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Website and Branding Kickoff

News Date: 
5 Apr 2017

After completing the request for proposal process in March, the marketing committee has finally kicked off our project with the selected vendor Get Interactive.

The website/rebranding project will 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. 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.

The details for each of these components can be found in the Expression of Interest document. The website provides a home for sub-brands (OSGeo-Live, GeoForAll, Local Chapters etc) that wish to use the overall theme and structure. The templates for print materials are likewise intended for use by local chapters, GeoForAll labs and general outreach.

Background information is on the website. The minutes from this week’s kickoff meeting are online.

Introducing Get Interactive

Get Interactive has provided a short video for our members.


Thanks to Initiative Sponsors

A big thanks to our key sponsors: GeoCat and Boundless. The financial backing of these organizations, and the OSGeo board, make this activity possible. For information on sponsoring, or to check out who else is supporting this project, visit our website.

Working Together

We have a representative from the system administration committee (Harrison Grundy) who has joined our project team to help collaborate. The goal is to have the new site live before FOSS4G 2017 in Boston, so we can hold a workshop for OSGeo members (YOU!).

There are two other communities where a volunteer is needed:

  • GeoForAll: We are specifically looking for someone to join from the GeoForAll initiative. This is an successful outreach initiative and your feedback and direction is needed.
  • Local Chapters: We also need a strong outreach voice from our local chapters, that needs to be heard. If you have experience in a local chapter your help is needed.

OSGeo is a volunteer organization, we invite anyone from the community to participate. If you are available to fill these roles, please join the marketing committee email list and speak up!

This project will be providing regular updates to this list approximately once a month and there will be ample opportunity for feedback.

Lets all work very hard to be constructive and look toward the larger goal of presenting OSGeo, our projects and initiatives professionally, clearly and most of all in a way that is accessible to GIS users. There are many out there who may not yet be familiar with open source and are looking to us as their Open Source Compass.

Gaia3D Silver OSGeo Sponsorship

News Date: 
3 Apr 2017

Daejeon, South Korea, 3 April 2017 - Gai3D is overjoyed to support The Open Source Geospatial Foundation with a Silver Sponsorship in 2017.

Gaia3D is a keen advocate as a member of our community with a strong commitment to open source. Financially Gaia3D has supported OSGeo regional and international events. Gaia3D plays an active role in our foundation working directly with projects, and through our committees and leadership team.

In 2017 Gaia3D continues their support for the popular FOSS4G Korea, and is a supporter level sponsor of the global FOSS4G 2017 in Boston. Gaia3D was one of the first sponsors of the OSGeo initiative to rebrand and replace the osgeo.org website currently underway. In addition we would like to thank Gaia3D for a gold sponsorship of the GeoServer code sprint, and for supporting the QGIS Association as Bronze sponsor.

OSGeo would like to thank Gaia3D for extending their support with their generous financial contributions in throughout 2017.

About Gaia3D

Gaia3D, Inc. is a professional software company in the field of geospatial information and Earth science technology. The Gaia3D team believes deep understanding in regard to space and the Earth could solve various problems that human-beings are facing and could contribute to sustainable development of our society. This passion for our future is what has propelled Gaia3D for over 17 years.

Gaia3D is famous for its commitment to open source GIS in Asia. Gaia3D has pioneered the open source GIS business and the business in this region has grown very rapidly. Gaia3D provides clients a full DBMS, web map server, middleware, desktop and web client stack using OSGeo software PostGIS, GeoServer, GeoWebCache, QGIS and OpenLayers. Gaia3D provides suitable and relevant open source GIS to clients and built out several enterprise level GIS successfully.

Gaia3D has proven its expertise in the area of space, weather, and climate business area. Gaia3D has been involved in building various satellite image catalogue system and Digital Forecast System. Recently Gaia3D has invested much resources in developing lightweight and flexible web 3D GIS that can integrate indoor and outdoor space seamlessly. As a result of this long investment, Gaia3D will release brand-new 3D GIS called MAGO3D on top of open source GIS.

About OSGeo

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

OSGeo Africa 2017

News Date: 
2 Apr 2017

The OSGeo Africa local chapter and the QGIS South Africa User Group are holding a regional FOSS4G Africa conference from 28 June to 1 July 2017 at St Johns College, Houghton, Johannesburg. It is being held in conjunction with a similar conference aimed at geography educators, organised by SAGTA (South African Geography Teachers’ Association) and GeoforAl. Each of the two ‘sub-conferences’ will overlap by a day (the 28th) to foster cross-pollination between the tech crowd and industry and the educators, especially secondary school teachers.

There will be the usual mix of FOSS4G presentations and workshops as well as map and app competitions.

On Saturday 1 July a code sprint / UN GIS Hackathon will be held around the corner at the JSCE (Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering)

Website: http://foss4g-africa.org. Please register and submit a presentation, map or workshop!

GeoSolutions Silver OSGeo Sponsorship

News Date: 
28 Mar 2017

Via di Montramito, Italy, 28 March 2017 - The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is pleased to welcome GeoSolutions to our sponsorship program. GeoSolutions builds on a deep commitment to open source with a Silver Sponsorship of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation for 2017.

GeoSolutions is a long standing member of our community with a tradition of supporting regional and international events financially, and providing hands-on participation and direction for our OSGeo projects.

In 2017 GeoSolutions has committed to financially supporting the local FOSS4G IT event, the global FOSS4G 2017 event in Boston, and the regional FOSS4G Europe event. In addition we would like to thank GeoSolutions for hosting a GeoServer code sprint (in-kind contributions go a long way towards making these activities feasible).

OSGeo would like to thank GeoSolutions for extending their deep commitment to our community with their generous financial support in 2017.

About GeoSolutions

GeoSolutions is an Italian SME specialized in the processing and dissemination of raster and vector geospatial data with Open Source software according to the specifications created by Open Geospatial consortium (OGC) and the ISO Technical Committee 211. GeoSolutions’ team is composed by renowned international professionals with leading roles in some of the main Open Source products for the geospatial field like GeoServer, GeoNetwork, GeoNode and MapStore.

GeoSolutions counts among its customers major national and international government agencies as well as private companies worldwide. EU Joint Research Centre (JRC), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations World Food Program (WFP), World Bank, German Space Agency (DLR), EUMETSAT, E-GEOS, NATO STO CMRE, European Maritime Security Agency (EMSA), Finland National Geological Survey (NLS) as well as the municipalities of Helsinki, Genoa and Florence have chosen GeoSolutions to support their infrastructures.

GeoSolutions provides Enterprise Support Services for GeoServer, GeoNode, MapStore and GeoNetwork. This support is backed by a history of technical innovation providing the driving force behind libraries including ImageIO-Ext, JAI-Ext and GeoTools. Thanks to the wide experience gained in supporting organizations for mission critical projects, GeoSolutions is able to provide reliable and cost-effective custom tailored solutions leveraging on the products above in order to respond efficiently to the customers’ needs.

GeoSolutions is proud to be an OGC Member since 2016, and to support OSGeo in 2017 with a Silver Sponsorship.

About the OSGeo

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

GeoCat Diamond OSGeo Sponsorship

News Date: 
27 Mar 2017

Bennekom, The Netherlands, 20 March 2017 - GeoCat continues its commitment to open source with a Diamond Sponsorship of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation for 2017.

This year GeoCat is supporting FOSS4G 2017 Boston, FOSS4G 2017 Europe, Spanish FOSS4G 2017, in addition to their local NL event. GeoCat staff is active in organizing conferences and community events (and has submitted workshops and presentations to the events above).

We would also like to thank GeoCat for their financial support of the OSGeo website/rebranding initiative focused on redirecting our organization towards end-user outreach.

GeoCat is a true open source company focused not just on their own products but in fostering a healthy and supportive community:

  • Provides leadership and commercial support for the GeoNetwork project
  • GeoCat is sponsoring the innovative developer award at FOSS4G 2017
  • GeoCat has organized the annual Bolsena Code Sprint since 2008
  • GeoCat staff are active at all levels of OSGeo

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 INSPIRE compliant 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 provides 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. OSGeo serves as an outreach and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal support for the open source geospatial community.

The 2nd gvSIG Festival is underway!

News Date: 
26 Mar 2017

After the successful first gvSIG Festival in the last year, the virtual gvSIG conference, a second edition will be held this year, in May 16th and 17th. The novelty of this year is that users can send their proposals about projects done with gvSIG, that will convert this initiative in a more global and open event.

This event is free of charge and completely online, through the webinar service of the gvSIG Association, with the advantage to count with speakers from different countries and where users and developers from any part of the world can hold them.

If you have done any project with gvSIG and you want to present it at the gvSIG Festival, you can send a summmary to the following e-mail address: conference-contact@gvsig.com, explaining the project. The summary will have no more than 300 words, it has to be written in Spanish or English, and you have to indicate the title and the language of the presentation.

Once the program is configured it will be published at the event website, and registrations will be opened.

More info at http://www.gvsig.com/festival