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Marble Virtual Globe Graduates OSGeo Incubation

News Date: 
18 Oct 2013
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OSGeo is pleased to announce that the Marble Virtual Globe project has graduated from incubation and is now a full fledged OSGeo project. Torsten Rahn, co founder and long time maintainer of Marble has been appointed as project officer.

Marble is a virtual globe and world atlas — your swiss army knife for maps. Marble is known to be used a lot in education from primary school throughout higher level classes. And it is also used in industry and research projects as a software library for displaying maps. No matter whether the topic is navigation, space science, earth science or geo-caching: Marble offers a wealth of functionality and comes with free maps which help to visualize and understand each topic. It is available for all major operating systems and it's installed on many Linux distributions by default.

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 lead says, The Marble 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. The Marble team would like to support this mission by offering Marble as a showcase to illustrate the power of Open Source, Free Software and Free Maps. Since Marble is easy to use and fun to work with it's the perfect tool to introduce a wider audience into the world of GIS and to get people excited about it.

Arnulf Christl mentor of the incubation process says: Marble Incubation was a breeze. One can immediately see that it is a well maintained project with experienced project leads and a great developer team. There were practically no open issues regarding code provenance and licensing showing that the KDE community which is the home of Marble provides a really good environment. Marble is a great addition to the OSGeo software stack because it makes accessing geospatial data and maps easy. It has already become a great tool for teachers around the world and we hope that by becoming an OSGeo project it will spread even further.

Congratulations to the Marble community!

"Open Geospatial Science & Applications" webinar series launched

News Date: 
16 Oct 2013
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The ICA-OSGeo Lab Network and MundoGeo are now pleased to inform the inaugural webinar of "Open Geospatial Science & Applications" webinar series on 18th October. The webinars will be open and free to all on first come register basis.

The first webinar will be on "OSGeo Live for Education" by Jeremy Morley (University of Nottingham). This first webinar will address the theme "OSGeo Live for Education". With free registration, this event is appropriate for all who are interested in knowing more about the ICA-OSGeo Lab Network and its education activities. In addition to giving an overview of OSGeo Live, Jeremy will be sharing his experiences of using the OSGeo Live system for his MSc teaching in GIS at the University of Nottingham.

OSGeo Live 7.0 features more than fifty open source, standards compliant geospatial desktop applications, web applications and frameworks. A complete installation kit and high-quality sample data in multiple industry standard formats are included. It is composed entirely of free software, allowing it to be freely distributed, duplicated and passed around.

Attendees will be able to interact with the speakers by sending their comments and questions through chat. All attendees of this web seminar will receive certificates for their participation.

Webinar: OSGeo Live for Education
Date: Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM GMT

Reserve your Webinar place now!

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

The schedule of webinars for this year are:

- Oct 18th, 2013 - OSGeo Live for Education (Jeremy Morley, University of Nottingham)
- Nov 7th, 2013 - Open Geo Science (Patrick Bell et al, British Geological Survey)
- Dec 10th, 2013 - Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial Applications (FOSS4G): A mature alternative in the geospatial technologies arena (Maria Brovelli and Rafael Moreno)

The webinars will also be recorded for the benefit of the wider community and made available at MundoGeo website and our new "Geo for All" website that the University of Southampton are now building (to be launched next week).

For those of you who are new to OSGeo Live and our ICA-OSGeo Education initiative, Dr. Tuong Thuy Vu did an excellent presentation on "Open Source Geospatial Software, Education and Research" at Asia Geospatial Forum in Kuala Lumpur last month.

It is a really good overview especially for those who are new to the initiative and wish to establish Open Source Geospatial Labs in their universities to understand what we are doing and join our expanding network. If you are interested in establishing Open Source Geospatial lab in your university for expanding your research in OpenGIS, please email Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk and we will be pleased to work with you to make it happen.

All are welcome.

FOSS4G 2013 Nottingham: Videos Link now available

News Date: 
4 Oct 2013
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The FOSSLC Recording Team is uploading the FOSS4G 2013 Nottingham videos as quickly as possible. This is the primary link for the upload site on YouTube.

The team will be embedding them on FOSSLC. FOSSLC is a non-profit organization that specializes in technology and know-how to record conferences with excellent quality. On FOSSLC videos page you'll find many more great videos, not just of opensource GIS, but on a variety of opensource software such as Linux, Drupal, PostgreSQL and many others.

The pgRouting Team is pleased to announce the release of pgRouting 2.0.0

News Date: 
24 Sep 2013
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This 2.0 release brings a number of major new features that are summarized in this document.

Major New Features in pgRouting 2.0

pgRouting extends the PostGIS/PostgreSQL geospatial database to provide geospatial routing and other network analysis functionality.

This library contains following features:

  • All Pairs Shortest Path, Johnson’s Algorithm **NEW**
  • All Pairs Shortest Path, Floyd-Warshall Algorithm **NEW**
  • Shortest Path A*
  • Bi-directional Dijkstra Shortest Path **NEW**
  • Bi-directional A* Shortest Path **NEW**
  • Shortest Path Dijkstra
  • Driving Distance
  • K-Shortest Path, Multiple Alternative Paths **NEW**
  • K-Dijkstra, One to Many Shortest Path **NEW**
  • Traveling Sales Person **NEW Implementation**
  • Turn Restriction Shortest Path (TRSP) **NEW**
  • New functions for creating routing topology
  • New functions for analyzing a graph for problems

Migration Guide

pgRouting 2.0 is **not** backwards compatible with the 1.x version. This is a significant overhaul of the whole pgRouting environment and we have renamed all the functions and rationalized the arguments and return types. While this will be a painful migration for 1.x applications, we believe the new functionality, the high quality of the code, and new documentation will make it much easier to grow the product and support it over future releases.

Source Code Download

See website: http://pgrouting.org/download.html

Packages for Ubuntu can be installed from the Launchpad repository:
https://launchpad.net/~georepublic/+archive/pgrouting

REQUIREMENTS

  • C and C++ compilers
  • Postgresql version >= 8.4 (9.1 or higher recommended)
  • PostGIS version >= 1.5 (2.0 or higher recommended)
  • The Boost Graph Library (BGL).
  • CMake >= 2.8.8
  • (optional, for Driving Distance) CGAL
  • (optional, for Documentation) Sphinx

You can download a zipfile from github via:
https://github.com/pgRouting/pgrouting/archive/master.zip

Or you can clone the git repository and build it with:

git clone -b master https://github.com/pgRouting/pgrouting.git
cd pgrouting
mkdir build && cd build
cmake -DWITH_DOC=NO .
make
sudo make install
cd ..
tools/test-runner.pl

More Resources:

Thanks

Thank you to all of the users, developers, and supporters of pgRouting. We would like to call out special thanks to CSIS (University of Tokyo), Georepublic, Paragon Corporation, iMaptools.com and to Vicky Vergara for their time and support that really made this release possible. We also had a lot of support from our users testing releases, submitting patches, reporting issues and our apologies for not being able to list everyone by name but we do appreciate everyone's efforts.
Enjoy.

The pgRouting Team

Announcing the release of QGIS 2.0

News Date: 
20 Sep 2013
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QGIS is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System that runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, and Windows.

We are very pleased to announce the release of QGIS 2.0.1 "Dufour". This release contains new features and extends the programmatic interface over QGIS the 1.x release series. Binary and source code packages are available via the large download link on our home page.

If there is not yet a package for your platform on the above page, please check back regularly as packagers are still pushing out their work and they will update the download page to reflect the new packages. Along with the release of QGIS 2.0.1, the QGIS Community Team is hard at work on an updated QGIS Users' Guide version 2.0.1. The guide will be available in the near future - we will post announcements when it is available.

We are also pleased to announce our new web site is now available at http://qgis.org - and we thank Boundless for sponsoring web developer time to make the new web site look beautiful, and our web team for the awesome job they have done.

A word of thanks to our contributors, donors and sponsors

QGIS is a largely volunteer driven project, and is the work of a dedicated team of developers, documenters and supporters. We extend our thanks and gratitude for the many, many hours people have contributed to make this release happen. Many companies and organisations contribute back improvements to QGIS when they use it as their platform, and we are grateful for this and encourage others to do the same! We would also like to thank our sponsors and donors for helping to promote our work through their financial contributions. Our current sponsors are (QGIS Sponsorship is valid for one year):

Gold Sponsor:
Asia Air Survey

Silver Sponsor:
State of Vorarlberg

Bronze Sponsors:
FOSSGIS.DE and
Kanton Solothurn

A special thanks also to the QGIS User Group Switzerland for co-funding bug fixing activities in the lead up to the release!

A current list of donors who have made contributions large and small to the project can be seen here.

If you would like to make a donation or sponsor our project, please visit the sponsorship page

QGIS is Free software and you are under no obligation to do so. Sponsoring QGIS helps us to fund our six monthly developer meetings, maintain project infrastructure and fund bug fixing efforts.

Visual tour of the new release:

You can find a list of highlighted changes and new features listed on the detailed release announcement.

Give us your feedback:

We welcome your feedback - please visit our issue tracker if you encounter an issue with the new release.

Please consult the existing issues there before lodging any new ones.

Happy QGIS'ing!

Regards,

The QGIS Team

Arnulf Christl Receives Sol Katz Award

News Date: 
20 Sep 2013
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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.

Background

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.