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MapServer 4.10.1 Released

News Date: 
16 Feb 2007

MapServer 4.10.1 has just been released. This new release addresses a few issues that were fixed since version 4.10.0 and contains no new functionality. The full change log can be browsed online at:


The source package is available in the MapServer downloads page:


Precompiled binaries should be available shortly at the usual locations (also linked from the download page above).

MOSS4G Project Announcement

News Date: 
7 Feb 2007

MOSS4G (Mobile Open Source Software for Geoinformatics)

MOSS4G project proposes to build on the discussions of the FOSS4G 2006 Mobile GIS BOF and OSGeo Mobile Solutions Wiki and create a GPS enabled application with data exchange and remote services (WFS-T), with raster support (WMS). We're going to target Windows CE platform first but we are going to use C/posix as the standard so we can migrate to others.

It will be based on other Open Source projects that have been ported to Windows CE like GDAL, GEOS, PROJ.4 and many many other utility libraries like libgd, libpng, libjpeg, etc.

So, our project is going to create a kind of framework for further developments for GIS solutions based on Windows CE platform.

For more information see:

or email:

John Graham

FOSS4G 2007 Call for Workshops

News Date: 
5 Feb 2007

The FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference is pleased to announce the Call for Workshops for the 2007 conference, being held September 24-27 in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

FOSS4G is the premier conference for the open source geospatial community, providing a place for developers, users, and people new to open source geospatial to get a full-immersion experience in both established and leading edge geospatial technologies.

This is your chance to showcase your favorite application, integration solution, or other topic. You will use your superior classroom skills to lead a group of attendees through your chosen topic in either a half-day or ninety minute lab or classroom format. Half-day workshops will be delivered on Monday, September 24 (the Workshops day), while the ninety minute workshops will run concurrently with the presentations during the remainder of the conference.

While we are open to workshops on a wide range of topics, we strongly encourage workshop submissions on the following topics:

  • Practical Introduction to ___________
  • Interoperability
  • NeoGeography and NovelGeography
  • Using a Software Stack
  • 3D Worlds

In the tradition of previous FOSS4G events, we expect that the majority of workshops will be "hands on", with participants seated in front of computers and able to follow along with the instructor, working directly with the software and applications under discussion.

Be prepared to spend considerable effort in creating your workshop. Past experience has shown that a high quality workshop requires about three days of preparation for each hour of presentation time. As part of this preparation you will be expected to develop material for attendees to take away with them, such as handouts, a 'workbook', CDROM, etc.

In recognition of this effort, workshop presenters will receive a reduction in the price of conference registration:

  • free registration for delivering a half-day workshop
  • half-price registration for delivering a 90-minute workshop

Because of limited space, you may want to consider submitting two versions of your topic, one for each length format.

Please visit the workshops page on our website to download the submission templates and instructions for sending them in:


The deadline for workshop submissions is February 28, 2007. Submit early, submit often!

ILWIS GIS Software Migrates to Open Source

News Date: 
30 Jan 2007

The Integrated Land and Water Information System (ILWIS, http://www.itc.nl/ilwis) is a PC-based GIS & Remote Sensing software, developed by ITC. ILWIS comprises a complete package of image processing, spatial analysis and digital mapping. It is easy to learn and use; it has full on-line help, extensive tutorials for direct use in courses and 25 case studies of various disciplines.

ILWIS software is renowned for its functionality, user-friendliness and low cost, and has established a wide user community over the years of its development. Even after its last release in 2005, its user community remained vivid, both within and outside ITC, however without a common base for further system development.

In order to create better opportunities for the reuse and deployment of GIS functionality in a wider community, the ITC directorate has recently decided to make current ILWIS software free of charge and to migrate it as such to open source software under the 52°North initiative.

52°North is an open initiative that advances the development of cutting edge open source geospatial software. Leading research organizations in the field of geoinformatics (ifgi, conterra, ITC, ESRI) participate in 52°North’s innovative development for establishing open spatial data infrastructures (SDI) and transformation of these into practical technological solutions. 52°North uses the GPL license, which implies that newly developed software should be open source as well. More information can be found at http://www.52north.org/.

The migration has the following implications:

  • ILWIS software will be made freely available (‘as-is’ and free of charge) as open source software (binaries and source code) under the 52°North initiative (GPL license) as per July 1st, 2007. The current ILWIS download page (http://www.itc.nl/ilwis/downloads/default.asp) will be directed to a page at 52°North, which will be announced in due time.
  • ILWIS support by ITC has been stopped as per January 1st, 2007.

In case you have further questions on the ILWIS migration please contact ITC’s 52°North team:

For questions on participation in 52°North, please contact info@52north.org.

MapGuide Open Source 1.1.0 Released

News Date: 
22 Jan 2007

The MapGuide Open Source developers and project steering committee are pleased to announce the release of MapGuide Open Source 1.1.0. This release contains many bug fixes as well as the following notable enhancements:

  • FDO 3.2 API support - MapGuide now supports the latest FDO API
  • Direct KML support - allows layers styled in MapGuide to be displayed as layers in Google Earth

Details of all enhancements and defect fixes are described in the release notes.

The new release can be downloaded from http://mapguide.osgeo.org/downloads.html

FOSS4G in Victoria, Canada, September 24-27, 2007

News Date: 
10 Jan 2007

This fall, the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference will be presented by OSGeo in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, from September 24th to 27th, at the Victoria Conference Centre.


FOSS4G gathers developers and users of open source geo-spatial software from around the world to discuss new directions, exciting implementations, and growing business opportunities in the field of open source geo-spatial software. Focused on the practical "make it work, get it done" world of open source application development, this annual conference boasts a very high concentration of geo-spatial technical opinion leaders.

Attendance at this event has grown at over 50% a year since its inception in 2003, paralleling the rapid growth and adoption curve of open source geo-spatial tools in the marketplace, and over 500 attendees are expected in 2007. Sponsorship opportunities at FOSS4G are available, please see the prospectus at http://www.foss4g2007.org/sponsorship_exhibition.html

Call for workshops open
January 19
Call for workshops closed
February 28
Call for papers open
March 1
Registration open
April 2
Call for papers closed
June 29
Conference Dates
September 24 - 27

For up-to-date information, registration and/or to submit a contribution, please visit the conference website at


Take advantage of the opportunity FOSS4G2007 offers to network with fellow geospatial data professionals, renewing old acquaintances and making new ones. Hope to see you there!