Wednesday 28 January 2009

FOSS4G Sponsorship and Exhibition bookings now open

Sydney, Australia. 28 January 2009.

Sponsorship and Exhibition packages are now available to be purchased for the international FOSS4G conference, to be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20-23 October 2009.

FOSS4G is the international "gathering of tribes" for open source geospatial communities, where developers and users show off their latest software and projects. The theme for 2009 is "User Driven", highlighting the power of Open Source to integrate with existing systems. The OGC's Climate Change Integration Plugfest (CCIP) to be launched will demonstrate standards based interoperability between Open Source and Proprietary geospatial applications. The CCIP will be a major draw-card for Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) sponsors looking for standards based spatial solutions.

BOOK NOW to take advantage of extensive direct marketing campaigns that will extend your exposure well before and beyond the Conference itself. For further details, contact Kirsty O’Brien, Sponsorship and Exhibition Executive, or Tel: +61 2 9265 0776

The Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus is available at

Upcoming milestones

  • 2 Feb 2009, Call for Workshops/Tutorials opens
  • 9 Mar 2009, Call for Abstracts opens
  • 13 Apr 2009, Registration for conference and tutorials opens
  • 31 Jul 2009, Author/Early registration deadline
  • 20-23 Oct 2009, FOSS4G
  • 24-25 Oct 2009, Code Sprint

Friday 23 January 2009

More about the Climate Change Integration Plugfest to be launched at FOSS4G

As a further explanation to the press release below about the OGC's Climate Change Integration Plugfest, to be launched at the FOSS4G conference.
The theme for FOSS4G is "User Driven" which means we want to highlight how Open Source solves Geospatial Business Problems; in particular, integrating with existing Geospatial infrastructure.
The Climate Change Integration Plugfest (CCIP) will show Open Source & Proprietary applications playing nicely, primarily through OGC standards. This will attract Spatial Data Infrastructure sponsors to the conference, who will in turn start deploying Open Standards, and open opportunities for Open Source.
The conference will open with a keynote presentation from the OGC (probably Raj Singh) walking through the CCIP scenario, highlighting participating applications and framing the theme for the rest of the conference, and close with a panel discussion from CCIP implementers.
We will be encouraging (but not mandating) presentations, workshops and tutorials to make use of the Web Services provided by the CCIP. Hosting services locally will reduce the network latency regularly experienced at conferences by people trying to access services back home.
One of the attractions for the CCIP is that we are planning for it to live on beyond FOSS4G, and be toured around at future conferences. If you are involved in other Geospatial conferences, please get involved and make sure we have a suitable succession plan in place which suites you.
A Climate Change scenario has been chosen because:
  • It is topical
  • It is relevant to many of us in the Geospatial Industry
  • It will give us the opportunity to apply our skills to save the world (if only in a small way)
The scope of the CCIP could be huge and we need to ensure we keep the scope simple, easily achievable, and highly successful. We still have a lot of work ahead, defining what the CCIP will look like and then shaping it. I hope you will join us. Start by joining the email list linked from:

Wednesday 21 January 2009

Climate Change Integration Plugfest to be launched at FOSS4G

For information about this announcement, contact:

Sam Bacharach
Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc
tel: +1-703-352-3938

Cameron Shorter
Chair of the FOSS4G Organising Committee and Geospatial Systems Architect at LISAsoft.
tel: +61-2-8570-5050

Sydney, Australia. 20 January 2009. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) have announced a Climate Change Integration Plugfest (CCIP) to be launched at the FOSS4G conference, 20-23 October 2009,

The CCIP will demonstrate standards based interoperability between geospatial applications based on a Climate Change scenario.

Raj Singh, Director of Interoperability Programs at OGC, explained that, "The CCIP is a server with multiple virtual machines providing a number of different geospatial Web services that implement the OGC's open interface and encoding standards. It will be used in the coming months to demonstrate open Web-based geoprocessing at conferences, testbeds, classes and other events around the world."

Graham de Hoedt, Manager of Climate Information Services at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said, "Integration of data and applications is crucial for solving complex problems like the provision/sharing of decadal and multi-decadal climate change related data and information".

Cameron Shorter, Chair of the FOSS4G organizing committee and Systems Architect at LISAsoft said "Geospatial users regularly ask how to integrate Open Source, COTS and proprietary software. At FOSS4G, attendees will see the major geospatial applications working together and talk with implementers about what really works".

Companies or individuals interested in sponsoring or participating in the Climate Change Integration Plugfest should contact Greg Buehler .

The OGC®[] is an international consortium of more than 365 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OpenGIS® Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT.

FOSS4G is the international "gathering of tribes" of open source geospatial communities, where developers and users show off their latest software and projects. The theme for 2009 is "User Driven", highlighting the power of Open Source to integrate with existing systems.

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) has been created to support and build the highest-quality open source geospatial software. The foundation's goal is to encourage the use and collaborative development of community-led projects, data development and education.

Tuesday 13 January 2009

Loading TileCache images onto MapInfo based PDAs using Udig

Landgate, LISAsoft and ExaMin have teamed together to build a TileSync desktop client which loads map images from a TileCache server onto a PDA device.

Darren Mottolini, Business Manager at Landgate explains,

“Landgate’s Shared Land Information Portal (SLIP) is a world leading Spatial data Infrastructure that links and serves extensiveAustralian government agencies’ data through OGC Standards based interfaces to web based applications. The TileSync application will extend SLIP to users who are frequently disconnected from their network.”

The TileSync desktop client will be extent UDig, a java based, Open Source mapping client. It will load raster tiles from SLIP’s TileCache service then store them locally as a hierarchy of images in MapInfo’s TAB format. Jim Groffen, Systems Architect at LISAsoft notes,

“MapInfo TAB files can describe map tiles similar to the defacto TileCache standard supported by a number of Open Source tools and currently being developed into an OGC standard. This has allowed us to propose an effective download chain to MapInfo based products like ExaMin’s
PDA application.”

“The Exa-Min GBM Mobile product delivers a full GIS experience on Windows Mobile (PDA) devices. Custom forms validate geo-referenced field observations as they are entered onto the PDA in the field.”

LISAsoft is a geospatial systems integration, software development and consulting company who add value by integrating Open Standards and Open Source with existing systems.

Landgate is the Western Australia Land Information Authority whose core business is to provide land and property Information. SLIP is a ground-breaking project revolutionising the way government spatial (land and property) information is used and shared, providing numerous benefits to government, business, industry and the community. Landgate is the lead agency responcible for provding the infrastructure called ‘SLIP Enabler’ for all of government in Western Australia.

Exa-Min is a Geospatial software developer based in Brisbane Australia. The company specialises in mobility solutions that support electronic recording of geospatially referenced observations at remote field sites and the automated upload of that data into corporate databases.

Friday 2 January 2009

UbuntuGIS Package Thermometer

I've been pleasantly surprised to discover that Ubuntu GIS packages are tracking the Debian GIS project very closely. The one noteful regression I see is that QGIS is not packaged with either Debian or Ubuntu any more.

DebianGIS/UbuntuGIS Package Thermometer

avce00 (PTS,UP)1.3.0-22.0.0-22.0.0-2
batik (PTS,UP)1.6-31.6-41.6-4
beam (UP)

beat (UP)

buoy (PTS,UP)1.6-21.9-11.9-1
cartoweb (UP)

cgal (PTS,UP)3.2.1-23.3.1-43.3.1-4
chameleon-gis (UP)

deegree (UP)

demeter (UP)

drawmap (PTS,UP)2.5-22.5-32.5-3
e00compr (PTS,UP)1.0.0-61.0.0-71.0.0-7
earth3d (PTS,UP)1.0.5-11.0.5-
efoto (UP)

fdo (UP)

garmin-utils (UP)

gdal (PTS,TODO,UP)1.3.2-41.5.2-31.5.2-31.5.2-3~bpo40+11.5.2-31.5.2-21.4.4-1ubuntu31.4.1-6build11.2.6-1.3build1
geoinformatica (UP)

geoip (PTS,UP)1.3.17-
geojasper (UP)

geopy (UP)

geos (PTS,UP)2.2.3-33.0.0-53.0.0-5
geotools (UP)

gmap (UP)

gmt (PTS,UP)4.1.2-
gosmore (PTS,UP)

gpsbabel (PTS,UP)1.3.2-21.3.5-
gpsd (PTS,UP)2.33-4etch12.37-62.37-72.37-6~bpo40+12.37-62.37-42.36-22.33-52.30-1ubuntu3
gpsdrive (PTS,TODO,UP)2.09-2.12.10~pre4-6.dfsg-12.10~pre4-6.dfsg-1
gpsman (PTS,UP)6.3.1-16.3.2-16.4-1
gpstrans (PTS,UP)
gpx2shp (PTS,UP)0.69-20.69-30.69-3
grace (PTS,UP)1:5.1.20-51:5.1.22-11:5.1.22-1
grace6 (PTS,UP)5.99.1+dev4-35.99.1+dev4-
grass (PTS,TODO,UP)6.0.2-66.2.3-
gts (PTS,UP)0.7.6-
gvsig (UP)

h5utils (PTS,UP)1.10-51.10-71.10-7
hdf5 (PTS,UP)1.6.5-31.6.6-41.6.6-4
ircmarkers (PTS,UP)0.12-10.14-10.14-1
jama (PTS,UP)1.0.2-21.0.2-21.0.2-2
jgrass (UP)

josm (PTS,UP)

josm-plugins (PTS,UP)

jts (PTS,UP)1.6-21.7-11.7-1
jump (UP)

kflog (PTS,UP)2.1.1-3.1

libgdal-grass (PTS,UP)1.3.2-11.5.2-11.5.2-11.5.2-1~bpo40+11.5.2-11.5.2-11.4.4-11.4.1-1ubuntu11.2.6-1build1
libgeotiff-dfsg (PTS,UP)

libgeotiff-epsg (PTS,UP)

libhdf4 (PTS,UP)4.1r4-18.14.1r4-224.1r4-22
libjogl-java (PTS,UP)

libkml (UP)

liblas (UP)

libterralib (PTS,UP)3.0.3b2-3.1

mapbender (UP)

mapguide (UP)

mapit (WNPP,UP)

mapnik (PTS,UP)
mapserver (PTS,UP)4.10.0-5.1+etch25.0.3-35.0.3-3
marble (PTS,UP)

mkgmap (PTS,UP)

musmap (WNPP,UP)

netcdf (PTS,UP)3.6.1-11:3.6.2-3.11:3.6.2-3.1
netcdf-perl (PTS,UP)1.2.1-8

ogdi-dfsg (PTS,UP)
opencv (PTS,UP)0.9.7-41.0.0-
openev (WNPP,UP)

openjump (PTS,UP)1.0-21.0-31.0-3
openscenegraph (PTS,UP)1.2.0-22.4.0-
opticks (UP)

orfeo (UP)

osm2pgsql (PTS,UP)

ossim (UP)

paraview (PTS,UP)

postgis (PTS,UP)1.1.6-21.3.3-31.3.3-3
primagis (UP)

proj (PTS,TODO,UP)4.4.9d-24.6.0-24.6.0-24.6.0-1~bpo40+14.6.0-24.6.0-14.6.0-14.5.0-24.4.9d-2
pygps (UP)

python-pcl (UP)

python-scientific (PTS,UP)2.4.11-12.4.11-22.4.11-2
qgis (PTS,UP)0.7.4-5

roadmap (WNPP,UP)

roadnav (WNPP,UP)

roadster (UP)

savi (WNPP,UP)

shapelib (PTS,UP)1.2.10-31.2.10-
thuban (PTS,UP)1.0.1-
udig (UP)

viking (PTS,UP)

worldwind (PTS,UP)

worldwind2d (WNPP,UP)

Color legend

Ubuntu version >= Debian

Ubuntu behind Debian unstable

Not packaged


Status at: Mon Jan 5 10:35:39 2009

See also the DebianGis packages thermometer.

Generated by a derivative of this GPL licensed perl script

written by: Francesco P. Lovergine for DebianGis use.