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FOSS4G 2007 Call for Presentations Closes THIS WEEK

News Date: 
25 Jun 2007
June 29 is the close of the Call for Presentations for FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial). If you plan on giving a 25 minute presentation at FOSS4G, make sure you get your abstract in before the deadline!


FOSS4G 2007 presentations are 25 minute talks, with 5 minute question and answer sessions at the end. Presentations cover the use or development of open source geospatial software. Anyone can can submit a presentation proposal and take part in the conference as a presenter.

Some topics of interest for this year are:

  • Case Studies: Relate the experiences of you and your organization using open source geospatial. Where do things work well? Poorly? What problems did you solve, and at what cost? What do you recommend for others? Why?
  • Benchmarks: Comparisons between pieces of geospatial software. How do features compare? Speed? Ease of use? What do you recommend for others?
  • Visualization: Tell about your tips and tricks for effective visualization. How do you present information in a compelling way? 3D? Cartographic tricks? Labelling and naming ideas? Graphs and hybrid map/data combinations?
  • Development: What are the new developments in your open source geospatial software product? How does it work, how do people use it, what are the technical issues you are running into?
  • Hacks and Mashing: Have you put together something novel or cool this year? What did you stick together, how did it work, show us your gizmo!
  • Collaboration: What techniques are you using to improve collaboration between organizations and between individuals. Public geodata, collaborative data collection, data sharing, open standards, de facto standards, and more!
If you have an open source geospatial story to tell, we want to hear it!


Looking to show off your project in a short format venue? Check out the demo theater! Note that space is limited, and sponsors get first priority for slots.


Quantum GIS 0.8.1 Released

News Date: 
15 Jun 2007
It is our great pleasure to announce the immediate availability of Quantum GIS (QGIS) Version 0.8.1. Quantum GIS (QGIS) is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) that runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, and Windows. QGIS supports vector, raster, and database formats. QGIS is licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS lets you browse and create map data on your computer. It supports many common spatial data formats (e.g. ESRI ShapeFile, geotiff). QGIS supports plugins to do things like display tracks from your GPS. QGIS is Open Source software and its free of cost (download here). We welcome contributions from our user community in the form of code contributions, bug fixes, bug reports, contributed documentation, advocacy and supporting other users on our mailing lists and forums. Financial contributions are also welcome. This release focusses on bug fixes and stabilisation of the 0.8 code base. QGIS is available is source form, and will be available as binary executables for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux. If the binary for your platform is not yet available, please check back in a day or two as our packages are still creating some packages. All versions can be obtained from our download page. As an open source project, we provide support for using QGIS via our mailing lists and bug tracker:
  • For general enquiries subscribe to our users mailing list.
  • For developer related enquiries subscribe to our separate developers list.
  • If you think you have found a bug, please report it using our bug tracker. When reporting bugs, please include some contact information in case we need help with replicating your issue.

Journal Submissions for Peer Review

News Date: 
1 Jun 2007

I'm pleased to announce that the OSGeo Journal committee has made progress on putting together a peer review process for OSGeo technical and research papers.

Please consider submitting your original research or technical paper to OSGeo for publication in an upcoming issue. We are well aware that there are many excellent outlets to in which you can publish your work and would be very pleased to have you choose OSGeo Journal for manuscripts that make a new or original contribution to the field of geoinformatics and specifically the development of and/or application of FOSS4G software.

The peer review process of OSGeo Journal is viewable here:

Instructions for submitting your manuscript are here:

We also need willing reviewers to make this process work. Please consider adding yourself to the list of reviewers here:

Thank you

Daniel P. Ames, PhD, PE<br>
Dept of Geosciences<br>
Idaho State University<br>

AWare Systems to extend LibTiff library with support for the new BigTIFF format

News Date: 
17 May 2007
AWare Systems to extend LibTiff library with support for the new BigTIFF format

AWare Systems to extend LibTiff library with support for the new BigTIFF format

LibTiff maintainers have started work on LibTiff 4.0, the next major upgrade of the time-proven TIFF codec. This upgrade will include support for the new BigTIFF file format. It is planned a preliminary version (LibTiff 4.0alpha1) will be operational by June 15, 2007. Testing and final release improvements for LibTiff 4.0 will be completed by July 30, 2007.

BigTIFF logically extends the original TIFF file format (referred to as 'ClassicTIFF' from now on), breaking the 4 gigabyte boundary, with 64bit offsets allowing files up to 18,000 petabytes in size. The BigTIFF specification is the result of work by a variety of parties on the LibTiff mailing list, including the current LibTiff maintainers, Joris Van Damme and Adobe staff. The BigTIFF specification has not yet been officially approved by the TIFF specification owner (Adobe), but implementation within LibTiff could accelerate that process. For more information on the BigTIFF file format, we recommend AWare Systems' BigTIFF page.

BigTIFF will be especially useful for people and vendors that are confronted with very large images, and still seek to use an open, simple, and extendable format. This requirement is frequently encountered in the geospatial field, but also concerns large format scanners, medical imaging and other fields.

The LibTiff BigTIFF upgrade is made possible by four sponsors funding the project. The programming work will primarily be done by Joris Van Damme (AWare Systems). LibTiff's licensing agreement will remain unchanged. More details on the project itself, are available from the BigTIFF in LibTiff project page.

The sponsors are, in alphabetical order:

ESRI ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically since 1969. As the leader in GIS, ESRI applies innovative technologies to help organizations create, analyze, and visualize information for more informed decisions. Running on more than a million desktops and thousands of servers, ESRI applications are the foundation of the world's mapping and spatial analysis infrastructure.
Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging offers a range of workflow solutions for photogrammetry, mapping, remote sensing, catalog management and exploitation of geospatial imagery. Enterprise organizations use this imagery as the basis for generating information for both education and decision making processes. Those who use Leica Geosystems products every day trust them for their precision, seamless integration, interoperability and superior customer support.
Safe Software Safe Software is the maker of FME, a powerful spatial ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) tool that enables true data interoperability. FME manages the translation, transformation, integration and web-based distribution of geospatial data in 200 GIS, CAD, raster and database formats. Safe Software's FME technology is also embedded in numerous market-leading GIS and ETL applications.
WeoGeo WeoGeo is a web-based data management resource for the geospatial industry that allows the free market exchange of mapping related imagery products, featuring an innovative solution that efficiently manages digital mapping files of any size. With an intuitive user interface and the scalable power of Amazon Web Services (AWS), geospatial professionals can view, sort, search, and share complex, high volume maps quickly and effectively.

Request for Proposal for Hosting 2008 Conference

News Date: 
17 May 2007

Today OSGeo released a request for proposal, or RFP, (available at
for the hosting of the FOSS4G 2008 conference. As the excitement for the upcoming FOSS4G 2007 conference in Victoria Canada builds, OSGeo aims for the following 2008 conference to be a major geospatial conference during that year. The RFP solicitation closes July 20th, 2007.

OSGeo Journal Volume 1 Now Available

News Date: 
15 May 2007

It is my pleasure to announce that Volume 1 of the OSGeo Journal is now available for your reading pleasure!


This is the first volume of the new Journal and includes many interesting articles, news and updates from our open source communities.

We already have some content ready for Volume 2 and have learned many lessons along the way that will help the next volume be even better.

A big thanks to the editorial team for their hard work in pulling it all together and to all the great contributions we received from writers, developers, users and project teams. I'm excited to see that we can promote projects, educate readers and provide news/info all in our own professional publication.

I hope you enjoy it!


p.s. Please note that the Journal has an official ISSN number (1994-1897) that you can cite in your formal bibliographic references.