The Open Source Geospatial Foundation would like to open nominations for the 2015 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://donate.cancer.org/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 August 21st. A recipient will be decided from the nomination list by the OSGeo selection committee.
The winner of the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software will be announced at the FOSS4G-Seoul event in September. 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.
2014: Gary Sherman
2013: Arnulf Christl
2012: Venkatesh Raghavan
2011: Martin Davis
2010: Helena Mitasova
2009: Daniel Morissette
2008: Paul Ramsey
2007: Steve Lime
2006: Markus Neteler
2005: Frank Warmerdam
Selection Committee 2015:
Jeff McKenna (chair)
On behalf of the GeoForAll Educator Award Selection Committee, we are pleased to inform all that the Individual and Team Awards for the "GeoForAll - Global Educator of the Year Award 2015" has been announced at the FOSS4G 2015 - Europe "Open Innovation for Europe" conference at Como, Italy on Friday. The award committee had the very difficult task of selecting the GeoForAll Educator of the Year out of the well deserving list of nominees.
Individual award goes to Sterling Quinn (Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA) for his course on “Open Web Mapping” and Team award for Kurt Menke (Birds Eye View) Nate Jennings (Urbandale Spatial), Jon Van Hoesen (Green Mtn College), Rick Smith (Texas A&M,) and Phil Davis, Delmar College (all in USA) for their GeoAcademy development efforts.
This is an opportunity for us to thank all colleagues for their excellent contributions to Openness in Education principles in the Geo domain. Our congratulations to all individuals or teams who received one or more nominations for the 2015 GeoForAll Global Educator of the Year Award. They all are our stars and "Geo for All" community would to like to thank all educators worldwide who have made contributions to open education efforts and being good global citizens by helping spread the benefits of education to all.
On behalf of the GeoForAll Educator Award Selection Committee
Prof. Charlie Schweik (Award Committee Chair)
Prof. Georg Gartner (President, ICA)
Jeff McKenna (President, OSGeo)
Chen Jun (President, ISPRS)
Prof. Maria Antonia Brovelli (Italy)
Dr. Xinyue Ye (USA)
Dr. Luciene Delazari (Brazil)
Dr. Tuong-Thuy Vu (Malaysia)
Prof. Venkatesh Raghavan (Japan/India)
Prof. Ivana Ivánová (Brazil)
Jeroen Ticheler (The Netherlands)
Dr. Serena Coetzee (South Africa)
Prof. Helena Mitasova (USA)
Anne Ghisla (Germany)
Patrick Hogan (USA)
Dr Suchith Anand (UK/India)
The EarthServer initiative is establishing Agile Analytics on Petabyte data cubes as a commodity.
Pushing the boundaries of Big Earth Data services, the intercontinental Earthserver initiative enables researchers to browse, access, and analyze massive multi-dimensional data sets from a wide range of sources. Big Earth Data at your fingertips - this is the vision of EarthServer for unleashing the potential of Big Data through a disruptive paradigm shift in technology:
- from isolat-ed silos of data with disparate functionality towards a single, uniform information space;
- from a difficult, artificial differentiation between data and metadata access to unified retrieval;
- from zillions of files towards few whatever-size datacubes;
- from limited functionality to the freedom of asking anything, anytime, any server in a peer network of data centers worldwide.
In phase 1, EarthServer has established open ad-hoc analytics on massive Earth Science data, based on and extending the leading Array Database technology, rasdaman. According to EU Commission and inde pendent reviewers, rasdaman will "significantly transform the way that scientists in different areas of Earth Science will be able to access and use data in a way that hitherto was not possible" as demonstrated by portals with over 230 TB of spatio-temporal data. EarthServer "with no doubt has been shaping the Big Earth Data landscape through the standardization activities within OGC, ISO and beyond".
Now phase 2 of EarthServer has started, with an even more ambitious goal: data centers will provide at least 1 Petabyte of 3-D and 4-D datacubes. Technology advance will allow real-time scaling of such Petabyte cubes, and intercontinental fusion. This power of data handling will be wrapped into direct visual interaction based on multi-dimensional visualization techniques, in particular: NASA World Wind. Following the motto "a cube says more than a million images" EarthServer has set out to redefine the Big Data service landscape even more.
This way, critical support will be given to Copernicus and the Sentinel satellite data: a single 3D x/y/t datacube will be constructed for each satellite instrument so that millions of images form a single, simple data space, irrespective of its size resulting. Likewise, each climate dataset will form a single 4D datacube. Access to these cubes is through a clean-slate standards-based query language on n-D grids, OGC WCPS. This yields the agility that any query can be sent at any time, without admin intervention on server side. Multiple cubes can be combined based on parallel, distributed processing. Altogether, the WCPS language allows navigation, extraction, aggregation, and fusion of any-size space/time data cubes using simple, yet powerful query operators.
The consortium consists of Jacobs University (Germany, coordinator), rasdaman GmbH (Germany, SME), , Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK), European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (UK), MEEO s.r.l. (Italy, SME), and CITE S.A. (Greece, SME). Additionally, two high-profile international organizations participate: NASA (US) and National Computational Infrastructure (Australia).
Read more: http://www.earthserver.eu
GeoMoose 2.8.0 has been released. It contains both fixes for bugs found in the 2.7.1 release and implements many new feature requests.
For more information on what changed see: http://www.geomoose.org/releases/2.8.0.html
As always, downloads are available at: http://www.geomoose.org/download.html
GeoMoose 2.8 Release Manager
We are pleased to announce the new stable release of GRASS GIS 6.4.5
After months of development the GRASS GIS 6.4.5 release is now available. This is a stability release of the GRASS GIS 6 line.
Source code download:
To get the GRASS GIS 6.4.5 source code directly from SVN:
Key improvements of the GRASS GIS 6.4.5 release include stability fixes (esp. concerning the vector library), selected fixes for wxPython3 support, selected module fixes, and more message translations.
See also our detailed announcement.
First time users should explore the first steps tutorial after installation:
Please join us in testing this release candidate for the final release.
Consider to donate pizza or beer for the next GRASS GIS Community Sprint (following FOSS4G Europe 2015 in Como):
Thanks to all contributors!
About GRASS GIS
The Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (http://grass.osgeo.org), commonly referred to as GRASS GIS, is an Open Source Geographic Information System providing powerful raster, vector and geospatial processing capabilities in a single integrated software suite. GRASS GIS includes tools for spatial modeling, visualization of raster and vector data, management and analysis of geospatial data, and the processing of satellite and aerial imagery. It also provides the capability to produce sophisticated presentation graphics and hardcopy maps. GRASS GIS has been translated into about twenty languages and supports a huge array of data formats. It can be used either as a stand-alone application or as backend for other software packages such as QGIS and R geostatistics. It is distributed freely under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). GRASS GIS is a founding member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).
The GRASS Development Team, July 2015
It is our great pleasure to share the excellent development of the American Geographical Society's endorsement of the “Geo for All Initiative”, developed by the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). “Geo for All” aims to provide expertise and support for the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Laboratories and Research Centers across the world for supporting development of open-source geospatial software technologies, training, and expertise.
Established in 1851, the American Geographical Society is the oldest professional geographical organization in the United States. It is recognized world-wide as a pioneer in geographical research and education in geography for over 163 years. The mission of AGS is to advance geographic knowledge and the recognition of its importance in the contemporary world. AGS promotes the use of geography in business, government, science, and education with a goal to enhance the nation’s geographic literacy so as to engender sound public policy, national security, and human well-being worldwide. AGS is the only organization focused on bringing together academics, business people, those who influence public policy (including leaders in local, state and federal government, not-for-profit organizations and the media), and the general public for the express purpose of furthering the understanding of the role of geography in our lives. AGS provides leadership to frame the national discussion of the growing importance of geography and geo-spatial tools. The Society maintains its headquarters in Brooklyn Heights, New York.
This endorsement from the American Geographical Society comes at an important phase in our development. We crossed our 100th lab milestone last week with UCL as our 101st Open Source Geospatial Lab bringing together staff and students from the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, the Department of Archaeology and the Department of Geography at UCL . Details at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/gis/OSGeo
Right now at Como in Italy at FOSS4G-Europe http://europe.foss4g.org/2015/ , our colleagues are meeting to discuss our future expansion plans in particular for discussing GeoForAll expansion to thousands of schools globally and expand our teacher training initiatives with collaboration from governments , industry and universities globally.
This endorsement from the American Geographical Society is a great boost to all our "Geo for All" colleagues worldwide. "Geo for All" started from nothing and it is 100 percent the efforts of all our colleagues from OSGeo, ICA and ISPRS who joined together on a common education mission that made this all possible. I am grateful to each and every colleague for their hardwork and dedication for our mission for building a better world and better future for all our future generations.
This is just the start and we look forward to working with all for making education and opportunities accessible to all.