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Practical webinars: "Learning gvSIG in 30 minutes" and "Geostatistics: R integration in gvSIG"

News Date: 
7 Jun 2017

During the last 2nd gvSIG Festival, the virtual conference about free geomatics that was held from May 16th to 17th, there were two practical webinars, about how to learn gvSIG in 30 minutes, and about Geostatistics ( R integration in gvSIG).

At the first webinar users can learn the main functionalities of this open source Geographic Information System (vector and raster layers, symbology, labelling, layouts...).

In addition, the second webinar deals with geostatistics, seeing the different integrations of R with gvSIG.

All the presentations given during the 2nd gvSIG Festival, are also available at the event website.

Website and Branding May Update

News Date: 
30 May 2017

The marketing committee here with a May update on the website/rebranding reboot.

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 making this possible. We would like to welcome Boundless as a new key sponsor; and acknowledge how2map for their support.

Volunteers: Thanks to Peter, Helena and others who responded to our call for volunteers in April. These individuals are providing a much needed GeoForAll and Local Chapter perspective. OSGeo is a large organization and there will continue to be opportunities to help in the months ahead. If you feel that your voice is not being represented please speak up on marketing committee mailing list or contact a committee chair or board member.

A new Look for OSGeo

We are getting close to our first milestone and we can preview some of the incredible work done with our vendor Get Interactive and community feedback.

Branding was developed with a series of logo proposals, built up around our goals, using our current logo as a starting point. The logos were arranged in order from Traditional through to Revolutionary - and we universally preferred the middle ground sophisticated option.

The next phase refined the fonts and colours used. There was a lot of feedback on colour choice, with an effort made to preserve the green used when making sub brands (like committees and local chapters). It was also a priority that the font selected was free to use - previously OSGeo required volunteers to purchase a font when making sub brands.

One trick that was particularly effective was seeing the new proposals in context with others from our industry. The result is clear, stands out, and is approachable - a great new look for OSGeo.

Creating new branding is always a challenge, we would like to thank everyone who took part in the progress. Especially those who provided their feedback and encouragement.

Branding and Collateral

The full logo, color and font choices will be available shortly as part of a branding guide. We have a preview of the branding color and font choices while we wait. We would like to encourage local chapters and committees to play with these design concepts in time for the FOSS4G Boston event.

The initial example with contour lines, and resulting conversation on discuss@osgeo.org, gave the graphic designer a great idea - an opportunity to personalize each template for your project, community or event.

Each template will provided as SVG with a layer for you to insert a map or photograph as shown below. See the sketches and the preview for further examples.

Website Content and Wireframes

The next exciting thing we are working on is wire frames for the new website. These are produced in conjunction with a visitor journey spreadsheet highlighting what kind of visitors we expect, what we would like to communicate, and what content is required.

Wireframes are captured in a tool called InVision, allowing our volunteers to provide feedback and sort out content and story questions visually (because spreadsheets are no fun for anyone).

Choose a Technology: Building on the choosealicense.com example, Jody Garnett has outlined a guide for GIS Professionals looking to discover an appropriate open source project for their task at hand. This provides a task based intro to open source listing both OSGeo and community projects.

Structured data collection: In collaboration with the OSGeo Live project Jeffrey Johnson and Cameron Shorter are looking at collecting details on projects, service providers and resources using structured about.yaml files (see github about.yaml for the specification)

Resources: Our initial take on visitor journeys highlighted how much information is required to reach new users. Much of the material expected by this audience, such as case studies, has not been available for open source solutions in a consistent up to date fashion. We have decided to focus on the content our community does produce - making sure the website can list resources such as documentation, presentations and conference videos.

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 for helping with content: Peter Mooney (GeoForAll), Helena Mitasova (GeoForAll), Cameron Shorter (OSGeoLive), Harrison (SAC), Gert Jan (Local Organizations). Thanks marketing chair Marc Vloemans and volunteers Jody Garnett and Jeffrey Johnson for consistently attending meetings armed with content and encouragement in equal measure.

See you at FOSS4G and FOSS4G Europe

A presentation on “OSGeo Website/Rebranding” has been accepted for FOSS4G-Europe. We hope to see you there.

For a hands-on experience join us at FOSS4G Boston for an content provider / editors bootcamp. We invite members from each community to attend - and learn how to use this new tool for outreach.

OSGeo Outreach May 2017

News Date: 
29 May 2017

A quick update from the OSGeo Marketing Committee. OSGeo volunteers have been working diligently to increase the reach and awareness of our community and technology.

Below are a just a few of the activities happening in our community; check out local chapters for events and activities in your area (congrats to OSGeo Ireland on their first event).


Ashley Tardif (FOSS4G operations coordinator) was able to attend the American Association of Geographers 2017 Annual Meeting to promote OSGeo and FOSS4G. Thanks to Boundless for providing us space at the event. AAG is a large education focused event that was held in Boston (so a great chance to promote foss4g).

(Picture from tweet from @GeoObservatory)

OSCon 2017

The Open Source Convention was held in Austin Texas this year and was a chance to bring mapping to a large technology conference.

Thanks to volunteers Sara Safavi (Boundless) and Thea Aldrich (LocationTech) for attending the event on our behalf. Logistics were provided by Guido, Astrid, Jody and Michael from OSGeo.

(Picture from tweet by @MacVloemans)

CalGIS / LocationCon

Marc and Jody from the marketing committee had a chance to catch up at the CalGIS / LocationCon event in Oakland California. This was a great opportunity for first-contact open source advocacy with GIS Professionals. QGIS was well known to attendees and offered a conversation starter about how open source works.

The event opened with both an Extending QGIS workshop and a Introduction to GeoServer workshop. The schedule provided a constant track of open source goodness thanks to our friends over at LocationTech.

During the breaks we able to answer questions, and promote the upcoming FOSS4G conference in boston.

The code sprint on Thursday offered a chance to catch up on the license questions facing the OSGeo Live project; explores some of the short and long term fixes. Brian Hamlin had a look at the OTB Toolbox incubation progress and helped move the project towards graduation. Rob Emmanuel and Jody Garnett helped new developers through the all important first pull request hurdle.

(CalGIS 2017 photos via jodygarnett)

Orfeo ToolBox 6.0 is out!

News Date: 
16 May 2017

Today we are releasing a new major version: Orfeo ToolBox 6.0! We’ve got some exciting new features to show. As usual, ready-to-use binary packages are available for Windows, Linux and Mac! You can also checkout the source directly with git:

git clone https://git@git.orfeo-toolbox.org/git/otb.git OTB -b release-6.0

This new major release includes:

  • New license: Apache v2.0
  • Unsupervised learning framework
  • Sentinel-1 IW SLC deburst filter
  • New applications
  • New “bands” extended filename option
  • Removal of a lot a deprecated code
  • OpenCV 3 support
  • Many bug fixes

For a more detailed presentation of changes in 6.0, see our blog post: https://www.orfeo-toolbox.org/orfeo-toolbox-6-0-is-out/

We welcome your feedback and requests, and encourage you to join the OTB community and mailing list. If you think you face a bug, please report it on Mantis.

Happy Remote Sensing!

-- OTB Team

GDAL 2.2.0 is released

News Date: 
10 May 2017
On behalf of the GDAL/OGR development team and community, I am pleased to announce the release of GDAL/OGR 2.2.0. 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 2.2.0 release is a major new feature release with the following highlights:
  • New GDAL/raster drivers:
    • DERIVED driver: read-support. Expose subdatasets in a a new metadata domain, called DERIVED_SUBDATASETS
    • JP2Lura driver: read/create support for JPEG-2000 images using Luratech JP2 Library
    • PRF: add read-only support for PHOTOMOD PRF file format driver (github #173)
    • RRASTER driver: read-support .grd/.gri files handled by the R 'raster' package (#6249)
  • New OGR/vector drivers:
    • CAD driver: read support for DWG R2000 files (GSoC 2016 project)
    • DGNv8 driver: read-write support for DGN 8.0 format (using Teigha ODA libraries)
    • GMLAS driver: read-write support. XML/GML driver driven by Application Schemas.
  • New utility script: ogrmerge.py to merge several vector datasets into a single one
  • New /vsigs/ and /vsigs_streaming/ virtual file systems to read Google Cloud Storage non-public files
  • Significantly improved drivers:
    • NWT_GRD: write support (#6533)
    • FileGDB/OpenFileGDB: add support to read curve geometries (#5890)
    • VRT derived band: add the capability to define pixel functions in Python
    • Add read support for RasterLite2 coverages in SQLite driver
    • GPKG: implement tiled gridded elevation data extension
    • ISIS3: add write support and improve read support
  • RFC 63: Add GDALRasterBand::GetDataCoverageStatus() and implement it in GTiff and VRT drivers https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc63_sparse_datasets_improvements
  • RFC 64: Triangle, Polyhedral surface and TIN https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc64_triangle_polyhedralsurface_tin
    • this RFC introduces potential backward incompatible behaviour. Consult MIGRATION_GUIDE.txt
  • RFC 66: OGR random layer read/write capabilities https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc66_randomlayerreadwrite
  • RFC 67: add null field state for OGR features, in addition to unset fields https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc67_nullfieldvalues
    • this RFC introduces potential backward incompatible behaviour. Consult MIGRATION_GUIDE.txt
  • Upgrade to EPSG database v9.0 (#6772)
  • Python bindings: Global Interpreter Lock (GIL) released before entering GDAL native code (for all, in GDAL module and a few ones in ogr like ogr.Open())
  • Continued major efforts on sanitization of code base
  • Remove bridge and vb6 bindings (#6640)
  • GNM built by default

More complete information on the new features and fixes in the 2.2.0 release can be found at: http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/Release/2.2.0-News

The release can be downloaded from:

The migration guide can be found at: https://svn.osgeo.org/gdal/branches/2.2/gdal/MIGRATION_GUIDE.TXT
Best regards,

Spatialys - Geospatial professional services

OSGeo welcomes 15 GSoC students!

News Date: 
10 May 2017

Dear OSGeo community,

We are proud to announce that 15 students were selected to work on GSoC at OSGeo this year!

Browse the projects at: https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/4660070039158784/

Congratulations to all of our students and welcome!

Margherita Di Leo