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Arnulf Christl Receives Sol Katz Award

News Date: 
20 Sep 2013
Arnulf Christl was honored today with the 2013 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software during the FOSS4G 2013 conference in Notthingham, UK. The award was presented by Jeff McKenna, the president of OSGeo. Arnulf's dedication to open source geospatial software, and the community and ideals around it are widely recognised. He played a large role in the Mapbender project, and was a founding director of OSGeo, as well as serving as president for several years. He has also been a key bridge between OSGeo and the Open Geospatial Consortium, emphasizing the duality of open source and open standards. He continues to advocate for these ideals inside and outside OSGeo.


The Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software is awarded annually by OSGeo 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. 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. 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. In the early 80's, Sol assisted in the development of a public domain GIS package called MOSS (Map Overlay and Statistical System). This software was arguably the first open source GIS software in the world. Sol would later go on to release and maintain PC MOSS. He was also one of the first involved in public data translator utilities. Utilities that he developed for converting DEMs and reading SDTS files were contributed back to the geospatial community, and are still available today. Sol was also a frequent contributor to many geospatial list servers, providing much guidance to the geospatial community at large. Sadly, after fighting Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma for almost a decade, Sol died April 23, 1999 in bed. His legacy will always live on in the GFOSS world.

GeoTools 10.0 Released

News Date: 
20 Sep 2013
The GeoTools community is happy to bring you the latest GeoTools 10.0 download:
As an alternative to downloading this release has been deployed to our maven repository.

This release is made in conjunction with GeoServer 2.4.0 and GeoWebCache 1.5.0. We would to thank everyone who has helped out with testing.

Please see the GeoTools 10.0 Release Notes for additional details.

About GeoTools 10.x Series

Summary of the new features for the GeoTools 10.x series:
  • Structured grid coverage readers allow raster data sources that publish composite data products to expose individual rasters (ie granules) for processing, while still providing a seamless experience for rendering. The mosaic and NetCDF modules are the first ones to implement these new interfaces.
  • Efficient support for multiple coverages in GridCoverageReader provides ad-hoc access to raster formats that publish more that one data product. A image mosaic made of NetCDF granules and single file NetCDF sources are the first implementors of these new capabilities
  • new implementation of Shapefile DataStore (based on ContentDataStore superclass). This upgrade should be seamless for all users using DataStoreFactoryFinder. If you explicitly made use of the ShapefileDataStore or IndexedShapefileDataStore class please check the upgrade instructions.
  • The transform module graduated to supported status, providing a seamless way to rename, retype and hide SimpleFeatureSource attributes, as well as creating new ones based on OGC Expression
  • Additional OGC modules for the WCS 2.0 and WCS 2.0 EO models as well as adding XML parsers and encoders
The 10.x series has a number of research and development activities that may be of interest:
  • NetCDF has been updated to take advantage of the new coverage API introduced above
  • GeoPackage: a sample implementation of the geopackage spec that is currently being developed by the OGC
While exciting, this functionally is looking for volunteers and/or funding to meet our quality assurance standards. If you are interested please introduce yourself on geotools-devel (or check out options for commercial support).

The GeoTools Community

Open Source Geospatial Laboratory established at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

News Date: 
19 Sep 2013

We are pleased to announce the establishment of ICA-OSGeo Open Source Geospatial Laboratory (OSGL, see [0]) at ETH Zurich, Switzerland [1]. The OSGL at ETH Zurich is part is part of the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation, chair of Cartography [2]. The preceding Institute of Cartography was founded in 1925 by Professor Eduard Imhof, one of the main founders of modern academic cartography. It is therefore the oldest university institute in cartography world-wide. In 2011, with the establishment of the new chair of Geoinformation Engineering, the scope of activities of the institute was expanded and its name was adapted. In cartography, the institute strives to maintain its leading position in topographic cartography (relief representation), thematic cartography, and atlas cartography (school atlases, national atlases) by exploiting and further developing cartographic knowledge and adapting it to new interactive technologies and application domains. Geoinformation Engineering aims at analyzing, representing, modelling, and visualizing spatio-temporal decision processes and integrates such models in mobile geoinformation services and spatial information technologies.

The OSGL at ETH Zurich will be actively implementing the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), with the vision to support the development of open-source geospatial software technologies, training and expertise. It also aims to provide support for increasing the number and quality of open source teaching and training materials for Cartography and GIS. As a proud member of the ICA-OSGeo Network [3], the ETH Zurich OSGL is focusing on Education, Open Geodata and on Cartographic and Geospatial Research. Additionally the laboratory is participating in the ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies [4] and through the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation [5] as an associate member in Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) [6].

The lab starts with expertise in several OSGeo projects such as Quantum GIS, OpenLayers, PostGIS and GDAL/OGR. A special attention will be given to QGIS Server, since it was conceived as a research project at the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation [2]. Furthermore the lab is proud to have joined a collaboration in the areas of Education and Research with the industry partner Sourcepole [7].

The ETH Zurich OSGL will be led by Dr. Ionuț Iosifescu [8] with support from several members of the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation. Please check the lab webpage for the full list of team members and the assigned areas of responsibility, as well as for the upcoming training possibilities [9].

OSGeo is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data.

ICA is the world authoritative body for cartography and Geographic Information Science.

[0] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/MOU_ICA
[1] http://karlinapp.ethz.ch/osgl/index.html
[2] http://www.ikg.ethz.ch/karto/index_EN
[3] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Edu_current_initiatives
[4] http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/
[5] http://www.ikg.ethz.ch/index_EN
[6] http://www.opengeospatial.org
[7] http://www.sourcepole.ch
[8] http://www.ikg.ethz.ch/people/staff/iionut/index_EN
[9] http://karlinapp.ethz.ch/osgl/Training.html

Open Source Geospatial Lab established at CAGIS, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

News Date: 
13 Sep 2013

We are pleased to announce the establishment of ICA-OSGeo Lab at the Center for Applied GIScience (CAGIS), University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), USA. CAGIS is an interdisciplinary research center that focuses on using advanced space-time theories, methods, and technologies in cutting-edge Geographic Information Science for complex geographical problem-solving. Based on the synergistic coupling of spatiotemporal and computational thinking, major research themes of CAGIS consist of 1) CyberGIS for large-scale geographical problem-solving, 2) Land use/cover change and sustainability, 3) Complexity theory and geospatial modeling, 4) Big data and space-time analytics, 5) Remote sensing, sensor networks and volunteered geographic information, 6) Computational intelligence for geocomputational modeling, 7) Cartography and geovisualization, and 8) Open source GIS. CAGIS has unique strength in these cutting-edge research themes and has intensive interest in their applications in alternative spatially integrated domains, including environmental studies, ecology, earth science, hydrology, spatial epidemiology, social science, transportation, urban regional analysis and policies. More details at http://gis.uncc.edu .

This open source geospatial laboratory is a joint initiative of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). The lab will be led by Dr. Wenwu Tang (Executive director of CAGIS) and Dr. Xingjian Liu with support from two full-time permanent positions: Director of Research & Outreach (John B. Vogler) and Resident Systems Administrator (Jason Watson). The facility has a well-equipped computational laboratory specializing in technologies for spatial analysis and geocomputation, spatial cyberinfrastructure, and big spatial data. It has also has access to advanced supercomputing computing resources held by US NSF XSEDE, Open Science Grid, RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute), and URC (University Research Computing) at UNC Charlotte.

OSGeo is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data.

ICA is the world authoritative body for cartography, the discipline dealing with the conception, production, dissemination and study of maps.

OSGeo Receives 501(c)(4) Tax Exempt Status

News Date: 
13 Sep 2013

OSGeo is pleased to announce that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has accepted our application (PDF) for non-profit status under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. Our 501(c)(4) status declares that we are a Social Welfare Organization. This determination affirms OSGeo's role in serving the public through our mission, focused around Open Source Geospatial software.

This determination helps ensure that the organization will not have to pay US federal taxes on money accumulated toward the fulfilment of our mission. Unfortunately, unlike a 501(c)(3) (Charitable) status, this does not allow financial contributors to OSGeo to treat the contributions as a charitable contribution which can have a tax benefit for US tax payers. There should still be no problem with commercial organizations treating contributions to OSGeo as a business expense.

OSGeo owes a special debt to past Executive Director Tyler Mitchell, and current Treasurer Daniel Morissette who have carried this process to a successful conclusion after several years of work. Current OSGeo President, Jeff McKenna, says "Both Daniel and Tyler should be thanked by the entire community for their dedication to such a challenging task. Our future foundation events, and OSGeo in general, will benefit from their hard work for years to come."

About the Open Source Geospatial Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data. The Foundation provides financial, organizational and legal support to the broader open source geospatial community. It also serves as an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding and other resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit.

GeoMoose Graduates Incubation

News Date: 
6 Sep 2013

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

GeoMoose is an Open Source Web Client JavaScript Framework for displaying distributed GIS data. GeoMoose excels at creating a useful web-based GIS application for those who need something that works without any programming experience. The GeoMoose demo (available on the GeoMoose website) contains a fully operating web-based property viewer. It can render, investigate, and even edit layers without the need to write a single line of code.

GeoMoose is written using JavaScript and HTML. XML configuration files are used to allow configuration too meet the needs of a variety of common web-based GIS viewers. Besides the viewer, GeoMoose also comes prepackaged with a number of built in geospatial services written in PHP. These services add the ability to perform drill-down identify operations, selection operations, and search data sets. GeoMoose leverages other open source projects such as MapServer, OpenLayers, Proj4js and Dojo Toolkit to take advantage of other project’s hard work that has went into those projects.

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.

As officially sanctioned software, GeoMoose will be a featured project on the OSGeo website and joins MapServer (www.mapserver.org) as only the second program with Minnesota origins to be endorsed by OSGeo. GeoMoose software is downloadable for free, and is useable based on a MIT open source license.

Congratulations to the GeoMoose community!