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OSGeo Africa 2017

News Date: 
2 Apr 2017

The OSGeo Africa local chapter and the QGIS South Africa User Group are holding a regional FOSS4G Africa conference from 28 June to 1 July 2017 at St Johns College, Houghton, Johannesburg. It is being held in conjunction with a similar conference aimed at geography educators, organised by SAGTA (South African Geography Teachers’ Association) and GeoforAl. Each of the two ‘sub-conferences’ will overlap by a day (the 28th) to foster cross-pollination between the tech crowd and industry and the educators, especially secondary school teachers.

There will be the usual mix of FOSS4G presentations and workshops as well as map and app competitions.

On Saturday 1 July a code sprint / UN GIS Hackathon will be held around the corner at the JSCE (Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering)

Website: http://foss4g-africa.org. Please register and submit a presentation, map or workshop!

GeoSolutions Silver OSGeo Sponsorship

News Date: 
28 Mar 2017

Via di Montramito, Italy, 28 March 2017 - The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is pleased to welcome GeoSolutions to our sponsorship program. GeoSolutions builds on a deep commitment to open source with a Silver Sponsorship of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation for 2017.

GeoSolutions is a long standing member of our community with a tradition of supporting regional and international events financially, and providing hands-on participation and direction for our OSGeo projects.

In 2017 GeoSolutions has committed to financially supporting the local FOSS4G IT event, the global FOSS4G 2017 event in Boston, and the regional FOSS4G Europe event. In addition we would like to thank GeoSolutions for hosting a GeoServer code sprint (in-kind contributions go a long way towards making these activities feasible).

OSGeo would like to thank GeoSolutions for extending their deep commitment to our community with their generous financial support in 2017.

About GeoSolutions

GeoSolutions is an Italian SME specialized in the processing and dissemination of raster and vector geospatial data with Open Source software according to the specifications created by Open Geospatial consortium (OGC) and the ISO Technical Committee 211. GeoSolutions’ team is composed by renowned international professionals with leading roles in some of the main Open Source products for the geospatial field like GeoServer, GeoNetwork, GeoNode and MapStore.

GeoSolutions counts among its customers major national and international government agencies as well as private companies worldwide. EU Joint Research Centre (JRC), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations World Food Program (WFP), World Bank, German Space Agency (DLR), EUMETSAT, E-GEOS, NATO STO CMRE, European Maritime Security Agency (EMSA), Finland National Geological Survey (NLS) as well as the municipalities of Helsinki, Genoa and Florence have chosen GeoSolutions to support their infrastructures.

GeoSolutions provides Enterprise Support Services for GeoServer, GeoNode, MapStore and GeoNetwork. This support is backed by a history of technical innovation providing the driving force behind libraries including ImageIO-Ext, JAI-Ext and GeoTools. Thanks to the wide experience gained in supporting organizations for mission critical projects, GeoSolutions is able to provide reliable and cost-effective custom tailored solutions leveraging on the products above in order to respond efficiently to the customers’ needs.

GeoSolutions is proud to be an OGC Member since 2016, and to support OSGeo in 2017 with a Silver Sponsorship.

About the OSGeo

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is not-for-profit organization to foster global adoption of open source geospatial technology. OSGeo serves as an outreach and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal support for the open source geospatial community.

OSGeo sponsorship is available on an annual basis for foundation projects, events, local chapters and operations. Visit www.osgeo.org/sponsorship for more information.

GeoCat Diamond OSGeo Sponsorship

News Date: 
27 Mar 2017

Bennekom, The Netherlands, 20 March 2017 - GeoCat continues its commitment to open source with a Diamond Sponsorship of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation for 2017.

This year GeoCat is supporting FOSS4G 2017 Boston, FOSS4G 2017 Europe, Spanish FOSS4G 2017, in addition to their local NL event. GeoCat staff is active in organizing conferences and community events (and has submitted workshops and presentations to the events above).

We would also like to thank GeoCat for their financial support of the OSGeo website/rebranding initiative focused on redirecting our organization towards end-user outreach.

GeoCat is a true open source company focused not just on their own products but in fostering a healthy and supportive community:

  • Provides leadership and commercial support for the GeoNetwork project
  • GeoCat is sponsoring the innovative developer award at FOSS4G 2017
  • GeoCat has organized the annual Bolsena Code Sprint since 2008
  • GeoCat staff are active at all levels of OSGeo

OSGeo would like to thank GeoCat for their financial support and for their hard work as valued members of our community.

About GeoCat

Established in the Netherlands in 2007 by GeoNetwork founder Jeroen Ticheler, GeoCat is a strong open source supporter offering customized software and services making geospatial data sharing easier and more efficient than ever. GeoCat builds sustainable INSPIRE compliant applications following the Free and Open Source Software philosophy and open standards as well as a Bridge to proprietary GIS software to enable hybrid infrastructures. GeoCat provides successful consulting services and products that contributed to the development of organization, national and international Spatial Data Infrastructures for The Netherlands, Swiss, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Scotland, Canada, EEA, ESTAT, JRC, ESA and many others.

About the Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is not-for-profit organization to foster global adoption of open source geospatial technology. OSGeo serves as an outreach and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal support for the open source geospatial community.

The 2nd gvSIG Festival is underway!

News Date: 
26 Mar 2017

After the successful first gvSIG Festival in the last year, the virtual gvSIG conference, a second edition will be held this year, in May 16th and 17th. The novelty of this year is that users can send their proposals about projects done with gvSIG, that will convert this initiative in a more global and open event.

This event is free of charge and completely online, through the webinar service of the gvSIG Association, with the advantage to count with speakers from different countries and where users and developers from any part of the world can hold them.

If you have done any project with gvSIG and you want to present it at the gvSIG Festival, you can send a summmary to the following e-mail address: conference-contact@gvsig.com, explaining the project. The summary will have no more than 300 words, it has to be written in Spanish or English, and you have to indicate the title and the language of the presentation.

Once the program is configured it will be published at the event website, and registrations will be opened.

More info at http://www.gvsig.com/festival

Registration for STDM Code Sprint 2017 opened

News Date: 
26 Mar 2017

Dear All,

the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) is a concept to model a continuum of people-to-land relationships in informal environments. Legacy cadastre and land registry software from the developed world has proven to lack flexibility and literally does not meet the bill, financially.

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) has closed this gap by developing fit-for-purpose STDM software tools under an Open Source license based on well known core technology including QGIS, PostGIS, GDAL/OGR and Sahana Eden. To further extend the functionality of these tools and also to improve the know-how in the region, GLTN organizes a code sprint.

The code sprint is free of cost to attend thanks to the kind sponsorship of GLTN and OSGeo. A formal application is required including a CV and a list of practical experience in the field. Find more details here:


There are limited travel grants available for applicants who fit the profile and preferably come from Africa, Asia, and South America. Application closes on March 31st. Register here: http://bit.ly/stdm-code-sprint

Please apply soon, seats are limited. This is hot. With FOSS4G 2018 coming up in Africa we really, really want to support and grow the African OSGeo Local Chapter!

Please feel free to forward to your domain, we are trying to avoid lots of cross postings.

Considered keywords include: land innformation, land administration, cadastre, social tenure, land rights, open source GIS, QGIS, PostGIS, LADM.

Thank you and best regards,

Arnulf Christl
(OSGeo GLTN Liaison Officer, Organizer)

OSGeo is accepted as a mentor organization for GSoC 2017!

News Date: 
28 Feb 2017

Dear OSGeo community,

We are proud to announce that OSGeo has been selected as a mentor organization for the 2017 edition of GSoC! See all selected orgs here.

From now until March 20, potential student participants are invited to discuss application ideas with mentoring organizations/OSGeo’s projects (see the detailed timeline.

Mentors are invited to let us know the project they intend to mentor, and to subscribe to the Google webpage. Before committing for mentorship, please read and accept the mentor’s responsibilities.

Once we have verified the correspondence between the mentors and the idea, we will proceed to appointing them in our wiki page and connect the mentors to the OSGeo organization on the Google website, from which it’ll be possible for the mentors to evaluate the proposals. Mentors: please offer guidance to the students that contact your software communities, and offer them a code challenge in line with the project that they want to apply for.
Would-be students: please read carefully the recommendations and browse the ideas page.

All: please subscribe the soc mailing list.

Let’s begin!!

The OSGeo GSoC Team