MapGuide Open Source 2.4 Released

The project that initially emerged from Autodesk and became MapGuide Open Source just released its version 2.4.

I haven't found a summary of the changes so far. There seems to be numerous improvements to MapGuide OS's core, to Fusion Tools and FDO. Here's what looks like their list of major new items:

My main question when MapGuide Open Source comes to my mind: what's the status of its adoption? I had a lot of hopes for it when Autodesk made MapGuide open source along with providing the financial support for OSGeo's birth, but it seems like MapGuide does not get much love nowadays, at least not as much as competing solutions like GeoServer and MapServer. Any comments?

OpenGeo Suite 3.0 is Out!

Newest version of the OpenGeo Suite has just been released and it comes with the following goodies.

  • Server-side processing
    • OGC Web Processing Service (WPS) provides a standard for inputs and outputs (requests and responses) for geospatial processing services such as polygon overlays, buffers, or custom processes.
    • Rendering transformations make processing operations easier in browser-based visualizations by enabling just-in-time use of any WPS process as part of any layer’s style.
    • Server-side scripting in Python and JavaScript allows users to easily deploy their own server-side processes using concise and straightforward APIs.
    • PostGIS 2.0 brings vector and raster analysis into the database.
  • GeoServer security now supports user groups as well as a number of new authentication mechanisms including LDAP, digest and X.509 certificate authentication.
  • Virtual services allow GeoServer to support multi-tenancy, enabling a single GeoServer instance to publish multiple service endpoints.
  • A new caching configuration interface in GeoServer includes the ability to define new grid sets, specify which layers to cache, seed or truncate the cache, and more.
  • OGC Web Feature Service 2.0 (WFS) adds some interesting new capabilities, including paging, stored queries, and extended operators.
  • Upgraded components, including the adoption of GeoServer 2.2PostGIS 2.0, and GeoWebCache 1.3

GeoServer 2.2 Released

Almost a week ago, one of the most popular web mapping server engine has been updated, GeoServer 2.2 has been released. As they wrote: "The release of a new major version update is a big deal (the last one was over 16 months ago) [...]", here's some of the highlights, follow to link to get the full overview!

  • NTv2 and NADCon Support allows for datum transformations with cm level precision
  • Continued work for supporting high accuracy datum transformations
  • A new reprojection console
  • The image collection coverage store allows users to serve un-referenced data through WMS using image/pixel space as the coordinate system
  • Support for WFS 2.0 adds some interesting new capabilities to the WFS protocol
  • Support for additional dimensions brings time and elevation support to both vector and raster data. And, with support for time, comes support for animation in WMS.
  • GeoWebCache configuration GUI is now available directly from within the GeoServer web admin interface

And much much more...

Geopaparazzi 3.2.0 is out

A new version of Geopaparazzi is out in the market: 3.2.0 (or at least it should be soon, lately google play takes some time to get in sync)

The list of news is quite nice:

  • huge enhancement of forms with support for multiple tabs, fragments for tablets, images and map screenshots, date widgets...
  • integration of forms with kmz export
  • style enhancements on kmz export
  • send simple notes and bookmarks info via sms
  • geocoding via google services
  • osm routing via openrouteservice
  • measure tool is back
  • opening of geoSMS by geopaparazzi in offline mode
  • editing mode for geonotes with forms
  • support for rendering themes through style maps for offline maps
  • battery level visible in map mode
  • gps connection status visible in map mode

Read more about it here.

The measure tool

OpenGeoDa: An Introduction to Spatial Data Analysis

Via the OGD blog I learned about OpenGeoDa, an open source software program that serves as an introduction to spatial data analysis. The initial (closed) version was released in 2003 and they claim about 70,000 users. While we mentioned GeoDa before, it's really the first time we share about its existence with our users.

Here's what it is: "It is designed to implement techniques for exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA) on lattice data (points and polygons). The free program provides a user friendly and graphical interface to methods of descriptive spatial data analysis, such as spatial autocorrelation statistics, as well as basic spatial regression functionality. The latest version contains several new features such as a cartogram, a refined map movie, parallel coordinate plot, 3D visualization, conditional plots (and maps) and spatial regression."

Mapnik 2.1.0 Released

I'm back from holidays - thank you for your patience. Expect several days for me to catch up geospatial news and share them with you. You can always submit anything pertinent directly.

Last November we mentioned the major 2.0 release, and now, Mapnik 2.1.0 has been released. Mapnik still is "a free Toolkit for developing mapping applications. Above all Mapnik is about making beautiful maps. It is easily extensible and suitable for both desktop and web development."

Here's the highlights for 2.1.0: "

  • A new framework for Style level image manipulation called Image filters.
  • A new pipeline for chained coordinate transformations like clipping or smoothing called Vertex Converters
  • Compositing modes at Symbolizer and (experimental) Style level. Infinite possibilities from this, see a few examples from AJ.
  • Support for Style level opacity
  • WKT, WKB, GeoJSON, SVG parsers and generators that can be used outside of rendering
  • Data-driven SVG style transforms on svg markers and images thanks to @lightmare
  • Data-driven orientationfor Text, heightfor Buildings, and width/heightfor Markers.
  • A new CSV input plugin
  • A new GeoJSON input plugin
  • A new Python input plugin
  • Better text labeling through support for placement-type="list". See the docs at the bottom of this page.
  • Improved Map loading speeds as well as warnings and errors"

Cartaro Geospatial CMS

With Slashgeo using Drupal since 2010, I recently found Cartaro, an open source geospatial CMS.

The overview: "Cartaro is the web mapping platform that brings the power of the best open source geospatial components into a content management system. With Cartaro you are able to set-up and run your own geo-enabled and OGC standards-compliant website with not more than a few clicks. The geospatial components used in Cartaro are PostGIS, GeoServer, GeoWebCache and OpenLayers. All those are managed from within the powerful CMS Drupal.

Cartaro is for organizations and individuals that need to run a light-weight spatial data infrastructure (SDI) without the need for extensive configurations and much individual programming.

Cartaro is also for all websites that focus on CMS features while also having to handle geospatial data."

If you head to the project's page on Drupal, only a dev version for D7 is currently available, but it looks in very active development. We did mentioned other Drupal geospatial projects in the past, including the CartoDB Drupal module.

Geotools 8.0 Released

The Geotools community is pleased to announce the availability of Geotools 8.0 for download on sourceforge.

If you are using Maven, this release is deployed to our OSGeo Maven Repository:

For more information on setting up your project with Maven, see the Quickstart (included in the user guide documentation pack above).

Geotools 8.0 is a stable release made in conjunction with GeoServer 2.2-RC2 and GeoWebCache 1.3-RC4. Currently there are no additional updates to 2.7.x planned.

Geotools 8.0 comes feature packed compared to its 2.7.x releases. Highlights include:

More information can be found by checking out the proposals made for this release here.

For those migrating from GeoTools 2.7, additional instructions are available here.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all the developers, users and contributor that have helped to make this release possible.

The GeoTools Community


OpenBuildingModels Repository Beta Launched

Modelling our world in 3D gets more and more important within the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project. There are several people in the community trying to push forward this development. A major problem is that OSM was not really designed for complex 3D modelling. The node/way/relation + tags based data model does not allow for complicated 3D modelling. Therefore, the community agreed to make use of external repositories containing more complex data which can be linked to OSM.

OpenBuildingModels is such a repository for complex architectural 3D building models. It is free-to-use and aims to improve crowdsourced 3D city models. Anyone can up- or download the models. They can be referenced in OSM and appear on the OSM-3D globe. A first beta version of the web platform is now online and models can be uploaded.

More info:

Stamen Design Maps for QGIS

We mentioned several times the beautiful maps from Stamen Design, and you can now use them directly in QGIS.

From the entry: "Stamen’s maps are amongst the most creative and beautiful OpenStreetMap visualizations and it would be great to have them as base maps in QGIS. No problem! Nathaniel Kelso has already done all the work for us [...] It adds the possibility to load Stamen’s Watercolor, Toner and Terrain tiles into the QGIS project"

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