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GeoNode 1.1 Released

We first mentioned it two years ago, and now the open source GeoNode 1.1 has been released.

What GeoNode is? "GeoNode is an open source platform that facilitates the creation, sharing, and collaborative use of geospatial data. The project aims to surpass existing spatial data infrastructure solutions by integrating robust social and cartographic tools. At its core, the GeoNode has a stack based on GeoServer, Django, and GeoExt that provides a platform for sophisticated web browser spatial visualization and analysis. Atop this stack, the project has built a map composer and viewer, tools for analysis, and reporting tools."

And what version 1.1 has for us: "

  • Improved documentation
  • Support for GeoServer 2.1, including:
    • GeoWebCache integration
    • direct Shapefile-to-PostGIS import from the GeoNode upload form (thanks to Matt Bertrand)
    • speed improvements to the way GeoNode manages GeoServer configuration
  • Support for GeoNetwork 2.6
  • Various UI improvements, including:
    • a new user profile page listing the user’s layers and maps
    • a “Get feature info” tool to identify feature attributes when viewing maps
    • improved map transitions and performance
  • Increased coverage in GeoNode’s automated test suite
  • Better feedback from admin tools (thanks to Ariel Núñez)
  • Installer for Ubuntu (thanks to Ariel Núñez)
  • Numerous bug fixes thanks to support from partners at last year’s roadmapping summit
  • Translations in…"

FOSSGIS Brasil Magazine #4

We are very proud to announce the release of the 4th edition of FOSSGIS Brasil Magazine.

In this 2012 1st issue, the cover section addresses Medatada theme, which deserves special attention of any professional who works with geospatial data.

This 4th edition of FOSSGIS Brasil was built with the effort of the GIS community, including international contributions. Consering this, be sure to check the interview with Jeroen Ticheler, founder and CEO at Geonetwork project, and also the text written for three of the most important contributors of the gvSIG association, talking about the new development model for the project of the robust gvSIG GIS suite.

This year, greatest desire for us at FOSSGIS Brasil team is to continue doing what we have been doing in 2011: To georreference knownledgment

Link to download:

The FOSSGIS Brasil team

SpatiaLite 3.0 Released with Excel Spreadsheets Support

I failed to find much information about it, but SpatiaLite, the geospatial version of SQLite, reached version 3.0 about a month ago. Anyone knows where to find release notes? I find also funny that on SpatiaLite homepage, it is clearly stated that spatial is not special! :-) Yes, I'll share a followup to my previous entry on the topic (thanks for your feedback!).

On the SpatiaLite topic, here's a blog entry named Spatialite and Excel on talking terms: "The recent stable version of Spatialite, 3.0, supports linking to and importing Excel spreadsheet tables. Read on to see how it’s done. The developers of spatialite have added a driver for *.xls files (thru the FreeXL library ). You can either link to, or import a single sheet from an Excel file [...]"

OGRS2012 :: CALL FOR PAPERS - Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposium

Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposium

October 24 – 26, 2012 in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland
Hosted by School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD)

Contact: [email protected]

Notice, PDF version of this call is available here :

(our apologies for cross-postings)
Dear colleagues,

The Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposium (OGRS) is a meeting dedicated to exchanging ideas on development and use of open source geospatial software in both research and education.

Motivated by the inaugural symposium in Nantes, France, OGRS2012 will be held from October 24 – 26, 2012 in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. The symposium is hosted and organized by the School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD), in partnership with EPFL Lausanne, University of Lausanne, University of Geneva, which are all academic institutions in Western Switzerland, and the Institute for Research on Urban Sciences and Techniques in France.

The main goals are:
- to build a panel of new scientific research and education practices using and contributing to open source initiatives in the geospatial fields;
- to discuss a framework and highlight a rationale about geospatial open source technology usage in research and education activities;
- to provide an innovation platform to network and develop ideas for future collaborative work between academia – from research to education – and other actors of the field (associations, foundations, local authorities, industry etc.).

For more details, visit the overview page on the website.

Keynote speakers :
- Luc Anselin, Director, Regents' Professor and Walter Isard Chair at School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Director at GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation, Arizona State University;
- Gérard Hégron, Scientific Director in charge of sustainable city at IFSTTAR (French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Planning and Networks);
- Helena Mitasova, Associate Professor at Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University;
- Robert Weibel, Professor of Geographical Information Science at Department of Geography, University of Zürich.

Submission :
The symposium will integrate several opportunities for presenting : oral presentations, workshops, posters and discussion groups. To participate in any of these opportunities, authors are invited to submit an extended abstract (1000 to 1500 words, references and keywords excluded) through the conference website. The official language is English.

The international scientific advisory board will review and select abstracts for inclusion in the symposium and publication in the symposium proceedings. A subset of contributions will be invited to submit full papers for possible publication in a special issue of the Journal of Spatial Information Sciences (JOSIS), pending a peer review of full papers.

For more details on how to submit a contribution, please visit the call for papers page on the website :

Important dates :
- submission deadline for abstracts is May 28, 2012.
- authors will be notified by June 30, 2012 on program inclusion and selection for JOSIS submission
- deadline to submit full papers is September 30, 2012.

Best regards,
OGRS2012 program committee

Batch Geonews: 180,000 Free OrbView-3 Scenes, Car AR Driving, PostGISonline, Bing Maps Updates, Autodesk and Pitney Bowes Alliance, Obesity and Car Travel, and much much more

​This batch mode edition is unusually long. It covers the past month and a bit more. Yes, that's way too much and I won't try to repeat the experience ;-) Here's what I considered pertinent enough to share with you. Exceptionally, in some cases I haven't gave attribution to the source of the news, thank you for your comprehension.

On the geospatial open source front:

On the Esri front:

On the Microsoft front:

On the remote sensing front:

On the GNSS / GPS front:

In the miscellaneous category:

In the maps category:

OpenGeo Announces Gold Level Sponsorship for 2012 FOSS4G-NA

OpenGeo Announces Gold Level Sponsorship for 2012 FOSS4G-NA

FOSS4G North America Regional Conference to be Held in Washington, D.C.

New York, NY, January 26, 2011 OpenGeo, the organization behind the OpenGeo Suite has announced their sponsorship of the 2012 FOSS4G-NA conference. The Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial - North America (FOSS4G-NA) conference will be hosted by OSGeo North America from April 10th to 12th, 2012 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Confirmed keynote speakers include Michael Byrne, CIO of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

OSGeo North America is the newly-formed North America chapter of OSGeo, an international not-for-profit whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data. OSGeo North America has scheduled this regional follow-up to focus on the North American open source geospatial community. Just as they did at the 2011 FOSS4G global conference in Denver, OpenGeo is once again committed to a gold level sponsorship, In addition, this year members of OpenGeo are also volunteering on the conference organizing committee.

Eddie Pickle, OpenGeo COO said "Supporting FOSS4G and OSGeo is a top priority for OpenGeo. FOSS4G is always a key forum for meeting with our friends, clients, and partners as well as for exchanging knowledge to improve open source geospatial software. A regional event in Washington, D.C. will allow us us to focus on the evolving landscape of open source geospatial in North America. We’re especially interested to see how government agencies have been adopting open source technology to address their needs." He continued "We’re also happy to announce that our own Paul Ramsey has volunteered to be the FOSS4G- NA 2012 conference chair; we know the conference will be a success with Paul at the helm."

About FOSS4G-NA 2012

FOSS4G is an annual global conference organized by OSGeo that focuses on bringing together individuals and organizations working with free and open source geospatial software; FOSS4G-NA is a regional event for North America and is being organized by the North American Regional chapter of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), with additional support from members of a volunteer program and conference committee and the conference sponsors

About OpenGeo

OpenGeo is a social enterprise working to build the best web-based geospatial technology. The company brings the best practices of open source software to geospatial organizations around the world by providing enterprises with supported, tested, and integrated open source solutions to build the Geospatial Web. OpenGeo also supports open source communities by employing key developers of PostGIS, GeoServer, and OpenLayers. Since 2002, the company has provided successful consulting services and products to clients like the World Bank, Google, Ordnance Survey Great Britain, Portland TriMet, MassGIS, Landgate, and the Federal Communications Commission. OpenGeo is the geospatial division of OpenPlans, a New York-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that informs and engages communities through journalism and open source software. All of OpenGeo's revenue has been and will continue to be re-invested into innovative and useful software in support of the OpenPlans mission.

Related Links

FOSS4G-NA 2012 Conference - Washington, DC
FOSS4G 2012 - Beijing, China
OSGeo North America
Open Source Geospatial Foundation

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Marble 1.3.0 and "Marble Touch" Released

Marble 1.3 has been released with lots of new gems: Marble — the virtual globe and world atlas — now integrates with KDE Plasma. By allowing for coordinate and bookmark searches, Marble can be opened directly from the Plasma search bar.

The new Elevation Profile shows the incline of routes, which can be edited interactively.

Stargazers can view and track Earth satellites thanks to Marble participation in the European Space Agency (ESA) Summer of Code in Space.

During Google Summer of Code, Marble gained initial support for display of .osm (OpenStreetMap) files in vector format.

Owners of the Nokia N9/N950 are the first to receive the new mobile application Marble Touch.

Further details can be found in the feature guide.

MapProxy 1.3.0 Released

We mentioned the open source MapProxy a few times since 2010, including the 1.0.0 release about a year ago. Less than two weeks ago, MapProxy 1.3.0 was released. Anyone with an interest in tile caching might be interested in reading this previous story named FOSS4G 2011: What about a Tiling Shootout?

Amongst the new features for the 1.3.0 release: "

  • RESTful WMTS: The MapProxy WMTS now also supports the RESTful API. This service also supports custom URL templates for your service.
  • CouchDB cache backend: You can now use a CouchDB as a backend for tile caches. Each cache gets stored into a separate database and you can configure the layout of the URLs of each tile. You can also add additional metadata for each tile."

First FOSS4G - North America 2012 Conference in Washington DC April 10-12

For those who don't read our geospatial press releases feed, you might be interested in learning about the first FOSS4G - North America conference to be held in Washington DC in April 10-12, 2012. We mentioned in 2009 the possibility of a North American-specific FOSS4G conference to be organized by the OSGeo, it now has become reality.

From the press release: "In light of the success of last September’s international FOSS4G conference in Denver, Colorado, the newly-formed North America chapter of OSGeo, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data,  seized upon the opportunity to organize a regional follow-up conference focusing on the North American open source geospatial community. “2011’s event showed us that there is great interest in the region to continue the conversation and strengthen the network of individuals and organizations working the open source geospatial field,” said Paul Ramsey,  accomplished geospatial software developer and FOSS4G- NA 2012 conference chair."

Slashdot Discussion: Open Source vs Proprietary GIS Solution?

Ok, I'm almost back behind the helm and I expect it's going to take me at least a week to catch up the geonews, but you'll get them.

During my absence last week, Slashdot ran a discussion named Ask Slashdot: Open Source vs Proprietary GIS Solution?

Their summary: "As the Project Manager for a non-profit looking to implement a tech project, I am running into a few dilemmas, and as a casual Slashdotter I could really use some help. I'll start with a brief explanation of the project. We research issues in Canadian Immigrants, and found that there was a lack of recent, unaggregated information. As we dug further, we found that some data was available, but there was no central repository. Therefore, we are building a web based service to collect this data, with the intent of having it display in Google Maps and then be downloadable as a CSV file that is readable in GIS software such as ESRI Arcsoft, so that data may be visualized."

Like a lot of Slashdot discussions, the value is in the moderated comments.

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