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Orfeo ToolBox Graduates Incubation

News Date: 
26 Jul 2017

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is pleased to announce that Orfeo ToolBox (OTB) has graduated from incubation and is now a full fledged OSGeo project.

Orfeo ToolBox (OTB) is an open-source project for state-of-the-art remote sensing. Built as part of the open-source geospatial community, Orfeo ToolBox can process high resolution optical, multispectral and radar images at the terabyte scale. A wide variety of applications are available: from ortho-rectification or pansharpening, all the way to classification, SAR processing, and much more! All of OTB’s algorithms are accessible as QGIS plugins or the Monteverdi visualization tool - or for developers Python, command line or C++.

Graduating incubation includes fulfilling requirements for transparent community operation, responsible project leadership, code provenance, and general good project operation. Graduation allows OSGeo to recommend Orfeo ToolBox as example sustainable open source software, giving users and our community confidence in the project and the project team.

With the Orfeo ToolBox graduation Manuel Grizonnet joins the foundation formally as a project officer (VP, Orfeo ToolBox.) OSGeo would also like to thank project mentor Landon Blake along with Brian Hamlin and Jody Garnett for assistance during the incubation process.

Congratulations to the Orfeo ToolBox community!

Help fund the OSGeo Travel Grant Programme

News Date: 
21 Jul 2017

The OSGeo Travel Grant Programme increases access to FOSS4G conferences.

Demand for travel grants is fast outpacing funds and we've got many great applicants. Will you help us bring more people to Boston? Please donate to the cause.

If you would like to support increasing access to FOSS4G, you can donate to the Travel Grant Programme here. We greatly appreciate your support.

More information on the Travel Grant Programme is available on the wiki.

Thanks, The 2017 Travel Grant Programme workgroup


Azavea 2017 Sponsorship

News Date: 
10 Jul 2017

Philadelphia - July 10, 2017 – The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is pleased to welcome Azavea as a new Silver sponsor. Azavea staff are active in the our community helping organize events such as FOSS4G-NA and OSGeo code sprints.

Azavea is being recognized for 2017 contributions to:

In addition to their financial support of OSGeo, Azavea both contributes to OSGeo projects and leads other open source projects, including: GeoTrellis, Raster Foundry, DistrictBuilder, and OpenTreeMap. They also advocate for open data policies and standards in their native Philadelphia and beyond.

About Azavea

Since 2001 Azavea has been stretching the possibilities of geospatial technology to enable clients to answer complex questions in urban ecosystems, water, infrastructure planning, economic development, public transit, elections, public safety, climate change, and cultural resources management, and more!

Azavea is a certified B corporation whose mission is to apply geospatial technology for civic, social, and environmental impact. Being a certified B corporation gives us the freedom to make choices in what we work on, how we treat one another and the values we apply each day. This allows us to focus on learning and research, giving back to non-profit organizations and supporting open source and open data communities such as OSGeo.

About Open Source Geospatial Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is not-for-profit organization to empower everyone with open source geospatial. The software foundation directly supports projects serving as an outreach and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal support for the open source geospatial community. OSGeo works with our sponsors and partners to foster an open approach to software, standards, data and education.

OSGeo sponsorship is available on an annual basis drawing on your support of foundation projects, events, local chapters and operations. Visit osgeo.org/sponsorship for more information.

Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software - Call for Nominations

News Date: 
1 Jul 2017

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation would like to open nominations for the 2017 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software.

The Sol Katz Award for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial(FOSS4G) will be given to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the FOSS4G community. Recipients of the award will have contributed significantly through their activities to advance open source ideals in the geospatial realm.

Sol Katz was an early pioneer of FOSS4G and left behind a large body of work in the form of applications, format specifications, and utilities while at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. This early FOSS4G archive provided both source code and applications freely available to the community. Sol was also a frequent contributor to many geospatial list servers, providing much guidance to the geospatial community at large.

Sol, unfortunately, passed away in 1999 from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but his legacy lives on in the open source world. Those interested in making a donation to the American Cancer Society, as per Sol's family's request, can do so at https://donate.cancer.org/index.

Nominations for the Sol Katz Award should be sent to SolKatzAward@osgeo.org with a description of the reasons for this nomination. Nominations will be accepted until end-of-day July 28th Anywhere on Earth (https://www.timeanddate.com/time/zones/aoe). A recipient will be decided from the nomination list by the OSGeo selection committee.

The winner of the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software will be announced at the FOSS4G 2017 event in August, in Boston, U.S. The hope is that the award will both acknowledge the work of community members, and pay tribute to one of its founders, for years to come.

It should be noted that past awardees and selection committee members are not eligible.

Past Awardees:

2016: Jeff McKenna
2015: Maria Brovelli
2014: Gary Sherman
2013: Arnulf Christl
2012: Venkatesh Raghavan
2011: Martin Davis
2010: Helena Mitasova
2009: Daniel Morissette
2008: Paul Ramsey
2007: Steve Lime
2006: Markus Neteler
2005: Frank Warmerdam

Selection Committee 2017:

Jeff McKenna (chair)
Frank Warmerdam
Markus Neteler
Steve Lime
Paul Ramsey
Sophia Parafina
Daniel Morissette
Helena Mitasova
Martin Davis
Venkatesh Raghavan
Arnulf Christl
Gary Sherman
Maria Brovelli

Website and Branding June Update

News Date: 
30 Jun 2017

The marketing committee here with an update on the website/rebranding reboot initiative.

OSGeo has been the home of the open source geospatial community for over ten years. Over this time we have grown and matured as the industry and ecosystem has evolved. In 2016 the OSGeo board held a face-to-face meeting highlighted the website tool to improve communication. In 2017 the marketing committee was given an exciting initiative to rebrand and redesign OSGeo and our affiliated properties.

The website/rebranding project is slated to produce 3 sets of output:

  1. An updated set of branding for our organization and its sub-brands which will be delivered as a standard online organizational brand style guide;
  2. A new website theme and focus heavily oriented toward onboarding new users (providing guidance toward an appropriate set of software for their needs);
  3. A set of digital templates and collateral for print marketing materials.

For details check the Expression of Interest document and OSGeo project page. You can track our weekly meetings online.

Sponsors: This initiative is funded by OSGeo with the help of sponsorship - thanks to our key sponsors GeoCat and Boundless for helping make this possible.


The focus for may has been focused squarely on the website design, as the visual look-and-feel transitions from wireframe diagrams into solid visuals.

Jeffrey Johnson (OSGeo) and Pim Tebbens (Get Interactive) have been steadily refining how things work. With a couple key changes being made over the course of the month. Initial visuals took the “compass shapes” as visual interest triangles. The result looked fun, but drove Jeffrey crazy whenever the compass points did not line up with the cardinal directions (there is a reason they are called compass directions!)

We are really pleased with how the pages for each project look. There is a lot to like from the use of a laptop to frame screenshots, to the clear presentation service providers who are core contributors to a project.

What to Expect: Next month the beta website starts taking shape, expect calls for content.

OSGeo Board: Thanks for starting the process by gathering information on friends and partners. If we can reach out to friends such as OpenStreetMaps to check content it would be appreciated. Our list of partners may need review (the relationship with the OGC is set to expire in 2017.)

Project Steering Committee Members: We will be reaching out to you in July and August for content. You can reach us in person at code-sprints at foss4g-europe and foss4g boston. Long term there are some good ideas about recording this information once using about.yaml and reusing for the website, handouts and OSGeo Live. We would also like ask you about identifying “core contributor” service providers in your community.

System Administration Committee: On the infrastructure side Get Interactive has started setting up a server for the beta website, but we have failed to coordinate with Harrison during June. We will need to make alternate plans in July and August.

Branding and Collateral

Last month the OSGeo logo and branding elements were finalized, in June we have started applying these assets to marketing collateral, working with the OSGeo Board, Marketing Committee and GeoForAll on content.

The production of an A3 brochure has taken the most time, trying to keep a focus on GIS professionals as we explain what OSGeo has to offer in terms of software, opportunities and support. The brochure can be filled with information sheets, specific to projects or initiatives a visitor is interested in.

I was able to supply the first draft of content, relying on Marc and Cameron for their iron-fist “what are you trying to say” review style. Working with my colleague Torben we set on a great way visually show the difference is between “just open source” and what we expect from graduated OSGeo projects.

The other group that worked incredibly hard was the GeoForAll team. Nickos Lambrinos really turned the corner on content creation supplying a clear list of what GeoForAll offers. Thanks also to Daria Svidzinska pulled together a map GeoForAll lab locations. A information sheet for OSGeo and one for GeoForAll have been produced for early-adopter printing deadline as shown below.

This material is being staged now into an A3 Brochure for July events.

Local Chapters:It will take some work to update logos to fit in with the new branding. Please have a look at branding in July, we depend on your feedback, challenges and questions to refine the branding guidelines.

Committee Chairs:f you would like an information-sheet available at events please reach out to the marketing committee with desired content. We would be pleased to help.

GeoForAll:Please review the draft information-sheet above and work with Nickos, Helena and Daria refine our story.

Presenters:A draft powerpoint template is available if you would like to make use of it. The instructor notes has instructions for using your own imagery. If anyone handy with LibreOffice we could use a hand doing the format conversion.

Early Adopters

It is hard to wait for the collateral to be ready, and several early adopters are already making use of the drafts produced above.

GeoForAfrica: Thanks to Daniel Nanghaka for reaching out to the marketing committee and trying out the singe-page handouts for OSGeo and GeoForAll. If you are at the event please take photos we would love to see how the rollup banners look.

OSGeo-Live: Thanks to the OSGeo Live team for both an early run at applying branding and a go at adapting the new logo for the project. We look forward to seeing the result in the next release candidate.

Working Together

If your organization is in position to financially support this activity please check our webpage for details. Several sponsorship opportunities are available: Key sponsors are acknowledged in each blog post and update. Sponsor logos are used in our wireframes. And Supporters are thanked publicly in a monthly blog post.

Thank our community volunteers mentioned above (and anyone I missed) for helping with content.

Get Involved at FOSS4G

We are looking forward to meeting you the following events:

FOSS4G Europe: Please join us at the OSGeo booth and attend the “website rebranding” presentation. Marketing committee members will be taking part in the code sprint, and badges to give away to those helping out.

FOSS4G Boston: The website/rebranding will be highlighted throughout the conference at the OSGeo booth, presentations and most importantly during the code-sprint for training sessions with Get Interactive. We ask that projects and committees take part in this important activity (we are paying for it please take advantage of the opportunity).

Boundless Reinforces its Commitment to Open Source with Diamond OSGeo Sponsorship

News Date: 
28 Jun 2017

NEW YORK – June 28, 2017Boundless, the leader in open GIS, today announced it has reinforced its ongoing commitment to open source by providing a Diamond Sponsorship of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) for 2017. As part of its sponsorship, Boundless is being recognized for its generous sponsorship of foundation projects, initiatives and community events including:

  • Boundless is a gold sponsor the FOSS4G event in Boston.
  • Boundless is a bronze sponsor of FOSS4G Europe.
  • Boundless is a key sponsor of the OSGeo website/rebranding initiative focused on redirecting the website and branding towards end-user outreach.
  • Boundless is a gold sponsor of the Java 2017 Code Sprint.
  • Boundless is pleased to support the OSGeo travel grant program enabling new members to attend community events worldwide.

In addition to its investment, Boundless is a pillar of the OSGeo community with staff participating at all levels from committees work to leadership roles in the QGIS, GeoServer, OpenLayers, GeoNode and GeoTools projects.

“Boundless goes beyond just reading/writing open standards as a way of being ‘open,’” said Anthony Calamito, vice president of products for Boundless. “Boundless contributes its source code to open source repositories, sponsors open geospatial software foundations, and employs core committers and steering committee members for many open source GIS software projects. This sponsorship further cements our support of the thriving community.”

Boundless offers an open GIS ecosystem through a unique combination of technology, products and experts that gives enterprises deeper intelligence and insights using location-based data. The Boundless platform is built upon open source technology and open APIs that generate actionable location intelligence across third-party apps, content services and plugins for enterprise applications.

About Boundless

Boundless is the leader in commercially supported open GIS (geographic information systems). Unlike proprietary, licensed solutions, Boundless opens the world of geospatial to any user. The experts at Boundless reduce the cost and time of deploying and managing geospatial software with a scalable, open GIS platform - including Exchange, Suite, Desktop and Connect - and a powerful ecosystem of geospatial knowledge, tools and resources. Learn more at boundlessgeo.com. Join the GIS community at connect.boundlessgeo.com. Follow Boundless @boundlessgeo.

About Open Source Geospatial Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is not-for-profit organization to empower everyone with open source geospatial. The software foundation directly supports projects serving as an outreach and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal support for the open source geospatial community. OSGeo works with our sponsors and partners to foster an open approach to software, standards, data and education.

OSGeo sponsorship is available on an annual basis drawing on your support of foundation projects, events, local chapters and operations. Visit osgeo.org/sponsorship for more information.