Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Journal] Ideas/inputs needed for creating a High impact OSGeo Journal

2017-12-17 Thread Landon Blake
No offense was taken Christian. It is good to see some renewed interest in
the journal. I hope things germinate and move forward. :]

On Sat, Dec 16, 2017 at 1:40 PM, Christian Willmes <c.will...@uni-koeln.de>
wrote:

> I am sorry the cited wording below was a mistake, caused from uncarefully
> re-editing the phrase. This sounds not very nice, I just wanted to say that
> Landon Blake stepped down, but not in this wording of course...
>
> Best,
> Christian
>
>
> Am 16.12.2017 um 22:37 schrieb Christian Willmes:
>
>>
>> Though, the Landon Black (OSGeo Journal Chair at this time) recently
>> stepped down.
>>
>>
>> See: https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/newsletter/2017-October/
>> 001245.html
>>
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Call for Volunteers for Geodata Committee

2017-11-25 Thread Landon Blake
Jeff:

I would also be wiling to help out with a reboot of the committee. After
your done collecting volunteers, let me know how you want to move forward.

Landon

On Sat, Nov 25, 2017 at 7:33 AM, Suchith Anand <
suchith.an...@nottingham.ac.uk> wrote:

> Thank you Jeff for this call . Many thanks to everyone who contributed to
> Geodata over the years.
>
> Please do not dissolve this committee. Let us work to reactivate this
> committee with more interested colleagues . I would like to volunteer
> to work for OSGeo Geodata Committee  for linking ideas with the education
> aspects of Geodata. Just this month Charlie Schweik has given call in
> GeoForAll to identify 2-4 collaboration projects by at where at least
> 2-labs are collaborating on open access educational content they want to
> develop over 2018 and I think  working on a project on GeoData aspects will
> be a great opportunity to link the education community ideas for this. So I
> will follow up this using geodata as an example and try to get colleagues
> in various GeoForAll labs working on this to come together . I am sure
> working together we can make this happen.
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Suchith
>
>
> [1] http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/geoforall/2017-November/004311.html
>
>
>
> 
> From: Discuss  on behalf of Jeff McKenna
> 
> Sent: 25 November 2017 1:11 PM
> To: osgeo
> Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Call for Volunteers for Geodata Committee
>
>
> Dear OSGeo community,
>
> We are all aware of how important Open data is for our community, and
> for the mission of OSGeo.  Most of you are aware that the OSGeo
> foundation has a committee dedicated to this, called the Geodata
> Committee; however the reality is that this committee is quiescent/not
> active/at rest, as its mailing list has not really been used since a
> message was posted in May of 2015 (which no one answered actually).
>
> The Geodata Committee is still listed as a working committee on the
> OSGeo website, and points to a page[1] that contains the mailing list
> and the wiki.  The mailing list has 387 members, and the archives go all
> the way back to March of 2006.  Back in those days, the committee would
> meet regularly on IRC and it was very vibrant (thanks to Jo, Arnulf, and
> the many early visionaries pushing forward and sharing).
>
> More recently, there was a "reboot" push for this committee around 2012,
> and also another one in October of last year.  Of course there were
> likely many other attempts, but those are the ones that come to mind.
>
> We believe that open data is even more critical to the mission of OSGeo
> today, and a strong relationship with the various data communities is
> important for the health of the ecosystem.  We also look to the massive
> success of GeoForAll for sharing the passion for education and Open as a
> great example of what we can all do together.
>
> Would you be willing to help revive the OSGeo Geodata Committee?  It
> would be great to hear more thoughts and ideas on this.  It does not
> seem right to dissolve the committee; in fact we want the opposite to
> occur.
>
> Thank you,
>
> Maria, Codrina, Vasile, Jeff on behalf of the OSGeo Board of Directors
>
> [1] http://www.osgeo.org/content/projects/geodata.html
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Resignation

2017-10-31 Thread Landon Blake
I feel its time I officially resigned as Chater Member, Editor of the OSGeo
Journal and Board Rep for the California Chapter. I haven't been very
successful at these jobs over the past couple of years, and changes in my
wife's health and my job situation mean I have less time to invest in
OSGeo. The organization is also much larger and more broadly supported than
it was when I started. I feel like I need to get out of the way so others
can act in my abscence.

I think I will continue to help out with the Incubation Committee, in the
hope that focusing my modest resources may actually result in some good. We
will see how that goes.

That means we will need volunteers to step up to fill both positions. I'm
not disappearing, so I will be around to help the new volunteers learn the
ropes if needed.

I'm sorry this has taken me so long. If I  had done it sooner, perhaps we;d
already have other robust leadership in place.

It is good to see how global this organization has become.

Please reach out to me by private e-mail if you have any questions so we
don't flood everyone's inbox: sunburned.surve...@gmail.com

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Geometry Display for Dot Net WPF Program

2017-02-03 Thread Landon Blake
Hey guys. I may need to create a little utility program to display
geospatial geometry in a Dot Net WPF program. I've checked out DotSpatial,
SharpMap, and MapWindow, but they all seem to have map display components
made for Windows Forms and not WPF, or they are no longer maintained.

Before I write my own WPF map control, is there another open source option
for WPF I should know about?

If I need to roll my own, I'll try to make sure the code ends up as an
OSGeo Incubation Labs project.

Thanks!

Landon

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Incubator] Should OSGeo accept "benevolent dictator" projects into OSGeo?

2016-05-04 Thread Landon Blake
Evan wrote: "Actually reading http://www.rasdaman.org/wiki/Governance it
seems the sentence
that cause trouble is "Should such consent exceptionally not be reached then
Peter Baumann has a casting vote." Does that mean that in case there's a tie
in voting (which cannot happen with a 3 member PSC as currently), Peter
breaks
the tie ? If so, that seems acceptable to me (should probably be rephrased
in
a more neutral way to say to designate the chair of the PSC rather than a
named individual)."

Excellent comment and great solution.

Landon

On Wed, May 4, 2016 at 10:29 AM, Even Rouault 
wrote:

> Le mercredi 04 mai 2016 18:34:27, Peter Baumann a écrit :
> > HI Cameron,
> >
> > first, as this word has been used too often now, the current model has
> > nothing at all to do with dictatorship. What is the suggested opposite,
> > BTW - "dictatorship of majorities"? ;-)
>
> Actually reading http://www.rasdaman.org/wiki/Governance it seems the
> sentence
> that cause trouble is "Should such consent exceptionally not be reached
> then
> Peter Baumann has a casting vote." Does that mean that in case there's a
> tie
> in voting (which cannot happen with a 3 member PSC as currently), Peter
> breaks
> the tie ? If so, that seems acceptable to me (should probably be rephrased
> in
> a more neutral way to say to designate the chair of the PSC rather than a
> named individual).
>
> I actually see that Johan Van de Wauw asked the same question but this
> hasn't
> been answered clearly.
>
> Perhaps http://www.rasdaman.org/wiki/Governance could gain in clarity by
> defining precise voting rules (which majority, delays, etc...) As an
> example of
> simple rules (not necessarily to follow them, but to show the plain
> language
> used): https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/rfc1_pmc /
> http://mapserver.org/development/rfc/ms-rfc-1.html /
> http://docs.geoserver.org/latest/en/developer/policies/psc.html ).
>
> >
> > If it would at least be called a "technocracy", that I could accept:
> > rasdaman has always been driven by purely scientific elaboration _and_
> > consensus orientation and respect. Genius rules, regardless where it
> comes
> > from - this is at the heart of our scientific progress.
> >
> > It is the fundamental freedom of science that is at stake here.
> >
> > I guess that OSGeo needs to decide whether it can accept a model based on
> > scientific ethics ...or not.
> >
> > best,
> > Peter
> >
> > On 05/04/2016 02:01 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
> > > Hi Peter,
> > > Are you open to considering relinquishing rasdaman's current
> "benevolent
> > > dictator" governance model?
> > >
> > > Many (most?) OSGeo projects that I'm aware of are managed similarly to
> > > your description below.
> > > There is usually a sage or two amongst the community, typically someone
> > > who founded the project. The sage(s)  have more experience with the
> > > project, and their opinion holds greater weight amongst the community.
> > > This informal relationship continues even with a formal Project
> Steering
> > > Committee.
> > >
> > > As you would understand, building a successful Open Source community
> > > involves a significant amount of mutual respect, and mutual recognition
> > > of team members. Community members typically show respect by giving
> > > extra weight to the opinion of founders, and founders often show
> respect
> > > and trust of their community by sharing project governance.
> > >
> > > If you are a good open source leader, and it appears you must be, there
> > > is little risk you will loose your current influence on the project.
> Its
> > > also unlikely there will be an unresolvable difference between yourself
> > > and the community. But if there is, and the project forks, whether you
> > > are head of the official PSC or the new rouge PSC will have little
> > > impact on the final result.
> > >
> > > So please do consider adopting a shared PSC governance model.
> > >
> > > If you do wish to go ahead with a "benevolent dictator" model, I agree
> > > with Andrea's that we should put the question to OSGeo Charter members
> > > to vote, as it would be a new direction for OSGeo.
> > >
> > > Warm regards, Cameron
> > >
> > > On 3/05/2016 5:46 pm, Peter Baumann wrote:
> > >> interesting discussion, with valuable thoughts!
> > >>
> > >> True, micro management is not the case in rasdaman - on the contrary,
> we
> > >> are most happy about helping hands, and are constantly thinking about
> > >> opportunities for process improvements. Personally, I am so much
> > >> overloaded that I enjoy handing over tasks, and yes: with appropriate
> > >> responsibility; in practice that means that we openly discuss pros and
> > >> cons with myself being "primus inter pares" (first among equals). I
> > >> have not received any complaint over the years that anybody would not
> > >> get heard appropriately. Regularly I just need to lean back
> > >> (metaphorically) and await the outcome of the discussion of the
> 

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Board] Awesome OSGeo Vision and Analysis from Marc Vloemans!

2016-04-18 Thread Landon Blake
Good work Marc. I will print this out and read it over in detail tonight.

Landon

On Sun, Apr 17, 2016 at 12:37 AM, Jody Garnett 
wrote:

> Thanks for the interesting read Marc, you are inspiring as always. I
> argued with the wiki on your behalf to restore the bulleted lists /
> numbered lits you had typed in.
>
> I would love to consider the participating projects as "stakeholders" in
> your piece, and consider the role OSGeo plays as a software foundation.
> Both for projects (a place to belong, a legal party to own code, etc...)
> and for protecting users (holding projects to a standard of not just open
> source but inclusive/open governance etc...).
>
> --
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>
> On 15 April 2016 at 03:28, Cameron Shorter 
> wrote:
>
>> Mark has started an excellent SWOT analysis of OSGeo, laying a foundation
>> for a practical, implementable vision for OSGeo. I suggest everyone grad a
>> coffee and take the time to read and then comment:
>> https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Talk:Marketing_Committee
>>
>> Mark, thank you for the deep thought you have obviously put into this.
>> I'm excited to hear feedback from others, and ideas on how to refine your
>> ideas and put them into practice.
>>
>> Warm regards, Cameron
>>
>> On 15/04/2016 2:04 am, Marc VLOEMANS wrote:
>>
>> Dear all,
>>
>> Thanks for the invite and effort preparing it. I will certainly try to
>> fill it out to my best of abilities. But I feel it lacks an objective frame
>> work to sift, group, choose, prioritise and execute the results of the
>> questionnaire.
>> The present leap from vision/mission to objectives is often a bit too big
>> for me (I miss a storyline); explicit transparent strategy formulation
>> should make the questionaire easier :-).
>>
>> Unfortunately there are too many implicit assumptions when it comes to
>> our intended strategy. We already do many things (events, projects,
>> products, partnering, other initiatives) for many stakeholders. But which
>> add more value to these than others (having a volunteer does not make
>> something worthwhile doing)? What do stakeholders expect from OSGeo (did we
>> ever ask)? Which initiatives are more instrumental to fullfil our mission
>> than others (not necessarily the number of mentions in the
>> questionaire...)? Which initoatives deserve more attention than others (eg
>> those fullfilling more objectives at the same time)? If none of us is
>> interested in executing a certain activity/task, it does not mean that this
>> activity is not crucial to our existence.
>>
>> I have done some quick thinking and writing on how general strategic
>> principles would apply to OSGeo, where the Board's objectives fit in and
>> what possible avenues we have to meet them. So I share this with the list
>> via this link: 
>> https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Talk:Marketing_Committee
>> For those who take the time to read, hopefully my thought process can
>> help with filling in the questionaire and deciding what we are going to do
>> and monitoring the results!
>>
>> (For those who do not know me; I have a multi-decade track record in
>> strategy, business development and marketing with most types of
>> organzations. Good software has an architecture, good strategy does too ;-)
>>
>> Please, do not consider this as a critique or an alternative to
>> vision/mission/objectives and related questionaire, but rather as a means
>> to fill essential gaps. Ones to fill in order to optimise our added value
>> as an organisation.
>>
>> Happy reading.
>> Cheers, Marc Vloemans
>>
>> Kind regards,
>>
>> Marc Vloemans
>>
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>> http://www.slideshare.net/marcvloemans
>>
>>
>> 2016-04-12 18:41 GMT+02:00 Massimiliano Cannata <
>> massimiliano.cann...@supsi.ch>:
>>
>>> Dear OSGeo Community member,
>>> during the Face to Face board meeting held in February in Eide (Holland)
>>> a new 2026 OSGeo strategy has been formulated. We are now in a phase of
>>> community engagement to define the tactics to be implemented in the 2016 so
>>> that we can advance toward our goals.
>>>
>>> For this reason, the board kindly ask you to participate in the survey
>>> by filling (as many time as your ideas are) the form at this url:
>>> http://goo.gl/forms/HTGTlKv7SB [1]
>>>
>>> Details on the process and on the strategy are available at
>>> http://www.slideshare.net/cannata/osgeo-2026-strategy [2] and are
>>> described in the preamble of the survey.
>>>
>>>
>>> In the name of the Board of Directors,
>>> Thanks and Best regards,
>>> Maxi
>>>
>>>
>>> [1] http://goo.gl/forms/HTGTlKv7SB
>>>
>>> [2]  http://www.slideshare.net/cannata/osgeo-2026-strategy
>>>
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>>>
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>>>
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>>>
>>>
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo4W maintenance activities

2016-02-15 Thread Landon Blake
I'm a MS Windows User at work. I'm not a C programmer, but I know enough to
compile some code. I can help with compiling and testing on Windows 64 Bit.

Landon

On Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 8:26 AM, Rashad Kanavath  wrote:

> Hello Anita,
>
> I think osgeo4w needs a better structuring of how packages can be added or
> updated based on different compilers and version.
>
> Currently, due to ABI incompatibility upgrades are stuck. For instance
> ossim.  This was discussed in
> https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo4w/ticket/473#comment:7
>
> IMHO, it should become a package management tool for Windows rather than a
> package installer.
>
>
> On Sun, Feb 14, 2016 at 9:30 PM, Anita Graser  wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> OSGeo4W is a great project which brings together software from lots of
>> our projects and many users rely on it.
>>
>> The volunteer team around OSGeo4W is not that big and I wonder how
>> sustainable this is in the long run. From what I know, there are quite a
>> lot of - mostly maintenance - issues on the todo list, which have been
>> sitting there for months.
>>
>> I'd like to encourage the OSGeo4W team to let us know how OSGeo can help
>> ensure that this important project for many users is run in a sustainable
>> manner.
>>
>> Best wishes,
>> Anita
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Wiki Clean-Up

2016-02-09 Thread Landon Blake
I'm trying to clean-up some of the Incubation pages on the wiki. Any idea
how I delete a page? I've banged my head on this problem for 30 minutes and
can't find the answer.

Please let me know if you've got the answer.

Thanks!

Landon
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Lidar News magazine false statements on (L)GPL (Was [OSGeo-Standards] REPORT: my OGC membership slot)

2015-11-28 Thread Landon Blake
Thanks for the update Martin. Let me know if I can help.

Landon

On Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 12:33 AM, Martin Isenburg <martin.isenb...@gmail.com
> wrote:

> Hi Landon,
>
> We must be on the same clock. Just yesterday I inquired via LinkedIn with
> the managing editor, Roland Mangold (cc-ed).
>
> "Hello Roland, has the rebuttal to the "Open Source Mania" article been
> published in the meantime? Was hoping to see you at ELMF / Capturing
> Reality ... Regards, Martin"
>
> the response was
>
> "Hi Martin ...its being reviewed by Marc and Allen Cheves ...they are the
> owners of LiDAR Magazine ..."
>
> This could be bad news as usually these kind of publications are always
> looking for interesting content ... so letting a few magazines go by for
> this well edited article by Oliver seems odd.
>
> Regards,
>
> Martin
>
> On Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 7:39 AM, Landon Blake <
> sunburned.surve...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Did we ever hear back from the guys at LIDAR Magazine about publishing a
>> response?
>>
>> Landon
>>
>> On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 2:52 AM, Jo Cook <joc...@astuntechnology.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> I think this is something that we at OSGeo should definitely respond to.
>>> Perhaps we could contact the magazine and explain that there were some
>>> factual errors in the article, and ask for a chance to respond?
>>>
>>> Jo
>>>
>>> On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 10:38 AM, Johan Van de Wauw <
>>> johan.vandew...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> On Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 6:31 PM, Martin Isenburg
>>>> <martin.isenb...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> > Another curious thing is that I (and the open source license LGPL) was
>>>> > attacked vehemently in a recent column called "Open Source Mania" by
>>>> Lewis
>>>> > Graham that was published in the LiDAR News magazine. Viewer
>>>> discretion
>>>> > advised and parental guidance suggested ... you will not like this FUD
>>>> > attack:
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> http://www.lidarmag.com/PDF/LiDARNewsMagazine_Graham-OpenSourceMania_Vol5No4.pdf
>>>> >
>>>>
>>>> I read the article and there are a lot of statements there which are
>>>> false.
>>>> " if you touch a piece of GPL code with the nine foot pole of
>>>> launching it with a Python script, that script must now be GPLed"
>>>> not true
>>>>
>>>> "Suppose you have developed some very, very clever algorithm on which
>>>> you and your university have applied for a patent. If you have coded
>>>> your algorithm and used any GPL whatsoever, you just GPLed your
>>>> patent. The patent rights effectively transfer to the Open Software
>>>> Foundation for free distribution."
>>>>
>>>> Completely untrue. The Open Software Foundation does not exist. You
>>>> don't transfer patent rights at all. A well known counter-example is
>>>> the algortihm for MP3, where the code (lame) was released under LGPL.
>>>>
>>>> I think as OSGeo we should reply to the statements, this is an attack
>>>> on our community. Perhaps we can ask someone from the Free Software
>>>> Foundation Europe to help write a response?
>>>>
>>>> Kind Regards,
>>>> Johan
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Journal] OSGEO journal

2015-11-26 Thread Landon Blake
Christian wrote: "First, the Journal has failed to build enough academic
merit, that researchers seriously consider to submit their work to the
Journal.
Second, the articles about community activities need to be published and
circulated within short time spans after that activity/event, thus a longer
editing and publication process as inevitable for a peer-reviewed Journal
is not suitable. Thus, these posts are ending up on blogs and also on the
wiki. And I actually think, that this is the better forum for this kind of
content, including lots of photos, web links and also videos, etc."

Great observation. Seems like the journal suffers from trying to be two (2)
things at once: an academic journal and a newsletter for OSGeo. Perhaps the
journal would do better if we separated these two (2) functions.

Landon

On Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 11:03 AM, Helena Mitasova  wrote:

> Christian
>
> - I am very much in support of your ideas. It may be useful to post this
> vision on the geo4all and osgeo discuss list. I am sure there will be
> volunteers willing to help out or at least encourage contributions and
> reviews. This would also help to coordinate with other publishing ideas
> such as the one proposed by Charlie focusing on peer reviewed educational
> material (which would be interesting niche that nobody has done so far - we
> could have one of the issues focused on that topic).
>
> Helena
>
> On Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 1:29 PM, Christian Willmes  > wrote:
>
>> Dear Dimitris,
>>
>> its great to hear, that you are also interested in working on the OSGeo
>> Journal.
>>
>> Regarding your proposal and ideas, I see the OSGeo Journal more as an
>> academic journal, just look at the history of published issues [1]. Five
>> academic tracks proceedings, I did not counted the single academic papers,
>> but it will amount to 30-40 papers I think.
>> I am in favour to also have community reports, if they are provided (what
>> was not abundantly the case in the past either).
>>
>> But here is my analysis of and vision for the Journal.
>>
>> First, the Journal has failed to build enough academic merit, that
>> researchers seriously consider to submit their work to the Journal.
>> Second, the articles about community activities need to be published and
>> circulated within short time spans after that activity/event, thus a longer
>> editing and publication process as inevitable for a peer-reviewed Journal
>> is not suitable. Thus, these posts are ending up on blogs and also on the
>> wiki. And I actually think, that this is the better forum for this kind of
>> content, including lots of photos, web links and also videos, etc..
>>
>> So, I would suggest to keep the journal more in an academic direction,
>> and try to build merit, so that researchers start to reconsider submitting
>> to the OSGeo journal. One big point in this is, that the Journal should be
>> the default publication for FOSS4G academic track contributions. Of course,
>> attracting academics with the possibility of publications in a higher
>> ranking journal like Transactions in GIS in the past, for some few best
>> submissions each year should be also the case in the future as a major
>> attractor for academics. This practice would also yield more submissions to
>> be published in the OSGeo Journal.
>>
>> I think the OSGeo Journal can and should take a niche, that is not really
>> occupied in the Journal landscape yet. That is, articles presenting OSGeo
>> Projects, including software architecture, licensing model, road maps,
>> overview of dev community, etc. and of course case studies that focus on
>> the application of OSGeo projects in education, in public sector, for
>> development work, in industry etc.. These papers do not have to meet the
>> highest academic standards, they primarily have the function to highlight
>> OSGeo projects and to provide citable works on these OSGeo Projects. The
>> submission of papers should be generally open to everyone, no prerequisites
>> (like acad. degrees or something) whatsoever.
>>
>> Of course, a section on reposts from events etc. can and should also be
>> maintained. I would suggest that we have at first one Issue per year
>> (additionally to the FOSS4G academic track) that is open from the beginning
>> of a year to the end, and adds submissions, as soon as they are reviewed
>> and edited to this issue. Its no problem if there are at first very few
>> papers in an issue, it is more important, that we start to publish again.
>> We should keep it as simple as possible, not overarching criteria, such as
>> themes etc.. The only important criteria should be, that it has something
>> to do with OSGeo. Quality and validity is checked and if needed improved
>> during the review process.
>>
>> So, I would like to volunteer for a Journal in that direction.
>> I am open to other directions, but prefer the above depicted agenda.
>>
>> Regards,
>> Christian
>>
>> [1] 

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Lidar News magazine false statements on (L)GPL (Was [OSGeo-Standards] REPORT: my OGC membership slot)

2015-11-26 Thread Landon Blake
Did we ever hear back from the guys at LIDAR Magazine about publishing a
response?

Landon

On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 2:52 AM, Jo Cook  wrote:

> I think this is something that we at OSGeo should definitely respond to.
> Perhaps we could contact the magazine and explain that there were some
> factual errors in the article, and ask for a chance to respond?
>
> Jo
>
> On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 10:38 AM, Johan Van de Wauw <
> johan.vandew...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> On Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 6:31 PM, Martin Isenburg
>>  wrote:
>>
>> > Another curious thing is that I (and the open source license LGPL) was
>> > attacked vehemently in a recent column called "Open Source Mania" by
>> Lewis
>> > Graham that was published in the LiDAR News magazine. Viewer discretion
>> > advised and parental guidance suggested ... you will not like this FUD
>> > attack:
>> >
>> >
>> http://www.lidarmag.com/PDF/LiDARNewsMagazine_Graham-OpenSourceMania_Vol5No4.pdf
>> >
>>
>> I read the article and there are a lot of statements there which are
>> false.
>> " if you touch a piece of GPL code with the nine foot pole of
>> launching it with a Python script, that script must now be GPLed"
>> not true
>>
>> "Suppose you have developed some very, very clever algorithm on which
>> you and your university have applied for a patent. If you have coded
>> your algorithm and used any GPL whatsoever, you just GPLed your
>> patent. The patent rights effectively transfer to the Open Software
>> Foundation for free distribution."
>>
>> Completely untrue. The Open Software Foundation does not exist. You
>> don't transfer patent rights at all. A well known counter-example is
>> the algortihm for MP3, where the code (lame) was released under LGPL.
>>
>> I think as OSGeo we should reply to the statements, this is an attack
>> on our community. Perhaps we can ask someone from the Free Software
>> Foundation Europe to help write a response?
>>
>> Kind Regards,
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Journal] November/December 2016 Newsletter

2015-11-17 Thread Landon Blake
You could write about anything in 2015.

Landon

On Sun, Nov 15, 2015 at 12:23 PM, Yves Jacolin <yjaco...@free.fr> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> What is the period covered? 2015 ?
>
> I will write something monday evening.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Y.
>
> Le samedi 14 novembre 2015, 08:35:10 Landon Blake a écrit :
> > I haven't heard from any of our committees or chapters. I don't need
> > several pages of content...just a paragraph or two would be great. Please
> > let me know what your chapter or committee have been up to!
> >
> > Thanks for your help.
> >
> > Landon (sunburned.surve...@gmail.com)
> >
> > On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 10:07 AM, Landon Blake <
> sunburned.surve...@gmail.com
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > I've got some time off from my day job this week and I'd like to do
> some
> > > work on a November/December 2015 Issue of the OSGeo Newsletter.
> > >
> > > I'd like to invite chapters, committees, and software projects to send
> me
> > > news and articles on there recent activities. I really appreciate any
> > > contributions.
> > >
> > > You can send content to me directly by e-mail (
> > > sunburned.surve...@gmail.com) or to the OSGeo Newsletter Mailing List.
> > >
> > > Thanks!
> > >
> > > Landon
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] November/December 2016 Newsletter

2015-11-17 Thread Landon Blake
That would be great Anita! Could you write the summary and send it over to
me?

Thanks!

Landon

On Sun, Nov 15, 2015 at 1:22 PM, Anita Graser <anitagra...@gmx.at> wrote:

> Hi Landon,
>
> If it fits the newsletter, I think it would be great to report from the
> latest QGIS developer meeting
>
> http://blog.qgis.org/2015/11/15/a-word-of-thanks-to-the-hosts-of-the-14th-qgis-hackfest-in-gran-canaria/
>
> Let me know if I should compile a short summary.
>
> Best wishes,
> Anita
>
>
> On Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 5:35 PM, Landon Blake <
> sunburned.surve...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> I haven't heard from any of our committees or chapters. I don't need
>> several pages of content...just a paragraph or two would be great. Please
>> let me know what your chapter or committee have been up to!
>>
>> Thanks for your help.
>>
>> Landon (sunburned.surve...@gmail.com)
>>
>> On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 10:07 AM, Landon Blake <
>> sunburned.surve...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> I've got some time off from my day job this week and I'd like to do some
>>> work on a November/December 2015 Issue of the OSGeo Newsletter.
>>>
>>> I'd like to invite chapters, committees, and software projects to send
>>> me news and articles on there recent activities. I really appreciate any
>>> contributions.
>>>
>>> You can send content to me directly by e-mail (
>>> sunburned.surve...@gmail.com) or to the OSGeo Newsletter Mailing List.
>>>
>>> Thanks!
>>>
>>> Landon
>>>
>>
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] November/December 2016 Newsletter

2015-11-14 Thread Landon Blake
I haven't heard from any of our committees or chapters. I don't need
several pages of content...just a paragraph or two would be great. Please
let me know what your chapter or committee have been up to!

Thanks for your help.

Landon (sunburned.surve...@gmail.com)

On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 10:07 AM, Landon Blake <sunburned.surve...@gmail.com
> wrote:

> I've got some time off from my day job this week and I'd like to do some
> work on a November/December 2015 Issue of the OSGeo Newsletter.
>
> I'd like to invite chapters, committees, and software projects to send me
> news and articles on there recent activities. I really appreciate any
> contributions.
>
> You can send content to me directly by e-mail (
> sunburned.surve...@gmail.com) or to the OSGeo Newsletter Mailing List.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Landon
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[OSGeo-Discuss] November/December 2016 Newsletter

2015-11-11 Thread Landon Blake
I've got some time off from my day job this week and I'd like to do some
work on a November/December 2015 Issue of the OSGeo Newsletter.

I'd like to invite chapters, committees, and software projects to send me
news and articles on there recent activities. I really appreciate any
contributions.

You can send content to me directly by e-mail (sunburned.surve...@gmail.com)
or to the OSGeo Newsletter Mailing List.

Thanks!

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Incubator] New incubation procedure

2015-02-23 Thread Landon Blake
I agree we should revisit our incubation process and see how our former
OSGeo Labs fits in to the overall incubation process. I'm willing to
help. What is our next step?

Landon

On Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 12:11 PM, Cameron Shorter cameron.shor...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  Hi Jachym,
 I think this is a good idea.

 Also to include in this discussion is streamlining our existing incubation
 docs. In particular, retire General Principles of Incubation [1], update
 our Project Graduation Checklist [2], and update our Incubator Application
 Questionnaire [3]. The links below include proposals for how these docs
 could be updated.

 [1] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/General_Principles_of_Incubation
 [2] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Project_Graduation_Checklist
 [3] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Incubator_Application_Questionnaire


 On 16/02/2015 10:44 pm, Jachym Cepicky wrote:

 Hi,

  I would like to dig a bit more into the topic more fine incubation
 procedure and former OSGeo Labs (now it has no name is slowly forgotten
 in past, but you can find more at http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Labs)

  I would like to start talk about it a bit (I suggest incubator mailing
 list), prepared wiki page (with confusing name):
 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/5-star-rating

  Scope: to re-new OSGeo Labs, make the incubation process easier for all
 of us, with more little steps (except for one big). Projects could flow
 between the steps up and down, related to their current living phase.

  I hope, this would help to the community to get oriented, would allow
 more projects to join in. Work for incubation committee and mentors could
 be even less (some projects will remain in beta). It's also related to the
 certification topic (even not people, but software).

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Journal] OSGeo Journal - Call for Contributions

2014-10-23 Thread Landon Blake
Thanks for the reminder Barend.

Landon

On Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 2:55 AM, b.j.kob...@utwente.nl wrote:

  Hi Landon,

  Just a reminder that the Academic Track committee of FOSS4G2014 is at
 the moment doing a final review round to determine where each Academic
 Track paper is to be published (if anywhere). Some of those might come up
 for the OSGEO Journal, as of yet we do not know if there's enough to fill a
 special issue or maybe we just have a few in a regular issue.  We hope to
 have the selection and final editing before Christmas, so that 'production'
 could start in 2015.

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   On 22-10-2014 23:47, Landon Blake sunburned.surve...@gmail.com
 wrote:

   We are getting ready to (finally) publish the annual report for 2012.
 I'm going to experiment with a slimmer journal published bi-monthly or
 quarterly instead of once a year.

  We'll start this experiment with a Fall 2014 Issue of the Journal.

  I invite Chapters, Software Projects, and Committees to submit reports
 just like they normally do for the Annual Report. This round of submittals
 can cover activities from January 2013 to September 2014.

  I'll also need a volunteer for an interview. Please don't be shy.

  If you want to contribute a topical article or tutorial for this issue,
 that would also help. I'd like to get submissions by October 31. I'll plan
 on publishing by the middle of November.

  You can send your articles directly to me (sunburned.surve...@gmail.com)
 or to the Newsletter mailing list. All we need is your word processing
 document and any photos or graphics. We will take care of the rest.

  I really appreciate the help and support.

  Thanks!

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[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Journal - Call for Contributions

2014-10-22 Thread Landon Blake
We are getting ready to (finally) publish the annual report for 2012. I'm
going to experiment with a slimmer journal published bi-monthly or
quarterly instead of once a year.

We'll start this experiment with a Fall 2014 Issue of the Journal.

I invite Chapters, Software Projects, and Committees to submit reports just
like they normally do for the Annual Report. This round of submittals can
cover activities from January 2013 to September 2014.

I'll also need a volunteer for an interview. Please don't be shy.

If you want to contribute a topical article or tutorial for this issue,
that would also help. I'd like to get submissions by October 31. I'll plan
on publishing by the middle of November.

You can send your articles directly to me (sunburned.surve...@gmail.com) or
to the Newsletter mailing list. All we need is your word processing
document and any photos or graphics. We will take care of the rest.

I really appreciate the help and support.

Thanks!

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Open Source Code for ArcGIS and Sketchup

2014-09-26 Thread Landon Blake
OSGeo Guys and Gals:

I've got some open source code I hope to release for some recent work of
mine. The first batch of code is python code for ArcGIS script tools that
can assist with the generation of map books. These tools replace and
enhance some of the functionality in the ArcGIS Data Production Extension.
(Yes...I'm writing open source Python code for ArcGIS. Doesn't make me a
criminal.) I will probably start work on an open source replacement for the
extinct Survey Extension next year.

These second batch of code is a set of plug-ins for precise 3D
drafting/modeling in Trimble SketchUp. This includes tools that allow you
to draw faces (planes) and edges using coordinates, directions, and
distances. I've also inlcuded a set of 4 or 5 new sketchy styles I built
for SketchUp using Inkscape. You can view this stuff online already here:
https://code.google.com/p/surveyos-sketchup-toolkit/

I suspect I'll be slowly improving both toolkits over the next few months
as part of my day job. Please let me know if you have similar code (for
ArcGIS or Sketchup) that you'd be interested in packaging and maintaining
as part of a joint project. I'd like to get my stuff into OSGeo Incubation
Labs once we figure out what is happening there.

Have a good weekend!

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Board candidate vision: Landon Blake

2014-08-26 Thread Landon Blake
Dirk:

You are correct. I overlooked those projects. Kinda embarrassing since I
helped Geoserver through incubation. Thanks for the correction. I still
think there is room for more cooperation among Java geo developers.

Landon


On Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:56 AM, Dirk Frigne dirk.fri...@geosparc.com
wrote:

  Landon,
 I don't understand your third point.
 IMHO following OSGeo projects are Java projects (if I don't miss any):
 - deegree
 - geomajas
 - geoserver
 - geotools

 D.


 On 26-08-14 17:45, Landon Blake wrote:

  I wanted to share some comments on what I’d like to accomplish as an
 OSGeo Board Member. I have a bad habit of over committing, so I’m going to
 modestly limit my list of goals to the following:

 1)  Work to help private companies and businesses that support the
 OSGeo software stack and other open source geospatial software. This
 includes increasing awareness about the software support services made
 available by these companies to customers and clients. It also includes
 making it easier for these private companies to support OSGeo activities
 and to receive recognition for this support.

 2)  Work to further support OSGeo Labs. This includes identifying
 current hold-ups in our incubation and project approval process. I want to
 make it as easy as practical for projects to enter and graduate from
 incubation.

 3)  Provide better coordination and organization of our open source
 Java geospatial community. Currently GeoTools is the only Java geospatial
 project in our software stack. I’d like to see greater cooperation among
 the Java advocates of OSGeo. This might include joint development of some
 standard libraries and packaging standards for the different platforms. I
 also think there is a tremendous opportunity to develop open source
 geospatial applications and libraries for Android.

 4)  Organization house-keeping. This includes checking in with each
 committee to determine if it is functioning and if it has the resources it
 needs. Defunct committees will need a reboot. Committees that lack
 sufficient volunteer support or resources should be hibernated.

 However the election turns out, I hope to continue my work on the Journal
 and with OSGeo Labs.


  Thanks.


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[OSGeo-Discuss] Open Source GNSS Receiver

2013-12-18 Thread Landon Blake
This is so cool...I just had to share it:
http://gnss-sdr.org/

To bad it is written in C++. :]

Landon
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Sample Contract for Open Source Software Services

2013-09-30 Thread Landon Blake
Thanks for those suggestions Brent.
On Sep 27, 2013 3:32 PM, Brent Wood pcr...@pcreso.com wrote:

 Check out companies already offering support contracts for FOSS tools,
 EnterpriseDB, 2nd Quadrant, Oracle (for MySQL), OpenGeo (Boundless), etc...
 I think most of them have contracts (or at least a Terms of Service
 document) available online.

 At the last FOSS4G in Nottingham, most vendor stands were companies
 offering commercial support for FOSS applications. Seemingly a growth
 industry - hopefully some funding goes back to the core development team,
 or at least the product...

 Brent Wood

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 *Subject:* [OSGeo-Discuss] Sample Contract for Open Source Software
 Services

 I hope to launch a start-up offering services based on some open source
 geospatial software in the next couple of months. I would like to know if
 anyone from the OSGeo community would be willing to share a sample contract
 for open source software services with me.

 I'd appreciate any help.

 Thanks.

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Sample Contract for Open Source Software Services

2013-09-27 Thread Landon Blake
I hope to launch a start-up offering services based on some open source
geospatial software in the next couple of months. I would like to know if
anyone from the OSGeo community would be willing to share a sample contract
for open source software services with me.

I'd appreciate any help.

Thanks.

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Sample Contract for Open Source Software Services

2013-09-27 Thread Landon Blake
Thanks for the comments Frank. I'm familiar with scope of services, but
I'll probably want a simple contract as well. I can work something up from
scratch, but I thought I would see what other people were using.

Landon


On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM, Frank Warmerdam warmer...@pobox.comwrote:

 Landon,

 As a consultant, I never actually proposed a contract.  When it was up
 to me, I'd just write up a statement of work. Sometimes I had to sign
 contracts created by the clients of course.

 For the most part open source geospatial isn't different than any
 other business.  The one item I was always careful about was making
 clear what software products were remaining under an open source
 license vs. becoming the property of the client.

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  I hope to launch a start-up offering services based on some open source
  geospatial software in the next couple of months. I would like to know if
  anyone from the OSGeo community would be willing to share a sample
 contract
  for open source software services with me.
 
  I'd appreciate any help.
 
  Thanks.
 
  Landon
 
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Help From the Quebec Chapter

2013-09-27 Thread Landon Blake
I'm currently trying to wrap up the 2012 Annual Report before 2014 gets
here. :]

Could someone from the Quebec Chapter ping me about their annual report
item? I checked their wiki page for contact information...but it is in
French.

Thanks.

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Nominate Eli Adam for Carter Member

2013-07-10 Thread Landon Blake
I just want to add that Eli has been critical to getting the last couple
volumes of the Journal published. I definitely support his nomination as a
charter member.
Landon


On Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 12:30 PM, David Percy per...@pdx.edu wrote:

 I would like to nominate Eli Adam as Charter Member (can I do that,
 the rules don't say I can't!)

 Eli is active on the OSGeo Journal, and several other committees at
 OSGeo. He was also instrumental in establishing the Portland, Oregon
 open source GIS group as an official chapter of OSGeo. He has worked
 on a statewide campaign to get government standardized on GeoMoose for
 parcel data (he may have contributed code, too). As a government
 employee, he brings a very useful perspective.

 I'm sure Eli does a whole lot of other great stuff, he has so much
 energy and is so helpful!
 :-)

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Looking for Speakers at the Open Source GIS Track for the 2014 CLSA Conference in Reno, Nevada

2013-05-27 Thread Landon Blake
The committee that organizes the Annual California Land Surveyors
Association (CLSA) Conference is interested in having a half day or full
day event on open source GIS at the 2014 Conference. They've asked me to
put together some information about our event schedule and the speakers.

I've put up a preliminary event schedule based on a full day event with two
tracks here:
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/CLSA_2014_Conference_OSGeo_Open_Source_GIS_Track

I've left several open slots. Here are some sample topics that could be
plugged into those open slots:

- Python scripting with QGIS.
- The business case for GIS.
- Linear referencing in GIS.
- Introduction to QGIS.
- GIS database concepts with PostGIS.
- Remote sensing with ballons or low cost drones.

Other topics might also be acceptable. I'd like to keep the GIS concepts
and GIS software parts of the event very simple and easy for beginners.
This will have greater appeal for most land surveyors.

The last part of the event on GIS programming can be geared towards more
experienced GIS users.

Let me know if you'd be willing to come out to Reno in the spring to give a
talk. I'll get the conference registration waived. (I've got three speakers
from our local chapter, but I could use a couple more.)

Thanks.

Landon
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G Case Study

2013-05-17 Thread Landon Blake
Thanks for all of the links and suggestions. I'll use this to put together
a list of case studies for future issues of the Journal.

Landon


On Fri, May 17, 2013 at 12:54 AM, Margherita Di Leo direg...@gmail.comwrote:

 Hi,


 On Wed, May 15, 2013 at 2:37 AM, Landon Blake 
 sunburned.surve...@gmail.com wrote:

 I'm looking for a case study on the application of open source geospatial
 software that I can include in Volume 12 of the Journal.


 GRASS case studies:
 http://grasswiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Category:Case_Studies

 I take the opportunity to invite GRASS users to add more.

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[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G Case Study

2013-05-14 Thread Landon Blake
I'm looking for a case study on the application of open source geospatial
software that I can include in Volume 12 of the Journal. Please let me know
if you'd be willing to share your organizations experience using open
source geospatial software and we can talk more off list.

Thank you!

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Treasurer update: 2013 budget, accounting and 501c3 status

2013-05-08 Thread Landon Blake
Thanks for the hard work on our books Daniel!

Landon


On Tue, May 7, 2013 at 7:37 PM, Daniel Morissette
dmorisse...@mapgears.comwrote:

 OSGeo Members,

 This email is to give you a few quick updates on OSGeo's finance front:

 1- 2013 budget

 The 2013 budget has been adopted at the 2013-04-11 board meeting. It is
 available in the wiki at 
 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/**OSGeo_Budget_2013http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Budget_2013

 2- Outsourcing of book keeping and accounting

 Since the early days of OSGeo, all book keeping and accounting was done by
 our Executive Director, and then in 2011 I took over those tasks as
 treasurer. However accounting is better done by a real accountant and
 having a volunteer treasurer handling those tasks is not sustainable in the
 long run, especially when the treasurer is likely to change from year to
 year. For this reason we are looking into options to outsource the book
 keeping and accounting tasks to an accountant knowledgeable about
 nonprofits to help keep our books straight, produce regular financial
 statements, and mostly insure continuity between treasurers from year to
 year. We may have found a skilled and affordable resource to handle this
 for us. One of the first tasks for this resource would be to review and
 cleanup the books from past years as needed and then produce formal
 financial statements for fiscal years 2011 and 2012 that we can then share
 with our members. More info about this in the not too distant future I hope.

 3- Non-profit status with the IRS (a.k.a. 501c3 status)

 Our nonprofit status in the US is not resolved yet. We had an exchange
 with the IRS agent responsible for our case a few weeks ago and provided
 some missing information. I expect that we will hear back from them soon
 with a decision on our status. More info about our recent exchanges with
 the IRS is available at http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/**
 501c3_Application:_Questions_**from_IRS,_September_2012http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/501c3_Application:_Questions_from_IRS,_September_2012

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] West Coast USA Conference

2013-05-08 Thread Landon Blake
Thanks for all of the responses.

Landon


On Wed, May 8, 2013 at 7:38 AM, Jeff McKenna
jmcke...@gatewaygeomatics.comwrote:

 Hi Landon,

 I think your idea of starting with a one day addition to the existing
 land surveyors event is great, this is a great way to introduce FOSS4G
 to a new community.

 Also don't be afraid to 'just do it', if your chapter is interested in
 hosting their own event, excellent!  It's very very important that we
 spread our passion at the local level.


 -jeff



 On 2013-05-07 10:54 PM, Landon Blake wrote:
  I've been tossing around the idea of organizing an open source GIS
  conference on the USA West Coast. I'd thought it would be good to bounce
  that idea by this general discussion list.
 
  I think the organization of a conference could be spearheaded by the
  California Chapter under my lead. I know the PDX chapter is also on the
  West Coast and may be interested.
 
  If we couldn't swing a self-hosted event I think there is a good change
  I could get a day on the program of the California/Nevada land surveyors
  conference, which is usually in Reno every spring. This would greatly
  reduce the cost, and would have the added benefit of bringing in some
  extra revenue to the surveying conference. I have some connections with
  the California surveying organization that puts on the Reno conference
  and I serve on their GIS Committee. I would be able to explore this
  option with them.
 
  Please let me know if you would be interested in helping me organize a
  one or two day event on the West Coast. If there is enough support, I'll
  open a more detailed discussion on the California Chapter mailing list,
  and will try to see if there are enough volunteers to form a West Coast
  conference committee.
 
  My employer might be willing to help sponsor some of the costs for a
  smaller self-hosted event for 50 to 100 people.
 
  I don't want this to take the steam out of a national USA FOSS4G
  conference. But I think there is a good opportunity to capture the
  interest of local folks that won't attend a national conference,
  especially in the Silicon Valley. Perhaps we could coordinate with the
  USA FOSS4G folks to have an event in California every two or three years?
 
  Please share your thoughts.
 
  Landon
 
 
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [OSGeo-Standards] ESRI, please publicly share reasons for given for adopting the GeoServices REST API

2013-05-08 Thread Landon Blake
Does the OGC still have any credibility as a transparent standards
organization after this?

I'm very disappointed in ESRI and OGC based on what I've heard so far.
Pretty hard to believe this is coming from the folks that first published
the Shapefile specification that made a lot of open source GIS software
practical. I guess that is what happens when there is a lot of short term
profits on the line.

How short-sighted. I hope they change their mind.

Landon


On Wed, May 8, 2013 at 9:10 PM, Cameron Shorter 
cameron.shor...@lisasoft.com wrote:

 I have been notified that ESRI/OGC will not be sharing reasons for voting
 for the GeoServices REST API that has been sent to OGC voting members.

 I'm disappointed that such information is being with held from public
 debate.


 On 8/05/2013 4:51 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:

 Craig,
 I understand that ESRI has been emailing some OGC voting members reasons
 for approving the GeoServices REST API.

 I think it appropriate to have an open discussion, and hear both the pros
 and cons for adopting the GeoServices REST API.

 Could you please share your comments on a public email list so that the
 community has an opportunity to hear the other side of the argument.



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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [OSGeo-Standards] ESRI, please publicly share reasons for given for adopting the GeoServices REST API

2013-05-08 Thread Landon Blake
We may be late, but this still smells fishy. Wrapping things up in a formal
process doesn't change the fishy smell.

Landon


On Wed, May 8, 2013 at 9:31 PM, Craig Sandy csa...@esriaustralia.com.auwrote:

  Hi All

  As I understand it, the open discussion was prior to the commencement of
 voting. So it appears that it was missed by our Australian voters.

  Neither Esri or OGC should be blamed for following process if our
 involvement in the process is late.

  Regards

  Craig

 Sent from my iPhone

 On 09/05/2013, at 2:25 PM, Landon Blake sunburned.surve...@gmail.com
 wrote:

Does the OGC still have any credibility as a transparent standards
 organization after this?

  I'm very disappointed in ESRI and OGC based on what I've heard so far.
 Pretty hard to believe this is coming from the folks that first published
 the Shapefile specification that made a lot of open source GIS software
 practical. I guess that is what happens when there is a lot of short term
 profits on the line.

  How short-sighted. I hope they change their mind.

 Landon


 On Wed, May 8, 2013 at 9:10 PM, Cameron Shorter 
 cameron.shor...@lisasoft.com wrote:

 I have been notified that ESRI/OGC will not be sharing reasons for voting
 for the GeoServices REST API that has been sent to OGC voting members.

 I'm disappointed that such information is being with held from public
 debate.


 On 8/05/2013 4:51 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:

 Craig,
 I understand that ESRI has been emailing some OGC voting members reasons
 for approving the GeoServices REST API.

 I think it appropriate to have an open discussion, and hear both the
 pros and cons for adopting the GeoServices REST API.

 Could you please share your comments on a public email list so that the
 community has an opportunity to hear the other side of the argument.



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[OSGeo-Discuss] West Coast USA Conference

2013-05-07 Thread Landon Blake
I've been tossing around the idea of organizing an open source GIS
conference on the USA West Coast. I'd thought it would be good to bounce
that idea by this general discussion list.

I think the organization of a conference could be spearheaded by the
California Chapter under my lead. I know the PDX chapter is also on the
West Coast and may be interested.

If we couldn't swing a self-hosted event I think there is a good change I
could get a day on the program of the California/Nevada land surveyors
conference, which is usually in Reno every spring. This would greatly
reduce the cost, and would have the added benefit of bringing in some extra
revenue to the surveying conference. I have some connections with the
California surveying organization that puts on the Reno conference and I
serve on their GIS Committee. I would be able to explore this option with
them.

Please let me know if you would be interested in helping me organize a one
or two day event on the West Coast. If there is enough support, I'll open a
more detailed discussion on the California Chapter mailing list, and will
try to see if there are enough volunteers to form a West Coast conference
committee.

My employer might be willing to help sponsor some of the costs for a
smaller self-hosted event for 50 to 100 people.

I don't want this to take the steam out of a national USA FOSS4G
conference. But I think there is a good opportunity to capture the interest
of local folks that won't attend a national conference, especially in the
Silicon Valley. Perhaps we could coordinate with the USA FOSS4G folks to
have an event in California every two or three years?

Please share your thoughts.

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[OSGeo-Discuss] 2012 Annual Report Participation

2013-05-06 Thread Landon Blake
I wanted to send out a brief thank you to everyone that wrote and submitted
an annual report item for last year. There is double or triple the number
of report items this year when compared to last year.

Needless to say, I'm running behind with all of the extra content that
needs to be reviewed and edited this year compared to last year. (This is a
great problem to have.)

I'm striving to have something put together, at least in draft form, by the
end of May.

Thank you again to everyone that submitted this year. It really means a lot
to me personally that you took the time away from your programming and
other efforts to put together a contribution.

Landon
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Anymore Contributions for the OSGeo Journal Volume 12?

2013-04-03 Thread Landon Blake
Thank you for the support and contributions.

I will get the Dutch and Romanian Chapter reports reviewed and edited next
week.

Maning: We'd be happy to take a report from your chapter-in-formation. You
can add a page to the wiki or send it to me directly. (
sunburned.surve...@gmail.com).

Thanks.

Landon


On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 2:20 AM, Just van den Broecke j...@justobjects.nlwrote:

 Hi Landon,

 The Dutch Language Local Chapter here. We have covered quite some ground
 in 2012, see e.g. 
 http://www.slideshare.net/**justb4/tag/osgeonlhttp://www.slideshare.net/justb4/tag/osgeonl,
 becoming a foundation in 2013, so we should/will definitely contribute. We
 are discussing this already internally. What is our deadline? best,

 Just van den Broecke
 secretary OSGeo.nl


 On 03-04-13 01:38, Landon Blake wrote:

 Today I finally started doing the real work of getting Volume 12 of the
 OSGeo Journal published. I've got, or will soon get, annual report items
 from the following:
 - Korean Chapter
 - Italian Chapter
 - California Chapter
 - United Kingdom Chapter
 - Summer of Code Committee
 - Incubation Committee
 I would like to try to publish by the end of this April, which will be a
 month behind my goal. Let me know if you can submit an annual report for
 your chapter or software project.
 I've got an inteview lined up for Volume 12, but I'm also looking for:
 A software project that would be willing to help me with project
 spotlight article.
 A case study of an organization that successfully applied open source
 geospatial software.
 Please let me know if you can help with either of those items.
 Thanks so much for your support!
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Anymore Contributions for the OSGeo Journal Volume 12?

2013-04-02 Thread Landon Blake
Today I finally started doing the real work of getting Volume 12 of the
OSGeo Journal published. I've got, or will soon get, annual report items
from the following:

- Korean Chapter
- Italian Chapter
- California Chapter
- United Kingdom Chapter
- Summer of Code Committee
- Incubation Committee

I would like to try to publish by the end of this April, which will be a
month behind my goal. Let me know if you can submit an annual report for
your chapter or software project.

I've got an inteview lined up for Volume 12, but I'm also looking for:

A software project that would be willing to help me with project spotlight
article.
A case study of an organization that successfully applied open source
geospatial software.

Please let me know if you can help with either of those items.

Thanks so much for your support!

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Need some advice on how to start contributing to osgeo

2013-03-22 Thread Landon Blake
Deshdeep:

What other programming languages can you code in?

You might want to check with the GDAL project if you like programming
in C. If you want to work on image processing in Python, let me know.
I have a project you could help with.

Landon

On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 3:44 AM, Deshdeep deshdeepther...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hi everyone,
 I am a newbie to opensource group and don't have any prior experience in
 opensource project. I don't know from where to start my contribution. I came
 to know about this organisation while searching for accepted projects in
 G-soc 2012 for topic image processing. I am interested in field of image
 processing and data mining. I have good knowledge of c programming
 language and few other languages too. I am final year computer science major
 student and currently working on a project related to image processing. If
 anyone of you think my knowledge and field of interest matches your current
 project then advise me how to contribute to your project. I would be happy
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Seeking Contributions for the 2012 Annual Report

2013-01-09 Thread Landon Blake
I'd like to get started on the 2012 Annual Report soon, so we can have
it published in the journal by the end of March.

This is a request for chapters, software projects, and committees to
submit their annual report items for 2012. I'd like to get these as
soon as possible, and definitely by the end of January.

There is a short guide for Chapter annual report items here:
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/A_Short_Guide_for_Writing_OSGeo_Local_Chapter_Annual_Report_Items

You can e-mail your draft report item to me, to the Journal mailing
list, or add it here:
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Annual_Report_2012

I'll round up the California Annual Report Item, the Incubation
Committee Report Item, and the Incubation Labs report item. I've
already signed up an interview for this volume.

I do still need a case study for the upcoming volume. Please let me
know if you can help me with a short article on a case study about the
application of open source geospatial software.

We can also include a project spotlight if there is a software project
team willing to help.

Contact me with any questions, or if you need any help. Thanks!

Landon
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[OSGeo-Discuss] California Chapter Now Accepting Open Geospatial Data Award Nominations

2012-12-07 Thread Landon Blake
I want to let everyone know that the California Chapter is now
accepting nominations for the Open Geospatial Data Award:
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Open_Geospatial_Data_Award

You can submit your nominations on the California Chapte rmailing
list, or by e-mail to sunburned.surve...@gmail.com.

We'd prefer to nominate organizations in California, but please submit
organizations outside of the state if you would like. If we don't get
enough California nominations we can give the award to an organization
out of state.

You are allowed to nominate the organization you work or volunteer with.

The nomination deadline for the 2012 award is Decebmer 28, 2012.

Please contact me with any questions.

Thanks.

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[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Journal Volume 11 (2011 Annual Report) Published

2012-12-04 Thread Landon Blake
I'm pleased to announce the release of the OSGeo Journal Volume 11.
This is the 2011 Annual Report for our organization.

I would like to thank Scott Mitchell for his work on the News article,
and all the chapters and software projects that contributed report
items. I also need to give a HUGE thank you to Eli Adam, who put in
many hours of review and copy editing on this volume. With all of his
help, this volume, and future volumes will be much improved.

For the time being, you can download Volume 11 from this folder of the SVN:
http://svn.osgeo.org/osgeo/journal/volume_11/en-us/master_pdf/

The file is 14 MB, so it takes a minute to download.

I'm also in the process of trying to post each of the articles on the
Journal blog:
http://geojournaleditor.com/category/volume-11/

Here is the table of contents for Volume 11:

- Editorial
- Volunteer Recognition
- News
- degree Software Project Annual Report
- GeoMoose Software Project Annual Report
- GRASS Software Project Annual Report
- QGIS Software Project Annual Report
- California Chapter Annual Report
- Francophone Chapter Annual Report
- Greek Chapter Annual Report
- Italian Chapter Annual Report
- Korean Chapter Annual Report
- PDX Chapter Annual Report
- United Kingdom Chapter Annual REport
- Project Spotlight: pycsw
- Interview: Anita Graser
- Case Study: Applying OpenJUMP to the Management of Sanitary Sewer Networks
- Topical Article: Sharing GIS Data Models
- Topical Article: The SurveyOS Project: Getting Started With Simple Waypoints
- Editor's Footnote: Do We Need A Journal?

Enjoy.

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Is Your Project In OSGeo Labs?

2012-11-29 Thread Landon Blake
Ezra:

I'm trying to do some clean-up of Labs this week. I'll be assembling a
list of projects in labs shortly. I post back to discuss when this
work is complete.

Thanks.

Landon

On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 8:51 AM, Ezra Boyd ebo...@tigers.lsu.edu wrote:

 Landon,

 Is there a webpage that has links to the projects?  I was not aware that
 OSGeo Labs even existed until I read your email, but I am interested in the
 projects.  I did a web search and found this page:
 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Labs

 But, I don't see where it has links to the projects.

 Anyway, sounds like a great idea.  Thanks for you effort!!!

 Ezra


 On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 6:31 PM, Landon Blake sunburned.surve...@gmail.com
 wrote:

 I'm in the process of trying to take over as the steward for OSGeo
 Labs as part of my duties with the OSGeo Incubation Committee. As part
 of this process I'd like to get a handle on the projects that are in
 labs. There is a short list of stable and young and experimental
 projects on the current Labs wiki page. Since I'm editing that page
 today, here is the list:

 Stable Projects:
 - GeoWebCache
 - pgRouting

 Young and Experimental Projects
 - GeoExt
 - GeoFunctions
 - Geoinformatica
 - OpenGeocoder
 - OpenRouter
 - Grids
 - OSGeo Graphics
 - pycsw
 - OWSLib
 - SemanticGeo
 - ZOO-Project

 Can you please let me know if you are involved with one of these
 projects? I'm trying to determine which projects are in labs, and
 then establish a point of contact with each project so I can help them
 get ready for official incubation.

 Thanks.

 Landon

 P.S. - If you have thoughts on the purpose and work of OSGeo Labs,
 please let me know. I have my own vision, but I'd like to get feedback
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Is Your Project In OSGeo Labs?

2012-11-29 Thread Landon Blake
Ari:

It sounds like Geoinformatica is a raster algebra and raster
visualization library writtin in Perl with support for GTK. Is that a
fair description?

If you are interested, I can work the next couple of weeks to get
Geoinformatica set up in Labs. Let me know, and we can move our
conversation over to the incubation mailing list so we don't bore
people on the discuss mailing list.

Thanks for responding to my inquiry!

Landon

On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 11:28 PM, Ari Jolma ari.jo...@gmail.com wrote:
 On 11/29/2012 02:31 AM, Landon Blake wrote:

 I'm in the process of trying to take over as the steward for OSGeo
 Labs as part of my duties with the OSGeo Incubation Committee. As part
 of this process I'd like to get a handle on the projects that are in
 labs. There is a short list of stable and young and experimental
 projects on the current Labs wiki page. Since I'm editing that page
 today, here is the list:

 Stable Projects:
 - GeoWebCache
 - pgRouting

 Young and Experimental Projects
 - GeoExt
 - GeoFunctions
 - Geoinformatica


 Geoinformatica is my project, it's not young, but it's experimental. It's
 made of a part in C, libral, and several Perl packages, which build on GDAL
 and GTK+ Perl bindings (I also maintain the GDAL Perl bindings). The oldest
 parts are in libral, which date at least 10 years back. libral was a simple
 raster algebra package, but I've added to it a simple visualization library
 to render GDAL rasters and vectors to a memory canvas (pixbuf), which can be
 given to GDK (a GTK+ subsystem). I've made an effort to separate this
 library into a library of its own (gvl - also a part of Geoinformatica), but
 it's not in use.

 Geoinformatica has a very small community, I guess one reason is because the
 Perl geospatial community is small(?) and distributed. Also, maybe it's the
 experimental or personal thing, but maintaining stable APIs or a reasonable
 development path in several interdependent libraries has been quite
 difficult for me. However, I regularly use Geoinformatica myself. I use the
 GUI a bit less because QGIS has become very good and because there is not
 yet useful WMS and WFS GUIs to use the GDAL WMS and WFS drivers in it.
 Lately I've written WxS servers (WMS and WFS are functional already) with it
 - Perl has traditionally very good web/CGI support so that's interesting.

 I think OSGeo Labs could be a good forum and platform for collaboration with
 academia, especially the OSGeo Academic Network and the emerging network of
 research labs collaborating with OSGeo and FOSS4G in general. One issue I
 have observed is that the developer community in academic FOSS4G (and other
 geospatial) users/members is still a small minority. Yes, I'm in academia
 too.

 This may be the best portal for Geoinformatica things in the web

 http://geoinformatics.aalto.fi/en/software/

 Cheers and thanks Landon for taking this up,

 Ari

 - OpenGeocoder
 - OpenRouter
 - Grids
 - OSGeo Graphics
 - pycsw
 - OWSLib
 - SemanticGeo
 - ZOO-Project

 Can you please let me know if you are involved with one of these
 projects? I'm trying to determine which projects are in labs, and
 then establish a point of contact with each project so I can help them
 get ready for official incubation.

 Thanks.

 Landon

 P.S. - If you have thoughts on the purpose and work of OSGeo Labs,
 please let me know. I have my own vision, but I'd like to get feedback
 from other OSGeo members.
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Is Your Project In OSGeo Labs?

2012-11-28 Thread Landon Blake
I'm in the process of trying to take over as the steward for OSGeo
Labs as part of my duties with the OSGeo Incubation Committee. As part
of this process I'd like to get a handle on the projects that are in
labs. There is a short list of stable and young and experimental
projects on the current Labs wiki page. Since I'm editing that page
today, here is the list:

Stable Projects:
- GeoWebCache
- pgRouting

Young and Experimental Projects
- GeoExt
- GeoFunctions
- Geoinformatica
- OpenGeocoder
- OpenRouter
- Grids
- OSGeo Graphics
- pycsw
- OWSLib
- SemanticGeo
- ZOO-Project

Can you please let me know if you are involved with one of these
projects? I'm trying to determine which projects are in labs, and
then establish a point of contact with each project so I can help them
get ready for official incubation.

Thanks.

Landon

P.S. - If you have thoughts on the purpose and work of OSGeo Labs,
please let me know. I have my own vision, but I'd like to get feedback
from other OSGeo members.
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[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G NA Web Site

2012-11-27 Thread Landon Blake
I don't know who is responsible for the FOSS4G NA web site
(http://foss4g-na.org/), which I just saw today, but it is beautiful.
I admire whoever was responsible for the web design, and I wanted to
acknowledge their good work on behalf of OSGeo and FOSS4G NA here.

Landon
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Journal: Request for Volume 12

2012-11-13 Thread Landon Blake
I'd like to get the articles by the end of November, but I could wait
until the end of December.

The articles should be related to open source technology if possible.
I will clarify the request for contributions on the wiki.

Thanks.

Landon

On Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 3:09 AM, Stefano Costa st...@iosa.it wrote:
 Il 10/11/2012 00:25, Landon Blake ha scritto:

 I don't think I ever made the request for peer review articles for
 Volume 12 of the OSGeo Journal on this list. You can find the
 request here:


 Hi Landon,
 a quick question. I read that

 The article topic should be related to research on the development
 and use of geospatial software.


 but no mention of open source software is made. Does this mean that e.g. I
 could submit a paper about the research involved with the development of a
 proprietary program or library? If not, it may be better to state it
 clearly.

 And yes I agree with Anne about the deadline.

 Thanks
 steko
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[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Journal: Request for Volume 12

2012-11-09 Thread Landon Blake
I don't think I ever made the request for peer review articles for
Volume 12 of the OSGeo Journal on this list. You can find the request
here:

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Volume_12_-_Request_for_Peer_Review_Articles

It is also here:

http://geojournaleditor.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/volume-12-request-for-peer-review-articles/

Please note: We are accepting submissions from private companies and
other organizations, not just students. I look forward to reviewing
the submissions!

Thanks.

Landon
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Open Geospatial Data Award

2012-10-25 Thread Landon Blake
At the last annual meeting of the OSGeo California Chapter, chapter
members decided to move forward with the creation of the Open
Geospatial Data Award. This award will be given to one (1)
organization each year in California. The award will recognize the
organization's efforts to promote open access to geospatial data. I
thought this concept might appeal to other local chapters, so I wanted
to post our chapter's discussion about the award selection criteria
here.

I'm proposing the nominees for the award be scored on the folowing criteria:

1) The data is released without:
- Restrictions on its use.
- Requirements for indemnification (duty to defend).
- Restrictions on distribution.
- Restrictions on modification.
- Requirement for monetary compensation.

2) The data is easily accessible.

3) Data is high quality:
- The data is regularly updated.
- The data is complete.
- The data is well documented (metadata).
- The data is reasonably accurate and precise.

Not every organization nominated will necessarily do perfectly in each
of these categories. I imagine we will need to come up with some point
scoring system for our chapter's award selection committee to use.

I designed the preliminary award in Inkscape and I can make the SVG
available. I didn't
incorporate the OSGeo color scheme or logo, but could redesign the
award if this wasn't objectionable. We could come up with a standard
certificate that could be used by all of the local OSGeo chapters. I
imagine we'll want to have the award framed before we deliver it to
the selected organization.

I think this is a great opportunity to recognize good behavior on the
part of government agencies and other organizations that are promoting
open access to quality geospatial data. I also think it is a great
marketing opportunity for OSGeo and the local chapters.

I'm toying with the idea of presonally donating some volunteer hours
to the selected agency, to assist with mapping efforts of technical
supporttraining for open source geospatial software.

What do you guys think?

Landon (AKA: The Sunburned Surveyor)

PS - Let me know if this discussion should move to the OSGeo data mailing list.
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Seeking guidance for contributing to OSGeo.

2012-10-16 Thread Landon Blake
Akshita:

Can you subscribe to these three (3) mailing lists? (All are low traffic.):

https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/openjump-users
https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/jump-pilot-devel
http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/java-collab

Let me know when you've had time to subscribe. Then I'll introduce you
to the OpenJUMP developer list and we can talk about where you can
start to help!

Thanks.

Landon

On Sun, Oct 14, 2012 at 3:48 PM, Akshita Tyagi akshita.m...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hello Landon,

 Yes, I do have Java programming skills. I would be obliged if you could help
 me in this regard.

 Warm Regards


 On Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 2:41 AM, Landon Blake sunburned.surve...@gmail.com
 wrote:

 Akshita:

 If you have Java programming skills we are always looking for more help
 with OpenJUMP. Let me know if you interested and I'll intuitive you to the
 developer team.

 Welcome to OSGeo.

 Landon

 On Oct 13, 2012 1:59 PM, Akshita Tyagi akshita.m...@gmail.com wrote:


 Dear Sir,

 I am willing to contribute to your organization as a developer. I have a
 prior experience in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). As a summer
 trainee under Defense Research and Development Organization, Ministry of
 Defense, India; I worked on a project titled Development of PostgreSQL to
 OpenMap interface for basic vector overlay.

 OpenMap is an open source GIS Tool that enables us to work on various set
 of map data. In order to create overlays, OpenMap GIS provides the
 functionality to create basic set of overlays which include point, line,
 polyline, polygon, splines etc. I was assigned a task to establish a
 connection between OpenMap and PostgreSQL using JDBC, with the aim of
 storing the overlays drawn on any particular layer of OpenMap along with its
 user given unique name and attributes, which may be retrieved as and when
 required.


 Kindly guide me on how I can start and make my contribution. I look
 forward to a positive response from you.

 Thanking You.


 Best Regards



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 **Chairperson | IEEE MSIT WIE Student Branch Affinity Group |
 Maharaja Surajmal Institute of Technology, Delhi
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[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Blogs

2012-08-16 Thread Landon Blake
OSGeo Members:

I'd like to start a blog about my work as volunteer editor of the
OSGeo Journal. This blog would give me the opportunity to do the
following:

1) Provide regular updates on the Journal.
2) Recruit new volunteers for the Journal team.
3) Solicit Contributions to future issues of the Journal.
4) Post Journal articles online.
5) Acknowledge the efforts of Journal volunteers.

I'm already using Wordpress, and it would be simple for me to start
the blog there. But I didn't want to take that step without opening
the idea for debate here.

I certainly don't need the blog to be official in any capacity, but
if OSGeo has the infrastructure and the community prefers the blog be
hosted there, I don't have a problem with that. I wanted to ask before
I started blazing my own trail. How has this issue been handled in the
by other members working on OSGeo committees or projects?

Let me know what you think.

Landon
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Blogs

2012-08-16 Thread Landon Blake
Thanks Frank. I'll move forward.

On Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 11:31 AM, Frank Warmerdam warmer...@pobox.com wrote:
 On Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 8:38 AM, Landon Blake
 sunburned.surve...@gmail.com wrote:
 OSGeo Members:

 I'd like to start a blog about my work as volunteer editor of the
 OSGeo Journal. This blog would give me the opportunity to do the
 following:

 1) Provide regular updates on the Journal.
 2) Recruit new volunteers for the Journal team.
 3) Solicit Contributions to future issues of the Journal.
 4) Post Journal articles online.
 5) Acknowledge the efforts of Journal volunteers.

 I'm already using Wordpress, and it would be simple for me to start
 the blog there. But I didn't want to take that step without opening
 the idea for debate here.

 I certainly don't need the blog to be official in any capacity, but
 if OSGeo has the infrastructure and the community prefers the blog be
 hosted there, I don't have a problem with that. I wanted to ask before
 I started blazing my own trail. How has this issue been handled in the
 by other members working on OSGeo committees or projects?

 Landon,

 I believe Tyler was using our main Drupal portal for blogging
 at one point but I'm not keen on building dependence on
 more aspects of Drupal that might complicate future migration.

 I'd suggest doing it your own way and just making sure it gets
 added to http://planet.osgeo.org/

 Best regards,
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 ---+--
 I set the clouds in motion - turn up   | Frank Warmerdam, warmer...@pobox.com
 light and sound - activate the windows | http://pobox.com/~warmerdam
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] The importance of a project's license

2012-07-27 Thread Landon Blake
FYI: I release all of the code for my projects under the GPL and LGPL,
and have no plans on switching for my projects. So the licenses aren't
dead quite yet. :]

I think there is a tradeoff in the licensing decision between the
greater adoption that comes with a weaker license, and the stricter
adherence to open source principles that come with a stronger
license. (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/why-not-lgpl.html)

I'm not making a statement about which license is better for OSGeo
Projects, I'm just making a general statement. I personally feel the
principles in the GPL and LGPL are more important than wider adoption
for my projects. But I'm just a hobby programmer.

There is one more thing to think about before changing the license on
a project. There may be programmers that favor contributions to
projects licensed under the GPL/LGPL, and consider a project's license
when determining where to dedicate their resources. I know OSGeo has
the right to change the licensing, but I believe there should be a
very strong case for doing so. It is, to a certain extent, changing
the rules after the game has started.

Landon




On Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 6:22 AM, Mr. Puneet Kishor punk.k...@gmail.com wrote:

 On Jul 27, 2012, at 9:08 AM, Andrew Ross andrew.r...@eclipse.org wrote:

 BSD, MIT, Apache wouldn't have this issue - at the expense of not having the 
 weak copyleft. Basically people can take the code and do what they wish with 
 it.


 +1


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[OSGeo-Discuss] Seeking Contributions: OSGeo Journal Annual Report for 2011

2012-07-18 Thread Landon Blake
I'm starting work this week on the Annual Report for 2011.

I don't have any annual report information from any of our software
projects, committees, or sponsors yet.

I only have annual report items for the following chapters:
- California
- Francophone
- PDX

The annual report is a great opportunity to get some publicity for the
efforts of your chapter or software project. I can send you a simple
template file you can use for your report item. They don't have to be
long. Just a few paragraphs. If you want to send me a bullet list, or
post it to the wiki page, I'll convert it to a narrative format
myself.

Please support the OSGeo Journal and contribute!

You can send me your questions or contributions directly
(sunburned.surve...@gmail.com) or you can post it to the wiki
(http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Journal_Volume_11).

I'd appreciate if you can submit your contributions by the end of this
week, but I'll wait until the end of next week if you let me know you
are working on something.

This will give me time to wrap up the Annual Report by the middle of
August, leaving time for a peer review issue before the end of the
year.

If you have already completed a report for 2011, and I missed it,
please let me know.

Thanks for the help!

Landon

PS - I'm also looking for a victim that will submit to an interview
for this issue. Please let me know if you are interested. You don't
have to be famous or important, just involved in GIS. One of our new
charter members or a member of our committees would be great
candidates.
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Did anyone else see this article on OSGeo?

2012-07-09 Thread Landon Blake
It was in GPS World:

http://www.gpsworld.com/gis/gss-weekly/open-source-gis-12997?utm_source=GSSutm_medium=emailutm_campaign=Geospatial-Weekly_05_17_2012utm_content=open-source-gis-12997

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Charter Member Nomination

2012-07-03 Thread Landon Blake
I'd like to nominate Ragi Burhum as an OSGeo Charter Member.

Ragi is an important member of the OSGeo California Chapter. During
the past four years, Ragi has made several presentations about FOSS4G
in various conferences ranging from small local Linux Chapters to
conferences like PgWest, SCALE, OSCON, MySQLConference. He has also
helped setup and work the OSGeo booth for several events. He is the
organizer of the GeoMeetup (San Francisco Meetup with 700+ members)
which has an active OSGeo presence and has been used to raise the
awareness of FOSS4G in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco startup
community. He has created two of GDAL's drivers (ArcObjects and
FileGDB) and contributes GDAL patches as well.

Ragi is also helps host and administer the annual OSGeo California
Chapter meetings. In addition, he cencourages me to overcome my
addiction to Java and learn Python. :]

Ragi would make a great charter member of OSGeo.

Landon
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Sharing GIS Data Models

2012-06-20 Thread Landon Blake
I recently started work on a GIS for a small sewer district at my day
job. I'm currently using diagrams I created in Inkscape
(http://inkscape.org/) to illustrate the following elements of my GIS
data model:

1) Simple Feature Attributes
2) Individual Feature Level Metadata

When the data model documentation process is complete I hope to also
have diagrams for the additional elements of my GIS data model:

1) Topology Data
2) Feature Relationships
3) Feature Editing History

The diagrams will be combined with a short written guide to document
the data model. I plan on sharing all of the data model, including its
design, the SVG and PDF files of the diagrams, and the written guide.
I'd like to release all of that under a Creative Commons License. If I
can find time, I'll tweak the diagrams to create templates that could
be easily applied to other data models.

Is there any interest among other OSGeo members in these data model
documents and templates? If there is, I'd love to gather feedback from
interested parties. If there was enough interest, I'd like to talk
about hosting an open data model page similar to the one here:

http://support.esri.com/en/downloads/datamodel

I'd could commit to maintaining the data for the sewer data model, and
hope to add data models for the Public Land Survey System and Flood
Control Infrastructure before the end of the year. If there isn't
interest in doing that as part of OSGeo, I'll put up a set of GIS data
model pages here:

http://www.ccvgpg.org/

Ultimately my goal is to encourage better documentation and sharing of
GIS data model design. Inkscape is a really wonderful vector graphics
program that makes it possible to do this in a beautiful way using
common templates.

If there is any interest, I'll share what I've got so far, and will
move the conversation to the OSGeo standards mailing list.

Thanks.

Landon
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Simple Topology File Format Specification

2012-06-20 Thread Landon Blake
As part of my recent work for setting up a GIS for a small sanitary
sewer district, I've been working on a simple way to share network
topology information between GIS systems. The current method for
storing and sharing network topology uses two delimited text files.
The first delimited text file stores information about nodes in the
network, and relates these nodes to simple features. The second
delimited text file stores information about connectors (or edges)
between the nodes and relates these connectors to simple features. The
two files can be used together to represent network topology. In the
future, the method will also store network topology rules.

I'll start work soon on a set of open source plug-ins for OpenJUMP
that uses these files to perform network topology analysis and
operations on simple features. This includes tasks like simple network
route tracing. I would like to split out the low-level code used by
the set of network topology plug-ins into a GeoTools module so it can
be used by other Java programs.

At this point, some of you are probably asking why don't you just put
all of this in a database?.

There are two reasons:

1) I've got to work with ESRI Shapefiles. I can use OpenJUMP for the
project at my day job, but only if my core data files are
interoperable with ESRI. (This is horrible, I know, but it is the
reality I'm currently dealing with.) I'm not using a geodatabase, and
I'm not storing my simple feature data in a database. I need my simple
features in Shapefiles and my topology data in stand-alone text files.
2) Databases are hard to share. :]

If there is interest among other OSGeo members, I'd like to write and
publish a specification for my topology data files under a Creative
Commons License. (I wouldn't claim any intellectual property over the
method or file structures either, if that was a concern.) I'd be
willing to maintain and update the specification over time.

I looked at CityGML for network topology, but it was way too complex.
I don't want anything resembling XML. :]

Perhaps my use case is too limited to benefit others, but I wanted to
shoot something over the bow. I think it would be great to have a way
to share network topology between program's like QGIS, UDig, and
OpenJUMP.

If there is interest in my work, I'll move this discussion to the
OSGeo Standards Mailing List.

Thanks.

Landon
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Why You Can't Ignore Open Source Software

2012-05-30 Thread Landon Blake
Glad to see my fellow surveyors coming around. :]

http://geodatapoint.com/articles/view/why_you_cant_ignore_open_source_software

Landon
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Call for 2011 Annual Report Items: Sponsors, Projects, Chapters, Committee, Board

2012-03-22 Thread Landon Blake
Thanks for putting the report together Jody!

Landon

On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 2:01 AM, Jody Garnett jody.garn...@gmail.com wrote:
 Looks like you are handling projects in incubation on your end; in any case
 the incubation committee report is now available.

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Talk on Copyright and Licensing for Geospatial Data

2012-03-13 Thread Landon Blake
OSGeo Folks:

I'm giving a talk to CCVGPG (http://www.ccvgpg.org), our local GIS
user group this Friday. My talk will be about copyright and licensing
of geospatial data. I've found a good amount of information on
copyright and a bit on its application to GIS. However, I haven't
found much at all in the way of information about the licensing of
geospatial data. If you have some references I can investigate, I
would appreciate that.

Or, if you work for an organization that had to make decisions about
the licensing of geospatial data, and you'd be willing to discuss
things you considered as part of that decision process, please let me
know.

I'll post a link to a video of the talk if recording and editing goes OK.

Thanks.

Landon
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Talk on Copyright and Licensing for Geospatial Data

2012-03-13 Thread Landon Blake
Thanks Alex.

I'm interested specifically in US law for this talk. I'm familiar with
copyright law and how it applies to geospatial data. However, most of
what I know about licensing comes from software and the local agency
licenses for geospatial data that I deal with.

I'll do some more poking around.

Landon

On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM, Alex Mandel
tech_...@wildintellect.com wrote:
 On 03/13/2012 10:06 AM, Landon Blake wrote:
 OSGeo Folks:

 I'm giving a talk to CCVGPG (http://www.ccvgpg.org), our local GIS
 user group this Friday. My talk will be about copyright and licensing
 of geospatial data. I've found a good amount of information on
 copyright and a bit on its application to GIS. However, I haven't
 found much at all in the way of information about the licensing of
 geospatial data. If you have some references I can investigate, I
 would appreciate that.

 Or, if you work for an organization that had to make decisions about
 the licensing of geospatial data, and you'd be willing to discuss
 things you considered as part of that decision process, please let me
 know.

 I'll post a link to a video of the talk if recording and editing goes OK.

 Thanks.

 Landon


 In the US or internationally(There are some other rules in the EU).
 Data is not typically copyrightable in the US because it's not usually
 considered a creative work. That's probably why you haven't found much
 about it.

 Example, road atlas sneaks in a fake road stub - a creative addition,
 hence copyrightable, along with their cartography (color choices etc,
 bound in a particular way). That's why an atlas can have copyright.

 As for licensing, I've not seen anything standard, every service seems
 to write up their own for what you can and can't do with data they
 provide you. I think this all ends up as contracting law. The typical
 from using various map APIs seems to be you can use our data as long as
 you show our copyright and don't transfer the data outside of our
 API/Progams (E.g. no printing). You might want to look at licensing more
 generally rather than specific to geospatial.

 Now of course those court cases about parcels in California are all
 about if the court think parcel data is data or software.

 Thanks,
 Alex


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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Call for 2011 Annual Report Items: Sponsors, Projects, Chapters, Committee, Board

2012-02-27 Thread Landon Blake
Thanks Richard!

Landon

On Sun, Feb 26, 2012 at 3:49 PM, richard burcher drownedf...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hi Landon,

 I will be submitting the report for the Ottawa Chapter.

 Cheers,

 Richard

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Which Java OS GIS project to join ?

2012-02-15 Thread Landon Blake
Its good to now I'll always be loved and have a home as an open source
Java programmer. :]

Landon

On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 5:17 AM, Jody Garnett jody.garn...@gmail.com wrote:
 I would (surprise) like to invite you to take part in the GeoTools project.

 We have a nice developers guide[1] to help get you started[2]; an easy to
 follow process if you want to create a new module[3] from scratch; or simply
 help with some of the existing ideas.

 Quick suggestion: as an example there series of tutorials[4] and we have a
 request[5] to make a tutorial on how to use the graph module for route
 finding. This kind of activity is a great way to get started; as you bring a
 really scare commodity to any development team - a fresh set of eyes; to
 both ask questions; and explain the answer clearly.

 [1] http://docs.geotools.org/latest/developer/index.html
 [2] http://geotools.org/getinvolved.html
 [3] http://docs.geotools.org/latest/developer/procedures/create.html
 [4] http://docs.geotools.org/latest/userguide/index.html
 [5] https://jira.codehaus.org/browse/GEOT-3875
 --
 Jody Garnett

 On Wednesday, 15 February 2012 at 3:09 AM, Andreas Paukner-Ruzicka wrote:

 Hello,
 I'd like to contribute to a Java based OpenSource GIS project.
 Which ones have backlogs of tasks I can work on as a Java programmer and
 architect ?
 Any recommendations ?

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 Mit freundlichen Gruessen/Kind regards,
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 (Geschaeftsfuehrer/Managing Director)

 
 Geo-IT GmbH - Geoinformatik, IT-Services
 Guggenberg 3, D-82380 Peissenberg
 Tel: +49-8803-498372, Mobile: +49-179-5913766
 eMail: a...@geo-it.com - Internet: http://www.geo-it.com

 Geschaeftsfuehrer/Managing directors:
 Andreas Paukner-Ruzicka, Daniel Robrecht

 Registergericht: AG München, HRB 135305
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Call for 2011 Annual Report Items: Sponsors, Projects, Chapters, Committee, Board

2012-02-14 Thread Landon Blake
Thanks Jody and Sanghee for your support and help.

Landon

2012/2/13 Shin, Sanghee endof...@gmail.com:
 Dear Landon,

 I added Korean Chapter activities of 2011 to the wikipage you mentioned.

 I really appreciate your efforts.

 With regards,

 Sanghee

 2012. 2. 14., 오전 7:04, Landon Blake 작성:

 I'd like to put out a call for 2011 Annual Report items for Volume 11
 of the OSGeo Journal:

 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Journal_Volume_11

 We are planning to publish this report by the end of March. You can
 make your submission for the report directly to me
 (sunburned.surve...@gmail.com), to the Journal mailing list, or on the
 wiki page for the 2011 Annual Report:

 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Annual_Report_2011

 I know it is a bit of work, but I encourage all of our OSGeo sponsors,
 software projects, chapters, committees, and the board to submit a
 report. All I need is a word processor document or plain text file.
 The Journal team will take care of all the formatting.

 Thanks in advance for the submissions.

 Landon
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Which Java OS GIS project to join ?

2012-02-14 Thread Landon Blake
That is a dangerous e-mail on a list like this. :]

If you still have volunteer juice left when your done with Cameron,
we'd love extra help on OpenJUMP. I have at least 6 things I should be
working on for OpenJUMP right now. It is a great open source desktop
GIS written in Java, with a really awesome worldwide developer and
user community.

Landon

On Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM, Cameron Shorter
cameron.shor...@gmail.com wrote:
 On 15/02/12 04:09, Andreas Paukner-Ruzicka wrote:

 Hello,
 I'd like to contribute to a Java based OpenSource GIS project.
 Which ones have backlogs of tasks I can work on as a Java programmer and
 architect ?
 Any recommendations ?


 Wow, what an attractive offer to an Open Source project team. I'm going to
 jump in early and try to woo you over to the OSGeo-Live project for a couple
 of weeks (until we put out our next release)
 http://live.osgeo.org

 At osgeolive, we package close to 50 open source gespatial applications on
 an Xubuntu base, and distribute at conferences and workshops around the
 world.

 Right now we would dearly love someone with some java experience to test
 applications running on openjdk 7, as they previously were tested on sun
 java 6. This is something that all java projects will need to address soon,
 as sun java will not be allowed to be included in linux based installers in
 future linux releases (it will need to be installed separately).

 It would be great to have someone test all our java applications with
 openjdk, identify any errors, then work with the communities to help resolve
 any issues found.

 This would also be a great way to learn about what open source java gis
 projects are out there, and help you determine which you would like to work
 with.

 Interested? Please drop by and introduce yourself at
 irc://freenode.net#osgeolive or on our email list
 http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/live-demo

 You will also want to download our latest ISO image we are testing from:
 http://aiolos.survey.ntua.gr/gisvm/5.5/

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 Tel: +61 (0)2 8570 5050
 Mob: +61 (0)419 142 254

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Call for News Items

2012-02-13 Thread Landon Blake
We should have the OSGeo Annual Report for 2010 published by the end
of the week. If you haven't already given them to Scott Mitchell,
please forward any news items you want to include to me
(sunburned.surve...@gmail.com) or to the mailing list for the Journal.

I'll be working on the news items this week, so the sooner I get
additions the better. :]

Thanks.

Landon
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] New OSGIS book available...

2012-01-25 Thread Landon Blake
Tyler:

Congratulations on getting this book published. I look forward to your
future works.

Thanks.

Landon

On Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM, Tyler Mitchell tmitch...@osgeo.orgwrote:

 In case you didn't read the spam elsewhere already... see below :)  This
 is the first book I've pushed out via my new company focused on open source
 geo books.  Part of the impetus for us to get this book back into print
 (and keep it there!) was so educators could have a broad, yet deep, OSGIS
 resource at their disposal for courses.  My other goal is to be able to
 support consultants with material they can use in training their clients.

 Drop me a note if you'd like more information, see below, or visit
 http://locatepress.com/books/geospatial-desktop

 I'd love to hear how it could be made more useful for you!

 (sorry for HTML email but it was easiest for passing along the urls)

 Tyler

 
The Geospatial Desktophttp://www.locatepress.com/books/geospatial-desktop

 Open Source GIS  Mapping

 *By Gary Sherman*

 *Now available on 
 Amazon!*http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0986805211/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8tag=locapres-20link_code=as3camp=211189creative=373489creativeASIN=0986805211

 *Locate Press* is proud to bring this work back into print by releasing
 this updated edition. Originally known as *Desktop GIS: Mapping the
 Planet with Open Source 
 Toolshttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1934356069/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8tag=locapres-20link_code=as3camp=211189creative=373489creativeASIN=1934356069
 *this popular book quickly sold out and was out of print for far too
 long.  If you are looking for a very readable and reliable text for
 learning more about open source mapping desktop applications, this is the
 book for you.

 See Gary’s website dedicated to the book – GeospatialDesktop.com to learn
 more About the Book http://geospatialdesktop.com/about-the-book/ and to
 see an Annotated Chapter 
 Listhttp://geospatialdesktop.com/annotated-chapter-list/
 .

 Sign up for the Locate Press Geospatial Desktop Newsletter for updates and
 news (right sidebar).
 Description

 Desktop *Geographic Information System* (GIS) software gives you the
 ability to make maps and analyze geographic information.  This book
 provides a foundational level of knowledge for understanding GIS and the
 open source desktop mapping applications that are available for use, for
 free, today.  Learn about vector and raster data, how to convert data,
 interacting with spatial databases, creating new map data, geoprocessing,
 scripting, and more.  Special sections include focused learning on the Quantum
 GIS http://www.qgis.org and GRASS GIS http://grass.osgeo.org/software 
 platforms but other packages are also introduced.  The Geospatial
 Desktop is written by the creator of Quantum GIS, so you can rest assured
 that you will be led by one of the most knowledgeable authors on the
 subject.


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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] The Role of FOSS Foundations By Stephen Walli

2012-01-22 Thread Landon Blake
Thanks for the article link!
Landon

2011/12/15 Mateusz Łoskot mate...@loskot.net:
 Folks,

 This may be an interesting reading:
 http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/role-foss-foundations

 Best regards,
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 Charter Member of OSGeo, http://osgeo.org
 Member of ACCU, http://accu.org
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] RE: Let's start a new OSGeo education webinar initiative

2012-01-22 Thread Landon Blake
I've been dinking around with OpenLayers, so I could do a very basic
OpenLayers webinar. I could also do something on the GPX module I
added to GeoTools.

Is the idea for a live webinar, or for a video produced ahead of time?

Landon

On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 6:29 AM, Suchith Anand
suchith.an...@nottingham.ac.uk wrote:
 Thanks Charlie for this excellent initiative and Phil Davies for providing 
 GeoTech's infrastructure for this. Could i request strong support and 
 participation from all. These introductory webinars will be an excellent way 
 to get more people (especially in education) to start learning about the 
 various software and also promoting OSGeo.

 Best wishes,

 Suchith


 -Original Message-
 From: Charles Schweik [mailto:cschw...@pubpol.umass.edu]
 Sent: 12 December 2011 14:19
 To: discuss@lists.osgeo.org
 Cc: pda...@delmar.edu; suchith.an...@nottingham.ac.uk
 Subject: Let's start a new OSGeo education webinar initiative

 Dear OSGeo colleagues,

 [This is a copy of a note I sent to the OSGeo education group
 yesterday. My hope is that some of the software teams will be willing
 to do an introduction webinar on their products.]

 I'd like to propose that we start a new OSGeo education webinar
 series. Thanks to Phil Davis and the GeoTech center [1] we now have
 webinar capabilities.

 An obvious first step would be to have a set of Introduction to OSGeo
 technologies webinars. These would be recorded so we can start to
 build a video educational repository.

 I've established a wiki page at [2] to allow potential presenters to
 sign up. With the new year coming soon, I'm hoping we can get at least
 12 webinars identified for the 2012 year to be developed by people who
 are subject experts. Or, if you have any ideas on other potential
 topics, feel free to contact me.

 Thanks,
 Charlie Schweik
 OSGeo edu committee chair

 [1] http://www.geotechcenter.org/
 [2] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Edu_webinars
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] The amicus curiae brief in the Orange County, California public records / geo data court case

2011-12-20 Thread Landon Blake
This is an important case. Thanks for stepping up to take the lead on
the issue MPG.

Landon

On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 7:23 PM, Michael P. Gerlek m...@flaxen.com wrote:
 I've volunteered to take point on this issue and do the homework, as a first 
 step towards bringing to the Board for approval.

 I've started a wiki page listing some reading material about the case:

 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OrangeCounty_Amicus

 If anyone has any opinions about the issue (either pro or con!), please email 
 me or email the list or add to the wiki.

 -mpg





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 [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Dan Putler
 Sent: Friday, December 16, 2011 9:08 AM
 To: discuss@lists.osgeo.org
 Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] The amicus curiae brief in the Orange County, 
 California public records / geo data court case

 Hi all,

 I've been in contact with Bruce Joffe who has been working on an amicus
 curiae (friend of the court) brief associated with two court decisions
 that have gone in completely opposite directions in California, one
 involving Santa Clara County and the other involving Orange County. The
 legal point is the same in both cases, is GIS data (parcel data in
 particular) data or is it software? If it is data, then it is covered
 under the California Public Records Act, requiring that it be released
 to the public for reproduction costs, if it is software, it isn't
 covered, and is subject to licensing fees. The judge in the Santa Clara
 County case (correctly) determined it was data, while the judge in the
 Orange County case (incorrectly) determined it was software. The case is
 now heading to the California Supreme Court, and Bruce Joffe is rounding
 up potential individuals and organizations to sign on to the amicus
 curiae brief. More details about the situation was posted on the
 Directions Magazine daily newsletter on Wednesday. Here is the link to
 the article:
 http://www.directionsmag.com/articles/sierra-club-vs-orange-county-pra-lawsuit-update-december-10-2011/219926

 My main purpose for posting this information to this list is to
 determine if there is some mechanism by which the Open Geospatial
 Foundation can be listed as one of the supporting parties in the amicus
 curiae brief. I don't know if there is a mechanism for approving this,
 but this seems like an issue that we should have a strong interest in.

 Dan
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] 2011 Charter Member Election Results

2011-12-02 Thread Landon Blake
I would think it appropriate to send an e-mail to people that will be
retired as a charter member before they are removed. To be fair, they
should've been warned they were on the list to be axed before the
vote. (Maybe they already were?)

I'm not trying to excuse anyone's lack of involvement, but I think it
is important to remember that we are all busy and we don't want to
take ourselves to seriously.

Landon

On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 4:33 AM, George R. C. Silva
georger.si...@gmail.com wrote:
 Em quarta-feira, 30 de novembro de 2011 04:19:55, Venkatesh Raghavan
 escreveu:

 Daniel and All,

 Thanks for you hard work as CRO, Daniel.
 Could you also let us know what was the
 percentage of voting.

 My congratulations to all the new Charter Members
 and many thanks for all nominees for their
 participation.

 May be time to find out charter members who have abstained
 for Charter Member elections over the last two elections
 and consider a retirement policy for Charter Members.

 Best

 Venka

 On 2011/11/30 14:17, Daniel Morissette wrote:

 OSGeo Community,

 I am ready to announce the results of the 2011 Charter Member Election.

 • Note that we had a tie for the 20th slot, so I decided to welcome 21
 new charter members for this year instead of 20 since that still fits within
 the limits of 20% new charter members set by the board at the 2011-09-17
 board meeting (i.e. 20% of 104 = 20.8)

 • The new charter members for 2011 are (in alphabetical order):
 • Bob Basques
 • Brian Case
 • Eric Lemoine
 • Even Rouault
 • G.Hanumantha Rao
 • Gabriel Roldán
 • Jachym Cepicky
 • Lluís Vicens
 • Luca Delucchi
 • Maning Sambale
 • Margherita Di Leo
 • Martin Daly
 • Martin Landa
 • Massimo Di Stefano
 • Nicolas Bozon
 • Sanghee Shin
 • Stephen Woodbridge
 • Suchith Anand
 • Tim Sutton
 • Xianfeng Song
 • Yoicihi Kayama

 Those results are published in the wiki at
 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Election_2011#Final_Status:_2011-11-29

 I will leave it up to our board secretary to update the official members
 database and we the official list on the website should also be updated soon
 (http://www.osgeo.org/charter_members)

 A warm welcome to our new charter members, and thank you to all
 candidates who didn't make it… it was a matter of only a few votes, so maybe
 next year?

 Daniel Morissette (OSGeo CRO, 2011)

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Welcome new Charter members

2011-12-01 Thread Landon Blake
Where do we get the election results?

Thanks.

Landon

On Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 2:49 AM, Suchith Anand
suchith.an...@nottingham.ac.uk wrote:
 Dear OSGeo Colleagues,



 I am greatly humbled and thankful for this opportunity to be Charter member
 of OSGeo. I will strongly continue in my efforts with the aim to get Open
 Source GIS its rightful place in geospatial education worldwide. It is a
 long road but i am confident with all of our joint efforts and hardwork we
 will achieve this aim.



 Having strong agenda and result oriented plans  for Education and training
 is very important for the long term sustainability of OSGeo and our aim to
 help bring the benefits of geospatial technologies to all especially for the
 economically disadvantaged communities worldwide.



 Thanks to Jo and Mike for nominating me and all charter members for giving
 me this opportunity.



 Best wishes,



 Suchith



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 Nottingham Geospatial Institute
 Nottingham Geospatial Building

 University of Nottingham  NG7 2 TU
 Tel: (0)115 82 32750

 http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~lgzwww/contacts/staffPages/SuchithAnand/Suchith%20Anand.htm

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 [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Ravi Kumar
 Sent: 01 December 2011 06:35
 To: osgeo-discuss
 Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Welcome new Charter members



 Welcome to all new charter members.

 Now it is time to hear from them their plans for OSGeo in general and their
 domain, local chapters in particular.

 Links to their blogs/web-pages will help too.



 Old charter members:

 It is very disturbing seeing the percentage of voting from charter members.

 Let us try and see that only those interested remain in the charter.



 Ravi Kumar




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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] RE : Distracting discussions of discussing [was:] What is North America?

2011-11-24 Thread Landon Blake
So did we decide what we would geographic region we would include in a
North American chapter? How would this chapter interact or relate to
existing chapters in the United States and other parts of North
America?

Landon

On Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 1:13 PM, Jean-Philippe Lagrange
jean-philippe.lagra...@ign.fr wrote:
 Dear Adrian,

 I agree that being a non native speaker, I may misunderstand some sentences. 
 However, you wrote:
 'you have to include France as well in North America for the
 two itty, bitty islands it claims of the eastern coast---doesn't
 territorial occupation suck?'.
 Am I inventing in finding this sentence somewhat disparaging?
 You could use another word than 'occupation', couldn't you?
 Would 'territorial occupation' have no link with 'occupied territories'?

 Anyway, this matter is not worth long exchanges!

 Best,
 Jean-Philippe

 
 De : Adrian Custer [acus...@gmail.com]
 Date d'envoi : dimanche 13 novembre 2011 18:27
 À : Jean-Philippe Lagrange; OSGeo Discussions
 Objet : Distracting discussions of discussing [was:] What is North America?

 On Sat, 2011-11-12 at 10:07 +0100, Jean-Philippe Lagrange wrote:
 Hi Adrian,

 Should now French people feel some prejudice because of your disparaging 
 words?

 Jean-Phillipe Lagrange,

 There were no disparaging words in my email. I am a native speaker of
 English so I know how to use the language pretty well to have it say
 what I mean to say rather than something else. Also, I had no intent to
 disparage the people of the country where I was born, where I have spent
 the past few years, and where part of my family lives. So if you have
 read something you find disparaging of yourself or others in my email,
 please know that you have invented it.

 Also, since these emails are (1) lighthearted (2) ironic and (3) joking,
 it would be best if everyone made the effort to read them looking for
 irony and happiness rather than looking for insults. Arnulf is playing
 on the tensions between 'north americans' and others in the americas,
 playing on the history of violent confrontation between those groups. He
 is playing in order to, light heartedly, call into question what 'North
 american' might mean for a regional chapter of OSGeo. That is the
 interesting question.

 The rest of this bantering is merely irrelevant irreverent political
 banter. Even 'gringo' that started this all, is, in my experience, used
 much more frequently as a statement of fact, or as a lighthearted
 comment, than as a direct insult. I personally found it much quicker to
 call myself a 'gringo' than the mouthful 'estado unidense' or 'norte
 americano'. Daniel, to my surprise, finds the term obviously and clearly
 insulting. Such is the spectrum of human experience. Nonetheless, I
 suspect we all can recognize that Arnulf did not start his email trying
 to insult people but rather, in a fit of his boundless energy, to spark
 a discussion about the OSGeo chapter.

 ~adrian


 PS If you still consider my mail insulting, I would be glad to reassure
 you that it was not written that way. Contact me directly, in french if
 you like, and we can resolve this offline.

 Should we follow up by wondering what natives of Northern America
 think of 'occupation which sucks'?

 By all means. Although, if you look at my last name, you will perhaps
 understand that I usually start with the genocidal conquest of these
 united states rather than end up considering it.


 Such consideration do not lead anybody anywhere. Nowadays borders are
 a result of history, including past wars, and nobody should argue too
 much against the formers, for we do not want the latters to develop
 again among nations.

 Actually, many people do argue against and question borders; others try
 to undermine the nation states and focus on human well being instead.

 By the way, French Islands in your area do not stop at two bitty islands
 off the Eastern coast, you may also include French Antillas,

 Except that this was the whole point of Arnulf's email; the carribean is
 almost never considered part of 'north america' despite being (1) in the
 americas and (2) north of the equator. Nor is the much more sizeable
 Mexico.

 not so far
 from Puerto Rico, recently added to the USA.

 Best,
 JP
 
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 On Fri, 2011-11-11 at 11:29 +0100, Seven (aka Arnulf) wrote:
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  Now that a North American Regional Chapter is emerging I wanted to
  understand what the term North America actually means. Just a few
  example:
 
  In my cultural context (Germany) the Unites States on their own are
  typically called Amerika which in reality is a whole continent. To
  many 

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Seeking Articles, Reports, and Volunteers forVolume 9 of the OSGeo Journal

2011-01-17 Thread Landon Blake
Maxi,

 

You can definitely submit us a draft of an article on either one of
these projects. If you have other questions, ask us on the OSGeo
Newsletter mailing list:

 

http://www.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/newsletter

 

Thanks,

 

Landon

Mobile: (209) 992-0658

Office: (209) 946-0268

 

From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org
[mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Massimiliano
Cannata
Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2011 2:17 PM
To: OSGeo Discussions
Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Seeking Articles, Reports, and Volunteers
forVolume 9 of the OSGeo Journal

 

Hi,
i can have contribution for GeoShield
(http://sites.google.com/site/geoshieldproject/) and istSOS
(http://istgeo.ist.supsi.ch/software/istsos/): we use bot for managing
pubblic administration applications like: hydro-meteo monitoring network
data management, hazard zonation and water protection zones web portals.
All are in a production environment and completely open source.

Maxi

On 01/13/2011 10:49 PM, Landon Blake wrote: 

While Tyler Mitchell is working hard to wrap up the work and publish
Volume 8 of the OSGeo Journal, I've started work with some of our other
volunteers on Volume 9. We hope to publish Volume 9 at the beginning of
April.

 

Please let me know if you are interested in contributing an article to
Volume 9, or if you can volunteer to help put it together. We need
authors, reviewers, editors, and LaTex handlers.

 

As a reminder, you can also submit articles for publication in the
peer-review section of the Journal.

 

Volume 9 will also be filling the role of our annual report. So I'll be
asking each OSGeo Project and OSGeo Chapter for a brief report about
last year's activities. We'd like to get all articles and reports for
Volume 9 submitted by the end of February so our volunteer team will
have time to review and request revisions from the authors.

 

If you want to help or submit material for Volume 9, please e-mail me
(sunburned.surve...@gmail.com) or let us know on the Journal mailing
list:

 

http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/newsletter

 

You can find the wiki page for Volume 9 here:

 

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Journal_Volume_9

 

Thanks,

 

Landon Blake

Project Land Surveyor

KSN Incorporated - Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors

Mobile: (209) 992-0658

Office: (209) 946-0268

E-Mail: lbl...@ksninc.com

 

 

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RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Seeking Articles, Reports, and Volunteers for Volume 9 of the OSGeo Journal

2011-01-17 Thread Landon Blake
Bob,

 

I'd be interested to learn more about your work with the US National
Grid.

 

Landon

Mobile: (209) 992-0658

Office: (209) 946-0268

 

From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org
[mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Bob Basques
Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2011 7:49 AM
To: OSGeo Discussions
Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Seeking Articles, Reports,and Volunteers
for Volume 9 of the OSGeo Journal

 

Tyler,

A couple of project that I've been working on that are (semi-)formally
documented.

http://pwultra5.ci.stpaul.mn.us/OPERA/

These might be of interest to some.

bobb



On 1/14/2011 9:28 AM, Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) wrote: 

On 2011-01-14, at 7:20 AM, Landon Blake wrote:





I don't think there is a problem covering other programs or libraries,
as long as they are open source and related to geospatial data. 

 

Landon's definitely right on this - and Ann we'd love articles re: 52
North or and other friends that are open source.  And a few other
areas we'd be interested in seeing:

* Open data articles might also be of interest

* Proprietary solution mixed with open source, that would be a good case
study

* Project introductions - here's how our program works

* In-depth technical articles welcome too - e.g. agorithms or functions
you are developing

 

We're working on our 9th volume - that's 9 volumes and going into our
5th year - hopefully we're starting to have an impact and providing a
valuable forum.  Keep those article proposals coming!

 

Tyler

 
 
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RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Ravi OSGeo

2011-01-17 Thread Landon Blake
Ravi,

 

Thanks for the kind words about OpenJUMP. They are good to hear.

 

Landon

Mobile: (209) 992-0658

Office: (209) 946-0268

 

From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org
[mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Ravi
Sent: Saturday, January 15, 2011 7:41 PM
To: discuss@lists.osgeo.org
Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Ravi OSGeo

 

Hi Jeff,

was teaching a bunch of young kids open source GIS, for 3 days (CSSTEP /
IIRS Dehradun, India) 2 of them from Vietnam. They were so pleased by
OpenJUMP that they

made me spend a whole morning and after noon (the only day off I had)
'Mineral prognostication', using 'OpenJUMP'.

 

Front ends being easy, and learning curves (a breeze) matter after all,
than

how much is packed in a OS-GIS software.

 

Cheers

Ravi

 



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RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Seeking Articles, Reports, and Volunteers for Volume 9 of the OSGeo Journal

2011-01-14 Thread Landon Blake
I don't think there is a problem covering other programs or libraries, as long 
as they are open source and related to geospatial data. I'll let Tyler comment 
on that question if he is listening. At the end of the day, the Journal belongs 
to all the OSGeo members, so my opinion isn't the one that counts. :]

 

However, I think we would have skimpy content if we limited ourselves to only 
talking about OSGeo software projects.

 

You can also submit articles that are related to geospatial topics or the 
geospatial industry. They don't have to be articles about a specific program.

 

Landon

Mobile: (209) 992-0658

Office: (209) 946-0268

 

From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] 
On Behalf Of Ann Hitchcock
Sent: Friday, January 14, 2011 1:20 AM
To: 'OSGeo Discussions'
Subject: AW: [OSGeo-Discuss] Seeking Articles, Reports,and Volunteers for 
Volume 9 of the OSGeo Journal

 

Hi Landon,

 

Is the journal exclusively for OSGeo projects or can other open source software 
projects contribute?

 

Thanks!

 

Cheers,

Ann

 

-- 

Ann Hitchcock

52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH

Martin-Luther-King-Weg 24

48155 Muenster, Germany

 

http://52north.org

 

General Managers:

Dr. Albert Remke, Dr. Andreas Wytzisk

Local Court Muenster HRB 10849

 

Von: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] 
Im Auftrag von Landon Blake
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 13. Januar 2011 22:50
An: discuss@lists.osgeo.org
Betreff: [OSGeo-Discuss] Seeking Articles, Reports, and Volunteers for Volume 9 
of the OSGeo Journal

 

While Tyler Mitchell is working hard to wrap up the work and publish Volume 8 
of the OSGeo Journal, I've started work with some of our other volunteers on 
Volume 9. We hope to publish Volume 9 at the beginning of April.

 

Please let me know if you are interested in contributing an article to Volume 
9, or if you can volunteer to help put it together. We need authors, reviewers, 
editors, and LaTex handlers.

 

As a reminder, you can also submit articles for publication in the peer-review 
section of the Journal.

 

Volume 9 will also be filling the role of our annual report. So I'll be asking 
each OSGeo Project and OSGeo Chapter for a brief report about last year's 
activities. We'd like to get all articles and reports for Volume 9 submitted by 
the end of February so our volunteer team will have time to review and request 
revisions from the authors.

 

If you want to help or submit material for Volume 9, please e-mail me 
(sunburned.surve...@gmail.com) or let us know on the Journal mailing list:

 

http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/newsletter

 

You can find the wiki page for Volume 9 here:

 

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Journal_Volume_9

 

Thanks,

 

Landon Blake

Project Land Surveyor

KSN Incorporated - Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors

Mobile: (209) 992-0658

Office: (209) 946-0268

E-Mail: lbl...@ksninc.com

 

 

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Seeking Articles, Reports, and Volunteers for Volume 9 of the OSGeo Journal

2011-01-13 Thread Landon Blake
While Tyler Mitchell is working hard to wrap up the work and publish
Volume 8 of the OSGeo Journal, I've started work with some of our other
volunteers on Volume 9. We hope to publish Volume 9 at the beginning of
April.

 

Please let me know if you are interested in contributing an article to
Volume 9, or if you can volunteer to help put it together. We need
authors, reviewers, editors, and LaTex handlers.

 

As a reminder, you can also submit articles for publication in the
peer-review section of the Journal.

 

Volume 9 will also be filling the role of our annual report. So I'll be
asking each OSGeo Project and OSGeo Chapter for a brief report about
last year's activities. We'd like to get all articles and reports for
Volume 9 submitted by the end of February so our volunteer team will
have time to review and request revisions from the authors.

 

If you want to help or submit material for Volume 9, please e-mail me
(sunburned.surve...@gmail.com) or let us know on the Journal mailing
list:

 

http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/newsletter

 

You can find the wiki page for Volume 9 here:

 

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Journal_Volume_9

 

Thanks,

 

Landon Blake

Project Land Surveyor

KSN Incorporated - Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors

Mobile: (209) 992-0658

Office: (209) 946-0268

E-Mail: lbl...@ksninc.com

 



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[OSGeo-Discuss] Creating Value from Raster Data: Thanks

2011-01-06 Thread Landon Blake
Thank you Noli, Paolo and Ragi for your comments in response to my
inquiry about creating value from raster data. The articles on the GRASS
web page linked to by Noli will provide some good examples for me.

 

Landon

Mobile: (209) 992-0658

Office: (209) 946-0268

 

From: Ragi Burhum [mailto:r...@burhum.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2011 9:57 AM
To: discuss@lists.osgeo.org; Landon Blake
Subject: Re: Discuss Digest, Vol 49, Issue 2

 


Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011 15:52:00 -0800
From: Landon Blake lbl...@ksninc.com
Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Creating Value from Raster Data
To: OSGeo Discussions discuss@lists.osgeo.org
Message-ID:

0d544207876cda428f17dd7ea448c192021b1...@bailey.domain.ksninc.pvt
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

I'm working on a magazine article for ACSM Bulliten entitled
Creating
Value From Raster Data. The target audience will be land
surveyors. I
was hoping some of the OSGeo guys would be able to help me with
a few
questions as I do my research for the article:



-  Are there any open source alternatives to automated
feature
creation from raster data, such as is possible with ENVI
(http://www.ittvis.com/ProductServices/ENVI.aspx) ?

-  Does anyone know of research or work being done with
the
development of open source algorithms and programming libraries
to
enable automated feature creation from raster data?

-  Can you think of ways to create value from raster
data other
than extraction of vector features?



Thanks for any suggestions and information.



Landon

 

Other people already gave you great suggestions, so I am not repeat
them. As far as research goes, there is plenty being done right now.
Search for Support Vector Machines (SVM) and Image Classification
papers. OpenSource projects that are great at this are OpenCV and libSVM
among many others...

 

- Ragi

 



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[OSGeo-Discuss] Creating Value from Raster Data

2011-01-04 Thread Landon Blake
I'm working on a magazine article for ACSM Bulliten entitled Creating
Value From Raster Data. The target audience will be land surveyors. I
was hoping some of the OSGeo guys would be able to help me with a few
questions as I do my research for the article:

 

-  Are there any open source alternatives to automated feature
creation from raster data, such as is possible with ENVI
(http://www.ittvis.com/ProductServices/ENVI.aspx) ?

-  Does anyone know of research or work being done with the
development of open source algorithms and programming libraries to
enable automated feature creation from raster data?

-  Can you think of ways to create value from raster data other
than extraction of vector features?

 

Thanks for any suggestions and information.

 

Landon

 

 



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RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: International Free and Open Source SoftwareLaw Review

2010-11-30 Thread Landon Blake
Tyler, 

This looks like a great resource. You can find the first two (2) volumes
here:

http://www.ifosslr.org/ifosslr/issue/archive

Landon


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(OSGeo)
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 10:34 AM
To: OSGeo Discussions
Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: International Free and Open Source
SoftwareLaw Review

FYI - some of you might find this useful re: open source law...

--  Forwarded Message  --

http://www.ifosslr.org/ifosslr 

You may also want to encourage government folks to subscribe to the
International Free and Open Source Software Law Review (IFOSSLR,
www.ifosslr.org). All of its articles are available under Creative
Commons licenses.

js
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RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Goals and schedule for OSGeo-Live 4.5

2010-11-30 Thread Landon Blake
CSM,

 

Where did we get this document? Did we order from the recorder's, or did
it come with supporting documents for a title report?

 

Thanks,

 

SLB

 

From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org
[mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Landon Blake
Sent: Thursday, November 25, 2010 12:16 PM
To: OSGeo Discussions
Subject: RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Goals and schedule for OSGeo-Live 4.5

 

Cameron,

 

OpenJUMP is on Version 1.4.2. I added this version to the spreadsheet. 

 

Do you know where I can download the Project Overview for OpenJUMP from
last-year's DVD so I can see if it needs updates? Did all of the
software on last year's DVD end up being packaged as a DEB?

 

Landon

 

 

From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org
[mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Cameron Shorter
Sent: Thursday, November 25, 2010 12:02 PM
To: live-d...@lists.osgeo.org; OSGeo Discussions
Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Goals and schedule for OSGeo-Live 4.5

 

We are starting to build the 4.5 OSGeo-Live http://live.osgeo.org  DVD
and want to hear from all included projects, translators, packagers,
users, testers or others who wish to help improve OSGeo-Live. OSGeo-Live
4.5 will be released mid March 2011, ready for a number of big
GeoSpatial conferences soon after. 

Focus on this next release will be on improved Quality and Translating
documentation. 


Packaged projects - which version?


Could each project please tell us which version is intended to be
included. Status is maintained here
https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0Al9zh8DjmU_RdGIzd0VLLTBpQVJuNV
lHMlBWSDhKLXchl=en_GB#gid=8 . Understanding what will, or will not
change helps us coordinate reviewers and testers. We will be building
from the Xubuntu 10.04 base, which is the same as last release. 

If you have a established, stable project which you would like included
on OSGeo-Live, then please talk to us about it. 


Use Natural Earth dataset for examples


In order to ensure consistency and reduce disk space used, we ask that,
where appropriate, examples use the common Natural Earth dataset, as
explained here
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Add_Project#Example_Datasets . 


Translations


We expect to have main pages, Project Overviews and possibly OGC
Standard Overviews translated into multiple languages for this next
release. People have already translated much of the documentation into
German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Greek. 

Could all projects please update your English Project Overviews as soon
as you can to give translators enough time to translate. 

Please contact us if you are able to help with translation, or would
like to translate a new language. The process is described here
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Translate . 


Quick Starts


Half the packaged projects had Quick Starts written for the last release
(4.0) and we'd like to see Quick Starts for all projects for the next
release. One of our users has volunteered to review Quick Starts for
usability and help projects capture screen grabs. This is a big job and
we'd like to hear from anyone else who'd can help out. 

Again, could projects please update Quick Starts early to allow time for
review and screen grabs. 


User Testing


With ~ 50 applications to be packaged on the next OSGeo-Live, our core
OSGeo-Live team have not had time to run all the Quickstart
applications. We would really like some help. If you have very little
experience with OSGeo software, then all the better, as you would be
like a typical first time user of OSGeo-Live. 

Running this user testing is one of the best ways to become familiar
with the breath of OSGeo Software available. If interested, please join
the OSGeo List, and start running Quick Starts as soon as they have been
completed by projects. 


OGC Standard Overviews


The OGC have already written one page overviews
http://live.osgeo.org/standards/standards.html  for half the OGC
standards and have committed to writing up the remaining standards for
then next release. We will be calling on the standards community to help
review these standards to ensure they are accurate, clear and
understandable. 


Key Milestones


24 Jan 2011 Application Overviews ready for Review 

31 Jan 2011 Application Feature Freeze 

21 Feb 2011 Deliver to User Acceptance Test 

14 Mar 2011 Final sent to printers 

.. full schedule
http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0Al9zh8DjmU_RdE1SYUN3YWJ2N1NpSUc
zbW9IRWZNclEhl=en_GB  


About OSGeo-Live


OSGeo-live is an XUbuntu http://xubuntu.org  based distribution of
Geospatial Open Source Software, available via a Live DVD, Virtual
Machine and soon to be released USB. You can use OSGeo-Live to try a
wide variety of open source geospatial software without installing
anything. 


Contact Us?


Website: http://live.osgeo.org 

Mailing List: http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/live-demo 

or contact Cameron Shorter directly at: cameronD O TshorterATlisasoftD O
Tcom. 


Source: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki

RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Goals and schedule for OSGeo-Live 4.5

2010-11-25 Thread Landon Blake
Cameron,

 

OpenJUMP is on Version 1.4.2. I added this version to the spreadsheet. 

 

Do you know where I can download the Project Overview for OpenJUMP from
last-year's DVD so I can see if it needs updates? Did all of the
software on last year's DVD end up being packaged as a DEB?

 

Landon

 

 

From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org
[mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Cameron Shorter
Sent: Thursday, November 25, 2010 12:02 PM
To: live-d...@lists.osgeo.org; OSGeo Discussions
Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Goals and schedule for OSGeo-Live 4.5

 

We are starting to build the 4.5 OSGeo-Live http://live.osgeo.org  DVD
and want to hear from all included projects, translators, packagers,
users, testers or others who wish to help improve OSGeo-Live. OSGeo-Live
4.5 will be released mid March 2011, ready for a number of big
GeoSpatial conferences soon after. 

Focus on this next release will be on improved Quality and Translating
documentation. 


Packaged projects - which version?


Could each project please tell us which version is intended to be
included. Status is maintained here
https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0Al9zh8DjmU_RdGIzd0VLLTBpQVJuNV
lHMlBWSDhKLXchl=en_GB#gid=8 . Understanding what will, or will not
change helps us coordinate reviewers and testers. We will be building
from the Xubuntu 10.04 base, which is the same as last release. 

If you have a established, stable project which you would like included
on OSGeo-Live, then please talk to us about it. 


Use Natural Earth dataset for examples


In order to ensure consistency and reduce disk space used, we ask that,
where appropriate, examples use the common Natural Earth dataset, as
explained here
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Add_Project#Example_Datasets . 


Translations


We expect to have main pages, Project Overviews and possibly OGC
Standard Overviews translated into multiple languages for this next
release. People have already translated much of the documentation into
German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Greek. 

Could all projects please update your English Project Overviews as soon
as you can to give translators enough time to translate. 

Please contact us if you are able to help with translation, or would
like to translate a new language. The process is described here
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Translate . 


Quick Starts


Half the packaged projects had Quick Starts written for the last release
(4.0) and we'd like to see Quick Starts for all projects for the next
release. One of our users has volunteered to review Quick Starts for
usability and help projects capture screen grabs. This is a big job and
we'd like to hear from anyone else who'd can help out. 

Again, could projects please update Quick Starts early to allow time for
review and screen grabs. 


User Testing


With ~ 50 applications to be packaged on the next OSGeo-Live, our core
OSGeo-Live team have not had time to run all the Quickstart
applications. We would really like some help. If you have very little
experience with OSGeo software, then all the better, as you would be
like a typical first time user of OSGeo-Live. 

Running this user testing is one of the best ways to become familiar
with the breath of OSGeo Software available. If interested, please join
the OSGeo List, and start running Quick Starts as soon as they have been
completed by projects. 


OGC Standard Overviews


The OGC have already written one page overviews
http://live.osgeo.org/standards/standards.html  for half the OGC
standards and have committed to writing up the remaining standards for
then next release. We will be calling on the standards community to help
review these standards to ensure they are accurate, clear and
understandable. 


Key Milestones


24 Jan 2011 Application Overviews ready for Review 

31 Jan 2011 Application Feature Freeze 

21 Feb 2011 Deliver to User Acceptance Test 

14 Mar 2011 Final sent to printers 

.. full schedule
http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0Al9zh8DjmU_RdE1SYUN3YWJ2N1NpSUc
zbW9IRWZNclEhl=en_GB  


About OSGeo-Live


OSGeo-live is an XUbuntu http://xubuntu.org  based distribution of
Geospatial Open Source Software, available via a Live DVD, Virtual
Machine and soon to be released USB. You can use OSGeo-Live to try a
wide variety of open source geospatial software without installing
anything. 


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RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Volunteer to help with Volume 8 of the OSGeoJournal.

2010-11-05 Thread Landon Blake
I agree with Tyler's comments. Charlie: Let me know if you have someone
to put together an education column for Volume 8.

Thanks,

Landon

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On November 4, 2010 11:46:26 pm Micha Silver wrote:
 On 11/05/2010 04:08 AM, Charlie Schweik wrote:
  Landon,
  
  I'm wondering about a short regular article on education news. This 
  might be a way for me to survey what people have done and try and 
  summarize? What do you think?
  
  Charlie
 
 Hello Charlie:
 An excellent idea. I'd personally like to see education issues as a 
 permanent column in the Journal.

Definitely!  Just put together an article and submit it via
http://osgeo.org/ojs - drop me or Landon a note, or subscribe to
http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/newsletter to talk to the
journal team.  That goes for anyone else who wants to get their names in
light too!

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RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Making my pitch

2010-11-05 Thread Landon Blake
Thanks for that information Jo. It is helpful.

Landon

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Dear All,

In light of the request that Charter Member nominees state their case for 
nomination, here goes...

For those that don't know- I'm the local representative of the UK Local Chapter 
of OSGeo. I helped found the local chapter after FOSS4G2006 in Lausanne, and 
since then have been trying to raise the profile of OSGeo and open source 
geospatial software in general in the UK. I believe this has been quite 
successful. The local chapter has grown significantly since Lausanne, and we 
now have a core team of very committed people, who are organising events such 
as the very successful OSGIS conferences at the University of Nottingham Centre 
for Geospatial Sciences. I speak at industry conferences such as the 
Association of Geographic Information, on OSGeo and open source GIS. I help 
teach open source gis at workshops around the UK. I blog at www.archaeogeek.com 
(though less frequently at the moment), on real-life experiences with open 
source GIS, and have been advising companies around the UK on making the 
transition from proprietary software. In all these cases I cite OSGeo as one of 
the reasons why the open source approach is viable, sustainable and 
professional. 

Charter Membership would mean a lot to me, personally, and would (I think) help 
me when I am trying to raise the profile of the foundation. Having more female 
charter members will help address the gender imbalance within the organisation 
that was identified at FOSS4G in Barcelona. The UK is also currently quite 
under-represented, so it would be nice to see more Brits on the list as well.

I hope that helps...

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Volunteer to help with Volume 8 of the OSGeo Journal.

2010-11-04 Thread Landon Blake
We are getting started with the publication process for Volume 8 of the
OSGeo Journal, which we hope to publish before the year's end. We would
love to have additional volunteers to lighten the load on the existing
Journal editing and publication team. If you have been looking for a way
to get involved with OSGeo, this is a good opportunity. Please let me
know if you would be willing to help with any of the following tasks on
Volume 8:

 

-  Document to LaTex conversion and publishing.

-  Document to XHTML conversion, CSS styling, and EPUB
publishing.

-  Editorial Review

-  News Gathering

 

You can shoot an e-mail to sunburned.surve...@gmail.com or
lbl...@ksninc.com if you are interested in giving us a hand.

 

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Can charter members be nominated any time?

2010-10-21 Thread Landon Blake
Can charter members be nominated any time? Or do they need to be
nominated at a special time of year?

 

Thanks,

 

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RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Can charter members be nominated any time?

2010-10-21 Thread Landon Blake
Thanks Frank.

I found the membership info page on the wiki, but not that particular
page.

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Landon Blake wrote:
 Can charter members be nominated any time? Or do they need to be 
 nominated at a special time of year?

Landon,

Charter members can only be nominated during the charter member election
process which occurs once a year.  That is right now of course.  The
process is detailed at:

   http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/New_Membership_Process

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RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Summary: Representing Places With Intelligent URLs

2010-10-08 Thread Landon Blake
Thanks for the suggestion Jorge. I'm checking out the stuff from Yahoo today.

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On 6 October 2010 18:02, Raj Singh r...@rajsingh.org wrote:
 I think that's the most sensible idea. Geonames seems to be the gold standard 
 right now.
 ---
 Raj




sorry to be late to this geowanking but what about the geoplanet
database from yahoo? It's a hierarchical database of place names with
aliases. Taking your example, and using a GUI for this database, take
a look on [1] to see a nice representation of the graph neighbours of
your Stockton town (witch has the unique WOEID #2500105).

And using Yahoo Query Language you can create a sentence and get
parents on the geoplanet database for Stockton in XML or JSON[2].

Thanks to YQL you can do some work on geoplanet without needing an AppId.

Best

[1] http://isithackday.com/geoplanet-explorer/index.php?woeid=2500105
[2] http://y.ahoo.it/YGCu+wNR

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Yahoo Geoplanet Versus GeoNames

2010-10-08 Thread Landon Blake
I found this web page useful. I thought I would share it:

 

http://www.cosmocode.de/en/blog/schoenborn/2010-01/24-free-geo-data-solu
tions-compared-geonames.org-vs.-yahoo-geoplanet

 

It goes over some of the similarities and differences between geonames
and yahoo geoplanet.

 

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Summary: Representing Places With Intelligent URLs

2010-10-06 Thread Landon Blake
Thanks for all of the responses.

After some careful consideration of the responses I received I realize
the challenges of trying to get real world features into the type of
hierarchy I derive.

I'm going to check out the system Geonames is using with RDFa. I think I
might be able to use their technique for uniquely identifying places.

Thank you again for your help.

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On Oct 5, 2010, at 9:58 PM, Bob Basques wrote:

  All,
 
 I'm a long time address database creation/maintenance/re-creation
fiend myself.
 
 I've also been working with the USNG (MGRS) gridding system the last
few years, and need to at least suggest the idea of 
 using a Gridding system to locate things.  This idea is not nbew, but
USNG usage has gained quite a bit of ground the 
 last couple of years across all level of government, with a large
emphasis placed on using it for disaster response.
 
 Tying a placeName to a grid location that can describe things down to
the centimeter if needed and still stay unique as 
 a location is a very good thing.

Don't be too sure at the centimeter level.

The average rate of motion across the San Andreas Fault Zone during the
past 3 million years is 56 mm/yr (2 in/yr).  --
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/facts.php

I like Chris Schmidt's quote: The world is fuzzier than you realize.

Allan


 
 bobb
 
 
 
 On 10/5/2010 8:52 PM, Landon Blake wrote:
 The geonames ontology looks like it might work for me. I'll read it
over tomorrow.
 
 Thanks for the suggestion.
 
 Landon
 
 Sent from my iPhone
 
 On Oct 5, 2010, at 5:45 PM, Ian Turtonijtur...@gmail.com  wrote:
 
 On Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 8:39 PM, Christopher Schmidt
 crschm...@crschmidt.net  wrote:
 On Tue, Oct 05, 2010 at 05:18:47PM -0700, Paul Ramsey wrote:
 All attempts to construct simple ontologies end up reinventing
RDF . ?
 That was actually my first thought when I saw this: Hey look,
 someone else reinventing RDFa! :)
 
 Seriously, I say this with a bit of knowledge; I mean, after all,
 I sort of work on making places searchable on maps. For a company
 with a pretty big set of data about the hierarchy of the world.
 It's a lot fuzzier than you think :)
 
 Also, Landon, I do highly recommend looking into RDF --
specifically,
 RDFa -- because I think it's heading in a very similar direction to
 what you're describing, without the need for some
all-world-hierarchy
 to tie it to, which might actually help you get a bit further.
 
 You might want to look at http://www.geonames.org/ontology/ which
RDFs
 the GeoNames database.
 
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Representing Places With Intelligent URLs

2010-10-05 Thread Landon Blake
A talk at the recent Location Business Summit and some reading I've done
about the semantic web and microformats lately got me to thinking about
a standard way to represent places, place names, place data on the web.
(I must admit I'm a desktop software guy, not a web programmer.)

I thought it would be awesome if there was a way to create a unique URL
for places that was somewhat intelligent to humans. If this URL could
point to a folder on a server with some basic information about a place,
that would be even better.

So I took a stab at creating this type of URL for my city, the City of
Stockton. Here it is:

http://www.standardwebmarkup.org/standard_places/north_america/united_st
ates_of_america/california/san_joaquin_county/city_of_stockton/

You can see the URL follows a logical hierarchy, and it would be easy to
determine what the URL for the City of Sacramento, San Joaquin County,
or Victory Park in the City of Stockton would be. Obviously the
continent/country/state/county/city/location URL pattern would have to
change for other parts of the world.

I put a very simple HTML file with data about the City of Stockton here:

http://www.standardwebmarkup.org/standard_places/north_america/united_st
ates_of_america/california/san_joaquin_county/city_of_stockton/info.html

The current info.html file is just a skeleton. It's more of a place
holder right now than anything else.

My thought was to also put a WKT file (place.wkt) representing the
location of the place and a simple text file (data.txt) with facts about
the place at this same URL:

http://www.standardwebmarkup.org/standard_places/north_america/united_st
ates_of_america/california/san_joaquin_county/city_of_stockton/

Now, if someone wanted to write content about the City of Stockton, they
could simply do something like this:

a
href=http://www.standardwebmarkup.org/standard_places/north_america/uni
ted_states_of_america/california/san_joaquin_county/city_of_stockton/S
tockton/a

If everyone that was putting web content about Stockton online did the
same thing, search engine and other tools would be able to link data
from this web content to a single location.

This becomes even more powerful if we come up with some rules for the
content of the info.html file, place.wkt file, and the data text file.
Here are some examples: 

(1) Specify that the place.wkt file have both a point and a polygon WKT
representation, or a linestring representation, of the place when
appropriate. 

(2) Specify that the info.html file use a list with alternate place
names. This list would be identified with an html class value of
alternate_place_names.

(3) Specify that the data.txt file contain a relationships section that
can contain an optional relationship in the form of: City is the County
Seat of County. (Stockton is the County Seat of San Joaquin County.)

(4) Standardize the way common place facts are stored in the data.txt
file. Population and area are examples.

I realize there are some problems with this overall scheme. How do you
store a city that straddles a state boundary, for example? Or what if
you want to have a URL for the location of the Pacific Garbage Patch?

However, I think we could use this system to uniquely identify and
describe a lot of places in the world. We could then work on how to
handle the edge cases.

Is anyone else interested in ironing out the kinks for a system like
this? Is there already a system like this in place? (If so, I have just
revealed my great ignorance to everyone on this mailing list.) 

I'm interested in setting something up that could be maintained by a
group of geospatial professionals, and not by any one company.

I'm not sure how this system I describe would tie in with geonames. My
first reaction when I stumbled on geonames is I couldn't find a unique
and human understandable URL for a place.

Still, I'm interested in microformats and place names, and I'd like to
see a system like this that was open and non-proprietary.

Let me know what you think.

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RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] RE: Representing Places With Intelligent URLs

2010-10-05 Thread Landon Blake
I understand there are challenges to what I'm trying to accomplish. However, I 
think you could likely tackle the majority of places with the system I 
describe, even though it would not be perfect.

Yes, there are several ways to designate City of Stockton or State of 
California. The point of the system I propose is to eliminate some of this 
ambiguity by settling on one of the possible names for the URL. Alternative 
place names could be listed in the information for the place stored at the URL. 
This sort of adheres to the convention over configuration concept.

As a web content provider, I don't really care if the URL ends with Stockton 
or City of Stockton. As long as it uniquely identifies the city, and other 
people understand this, I get what I want. If everyone creating place URLS 
understands you say Stockton and not City of Stockton or California and 
not State of California I think this could work.

Once again, I admit there are edge cases that will break the system I proposed, 
but I think it could be good for 80% of the world.

Like I said, I'm not primarily a web guy, and this is new territory for me. 
However, most of the semantic web stuff I read is why too difficult to 
understand.

It here was a way to uniquely identify a place with an intelligent URL, I would 
be using it in my own web pages today. Perhaps I am in the minority. 

I just thought I'd bounce this crazy idea of the list to see if it could float.

I got a little excited when I thought about being able to scrape the web for 
population data of major cities using URLS like this. Perhaps I was being a 
little naïve in my excitement.

Thanks,

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On Tue, Oct 05, 2010 at 05:03:14PM -0700, Michael P. Gerlek wrote:
  ...it would be easy to determine what the URL for...
 
 Alas, it is not clear to me that, even within the US, there is a universally 
 recognized canonicalization of the place name hierarchy, much less the names 
 themselves.
 
 For example, you refer to california, as opposed to state_of_california, 
 and yet you refer to city of stockton as opposed to stockton.  Further, 
 strictly speaking certain states actually commonwealths (and, similarly, 
 counties are parishes).  And let's not talk about geographic entities that 
 the post office recognizes but the local government does not.

How about the fact that although some counties contain cities,
some cities exist over the border between multiple counties, and
other counties are *contained* by cities? (Queens, Manhattan, etc.)

How about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dysart_et_al,_Ontario?

Any effort to turn the real world into a standard hierarchy
will fail, because the world is Fuzzier than you realize.

-- Chris

 The mind, alas, boggles.
 
 (But maybe I'm reading more into your proposal than you meant, or I'm taking 
 your example too literally?)
 
 -mpg
 
 
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 Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Representing Places With Intelligent URLs
 
 A talk at the recent Location Business Summit and some reading I've done 
 about the semantic web and microformats lately got me to thinking about a 
 standard way to represent places, place names, place data on the web.
 (I must admit I'm a desktop software guy, not a web programmer.)
 
 I thought it would be awesome if there was a way to create a unique URL for 
 places that was somewhat intelligent to humans. If this URL could point to a 
 folder on a server with some basic information about a place, that would be 
 even better.
 
 So I took a stab at creating this type of URL for my city, the City of 
 Stockton. Here it is:
 
 http://www.standardwebmarkup.org/standard_places/north_america/united_st
 ates_of_america/california/san_joaquin_county/city_of_stockton/
 
 You can see the URL follows a logical hierarchy, and it would be easy to 
 determine what the URL for the City of Sacramento, San Joaquin County, or 
 Victory Park in the City of Stockton would be. Obviously the 
 continent/country/state/county/city/location URL pattern would have to change 
 for other parts of the world.
 
 I put a very simple HTML file with data about the City of Stockton here:
 
 http://www.standardwebmarkup.org/standard_places/north_america/united_st
 ates_of_america/california/san_joaquin_county/city_of_stockton/info.html
 
 The current info.html file is just a skeleton. It's more of a place holder 
 right now than anything else.
 
 My thought was to also put a WKT file (place.wkt) representing

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] RE: Representing Places With Intelligent URLs

2010-10-05 Thread Landon Blake
Chris,

I'll look into rdfa. Thanks for the suggestion.

Landon

Sent from my iPhone

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] RE: Representing Places With Intelligent URLs

2010-10-05 Thread Landon Blake
The geonames ontology looks like it might work for me. I'll read it over 
tomorrow. 

Thanks for the suggestion.

Landon

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On Oct 5, 2010, at 5:45 PM, Ian Turton ijtur...@gmail.com wrote:

 On Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 8:39 PM, Christopher Schmidt
 crschm...@crschmidt.net wrote:
 On Tue, Oct 05, 2010 at 05:18:47PM -0700, Paul Ramsey wrote:
 All attempts to construct simple ontologies end up reinventing RDF . ?
 
 That was actually my first thought when I saw this: Hey look,
 someone else reinventing RDFa! :)
 
 Seriously, I say this with a bit of knowledge; I mean, after all,
 I sort of work on making places searchable on maps. For a company
 with a pretty big set of data about the hierarchy of the world.
 It's a lot fuzzier than you think :)
 
 Also, Landon, I do highly recommend looking into RDF -- specifically,
 RDFa -- because I think it's heading in a very similar direction to
 what you're describing, without the need for some all-world-hierarchy
 to tie it to, which might actually help you get a bit further.
 
 
 You might want to look at http://www.geonames.org/ontology/ which RDFs
 the GeoNames database.
 
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Journal Vol. 6 Released!

2010-09-28 Thread Landon Blake
Nice work Tyler and the Journal team.

Landon

Sent from my iPhone

On Sep 28, 2010, at 12:33 PM, Tyler Mitchell tmitch...@osgeo.org wrote:

 The OSGeo Journal editorial team is happy to announce that the most recent 
 issue of the Journal is now released.  You can access the index of the past 
 and current issues here:
 http://www.osgeo.org/ojs/index.php/journal
 
 Or if you simply want to download the latest PDF (21MB) you can grab it 
 directly here:
 http://svn.osgeo.org/osgeo/journal/volume_6/en-us/final_pdfs/OSGeoJournal_vol6.pdf
 
 Single article downloads are also available:
 http://www.osgeo.org/ojs/index.php/journal/issue/current/showToc
 
 Feel free to contact me directly with questions or comments, or join our 
 Journal mailing list for direct contact with the editorial team:
 http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/newsletter
 
 New articles are always welcome and can be added through our online system at:
 http://osgeo.org/ojs
 
 A quickstart list of steps for authors is here:
 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Journal_System#Quick_Start_For_Authors
 
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Are Ari Jolma and Howard Butler standing for re-election to the OSGeo Board?

2010-08-12 Thread Landon Blake
I'm just curious, because I didn't see there names listed on the
nominations list.

 

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RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] GRASS vs OpenJump

2010-08-04 Thread Landon Blake
Fahad:

I apologize for misspelling your name in the previous post. I also forgot the 
link to the developer mailing list for OpenJUMP:

https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/jump-pilot-devel

Landon
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From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] 
On Behalf Of Landon Blake
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 7:16 AM
To: OSGeo Discussions
Subject: RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] GRASS vs OpenJump

Faheed:

I'm involved in the development of OpenJUMP and will try to answer a couple of 
your questions.

Faheed wrote: I also want to know why OpenJump was not accepted by osgeo.

There isn't any blame to place on OSGeo. There are a couple of reasons why 
OpenJUMP isn't an OSGeo project, but the main reason is a lack of resources to 
get through the incubation process. There are currently about 4 people involved 
with programming/administering OpenJUMP in a semi-regular basis. Our project 
administrator (Stefan) is a very busy professor, our best programmer (Larry) 
works for a busy company, our second best programmer (Michael) has moved onto 
other projects and only helps out because he has mercy on our poor souls, and I 
just work on OpenJUMP as a hobby.

So there is no one working on OpenJUMP full time. I suspect I'm as involved as 
anyone, and I'd say I only rack about 8 to 16 hours a month. About ½ of that is 
slinging code, the other ½ is responding to questions on our mailing lists.

It's hard to justify getting through the hoops for OSGeo incubation when you 
can barely keep up with the bug reports. It's something we've discussed as an 
OpenJUMP community several times, but everytime we conclude we lack the 
resources to make the migration successfully.

If you are really interested in porting GRASS functionality to OpenJUMP, you 
should subscribe to our developer's mailing list:


I will respond to any specific questions about OpenJUMP programming there. Of 
course, there are lots of ways to help, not just porting GRASS functionality. 
We need to test OpenJUMP on the LiveDVD, and write the OpenJUMP LiveDVD 
documentation. There are also lots of little bugs to squish.

Of course, if you have a strong interest in seeing OpenJUMP become an OSGeo 
project, and can but some effort into that, we could reconsider our earlier 
decision to not start the incubation process.

Landon
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From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] 
On Behalf Of Fahad Rasheed
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 2:56 AM
To: discuss@lists.osgeo.org
Cc: grass-u...@lists.osgeo.org; grass-...@lists.osgeo.org; 
grass-wind...@lists.osgeo.org
Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] GRASS vs OpenJump

Hi all ,
 
 I recently viewed OpenJump application written in JAVA which is also a GIS 
software but have less features when compared to GRASS GIS. What my plan is to 
contribute modules of  GRASS GIS written in C/Python to OpenJump written in 
Java. Does osgeo or any grass developers have any objection in copying the code 
(mean the idea of making modules) to other OpenSource software like OpenJump. I 
do not mean of copying the whole code as same to java. What is my part of 
contribution is porting C/C++/Python code to Java and making some hacks on 
source code. 

I also want to know why OpenJump was not accepted by osgeo.

Any sugeestion and comments are really welcomed..



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RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Superficial review of copyright issues related tocollection and publication of education material on OSGeoWebsite (LINK)

2010-08-03 Thread Landon Blake
Simon,

Thank you for the hard work you have put into summarizing the copyright
issues related to OSGeo content. I have a personal goal of preparing
some articles and tutorials related to FOSS geospatial software. I
didn't give enough consideration to the licensing of the (1) tutorial
text, (2) screenshots of software, and (3) geospatial data used in the
tutorial. In some other cases we might need to consider licensing of
another tutorial component, the source code presented and discussed in
an article.

I hope you get some constructive feedback on your summary. I believe it
raised some important issues.

Landon
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[mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Simon Cropper
Sent: Monday, August 02, 2010 7:39 PM
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Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Superficial review of copyright issues related
tocollection and publication of education material on OSGeoWebsite
(LINK)

Hi Everyone,

If anyone is interested I have posted a lengthy post on the OSGeo-Edu
list.

http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/edu_discuss/2010-August/001179.html

-- 
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RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] OGC and OSGeo collaborate on documentation

2010-07-27 Thread Landon Blake
Good work Cameron. It is great to see more cooperation between the OGC and the 
OSGeo.

Landon
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Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 1:56 AM
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Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] OGC and OSGeo collaborate on documentation

The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) and the Open Source Geospatial 
Foundation (OSGeo) will develop conforming documentation for key OGC standards 
and geospatial open source application descriptions. Both sets of documentation 
will be available online and on the OSGeo-Live DVD, to be released at the 
international conference for Free and Open Source Software, FOSS4G, in 
September 2010, in Barcelona, Spain (http://2010.foss4g.org). 
We are happy to work with OSGeo to meet the needs of open source developers, 
explained Steven Ramage, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications, OGC, 
because wider use of OGC standards increases interoperability, innovation and 
market growth, and this benefits developers and users of both open source and 
proprietary software. 
According to Cameron Shorter, coordinator of the OSGeo-Live project, OGC 
standards underpin our GeoSpatial Open Source applications, and hence OGC 
documentation will greatly enhance the Open Source documentation being 
developed. 
About OSGeo-Live 
OSGeo-Live is a DVD, USB drive and Virtual Machine based upon Ubuntu Linux that 
is pre-configured with a wide variety of robust, open source, geospatial 
software. The applications can be trialed without installing anything on your 
computer, simply by booting the computer from the DVD or USB drive. OSGeo Live 
is handed out at conferences around the world, and is regularly used by 
students in geospatial workshops and tutorials. (http://live.osgeo.org) 
About OSGeo 
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo is a not-for-profit 
organization whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative 
development of open geospatial technologies and data. (http://www.osgeo.org/) 
About the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) 
The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 395 companies, government 
agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus 
process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC Standards 
empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services 
accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially 
enabled. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact
Contact: 
* Lance McKee, Senior Staff Writer, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) 
* phone: +1 508-655-5858, lmc...@opengeospatial.org 
* Cameron Shorter, OSGeo Live project coordinator 
* +61 2 8570-5050, cameron.shor...@lisasoft.com
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