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Invitation to Geo4All Webinar on 5th May 2016 on Humanitarian Mapathons for Children

News Date: 
4 May 2016

On behalf of Geo4All we would like to welcome you to the "Open Geospatial Science & Applications" webinar series. Thanks to Dr. Rafael Moreno and colleagues at University of Colorado Denver for organising the Geo4All webinar series. If you are interested to do a webinar for the Geo4All webinar series please contact Rafael (email- rafael.moreno@ucdenver.edu ) and he will be happy to discuss ideas.

Webinar details below:

  • Date and Time : May 5, 2016 (Thursday) at 1:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time (7:00 AM US/Canada Mountain Time)
  • Topic : Humanitarian Mapathons for Children
  • Presenters: Maria Antonia Brovelli, Marco Minghini, Aldo Torrebruno (Politecnico di Milano), and Tyler Radford (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

Talk abstract:

This webinar will provide an introduction on humanitarian mapathons for children, which represent a remarkable educational experience as they combine geography and awareness about our world, technology and humanitarian aspects. Following the successful experiences of Politecnico di Milano (Italy), the most important educational and technical aspects of humanitarian mapathons with children will be outlined. The purpose is to provide the GeoForAll community, and specially the teachers involved (at all levels), with some practical instructions on how to set up and run their own mapathons. The webinar is organized in collaboration with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) under the umbrella of the United Nations Open Geospatial (UNOGeo) initiative of which GeoForAll and OSGeo are partners.

See webinar description in the Geo4All webinars page: http://www.geoforall.org/webinars/

Please join us here at https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/350696659

Recording and slides will be posted in the Geo4All webinars page after presentation: http://www.geoforall.org/webinars/

For more details of the webinar series, contact University of Colorado Denver FOSS4G Lab at http://geospatial.ucdenver.edu/foss4g/

The background of this webinar is at https://hotosm.org/updates/2016-03-09_200_kids_map_swaziland_for_malaria_elimination

Thanks to Maria Brovelli, Marco Minghini and all Politecnico di Milano colleagues for thier excellent work. They have been leading all our humanitarian mapathons (Nepal, Japan, Equador) [1], [2] and it will be a great opportunity to hear and learn from thier experiences.

So please join this Geo4All webinar on 5th May 2016.

[1] http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/04/humanitarian-mapathons-for-japan-and-ecuador/
[2] http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2015/04/mapping-response-contributions-for-nepal/

OSGeo Local chapter - OSGeo.cz was accepted

News Date: 
4 May 2016

During the OSGeo board meeting [1], new local chapter for the Czech Republic was recognized [2].

The local chapter - OSGeo.cz (Association for Open GeoInfrastructure) - is non-governmental public association, registered by Czech authorities as legal body since 2014.

Our scope is to promote usage of Open Source software and Open data in the geospatial domain in the Czech republic.

Jachym - Director of OSGeo.cz

[1] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Meeting_2015-12-10
[2] http://osgeo.cz

gvSIG Festival: First virtual gvSIG Conference is coming!

News Date: 
4 May 2016

From May 23rd to 27th there’s an event that you can’t miss: the first gvSIG Festival. In this case it doesn’t matter where you live or even what language you speak since you will be able to attend (virtually) more than twenty webinars in different languages.

An idea that we were thinking about during the last months was to show varied experiences and in different languages, removing the limitations of the events in an only place. And this take us to this first gvSIG Festival.

At this first edition, some colleagues of the gvSIG Community will tell us about some experiences related to the gvSIG technology (gvSIG Desktop, Online, Roads…). At the next edition we will open a period for sending proposals to convert it in a more global and open event.

There will be presentations in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Turkish and Russian, and we will count with speakers and works developed in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain, United States of America, France, India, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Paraguay, Russia, Somaliland, Turkey y Uruguay.

They will speak about how the gvSIG technology can be applied in different themes like mental health, civil protection, cooperation, historic studies, roads management, acoustic analysis, hydrology, tourism, urban analysis…, in conclusion about how gvSIG can help to meet the needs of the society and improve the life of the inhabitants of the Earth.

The webinar platform allows to connect to the webinars from any operating system.

You can consult the complete program in: http://www.gvsig.com/festival, and the information about how to register at the webinars will be available soon.

In case you can't see some of the webinars, they will be published at the gvSIG Youtube channel soon.

See you at the gvSIG Festival!

GDAL/OGR 2.1.0 released

News Date: 
2 May 2016


On behalf of the GDAL/OGR development team and community, I am pleased to
announce the release of GDAL/OGR 2.1.0. 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 2.1.0 release is a major new feature release with the following

  • RFC 26: Add hash-set band block cache implementation for very larger rasters (WMS, WMTS, ...) http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc26_blockcache
  • RFC 48: Geographical networks support (GNM) https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc48_geographical_networks_support
  • RFC 58: Add DeleteNoDataValue?(): https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc58_removing_dataset_nodata_value
  • RFC 59.1: Make GDAL/OGR utilities available as library functions: https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc59.1_utilities_as_a_library For gdalinfo, gdal_translate, gdalwarp, ogr2ogr, gdaldem, nearblack, gdalgrid, gdal_rasterize, gdalbuildvrt Available in C, Python, Perl and Java bindings.
  • RFC 60: Improved round-tripping in OGR https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc60_improved_roundtripping_in_ogr Implemented in GeoJSON driver
  • RFC 61: Support for measured geometries. https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc61_support_for_measured_geometries Implemented in Shapefile, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, PGDump, MEM, SQLite, GeoPackage, FileGDB, OpenFileGDB, CSV, VRT
  • New GDAL/raster drivers:
    • CALS: read/write driver for CALS Type I rasters
    • DB2: read/write support for DB2 database (Windows only)
    • ISCE: read/write driver (#5991)
    • MRF: read/write driver for Meta Raster Format (#6342)
    • SAFE: read driver for ESA SENTINEL-1 SAR products (#6054)
    • SENTINEL2: read driver for ESA SENTINEL-2 L1B/LC1/L2A products
    • WMTS: read driver for OGC WMTS services
  • New OGR/vector drivers:
    • AmigoCloud: read/write support for AmigoCloud? mapping platform
    • DB2: read/write support for DB2 database (Windows only)
    • MongoDB: read/write driver
    • netCDF: read/write driver
    • VDV: read/write VDV-451/VDV-452 driver, with specialization for the Austrian official open government street graph format
  • Significantly improved drivers:
    • CSV: new options, editing capabilities of existing file
    • ElasticSearch: read support and support writing any geometry type
    • GeoJSON: editing capabilities of existing file, "native data" (RFC 60) support MBTiles: add raster write support. fixes in open support
    • PDF: add PDFium library as a possible back-end.
    • PLScenes: add support for V1 API
    • VRT: on-the-fly pan-sharpening
    • GTiff: multi-threaded compression for some compression methods
  • Port library: add /vsis3/, /vsis3_streaming/, /vsicrypt/ virtual file systems
  • Upgrade to EPSG database v8.8
  • General sanitization pass to clean-up code, fix a lot of compiler warnings, as well as issues pointed by static code analyzers.
  • Fixes in a number of drivers to be more robust against corrupted files (most found with American Fuzzy Lop)

More complete information on the new features and fixes in the 2.1.0 release can be found at: http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/Release/2.1.0-News

The release can be downloaded from:

The migration guide can be found at: https://svn.osgeo.org/gdal/branches/2.1/gdal/MIGRATION_GUIDE.TXT

Best regards,


GeoCat renews Gold OSGeo Sponsorship

News Date: 
2 May 2016

Bennekom, The Netherlands, May 2nd 2016 - GeoCat continues its deep commitment to open source with a Gold Sponsorship of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation for 2016. This year GeoCat is contributing both directly to OSGeo and to the FOSS4G, OSGeo.nl, OSGeo.es, SIGLibre, FOSS4G Argentina conferences.

GeoCat is looking forward to attending these great events with a series of workshops and presentations. GeoCat staff is active in organizing both the conferences listed above and community events. The most famous of these the annual Bolsena Code Sprint which GeoCat has organized since 2008.

As a community minded organization GeoCat staff are active at all levels of OSGeo working with committees, local chapters and the OSGeo board.

In addition to these community and outreach activities GeoCat finds time to work on open-source - providing leadership and commercial support for the GeoNetwork project.

OSGeo would like to thank GeoCat for their financial support and for their hard work as valued members of our community.

About GeoCat

Established in the Netherlands in 2007 by GeoNetwork founder Jeroen Ticheler, GeoCat is a strong open source supporter offering customized software and services making geospatial data sharing easier and more efficient than ever. GeoCat builds sustainable applications following the Free and Open Source Software philosophy and open standards as well as a Bridge to proprietary GIS software to enable hybrid infrastructures. GeoCat has provided successful consulting services and products that contributed to the development of organization, national and international Spatial Data Infrastructures for The Netherlands, Swiss, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Scotland, Canada, EEA, ESTAT, JRC, ESA and many others.

About the Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is not-for-profit organization to foster global adoption of open source geospatial technology. The software foundation is devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development. OSGeo serves as an outreach and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal support for the open source geospatial community.

OSGeo sponsorship is available on an annual basis for foundation projects, events, local chapters and operations. Visit www.osgeo.org/sponsorship for more information.

Astun Technology Renew Silver OSGeo Sponsorship

News Date: 
26 Apr 2016

Epsom, United Kingdom, April 26 - Astun Technology has renewed its sponsorship of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation and is now a Silver Sponsor. Astun Technology is well known for its advocacy of Open Source geospatial software solutions and has been supporting and contributing to the community for over ten years.

Astun staff volunteer to help organise and run major Open Source events notably FOSS4G UK 2016, which Astun is also sponsoring.

OSGeo would like to thank Astun Technology for their financial support and community participation.

About Astun Technology

Astun Technology is the UK market leader for Open Source geospatial solutions providing enterprise level support and training. Astun helps organisations realise the power of geography whether to manage assets, publish information or simply to help improve customer service.

Astun’s iShare premise based and cloud based solutions are now in use with over 60 organisations including Local Authorities, Government Agencies, Blue Light Services and Social Housing.

About the Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is not-for-profit organization to foster global adoption of open source geospatial technology. The software foundation is devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development. OSGeo serves as an outreach and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal support for the open source geospatial community.

OSGeo sponsorship is available on an annual basis for foundation projects, events, local chapters and operations. Visit www.osgeo.org/sponsorship for more information.