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EGU 2015 FOSS session Call for Papers

News Date: 
27 Dec 2014

Dear colleagues,

After this year’s successful EGU session "Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Geoinformatics and Geosciences", we would like to draw your attention to the upcoming deadline for the submission of abstracts for next year’s event.

This session will look at the growing role of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in the geosciences with a special emphasis on the interoperability among existing and future FOSS-tools within Geoinformatics. The session will be a forum for both the latest advances in FOSS-empowered research and also successful applications of existing FOSS tools for geoscientific tasks. Also, this session will discuss issues relating to publication and citation of software and other conceptual contributions to scientific free and open source software.

The link for abstract submission can be found here

EGU 2015 will be held from 12 - 17 April, 2015 in Vienna, Austria.
The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is 07 January 2015, 13:00 CET.

We look forward to your participation and contribution.

Peter Löwe, Jens Klump, Dominik E. Reusser, Yann Chemin and Markus Neteler

FOSDEM Geospatial devroom program published

News Date: 
23 Dec 2014

FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event organised by the community for
the community. The goal is to provide open source software developers
and communities a place to meet. Participation and attendance is totally
free, though the organisers gratefully accept donations and sponsorship.

The FOSDEM team feels it is very important for open source software
developers around the world to be able to meet in “real life”. To this
end, we have set up developer rooms (devrooms) with network/internet
connectivity and projectors where teams can meet and showcase their
projects. devrooms are a place for teams to discuss, hack and publicly
present latest directions, lightning talks, news and discussions. We
believe developers can benefit a lot from these meetings.

This year a team of OSGeo and related community members led by Johan Van
de Wauw is organising Geospatial devroom, packed with talks about web
development, open geodata, mobile platforms, algorithms and much more.

See the full schedule of the Geospatial devroom here:

Expect many more talks to be announced in other tracks the coming weeks:

Hope to see you in Brussels the 31st of January and 1st of
February 2015:

Announcing the FOSS4G 2016 Call for Hosting

News Date: 
16 Dec 2014

The OSGeo Conference Committee the OSGeo Board of Directors are happy to announce the call for hosting the FOSS4G 2016 event. With the excitement building for the upcoming event in Seoul, and after such a wonderful event in Portland last September, OSGeo again plans on making the 2016 event the geospatial conference of the year. Please see the following page for the actual request for hosting document, as well as upcoming important dates:


If you have any questions regarding the 2016 call for hosting, feel free to send an email to the conference-dev mailing list (subscribe at http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/conference_dev).

Thank you.
OSGeo Conference Committee

ZOO-Project 1.4.0 release

News Date: 
10 Dec 2014

Hello OSGeo community, and ZOO-Project users!

The ZOO-Project development team is pleased to announce the ZOO-Project 1.4.0 release.

This release should work correctly on both GNU/Linux, MacOS X and WIN32 platforms.

You can download the archives from (zip) and (tar.bz2) or use Subversion:

svn co http://svn.zoo-project.org/svn/tags/rel-1.4.0/ zoo-project-1.4.0

The most important modifications / fixes are listed below:

  • Small fix for mimeType of results for CGAL services
  • Binary support for PHP language
  • ZOO-API for the Java language
  • ZOO-Client Javascript API
  • FastCGI fixes
  • JavaScript ZOO-API enhancements (COOKIE use and Output in generated XML)
  • Add debian files
  • Inputs passed by reference downloaded in parallel
  • Conform behavior for DescribeProcess when the Identifier was not found
  • Add support of maximumMegabytes keywords for ComplexData Inputs
  • Add the optional YAML ZCFG support #4 and the zcfg2yaml converter
  • Return error messages that enable the service provider to quickly identify the root cause of errors due to configuration file syntax (ticket #90)
  • Fix logic in addMapToMap (ticket #91)
  • Enable AllowedValue and multiple Range definitions using default and supported blocks
  • Add the lastest revision number in version.h (available in Python ZOO-API)
  • Add the optional Ruby Language Support to the ZOO-Kernel with an API similar to the Python ZOO-API
  • Small rewrite of Python support
  • Inputs can be requested over https protocol (ticket #86)
  • Add capability to define both percentage of execution and a message (ticket #87).
  • Add usid in lenv section used to generate an unique identifier based on time and the process identifier.
  • Add gdal_contour service
  • Add dynamic definition of serverAddress from the main section

This work was supported by a grant from the European Union's 7th Framework Programme (2007-2013) provided for the project PublicaMundi (GA no. 609608).

I hope you can have good time using this new ZOO-Project release,
Best regards,

Gérald Fenoy

Sponsorship packages are now available for the International FOSS4G 2015 Seoul

News Date: 
1 Dec 2014

Dear OSGeo and OSGeo members,

Sponsorship and Exhibition packages are now available to be purchased for the international FOSS4G 2015 conference, to be held at the The K-Hotel, Seoul, from 14-19 September 2015.

FOSS4G is the international "gathering of tribes" for open source geospatial communities, where developers, users and organisations show off their latest software and projects. The theme for 2015 is “Toward Diversity, Big Bang in Asia", highlighting the importance of diversity and locality around Open Source GIS.

To sponsors, FOSS4G Seoul will be a unique chance to reach the growing Asian market. This is the first time the international FOSS4G conference has run in Asia and is expected to attract many delegates from all around Asia. In spite of global economic slowdown, Asia region has been showing steady growth. Also many vibrant open source GIS activities have been seen in the region. Seoul is only 2 hours flight from the economic centers of Tokyo and Beijing, providing sponsors with an opportunity to approach these major markets.

BOOK NOW to take advantage of extensive direct marketing campaigns that will extend your exposure well before and beyond the Conference itself.

For further details, please contact Heegu Park through hgpark@gaia3d.com.

There is discount rate for early sponsors, and sponsorship packages can be tailored to meet individual requirements. (e.g. substituting exhibition space for additional delegates or some alternative benefit).

Thank you so much.

Sanghee Shin, Chair of FOSS4G 2015
"Toward Diversity! FOSS4G Bigbang from Seoul!"
Twitter: @foss4g
Facebook: FOSS4G2015
email: foss4gchair@osgeo.org

OGC honored Jacobs University Professor Peter Baumann with Kenneth D. Gardels Award

News Date: 
21 Oct 2014

Peter Baumann, Professor of Computer Science at Jacobs University, has been honored with the Kenneth D. Gardels Award by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). The OGC Board of Directors awarded the prize to Peter Baumann in recognition of his "significant contribution to the OGC's essential role and mission in the global Information Technology community".

Jeffrey K. Harris, Chairman of the OGC Board of Directors, said: "We wish to express our deep appreciation for the extraordinary contribution you have made to the OGC community and to people around the world who are the ultimate beneficiaries of improvements in the development,management and use of geoscientific data. Devoting your time and bringing your dedication, expertise, critical thinking and leadership to OGC working groups has resulted in significant and enduring advances intechnical standards."

Peter Baumann has been closely working with the Open Geospatial Consortium for more than ten years. He is editor of twelve adopted standards around the OGC Web Coverage Service (WCS) suite of Big Geo Data standards. Recently he has been instrumental in establishing a new Big Data Domain Working Group with the OGC which he also co-chairs. As a consequence of this engagement, Peter Baumann has been invited by the European Spatial Data Infrastructure initiative, INSPIRE, as well as ISO to provide expertise in geo service and query language standardization.

Peter Baumann's research focuses on large-scale scientific information services, in particular: massive multi-dimensional data cubes. He has architected the rasdaman ("raster data manager") technology which in fact has pioneered a new research field, Array Databases. With rasdaman, spatio-temporal sensor, image, simulation, and statistics data of any size can be accessed and explored interactively through Array SQL which offers a "what you get is what you need" interface to scientists, engineers, and other data users.

About the Kenneth D. Gardels Award

The Award is named after Kenneth D. Gardels, a Research Specialist at the Center for Environmental Design Research (University of California), who passed away in 1999 at the height of his career. It was conceived to memorialize the spirit of a man with a passion for making the world a better place through open communication and the use of geospatial information technology to improve the quality of human life.

About OGC

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international industry consortium of 473 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface standards. OGC® Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services and mainstream IT. The standards empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications. More info: www.opengeospatial.org