pycsw 1.6.0 released

The pycsw team announces the release of pycsw 1.6.0.

The 1.6.0 release brings numerous features, enhancements and fixes to the codebase, including:

* Nabble community forum now available via OSGeo at
* fix broken connection in pycsw.admin.optimize_db
* native PostGIS geometry support
* new community section on website (
* Web Accessible Folder (WAF) harvesting support
* added spatial ranking for spatial queries
* added lxml 3 support
* fixes for new OGC CITE tests
* added support for SOS 2.0.0 harvesting
* added support for SOS 1.0.0 harvesting
* added database specific unit tests
* added support for nested OGC Filter queries
* fixed ISO output/safeguarding extent elements
* fixed parameterization of OGC Filter queries
* fixed fulltext search to dump only XML element values
* added flexibility to pycsw.admin.setup_db to handle use cases from calling applications, like specifying extra columns, skipping SFSQL setup, etc.
* added support for ISO 19115-2 (gmi) harvesting
* FGDC, Atom, and DIF are now core supported outputschema formats, and do not need to be explicitly set in configuration
* added CIDR notation support for CSW transactions
* enhanced link support when harvesting OWS endpoints
* fix tighten Dublin Core writer when checking on dumping XML
* fixed harvesting logic for unsupported typenames
* fixed GetRecords typename handling to _not_ behave like a record filter, but as a query model
* harvesting support for RDF Dublin Core
* fixed Harvest operation parameter checks in HTTP GET mode
* added timeout flag to post_xml command
* continuous integration testing (using travis-ci)
* modular Python logging capability
* paver implementation for developer tasks

The full list of enhancements and bug fixes is available at

This release also moves pycsw forward as an OSGeo project in incubation.

pycsw is an OGC CSW server implementation written in Python.

pycsw fully implements the OpenGIS Catalogue Service Implementation Specification [Catalogue Service for the Web]. Initial development started in 2010 (more formally announced in 2011). The project is certified OGC Compliant, and is an OGC Reference Implementation.

pycsw allows for the publishing and discovery of geospatial metadata. Existing repositories of geospatial metadata can also be exposed via OGC:CSW 2.0.2, providing a standards-based metadata and catalogue component of spatial data infrastructures.

pycsw is Open Source, released under an MIT license, and runs on all major platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X).

Source and binary downloads:

The source code is available at:

Testers and developers are welcome.

The pycsw developer team.

ARKYD Crowdfunding Satellites and CubeSat

[It's Summertime! I'm on holiday this week and will share more geonews next week]

We mentioned DIY remote sensing imagery before, now it went in a new direction with a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding for the ARKYD telescope. Here's the direct link to the ARKYD Kickstarter project dubbed "a space telescope for everyone" which gathered over 1M$ and there's still 4 days for you to contribute to get your own pictures from space.

The Slashdot summary: "Most of you know about Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company, and their Kickstarter campaign in the finest spirit of Heinlein's The Man Who Sold the Moon. The campaign has reached its minimum $1M goal to get funded with eight days left to go. In celebration, PR's CEO and Chief Asteroid Miner Chris Lewicki does an interview with Forbes where he discusses the future opportunities, the potential pitfalls, and the unlimited potential of private sector space exploitation. It's well worth the read. Planetary Resources' kickstarter has some worthy stretch goals that are well worth looking at, and the sort of supporter premiums that many Slashdotters will not want to miss. Only $175,000 more and they get a second ground station, at $2M they add exoplanet search capability. Both of these stretch goals are within reach."

Another similar story recently discussed over Slashdot is named CubeSats Spurring Satellite Revolution.

The Slashdot summary: "Thanks to the miniaturization of electronics, small CubeSat satellites have quickly become the standard for orbital Earth monitoring. Their modular design and lower cost makes them accessible to many, from university researchers to backers of crowdfunding campaigns. This year, the number of CubeSats launched will at least double the number in orbit to date."

Batch Geonews: Nanocubes, Python for ArcGIS 10.1, BIM Adoption at 71%, Smartphone Echolocation, and more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

On the open source / open data front:

On the Google front:

On the Esri front:

In the miscellaneous category:

In the maps category:

Homebrew Camera Mod Mimics LANDSAT Satellite

Slashdot discusses a story named Homebrew Camera Mod Mimics LANDSAT Satellite.

Their summary: ""These folks at Public Lab have published instructions to hack a conventional camera to do photosynthesis photography, just like NASA's LANDSAT satellite. What better way to introduce your kids to space technologies and learn more about the environment? Measure the health of your garden, all with a simple filter switch and some post-processing. It's thoroughly documented at, and you can do it to a variety of cameras." (And here's a link to the related — and fully funded — kickstarter project.)"

'Geo-Empower Middle East Summit' from 16-18th September 2013 in Dubai

Slashgeo is glad to announce we'll be media partners of the “Geo-Empower Middle East Summit” from 16-18th September 2013 to be held in Dubai.

The event's overview: "The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is going through a period of unprecedented change. In the‚ Arab Spring‘ countries, political transition, pressing social demands, and an adverse external environment have combined to increase the near-term risks to macroeconomic stability. A multi-sectoral and cross-industry approach is needed at the national and regional level. With this background, Fleming Gulf is proud to present “Geo-Empower Middle East Summit” which would provide a connecting platform to bridge the gap between the geospatial and the economic community. With the theme “Geospatial technology for strengthening economy and Advancing National Priorities”, the 3 day conference would bring to light the role of geospatial technologies in empowering various user segments and pave way for economic development."

Exclusive Q&A with OpenGeo

Recently OpenGeo announced that they’ve taken on funding and spun out from their not-for-profit parent organization, OpenPlans. OpenGeo is major player offering mature open source geospatial solutions based on solid software such as PostGIS, GeoServer, OpenLayers and much more, including their open source all-in-one OpenGeo Suite.  Here's our exclusive Q&A with OpenGeo.


Slashgeo: What were the real-life limitations of the not-for-profit model that OpenGeo wants to get rid?


OpenGeo:  To pursue our mission of growing open source geospatial software communities we truly need be independent. While we are very supportive of the OpenPlans’ (our incubator parent non-profit) mission, our ability to set our own course and be responsive to the needs of our customers and communities was limited until this spin-off.  There were additional, more mundane limitations, such as an inability to directly compete as a “small business” (non profits are not businesses), and the difficulty in raising capital as a not-for-profit.


Slashgeo: Does this change allow OpenGeo to become even better competitors to other commercial and open source geospatial solutions providers?

OpenGeo: It allows us to better execute our “Spatial IT” initiatives, so “yes.”  We will be hiring more staff to enhance the user experience of our software, increase documentation and build additional capabilities. We believe all aspects of our work will benefit from our independence and increased funding.



Slashgeo: Do you foresee any impact on the diversity of the solutions you're offering? Do you plan to build capacity and expertise for other currently popular open source services that OpenGeo doesn't currently offer?


OpenGeo: That is something we are looking at very seriously. Many of our customers have asked us to develop capabilities that go well beyond the web mapping and related services we’re known for now – stay tuned!



Slashgeo: Will there be any impact on your relation with the Open Geospatial Consortium and your support for modern and efficient geospatial standards?


OpenGeo: Our greater independence and funding will enable us to be even more effective in working with the OGC.  Our founder, Chris Holmes, was recently named to the OGC Board. We’re also founding members of LocationTech, with several other key OGC players, which is helping broaden adoption of location aware technologies that leverage geospatial standards.



Slashgeo: Any long term plans associated to this change that you'd like to share with our readers?


OpenGeo: Our goal remains the same: to build the highest quality software for location and mapping, available to all. This important step gives us a stronger base of resources to support the open source communities we work with. We remain committed to open source principles and look forward to continuing our develop the best geospatial tools while supporting the open source communities and our customers alike.

The 2013 OpenStreetMap Data Report

A week ago MapBox released the excellent and nicely designed 2013 OpenStreetMap Data Report. Here's the blog entry about the report. Really worth looking at the report, even if it's just for appreciating its superb presentation.

From the entry: "We've looked back on the project's 10 years in the making, the skyrocket growth to over 1 million users, 21 million miles, and 78 million buildings, and tried for the first time to tell the story of OpenStreetMap as a whole in data. We have traced through OpenStreetMap's 67,629,368 roads and tallied up the incredible sum of 21 million miles - that's 40 years of driving at 60 miles per hour."

Other OSM-related news:

Batch Geonews: Stamen Map Stack, 1,000 New Street View, Protest Maptivism, D3.js Geo, 270TB of Bird's Eye, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

From the open source / open data front:

From the Esri front:

From the Google front:

In the miscellaneous category:

In the maps category:

Maptorian Vector Maps

Maptorian is a vector map pack created thinking about the work of graphic designers, journalists, computer graphics and, in general, people who need to create visually appealing maps easily and quickly. Thanks to the maps distributed by layers of Maptorian, any person who knows how to handle a current vector graphic design program, especially a program like Illustrator, can easily shape their own maps.

Maptorian detail

Everything in Maptorian maps is editable. The distribution of thematic layers is designed to quickly create different types of maps through the activation and deactivation of the same, the change in distribution and, of course, in its edition. Yes, all in Maptorian is editable. The thicknesses, colors, text, fonts, everything can be changed easily to reach the desired map. And all this without leaving your favorite vector drawing program, without having to resort to complex mapping tools.

Maptorian detail

Maptorian pack maps are created thinking in graphic design in the visual, to communicate information easily. For this, there has been shaped with public domain cartographic databases, like Natural Earth, following as reference the CIA World Factbook maps, from a dumping of raw data into a GIS, later distributed in layers with Illustrator. Each vector object created this way has subsequently been edited “by hand” when the occasion demanded it, as it happened with text labels, elements of color, thicknesses and other graphic aspects. The result is a vector map pack created just to have on hand a number of ideal quality templates when designing visually appealing maps.


Apple Announces 'Apple Maps' Integrated in MacOS X 10.9 'Mavericks'

Yesterday Apple announced that their Maps application will be integrated in MacOS X 10.9, to be available next Fall. Of course, Apple Maps was mentioned several times in the past, especially since the underlying data and search capabilities behind Apple Maps was / is not as stellar as the popular Google Maps service.

From the Apple page: "The Maps app lets you use every pixel of your display to explore new destinations, and it takes full advantage of the graphics power of your Mac. So zooming is incredibly smooth and responsive. Text and details are crisp and easy to read. And you get gorgeous views such as Flyover, a photo-realistic, interactive 3D experience that lets you soar high above select cities. Maps makes it simple to get information on local points of interest like restaurants and hotels, showing you phone numbers, photos, and even Yelp reviews. It’s also easy to get there on time, thanks to point-to-point directions, real-time traffic conditions, and suggested alternate routes. When you’re ready to go, send your map to your iPhone for voice navigation on the way.3 With OS X Mavericks, maps are built into Mail, Contacts, and Calendar, too. So wherever you see an address, you can see it on a map, just like that."

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