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GDAL 2.2.0 is released

News Date: 
10 May 2017
On behalf of the GDAL/OGR development team and community, I am pleased to announce the release of GDAL/OGR 2.2.0. GDAL/OGR is a C++ geospatial data access library for raster and vector file formats, databases and web services. It includes bindings for several languages, and a variety of command line tools.
The 2.2.0 release is a major new feature release with the following highlights:
  • New GDAL/raster drivers:
    • DERIVED driver: read-support. Expose subdatasets in a a new metadata domain, called DERIVED_SUBDATASETS
    • JP2Lura driver: read/create support for JPEG-2000 images using Luratech JP2 Library
    • PRF: add read-only support for PHOTOMOD PRF file format driver (github #173)
    • RRASTER driver: read-support .grd/.gri files handled by the R 'raster' package (#6249)
  • New OGR/vector drivers:
    • CAD driver: read support for DWG R2000 files (GSoC 2016 project)
    • DGNv8 driver: read-write support for DGN 8.0 format (using Teigha ODA libraries)
    • GMLAS driver: read-write support. XML/GML driver driven by Application Schemas.
  • New utility script: ogrmerge.py to merge several vector datasets into a single one
  • New /vsigs/ and /vsigs_streaming/ virtual file systems to read Google Cloud Storage non-public files
  • Significantly improved drivers:
    • NWT_GRD: write support (#6533)
    • FileGDB/OpenFileGDB: add support to read curve geometries (#5890)
    • VRT derived band: add the capability to define pixel functions in Python
    • Add read support for RasterLite2 coverages in SQLite driver
    • GPKG: implement tiled gridded elevation data extension
    • ISIS3: add write support and improve read support
  • RFC 63: Add GDALRasterBand::GetDataCoverageStatus() and implement it in GTiff and VRT drivers https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc63_sparse_datasets_improvements
  • RFC 64: Triangle, Polyhedral surface and TIN https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc64_triangle_polyhedralsurface_tin
    • this RFC introduces potential backward incompatible behaviour. Consult MIGRATION_GUIDE.txt
  • RFC 66: OGR random layer read/write capabilities https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc66_randomlayerreadwrite
  • RFC 67: add null field state for OGR features, in addition to unset fields https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc67_nullfieldvalues
    • this RFC introduces potential backward incompatible behaviour. Consult MIGRATION_GUIDE.txt
  • Upgrade to EPSG database v9.0 (#6772)
  • Python bindings: Global Interpreter Lock (GIL) released before entering GDAL native code (for all, in GDAL module and a few ones in ogr like ogr.Open())
  • Continued major efforts on sanitization of code base
  • Remove bridge and vb6 bindings (#6640)
  • GNM built by default

More complete information on the new features and fixes in the 2.2.0 release can be found at: http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/Release/2.2.0-News

The release can be downloaded from:

The migration guide can be found at: https://svn.osgeo.org/gdal/branches/2.2/gdal/MIGRATION_GUIDE.TXT
Best regards,

Spatialys - Geospatial professional services

OSGeo welcomes 15 GSoC students!

News Date: 
10 May 2017

Dear OSGeo community,

We are proud to announce that 15 students were selected to work on GSoC at OSGeo this year!

Browse the projects at: https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/4660070039158784/

Congratulations to all of our students and welcome!

Margherita Di Leo

Free registration for the 2nd gvSIG festival is now open

News Date: 
4 May 2017

Free registrarion period for the 2nd gvSIG Festival is now open, a virtual conference about free geomatics with several presentations in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese, that will be held after the successful first edition one year ago.

Some of the presentations will deal with Geopaparazzi (open source GIS for Android), Geostatistics or how to learn to use gvSIG in 30 minutes among others.

The webinar platform allows to connect to the webinars from any operating system, and in case you can't see some of the webinars, you will be able to watch them at the gvSIG Youtube channel later.

Registration for each webinar can be done from the gvSIG Festival website, at the program web page.

See you at the gvSIG Festival!

OSGeo-Live 10.5 Released

News Date: 
10 Apr 2017

Version 10.5 of the OSGeo-Live GIS software collection has been released, ready for the FOSS4G-Europe 2017 conference in Paris Marne-la-Vallée, France


Download the OSGeo-Live 10.5 image at http://live.osgeo.org/en/download.html

Release Highlights

  • Supporting isohybrid ISO images with UEFI
  • GRASS 7.2.0
  • QGIS 2.14.11
  • GDAL 2.1.3
  • GeoServer 2.10.1, now with NetCDF plugin
  • PostGIS 2.3.2
  • GEOS 3.5.1
  • MapServer 7.0.4
  • pycsw 2.0.2
  • GeoMoose 2.9.2
  • OTB 5.8.0
  • SAGA 2.3.1
  • ZOO-Project 1.6.0
  • pgRouting 2.3.2
  • 52nSOS 4.3.9
  • MapProxy 1.9.0
  • rasdaman 9.3.0
  • Deegree 3.3.18
  • retired Cartaro

Known Issues and Errata

Post release issues are listed here: https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Disc/Errata/10.5

About OSGeo-Live

OSGeo-Live is a self-contained bootable DVD, USB flash drive and Virtual Machine, pre-installed with robust open source geospatial software, which can be trialled without installing anything. It includes:

  • Over 50 quality geospatial Open Source applications installed and pre-configured
  • Free world maps and sample datasets
  • Project Overview and step-by-step Quickstart for each application
  • Lightning presentation of all applications, along with speaker's script
  • Translations to multiple languages

Homepage: http://live.osgeo.org

Download details: http://live.osgeo.org/en/download.html


Over 180 people have directly helped with OSGeo-Live packaging, documenting and translating, and thousands have been involved in building the packaged software.

Developers, packagers, documenters and translators include:

Activity Workshop, Alan Boudreault, Alex Mandel, Alexandre Dube, Amy Gao, Andrea Antonello, Angelos Tzotsos, Anton Patrushev, Antonio Santiago, Argyros Argyridis, Ariel Núñez, Astrid Emde, Balasubramaniam Natarajan, Barry Rowlingson, Ben Caradoc-Davies, Ben Caradoc-Davies, Benjamin Pross, Brian Hamlin, Bruno Binet, Bu Kun, Cameron Shorter, Dane Springmeyer, Daniel Kastl, Danilo Bretschneider, Dimitar Misev, Edgar Soldin, Eike Hinderk Jürrens, Eric Lemoine, Erika Pillu, Etienne Dube, Fabian Schindler, Fran Boon, Frank Gasdorf, Frank Warmerdam, François Prunayre, Friedjoff Trautwein, Gabriele Prestifilippo, Gavin Treadgold, Gerald Fenoy, Guillaume Pasero, Guy Griffiths, Hamish Bowman, Haruyuki Seki, Henry Addo, Hernan Olivera, Howard Butler, Ian Edwards, Ian Turton, Jackie Ng, Jan Drewnak, Jane Lewis, Javier Rodrigo, Jim Klassen, Jinsongdi Yu, Alan Beccati, Jody Garnett, Johan Van de Wauw, John Bryant, Jorge Sanz, José Vicente Higón, Judit Mays, Klokan Petr Pridal, Kristof Lange, Lance McKee, Larry Shaffer, Luca Delucchi, Mage Whopper, Marc-André Barbeau, Manuel Grizonnet, Margherita Di Leo, Mario Carrera, Mark Leslie, Markus Neteler, Massimo Di Stefano, Micha Silver, Michael Owonibi, Michaël Michaud, Mike Adair, Milan P. Antonovic, Nathaniel V. Kelso, Ned Horning, Nicolas Roelandt, Oliver Tonnhofer, Patric Hafner, Paul Meems, Pirmin Kalberer, Regina Obe, Ricardo Pinho, Roald de Wit, Roberto Antolin, Robin Lovelace, Ruth Schoenbuchner, Scott Penrose, Sergio Baños, Sergey Popov, Simon Cropper, Simon Pigot, Stefan A. Tzeggai, Stefan Hansen, Stefan Steiniger, Stephan Meissl, Steve Lime, Takayuki Nuimura, Thierry Badard, Thomas Gratier, Tom Kralidis, Trevor Wekel, Matthias Streulens, Victor Poughon, Zoltan Siki, Òscar Fonts, Raf Roset, Anna Muñoz, Cristhian Pin, Marc Torres, Assumpció Termens, Estela Llorente, Roger Veciana, Dominik Helle, Lars Lingner, Otto Dassau, Thomas Baschetti, Christos Iossifidis, Aikaterini Kapsampeli, Maria Vakalopoulou, Agustín Dí­ez, David Mateos, Javier Sánchez, Jesús Gómez, Jorge Arévalo, José Antonio Canalejo, Mauricio Miranda, Mauricio Pazos, Pedro-Juan Ferrer, Roberto Antolí­n, Samuel Mesa, Valenty González, Lucía Sanjaime, Andrea Yanza, Diego González, Nacho Varela, Mario Andino, Virginia Vergara, Christophe Tufféry, Etienne Delay, Hungary, M Iqnaul Haq Siregar, Andry Rustanto, Alessandro Furieri, Antonio Falciano, Diego Migliavacca, Elena Mezzini, Giuseppe Calamita, Marco Puppin, Marco Curreli, Matteo De Stefano, Pasquale Di Donato, Roberta Fagandini, Nobusuke Iwasaki, Toshikazu Seto, Yoichi Kayama, Hirofumi Hayashi, Ko Nagase, Hyeyeong Choe, Milena Nowotarska, Damian Wojsław, Alexander Bruy, Alexander Muriy, Alexey Ardyakov, Andrey Syrokomskiy, Anton Novichikhin, Daria Svidzinska, Denis Rykov, Dmitry Baryshnikov, Evgeny Nikulin, Ilya Filippov, Grigory Rozhentsov, Maxim Dubinin, Nadiia Gorash, Pavel, Sergey Grachev, Vera, Alexander Kleshnin, kuzkok, Xianfeng Song, Jing Wang, Zhengfan Lin

Sponsoring organisations

gvSIG receives the award for the best European open source project

News Date: 
7 Apr 2017

Last week the gvSIG project received the European Commission award for the best European open source project in the highest category (Cross-border) at Sharing and Reuse Awards.

The objective of this competition was to give awards to existing IT solutions that have been developed and successfully shared by public administrations, and that can be further reused across Europe. There were 118 applications at the first phase, and 96 of them fulfilled the requirements. Finally, the Evaluation Committee selected the best 17 applications.

This prize is an important recognition of the career of the gvSIG project, which was born in the Generalitat Valenciana and has created a new software production modeled by the gvSIG Association, based on collaboration, solidarity, and shared knowledge.

It started as a project to develop a desktop GIS and now it is a complete suite to address any need related to geomatics, with the integration of the geographic component in information systems.

Currently, the software under the gvSIG brand is used in more than 160 countries, and it's translated into more than 25 languages.

Website and Branding Kickoff

News Date: 
5 Apr 2017

After completing the request for proposal process in March, the marketing committee has finally kicked off our project with the selected vendor Get Interactive.

The website/rebranding project will 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. 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.

The details for each of these components can be found in the Expression of Interest document. The website provides a home for sub-brands (OSGeo-Live, GeoForAll, Local Chapters etc) that wish to use the overall theme and structure. The templates for print materials are likewise intended for use by local chapters, GeoForAll labs and general outreach.

Background information is on the website. The minutes from this week’s kickoff meeting are online.

Introducing Get Interactive

Get Interactive has provided a short video for our members.


Thanks to Initiative Sponsors

A big thanks to our key sponsors: GeoCat and Boundless. The financial backing of these organizations, and the OSGeo board, make this activity possible. For information on sponsoring, or to check out who else is supporting this project, visit our website.

Working Together

We have a representative from the system administration committee (Harrison Grundy) who has joined our project team to help collaborate. The goal is to have the new site live before FOSS4G 2017 in Boston, so we can hold a workshop for OSGeo members (YOU!).

There are two other communities where a volunteer is needed:

  • GeoForAll: We are specifically looking for someone to join from the GeoForAll initiative. This is an successful outreach initiative and your feedback and direction is needed.
  • Local Chapters: We also need a strong outreach voice from our local chapters, that needs to be heard. If you have experience in a local chapter your help is needed.

OSGeo is a volunteer organization, we invite anyone from the community to participate. If you are available to fill these roles, please join the marketing committee email list and speak up!

This project will be providing regular updates to this list approximately once a month and there will be ample opportunity for feedback.

Lets all work very hard to be constructive and look toward the larger goal of presenting OSGeo, our projects and initiatives professionally, clearly and most of all in a way that is accessible to GIS users. There are many out there who may not yet be familiar with open source and are looking to us as their Open Source Compass.