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FOSS4G 2014 Update: Keynotes, Travel Grants, Volunteer Discounts

News Date: 
21 May 2014

Two new keynote speakers added to 2014 lineup

We are delighted to announce Sarah Novotny of NGINX and Al Shaw of ProPublica as keynote speakers for FOSS4G 2014. They join Mike Bostock of the New York Times in this year's lineup.

Novotny is a technical evangelist and community manager for NGINX, founder of Blue Gecko, and is currently a program chair for O’Reilly Media’s OSCON.
Shaw is a news applications developer at ProPublica and the creator of an award winning series of interactive maps documenting FEMA's response to Hurricane Sandy.

Travel Grant Program

To make sure that as many deserving people as possible can attend FOSS4G, we have created a travel grant program with funds to help cover registration, lodging, and travel costs. If you are excited about open source geospatial work but have economic barriers to attendance, we strongly encourage you to apply. Applications are due May 30th, and awardees will be notified mid-June.

Our travel grants are community funded; your donations help bring more of your colleagues to the conference. Consider an additional donation when you register for the conference or as a stand-alone contribution. If every attendee gave just $20, we could bring an additional 20 people to the conference.

Volunteer Discounts

We will also have a limited number of volunteer positions available; in exchange for a full day of work, volunteers will be eligible for a discounted rate of $125. Students will be given preference for these volunteer positions until July 1st. More details on the volunteer program and travel grants.

Important Conference Dates

See the full calendar (https://2014.foss4g.org/about/calendar/) for more details.

  • June 15th: Early bird registration ends
  • Sept 8th-9th: Workshops
  • Sept 10th-12th: Main Conference
  • Sept 13th: Code Sprint

GDAL/OGR 1.11.0 released

News Date: 
25 Apr 2014

On behalf of the GDAL/OGR development team and community, I am pleased to announce the release of GDAL/OGR 1.11.0. GDAL/OGR is a C++ geospatial data access library for raster and vector file formats, databases and web services. It includes bindings for several languages, and a variety of command line tools.


The 1.11.0 release is a major new feature release with the following highlights:

  • Significantly improved drivers: GML, LIBKML
  • Upgrade to EPSG 8.2 database

More complete information on the new features and fixes in the 1.11.0 release can be found at http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/Release/1.11.0-News

The new release can be downloaded from:

FOSS4G 2014: Community voting open through May 5th

News Date: 
22 Apr 2014

What presentations do you want to see at FOSS4G?  Now is the time to tell us!  

The FOSS4G community at large can now read and score potential presentations.  The conference committee will use the aggregate scores from the community review process to help choose which presentations to accept, and to assign presentations to appropriately sized rooms.

The community review process is an important part of creating a conference that benefits and reflects the community. Your input is a significant part of what makes FOSS4G a great conference. Note that you do not need to be registered for the conference to vote. And remember, all presentations will be available online, so even if you are unable to attend, your vote matters.

You can vote now at: http://community-review.foss4g.org/.  

Please complete your voting by May 5th.

Important Conference Dates

See the full calendar for more details.

  • June 15th: Early bird registration ends
  • Sept 8th-9th: Workshops
  • Sept 10th-12th: Main Conference
  • Sept 13th: Code Sprint

About FOSS4G

The annual FOSS4G conference is the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial software. FOSS4G brings together developers, users, decision-makers and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation. Through six days of workshops, presentations, discussions, and cooperation, FOSS4G participants create effective and relevant geospatial products, standards, and protocols.

FOSS4G has been held all over the world and draws attendees from over 40 countries. Nottingham, England hosted the conference in 2013. In 2014, Portland, Oregon, USA will host FOSS4G’s tenth year.

About OSGeo

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) was founded in 2006 to support and build the highest-quality open source geospatial software. The foundation's goal is to encourage the use and collaborative development of community-led projects, data development and education. Many projects live under the OSGeo umbrella, including FOSS4G, http://osgeo.org.

About PDX-OSGeo - Portland Area and Oregon OSGeo Chapter

The PDX-OSGeo chapter of OSGeo has been meeting, discussing and promoting the use of open source geospatial technology since 2009. Chapter members often organize or present on open source software at regional geospatial conferences. PDX is the airport code and like the PDX airport, the group has a wide catchment area.

For more information or to keep informed from the FOSS4G Organizing Committee, follow @foss4g on Twitter, subscribe to our announcements list, or contact: foss4g2014-info@osgeo.org

Darrell Fuhriman, Chair of the FOSS4G Organizing Committee, email: darrell@garnix.org

Welcome to 75th ICA-OSGeo lab - University of Salzburg

News Date: 
19 Apr 2014

We are pleased to welcome Z_GIS, Department of Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg as our 75th ICA-OSGeo lab. Z_GIS are one of the leading centres of Geospatial education and research globally with over 85 staff and one of the best examples of their global impact and leadership is the distance education initiative offering masters and diploma programmes in Geographical Information Science and Systems through the UNIGIS International Association. They already contribute to Open Source Geo through both their teaching within UNIGIS and MSc in Applied Geoinformatics (e.g. QGIS module) and research (they develop innovative applications based on OSM, application-centric development of sensor web services architectures etc). They also contribute to outreach through FOSS focused workshops at AGIT, GI Forum, etc.

Dr Suchith Anand, chair of the ICA-OSGeo labs initiative, said "This an important milestone in our growth and we warmly welcome Z_GIS to our initiative. Prof. Josef Strobl is also the Advisory Board member of ICA-OSGeo Labs and we are looking forward to working closely with him, Dr Hermann Klug and other colleagues at Salzburg for building up more research and education collaborations and opportunities globally. Over the last two years since the ICA-OSGeo labs initiative was launched, it has grown rapidly thanks to the strong support of colleagues globally. We now have strong presence in all continents expect Antarctica! Our biggest growth country wise is in the United States of America (over 12) and region wise it is in Europe with over 30 labs joining our initiative. Free and open GI software helps make geospatial education available to students worldwide. We thank all of you for your strong support for this education initiative and it is very happy for us that our initiative has now grown rapidly from very humble beginnings and is helping to widen the benefits of geospatial education opportunities to thousands of students worldwide. More details of our mission at http://www.geoforall.org "

Open Source Geospatial Foundation (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.

International Cartographic Association (ICA) is the world authoritative body for cartography and GIScience.

OSGeo Code Sprint 2014 in Vienna - A great success!

News Date: 
8 Apr 2014

In the week from March 24 to 28 more than 60 developers from over 18 projects gathered for the OSGeo Code Sprint 2014 in the rooms generously provided by the City of Vienna (MA 14). Improvements of and new features for the individual projects were decided and implemented in direct personal communication among the relevant developers. A very important core element of free and open source software development is the active exchange and the direct collaboration of the individual projects and initiatives.

Vector tiles are one of the current hot topics among the whole community that have been extensively discussed at the Code Sprint. A specification draft has been prepared and will be discussed further.

The following paragraphs provide some highlights and achievements of the various participating projects during the Code Sprint.

With 210 updates in the code base during the Code Sprint the international GRASS GIS development team has released the new version 7 after 6 years of development. The free software package provides novel methods to process, analyze, and visualize geographic data and runs on all major platforms (MS Windows, Apple, Linux, BSD) and architectures (x86, amd64, arm) from laptops to mainframes.

The QGIS project took care of bug resolving, discussed future new features, updated and simplified the management of plugins which can be generated and freely provided by users. Together with the GRASS GIS project the integration of version 7 in QGIS has been prepared.

The MapServer team decided on the release plan for the upcoming 7.0 release, worked on easier processes for documentation translations, and resolved several smaller issues with respect to coverty scans, dateline crossing data, pixel is point vs. pixel is area, UTF-grid, etc.

A proposal was made or maybe better an experiment undertaken to harmonize the data models of GDAL and OGR. Considerable work went into scala bindings for GDAL.

The PostGIS team succeeded to close all remaining tickets for the 2.1.2 and 2.0.5 releases and releasing them. Very interesting work started on 3D exports using three.js.

OpenLayers 3 is a comprehensive rewrite of a well established library for displaying and interacting with geospatial data on the web. The new version is currently in pre-release beta state. During the sprint, the documentation system was improved to include documentation of the events that the library emits. Work on feature clustering to unclutter a map with too many point features was started, and a demo of displaying HiDPI (Retina) tiles from the Austrian basemap was created. The inter-project discussion about creating a common transport format for vector tiles will benefit the project in the near future.

pycsw finished packaging for version 1.8 and worked on OSGeo project incubation.

In order to find and exploit synergies in functionality and technology the projects EOxServer and GeoNode started a closer collaboration at the Code Sprint.

Various other projects have also been present and active at the Code Sprint like PDAL, ZOO-Project, MapMint, etc.

A great result for the local community in Vienna and Austria is the start of regular OSGeo/FOSSGIS meetups.

GeoTools 11.0 and GeoServer 2.5.0 released

News Date: 
20 Mar 2014

The GeoTools and GeoServer communities are delighted to announce that the first full release of GeoTools 11.0 and GeoServer 2.5.0 have been made today. If you want to see what's new there are blog posts for GeoTools and GeoServer.

These releases are the first to be made under the new release schedule so GeoTools 11.1 and GeoServer 2.5.1 will not be released next month but in May giving users a chance to bed down the new releases before any changes hit them.