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Website and Branding July Update

News Date: 
31 Jul 2017
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We are reaching the end of the road with one of our final updates on the website/rebranding reboot initiative.

OSGeo has been the home of the open source geospatial community for over ten years. Over this time we have grown and matured as the industry and ecosystem has evolved. In 2017 the marketing committee was given an exciting initiative to rebrand and redesign OSGeo and our affiliated properties.

For details check the Expression of Interest document and OSGeo project page. You can track our weekly meetings online.

Sponsors: This initiative is funded by OSGeo with the help of sponsorship - thanks to our key sponsors GeoCat and Boundless for helping to make this possible.

Branding and Collateral

FOSS4G Europe marked our first chance to try out the new OSGeo branding. Thanks to Marc Vloemans for coordinating our debut at the OSGeo booth. The OSGeo booth was enjoyed by all, with plenty of pictures on the FOSS4GE flickr group.

There was also a presentation on our work thus far:

And the best part was the code-sprint where we had several teams working. Nicolas Roelandt and Jody Garnett worked on the content collection forms and sharing them with discuss@osgeo.org. Astrid, Luca, Venka and more focused on reviewing printed material and coming up with a list of changes and corrections.

Due to the enthusiastic response we have started sharing draft content on github to keep up:

  • branding: logos, fonts and draft style guide.
  • photos: example background photos as described in the style guide.
  • presentation: presentation templates for everyone getting ready for FOSS4G.
  • print: example print materials to inspire teams working on their own information sheets.

Special thanks to Luca for prototyping feedback from the code-sprint as SVG files and joining the marketing team to attend meetings with Get Interactive. Luca has worked hard to make a SVG templates available for teams wishing to prepare an information sheet for FOSS4G.

Website

With wireframes and visual design out of the way, we're ready for the new website! The team at Get Interactive is hard at work on the beta website which you can see here: osgeo.getinteractive.nl

Frank Warmerdam has stepped up to help the Get Interactive access the drupal database and directories website for content migration. Although our agreement with Get Interactive covers content migration it has been a real challenge to obtain support during these beautiful summer months - thank you for volunteering Frank!

By the same token we would love to invite everyone to edit and help with content creation directly - but LDAP login using "osgeo id" has not been established. While that is disappointing for all involved - here is what we have instead:

  • Software Projects - we invite project teams to fill in this google form with project details, screen snaps and a team photo if you have it. If you have previously written an OSGeo Live overview this will take five minutes (most of which is finding a good team photo). We ask that you discuss which service providers (companies, organizations or individuals) should be listed as core contributors for your project.
  • GeoForAll Labs - the GeoForAll project already has a jump on collecting lab locations and details. Check the GeoForAll list for details and coordination.
  • Service Providers - we invite companies, organizations and individuals working in our community to connect with website visitors
  • Resources - our community produces a wide range of material we would like to promote on the website. If you have any appropriate presentations, workshops, tutorials, white papers or videos please share.

This is not an ideal situation - your help is requested to bring everything together.

Working Together

If your organization is in a position to financially support this activity please check our webpage for details. Several sponsorship opportunities are available: Key sponsors are acknowledged in each blog post and update. Sponsor logos are used in our wireframes. Supporters are thanked publicly in a monthly blog post.

Thanks to our community of volunteers and everyone who has joined this month!

FOSS4G 2017

FOSS4G Boston: The website/rebranding initiative will be highlighted throughout the conference at the OSGeo Booth, assorted presentations and a birds-of-a-feather session.

Website Training: Please sign up on the OSGeo Wiki for website training with Get Interactive. We ask that projects and committees take part in this important activity (we are paying for it so please take advantage of the opportunity).

Orfeo ToolBox Graduates Incubation

News Date: 
26 Jul 2017
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The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is pleased to announce that Orfeo ToolBox (OTB) has graduated from incubation and is now a full fledged OSGeo project.

Orfeo ToolBox (OTB) is an open-source project for state-of-the-art remote sensing. Built as part of the open-source geospatial community, Orfeo ToolBox can process high resolution optical, multispectral and radar images at the terabyte scale. A wide variety of applications are available: from ortho-rectification or pansharpening, all the way to classification, SAR processing, and much more! All of OTB’s algorithms are accessible as QGIS plugins or the Monteverdi visualization tool - or for developers Python, command line or C++.

Graduating incubation includes fulfilling requirements for transparent community operation, responsible project leadership, code provenance, and general good project operation. Graduation allows OSGeo to recommend Orfeo ToolBox as example sustainable open source software, giving users and our community confidence in the project and the project team.

With the Orfeo ToolBox graduation Manuel Grizonnet joins the foundation formally as a project officer (VP, Orfeo ToolBox.) OSGeo would also like to thank project mentor Landon Blake along with Brian Hamlin and Jody Garnett for assistance during the incubation process.

Congratulations to the Orfeo ToolBox community!

Help fund the OSGeo Travel Grant Programme

News Date: 
21 Jul 2017
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The OSGeo Travel Grant Programme increases access to FOSS4G conferences.

Demand for travel grants is fast outpacing funds and we've got many great applicants. Will you help us bring more people to Boston? Please donate to the cause.

If you would like to support increasing access to FOSS4G, you can donate to the Travel Grant Programme here. We greatly appreciate your support.

More information on the Travel Grant Programme is available on the wiki.

Thanks, The 2017 Travel Grant Programme workgroup

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Azavea 2017 Sponsorship

News Date: 
10 Jul 2017
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Philadelphia - July 10, 2017 – The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is pleased to welcome Azavea as a new Silver sponsor. Azavea staff are active in the our community helping organize events such as FOSS4G-NA and OSGeo code sprints.

Azavea is being recognized for 2017 contributions to:

In addition to their financial support of OSGeo, Azavea both contributes to OSGeo projects and leads other open source projects, including: GeoTrellis, Raster Foundry, DistrictBuilder, and OpenTreeMap. They also advocate for open data policies and standards in their native Philadelphia and beyond.

About Azavea

Since 2001 Azavea has been stretching the possibilities of geospatial technology to enable clients to answer complex questions in urban ecosystems, water, infrastructure planning, economic development, public transit, elections, public safety, climate change, and cultural resources management, and more!

Azavea is a certified B corporation whose mission is to apply geospatial technology for civic, social, and environmental impact. Being a certified B corporation gives us the freedom to make choices in what we work on, how we treat one another and the values we apply each day. This allows us to focus on learning and research, giving back to non-profit organizations and supporting open source and open data communities such as OSGeo.

About Open Source Geospatial Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is not-for-profit organization to empower everyone with open source geospatial. The software foundation directly supports projects serving as an outreach and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal support for the open source geospatial community. OSGeo works with our sponsors and partners to foster an open approach to software, standards, data and education.

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

Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software - Call for Nominations

News Date: 
1 Jul 2017
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The Open Source Geospatial Foundation would like to open nominations for the 2017 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software.

The Sol Katz Award for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial(FOSS4G) will be given to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the FOSS4G community. Recipients of the award will have contributed significantly through their activities to advance open source ideals in the geospatial realm.

Sol Katz was an early pioneer of FOSS4G and left behind a large body of work in the form of applications, format specifications, and utilities while at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. This early FOSS4G archive provided both source code and applications freely available to the community. Sol was also a frequent contributor to many geospatial list servers, providing much guidance to the geospatial community at large.

Sol, unfortunately, passed away in 1999 from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but his legacy lives on in the open source world. Those interested in making a donation to the American Cancer Society, as per Sol's family's request, can do so at https://donate.cancer.org/index.

Nominations for the Sol Katz Award should be sent to SolKatzAward@osgeo.org with a description of the reasons for this nomination. Nominations will be accepted until end-of-day July 28th Anywhere on Earth (https://www.timeanddate.com/time/zones/aoe). A recipient will be decided from the nomination list by the OSGeo selection committee.

The winner of the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software will be announced at the FOSS4G 2017 event in August, in Boston, U.S. The hope is that the award will both acknowledge the work of community members, and pay tribute to one of its founders, for years to come.

It should be noted that past awardees and selection committee members are not eligible.

Past Awardees:

2016: Jeff McKenna
2015: Maria Brovelli
2014: Gary Sherman
2013: Arnulf Christl
2012: Venkatesh Raghavan
2011: Martin Davis
2010: Helena Mitasova
2009: Daniel Morissette
2008: Paul Ramsey
2007: Steve Lime
2006: Markus Neteler
2005: Frank Warmerdam

Selection Committee 2017:

Jeff McKenna (chair)
Frank Warmerdam
Markus Neteler
Steve Lime
Paul Ramsey
Sophia Parafina
Daniel Morissette
Helena Mitasova
Martin Davis
Venkatesh Raghavan
Arnulf Christl
Gary Sherman
Maria Brovelli

Website and Branding June Update

News Date: 
30 Jun 2017
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The marketing committee here with an update on the website/rebranding reboot initiative.

OSGeo has been the home of the open source geospatial community for over ten years. Over this time we have grown and matured as the industry and ecosystem has evolved. In 2016 the OSGeo board held a face-to-face meeting highlighted the website tool to improve communication. In 2017 the marketing committee was given an exciting initiative to rebrand and redesign OSGeo and our affiliated properties.

The website/rebranding project is slated to produce 3 sets of output:

  1. An updated set of branding for our organization and its sub-brands which will be delivered as a standard online organizational brand style guide;
  2. A new website theme and focus heavily oriented toward onboarding new users (providing guidance toward an appropriate set of software for their needs);
  3. A set of digital templates and collateral for print marketing materials.

For details check the Expression of Interest document and OSGeo project page. You can track our weekly meetings online.

Sponsors: This initiative is funded by OSGeo with the help of sponsorship - thanks to our key sponsors GeoCat and Boundless for helping make this possible.

Website

The focus for may has been focused squarely on the website design, as the visual look-and-feel transitions from wireframe diagrams into solid visuals.

Jeffrey Johnson (OSGeo) and Pim Tebbens (Get Interactive) have been steadily refining how things work. With a couple key changes being made over the course of the month. Initial visuals took the “compass shapes” as visual interest triangles. The result looked fun, but drove Jeffrey crazy whenever the compass points did not line up with the cardinal directions (there is a reason they are called compass directions!)

We are really pleased with how the pages for each project look. There is a lot to like from the use of a laptop to frame screenshots, to the clear presentation service providers who are core contributors to a project.

What to Expect: Next month the beta website starts taking shape, expect calls for content.

OSGeo Board: Thanks for starting the process by gathering information on friends and partners. If we can reach out to friends such as OpenStreetMaps to check content it would be appreciated. Our list of partners may need review (the relationship with the OGC is set to expire in 2017.)

Project Steering Committee Members: We will be reaching out to you in July and August for content. You can reach us in person at code-sprints at foss4g-europe and foss4g boston. Long term there are some good ideas about recording this information once using about.yaml and reusing for the website, handouts and OSGeo Live. We would also like ask you about identifying “core contributor” service providers in your community.

System Administration Committee: On the infrastructure side Get Interactive has started setting up a server for the beta website, but we have failed to coordinate with Harrison during June. We will need to make alternate plans in July and August.

Branding and Collateral

Last month the OSGeo logo and branding elements were finalized, in June we have started applying these assets to marketing collateral, working with the OSGeo Board, Marketing Committee and GeoForAll on content.

The production of an A3 brochure has taken the most time, trying to keep a focus on GIS professionals as we explain what OSGeo has to offer in terms of software, opportunities and support. The brochure can be filled with information sheets, specific to projects or initiatives a visitor is interested in.

I was able to supply the first draft of content, relying on Marc and Cameron for their iron-fist “what are you trying to say” review style. Working with my colleague Torben we set on a great way visually show the difference is between “just open source” and what we expect from graduated OSGeo projects.

The other group that worked incredibly hard was the GeoForAll team. Nickos Lambrinos really turned the corner on content creation supplying a clear list of what GeoForAll offers. Thanks also to Daria Svidzinska pulled together a map GeoForAll lab locations. A information sheet for OSGeo and one for GeoForAll have been produced for early-adopter printing deadline as shown below.

This material is being staged now into an A3 Brochure for July events.

Local Chapters:It will take some work to update logos to fit in with the new branding. Please have a look at branding in July, we depend on your feedback, challenges and questions to refine the branding guidelines.

Committee Chairs:f you would like an information-sheet available at events please reach out to the marketing committee with desired content. We would be pleased to help.

GeoForAll:Please review the draft information-sheet above and work with Nickos, Helena and Daria refine our story.

Presenters:A draft powerpoint template is available if you would like to make use of it. The instructor notes has instructions for using your own imagery. If anyone handy with LibreOffice we could use a hand doing the format conversion.

Early Adopters

It is hard to wait for the collateral to be ready, and several early adopters are already making use of the drafts produced above.

GeoForAfrica: Thanks to Daniel Nanghaka for reaching out to the marketing committee and trying out the singe-page handouts for OSGeo and GeoForAll. If you are at the event please take photos we would love to see how the rollup banners look.

OSGeo-Live: Thanks to the OSGeo Live team for both an early run at applying branding and a go at adapting the new logo for the project. We look forward to seeing the result in the next release candidate.

Working Together

If your organization is in position to financially support this activity please check our webpage for details. Several sponsorship opportunities are available: Key sponsors are acknowledged in each blog post and update. Sponsor logos are used in our wireframes. And Supporters are thanked publicly in a monthly blog post.

Thank our community volunteers mentioned above (and anyone I missed) for helping with content.

Get Involved at FOSS4G

We are looking forward to meeting you the following events:

FOSS4G Europe: Please join us at the OSGeo booth and attend the “website rebranding” presentation. Marketing committee members will be taking part in the code sprint, and badges to give away to those helping out.

FOSS4G Boston: The website/rebranding will be highlighted throughout the conference at the OSGeo booth, presentations and most importantly during the code-sprint for training sessions with Get Interactive. We ask that projects and committees take part in this important activity (we are paying for it please take advantage of the opportunity).