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GDAL/OGR 1.4.0 Released

News Date: 
7 Jan 2007

The GDAL development team is pleased to announce the release of GDAL/OGR 1.4.0. This release includes many new features and bug fixes since the 1.3.2 release nine months ago described in the release NEWS.

The new release source may be downloaded from:


Binaries corresponding to the GDAL/OGR 1.4.0 release can be found included in the FWTools 1.1.3 release for Windows and Linux at:

FWTools113.exe (windows)
FWTools-linux-1.1.3.tar.gz (linux)

The GDAL project has also introduced the new gdal-announce list, hosted by OSGeo. Those interested in just occasional notices of GDAL/OGR project progress are encouraged to join this mailing list.


GeoTools 2.3.0 Released

News Date: 
1 Jan 2007

The GeoTools 2.3.0 release is available for download:


This release brings together a lot of great improvements made over the last year. The main focus of this release is improving the raster story for GeoTools. While plug-ins for a variety of rasters existed previously, all of them were memory constrained and not really suitable for real software. 2.3.0 brings very solid, scalable, fast support for ArcGrid, GeoTiff, GTOPO30, World Images and Image Mosaics and Pyramids. These are already in action in GeoServer 1.5.x, and will soon work their way in to uDig. In addition we've had:

  • GeoAPI filter interfaces aligned with Filter 1.1 specification
  • completed providence review
  • more relaxed PostGIS support, able to handle older varied configurations
  • Scalar Vector Graphics "Marks" can be used as part of our SLD support
  • Improved plug-in visibility - visit our website to check on status, and discover what "unsupported" modules are waiting in the wings
  • Maven "archtype" to help you start off your next GeoTools project
  • Numerous small bug fixes and improvements.
We would like to extend our thanks to the following organizations, their work is appearing in a stable release for the first time.

  • GeoSolutions for their RnD contributions appearing in this release
  • OSGeo Foundation for their support and encouragement during the incubation process

GRASS / OSGeo Newsletter Published

News Date: 
20 Dec 2006

The GRASS-News editors and OSGeo Promotion and Visibility Committee are happy to announce the first combined GRASS-News / OSGeo-News (5.3MB pdf) volume.

More information about the newsletters, and previous volumes of the GRASS-News can be found at:


We are looking forward to the first edition of OSGeo-News in 2007 with interesting articles covering various topics of OpenSource projects. Please visit http://www.osgeo.org in the next couple of weeks to find more detailed information how to submit articles.

GeoNetwork and OpenLayers Enter OSGeo Incubation

News Date: 
10 Nov 2006

The OSGeo Board has approved the application by the GeoNetwork project, and the OpenLayers project to enter the incubation process, a stepping stone to becoming full fledged OSGeo projects. The OpenLayers project is a pure JavaScript library for displaying map data in a web browser. The GeoNetwork project is a Java catalog application for standards compliant management of data and service metadata.

GRASS GIS Releases Version 6.2.0

News Date: 
31 Oct 2006

This new stable release adds hundreds of new features, support for the latest GIS data formats, and includes new translations for many languages.

The Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS) is a Geographic Information System (GIS) used for spatial modeling, visualization of both raster and vector data, geospatial data management and analysis, processing of satellite and aerial imagery, and production of sophisticated presentation graphics and hardcopy maps. GRASS combines powerful raster, vector, and geospatial processing engines into a single integrated software package.

The GRASS GIS project is developed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (the GPL) by volunteers the world over. GRASS differs from many other GIS software packages used in the professional world in that it is developed and distributed by users for users, mostly on a volunteer basis, in the open, and is given away for free. Emphasis is placed on interoperability and unlimited access to data as well as on software flexibility and evolution rate. The source code is freely available allowing for immediate customization, examination of the underlying algorithms, addition of new features, and fast bug fixing.

GRASS is currently used around the world in academic and commercial settings as well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting companies.

Download at http://grass.itc.it/download/ and http://grass.ibiblio.org/download/

as well as many mirror sites.

Detailed announcement: http://grass.itc.it/announces/announce_grass620.html

OSGeo Announces Request for Proposal for Hosting 2007 Conference

News Date: 
26 Oct 2006

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, today announced that the OSGeo Conference committee has released a request for proposal (PDF), or RFP, for the hosting of the 2007 conference. After a very successful FOSS4G 2006 conference in Lausanne Switzerland, OSGeo aims for the 2007 conference to be the geospatial conference of the year. The RFP solicitation closes Dec 1st, 2006.