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QGIS and FDO Enter OSGeo Incubation

News Date: 
6 Mar 2007

The OSGeo Board has approved the application by the QGIS project, and the FDO project to enter the incubation process. Incubation is a stepping stone to becoming a full fledged OSGeo project.

QGIS is a cross platform user friendly desktop GIS. QGIS supports vector, raster, and database formats and lets you browse and create map data.

FDO is a C++ library for accessing feature data from a variety of vector, database, and raster sources. It includes many enterprise-class features such as transactions and complex schema support.

MapGuide Open Source Graduates Incubation

News Date: 
5 Mar 2007

OSGeo and the MapGuide Open Source project are pleased to announce that MapGuide Open Source has graduated from the incubation process and is now a full fledged OSGeo project.

Graduating incubation includes requirements for open community operation, a responsible project governance model, code provenance and license verification and general good project operation. Graduating incubation is the OSGeo seal of approval for a project and gives potential users of the project added confidence in the viability and safety of the project.

With the graduation of MapGuide Open Source the Project Steering Committee chair, Robert Bray, becomes OSGeo Vice-President - MapGuide Open Source.


OSGeo Celebrates 1st Anniversary

News Date: 
27 Feb 2007

OSGeo celebrated it's first anniversary earlier this month. Much progress has been made and many efforts started. Read an overview of the activity on Tyler's Blog.

GDAL Project Maintainer Contracted

News Date: 
27 Feb 2007

OSGeo and the GDAL Project are pleased to announce the contracting of Mateusz Loskot for general GDAL maintenance and support activities. Mateusz has been issued a six month contact, and will be performing duties reporting to the GDAL project steering committee.

The funding for this contract has been supplied through the GDAL sponsorship program, by GDAL's first four silver sponsors: Applied Coherent Technology, SRC, Safe Software and Cadcorp. The project sponsorship program gives organizations that depend on GDAL an accountable mechanism to support the project.

Mateusz' tasks will include bug fixing, testing, and user support. He will be working according to the GDAL Paid Maintainer Guidelines put in place by the GDAL Project Steering Committee. While sponsor bug reports will receive a degree of priority his efforts will benefit the whole GDAL user community.

It is hoped that sponsor supported maintenance contracts such as this will bring a new level of professionalism and responsiveness to the GDAL project, and serve as a model for other OSGeo projects.

Frank Warmerdam
GDAL Project Steering Committee Chair

FOSS4G 2007 Call for Workshops Reminder

News Date: 
25 Feb 2007

The deadline for submission of workshop proposals for the FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference is fast approaching.

If you are considering submitting a workshop proposal, please make your submission before the end of February.
All workshop submissions are welcome.

More information is available on the Call for Workshops page:<br>

When planning your workshop submission, it would be a good idea to check with others who might be thinking about submitting workshops on the same or similar topics. This could be done via discussion with project leads or via relevant discussion lists.

Feel free to submit more than one workshop proposal. Proposals could be for different topics, or variations of a proposal tailored to different audiences (e.g. beginner vs advanced). Multiple related proposals could be submitted for a series of workshops that build on each other, such as "Introduction to X", "X for Intermediate Users", "Advanced uses of X".

Any questions about the workshop submission process can be asked on the FOSS4G2007 mailing list or on the IRC channel.

Conference Mailing List: http://lists.refractions.net/mailman/listinfo/foss4g2007<br>
Conference IRC Channel: irc://us.freenode.net/foss4g2007

OpenLayers 2.3 Released

News Date: 
21 Feb 2007

The OpenLayers Development Team is proud to announce Final Release of
OpenLayers 2.3!

To run 2.3 in your applications, include the following tag in your
OpenLayers-powered page:

<script src="http://openlayers.org/api/OpenLayers.js"></script>

Among the 52 fixed tickets, you will find:

  • A number of minor fixes to popup handling
  • A number of minor fixes to layer handling
  • The addition of a TMS layer
  • The ability to specify a number of failed attempts to load an image before giving up.
  • Encoding of URLs sent to the server.
  • A number of minor improvements in the grid layer
  • A number of improvements in IE behavior, especially with regard to controls
  • A fixed version of isEquivilantURL
  • Small fix to build tools
  • Improvements to the OverviewMap control.
  • A fix for a longstanding bug where tiles are drawn outside the maxExtent of the map (Thanks to Bill Woodall)
  • Added functionality to allow setting of multiple layers via WMS following the specification, using array syntax for layer list. (With information from Keith Pomakis)
  • Some armoring and protection of the WMS Untiled layer and other layers on destroy().
  • A fix to panning in an odd sized viewport.

Official Release Notes including all features and bug fixes can be found
here: http://trac.openlayers.org/wiki/Release/2.3/Notes

...and complete documentation on the entire 2.3 Release is here: