Some time already since we heard of this open source geospatial ETL tool, GeoKettle 2.5 has been released. Unless I'm mistaken, the other open source geospatial ETL tool formerly named 'Spatial Data Integrator', now known as 'Talend Spatial Module', is at version 5.2.1.
From the announcement: "GeoKettle 2.5’s new features include:
You didn't misread, that's the name of an official Esri blog entry, Going Open-Source with Esri.
From the entry: "We’ve also been a big supporter of the open-source community, providing code and sponsorships for efforts relevant to the users of our system. Popular tools such as GDAL/OGR, PostgreSQL, Dojo, MongoDB, and others have all been actively supported by Esri. We are embarking on a new set of initiatives to subtly change from contributing to the various open communities to being more active members of these communities. [...]
The Getty Conservation Institute and the World Monuments Fund are working together to create a new open source software purpose built to help inventory and manage heritage places.
Called Arches, the software incorporates a broad range of international standards and meets a critical need in terms of gathering, making accessible and preserving key information about cultural heritage.
The project is open sourcing an early version of the alpha software code, and those interested can download it, try it out, and we would welcome their feedback. The Arches project website just recently went live at www.archesproject.org.
This is the initial first phase – the software won’t be widely available until later this summer after feedback from people in the field.
Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.
On the open source front:
On the Esri front:
On the Google front:
In the miscellaneous category:
In the maps category:
A new product on the map, GeoSolutions announced the 1.0.0 version of the open source MapStore software, a "simple and intuitive way to create, save and share maps."
With MapStore you can mashup contents from Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, MapQuest, Bing or specific WMS services provided by you or third party content providers. MapStore uses internally GeoStore, (the GeoSolutions Open Source engine for resource storing and retrieving) for managing users as well as maps definitions. Moreover MapStore uses Http-proxy to communicate with remote servers, such as the third party WMS services used in your maps.
Submission for papers in the Academic Track of FOSS4G 2013 is now open at http://2013.foss4g.org/ojs/
The FOSS4G 2013 Academic Track is bringing together researchers, developers, users and practitioners carrying out research and development in the geospatial and the free and open source fields.
With the Academic Track motto “Science for Open Source, Open Source for Science”, we aim to attract academic papers describing:
Based on these categories, to promote a strong connection between the Academic Track and the other elements of FOSS4G 2013, we hope for contributions within the following themes:
We invite academics and researchers to submit full papers in English, of maximum 6,000 words, before the deadline of 1 February 2013. Templates for submissions in a variety of formats can be found here, and detailed requirements, regarding layout, formatting and the submission process, can be found on the FOSS4G 2103 Academic Track submission pages at http://2013.foss4g.org/ojs/
Your contributions will be reviewed (double-blind) by a diverse reviewing committee of experts in the field, who will be asked to assess the papers on originality and academic rigour, as well as interest for the wider FOSS4G community. We expect to select 20-25 papers for presentation and publication. From this selection, a maximum of 8-10 papers will be given the opportunity for inclusion in a special issue of the renowned international journal Transactions in GIS . The remaining papers will be published in the online OSGEO Journal .
We would like to specifically invite “early stage researchers” (PhD students, PostDocs) to use this opportunity to aim for a high-ranking publication.
Authors of all selected papers will be expected to present their work in detail in a separate Academic Track (with 20-30 minute slots), and will also be given the opportunity to pitch the central theme of their paper in short ‘lightning’ talks to the larger community, to generate attention and cross-pollenate with industry, developers and users.
NOW: Submission open at http://2013.foss4g.org/ojs/
1 February 2013: Deadline for submission of full papers
1 April 2013: Reviewing decisions
1 May 2013: Paper revision deadline
15 September 2013: publication of selected papers
8-10 papers in Early View (on-line) Transactions in GIS
others in on-line OSGEO Journal
17-21 September 2013: FOSS4G Conference
early 2014: printed issue Transactions in GIS
For questions, comments and remarks, do not hesitate to contact the Academic Track co-chairs:
Franz-Josef Behr (Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences): franz-josef.behr [at] hft-stuttgart.de
Barend Köbben (ITC-University of Twente): b.j.kobben [at] utwente.nl
: Transactions in GIS. Published by Wiley; included in ISI, with an impact factor of 0.54; edited by John P. Wilson, David O’Sullivan and Alexander Zipf. Print ISSN: 1361-1682 Online ISSN: 1467-9671. http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-TGIS.html
: OSGEO Journal, the official Journal of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation; http://journal.osgeo.org/index.php/journal
I'd like to introduce a new location-based game: Kort.
This web app motivates users to help improving OpenStreetMap (OSM) data. Game-like elements are used like credit points and badges in a mission to resolve missing spatial data. Kort combines the concept of gamification with volunteered geographic information and is targeted to non-specialists. Within three weeks more than 1,000 users registered and it has been translated into 11 languages!
After having signed in with OSM or Google account, credit points (so called 'Koins') are collected by the players on a mission task. Examples are POIs without a name, where users have to enter the missing label. All proposals for solutions are then validated by other players. If a proposal has passed validations (around 3 depending on error type), it is considered complete.
Data errors are downloaded every night from a project called KeepRight. The data covers many parts of the world except for parts of North America and others. The final task of integrating the passed proposals into OpenStreetMap has not been realized yet. It can be done manually, though. This an other enhancements like moderating campaigns are planned in the near future.
The project has been implemented by two computer science students during their bachelor thesis at the Geometa Lab of the University of Applied Sciences, Rapperswil (Switzerland). It's based on HTML5, free (open source) and it runs on iPhone and Android, and in Chrome.
For more information visit http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/KortGame
I am glad to announce that Slashgeo.org is a proud media partner of FOSS4G 2013, to be held in Nottingham, UK, on September 17-21, one of the dominant geospatial conferences.
Here's what it is: "FOSS4G is the global conference for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial, organized by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). In 2013, FOSS4G will be held in in the United Kingdom for the first time, at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham, from 17th to 21st September. FOSS4G 2013 will follow on from the Association for Geospatial Information (AGI) annual GeoCommunity Event at the same venue, and delegates will have an opportunity to attend both events for a full week of Geo-Goodness!
Expect a vibrant mix of workshops, papers, seminars, birds-of-a-feather meetings, and great social events, in a fantastic location. Key dates and travel information will be published shortly, from early September 2012, so check back for updates, follow us on twitter, or sign up to our mailing list for more information."
We'll try to have one or two Slashgeo Editors on the site at FOSS4G 2013. Slashgeo had the chance to be active and cover 4 recent OSGeo FOSS4G events.
The GeoTools community is pleased to announce the availability of GeoTools 8.6 for download from source forge:
About GeoTools 8.6
This is a bug fix release containing fixes and improvements, including:
Full details are available in Jira's release notes.
Upgrading from GeoTools 2.7
For those migrating from GeoTools 2.7, upgrade instructions are available. No additional GeoTools 2.7 released are scheduled. Thanks for using GeoTools, and Enjoy!
The GeoTools Community
The GeoServer team is happy to announce the release of GeoServer 2.2.4, now available for download.
This is the latest release of the stable 2.2 series. The changes that might interest the most users are:
The changelog also contains the following minor bug fixes
Also, looking at the corresponding GeoTools release changelog we have the following extra goodies in:
Thanks again for using GeoServer!