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[OSGeo-Live] Moving to Transifex - step 2 - Battle testing

News Date: 
24 Oct 2017

Dear OSGeo members and contributors,

We are excited to announce that after many months work, we have set up the Transifex platform to run OSGeo-Live translations, and we want help battle testing it in several languages.

Transifex will hugely simplify and improve the sustainability of our translation experience (over our previous manual spreadsheet / git / .rst process).

  • It offers machine translation.
  • It provides a review process.
  • It shows us what is changed in the English doc version.
  • It shows translation progress

What is involved

We describe what to do in our first draft of the translator guide [2]. For testing the infrastructure, translated files are needed. You can translate based on the priority mark, or on the amount of lines to be translated, or complete a translation that someone else started, or start with your own project. Note that we already marked files that don't need translation.

Please tell us if the guide makes sense. (The guide is probably more for a reviewer than for a translator.) If the images below don't show in your mail, they are included in our translator guide

They are mark with a red >> on the left.

After that testing phase, we will work on translating included projects, where people from the projects can help us.

Those files generally start by overview-- or quickstart-- and are mark with an orange >

The files marked with a green dash don't need to be translated (and would be retired at some point).

Best way to start is to filter for v11 files and descending priority:

As you can see on the dashboard, we already have 8 languages registered waiting for translators:

  • finnish
  • french
  • german
  • greek
  • japanese
  • polish
  • spanish
  • Mexican spanish

If you can help us translating those languages, or help us with another, please create an account on transifex and join us.

Pro. tip: you can copy/paste translations from current documentation or from github and check whether it still fits in with the string to translate.

If you have any question, please join us through the Transifex platform, on IRC or on the OSGeo-Live mailing list.

Best regards,

Vicky Vergara and Nicolas Roelandt
OSGeo-Live team

OSGeo Board Election 2017

News Date: 
19 Oct 2017

It's time to vote for our new members of the board of directors. Like in the previous years, an electronic voting system was setup. Emails with personal voting link has been sent to all our charter members. If you did not receive your voting please contact Chief Returning Officer(s) at cro@osgeo.org. Before doing that please also check your "Spam" folder for the e-mail with the personal voting link. Sending hundreds of messages at once is not easy and it can be interpreted as spam by some of the filtering systems. Also, sometimes the e-mail addresses change but the charter member contact database is not up to date.

We have 9 nominations. According to the 2017 https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Election_2017 election calendar], the voting will take place over a period of one week between 2017-10-18 - 2017-10-24. Details of the candidates contesting the elections are available here.

OSGeo and the International Geographical Union (IGU) sign MoU

News Date: 
2 Oct 2017

Tsu, Japan, 30 September, 2017: The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International Geographical Union (IGU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a collaborative relationship between the global community of Geography professionals and the Open Source Geospatial community. The goal of this agreement is to promote the distribution and use of open geo-data in research, teaching and applications, promote the development of related GIS and Remote Sensing Open Source software, to work closely with the GeoForAll initiative in promoting open principles in education and science, and to organize joint international workshops on global geo-information sharing through the use of open geo-data and Open Source Geospatial software.

Professor Yukio Himiyama, President of the IGU, said "The IGU Executive Committee believes that this MoU offers potential of to IGU and OSGeo to make great contribution to society, and is excited to assist bridging the world geographic community with the Open Source geospatial community, and to support this bottom-up initiative.Some IGU Commissions may plan to organize joint international meetings on global geo-information sharing, while still others may wish to promote the distribution and use of open geo-data sets, So, let’s work together!"

Venkatesh Raghavan, President of OSGeo, said "Partnership with IGU will help further the goals and objectives of the OSGeo Foundation and foster R&D of high societal value. This MoU will bring OSGeo and IGU communities closer and complement each others strengths and extend their global reach. This is exciting news for the OSGeo community and its GeoForAll educational outreach. Look forward for fruitful collaborations between IGU and OSGeo"

About IGU

The International Geographical Union (IGU) is an international, non-governmental, professional organization devoted to the development of the discipline of Geography.The purposes of the IGU are primarily to promote Geography through initiating and coordinating geographical research and teaching in all countries of the world.

About OSGeo

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data. GeoForAll is a collaborative education and research outreach initiative of OSGeo for making geospatial education and opportunities accessible to all.

[1] http://www.geoforall.org/

OSGeo signs MoU with U.S. Department of Interior

News Date: 
29 Sep 2017

Osaka, Japan, 29 September 2017: The Open Source Geospatial Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Department of Interior (DOI). The agreement enables both organizations to coordinate on the effective use of open source geospatial software and to facilitate collaboration with the open source geospatial community.

Prof Venkatesh Raghavan, President of OSGeo, said "OSGeo has traditional roots in projects such as GRASS and MapServer that were initiated with the support of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies. The MoU with U.S. Department of the Interior opens up exciting possibilities for collaboration in furthering the development and adoption of Open Source Geospatial Software, Open Data and Open Standards to enhance access to public data."

About United States Department of Interior

The U.S. Department of the Interior is responsible for the United States natural and cultural resources, employing expert scientists and resource management professionals. The U.S. Department of the Interior protects the nation's natural resources and heritage, honors national cultures and tribal communities, and supplies energy.

About the OSGeo Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is not-for-profit organization to foster global adoption of open source geospatial technology. OSGeo serves as an outreach and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal support for the open source geospatial community.

OSGeo supports open source geospatial using grassroots local chapters, and partnerships with like-minded organizations. Visit www.osgeo.org for more information.

GeoMoose 3.0.1 Released

News Date: 
25 Sep 2017

Hey Folks!

With 3.0 in the wild for a little more than a month we've made some fixes and some updates that didn't make the cut in the first release. Thanks to everyone for the contributions and feedback.

Release notes are here:

Downloads available on the good ole GeoMoose.org website:

Some bigger highlights:

1. The upload dialog sees some major improvement. It's now substantially more fault tolerant, reports how many features were added, and if there was a failure.
2. The workshop from FOSS4G is now in the documentation: http://geomoose.github.io/gm3/workshop/
3. A quickstart for getting GeoMoose up and running in EC2: http://geomoose.github.io/gm3/quickstart-ec2.html

For those looking to do an upgrade: You should be able to download the examples and update the local copy of the "geomoose" folder.

Cheers everyone from the GeoMoose Team.

13th International gvSIG Conference: Program with presentations and workshops available

News Date: 
17 Sep 2017

The program with presentations and workshops of the 13th International gvSIG Conference is now available. The conference has been moved earlier this year, and it will be held from October 18th to 20th at School of Engineering in Geodesy, Cartography and Surveying (Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain). Friday will be dedicated to a gvSIG developers meeting.

Workshops will have independent registration, with limited capacity and having the possibility to get a certificate. Registration for workshops, that are free of charge, will be available at the website soon. Workshops available are:

- Workshop 1: Introducción a gvSIG
- Workshop 2: Geoestadística con gvSIG
- Workshop 3: gvSIG aplicado a criminología
- Workshop 4: Introducción al desarrollo en gvSIG con Scripting
- Workshop 5: Hydro-geomorphological Modelling in gvSIG with the JGrasstools plugins (in English)
- Workshop 6: gvSIG Online y gvSIG Mobile
- Workshop 7: Desarrollo avanzado en gvSIG con scripting

This year there won't be simultaneous interpretation (Spanish-English and English-Spanish), so presentations and workshops will be given in their original language.

In the next days, all the information about workshops will be published at the gvSIG blog, with the cartography, and what you have to install in case you have to take your own computer to the workshop.

In addition, registrations of the conference are free of cost too (limited capacity) and must be done through the application form on the Conference web page. We recommend you to register as soon as possible because of the limited capacity.

We expect your participation!