In 2011, the International Cartographic Association (ICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) with a view to develop global collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organisations in the field of open source GIS software and data. The MoU aims to provide expertise and support for the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Laboratories and Research Centres across the world to support the development of open source geospatial software technologies, training and expertise.
OSGeoREL at NCSU is led by Dr. Helena Mitasova and Dr. Laura Tateosian. The laboratory has an established program in graduate education in geospatial information science and technology using FOSS4G and extensive research in geospatial analysis, modelling and visualization with focus on natural resources.
Dr. Helena Mitasova is an Associate Professor at the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, OSGeo charter member since 2006, member of the OSGeo education and conference committees and Sol Katz award recipient http://www.osgeo.org/solkatz . She has been actively involved in the GRASS GIS development since 1991 and together with Markus Neteler she has co-authored the first book about GRASS GIS.
Dr. Laura Tateosian is Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Earth Observation Her research interest focus is on visualization, human visual perception, computer graphics, geospatial sciences, non-photorealistic rendering, and human-computer interaction.
More details of the lab at http://gis.ncsu.edu/osgeorel/
For those of you attending the Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposium (OGRS 2012) http://www.ogrs2012.org/ later this month it will be good opportunity to also hear Helena's Keynote presentation on "Building open source geospatial education at research universities" to get more ideas on future research activities.
Our aim is to establish 20 new research labs in the next 3 years. These new research labs are strategic to help us accelerate research developments in this research area for the future. If your university wishes to establish Open Source Geospatial Lab, please contact Suchith.Anand@nottingham.ac.uk
We look forward for your active participation for building up Open Source, Open Standards, Open Data research globally and helping share the benefits of geospatial technologies to all.
The incubation committee is pleased to report that two projects have entered incubation (and are already underway):
- ZOO-Project: A WPS (Web Processing Service) open source project released under a MIT/X-11 style license . It provides an OGC WPS compliant developer-friendly framework to create and chain WPS Web services. Frank Warmerdam will be acting as mentor for the project.
- Opticks: Expandable remote sensing and imagery analysis software platform. Mark Lucas has volunteered as mentor for the project.
The board also confirmed that PostGIS has completed the Foundation's incubation requirements and has accepted Paul Ramsey as "PostGIS Project Officer". Congratulations to the PostGIS project!
We have another two projects just entering incubation:
- OGC Team Engine: The Test, Evaluation, And Measurement (TEAM) Engine is a test script interpreter. It executes test scripts written in Compliance Test Language (CTL) to verify that an implementation of a specification. Thanks to Justin DeOlivera for volunteering as mentor.
- Marble Virtual Globe: Marble is a Virtual Globe and World Atlas that you can use to learn more about Earth. Marble is also a light weight generic geographical map component for use in your own Qt 4.x / C++ application. Arnulf Christl will be mentoring the project.
There are additional projects ready to take part in the Foundation - but they are missing a critical thing: You!
If you are in position to help out in the role of "mentor" and introduce new projects to the OSGeo Foundation we would love to hear from you.
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation would like to open nominations for the 2012 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software.
The Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software (GFOSS) will be given to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the GFOSS community. Recipients of the award will have contributed significantly through their activities to advance open source ideals in the geospatial realm.
Sol Katz was an early pioneer of GFOSS and left behind a large body of work in the form of applications, format specifications, and utilities while at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. This early GFOSS archive provided both source code and applications freely available to the community. Sol was also a frequent contributor to many geospatial list servers, providing much guidance to the geospatial community at large.
Sol unfortunately passed away in 1999 from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but his legacy lives on in the open source world. Those interested in making a donation to the American Cancer Society, as per Sol's family's request, can do so at https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/donateonlinenow/index.
Nominations for the Sol Katz Award should be sent to SolKatzAward@osgeo.org with a description of the reasons for this nomination. Nominations will be accepted until 23:59 UTC on September 28th (http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=9&day=28&year=2012&hour=23&min=59&sec=59). A recipient will be decided from the nomination list by an OSGeo designated selection committee.
The winner of the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software will be announced in early October. The hope is that the award will both acknowledge the work of community members, and pay tribute to one of its founders, for years to come.
It should be noted that past awardees and selection committee members are not eligible.
2011: Martin Davis
2010: Helena Mitasova
2009: Daniel Morissette
2008: Paul Ramsey
2007: Steve Lime
2006: Markus Neteler
2005: Frank Warmerdam
Jeff McKenna (chair)
The annual OSGeo Board of Directors and Charter Membership elections have come to a close with the first meeting of the new board, and the selection of a new executive. During the process 22 new charter members were added bringing this group to 144 charter members from around the world. During the Board of Directors election, the following new board members were elected for a two year term:
- Anne Ghisla (Italy)
- Jeff McKenna (Canada)
- Daniel Morissette (Canada)
- Cameron Shorter (Australia)
- Frank Warmerdam (Canada)
Jáchym Čepický (Czech Republic) has been welcomed onto the board for a one year term to complete Jo Cook's term who stepped down just before the elections.
The new board, including the returning Peter Batty (United States), Michael Gerlek (United States), and Mark Lucas (United States), is pleased to announce the following executive:
- President: Frank Warmerdam
- Treasurer: Daniel Morissette
- Secretary: Michael Gerlek
As the new President of OSGeo, Frank Warmerdam brings many years of geospatial experience and has been involved in the OSGeo foundation since its inception. He is known for his work with the GDAL/OGR translation library, which has become the backbone of the spatial industry. Daniel Morissette is continuing the role of Treasurer and brings practical experience as a business owner to this key role as well as over a decade of experience as a technical contributor and community leader in the MapServer project and OSGeo. Michael Gerlek is returning to the role of Secretary and brings a passion for supporting OSGeo both locally and globally.
About his new role as OSGeo President Frank Warmerdam says, "OSGeo has a fantastic set of volunteers, projects and an energized board and I believe we can continue to move forward on many fronts in the coming year. I can't thank Arnulf Christl, our past president, enough for his tireless work. While I can't fill his shoes as a globe trotting speaker on behalf of OSGeo, I believe we can as a community continue to be everywhere."
- All geospatial applications on the disc have been updated to their latest stable releases.
- OpenJDK 7
- All OSGeo-Live java applications have been successfully migrated to OpenJDK 7. Migration to OpenJDK was driven by Oracle's announcement that including Sun Java in Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, or OSGeo-Live, is no longer allowed.
- There has been significant activity translating OSGeo-Live documentation. Core documents are available in ten languages, and comprehensive translations are available for many other languages, including: Catalan (new), Chinese (new), English, French (new), German, Greek, Italian (new), Japanese, Korean (new), Polish, Spanish
- Xubuntu 12.04 LTS
- The Xubuntu base has been upgraded to 12.04 LTS (Long Term Support)
OSGeo-Live is a self-contained bootable DVD, USB flash drive and Virtual Machine based upon Ubuntu Linux that is pre-configured with a wide variety of robust open source geospatial software. The applications can be trialled without installing anything on your computer, simply by booting the computer from a DVD or USB drive, or running in a Virtual Machine environment. An accompanying collection of lightning presentations introduce the breadth and depth of Free and Open Source for Geospatial.
- Fifty Quality Geospatial Open Source applications installed and pre-configured
- Free world maps and geodata
- One page overview and quick start guide for every application
- Overviews of key OGC standards
- Translations for multiple languages
Over 120 people have directly helped with OSGeo-Live packaging, documenting and translating, and thousands have been involved in building the packaged software.
Packagers, documenters and translators include:
Activity Workshop, Agustín Díez, Aikaterini Kapsampeli, Alan Boudreault, Alessandro Furieri, Alex Mandel, Alexandre Dube, Amy Gao, Andrea Antonello, Andrea Yanza, Angelos Tzotsos, Anna Muñoz, Anne Ghisla, Anton Patrushev, Argyros Argyridis, Assumpcio Termens, Astrid Emde, Barry Rowlingson, Benjamin Pross, Brian Hamlin, Bruno Binet, Cameron Shorter, Christophe Tufféry, Christos Iossifidis, Cristhian Pin, Dane Springmeyer, Daniel Kastl, David Mateos, Diego González, Dimitar Misev, Dominik Helle, Edgar Soldin, Eike Hinderk Jrrens, Eric Lemoine, Estela Llorente, Etienne Delay, Etienne Dube, Fran Boon, François Prunayre, Frank Gasdorf, Frank Warmerdam, Gavin Treadgold, Grald Fenoy, Hamish Bowman, Haruyuki Seki, Henry Addo, Hernan Olivera, Howard Butler, Hyeyeong Choe, Ian Turton, Jackie Ng, Jan Drewnak, Javier Sánchez, Jesús Gómez, Jim Klassen, Jing Wang, Jinsongdi Yu, Jody Garnett, Johan Van de Wauw, Jorge Arévalo, Jorge Sanz, José Antonio Canalejo, Judit Mays, Klokan Petr Pridal, Kristof Lange, Lance McKee, Lars Lingner, Luca Delucchi, Lucía Sanjaime, Mage Whopper, Manuel Grizonnet, Marc Torres, Marc-André Barbeau, Marco Curreli, Marco Puppin, Margherita Di Leo, Maria Vakalopoulou, Mario Andino, Mark Leslie, Massimo Di Stefano, Mauricio Miranda, Mauricio Pazos, Micha Silver, Michaël Michaud, Michael Owonibi, Mike Adair, Milena Nowotarska, Nacho Varela, Nathaniel V. Kelso, Ned Horning, Nobusuke Iwasaki, Oliver Tonnhofer, Òscar Fonts, Otto Dassau, Pasquale Di Donato, Paul Meems, Pedro-Juan Ferrer, Pirmin Kalberer, Raf Roset, Ricardo Pinho, Roald de Wit, Roberto Antolín, Roger Veciana, Ruth Schoenbuchner, Samuel Mesa, Sergio Baños, Simon Cropper, Simon Pigot, Stefan A. Tzeggai, Stefan Hansen, Stefan Steiniger, Stephan Meissl, Steve Lime, Thierry Badard, Thomas Baschetti, Thomas Gratier, Tom Kralidis, Toshikazu Seto, Trevor Wekel, Valenty González, Xianfeng Song, Yoichi Kayama, Zhengfan Lin
- The Open Source Geospatial Foundation OSGeo provides development & hosting infrastructure for the OSGeo-Live project, and infrastructure for many of the software projects themselves.
- LISAsoft provides sustaining resources and staff toward the management of the Live DVD. http://www.lisasoft.com
- Information Center for the Environment (ICE) at the University of California, Davis provides hardware resources and development support to the OSGeo Live project. http://ice.ucdavis.edu
- The DebianGIS and UbuntuGIS teams provide and quality-assure many of the core packages. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianGis and https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGIS
For more information on setting up your project with Maven, see the Quickstart (included in the user guide documentation pack above).
Geotools 8.0 is a stable release made in conjunction with GeoServer 2.2-RC2 and GeoWebCache 1.3-RC4. Currently there are no additional updates to 2.7.x planned.
Geotools 8.0 comes feature packed compared to its 2.7.x releases. Highlights include:
- Function lookup using qualified Name
- Update to Java 6
- Add support for joins to the WFS protocol
- New ILIKE statement
- Support Multi-Valued Attributes in Filter Comparison Operators
- Temporal Filters
- Allow build with Maven 2 or Maven 3
- Describe Function with FunctionName
- Detailed Argument and Return Info for FunctionName
- Introduction for the use of ResourceId
- Sphinx generated user guide with live codes examples, tutorials and build instructions
- MapContext refactor
For those migrating from GeoTools 2.7, additional instructions are available here.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all the developers, users and contributor that have helped to make this release possible.
The GeoTools Community