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:

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).

Tyler Mitchell photo

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.

Fundacja Open Source Geospatial

Fundacja Open Source Geospatial

Fundacja Open Source Geospatial Foundation została powołana do życia aby wspierać i tworzyć wysokiej jakości otwarte oprogramowanie GIS.

Celem fundacji jest zachęcanie do korzystania i wspólnego tworzenia projektów w ramach społeczności. Ta strona jest miejscem skupiającym użytkowników i twórców oprogramowania, gdzie mogą oni prezentować swoje pomysły oraz czynnie udzielać się w pracy nad projektami. Strona ta będzie aktualizowana i rozbudowywana wraz z rozwojem fundacji Open Source Geospatial Foundation, tak aby dobrze służyła realizacji jej celów.
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