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FOSS4G in Victoria, Canada, September 24-27, 2007

News Date: 
10 Jan 2007

This fall, the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference will be presented by OSGeo in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, from September 24th to 27th, at the Victoria Conference Centre.


FOSS4G gathers developers and users of open source geo-spatial software from around the world to discuss new directions, exciting implementations, and growing business opportunities in the field of open source geo-spatial software. Focused on the practical "make it work, get it done" world of open source application development, this annual conference boasts a very high concentration of geo-spatial technical opinion leaders.

Attendance at this event has grown at over 50% a year since its inception in 2003, paralleling the rapid growth and adoption curve of open source geo-spatial tools in the marketplace, and over 500 attendees are expected in 2007. Sponsorship opportunities at FOSS4G are available, please see the prospectus at http://www.foss4g2007.org/sponsorship_exhibition.html

Call for workshops open
January 19
Call for workshops closed
February 28
Call for papers open
March 1
Registration open
April 2
Call for papers closed
June 29
Conference Dates
September 24 - 27

For up-to-date information, registration and/or to submit a contribution, please visit the conference website at


Take advantage of the opportunity FOSS4G2007 offers to network with fellow geospatial data professionals, renewing old acquaintances and making new ones. Hope to see you there!

GDAL/OGR 1.4.0 Released

News Date: 
7 Jan 2007

The GDAL development team is pleased to announce the release of GDAL/OGR 1.4.0. This release includes many new features and bug fixes since the 1.3.2 release nine months ago described in the release NEWS.

The new release source may be downloaded from:


Binaries corresponding to the GDAL/OGR 1.4.0 release can be found included in the FWTools 1.1.3 release for Windows and Linux at:

FWTools113.exe (windows)
FWTools-linux-1.1.3.tar.gz (linux)

The GDAL project has also introduced the new gdal-announce list, hosted by OSGeo. Those interested in just occasional notices of GDAL/OGR project progress are encouraged to join this mailing list.


GeoTools 2.3.0 Released

News Date: 
1 Jan 2007

The GeoTools 2.3.0 release is available for download:


This release brings together a lot of great improvements made over the last year. The main focus of this release is improving the raster story for GeoTools. While plug-ins for a variety of rasters existed previously, all of them were memory constrained and not really suitable for real software. 2.3.0 brings very solid, scalable, fast support for ArcGrid, GeoTiff, GTOPO30, World Images and Image Mosaics and Pyramids. These are already in action in GeoServer 1.5.x, and will soon work their way in to uDig. In addition we've had:

  • GeoAPI filter interfaces aligned with Filter 1.1 specification
  • completed providence review
  • more relaxed PostGIS support, able to handle older varied configurations
  • Scalar Vector Graphics "Marks" can be used as part of our SLD support
  • Improved plug-in visibility - visit our website to check on status, and discover what "unsupported" modules are waiting in the wings
  • Maven "archtype" to help you start off your next GeoTools project
  • Numerous small bug fixes and improvements.
We would like to extend our thanks to the following organizations, their work is appearing in a stable release for the first time.

  • GeoSolutions for their RnD contributions appearing in this release
  • OSGeo Foundation for their support and encouragement during the incubation process

GRASS / OSGeo Newsletter Published

News Date: 
20 Dec 2006

The GRASS-News editors and OSGeo Promotion and Visibility Committee are happy to announce the first combined GRASS-News / OSGeo-News (5.3MB pdf) volume.

More information about the newsletters, and previous volumes of the GRASS-News can be found at:


We are looking forward to the first edition of OSGeo-News in 2007 with interesting articles covering various topics of OpenSource projects. Please visit http://www.osgeo.org in the next couple of weeks to find more detailed information how to submit articles.

GeoNetwork and OpenLayers Enter OSGeo Incubation

News Date: 
10 Nov 2006

The OSGeo Board has approved the application by the GeoNetwork project, and the OpenLayers project to enter the incubation process, a stepping stone to becoming full fledged OSGeo projects. The OpenLayers project is a pure JavaScript library for displaying map data in a web browser. The GeoNetwork project is a Java catalog application for standards compliant management of data and service metadata.

GRASS GIS Releases Version 6.2.0

News Date: 
31 Oct 2006

This new stable release adds hundreds of new features, support for the latest GIS data formats, and includes new translations for many languages.

The Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS) is a Geographic Information System (GIS) used for spatial modeling, visualization of both raster and vector data, geospatial data management and analysis, processing of satellite and aerial imagery, and production of sophisticated presentation graphics and hardcopy maps. GRASS combines powerful raster, vector, and geospatial processing engines into a single integrated software package.

The GRASS GIS project is developed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (the GPL) by volunteers the world over. GRASS differs from many other GIS software packages used in the professional world in that it is developed and distributed by users for users, mostly on a volunteer basis, in the open, and is given away for free. Emphasis is placed on interoperability and unlimited access to data as well as on software flexibility and evolution rate. The source code is freely available allowing for immediate customization, examination of the underlying algorithms, addition of new features, and fast bug fixing.

GRASS is currently used around the world in academic and commercial settings as well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting companies.

Download at http://grass.itc.it/download/ and http://grass.ibiblio.org/download/

as well as many mirror sites.

Detailed announcement: http://grass.itc.it/announces/announce_grass620.html