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OSGeo Board Election 2017

News Date: 
19 Oct 2017

It's time to vote for our new members of the board of directors. Like in the previous years, an electronic voting system was setup. Emails with personal voting link has been sent to all our charter members. If you did not receive your voting please contact Chief Returning Officer(s) at cro@osgeo.org. Before doing that please also check your "Spam" folder for the e-mail with the personal voting link. Sending hundreds of messages at once is not easy and it can be interpreted as spam by some of the filtering systems. Also, sometimes the e-mail addresses change but the charter member contact database is not up to date.

We have 9 nominations. According to the 2017 https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Election_2017 election calendar], the voting will take place over a period of one week between 2017-10-18 - 2017-10-24. Details of the candidates contesting the elections are available here.

OSGeo and the International Geographical Union (IGU) sign MoU

News Date: 
2 Oct 2017

Tsu, Japan, 30 September, 2017: The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International Geographical Union (IGU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a collaborative relationship between the global community of Geography professionals and the Open Source Geospatial community. The goal of this agreement is to promote the distribution and use of open geo-data in research, teaching and applications, promote the development of related GIS and Remote Sensing Open Source software, to work closely with the GeoForAll initiative in promoting open principles in education and science, and to organize joint international workshops on global geo-information sharing through the use of open geo-data and Open Source Geospatial software.

Professor Yukio Himiyama, President of the IGU, said "The IGU Executive Committee believes that this MoU offers potential of to IGU and OSGeo to make great contribution to society, and is excited to assist bridging the world geographic community with the Open Source geospatial community, and to support this bottom-up initiative.Some IGU Commissions may plan to organize joint international meetings on global geo-information sharing, while still others may wish to promote the distribution and use of open geo-data sets, So, let’s work together!"

Venkatesh Raghavan, President of OSGeo, said "Partnership with IGU will help further the goals and objectives of the OSGeo Foundation and foster R&D of high societal value. This MoU will bring OSGeo and IGU communities closer and complement each others strengths and extend their global reach. This is exciting news for the OSGeo community and its GeoForAll educational outreach. Look forward for fruitful collaborations between IGU and OSGeo"

About IGU

The International Geographical Union (IGU) is an international, non-governmental, professional organization devoted to the development of the discipline of Geography.The purposes of the IGU are primarily to promote Geography through initiating and coordinating geographical research and teaching in all countries of the world.

About OSGeo

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data. GeoForAll is a collaborative education and research outreach initiative of OSGeo for making geospatial education and opportunities accessible to all.

[1] http://www.geoforall.org/

OSGeo signs MoU with U.S. Department of Interior

News Date: 
29 Sep 2017

Osaka, Japan, 29 September 2017: The Open Source Geospatial Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Department of Interior (DOI). The agreement enables both organizations to coordinate on the effective use of open source geospatial software and to facilitate collaboration with the open source geospatial community.

Prof Venkatesh Raghavan, President of OSGeo, said "OSGeo has traditional roots in projects such as GRASS and MapServer that were initiated with the support of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies. The MoU with U.S. Department of the Interior opens up exciting possibilities for collaboration in furthering the development and adoption of Open Source Geospatial Software, Open Data and Open Standards to enhance access to public data."

About United States Department of Interior

The U.S. Department of the Interior is responsible for the United States natural and cultural resources, employing expert scientists and resource management professionals. The U.S. Department of the Interior protects the nation's natural resources and heritage, honors national cultures and tribal communities, and supplies energy.

About the OSGeo Foundation

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

OSGeo supports open source geospatial using grassroots local chapters, and partnerships with like-minded organizations. Visit www.osgeo.org for more information.

GeoMoose 3.0.1 Released

News Date: 
25 Sep 2017

Hey Folks!

With 3.0 in the wild for a little more than a month we've made some fixes and some updates that didn't make the cut in the first release. Thanks to everyone for the contributions and feedback.

Release notes are here:

Downloads available on the good ole GeoMoose.org website:

Some bigger highlights:

1. The upload dialog sees some major improvement. It's now substantially more fault tolerant, reports how many features were added, and if there was a failure.
2. The workshop from FOSS4G is now in the documentation: http://geomoose.github.io/gm3/workshop/
3. A quickstart for getting GeoMoose up and running in EC2: http://geomoose.github.io/gm3/quickstart-ec2.html

For those looking to do an upgrade: You should be able to download the examples and update the local copy of the "geomoose" folder.

Cheers everyone from the GeoMoose Team.

13th International gvSIG Conference: Program with presentations and workshops available

News Date: 
17 Sep 2017

The program with presentations and workshops of the 13th International gvSIG Conference is now available. The conference has been moved earlier this year, and it will be held from October 18th to 20th at School of Engineering in Geodesy, Cartography and Surveying (Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain). Friday will be dedicated to a gvSIG developers meeting.

Workshops will have independent registration, with limited capacity and having the possibility to get a certificate. Registration for workshops, that are free of charge, will be available at the website soon. Workshops available are:

- Workshop 1: Introducción a gvSIG
- Workshop 2: Geoestadística con gvSIG
- Workshop 3: gvSIG aplicado a criminología
- Workshop 4: Introducción al desarrollo en gvSIG con Scripting
- Workshop 5: Hydro-geomorphological Modelling in gvSIG with the JGrasstools plugins (in English)
- Workshop 6: gvSIG Online y gvSIG Mobile
- Workshop 7: Desarrollo avanzado en gvSIG con scripting

This year there won't be simultaneous interpretation (Spanish-English and English-Spanish), so presentations and workshops will be given in their original language.

In the next days, all the information about workshops will be published at the gvSIG blog, with the cartography, and what you have to install in case you have to take your own computer to the workshop.

In addition, registrations of the conference are free of cost too (limited capacity) and must be done through the application form on the Conference web page. We recommend you to register as soon as possible because of the limited capacity.

We expect your participation!

GSoC 2017 Results

News Date: 
7 Sep 2017

Dear OSGeo community,

it is our pleasure to announce that 13 GSoC students have successfully completed the program this year! You can find out more at: https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/4660070039158784/#projects

We would like to wholeheartedly thank all the mentors who dedicated their invaluable time and experience to this program, you are the core of GSoC! Thanks also to our students, we are sure you learnt a lot and also had some fun, and we hope you decide to remain in the OSGeo community becoming active developers and the future generation of GSoC mentors!

If you participated this year as a student or as a mentor, please take the time to leave us your feedback, as we try to improve the experience each year. We created a page https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Google_Summer_of_Code_2017_Improvements where you can leave your comments and suggestions, please feel free to expand it, or to contact us directly to discuss your ideas. We are also collecting your questions and topics that you would like us to bring to the mentor summit (13-15 October, where Rohith Reddy and Margherita Di Leo will represent OSGeo).

Our activities don’t end here! You’ll soon receive our call to participate to a virtual meeting to discuss about OSGeo’s participation at “Google Code-in”, a program addressed to kids aged 13-17. We are very excited about that!

Meanwhile, read more at: https://developers.google.com/open-source/gci/

That’s all for now! Stay tuned..

Your OSGeo-GSoC Admins

Margherita Di Leo