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OSGeo Welcomes New Board and Charter Members

News Date: 
5 Oct 2016

Today the OSGeo family welcomes many new passionate leaders from around the world, having recently elected new charter and board members in the 2016 election.

33 charter members have been added to the OSGeo foundation, bringing the total number of OSGeo charter members to 312. The breakdown by region of charter members shows the great diversity of the OSGeo foundation:

  • Europe & Central Asia (165)
  • North America (75)
  • East Asia & Pacific (37)
  • Latin America & Caribbean (16)
  • South Asia (14)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (4)

The OSGeo foundation is extremely happy to welcome new members to the Board of Directors, Maria Antonia Brovelli and Angelos Tzotsos, as well as returning members Vasile Craciunescu and Michael Smith. Also thank you to the past board members Dirk Frigne and Massimiliano Cannata for their contributions.

The complete OSGeo Board of Directors for 2016/2017 is:

  • Maria Antonia Brovelli (Italy)
  • Vasile Craciunescu (Romania)
  • Jody Garnett (Canada)
  • Anita Graser (Austria)
  • Helena Mitasova (United States)
  • Venkatesh Raghavan (Japan)
  • Sanghee Shin (South Korea)
  • Michael Smith (United States)
  • Angelos Tzotsos (Greece)

The OSGeo family grows stronger today!

SIGSPATIAL 2016 - Call for Participation

News Date: 
3 Oct 2016

Dear colleague,

The early registration and hotel reservation cutoff dates for ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 are fast approaching.
The early registration deadline is September Oct 13, 2016, and the hotel reservation cutoff date is October 9, 2016.
Register and reserve soon to enjoy the discounted registration and hotel rates before they go up:


24th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on
Advances in Geographic Information Systems
Oct 31-Nov 3, 2016 -- San Francisco, USA

Call for Participation


*Early Registration by September 29, 2016 (midnight PT)

The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic
Information Systems 2016 (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016) is the twenty-fourth event in a
series of symposia and workshops that began in 1993 with the aim of bringing
together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners in relation to novel
systems based on geo-spatial data and knowledge, and fostering interdisciplinary
discussions and research in all aspects of geographic information systems. The
conference provides a forum for original research contributions covering all
conceptual, design, and implementation aspects of geospatial data ranging from
applications, user interfaces, and visualization to data storage and query
processing and indexing. The conference is the premier annual event of the ACM
Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (ACM SIGSPATIAL).

List of accepted papers: http://sigspatial2016.sigspatial.org/accepted-papers/

List of affiliated workshops: http://sigspatial2016.sigspatial.org/workshops/

Registration: http://sigspatial2016.sigspatial.org/registration-site/

Venue and Accommodations:

Travel Grants for Graduate and Undergraduate Students:

General Chairs
Mohamed Ali, University of Washington, Tacoma, USA
Shawn Newsam, University of California, Merced, USA

Program Committee Chairs
Siva Ravada, Oracle Corporation, USA
Matthias Renz, George Mason University, USA
Goce Trajcevski, Northwestern University, USA

Follow ACMGIS @
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=4162155
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1450681355222657/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sigspatial_gis

Ahmed M. Aly

gvSIG 2.3 final version is now available

News Date: 
30 Sep 2016

gvSIG 2.3, the new gvSIG final version, is now available to download.

This version has been a qualitative leap, because of all the improvements and novelties, in a functional level, as well as in an architecture one.

Downloads are available from the project website, and there are two distribitions: installable and portable.

Some of the main novelties of this version are the distributions for Mac and for Windows 64 bits, and in reference to the functionalities, the main new features are the PRJ file support for projections, access to Google Maps, Bing Maps or Street View, and LiDAR data support among other.

All the novelties can be consulted here.

For any error in the application, or for any doubt or question, you can send it to the mailing list, and finally, we want to tell you that your help, although it is small, can be very important to continue improving gvSIG. We encourage you to collaborate.

Travel grants for students attending SIGSPATIAL 2016

News Date: 
14 Sep 2016

Student Travel Awards

NSF Travel Grants for US-based Graduate and Undergraduate Students

As part of NSF's commitment to maintain United States' research competitiveness in important areas of Science and Technology, the organizers of ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 are pleased to announce the 2016 NSF Student Travel Grants to encourage more computer science students both at the graduate and undergraduate levels to attend and participate in the ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 Conference. Each travel award will cover up to $1,000 USD towards conference-travel related costs. We especially encourage minority and female computer science PhD students to apply. In addition, special consideration will be given to undergraduate students actively participating in research.

SIGSPATIAL Travel Grants for International Students

The conference organizers are also making SIGSPATIAL funds available to help support the travel expenses of international students. The SIGSPATIAL Travel Grants for International Students will pay $500 USD towards conference related travel costs. Due to limited funds for this program, we will only consider undergraduates and female students for these awards.

Selection Criteria

  • The applicant must be a student enrolled at a US University for the NSF Travel Grants or an International University for the SIGSPATIAL Travel Grants and pursuing a PhD degree or be a research-active M.S. or undergraduate student in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or technical field related to conference topics.
  • Priority will be given to students authors with accepted papers at ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016.
  • The recipients must register and attend the full conference.
  • The funding will be used for student travel-related support only.


  • Shawn Newsam, University of California, Merced (Chair)
  • Mohamed Ali, University of Washington, Tacoma
  • Yan Huang, University of North Texas

Application Process

The application involves two steps.

First, complete the information in the online Google form:

Second, send an email to sigspatial2016grants@gmail.com with a single PDF document containing:

  • your CV or resume (containing your full name and e-mail address, current address and contact phone number, and current GPA in your course-work).
  • a 1-paragraph statement (no more than 250 words) on how you will be participating in the conference and why attending it is important to your research, work, and/or future career.
  • a budget outlining your estimated expenses to attend the conference. The budget can include (1) student early registration for the conference of $250, (2) lowest cost roundtrip airfare (for NSF grants it must be on a US carrier), (3) a (shared) room at the conference site for Sunday through Wednesday nights (up to $400). We cannot cover any meal expenses (the conference will provide breakfast and several dinners). You must provide receipts for all expenses. We will help students find roommates to share rooms. You can be reimbursed for driving instead of flying at a rate of 54 cents per mile if the cost is less than flying (you must provide documentation for reimbursement). Please indicate what other sources of funding, if any, you have to attend the conference.
  • a letter of nomination from the sponsoring faculty member that specifies how much, if anything, your advisor can provide in terms of travel support.

Service Requirement

Please note that we ask all grant recipients to volunteer for four hours at the registration desk sometime during the week. You get to pick your time slots, so you will not be forced to miss anything you want to attend.


Application Submission:Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Decisions/Notifications:Thursday, September 29th, 2016
Acceptance by the recipient:Thursday, October 6th, 2016
(conference registration must be completed)


The winners will be notified by email and their names will be published on the conference webpage.

Ahmed M. Aly

[Election 2016] Board Nominations

News Date: 
9 Sep 2016

Dear all, after a successful FOSS4G and northern hemisphere summer break, it's time to take the OSGeo Foundation Board Elections.

The nominations for the OSGeo Board of Directors started Wednesday 7th. Please take a minute to understand what the board actually does. A director should plan to spend several hours a week on OSGeo business in order to do a good job. The current board members will know best.

To nominate a candidate for the board please first confirm with the person that they would like to stand for election as a Board member. Then send an email to cro@osgeo.org CCing the candidate by 12:00 GMT on Tuesday 20.09.2016 consisting of:

- name and e-mail
- current country of residence
- a paragraph describing why you think this person would make a good
Board member.

Remember that only Charter Members are eligible for a seat on the Board and for voting but that *anybody* can *nominate* a board member.

Last year was asked, after public nomination, to write to the Discuss mailing list some kind of manifesto about their plans for their term. This is not mandatory at all but a good starting point for discussions and to let the community know what are your ideas about the Foundation.

Thank you.

Best regards,
CRO 2016

OSGeo GSoC 2016: Summary and results

News Date: 
2 Sep 2016

Dear all,

One more GSoC has come to an end, with an awesome array of successful student projects:


We would like to warmly thank our mentors for the first-class support to the students, defying timezones and language hurdles, so that each student could comfortably learn and code in their chosen software project. Also, thank you to all our students for their commitment and the excellent results produced. Every year the bar is raised a notch! And last but not least, a huge thank you to Google Open Source Team, who made GSoC a reality for the 12th year in a row!

We wish all mentors a relaxing winter of code, and welcome our students to stay around and enjoy open source community, this time without deadlines :)

Until next GSoC, goodbye!

Anne and Madi
OSGeo GSoC Administrators