OSGeo is pleased to announce that the GRASS, GDAL and FDO projects have all graduated from the incubation process and are now a full fledged OSGeo projects.
Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS) is a Geographic Information System (GIS) used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization.
The GDAL/OGR project provides a library and commandline tools for reading and writing geospatial raster and vector file formats. As a library it provides a single abstract data model to the calling application for all formats.
The FDO data access technology provides an API for manipulating, defining and analyzing geospatial information regardless of where it is stored. FDO uses a provider-based model for supporting a variety of geospatial data sources, where each provider typically supports a particular data format or data store.
Graduating incubation includes requirements for open community operation, a responsible project governance model, code provenance and license verification and general good project operation. Graduating incubation is the OSGeo seal of approval for a project and gives potential users of the project added confidence in the viability and safety of the project.