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


Esri Maps for Microsoft Office Launched

It's the 2012 Esri International User Conference, expect more Esri news in the coming days, meanwhile, Mandown made me aware of the launch of Esri Maps for Office.

Here's the official list of features, and the summary from the Mandown blog: "With Esri Maps for Office, business professionals can quickly create interactive maps from their data in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. These live maps, which can be based on any geographic component, such as customer locations or sales by ZIP Code, can be simply added to Microsoft PowerPoint presentations or shared through Esri’s cloud mapping platform, ArcGIS Online. Maps shared through ArcGIS Online can then be distributed throughout an organization or embedded into mobile or web applications."

Of course this isn't the first solution to build maps directly from MS Excel, but the first deep integration with MS Office from Esri.

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"

Great Open Source Map Tools for Web Developers

I'm on holiday, but I saw this discussion over Slashdot named Great Open Source Map Tools For Web Developers.

Their summary: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner surveys the rich ecosystem of free maps, free data, and free libraries that give developers excellent alternatives to Google Maps. 'The options are expanding quickly as companies are building their own databases for holding geographical data, their own rendering tools for building maps, and their own software for embedding the maps in websites. ... Working with these tools can be a bit more complex than working with a big provider like Google. Some of these companies make JavaScript tools for displaying the maps, and others just deliver the raw tiles that the browsers use to assemble the maps. Working with the code means making decisions about how you want to assemble the pieces — now within your control. You can stick with one simple library or combine someone else's library with tiles you produce yourself.'"

Like APB pointed out, the linked article got a few things wrong, like "OSGeo is a collection of open source packages for creating maps and displaying them in browsers."

ESA Summer of Code

"The European Space Agency is looking for student coders to join the Summer of Code in Space. ESA will pay 4000 Euros to each student for contributing to a space related open source project for the summer. Accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios. Mentor organizations have been selected. Students now have until July 27 to submit their applications. Check out the ideas pages of each project such as for the NEST SAR Toolbox"

A similar post was posted to Slashdot followed by clueless and immature comments. Hopefully this will reach the right audience here on Slashgeo.

Madrona: A Software Framework for Effective Place-based Decision Making

While we mentioned it in a PR, it's via Perrygeo that I learned more about the open source Madrona software framework for effective place-based decision making.

What it is? "Madrona offers a flexible set of software building blocks and design patterns that allow you to create cutting-edge tools for decision support and spatial planning at any scale, along with step-by-step tutorials, an open community to assist you along the way, and a full range of support services to help ensure a successful outcome."

Its building blocks: "Madrona is built on libraries such as Django, PostGIS, JQuery, OpenLayers and Google Earth, which provide all of the essential building blocks for developing modern spatial web applications. [...] Madrona builds on these core building blocks to create new ones that are designed specifically for planning and decision support. Mix and match them to meet your specific needs."

FOSS4G 2012 in Beijing is Cancelled

Catching up geonews, I learned the sad news that earlier this week the FOSS4G 2012 conference in Beijing has been canceled. To learn more, see this reply from Jeff McKenna, former member of the OSGeo Board of Directors.

From the announcement: "With great regret, the FOSS4G Beijing Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has made the difficult decision of cancelling the event due to a lack of financial resources and the unexpected withdrawal of the Professional Conference Organizer. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. For those interested in FOSS4G events, the LOC suggests consider:

  • FOSS4G 2013, to be held in Nottingham, United Kingdom, 2013
  • The Asian Geospatial Forum, September 2012, Hanoi, Vietnam, which will have an OSGeo session:"

Slashgeo participated to several FOSS4G conferences in the past, including FOSS4G-NA 2012 (North America) a few months ago. There are plenty of other regional geospatial open source events to take place before we head to FOSS4G 2013 in Nottingham, United Kingdom, September 17-21, 2013.

OpenLayers 2.12 Released

Just announced, the popular open source library OpenLayers version 2.12 has been released.

From the announcement: "OpenLayers 2.12 offers great new features and improvements in various areas:

  • A new CSS-customizable zoom control
  • Sensible projection defaults to ease the creation and configuration of maps
  • Tile caching for offline use
  • CSS-based tile animation
  • UTFGrid support
  • Improved image request management (tile queue)
  • Fractional zooming for tiled layers (a.k.a. client zoom)"

Maptitude 2012 Product Overview

Directions Mag offers a product overview of Maptitude 2012 by Caliper Corp., a product we never mentioned before.

From the article: "The U.S. version of Maptitude 2012 includes the October 2011 geographic data release from NAVTEQ. [...] The census geographic boundary files with Maptitude 2012 encompass variables from the 2010 Census and the 2009 American Community Survey to map demographic information from the state level down to the census tracts. [...]

Maptitude 2012 is designed to provide a user with the ability to quickly generate presentation quality maps at a very affordable price and includes a vast database with the product. As an experienced GIS software user, I was able to get up and running with the software very quickly and found the user interface to be very user-friendly and intuitive. Caliper’s website provides free video tutorials for prospective and existing customers to view and learn about the capabilities of the software. I like that Maptitude 2012 provides the ability to create maps with the Quick Start and Map Librarian menu. The layers are added and symbolized automatically, which saves plenty of time for a user to create presentation quality maps quickly. I was also impressed with the model estimation tool."


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