India will establish OSGeo labs and create geospatial education programs to help to provide the supply of skilled labour that is needed to meet the requirements of Geo industry and drive the digital economy.
Google Oxera's report on the economic impact of Geo Services report published in January 2013 estimates the revenues from global Geo services at $150 billion to $270 billion per year. This study is one of the first to consider Geo services as an industry in itself, encompassing all digital mapping and location-based services. It clearly shows the potential for thousands of skilled jobs being created by GIS. But unfortunately, the number of universities offering GIS programs in developing countries is very low and hence developing countries have been lagging behind in benefiting from the opportunities created by the global geo services. This is very disappointing that so many staff and students in the developing and poor countries and regions in our planet not having access to this rapidly growing area and we needed to take action so that everyone can study and benefit from geospatial opportunities. High cost proprietary GIS software packages are unaffordable for majority of users in developing and poor countries and has been a big stumbling block for developing and poor countries to take advantage of the immense opportunities provided by GIS technologies. Hence our "Geo for All" initiative is very timely as by using free and open source based GIS will help in the spreading geospatial education among the economically disadvantaged people and countries (removing the need for high cost proprietary GI vendor softwares). Free and Open source GIS provides accessibility, low cost solutions and lowers the entry barriers for the use of geospatial technologies for all.Our key aim is to make it possible for students in developing and poor countries to be also able to get geospatial education.
On the same day (19th Dec) we also welcomed our 64th ICA-OSGeo lab at the University of Geneva. Big welcome to Dr. Gregory Giuliani, Prof.Anthony Lehmann, Dr.Nicolas Ray and colleagues at Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
As 2013 is nearly over, we take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support and contributions which helped to build up the "Geo for All" initiative. It has been amazing to see our humble initiative grow rapidly and this has been due to the dedication of all of you and we would like to thank you for your continued contribution. We have now put strong foundations for our "Geo for All" initiative from Australia to Uruguay and we are looking forward to working with you all in 2014 to rapidly build upon this. On behalf of everyone at "Geo for All" initiative, we wish you and your families very happy holidays and Happy New Year.
Javed Syed, Analyst with T-Data, receiving the OSGeo Ottawa Award for FOSS Excellence for his contribution to Software Freedom Day, GIS Day and TDW FOSS GeoStack for Mineral Exploration from Scott Mitchell, past Chair of OSGeo Ottawa. Special thanks to Fabien Ancelin, present Chair OSGeo Ottawa, and Sam, owner of Fox and Feather, for the Gift Certificate.
Javed Syed, analyste chez T-Data, recevant le prix OSGeo Ottawa de l'Excellence de FOSS pour sa contribution la Journée du Logiciel Libre, la Journée du SIG et GeoStack TDW FOSS pour l'exploration minérale, de Scott Mitchell ancien président d'OSGeo Ottawa. Un remerciement spécial à Fabien Ancelin co-président OSGeo Ottawa, et Sam, propriétaire du Fox & Feather pour le certificat-cadeau.
OSGeo participated to Google Summer of Code 2013 with 22 accepted students from 15 software projects. This has been the seventh consecutive year of participation for OSGeo, with the highest success rate ever: 21 of 22 students got a positive final evaluation from their mentors.
OSGeo acted as an umbrella organisation for its own software projects (GEOS, GRASS GIS, gvSIG, MapServer, Opticks, OSGeo4W, OSSIM, QGIS and software packaging), and also for like-minded geospatial projects (OpenStreetMap, pgRouting, istSOS, uDig/GeoTools). More details on Melange homepage and on OSGeo Wiki.
We would like to thank all students, mentors, comentors and coordinators who contributed to this success, and to Google for managing and sponsoring the program. Along the years, many students had the possibility to contribute to open source geospatial projects. Several of them joined the developer team after GSoC, and took part to subsequent editions as mentors. The diversity of OSGeo-hosted projects, in size, programming language, age and mentor availability make OSGeo participation a lively patchwork, that is mirrored below, in the list of 2013 achievements:
Adding Voronoi Diagrams to GEOS - Vishal Tiwari, mentored by Sandro Santilli
GRASS GIS Interactive Scatter Plot Tool - Stepan Turek, mentored by Martin Landa
Temporal GIS Algebra for raster and vector data in GRASS - Thomas Leppert, mentored by Sören Gebbert
Create a title block from the library in the Layout of gvSIG - Violeta Carlos, mentored by Vicente Caballero
Add Raster Format to scripting in gvSIG - Sandeep Kumar, mentored by Joaquín del Cerro
Profile dataset support for istSOS - Francesco Massa, mentored by Massimiliano Cannata
ScribeUI: A GUI and tools for MapServer mapfile editing - Jessica Lapointe, mentored by Julien-Samuel Lacroix
Support for UTFGrid output in MapServer - François Desjarlais, mentored by Daniel Morissette
Object based Image Fusion and Change Detection tools for Opticks - Mohit Kumar, mentored by Trevor Clarke
Extend OSGeo4W Installer - Steve Ataucuri Cruz, mentored by Frank Warmerdam
Surveying mobile application for OpenStreetMap mappers (Field Papers-like) - Pavel Melnikov, mentored by Ilya Zverev
OSM: Cached API proxy - Paul Norman, mentored by Ian Dees
Oceanography Circulatory model using PyOSSIM and PlanetSasha for OSSIM - Mohamed Rashad, mentored by Massimo di Stefano
Enhancements to the DebianGIS and UbuntuGIS packages and repositories - Jérôme Laroouche, mentored by Alan Boudreault
Implementation of VRP Solution in pgRouting - Khondoker Md. Razequl Islam, mentored by Daniel Kastl
A partitioned approach to on demand increment graph assembly for pgRouting - Mukul Priya, mentored by Stephen Woodbridge
Repository and Tool for Resource Sharing in QGIS - Arunmozhi, mentored by Nathan Woodrow
Hydrologically controlled shallow landslides - a statistical forecasting algorithm for the uDig Spatial Toolbox - Marco Foi, mentored by Andrea Antonello
Java Surface Model Library/API For GeoTools - Julian Padilla, mentored by Andrea Aime
Looking forward for GSoC 2014 - in the meanwhile, happy mapping!
Anne Ghisla, Hamish Bowman, Dustan Adkins
OSGeo GSoC Admin team
The OSGeo Board is pleased to announce that it has approved the application by the ORFEO Toolbox project to enter the incubation process. Incubation is a stepping stone to becoming a full fledged OSGeo project.
ORFEO Toolbox (OTB) is a project started by CNES (French Space Agency) in 2006 to provide open source tools to process satellite images and extract information.
OTB is distributed as an open source library of image processing algorithms. As the motto of OTB goes, "Orfeo Toolbox is not a black box", OTB encourages full access to the details of all the algorithms. OTB is based on the medical image processing library ITK and offers particular functionalities for remote sensing image processing in general and for high spatial resolution images in particular. Targeted algorithms for high resolution optical images (Pleiades, SPOT, QuickBird, WorldView, Landsat, Ikonos), hyperspectral sensors (Hyperion) or SAR (TerraSarX, ERS, Palsar) are available.
OTB is distributed under a free software license CeCILL (similar to GPL) to encourage contribution from users and to promote reproducible research. The library is intensively tested on several platforms as Linux, Unix and Windows. Most functionalities are also adapted to process huge images without the need for a supercomputer using streaming and multi-threading as often as possible.
We are pleased to announce the Advisory Board of the "Geo for All" initiative.
* Professor Georg Gartner (ICA President & co-chair)
* Jeff McKenna (OSGeo President & co-chair)
* Professor Josef Strobl
* Professor Marguerite Madden
* Professor Mike Jackson
* Sven Schade
* Gavin Fleming
* Sergio Acosta y Lara
* Dr Chris Pettit
* Professor Venkatesh Raghavan
* Geoff Zeiss
* Jeroen Ticheler
* Phillip Davis
* Arnulf Christl
* Professor Maria Brovelli
* Dr Rafael Moreno
The ICA-OSGeo Lab network is a joint initiative of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA). The ICA and OSGeo Presidents will be the co-chairs and permanent members of the Advisory Board. Others will have 3 year term starting date of the Advisory Board being constituted (1 Dec 2013). The Advisory Board has brought together excellent range of expertise (academia, government, industry) and geographical distribution (we have nearly all continents covered). Also it brought together members from other key communities ISPRS, AGILE, INSPIRE, UNIGIS etc. which will make sure is it a fully inclusive global initiative. The Advisory Board will meet once every six months by telemeeting and AB members will keep an eye on the developments and provide strategic advice to the initiative through various forums.
While there has been tremendous growth in geospatial technology over the last few decades, the number of universities offering courses in geospatial science has not kept pace. Free and open geographic information (GI) software helps make geospatial education available to students from economically poor backgrounds worldwide (removing the need for high cost proprietary GI software). Our key aim is to make it possible for students in developing and poor countries to be also able to get geospatial education. This initiative will bring more opportunities for geospatial education worldwide. Over 50 Open Source Geospatial Labs have already been established in universities around the world as part of this initiative in just two year's time, and we will be establishing over 100 research labs worldwide by September 2014.
We will have over 500 labs established worldwide in the next five years making us the biggest geospatial education and research network in the planet and we now have a good team of experts to guide us for the future. Welcome to all members of the Advisory Board and we are looking forward for their advice and ideas for expanding this education initiative globally.
We thank all of you for your strong support for this education initiative and it is very happy for us that our initiative has now grown rapidly from very humble beginnings and is helping to widen the
benefits of geospatial education opportunities to thousands of students worldwide.
The OSGeo Board has approved the Code Sprint Funding Guidelines. This document outlines specific criteria for requesting funding to support both single and multi-project coding events.
The OSGeo Board welcomes all OSGeo projects in considering funding support for code sprints, as a way to offer more opportunities for in-person gathering of developers and foster productive cross-project collaboration.