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Thomas Bonfort Receives FOSS4G Developer Award

News Date: 
18 Sep 2015

Thomas Bonfort was honored with the inaugural FOSS4G Developer Award, sponsored by GeoCat, during the FOSS4G 2015 conference in Seoul, South Korea. Attendees of the FOSS4G-Seoul event placed votes for the best developer, by filling out ballots at the GeoCat booth.

Thomas has been a longtime member of the MapServer Project Steering Committee (PSC), and has been the driving force of many thorough changes, especially to both MapServer 6 and MapServer 7 releases. MapServer's high quality and fast rendering engines have all been upgraded thanks to Thomas. Thomas is also the maintainer of MapCache, MapServer's caching engine that is handled through an Apache module. Many will remember Thomas working so hard on past WMS Benchmarking exercises with other lead developers of GeoServer and Mapnik, improving not only MapServer but helping the other projects as well.

GeoCat and the whole OSGeo community would like to thank Thomas Bonfort for his contributions to the community. Thanks Thomas!

GeoCat & OSGeo

Maria Brovelli Receives Sol Katz Award

News Date: 
18 Sep 2015

Maria Brovelli was honored with the 2015 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software during the FOSS4G 2015 conference in Seoul, South Korea. This was the eleventh year of the award.

Maria has been working at the Politecnico di Milano since 1994, first as researcher, then as Associate Professor and finally as Full Professor. She is currently teaching Digital Cartography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Internet GIS. In 1997, she started the Laboratory of Geomatics, placed at the Como Campus of the Politecnico di Milano and up to 2011 she has coordinated its activities as Head of the Lab. She has been involved in Politecnico governance by covering several service activities. Currently (since January 2011) she is Vice Rector of Politecnico di Milano for the Como Campus.

Maria is also charter member of OSGeo, a member of its Committee "Education and Curriculum", and is on the Advisory Board for the Geo For All initiative. She is member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Society of Photogrammetry and Surveying (SIFET) and member of the Bulletin Editorial Board. In 2010 she hosted the WebMGSevent in Como, an international workshop on 'Pervasive Web Mapping, Geoprocessing and Services'. Most recently she hosted FOSS4G-Europe in her beautiful hometown of Como, in July of 2015.

On behalf of OSGeo and the "Geo for All" community our congratulations to Maria and her wonderful family.

2015 Sol Katz Award committee

Board Member Elections Begin

News Date: 
7 Sep 2015

The nominations for the OSGeo Board of Directors start today. Please take a minute to understand what the board actually does. A director should plan to spend several hours a week on OSGeo business in order to do a good job. The current board members will know best. Maybe you could please also look over this page and add things that are on your agenda but are not well reflected on this Wiki page.

To nominate a candidate for the board please first confirm with the
person that they would like to stand for election as a Board member.
Then send an email to cro@osgeo.org CCing the candidate by 12:00 GMT
on Sunday 20.09.2015
consisting of:

  • name and e-mail
  • current country of residence
  • a paragraph describing why you think this person would make a good
    Board member.

Remember that only Charter Members are eligible for a seat on the
Board and for voting but that anybody can nominate a board member.

Thank you.

Best regards,
CRO 2015

Charter Member Elections Begin

News Date: 
17 Aug 2015

OSGeo elections start today with the nomination period for new Charter Members. The nomination period is open for the next two weeks. Please help our Foundation grow and nominate new Charter Members by 2015-08-30.

Elections page: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Election_2015

Please help spread the word and also reach out to communities who have
not yet been connected with OSGeo.

Best regards,
Vasile Craciunescu
2015 CRO

11th International gvSIG Conference: "It's possible. It's real"

News Date: 
28 Jul 2015

The 11th International gvSIG Conference, organized by the gvSIG Association, will be held from December 2nd to 4th 2015 at La Petxina Sports-Cultural Complex (Valencia - Spain), under the slogan "It's possible. It's real".

Call for papers is now open. As of today communication proposals can be sent to the email address: conference-contact@gvsig.com; they will be evaluated by the scientific committee as to their inclusion in the conference program.

There are two types of communication: paper or poster. Information regarding to regulations on communication presentations can be found in the Communications section of the website. Abstracts will be accepted until September 25th.

Organizations interested in collaborating in the event can find information in the section: How to collaborate.

GRASS GIS 7.0.1 RC2 released

News Date: 
25 Jul 2015

We are pleased to announce the second release candidate of the upcoming GRASS GIS 7.0.1 version

The GRASS Development Team released at their recent Community Sprint in Como, Italy the last release candidate of GRASS GIS 7.0.1RC2.

What's new in a nutshell

This upcoming stability release provides a series of stability fixes, manual improvements and a few language translations. This second release candidate provides 55 fixes and improvements with respect to RC1. It is expected that RC2 will be turned into the final release of GRASS GIS 7.0.1 after a short period of testing.

About GRASS GIS 7: Its new graphical user interface supports the user to make complex GIS operations as simple as possible. A new Python interface to the C library permits users to create new GRASS GIS-Python modules in a simple way while yet obtaining powerful and fast modules. Furthermore, the libraries were significantly improved for speed and efficiency, along with support for huge files. A lot of effort has been invested to standardize parameter and flag names. Finally, GRASS GIS 7 comes with a series of new modules to analyse raster and vector data, along with a full temporal framework. For a detailed overview, see the list of new features. As a stable release 7.0 will enjoy long-term support.

Source code download:

Binaries download:

More details:

See also our detailed announcement:

First time users may explore the first steps tutorial after installation.


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