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"
I'm on holiday, but I saw this discussion over Slashdot named Great Open Source Map Tools For Web Developers.
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."
"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.
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."
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:
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.
From the announcement: "OpenLayers 2.12 offers great new features and improvements in various areas:
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."
Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.
On the open source front:
In the miscellaneous category:
In the maps category:
A lot of geoblogs mentioned the release of Quantum GiS 1.8.0. QGIS is one of the most mature and widely used open source desktop GIS software, with tons of useful community-contributed plugins. Version 1.8.0 is clearly a major update of this already excellent GIS software.
The list of new features is quite long, here's a few of them:
Head to the release notes (link above) to learn more and see screenshots.
Via the OSGeo Discuss list I learned about OpenPerception.org, an independent non-profit foundation, focused on advancing the development and adoption of open source software for 2D and 3D processing of sensory data. Currently the main output of the foundation is the open source Point Cloud Library.
On the Point Cloud Library: "The Point Cloud Library (PCL) is a standalone, large scale, open project for 3D point cloud processing. The PCL framework contains numerous state-of-the art algorithms including filtering, feature estimation, surface reconstruction, registration, model fitting and segmentation, as well as higher level tools for performing mapping and object recognition."
On Open Perception itself: "We are an independent organization created with the purpose of supporting the development, distribution, and adoption of open source software for 2D/3D processing of sensory data, with applications in research, education, and product development."