The OSGeo Conference Committee is happy to announce the call for hosting the FOSS4G 2017 event. Year after year, building on the success of previous conferences, excitement builds for the next FOSS4G! This year is no different with much excitement for Seoul, South Korea (http://2015.foss4g.org/). OSGeo again plans to make the 2017 event the geospatial conference of the year. Please see the following page for the actual request for proposals document, as well as upcoming important dates:
If you have any questions regarding the 2017 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).
OSGeo Conference Committee
On behalf of the GDAL/OGR development team and community, I am pleased to announce the release of GDAL/OGR 2.0.0. 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 2.0.0 release is a major new feature release with the following highlights:
- GDAL and OGR driver and dataset unification: http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc46_gdal_ogr_unification
- Support for curve geometries: http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc49_curve_geometries
- Support for OGR field subtypes (boolean, int16, float32): http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc50_ogr_field_subtype
- RasterIO() improvements : resampling and progress callback http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc51_rasterio_resampling_progress
- Stricter SQL quoting: http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc52_strict_sql_quoting
- OGR not-null constraints and default values: http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc53_ogr_notnull_default
- OGR dataset transactions: https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc54_dataset_transactions
- Refined SetFeature() and DeleteFeature() semantics: https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc55_refined_setfeature_deletefeature_semantics
- OFTTime/OFTDateTime millisecond accuracy: https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc56_millisecond_precisio
- 64bit histogram bucket count: https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc57_histogram_64bit_count
- 64-bit integer fields and feature IDs: https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc31_ogr_64
- New GDAL drivers:
- BPG: read-only driver for Better Portable Graphics format (experimental)
- GPKG: read/write/update capabilities in the unified raster/vector driver http://gdal.org/drv_geopackage_raster.html
- KEA: read/write driver for KEA format http://gdal.org/frmt_kea.html
- PLMosaic: read-only driver for Planet Labs Mosaics API http://gdal.org/frmt_plmosaic.html
- ROI_PAC: read/write driver for image formats of JPL's ROI_PAC project http://www.gdal.org/frmt_various.html#ROI_PAC
- VICAR: read-only driver for VICAR format http://www-mipl.jpl.nasa.gov/external/vicar.html
- New OGR drivers:
- Cloudant : read/write driver for Cloudant service http://gdal.org/drv_cloudant.html
- CSW: read-only driver for OGC CSW (Catalog Service for the Web) protocol http://gdal.org/drv_csw.html
- JML: read/write driver for OpenJUMP .jml format http://gdal.org/drv_jml.html
- PLScenes: read-only driver for Planet Labs Scenes API http://gdal.org/drv_plscenes.html
- Selaphin: read/write driver for the Selaphin/Seraphin format http://gdal.org/ogr/drv_selafin.html
- Significantly improved drivers: CSV, GPKG, GTiff, JP2OpenJPEG, MapInfo, PG,SQLite
- Upgrade to EPSG 8.5 database
- Fix locale related issues when formatting or reading floating point numbers
More complete information on the new features and fixes in the 2.0.0 release can be found at:
The release can be downloaded from:
- http://download.osgeo.org/gdal/2.0.0/gdal200.zip - source as a zip
- http://download.osgeo.org/gdal/2.0.0/gdal-2.0.0.tar.gz - source as .tar.gz
- http://download.osgeo.org/gdal/2.0.0/gdal-2.0.0.tar.xz - source as .tar.xz
- http://download.osgeo.org/gdal/2.0.0/gdalautotest-2.0.0.tar.gz - test suite
- http://download.osgeo.org/gdal/2.0.0/gdal200doc.zip - documentation / website
As there have been a few changes to the C++ API, and to a lesser extent to the C API, developers are strongly advised to read :
Spatialys - Geospatial professional services
- Abstract Submission: 16 June 2015 (midnight PDT)
- Paper Submission: 23 June 2015 (midnight PDT)
- Acceptance Notification: 25 August 2015
The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems 2015 (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2015) is the twenty-third event in a series of symposia and workshops that began in 1993 with the aim of bringing together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners in relation to novel systems based on geo-spatial data and knowledge, and fostering interdisciplinary discussions and research in all aspects of geographic information systems. The conference provides a forum for original research contributions covering all conceptual, design, and implementation aspects of geospatial data ranging from applications, user interfaces, and visualization to data storage and query processing and indexing. The conference is the premier annual event of the ACM Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (ACM SIGSPATIAL). Researchers, students, and practitioners are invited to submit their contributions to ACM SIGSPATIAL 2015.
Suggested Geospatial-related topics include but are not limited to the following:
- Big Spatial Data
- Cartography and Geodesy
- Computational Geometry
- Computer Graphics Applications
- Computer Vision Applications
- Distributed and Parallel Algorithms
- Earth Observation
- Geographic Information Retrieval
- Geospatial Architectures and Middleware
- GPU and Novel Hardware Solutions
- Human Computer Interaction and Visualization
- Image and Video Understanding
- Location-Based Services
- Location Privacy, Data Sharing and Security
- Mobile Systems and Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks
- Object Tracking and RFIDs
- Performance Evaluation
- Similarity Searching
- Spatial Analysis and Integration
- Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Data Acquisition
- Spatial Data Analytics
- Spatial Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
- Spatial Data Quality and Uncertainty
- Spatial Data Structures and Algorithms
- Spatial Data Warehousing, OLAP, and Decision Support
- Spatial Information and Society
- Spatial Modeling and Reasoning
- Spatial Query Processing and Optimization
- Spatio-Social Data Management and Analysis
- Spatio-Temporal Data Analysis
- Spatio-Temporal Data Management
- Spatio-Temporal Sensor Networks
- Spatio-Temporal Stream Processing
- Spatio-Textual Searching
- Standardization and Interoperability
- Storage and Indexing
- Traffic Telematics
- Urban and Environmental Planning
- Visual Languages and Querying
- Web and Real-Time Applications
Paper Format: Manuscripts should be submitted in PDF format and formatted using the ACM camera-ready templates available at
It is important that previous related work (especially appearing in prior editions of the ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference and the ACM SIGSPATIAL workshops/symposia) be appropriately cited. All submissions will be refereed for quality, originality, and relevance by the Program Committee. Accepted papers will be considered for "Best Paper Award."
Research Papers: Authors are invited to submit full, original, unpublished research papers that are not being considered for publication in any other forum. Submissions are limited to 10 pages. In addition to the regular full-length papers, the Program Committee may accept some for poster presentation of the central idea for which a maximum of 4 proceedings pages will be allowed - append "(Poster Paper)" to the title as is appropriate.
Industrial Experience and Systems Papers: Authors are invited that describe original industrial experiences, challenges, and applications, as well as systems to be presented during the conference. Industrial Experience and Systems paper submissions are limited to 10 pages - append "(Industrial Paper)"or "(Systems Paper)" to the title as is appropriate. Accepted Industrial Experience and Systems papers will appear in the conference proceedings.
Demonstration Papers: Authors are invited to submit demo papers describing original demonstrations to be presented at the conference. Submissions are limited to 4 pages - append "(Demo Paper)" to the title. Accepted demo papers will appear in the conference proceedings.
Vision Papers: Authors are invited to submit vision papers describing visionary ideas to be presented at the conference. Submissions are limited to 4 pages -- append "(Vision Paper)" to the title. Accepted vision papers will appear in the conference proceedings. The Computing Research Association's Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is sponsoring awards for the top three papers (first prize $1000, second prize $750, and third prize $500 awarded as travel grants) under their CCC Blue Sky initiative (http://www.cra.org/ccc/visioning/blue-sky). Authors are encouraged to submit vision papers that are "open-ended, possibly *outrageous* or *wacky*, and present new problems, new application domains, or new methodologies that are likely to stimulate significant new research."
Presentation: At least one author per accepted paper, poster, vision, industrial paper, or demo must register and attend the conference to present the accepted submission. Otherwise, the accepted submission will not appear in the published conference proceedings or in the ACM Digital Library version of the conference proceedings.
Programming Contest: The ACM SIGSPATIAL CUP 2015, with prizes, is a geospatial-focused algorithm competition.
See http://sigspatial2015.sigspatial.org/ for further details
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Over the last decade there has been a gradual adoption of Code-Of-Conduct statements at events and within organisations, including at FOSS4G events and within OSGeo projects. Adopting a good Code-Of-Conduct consolidates expectations about respectful behaviour at events and forums, ensuring they are safe, welcoming and productive and helps communities discreetly address indiscretions should they occur.
Building upon this initial momentum, the OSGeo Foundation has adopted a general Code-Of-Conduct to make it easy to apply to all OSGeo projects, and related events such as OSGeo.
Jeff McKenna, president of the OSGeo Foundation, explains:
- "OSGeo community members must be able to safely interact, contribute, share, learn, and be respected for who they are. OSGeo strives to foster growth and innovation in the geospatial industry, and diversity must be respected to reach this goal. Thank you to everyone involved in creating this Code-Of-Conduct for the OSGeo foundation, and let us all continue to promote Open Source geospatial safely and fairly."
The Code-Of-Conduct can be referenced by adding a line similar to:
- Contributors to this project are expected to act respectfully toward others in accordance with the OSGeo Code of Conduct.
The OSGeo Code-Of-Conduct is available at http://www.osgeo.org/code_of_conduct.
It is derived from the great work of other organisations, mostly from the Apache Foundation's Code-Of-Conduct.
Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) is the international gathering of Open Source geo tribes. From its beginnings the FOSS4G conference has a reputation of being a melting pot for great ideas in the spatial industry and a catalyst for many successful geospatial products, standards and protocols. FOSS4G has evolved into one of the most important geo events of the year, approaching a thousand attendees and with major industry sponsors. Excitement is now building for the upcoming FOSS4G2015 conference that will be held in Seoul, South Korea in September. FOSS4G rotates around the world each year, throughout 3 regions of the Americas, Europe, and Asia/South Pacific.
The 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. OSGeo software and technologies are a major contributor for the global geospatial economy and are used by millions in academia, governments and businesses worldwide.
The GeoTools community is happy to announce the latest GeoTools 13.1 download:
This release is also available from our maven repository. This release is made in conjunction with GeoServer 2.7.1.
This is a release of the GeoTools 13 Stable series recommended for production systems. The release schedule now offers 6 months of stable releases followed by six months of maintenance releases.
For the full list of bug fixes and improvements, see the GeoTools 13.1-Release Notes.
As follow last year’s FOSS4G Travel Grant Programme, and to make sure that as many deserving people as possible can attend FOSS4G, we appreciate to continue this programme at FOSS4G Seoul 2015.
How can I help?
Demand for travel grants is fast outpacing funds. The organizing committee has set aside some money, but we can’t set aside nearly as much as we would like. To that end, we are asking you to donate to the cause. When you register for the conference or workshops, we have included a donation option. 100% of the donated money (less transaction fees) will be dedicated to our travel grant fund. Please add a donation to your registration to help us improve our community.
If you would like to support increasing access to FOSS4G, you can donate to the travel grant fund when you register <http://2015.foss4g.org/attending/registration/>, or make a stand-alone donation here <http://2015.foss4g.org/sponsorship/sponsorship-package/>. We greatly appreciate your support.
What is included?
Travel grants include a complimentary admission to the main conference, and four nights in a hotel if applicants request lodging and funds allow. Airfare and any transportation will not be included.
- Please make sure that you are required to pay USD50 when you register for promise that you will attend the conference.
Who is eligible?
The travel grants are available to anyone, but their purpose is to help those attend who would not have otherwise been able to. If you have the means to attend on your own, please do not apply.
Because we believe that a diverse community is a stronger community, we firstly would like to dedicated our funds for students, women and minority attendees from low-income economies and lower-middle income countries(according to the world bank – http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-and-lending-groups <http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-and-lending-groups>) – these people have been traditionally underrepresented in the open source community and we believe it is important to work to bring that to an end.
How do I apply?
Application process will be open May 11th until May 29th on FOSS4G Seoul 2015 website. Please download and fill the application form on website, and send it to the FOSS4G Seoul 2105 committee(firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>) with title head [Travel Grants]. Application should be filled with “Why I should attend FOSS4G Seoul 2015?” and/or “How I have contributed open source community”. If applicants are from low-income economies or lower-income economies, it is required to submit the applications with the scan of your Passport. All applicants have been notified of the status of their application.
Applicants who submitted Abstract or Presentation will be preferred for the selection.
FOSS4G Seoul 2015
International FOSS4G 2015 will take place from 14th to 19th in Seoul, South Korea for the first time in Asia. There will be Asia Special Session discussing past, present and future of open-source geospatial in Asia during FOSS4G Seoul. Also FOSS4G Seoul conference will be held in conjunction with SmartGeoExpo – the largest geospatial event in Korea – at the same venue during the same period. FOSS4G Attendees can go to any talks or exhibition booth at SmartGeoExpo without additional cost. You can also find your research/business partners from Korea through SmartGeoExpo. Thus FOSS4G Seoul will be your ideal place to show off your brilliant recent works to more broader audiences.