Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.
From the open source / data front:
From the Esri front:
From the Microsoft front:
From the Google front:
Interesting Directions Mag articles:
In the miscellaneous category:
In the maps category:
I had to investigate OGC's WCS standard and in the process I learned about Rasdaman, a geospatial radar data manager software which is apparently the only software that currently support WCS 2.0 both as a server and client. Rasdaman exists both in a commercial 'rasdaman enterprise' version and as open source with the 'rasdaman community' version. We never really mentioned rasdaman before.
The rasdaman community introduction: "Rasdaman extends standard relational database systems with the ability to store and retrieve multi-dimensional raster data ( arrays) of unlimited size through an SQL-style query language. On such sensor, image, or statistics data appearing, e.g., in earth, space, and life science applications rasdaman allows to quickly set up array-intensive services which are distinguished by their flexibility, speed, and scalability.
Rasdaman is brought to you by the guys writing the geo raster standards, including OGC WCS and WCPS, the OGC raster query language. The petascope component of rasdaman provides service interfaces based on the OGC WCS, WCPS, WCS-T, and WPS. For several of these, rasdaman will be reference implementation. Since April 2011, rasdaman is available on the OSGeo Live DVD. Rasdaman embeds itself smoothly into PostgreSQL; further, a GDAL rasdaman driver is available, and likewise a MapServer integration (beta). A PostGIS query language integration is under work, see our planning. EarthLook is a demonstration site showcasing rasdaman in a variety of 1-D to 4-D geo use cases."
The pycsw team announces the release of pycsw 1.4.0.
The 1.4.0 release brings numerous features, enhancements and fixes to the codebase, including:
* WSGI server support
* harvesting support for WFS, WCS, WPS, and other CSW endpoints
* support for Open Data Catalog integration
* enhanced support for GeoNode 2.0 (GeoNode development branch)
* support for distutils setup/install, which enables pycsw to be installed as a library
* support for PyPi
* support for displaying counts for GetDomain requests based on queryable properties
* support for requestId request parameter
* fix GetRecords sortby parameter support for HTTP GET
* support for W3C XLink 1.1 migration
* support for Debian and Ubuntu packaging
* support for sorting GetRecords requests by geometry area
* support for PostGIS enabled PostgreSQL
This release also marks our migration to GitHub for source code management, issue tracking and wiki.
The full list of enhancements and bug fixes is available at https://github.com/geopython/pycsw/issues?milestone=2&page=1&state=closed
pycsw is an OGC CSW server implementation written in Python. pycsw implements clause 10 (HTTP protocol binding (Catalogue Services for
the Web, CSW)) of the OpenGIS Catalogue Service Implementation Specification, version 2.0.2.
pycsw allows for the publishing and discovery of geospatial metadata. Existing repositories of geospatial metadata can be exposed via OGC:CSW
2.0.2. 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.
This is my tentative to catch up the geonews since my mid-August holidays. Here they are!
On the open source / open data front:
On the Esri front:
On the Google front:
On the Microsoft front:
In the everything else category:
In the maps category:
A colleague informed me of the new Open Access 'Geoscience Data Journal', specifically for describing geospatial datasets.
From their aims and scope: "Geoscience Data Journal provides an Open Access platform where scientific data can be formally published, in a way that includes scientific peer-review. Thus the dataset creator attains full credit for their efforts, while also improving the scientific record, providing version control for the community and allowing major datasets to be fully described, cited and discovered. An online-only journal, GDJ publishes short data papers cross-linked to – and citing – datasets that have been deposited in approved data centres and awarded DOIs."
Their content description: "A data article describes a dataset, giving details of its collection, processing, file formats etc., but does not go into detail of any scientific analysis of the dataset or draw conclusions from that data. The data paper should allow the reader to understand the when, why and how the data was collected, and what the data is."
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."
Still catching up my August holidays, here's the recent geospatial open source and open data geonews.
In general news:
In software news:
The GeoServer team is happy to announce the release of GeoServer 2.2-RC3.The release is available for download from:
This release comes with assorted bug fixes and small improvements, and aims to be the latest RC before the final release. Notable changes:
The entire change logfor the 2.2-RC3 release is available in the issue tracker:
A very special thanks to all those who contributed bug fixes and improvementsto this release.
–The GeoServer Team
OGRS2012 :: 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)
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The Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposium (OGRS) program committee is glad to announce the publication of a tentative program. Also, the registration is now open. Register until end of September to take benefit of the early bird registration period.
Go to www.ogrs2012.org to discover the program and to do your registration.
OGRS is a meeting dedicated to exchanging ideas on development and use of open source geospatial software in both research and education. Several opportunities exist for presenting results, principles, methods and practices: keynote talks, regular presentations, posters with short presentations session, workshops and discussion groups.
Outcomes will validate the importance of the open source model and demonstrate how it can be used successfully for geospatial research and education.
There will be opportunities to mingle at evening events such as ice breakers and the social event at the Grand Hôtel des Bains.
We would appreciate if you could kindly distribute this announcement to other interested parties of your acquaintance.
Looking forward to your participation in this event.
OGRS program committee.
OGRS2012 Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposium
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: "
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placement-type="list". See the docs at the bottom of this page.