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!
Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.
From the open source front:
From the Esri front:
From the Google front:
In the miscellaneous category:
In the maps category:
From the announcement: "Rejoice, everyone — after 4.5 months of development with 26 contributors involved since the previous major release, I’m happy to announce the release of Leaflet 0.5 stable, hooray!
0.5 highlights include IE10 touch devices and Metro apps support, retina-enabled markers, a much better panning inertia implementation, hand cursors for dragging and a new zoom control design. But the real power of this release comes with about a hundred of subtle improvements and bugfixes, improving usability, performance and overall “feel” of browsing the map even further."
The details of FOSS4G North America 2013 have been announced. Everything is there, from registration, the call for presentations, the gala and the code sprint.
Amongst the keynotes they propose: "Eric Gundersen, CEO, MapBox. With big names converting from Google Maps to MapBox (USA Today, Foursquare, etc.), Eric will be discussing the business proposition/value of open source geo.
Erek Dyskant, Sr. Analytics Engineer, Democratic National Committee. Whether you were happy or sad with the outcome of the recent election, they must have done something right! Erek will talk about how open source solutions were used to empower tacticians with geospatial data, and describe what drove the intentional choice of using open source."
Last year, Slashgeo had the chance to be a media partner of the first FOSS4G-NA 2012.
The relation between geography and geospatial with traveling appears obvious to me. I've been using Wikitravel.org for years (it exits since 2003), and now the Wikimedia Foundation announced a competing wiki to be part of the Wikimedia offers such as the famous Wikipedia, named Wikivoyage.org.
The Slashdot summary: "The Wikimedia Foundation has marked its 12th anniversary by launching a Creative-Commons-licensed travel guide called Wikivoyage. Like other Wikimedia projects, Wikivoyage contains material written collaboratively by volunteers. The site has launched under the aegis of Wikimedia with around 50,000 articles and approximately 200 volunteer editors. Wikivoyage started in 2006 as a travel guide in German and Italian, backed by the German non-profit Wikivoyage Association. The transition to a Wikimedia project was initiated by contributors and the Association, and content is currently offered in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. The purpose of the Wikivoyage is to promote education and knowledge of all countries and regions in the world, as well as understanding among nations. There's a huge global demand for travel information, but very few sources are both comprehensive and non-commercial. That's about to change."
For the curious ones, here's the other projects under the WIkimedia Foundation, which includes Wiktionary but also a project that I wasn't aware of before, Wikidata.org, which is still in its infancy but could be eventually leveraged by a part of the geospatial data community?
Via OpenWeatherMap I learned about the OpenMeteoData.org, that has the aim to make meteorological data available for everyone.
From the website: "
What is OpenMeteoData?
Who can use the data?
When will it be available?
This is an abnormally long version of our 'batch geonews' edition, covering the news since the holiday break.
On the open source & open data front:
On the Esri front:
In the miscellaneous category:
A bunch of minor geo-related stories discussed over Slashdot:
In the maps category:
Every frequent Slashgeo reader knows about OpenStreetMap, and now, the project reached another important milestone: 1 million OpenStreetMappers.
From the blog entry: "OpenStreetMap has just passed 1 million users! That's a million people who have signed up on openstreetmap.org to join in with creating a free map of the world. At first glance you may think that OpenStreetMap is a map. Those who know more will tell you that it's actually a database; a flexible editable repository of free geospatial data. But above all OpenStreetMap is a community. A massive community in which people like you and me come together collaborate and help build this thing... and now there's a million of us!"
To ease contributions even more, they also introduced the alpha version of the new OpenStreetMap editor, codenamed iD (screenshot below). And for its beauty, see the short animation on OpenStreetMap: A Year of Edits 2012.