GeoNetwork and OpenLayers Enter OSGeo Incubation

News Date: 
10 Nov 2006
Details: 

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 / OSGeo Newsletter Published

News Date: 
20 Dec 2006
Details: 

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:

http://grass.itc.it/newsletter/index.php

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.

GeoTools 2.3.0 Released

News Date: 
1 Jan 2007
Details: 

The GeoTools 2.3.0 release is available for download:

http://geotools.codehaus.org/2.3.0

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

GDAL/OGR 1.4.0 Released

News Date: 
7 Jan 2007
Details: 

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:

gdal-1.4.0.tar.gz
gdal140.zip

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.

http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/gdal-announce

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

News Date: 
10 Jan 2007
Details: 

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.

http://www.foss4g2007.org/

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

http://www.foss4g2007.org/

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!

MapGuide Open Source 1.1.0 Released

News Date: 
22 Jan 2007
Details: 

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

Help Sponsor OSGeo

OSGeo is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a reliable home for open source geospatial software. It also serves as a vehicle for promoting open source software and is a place where the community can gather to drive ahead innovations and maturation of the technologies we collectively share.

Although we have a tremendous volunteer community -- including corporations as well as individuals -- involved in the advancement of open source technologies, some things still have hard costs. To cover these costs we need your help. Your support will help ensure that OSGeo will be a sustainable and healthy organization representing open source geospatial technologies long into the future.

Why Sponsor OSGeo

  • Your Organization Depends on OSGeo Software - Your company or government agency uses OSGeo technologies in its day-to-day work, allowing you to compete effectively and deliver services in an efficient manner. By helping sustain OSGeo you also support your current operations into the future knowing that a strong OSGeo is behind your business activities.
  • You represent a Community of Practice that has Adopted OSGeo Software - Communities representing a wide range of domains, from professional associations to non-government organizations, leverage OSGeo software as a critical component of their end-user applications. Your community has an interest in ensuring the software can be sustained into the future. By sponsoring OSGeo you demonstrate support for your members' software selection.
  • Your Goals are aligned with OSGeo's Support for Open Standards and Other Priorities - Help achieve your own organization's objectives by sponsoring OSGeo as a like-minded organization and benefit from the volunteer efforts of a rapidly growing world-wide community.
  • Demonstrate Your Leadership in Open Source Geospatial Technologies - By sponsoring OSGeo you will help align your business with the activities of thousands of adopters of OSGeo software around the world. As a sponsor of OSGeo, you will align your business growth with the momentum behind OSGeo in the marketplace.
  • Benefit from Sponsor Networking Opportunities - As a sponsor of OSGeo, you will benefit from unique opportunities to meet and share ideas with key members of OSGeo, other OSGeo sponsors and affiliated like-minded individuals and organizations.

Sponsorship is an opportunity for OSGeo promote gis consultants, spatial service vendors, educational institutions, government departments, and non-government organizations that benefit from our work. Organizations that have nothing to do with GIS and spatial services will be declined.

How OSGeo Sponsorship Works with You

OSGeo Sponsorship is set up to recognize organizations that participate and support us financially at each level in our community. We want to recognize the contributions you make across local chapters, meetups, individual OSGeo projects, foundation outreach initiatives, local FOSS4G events and our annual global FOSS4G conference.

Your OSGeo sponsorship is accumulated, allowing you to control where your sponsorship dollars can be effective. We have defined the following sponsorship levels with this in mind:

Diamond Sponsor $30,000 USD
Platinum Sponsor $20,000 USD
Gold Sponsor $10,000 USD
Silver Sponsor$3,000 USD
Bronze Sponsor$500 USD
The following sponsorship incentives are available:
  • 25% Discount available to prior sponsors.
  • 25% Discount available to organizations residing in Low or Lower-Middle Income Economies (as defined by the World Bank and WHO)

Sponsorship benefits are outlined below. Highlights include website placement, inclusion in promotional material, cross promotion at osgeo booth. We ask that silver level sponsors and above issue a joint press release with the OSGeo board to acknowledge your contribution. These benefits are being expanded in 2017 based on your feedback to focus on events and networking opportunities.

OSGeo 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities

The Foundation Sponsorship program is the primary way of providing financial support for OSGeo. Funds are used to support day-to-day activities, collaborative tool infrastructure, promotional activities and more. Many of our most important initiatives are only possible thanks to the support of our volunteers and sponsors. If you are in position to support our community, events and activities in 2017 we would love to hear from you.

Project Sponsorship

Each OSGeo Project has the opportunity to receive funds through project-specific donations at several predefined funding levels. Funds are allocated by the projects for tasks such as end-user support, fixing outstanding issues, and adding new functionality. Donors receive public acknowledgment through the project's sponsorship web page.

Outreach Initiatives

We have two key OSGeo initiatives with fund raising targets for 2017:
  • Digital asset rebranding and website reboot: The marketing committee has volunteered to undertake an Expression of Interest and Request for Proposals process to revamp the OSGeo visual and online presence in 2017. This is a significant user-focused undertaking that would greatly benefit from your support!
  • OSGeo-UN GIS Hackathon: Our UN Committee would like to host sprints and workshops with UN partners as part of FOSS4G Africa 2017 July 1st. Additional fundraising is slated to help with travel costs allowing OSGeo project leads to attend.

Event Sponsorship

FOSS4G is the annual international conference organized by OSGeo but representing many more projects and communities. There are many sponsorship opportunities through this conference which draws more than 500 people from around the world. It is the premier event for hands-on learning, face-to-face networking and meeting with other likeminded people and organizations. Event sponsorship opportunities:

Code Sprints

Code sprint sponsorship opportunities:
  • Daytona Beach Code Sprint 2017 - our annual code sprint takes place in North America this year, bringing together project members to make decisions and tackle larger geospatial problems.
  • Java 2017 Code Sprint - GeoServer team has pulled together a sprint for March 27th to focus on improvements to the REST API
  • Additional regional and project events will be announced throughout the year, keep your eye open for a chance to assist either financially or in person.

How to Sponsor

OSGeo sponsorship is accumulated across projects, initiatives and events and may be combined with the sponsorship discounts outlined above. Consider the following examples:
  • FOSS4G 2017 Boston sponsor (Gold 15000 USD) emails asking to be listed as an OSGeo gold sponsor.
  • A prior sponsor supprting a local event ($100 USD) decides to obtain an OSGeo Bronze sponsorship ($275 USD) using 25% discount (final total $375 USD).
  • A FOSS4G Europe 2017 sponsor (Bronze $5000 USD) requests to be listed as an OSGeo Silver sponsor.
  • An organization sponsoring the Daytona code sprint (Gold $1000), UN Hackathon ($500) and digital asset rebranding and website reboot ($1000) decides to sponsor an additional $500 to be listed as an OSGeo Silver sponsor.
  • A company sponsoring FOSS4G Boston 2017 as a supporter (USD$2000) can additionally sponsor OSGeo USD$1000 to be listed as a OSGeo Silver sponsor
  • .
Here is the last example written up as an email to treasurer@osgeo.org:

Treasurer:

We would like to take this opportunity to sponsor OSGeo for 2017, we recognize the value in supporting open source foundations.

Thus far in 2017 we have already sponsored the following event: FOSS4G Boston 2017 Supporter sponsorship ($2000 USD). Additionally, we would like to extend our support to the OSGeo Foundation, and request an invoice for $1000 USD. This brings our total up to $3000 USD to be recognized as a silver sponsor (please see attached company logo).

Regards,

Albert Mercator

If your organization wishes to request an invoice for sponsorship please contact us:

  • OSGeo Treasurer, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
    • Email: treasurer@osgeo.org
Sponsorship is also accepted through the PayPal button on our website:
  1. Click on the "Donate" button in the top right corner of this page
  2. Donations are handled through PayPal, when making the donation be sure to:
    • Check the currency (USD rates are provided above)
    • Use the "Add special instructions to the seller" field on the confirmation page to mention the project or event (example "OpenLayers project sponsorship")
  3. The OSGeo Treasurer will contact both you and the project or event organizers to acknowledge your sponsorship.
    • Please have a logo ready for your organization if you wish to be acknowledged publicly.

Sponsorship Benefits

A critical part of the success of OSGeo, is the success of organizations that partner with OSGeo. One strength of OSGeo is its ability to operate at arm's length from any single organization and, therefore, from any individual sponsor. Every sponsor is an important part of OSGeo, no matter what funding level they commit to. For this reason the benefits offered to sponsors do not compromise impartiality.

In recognition of the various levels of sponsor contributions, each sponsor receives particular benefits. The benefits are outlined below and are cumulative as the amounts increase (higher levels include lower level benefits as well).

Diamond Sponsor

Diamond sponsorship level available to organizations contributing $30,000 USD in total to OSGeo:
  • Top Visibility on the OSGeo Sponsors web page in double column row using high visibility 340 x 340 squares
  • Key OSGeo marketing materials feature your organization's logo
  • At promotion events, your organization's logo is displayed as part of the OSGeo Booth
  • First Sponsorship Selection for the Annual OSGeo International Conference
  • Full-page Promotional Space on a personalized OSGeo Sponsor Page
  • Promotional Space on an OSGeo Diamond Sponsor Page
  • Joint Press Release with OSGeo to announce Sponsorship
  • Organization name listed in "about osgeo" section of foundation press releases.
  • Invitation to Sponsor Information Exchange Event with Board of Directors following annual OSGeo International Conference
  • Invitation to Sponsor Networking Event with OSGeo Board of Directors and other invited guests following annual OSGeo International Conference
  • Right to use OSGeo Sponsor logo and promote named sponsorship level

Platinum Sponsor

Platinum sponsorship level available to organizations contributing $20,000 USD in total to OSGeo:
  • High Visibility on the OSGeo Sponsors web page in double column row
  • Key OSGeo marketing materials feature your organization's logo
  • At promotion events, your organization's logo is displayed as part of the OSGeo Booth
  • Sponsorship Selection for the Annual OSGeo International Conference
  • Full-page Promotional Space on a personalized OSGeo Sponsor Page
  • Promotional Space on an OSGeo Platinum Sponsor Page
  • Joint Press Release with OSGeo to announce Sponsorship
  • Organization name listed in "about osgeo" section of foundation press releases.
  • Invitation to Sponsor Information Exchange Event with Board of Directors following annual OSGeo International Conference
  • Invitation to Sponsor Networking Event with OSGeo Board of Directors and other invited guests following annual OSGeo International Conference
  • Right to use OSGeo Sponsor logo and promote named sponsorship level

Gold Sponsor

Gold sponsorship level available to organizations contributing $10,000 USD in total to OSGeo:
  • Promotional Space on an OSGeo Principal Sponsor Page
  • Sponsorship Selection for the Annual OSGeo International Conference
  • Joint Press Release with OSGeo to announce Sponsorship
  • Invitation to Sponsor Information Exchange Event with Board of Directors following annual OSGeo International Conference
  • Invitation to Sponsor Networking Event with OSGeo Board of Directors and other invited guests following annual OSGeo International Conference
  • Right to use OSGeo Sponsor logo and promote named sponsorship level
  • Sponsor is promoted on the OSGeo Sponsors web page in tripple column row, with link to sponsor's Web site

Silver Sponsor

Sponsorship level available to organizations contributing $3,000 USD in total to OSGeo:
  • Joint Press Release with OSGeo to announce Sponsorship
  • Invitation to Sponsor Information Exchange Event with Board of Directors following annual OSGeo International Conference
  • Invitation to Sponsor Networking Event with OSGeo Board of Directors and other invited guests following annual OSGeo International Conference
  • Right to use OSGeo Sponsor logo and promote named sponsorship level
  • Sponsor is promoted on the OSGeo Sponsors web page in quintuple column row, with link to sponsor's Web site

Bronze Sponsor

Sponsorship level available to organizations contributing $500 USD in total to OSGeo:
  • Right to use OSGeo Sponsor logo and promote named sponsorship level
  • Sponsor is promoted on the OSGeo Sponsors web page, shared row, with link to sponsor's Web site

OSGeo - Public Geospatial Data Committee

OSGeo - Public Geospatial Data Committee

Welcome to the Public Geospatial Data Committee at OSGeo. The geodata group is a gathering of people who are committed to these objectives:

  • Promote the use of open geospatial formats
  • Promote public access to state-collected geodata
  • Run a repository of open geodata
  • Present and explain licenses for public geodata

The Public Geodata pages on the OSGeo community wiki have more information about what work has been done to get to this point, and what the future directions could be.

The Committee homepage on the OSGeo community wiki has details of online meetings. If you're keen to support the mission above, this would be a good place to register your interest.

Get connected

You can subscribe to the geodata project mailing list, and review the mailing list archive.

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