Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] GEOS 3.8.2 Released

2021-04-23 Thread Paul Ramsey
On Sat, Apr 10, 2021 at 2:38 PM Alexandre Neto 
wrote:

> Probably not the right place or topic to ask, but here it goes... Is there
> a formal LTR version for GEOS?
>

No, we can barely handle the formality around cutting releases without
getting all formal about "long term" versus other stuff. Mostly new
releases are new features and faster old features, and only occasionally is
there anything backwards changing (the 3.9 overlay had some minor behaviour
changes, but not enough to warrant a 4.0 release).


> Or the 3.8.2 patch is only happening because of all the brand new
> precision feature on 3.9.x?
>

No, we try to backport things that are back-portable, because we recognize
that distros sometimes peg versions, even though upgrading is usually a
safe bet. 3.8.2 is just because that branch had accumulated a lot of fixes
without a release.

P


>
> The reason I ask is that conda-forge will skip this patch because there's
> already an higher version available.
>
> I wouldn't mind creating and maintaining a LTR branch on GEOS feedstock
> (the conda forge recipe), so that other packages (like QGIS) can use it if
> necessary.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Alexandre Neto
>
>
> A sábado, 10/04/2021, 19:25, Paul Ramsey 
> escreveu:
>
>> The latest stable release of the 3.8 series includes a number of fixes
>> for crash cases, so worth immediate upgrade for anyone using the 3.8
>> series.
>>
>> http://download.osgeo.org/geos/geos-3.8.2.tar.bz2
>>
>> Changes in 3.8.2
>> 2021-04-10
>>
>> - Bug fixes / improvements
>>
>>   - Fix Voronoi polygons robustness issue (#976)
>>   - Fix segfault in SimplePointInAreaLocator caused by casting
>> MultiPolygon to Polygon (#1047, Oliver Tan)
>>   - DistanceOp against geometry with empty components
>> crashes (#1026, Paul Ramsey)
>>   - Fix buffer fillet (JTS-526, #743, Paul Ramsey)
>>   - Remove undefined behaviour in CAPI (#1021, Greg Troxel)
>>   - WKT writing of MULTIPOINT with EMPTY component crash (#1027, Paul
>> Ramsey)
>>   - Fix buffering problem (#1022, JTS-525, Paul Ramsey)
>>   - Fix segfault in GEOSInterpolate against empty eollections (#1055,
>> Sandro Santilli)
>>   - Fix GEOSProjectNormalized return -1 on exception (#1058, Joris Van
>> den Bossche)
>>   - Fix memory management quirk in CAPI (#1050, Paul Ramsey)
>>   - Allow build on Apple ARM64 (Taras Zakharko)
>>   - Fix crash in GEOSPreparedIntersects and GEOSPreparedContains for
>> POINT EMPTY input (Even Rouault)
>>
>> Also note that the 3.9 series is compatible with 3.8 so if you have the
>> opportunity to upgrade, you can take advantage of the many performance and
>> reliability improvements in 3.9.
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[OSGeo-Discuss] GEOS 3.8.2 Released

2021-04-10 Thread Paul Ramsey
The latest stable release of the 3.8 series includes a number of fixes for 
crash cases, so worth immediate upgrade for anyone using the 3.8 series. 

http://download.osgeo.org/geos/geos-3.8.2.tar.bz2

Changes in 3.8.2
2021-04-10

- Bug fixes / improvements

  - Fix Voronoi polygons robustness issue (#976)
  - Fix segfault in SimplePointInAreaLocator caused by casting
MultiPolygon to Polygon (#1047, Oliver Tan)
  - DistanceOp against geometry with empty components
crashes (#1026, Paul Ramsey)
  - Fix buffer fillet (JTS-526, #743, Paul Ramsey)
  - Remove undefined behaviour in CAPI (#1021, Greg Troxel)
  - WKT writing of MULTIPOINT with EMPTY component crash (#1027, Paul Ramsey)
  - Fix buffering problem (#1022, JTS-525, Paul Ramsey)
  - Fix segfault in GEOSInterpolate against empty eollections (#1055,
Sandro Santilli)
  - Fix GEOSProjectNormalized return -1 on exception (#1058, Joris Van den 
Bossche)
  - Fix memory management quirk in CAPI (#1050, Paul Ramsey)
  - Allow build on Apple ARM64 (Taras Zakharko)
  - Fix crash in GEOSPreparedIntersects and GEOSPreparedContains for
POINT EMPTY input (Even Rouault)

Also note that the 3.9 series is compatible with 3.8 so if you have the 
opportunity to upgrade, you can take advantage of the many performance and 
reliability improvements in 3.9.
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[OSGeo-Discuss] GEOS 3.9.1 Released

2021-02-10 Thread Paul Ramsey
The latest GEOS release is a bug fix release, which is highly recommended, as 
it fixes a bug that effects correct results of a small subset of Intersection() 
calculations. [1]

http://download.osgeo.org/geos/geos-3.9.1.tar.bz2

- Bug fixes / improvements:
  - Windows memory management quirk in createPolygon CAPI (#1050, Paul Ramsey)
  - Allow build on Apple ARM64 (Taras Zakharko)
  - Fix buffer to use largest enclosed area for invalid rings (#732, Paul 
Ramsey)
  - Preserve ordering of lines in overlay results (Martin Davis)
  - Fix overlay handling of flat interior lines (JTS-685, Martin Davis)

[1] https://github.com/libgeos/geos/issues/408
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[OSGeo-Discuss] PostGIS 3.1.1 Released

2021-01-28 Thread Paul Ramsey
PostGIS 3.1.1 is a minor bugfix release, covering some critical issues in 3.1.0.

https://postgis.net/2021/01/28/postgis-3.1.1/

  - #4814, Crash passing collection with only empty components to ST_MakeValid
  - #4818, Make the VSICURL synthetic driver work as documented
  - #4825, Unstable results from ST_MakeValid
  - #4823, Avoid listing the same geometry in different collections


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[OSGeo-Discuss] PostGIS 3.1.0 Released

2020-12-18 Thread Paul Ramsey
The PostGIS Team is pleased to release the release [0] of PostGIS 3.1.0!

This version exposes the new features of GEOS 3.9 [1] as well as numerous core 
performance enhancements for spatial joins, large object access, text format 
output and more.

Performance [2] is a key feature of this release, with improvements to spatial 
joins, text outputs [3], large object reads [4], vector tile output [5], and a 
host of smaller tweaks.

The k-means clustering [6] code has been enhanced to support weighting and 
higher dimensional clusters.

Geometry generators to create hexagonal and square tilings [7] have been added, 
for simpler in-the-database summarization queries.

Finally, PostGIS exposes the latest enhancements [8] in the GEOS geometry 
library 3.9 version. The new overlay engine (aka “OverlayNG” [9]) provides more 
robust [10] handling of difficult input geometries, using a set of new noding 
strategies [11] to process geometry. For the end user, this should mean no more 
“topology exceptions” when using the union, difference, intersection or 
symmetric difference functions. PostGIS also exposes the new fixed precision 
overlay capability via an additional grid-size parameter on ST_Intersection 
[12] and the other overlay functions.

Details of this release can be found in the NEWS file:

  https://git.osgeo.org/gitea/postgis/postgis/src/tag/3.1.0/NEWS

To everyone who helped out in testing and developing this release, we extent 
our wholehearted thanks!

Yours,
The PostGIS Team



[0] https://postgis.net/2020/12/18/postgis-3.1.0/
[1] https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/geos-devel/2020-December/010003.html
[2] http://blog.cleverelephant.ca/2020/12/waiting-postgis-31-1.html
[3] https://rmr.ninja/2020-12-06-waiting-for-postgis-3-1-output/
[4] https://rmr.ninja/2020-12-14-waiting-for-postgis-3-1-large_geometries/
[5] https://rmr.ninja/2020-11-19-waiting-for-postgis-3-1-mvt/
[6] https://postgis.net/docs/ST_ClusterKMeans.html
[7] http://blog.cleverelephant.ca/2020/12/waiting-postgis-31-2.html
[8] http://blog.cleverelephant.ca/2020/12/waiting-postgis-31-3.html
[9] 
https://lin-ear-th-inking.blogspot.com/2020/10/overlayng-lands-in-jts-master.html
[10] 
https://lin-ear-th-inking.blogspot.com/2020/06/jts-overlayng-tolerant-topology.html
[11] 
https://lin-ear-th-inking.blogspot.com/2020/06/jts-overlayng-noding-strategies.html
[12] http://postgis.net/docs/manual-dev/ST_Intersection.html


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[OSGeo-Discuss] GEOS 3.9.0 Released

2020-12-14 Thread Paul Ramsey
The GEOS community is pleased to announce the 3.9 release of the GEOS
computational geometry library. 

http://download.osgeo.org/geos/geos-3.9.0.tar.bz2

The headline feature of 3.9 is the new overlay engine, which is also new 
to JTS. Intersection, union, difference and symdifference all use this
new engine, which provides more robust results than the old engine. 
This should dramatically reduce and hopefully eliminate topology exceptions
when used with valid inputs.

We have continued to work on performance at the C++ implementation
level, and in general hope to demonstrate faster operation for most 
uses.

- New things:
  - OverlayNG engine from JTS, now the default (Martin Davis, Paul Ramsey)
  - MaximumInscribedCircle and LargestEmptyCircle (JTS-530, Paul Ramsey)
  - CAPI: Fixed precision overlay operations (Sandro Santilli)
  - CAPI: GEOSPreparedNearestPoints (#1007, Sandro Santilli)
  - CAPI: GEOSPreparedDistance (#1066, Sandro Santilli)
  - CAPI: GEOSGeom_setPrecision uses OverlayNG (Paul Ramsey)
  - SimpleSTRTree spatial index implementation (Paul Ramsey)
  - Add support for pkg-config for GEOS C API (#1073, Mike Taves)

- Improvements:
  - Stack allocate segments in OverlapUnion (Paul Ramsey)
  - Improve performance of GEOSisValid (Dan Baston)
  - Update geos-config tool for consistency
and escape paths (https://git.osgeo.org/gitea/geos/geos/pulls/99)
changes mostly affect CMake MSVC builds (#1015, Mike Taves)
  - Testing on Rasberry Pi 32-bit (berrie) (#1017, Bruce Rindahl, Regina Obe)
  - Replace ttmath with JTS DD double-double implementation (Paul Ramsey)
  - Fix bug in DistanceOp for geometries with empty components (#1026, Paul 
Ramsey)
  - Remove undefined behaviour in CAPI (#1021, Greg Troxel)
  - Fix buffering issue (#1022, JTS-525, Paul Ramsey)
  - MinimumBoundingCircle.getMaximumDiameter fix (JTS-533, Paul Ramsey)

- Changes:
  - Drop SWIG bindings, including for Ruby and Python (#1076, Mike Taves)


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[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G 2020 Early Paper Deadline is Feb 4!

2020-01-28 Thread Paul Ramsey
FOSS4G 2020 will be in Calgary, Canada this year, from August 24-29. 
It seems so far away, and yet, the first submission deadline is almost here…

  https://2020.foss4g.org/early-acceptance/

If you submit your talk to the Call for Papers before February 4,  
you will be eligible for Early Acceptance!

  https://2020.foss4g.org/speakers/

Why submit early? We hope early acceptance will help speakers begin 
planning their conference experience earlier, with the certainty 
that you'll be an accepted speaker. Early acceptance also helps 
us build out the program and communicate the value of FOSS4G 
to new attendees.

Help yourself, help us, submit your talk early!
Thanks for your help, 
We're looking forward to seeing you all in August,
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Sol Katz Award - Call for Nominations

2016-07-21 Thread Paul Ramsey
I'd like to nominate Vladimir Agafonkin, who

https://github.com/mourner

- birthed the most popular open source Javascript interface for mapping,
which has been a gateway drug for javascript and web UI folks around the
internet
- continues to add important javascript geospatial pieces to the open
source world, like the rbush, the simpleheat, and many other small and
useful utilities that people assemble into their solutions in the open
source tradition
- has become a spokes-person for doing lightweight spatial and simple web
development patterns as a means to solving spatial access problems
- killed the chorus in "we're up all night to get mappy" in Nottingham

A community member already with a huge record of contribution and seemingly
no end in sight!

P.


On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 4:05 PM, Venkatesh Raghavan <
ragha...@media.osaka-cu.ac.jp> wrote:

> Dear All,
>
> The Open Source Geospatial Foundation would like to open nominations
> for the 2016 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source
> Software.
>
> The Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software
> (GFOSS) will be given to individuals who have demonstrated leadership
> in the GFOSS community. Recipients of the award will have contributed
> significantly through their activities to advance open source ideals
> in the geospatial realm.
>
> Sol Katz was an early pioneer of GFOSS and left behind a large body of
> work in the form of applications, format specifications, and utilities
> while at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. This early GFOSS archive
> provided both source code and applications freely available to the
> community. Sol was also a frequent contributor to many geospatial list
> servers, providing much guidance to the geospatial community at large.
>
> Sol unfortunately passed away in 1999 from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but
> his legacy lives on in the open source world. Those interested in
> making a donation to the American Cancer Society, as per Sol's
> family's request, can do so at https://donate.cancer.org/index.
>
> Nominations for the Sol Katz Award should be sent to
> solkatzaw...@osgeo.org with a description of the reasons for this
> nomination. Nominations will be accepted until 23:59 UTC on August
> 4th
> http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=8=4=2016=23=59=59
> .
>
> A recipient will be decided from the nomination list by the OSGeo
> selection committee.
>
> The winner of the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source
> Software will be announced at the FOSS4G-Bonn event in August. The
> hope is that the award will both acknowledge the work of community
> members, and pay tribute to one of its founders, for years to come.
>
> It should be noted that past awardees and selection committee members
> are not eligible.
>
> More info at the Sol Katz Award wiki page
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Sol_Katz_Award
>
> Past Awardees:
>
>- 2015: Maria Brovelli
>- 2014: Gary Sherman
>    - 2013: Arnulf Christl
>- 2012: Venkatesh Raghavan
>- 2011: Martin Davis
>- 2010: Helena Mitasova
>- 2009: Daniel Morissette
>- 2008: Paul Ramsey
>- 2007: Steve Lime
>- 2006: Markus Neteler
>- 2005: Frank Warmerdam
>
> Selection Committee 2016
>
>- Venkatesh Raghavan (chair)
>- Frank Warmerdam
>- Markus Neteler
>- Steve Lime
>- Paul Ramsey
>- Sophia Parafina
>- Daniel Morissette
>- Helena Mitasova
>- Martin Davis
>- Arnulf Christl
>- Gary Sherman
>- Maria Brovelli
>
> Best
>
> Venka
>
>
>
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Sol Katz Award - Call for Nominations

2016-07-21 Thread Paul Ramsey
I'd like to nominate Sean Gillies, who

https://github.com/sgillies

- has brought spatial-with-pythonic-principles to the masses of python
users via the popular shapely and rasterio libraries
- had a hand in the birthing and nurturing of the geojson format, including
its recent entry into the IETF
- was an early articulator of rest principles for geospatial and an
important contributor to thinking in that area
- continues to chug away at bringing more spatial smarts into the world of
pythonistas

And if that's not enough, support his nomination just for the lulz.

P.


On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 4:05 PM, Venkatesh Raghavan <
ragha...@media.osaka-cu.ac.jp> wrote:

> Dear All,
>
> The Open Source Geospatial Foundation would like to open nominations
> for the 2016 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source
> Software.
>
> The Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software
> (GFOSS) will be given to individuals who have demonstrated leadership
> in the GFOSS community. Recipients of the award will have contributed
> significantly through their activities to advance open source ideals
> in the geospatial realm.
>
> Sol Katz was an early pioneer of GFOSS and left behind a large body of
> work in the form of applications, format specifications, and utilities
> while at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. This early GFOSS archive
> provided both source code and applications freely available to the
> community. Sol was also a frequent contributor to many geospatial list
> servers, providing much guidance to the geospatial community at large.
>
> Sol unfortunately passed away in 1999 from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but
> his legacy lives on in the open source world. Those interested in
> making a donation to the American Cancer Society, as per Sol's
> family's request, can do so at https://donate.cancer.org/index.
>
> Nominations for the Sol Katz Award should be sent to
> solkatzaw...@osgeo.org with a description of the reasons for this
> nomination. Nominations will be accepted until 23:59 UTC on August
> 4th
> http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=8=4=2016=23=59=59
> .
>
> A recipient will be decided from the nomination list by the OSGeo
> selection committee.
>
> The winner of the Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source
> Software will be announced at the FOSS4G-Bonn event in August. The
> hope is that the award will both acknowledge the work of community
> members, and pay tribute to one of its founders, for years to come.
>
> It should be noted that past awardees and selection committee members
> are not eligible.
>
> More info at the Sol Katz Award wiki page
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Sol_Katz_Award
>
> Past Awardees:
>
>- 2015: Maria Brovelli
>- 2014: Gary Sherman
>    - 2013: Arnulf Christl
>- 2012: Venkatesh Raghavan
>- 2011: Martin Davis
>- 2010: Helena Mitasova
>- 2009: Daniel Morissette
>- 2008: Paul Ramsey
>- 2007: Steve Lime
>- 2006: Markus Neteler
>- 2005: Frank Warmerdam
>
> Selection Committee 2016
>
>- Venkatesh Raghavan (chair)
>- Frank Warmerdam
>- Markus Neteler
>- Steve Lime
>- Paul Ramsey
>- Sophia Parafina
>- Daniel Morissette
>- Helena Mitasova
>- Martin Davis
>- Arnulf Christl
>- Gary Sherman
>- Maria Brovelli
>
> Best
>
> Venka
>
>
>
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[OSGeo-Discuss] PostGIS 2.2.2 Released

2016-03-22 Thread Paul Ramsey
http://postgis.net/2016/03/22/postgis-2.2.2/

With some fixes for correctness in some features, a handful of
crashing cases, and with some important updates for upgrade cases,
from 2.1 and to 2.3, as well as for users with raster data restore
issues (read the linked docs for more information on those!)

  - #3463, Fix crash on face-collapsing edge change
  - #3422, Improve ST_Split robustness on standard precision double
   systems (arm64, ppc64el, s390c, powerpc, ...)
  - #3427, Update spatial_ref_sys to EPSG version 8.8
  - #3433, ST_ClusterIntersecting incorrect for MultiPoints
  - #3435, ST_AsX3D fix rendering of concave geometries
  - #3436, memory handling mistake in ptarray_clone_deep
  - #3437, ST_Intersects incorrect for MultiPoints
  - #3461, ST_GeomFromKML crashes Postgres when there are
   innerBoundaryIs and no outerBoundaryIs
  - #3429, upgrading to 2.3 or from 2.1 can cause loop/hang on some
   platforms
  - #3460, ST_ClusterWithin 'Tolerance not defined' error after upgrade
  - #3490, Raster data restore issues, materialized views
Scripts postgis_proc_set_search_path.sql, rtpostgis_proc_set_search_path.sql
refere to 
http://postgis.net/docs/manual-2.2/RT_FAQ.html#faq_raster_data_not_restore
  - #3426, failing POINT EMPTY tests on fun architectures
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] how did the paris code sprint go

2016-03-07 Thread Paul Ramsey
Here's mine

http://blog.cleverelephant.ca/2016/03/paris-code-sprint-postgis-recap.html

On Sun, Mar 6, 2016 at 11:59 AM, Jody Garnett  wrote:
> Taking this out to a seperate email thread - several projects had a plan
> going in, how did it go?
>
> PostGIS Agenda
> SFCGAL Agenda
> OTB Agenda
> GDAL Agenda
> GRASS GIS Agenda
> MapServer Agenda
> Point Cloud Agenda
> iTowns Agenda
>
> Oliver has gathered blog posts and feedback from participants on the wiki.
> --
> Jody Garnett
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4GNA - Someone is watching you :-o

2015-12-16 Thread Paul Ramsey
Agree w/ Daniel in all ways. We want our events to succeed, no? So we
use marketing techniques to do so. Emails and so on. And we track who
opens them so we can get better at marketing. Like any other business
trying to succeed. Mail chimp is currently convenient, in the past
other technologies were convenient (I spammed people in 2007 using a
custom perl script, because I am a God Among Men), in the future
different technologies will be convenient. But they are all going
towards making a good event.

Naturally the first targets of marketing the event will be people who
have attended past events under the same/similar umbrella. I provided
the 2007 attendance list to foss4g events for a number of years until
it had grown entirely stale. I felt good about it. I revelled in the
goodness of it.

I have spammed. I will spam again, in the service of a good cause.
That is my weakness. That is my strength.

P.



On Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 7:20 AM, Daniel Morissette
 wrote:
> On 2015-12-16 10:00 AM, Venkatesh Raghavan wrote:
>>
>> On 2015/12/16 18:37, Pat Tressel wrote:
>>>
>>> MailChimp is a very popular product. If you have a provable accusation
>>> against them -- that they were acting **independently of the account
>>> administrator** to alter lists, then that would be significant. As Rob
>>> has stated, MailChimp did not do something by itself. The list was
>>> aggregated from previous lists and events in which people participated.
>>
>>
>> I have also received a similar unsolicited mail. I would like to know
>> who has authorized
>> the aggregation and usage of email address from "previous lists and
>> events in which
>> people participated". I think every event has a privacy policy and
>> e-mail address provided
>> are only to be used for communicating about the specific event and not
>> for aggregating for
>> future use.
>>
>
>
> For the record, the use of such mailing services for FOSS4G promotion is not
> new. Even FOSS4G 2015 (Seoul) used MailChimp in a very similar way, I still
> have some of their mails in my archives, and I'm sure other past events did
> as well but I didn't bother digging any further.
>
> How can you realistically expect to do outreach to new people if you only
> announce your event on osgeo-discuss?
>
> This anti-anything-locationtech-does drama is becoming boring, please let's
> get over it.
>
> --
> Daniel Morissette
> http://www.mapgears.com/
> T: +1 418-696-5056 #201
>
> http://evouala.com/ - Location Intelligence Made Easy
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Renaming FOSS4G

2015-10-06 Thread Paul Ramsey
On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 8:12 AM, Barry Rowlingson
 wrote:
> Okay, this is probably sticking a match under a pile of dry wood but
> here goes...
>
> Can we rename The FOSS4G Conference to The OSGeo Conference?

Get off my lawn.

https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/conference_dev/2006-September/30.html

So weary,
P.
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Board] [Ica-osgeo-labs] The LAS format, the ASPRS, and the “LAZ clone” by ESRI

2015-03-01 Thread Paul Ramsey
Carl,

No, it doesn't really clarify it. I think what people are wondering is
does OGC have a default mission and position that closed formats are
bad for the industry and would it publicly admonish a member who took
actions that ran counter to that position.  I assume that, as a
member driven organization whose membership includes the offender,
the OGC will not be standing up and publicly saying this company is
contravening the spirit of our organization and mission, that it is
supposedly supportive of.

Am I incorrect?

WRT to OSGeo, I think that black letter cases like this come along
infrequently enough that it would not be at all inappropriate for
OSGeo to publicly state what is wrong with the direction being taken
in the world of LAS formats. The only trouble is, it's exactly what
everyone expects we would do, and therefore will be greeted with a
collective yawn. But it is the right thing, so we should still do it.

ATB,

P.




On Sun, Mar 1, 2015 at 8:23 AM, Carl Reed cr...@opengeospatial.org wrote:
 All -

 The OGC is not currently involved in activities related to defining or
 maintaining LIDAR specific modeling and related encoding standards. Any work
 the OGC has been doing WRT LIDAR is within the context of processing,
 visualization, and analytics. Obviously, existing OGC standards such as WCS
 and GMLJP2 can be used to encode and share small, processed LIDAR data sets.
 Feel free to check OGC email archives, project pages, and so forth for
 documentation on any ongoing discussions in the OGC related to LIDAR.

 http://www.opengeospatial.org/pub/www/ows9/innovations.html : The thread
 participants looked at NITF, LIDAR, and DAP/OPeNDAP, and investigated their
 re-implementation in an OWS environment with a focus on the Web.

 or

 http://koenigstuhl.geog.uni-heidelberg.de/publications/bonn/conference/LanigGeoinformatik09.pdf

 for examples.

 Hope this clarifies the current OGC position.

 Regards

 Carl


 -Original Message- From: Suchith Anand
 Sent: Sunday, March 01, 2015 4:20 AM
 To: Cameron Shorter ; P Kishor ; Suchith Anand
 Cc: discuss@lists.osgeo.org ; Hogan, Patrick(ARC-PX) ; bo...@lists.osgeo.org
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 Hi Cameron,

 Thank you for this excellent suggestion. I remember this previous
 Geoservices REST API issues and discussions.

 Patrick - Could you please start a wiki page and input as much information
 as you know on this (ideally in the same structure as the Geoservices REST
 API wiki ). Once it is ready, please email the community and OSGeo Board and
 we all can look into this.

 Anyone from OGC willing to help with this?

 I think this should be open letter from the OSGeo Board to the whole Geo
 community. I really hope this proprietary vendor (ESRI) will be decent
 enough to not keep repeating these inappropriate actions in the future.

 Best wishes,

 Suchith

 
 From: Cameron Shorter [cameron.shor...@gmail.com]
 Sent: Sunday, March 01, 2015 10:47 AM
 To: P Kishor; Suchith Anand
 Cc: discuss@lists.osgeo.org; Hogan, Patrick (ARC-PX); bo...@lists.osgeo.org;
 ica-osgeo-l...@lists.osgeo.org
 Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Ica-osgeo-labs] The LAS format, the ASPRS, and
 the “LAZ clone” by ESRI

 Patrick, others,
 OSGeo and related OGC communities have been successful previously in
 stopping ESRI's inappropriate creation of OGC standards. See here:
 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Geoservices_REST_API

 I'd suggest that if we as OSGeo wish to be effective at blocking a vendor
 lock-in tactic, as seems to be the case, then we should consider developing
 a similar wiki page for the LAS format debate.

 0. Write an open letter (who to? OGC?)
 1. Describe the issue. (Is there someone who knows the issues well enough to
 describe them?)
 2. Describe technically why one format is or is not better than the other,
 on both a technical and commercial point of view.
 3. Is the Open LIDAR format an OGC standard?
 4. If needed, collect signatures.
 5. If needed, ask OSGeo Board to present the open letter

 On 28/02/2015 11:18 am, P Kishor wrote:
 Thanks Patrick for surfacing this. Yes, this should be opened up for
 scrutiny by the entire community and we should all weigh in.

 On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 4:13 PM, Suchith Anand
 suchith.an...@nottingham.ac.ukmailto:suchith.an...@nottingham.ac.uk
 wrote:
 Hi Patrick,

 Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I believe the OSGeo Board need to
 look into this and prepare a position paper with inputs from the community
 as this has wider implications. This also need to be discussed with like
 minded organisations. We all can provide the needed support for this.

 Jeff and OSGeo Board - please add this to the next month Board meeting's
 agenda items. Thanks.

 Best wishes,

 Suchith


 
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Call for Interest: PostGIS day in DC

2014-09-30 Thread Paul Ramsey
Hey all,
I'm thinking about organizing a PostGIS day (Nov 20) in Washington DC,
and I'm looking for folks who would be willing to present about (a)
their use of PostGIS or (b) the amazing insane magic they do with
PostGIS. We'd host in the spacious Boundless office, likely, and
probably do an afternoon/evening time frame.
Could you drop me a line if you'd be interested in presenting? (attending?)
Thanks!
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[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G Organizing

2014-09-15 Thread Paul Ramsey
I have two contradictory positions wrt LocationTech and event organizing, and 
I’ll start with this one, since it’s easier: as long as the organizations are 
separate, I think that OSGeo should maintain its own brand and use a 
professional organizer that is 100% dedicated to OSGeo without any conflicts of 
interest, perceived or otherwise.

There are a number of places to start in finding such a corporate partner for 
event planning. An obvious thing to do would be to look at other successful 
international technology events in our space and who organizes them.

 
http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/organizers/conference_organizer_contacts.html
 https://us.pycon.org/2014/about/staff/
 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/#event-services

If nothing else, folks at those organizations could refer us to other companies 
we may not have heard to so we could run a real competition for our business.

Since getting involved in a commercial relationship like this is a big, 
existential decision for the organization, I think it falls to the board to 
decide

(a) if moving to a single professional event organizer for all major foss4g 
events (international, na, eu) is warranted
(b) if so, assigning a small team to speak with the alternatives, and bring a 
concrete decision in the form of a recommended company and contract terms to 
the board

It is important to get a decision on (a) as quickly as possible, as the venue 
decision for 2016 will have to be made and which organizing principle it falls 
under is important to establish sooner than later.

P.

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Proposed process for selecting OSGeo charter members

2014-06-23 Thread Paul Ramsey
AAG has a sliding income scale, no reason something like that, or a
hamburger index multiplier, can't be used to fix that up.

http://www.economist.com/content/big-mac-index

P.

On Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 7:25 AM, Bart van den Eijnden bart...@osgis.nl wrote:
 Good food for thought Howard, can’t say I disagree with anything you say here.

 The only thing we need to consider is that for some countries 50 or 70 USD 
 can still be a lot of money.

 Best regards,
 Bart

 On 23 Jun 2014, at 16:12, Howard Butler how...@hobu.co wrote:


 On Jun 20, 2014, at 7:38 AM, Cameron Shorter cameron.shor...@gmail.com 
 wrote:

 Thanks Paul, Dimitris and Peter for your thoughts.

 Comments inline.

 On 20/06/2014 4:31 am, Paul Ramsey wrote:
 http://www.aag.org/cs/membership/individual_membership
 http://www.aag.org/cs/membership/individual_membership/dues


 Both simpler, and better for the bottom line of OSGeo, if you want to
 be a member, sign up as a member, collect your t-shirt, see you @
 foss4g.

 Yes Paul, pay for membership is simple, but I'd argue that the value of 
 OSGeo and OSGeo communities is the volunteer time we contribute, and pay 
 membership wouldn't capture that.

 This property is the nature of a professional organization, which in my 
 opinion, OSGeo clearly is. There are a number of strong reasons why small 
 annual fees for membership are very attractive. The first is there's no 
 struggling with members who've dropped off, haven't voted, are no longer 
 participating. Second, anyone who wants to associate themselves can simply 
 do so by paying dues. Finally, a consistent, if small, operating revenue.

 The voting process has been an ad-hoc affair since the beginnings of the 
 organization. Every year it the rules are tweaked. Every year members who've 
 dropped off need to be nagged. Every year we end up just taking everyone 
 who's nominated anyway. It's a lot of overhead and volunteer cost for very 
 little gain.

 It is certain there are people who wish to be professionally associated with 
 OSGeo who are unable to become members because they haven't generated enough 
 public profile to be nominated. You can't nominate yourself. It's a chicken 
 and egg problem that simply dissolves with paid-but-small membership dues.

 OSGeo's main revenue stream is the FOSS4G conference. It is an event run on 
 the backs of local chapter volunteers. Please correct me otherwise, but I do 
 not think any local chapter who has hosted FOSS4G has ever put in a proposal 
 to host it again. This well may eventually run dry. Or, it may run dry for a 
 year or two. 80-100k/year (~$50-70/year * 1500 persons) of membership dues 
 is plenty to keep the lights on through droughts and still allow the 
 organization to move forward.

 At the inception of the organization, a driving factor toward our current 
 membership structure is because OSGeo is a volunteer organization, it 
 shouldn't require members to pay money. I think this is misguided. Every 
 other professional organization of which I'm a member requires membership 
 dues. As an IRS classification, a professional organization has a clear path 
 forward.

 I am a professional open source Geo/GIS software developer. I want to belong 
 to a professional organization that represents me. I would be happy to pay 
 some nominal membership dues that a) signify my membership, b) provide 
 financial buffer for the organization to achieve its mission, and 3) clearly 
 signal what the rules are to become a member.

 My $0.02.

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Proposed process for selecting OSGeo charter members

2014-06-19 Thread Paul Ramsey
http://www.aag.org/cs/membership/individual_membership
http://www.aag.org/cs/membership/individual_membership/dues

Both simpler, and better for the bottom line of OSGeo, if you want to
be a member, sign up as a member, collect your t-shirt, see you @
foss4g.

P.

On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 10:28 AM, Dimitris Kotzinos kotz...@csd.uoc.gr wrote:
 Dear all,

 some thoughts on the proposed changes on the Charter Member election
 process.
 I will divide my comments into two parts, first some issues about the
 process itself and then some comments on the proposed changes.

 (A) the process per se:
 1/ I think that whatever change in the election process should be validated
 by the Charter Members themselves, so I fully agree with Arnulf that we need
 to vote on that and not just the Board. And of course this contains no
 offense for the Board; it is just that I think that it is fair that the body
 who is affected by the changes to take the decisions.
 Moreover the charter members are the ones who elect the Board so it seems
 quite awkward to me that the smaller governing body will take such decision.
 2/ I think that whatever decision taken should be enforced in next year's
 elections; members need some time to evaluate that. So it is good to
 conclude this process now but enforce it from next year.

 (B) the proposed changes:
 Before discussing the proposed changes I think that we should understand
 where the current system has failed. Do we have cases where recognized
 community leaders failed to be elected? If so please bring them forward. I
 doubt so though since if I recall correctly the last two years all charter
 member nominations were accepted without voting! Moreover the notion of a
 recognized community leader that cannot be elected as a charter member is
 a contradiction by itself. So why change?
 I am not against the idea of having some people becoming OSGEO Charter
 Members ex officio but for one I do not like the idea of having members of
 different categories and secondly I need to have a look at the data: how
 many of the committee chairs, PSC members, official Chapter chairs are not
 already OSGEO Charter members (and they wanted to be and failed)? Why are
 they not nominated to become ones and to be voted?
 And I don't see how the problem described here:
 In previous years the Charter Member selection process has been a little
 contentious. We typically receive numerous nominations from high caliber
 members of our community, and insufficient positions to accept them all.
 This typically results in unnecessary disappointment and dissent.
 will be resolved: again we will have some people not becoming Charter
 Members if the seats are not enough. So some of us will still be
 disappointed, etc. So if the numbers are the same the only difference I see
 is that now we choose beforehand whom to disappoint and people working in
 the community but in not official positions will have less chances to be
 elected.
 If we want to open up the numbers, this is OK, more seats are offered every
 year anyway. But what else?
 And of course the first come first served approach if the recognized
 community leaders are more than the seats is a bit odd: to lighten up the
 discussion I cannot imagine people with the finger on the mouse waiting for
 the process to open in order to submit there nominations.
 Finally, for the voting process I completely disagree with the ability of a
 member to vote multiple times for the same person. This removes from the
 process the requirement of someone to be widely recognized within the
 community and potentially allows a couple of friends to elect whoever they
 want.

 I think that the discussion is interesting and thanks to the board and
 Arnulf :) for initiating it!
 I think that other solutions could also be considered if we feel that we
 need to differentiate on how charter members get elected, e.g. agree on a
 bonus percentage that a community leader gets when he goes through the
 standard process, so he still has to be voted by many...

 I apologize for the length of the e-mail and thanks for listening,

 Best regards,

 Dimitris Kotzinos





 Within 2 weeks we intend to start our annual process for selecting new
 OSGeo charter members.

 In previous years the Charter Member selection process has been a little
 contentious. We typically receive numerous nominations from high caliber
 members of our community, and insufficient positions to accept them all.
 This typically results in unnecessary disappointment and dissent.

 In response, the OSGeo board has agreed to trial tweaking the voting
 process. The aim is to automatically accept recognised OSGeo community
 leaders, while continuing with our existing process which attracts the
 many valuable community members who contribute in other ways. Community
 comments are encouraged, and will be considered over the next week.

 *Design guidelines:*

 * We want a process which is simple to understand and implement.
 * We want a 

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Test polygons from About Invalid, Valid and Clean Polygons

2013-10-27 Thread Paul Ramsey
What’s the publication date on this? The PostGIS results are wrong, at least in 
that they only show the input validation (PostGIS will accept almost any WKT 
input, with the exception of unclosed rings) and not ST_IsValid validation.

P.

On Oct 25, 2013, at 5:47 PM, Mateusz Loskot mate...@loskot.net wrote:

 Hi,
 
 In the paper About Invalid, Valid and Clean Polygons [1], on page 11,
 there is a collection of test polygons used by the authors.
 
 Does anyone happen to know where can I find a complete dataset or
 a form of data definition (WKT, GML, etc.)  with those test polygons?
 
 [1] 
 http://www.springer.com/cda/content/document/cda_downloaddocument/9783540226109-c1.pdf
 
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G 2013 Nottingham Update

2013-05-10 Thread Paul Ramsey
+10, the workshops selection is always contentious, and there are
always people disappointed, since the number of slots is so limited.
It's a difficult part of the organizing process to make and stand by
those decisions. I'm glad Barry is working on his optimization
algorithm, so we can finally put this annual problem permanently to
bed :)

P.

On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 8:31 AM, Peter Batty pe...@ebatty.com wrote:
 Hi all,

 As a previous FOSS4G chair I would just appeal to everyone to go easy on the
 organizing team. I was not involved in the selection process this time but I
 do know there was a high number of workshops that were submitted, so
 unfortunately half the submitters are going to be disappointed and think
 that the committee made the wrong the choice.

 Barry also stated that he wasn't involved in workshop selection, so you
 really shouldn't all be reading lots into his side comment that the
 workshops present good value - my interpretation is that was just a general
 comment that was Barry's opinion and nothing to do with selection criteria.

 Also the reality is that there are so many submissions that you can't give
 specific reasons to everyone who was rejected why they didn't make it - this
 would hugely increase the already large amount of time that all these
 volunteers are putting into creating a FOSS4G event, and make a difficult
 process even more difficult.

 Just a few thoughts as a previous organizer :)

 Cheers,
 Peter.



 On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 2:31 AM, Jeroen Ticheler
 jeroen.tiche...@geocat.net wrote:

 I concur with Markus.
 I was also surprised to see none of our GeoNetwork related workshops
 represented although they were always well received at previous conferences.
 It would have been nice if we'd had feedback on the reasoning behind that.
 Considering about half the national INSPIRE geospatial catalogs in Europe
 run on the product I consider it a relevant OSGeo product. Reading the
 thread, I note we should also put up a page with high GeoNetwork workshop
 fees instead of always providing them for free at FOSS4G conferences. I may
 actually start to consider that ;-)
 Jeroen

 On 10 mei 2013, at 10:12, Markus Neteler nete...@osgeo.org wrote:

  On 5/10/13, Barry Rowlingson b.rowling...@lancaster.ac.uk wrote:
  On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 7:27 AM, andrea antonello
  andrea.antone...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  Also I would have another wish. Is there a way to understand how the
  workshops were chosen.
  I see important projects missing, whereas several have kind of
  double or even triple workshops.
 
  Yes, surprising also for me.
 
  Given the few available slots, I would have expected more
  differentiation.
 
  Would be really keen to understand the process, if there is a simple
  way to do so.
 
  The workshop selection process was handed to our workshop subcommittee
  - I've asked them to respond to these issues here on the mailing list
  and personally to you two if that's necessary.
 
  The balance looks quite good to me, where there is duplication it
  seems to be different aspects of the same project - Postgis Intro and
  Postgis 3d have different audiences, for example. Its possible that
  other projects weren't represented in the proposals which would
  explain their absence.
 
  While I submitted an advanced GRASS GIS 7 workshop, I didn't even
  receive a 'your proposal was not considered' notification.
  A bit sad for a cofounder of OSGeo and participant of the first ever
  FOSS4G Conf 2004 in Bangkok.
 
  There are a few workshops from OpenGeo, but if
  you go to their website and see how much they charge for commercial
  training, you might see this as us giving people the opportunity to
  get some great training cheaply from some great trainers.
 
  ... well, not a convincing argument.
 
  Anyway, our Workshop Team will address these issues later.
 
  Better sooner :)
 
  Markus
  (FOSS4G trainer since 1996)
 
  Barry
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] West Coast USA Conference

2013-05-08 Thread Paul Ramsey
Since FOSS4G will be in North America next year (assuming an
acceptable bid is received from the continent) there won't be a
FOSS4GNA next year.

P.

On Tue, May 7, 2013 at 10:00 PM, Kate Chapman k...@maploser.com wrote:
 Hi Alex,

 Next year's location has not been determined yet for FOSS4G-NA. Also the
 main FOSS4G will likely be in North America next year as well.

 Best,

 -Kate


 On Wed, May 8, 2013 at 11:58 AM, Alex Mandel tech_...@wildintellect.com
 wrote:

 On 05/07/2013 06:54 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


 I think you should try to organize a committee to bring Foss4g NA to the
 west coast. Northern California, Oregon or Washington all have a decent
 number of folks to help with that. Not sure if next years location has
 already been selected yet or not.

 Thanks,
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[OSGeo-Discuss] 2014 FOSS4G Bid Timeline

2013-05-05 Thread Paul Ramsey
Important note: if you are planning on submitting a Letter-of-Intent
for FOSS4G 2014 hosting, you have only 5 days left.

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2014_Bid_Process

We need to know useful things like the viability of your local
committee, your planned venue, and so on, to move to the bid stage.
Read the RFP, write your letter, take the plunge!

http://svn.osgeo.org/osgeo/foss4g/rfp/2014/osgeo-conference-2013-request-for-proposal.pdf

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[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G 2014 RFP Process

2013-04-10 Thread Paul Ramsey
OSGeo is happy to announce the call for hosting the FOSS4G 2014 event. The 2014 
FOSS4G RFP is available now at:

http://svn.osgeo.org/osgeo/foss4g/rfp/2014/osgeo-conference-2013-request-for-proposal.pdf

And the RFP process is summarily described on the wiki:

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2014_Bid_Process

Links to letters of intent, proposals, and supplementary information will be 
added to the wiki page as the process goes on.

Highlights:

2014 is a North America year
Like last year, using a two-stage bidding process, with letters-of-intent, 
followed by full proposals for selected bidders.
Letters of intent due May 10.
Please share this document far and wide!

Yours,

Paul Ramsey
FOSS4G RFP Coordinator, 2014




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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G 2013 update

2012-12-03 Thread Paul Ramsey
Super, very happy to hear the update Jo! Looking forward to hearing
about all the sponsors signing up in the new year :)
P.

On Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 3:15 AM, Jo Cook joc...@astuntechnology.com wrote:
 Hi All,

 Just a quick update to let you know that all is well with FOSS4G 2013
 organisation. We're having planning meetings every 2 weeks at the moment,
 and all the minutes can be found on the wiki page
 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2013

 The big news at the moment is that we have a sparkly new website just
 waiting to be unveiled- we're just mopping up broken links and styling
 problems with it at the moment but would hope to have that ready in a couple
 of weeks. Expect loads of other exciting news round about the same time!

 All the best

 Jo

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[OSGeo-Discuss] PostGIS 2.0.2

2012-12-03 Thread Paul Ramsey
The PostGIS development team is happy to release the second patch
version of PostGIS 2, the 2.0.2 release. As befits a patch release,
the focus is on bugs and breakages, and there are a large number of
obscure things that are now better in this release.

http://download.osgeo.org/postgis/source/postgis-2.0.2.tar.gz


 * Bug Fixes *
  - #1287, Drop of gist_geometry_ops broke a few clients
   package of legacy_gist.sql for these cases
  - #1391, Errors during upgrade from 1.5
  - #1828, Poor selectivity estimate on ST_DWithin
  - #1838, error importing tiger/line data
  - #1869, ST_AsBinary is not unique -
   added to legacy_minor/legacy.sql scripts
  - #1885, Missing field from tabblock table in tiger2010 census_loader.sql
  - #1891, Use LDFLAGS environment when building liblwgeom
  - #1899, Enhance toTopoGeom error on unsupported input
  - #1900, Fix pgsql2shp for big-endian systems
  - #1932, Fix raster2pgsql for invalid syntax for setting index tablespace
  - #1936, ST_GeomFromGML on CurvePolygon causes server crash
  - #1955, ST_ModEdgeHeal and ST_NewEdgeHeal for doubly connected edges
  - #1957, ST_Distance to a one-point LineString returns NULL
  - #1976, Geography point-in-ring code overhauled for more reliability
  - #1978, wrong answer calculating length of closed circular arc (circle)
  - #1981, Remove unused but set variables as found with gcc 4.6+
  - #1987, Restore 1.5.x behaviour of ST_Simplify
  - #1989, Preprocess input geometry to just intersection with raster
   to be clipped
  - #1991, geocode really slow on PostgreSQL 9.2
  - #1996, support POINT EMPTY in GeoJSON output
  - #1998, Fix ST_{Mod,New}EdgeHeal joining edges sharing both endpoints
  - #2001, ST_CurveToLine has no effect if the geometry doesn't actually
   contain an arc
  - #2015, ST_IsEmpty('POLYGON(EMPTY)') returns False
  - #2019, ST_FlipCoordinates does not update bbox
  - #2025, Fix side location conflict at TopoGeo_AddLineString
  - #2062, improve performance of distance calculations
  - #2033, Fix adding a splitting point into a 2.5d topology
  - #2051, Fix excess of precision in ST_AsGeoJSON output
  - #2052, Fix buffer overflow in lwgeom_to_geojson
  - #2056, Fixed lack of SRID check of raster and geometry in ST_SetValue()
  - #2057, Fixed linking issue for raster2psql to libpq
  - #2060, Fix dimension check violation by GetTopoGeomElementArray
  - #2072, Removed outdated checks preventing ST_Intersects(raster) from
   working on out-db bands
  - #2077, Fixed incorrect answers from ST_Hillshade(raster)
  - #2092, Namespace issue with ST_GeomFromKML,ST_GeomFromGML for libxml 2.8+
  - #2099, Fix double free on exception in ST_OffsetCurve
  - #2100, ST_AsRaster() may not return raster with specified pixel type
  - #2108, Ensure ST_Line_Interpolate_Point always returns POINT
  - #2109, Ensure ST_Centroid always returns POINT
  - #2117, Ensure ST_PointOnSurface always returns POINT
  - #2129, Fix SRID in ST_Homogenize output with collection input
  - #2130, Fix memory error in MultiPolygon GeoJson parsing

  - Update URL of Maven jar


 * Enhancements *
  - #1581, ST_Clip(raster, ...) no longer imposes NODATA on a band if the
   corresponding band from the source raster did not have NODATA
  - #1928, Accept array properties in GML input multi-geom input
(Kashif Rasul and Shoaib Burq / SpacialDB)
  - #2082, Add indices on start_node and end_node of topology edge tables
  - #2087, Speedup topology.GetRingEdges using a recursive CTE
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Code sprints at FOSS4G 2013

2012-10-17 Thread Paul Ramsey
On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 1:39 AM, Steven Feldman shfeld...@gmail.com wrote:

 When do you want to run the code sprints? Our preference would be to provide
 facilities for the code sprints on Sunday 22nd but if there was a strong
 preference to go for the Monday we could try to secure space for that (not
 guaranteed but we could try)

People generally agree that 1 day is not enough. They also agree that
after a week of conferencing, one day is plenty. Your call.

 If there is a choice between one large space with clusters for the different
 projects or a series of smaller rooms which would you prefer?

One big one, so people can cross pollinate.

 Apart from power, internet and coffee are there any other requirements?

Some moveable whiteboards or flip-charts for planning meetings.

P.


 Can we get your feedback on this in next few days as we will need to make
 some choices with the venue by early next week. Apologies for short notice.
 
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G presentation review process

2012-10-01 Thread Paul Ramsey
I'm in favour too. It has potential, let's see how an anonymous
community process works in practice.

P.

On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM, Volker Mische volker.mis...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hi all,

 On 10/01/2012 06:10 PM, Barry Rowlingson wrote:
 In our bid for FOSS4G 2013 Nottingham, we didn't precisely say how we
 intended to select presentations for the main track of the conference.
 Some discussion amongst the committee has been going on, and we think
 it necessary to informally poll the community to get a feel for what
 method is preferred.

 Previous FOSS4Gs have not used anonymous reviews (note: the Academic
 Track will be a double-blind review process, we are discussing the
 main conference presentations here), and have used a blend of
 committee reviews and community reviews. Note that even with a
 numerical ranking system its normally still necessary to do a manual
 step to get a balanced conference.

 The big change we could do would be to have anonymous community
 reviews. Proposals would be rated based on title and abstract only.
 The arguments for this include:

  * selection is on quality of proposal rather than bigness of name
  * rating procedure can prevent up-votes from whoever has the most
 followers on twitter
  * promotes inclusivity:
 http://2012.jsconf.eu/2012/09/17/beating-the-odds-how-we-got-25-percent-women-speakers.html

 and against arguments include:

  * some names are big draws, and it would be disappointing to not have
 someone because their abstract wasn't that exciting.
  * previous FOSS4Gs have used non-anonymous reviewing and that worked
 fine. Why change it?
  * it may be hard to distil an exciting talk into an abstract without
 losing the excitement.

 So, as this would be quite a change for FOSS4G, what do you - the
 OSGeo community at large - think? I do have a google poll nearly ready
 on this, but lets have a bit of a debate here and maybe it won't even
 be necessary.

 I think an anonymous selection process makes a lot of sense. I
 personally always hoped that people don't do a please up-vote me
 campaigns on blogs or Twitter, but it happened. It will still be
 possible as people could publish the titles of the abstract, but I hope
 this won't happen and everyone will play along nicely.

 One thing we have to keep in mind, that this conference is different
 from the JSConf.eu. The JSConf.eu is about the bleeding edge an what's
 hot in the fast changing JavaScript world. The audience are definitely
 non-beginners. At the FOSS4G the audience is way more wide-spread. It
 ranges from beginners to absolute pros. Hence there are also talks that
 are kind of the same every year. Things that come to my mind are my own
 talks, which are always about GeoCouch, or the State of ... talks.
 They have a place, but you'd know upfront the the State of GeoServer
 e.g. is done by one of the big names of GeoServer and respectively a
 talk mentioning GeoCouch is probably me. What I want to say is, you
 can't fully prevent that people up-vote well known names.

 Of course there still needs to be the review process by the programm
 committee that makes the final call, so that we e.g. don't have 5 talks
 from the same person.

 To conclude: I'm in favour of trying it and seeing how it works.

 Cheers,
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Board Nomination: Hirofumi Hayashi

2012-07-30 Thread Paul Ramsey
What super news! Hirofumi Hayashi would be a great representative for
Japan and open source geospatial in general, I heartily second this
nomination!

P.

On Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM, Jeff McKenna
jmcke...@gatewaygeomatics.com wrote:
 Hello OSGeo community,

 I am very happy to nominate Hirofumi Hayashi[1] for the Board of
 Directors of OSGeo.

 Hayashi is a super-active member of the OSGeo-Japan chapter, tirelessly
 working on planning and promoting FOSS4G events in that region.  He is a
 member of the OSGeo-Japan Board, and anyone who has ever attended a
 FOSS4G-Japan event has been touched by his efforts, and of course his smile.

 At the project-level Hayashi is a member of the ZOO Project PSC (often
 works late at night to maintain its servers), has also committed several
 enhancements to the OSGeo4W installer, and contributed translation
 changes in several OSGeo projects.

 I believe Hayashi will be a great voice from the vibrant Japan chapter.

 Oh, I must not forget: Hayashi's daughter Natsuki was the now-famous
 hand model used in the FOSS4G-Japan 2008 mola-mola video! [2]

 [1] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Hhayashi
 [2] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpHilajQkGM

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Charter Member Nomination: Andrea Aime

2012-06-30 Thread Paul Ramsey
Andrea's not already a charter member? +10.
P.

On Sat, Jun 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM, Justin Deoliveira
jdeol...@opengeo.org wrote:
 Just wanted to add my +1 to this nomination. Anyone who has worked with
 Andrea knows there is no question about his commitment to open source geo
 software. He will make a great charter member.


 On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM, Gabriel Roldan grol...@opengeo.org
 wrote:

 I second Andrea's nomination too. Having worked closely with him on
 the GeoTools and GeoServer projects for the last seven years or so,
 and truly believe neither project would be what they are without
 Andrea's continued commitment.

 Gabriel.
 On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM, Jeff McKenna
 jmcke...@gatewaygeomatics.com wrote:
  On 12-06-25 2:26 PM, Jody Garnett wrote:
  I would like to nominate Andrea Aime for OSGeo charter membership.
 
 
  I second Andrea's nomination.  I've had the pleasure to work closely
  with him through several FOSS4G Benchmarking exercises; he is a very
  hard worker and a big supporter of OSGeo.  And I'm proud to say that
  we're good friends even after going through all that :)
 
  -jeff
 
 
 
 
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[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G 2013 RFP Result

2012-06-18 Thread Paul Ramsey
Conference Committee, Bidders,

Good morning (PDT). The results have been tabulated, and every member
of the committee has voted (yay).

Many thanks to both teams for bidding. Many of the members commented
on the difficulty in selecting a bid, given the quality and attention
to detail in both bids.

The voting results are

Nottingham 8
Helsinki 2

So, FOSS4G 2013 will be in Nottingham, UK.

To the Nottingham team:

- The sooner you can carve your dates into stone, the better for
promotion and planning
- Remember that you will have to submit a budget to the Board for
approval, and the Official, Really for Reals Acceptance of your bid
is contingent on the Board formally accepting your budget and bid.
Let's move that process forward briskly.

To the Helsinki team:

- You had a great bid and a wonderful venue and plan, I hope you'll
consider bringing your preparations and research to hosting an EU
Regional event for 2014.

Thanks again to everyone,

Paul,
your 2013 RFP bid guy
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [OSGeo-Conf] regional conferences

2012-06-18 Thread Paul Ramsey
On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 5:08 AM, Steven Feldman shfeld...@gmail.com wrote:
 If there are regional events in every continent except for the continent
 where the global event is being run we may risk diluting interest in the
 global event.

 We will have the global FOSS4G in Europe in 2013 (either UK or Finland will
 host) we would expect to see less delegates from outside of Europe if there
 are North American, Asian and other regional events.

 Perhaps a compromise would be to ensure that the timing of regional events
 is as close as possible to 6 months away from the global event?

That's always a risk, but the reality is that the vast majority of
FOSS4G attendees are from the local region, and only a small slice are
international. So we really are effectively serving a much larger
population with regional events. In some ways (watch this rhetorical
bend) dilution is actually a net positive, because it keeps the
same-old-same-old highly rated software talks from clogging up the
agenda leaving little space for quirky local topics.

But I digress.

I've been encouraging the regional organizers to try and keep as much
schedule space between their event and mid-September as possible. This
I think helps the international travellers make schedule time to
potentially attend two events in a year.  It does lead to some awkward
moments though, like FOSS4GNA this year coming just 6 months *after*
the last event in NA, the Denver conference. All in all though,
because we were serving a market (DC) that itself couldn't all get
even so far away as Denver, we ended up serving a wider group.

So I think on balance the regional thing is serving us very well. It
pains me to say it, but we might be better off de-emphasizing
FOSS4G-the-international-event and trying instead of space regional
events regularly around the calendar so it's possible for some
in-demand speakers to hit 2-3 regional events, while still allowing
more travel-constrained local delegates the option of having a regular
event.

So many options, but unfortunately there's no slam dunk way of knowing
what is best.

P.
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[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G 2013 RFP Reminder

2012-03-19 Thread Paul Ramsey
Reminder to anyone thinking and working on a 2013 bid: the letter of
intent deadline is at the end of March.
Get all your RFP goodness and important dates here:

  http://www.osgeo.org/conference/rfp

Questions, etc, email to me. Thanks!

Paul
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[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G North America is Almost Here: April 10-11

2012-03-15 Thread Paul Ramsey
FOSS4G North America is one month away! Due to venue restrictions (400
max!), we only have a limited number of registration spaces still
remaining, so sign up soon!

 * The full program is now available, online at http://foss4g-na.org/program/
 * Online registration is available, at http://foss4g-na.org/registration/
 * Rooms at nearby hotels are available too,
http://foss4g-na.org/hotel-block-annouced/

We are proud of our program, which includes talks from open source
developers, managers and visionaries. FOSS4G North America is a great
opportunity to learn about the statue of the art, and how people are
putting open source to use in their organizations.

We hope to see you in DC!

FOSS4G North America
Paul Ramsey (Chair), OpenGeo
Bonnie Bogle (Program Chair), MapBox
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[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G North America Call for Presentations Closes TODAY!

2012-03-01 Thread Paul Ramsey
[Please forward this to any lists/contacts you think will be
interested in FOSS4GNA]

Hi, users and developers of geospatial open source!
If you are planning to speak at FOSS4G-NA, you must submit a
presentation abstract today. Please don't forget! We really want to
hear your stories, tell us about how open source has changed the way
you work.

http://foss4g-na.org/abstract-submission/

The conference program is being organized around three tracks:
 * open source technology best practices and tips;
 * deployment case studies; and
 * emerging ideas and trends in open source.

We have space for about 50 presentations and 20 Ignite sessions, so
get your submissions in!
For more information, please visit our site at http://foss4g-na.org/.

Space is limited to 300 attendees only, so you should sign up today to
ensure that you can be a part of this exciting event!

Related Links:
http://foss4g-na.org/registration/ FOSS4G-NA Registration
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/North_America_Regional/ OSGeo North America Chapter
http://www.osgeo.org/ Open Source Geospatial Foundation
http://2012.foss4g.org FOSS4G 2012 - Beijing, China

Yours,

Paul Ramsey
FOSS4G-NA Conference Chair
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[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G North America Call for Presentations Closes March 1

2012-02-27 Thread Paul Ramsey
FOSS4G-NA (April 10-12, in Washington DC) is shaping up to be very
successful: nearly half of our 400 registration slots are already
filled, and lots of sponsors have signed on. Now it's up to you to
bring the magic!

If you are planning to speak at FOSS4G-NA, you must submit a
presentation abstract by March 1. Please don't forget!

  http://foss4g-na.org/abstract-submission/

The conference program is being organized around three tracks:
 * open source technology best practices and tips;
 * deployment case studies; and
 * emerging ideas and trends in open source.

We have space for about 50 presentations and 20 Ignite sessions, so
get your submissions in!

For more information, please visit our site at http://foss4g-na.org/.

Space is limited to 300 attendees only, so you should sign up today to
ensure that you can be a part of this exciting event!

Related Links:
 * http://foss4g-na.org/registration/ FOSS4G-NA Registration
 * http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/North_America_Regional/ OSGeo North
America Chapter
 * http://www.osgeo.org/ Open Source Geospatial Foundation
 * http://2012.foss4g.org/ FOSS4G 2012 - Beijing, China
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[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G North America Conference coming April 10-12

2012-01-23 Thread Paul Ramsey
On behalf of OSGeo North America, we’d like to invite you to attend
the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial - North America
(FOSS4G-NA) conference being held from April 10-12, 2012 at the Walter
E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.  This event will
serve as a regional follow-up to last September’s highly successful
international FOSS4G 2011 conference in Denver, Colorado, focusing on
the North American open source geospatial community.

The conference will be organized around three tracks:
- open source technology best practices and tips;
- deployment case studies; and
- emerging ideas and trends in open source.

The call for abstracts is open now and can be submitted here:
http://foss4g-na.org/abstract-submission/ .  We have space for about
50 presentations and 20 Ignite sessions, so get your submissions in!
In addition, Michael Byrne, CIO of the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) will be delivering a keynote address, with more
speakers to be announced soon.

Paul Ramsey (me!), Conference Chair of the 2007 FOSS4G conference,
will be reprising his role, along with an experienced committee from
the North America chapter of OSGeo to back him.

We have an open call for sponsorship, which can include exhibition
space; for more information please visit
http://foss4g-na.org/sponsorship/.  The event already has strong
support from the community, with a growing set of sponsors that
includes OpenGeo, Radiant Blue, AppGeo, and Spatialytics.

For more information, please visit our site at http://foss4g-na.org/.

Space is limited to 300 attendees only, so you should sign up today to
ensure that you can be a part of this exciting event!
http://foss4g-na.org/registration/

Related Links:
http://foss4g-na.org/  FOSS4G North America 2012 Conference - Washington, DC
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/North_America_Regional/ OSGeo North America Chapter
http://www.osgeo.org/ Open Source Geospatial Foundation
http://2012.foss4g.org FOSS4G 2012 - Beijing, China
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Opengeo License

2011-11-20 Thread Paul Ramsey
Ravi,

On Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 9:33 PM, Ravi Kumar ravivundavall...@yahoo.com wrote:
 Nice to see that Opengeo suite offers several Licenses of support.
 http://opengeo.org/products/suite/pricing/
 Just wish some clarity
 1. Free downloads (and self teaching) continue ?

The community edition will always be free to download. The enterprise
edition will require registration for an evaluation. The OpenGeo
workshops (workshops.opengeo.org) are free with registration.

 2. The License is still GNU GPL?

Yes. All components are GPL or LGPL.

 3. A license is good for getting support, but one can do without the same,
 if competent enough..!!

We imagine our market is not individuals (who often have competence
but generally no budget) but rather organizations, whose access to
competent individuals ebbs and flows as they enter or leave the
organization, but sometimes do have budget to buy a guarantee of
access to competence (us).

Best,

P.

 OpenGeo Suite is probably a landmark development in WEB-GIS.. and going
 commercial (earning money through support) is a welcome development.
 Cheers
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] GeoCoworking

2011-11-17 Thread Paul Ramsey
Anyone co-working in Paris? I'm going to be there for a month in May,
need references for nice spaces to work.

P.
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Are there proposed ways to raise funds for OSGeoprojects?

2011-06-04 Thread Paul Ramsey
I've done collaborative funding projects by hand a couple times (and
am doing one now: if you are interested in faster PostGIS indexes and
have $5000+ to contribute, contact me) but have been repeatedly
surprised at the lack of infrastructure. Kickstarter is for artists.
I've seen some attempts at collaborative open source funding sites
come and go: are we all just too cheap for this to work?

P.

On Sat, Jun 4, 2011 at 12:54 PM, Tyler Mitchell tmitch...@osgeo.org wrote:
 Great to see several conversations coming together and with some enthusiasm 
 too! :)  I'm very keen to work together with others on these ideas.  I've 
 also had quite a few discussions with people from the OSGeosphere I've met 
 during meetings this week.  I'll try to get some of my thoughts down in email 
 by Monday too.

 Tyler

 On 2011-06-03, at 11:02 AM, Duarte Carreira wrote:

 Well this is a coincidence!

 I also feel that some form of active pursue of funding has to happen. 
 Voluntary initiative to donate funds are a noble approach but one that spurs 
 little participation.

 It seems clear there is a dividing line where we start to give a negative 
 impression and that should be avoided at all costs. But a well written 
 letter directed/personalized to specific organizations that are known to be 
 big/strong adopters should be well received, and met with a significant 
 success rate. It's not a shakedown, it's a plea for help.

 This or any other variant for that matter. The key is doing active pursue of 
 funding. But this is not resonating as much as I thought it would...

 Duarte


 -Mensagem original-
 De: Eli Adam [mailto:ea...@co.lincoln.or.us]
 Enviada: sexta-feira, 3 de Junho de 2011 17:41
 Para: OSGeo Discussions
 Cc: Duarte Carreira
 Assunto: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Are there proposed ways to raise funds for 
 OSGeoprojects?

 Duarte,

     I agree with you and have similar ideas.  I just recently sent an email 
 similar (cites National Public Radio and Wikipedia examples) to these ideas 
 to the Board.  http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/board/2011-June/003816.html  
 The premise of my idea is that there are numerous agencies and companies 
 that have employees with minor budgetary authority to spend ~$500 on 
 software and these individuals are often using OSGeo projects and getting 
 assistance using these OSGeo projects on the email lists and IRC.  It makes 
 sense that these people might be involved in sponsorship.  What do others 
 think?

     Although not heavily promoted, OSGeo and some projects can accept money 
 through OSGeo here, http://www.osgeo.org/sponsorship/opportunities  Some 
 have $500 minimums.

     Here is the content of that email:

 Board,

 I started this email about six months ago and wanted to keep refining it and 
 adding bits, but, it seems to be the opportune time to send it since it is a 
 current topic for the Board (and it is already far too long - perhaps I 
 should have spend more time removing not adding).

 I have some ideas pertaining to fundraising that I did not find previously 
 discussed on the board or fundraising email lists.  Searching the wiki and 
 board minutes didn't turn up this discussion either.  Perhaps these ideas 
 have already been discussed and discarded in other venues.  I think that 
 OSGEO projects could get substantial funds from many corporate and agency 
 users in $500-$2,000 increments on an annual basis.

 I am thinking of a fundraiser very similar to the National Public Radio 
 style in the States.  That is that for one week instead of providing high 
 quality, commercial free, respected news and music, they focus at least 50% 
 of the time on fundraising.  In addition to changing the focus to 
 fundraising they use all methods possible to fundraise.  The methods seem 
 almost extreme.  It verges on berating, guilt, coercion, and other less 
 dignified methods.  Here are some clips that highlight some of these methods 
 although mixed with humor, http://www.vpr.net/episode/49677/  If you have 
 never listened to a NPR style fundraiser, I would suggest listening to one 
 (although I also suggest listening to the station for a week without 
 fundraiser to experience some of the more positive aspects of NPR).  There 
 should be one on internet radio currently, perhaps someone can send out a 
 link when their local station is fundraising.  In all the fundraising the 
 focus is that NPR provides unique, high quality, commercial free, respected 
 news and music and that you, yes you, can help provide that unique, high 
 quality, commercial free, respected news and music that you and others value 
 so much.  This is impressed upon you in that familiar authoritative NPR 
 voice which you have come to trust and respect over the years.

 NPR has the benefit that people listen to the radio for extended periods of 
 time at home, at work, and in the car going places.  To adopt that approach 
 to OSGeo, would be project mailing lists, IRC channels, websites, 

[OSGeo-Discuss] 2010 Charter Member Selection

2010-11-12 Thread Paul Ramsey
OSGeo members,

The 2010 process is complete, and the new charter members are, in
alphabetical order:

• Alex Mandel
• Andreas Hocevar
• Anne Ghisla
• Astrid Emde
• Danilo Furtado
• Gavin Fleming
• Hirofumi Hayashi
• Jo Cook
• Maria Brovelli
• Milena Nowotarska

I apologize for not sending out more process reminders, but I was on
the road in Japan and not really watching the clock. However, the
voting period has now passed, and over 50% of the membership
participated in the selection process.

Thanks to all the nominees who took the time to write to the discuss
list about their nomination.

A significant number of voters expressed that the number of slots was
not sufficient given the number of quality nominees, which is an issue
I will refer to the Board for next year's process.

Thanks for your votes,

Paul Ramsey
2010 OSGeo Chief Returning Officer
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Can charter members be nominated any time?

2010-10-21 Thread Paul Ramsey
This is the time of hte year... please send a nomination e-mail to
c...@osgeo.org in the next two weeks.

P

On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 8:24 AM, Landon Blake lbl...@ksninc.com wrote:
 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] RE: Representing Places With Intelligent URLs

2010-10-05 Thread Paul Ramsey
All attempts to construct simple ontologies end up reinventing RDF .. ?

On Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 5:12 PM, Christopher Schmidt
crschm...@crschmidt.net wrote:

 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

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[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Board Election 2010 Results

2010-08-26 Thread Paul Ramsey
OSGeo,

Here are the final results from the 2010 voting for the open seats of
the OSGeo Board of Directors. There were four seats open and they have
been filled by, in alphabetical order:

* Arnulf Christl
* Daniel Morissette
* Frank Warmerdam
* Tim Schaub

Thanks to everyone for running. The voting participation was 82% and
there were no tie scores to arbitrate.
Your complete resulting Board is:

* Arnulf Christl
* Chris Schmidt
* Daniel Morissette
* Frank Warmerdam
* Geoff Zeiss
* Jeff McKenna
* Markus Neteler
* Ravi Kumar
* Tim Schaub

We will complete the 2010 election process with the selection of new
Charter Members in September after FOSS4G.

Yours,

Paul Ramsey
2010 Returning Officer
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[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G Spatial Database BoF

2010-08-24 Thread Paul Ramsey
Let's talk Big Picture on spatial data storage, what does the future hold?

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2010_Breakout_Sessions#Spatial_Databases_BoF

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Are Ari Jolma and Howard Butler standing for re-election to the OSGeo Board?

2010-08-12 Thread Paul Ramsey
Only nominated members, as listed on the page, will be part of the
election process. Thus far no one has nominated Howard or Ari to stand
again for the board (or, they have declined nomination offers).

Paul

On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 9:06 AM, Landon Blake lbl...@ksninc.com wrote:
 I’m just curious, because I didn’t see there names listed on the nominations
 list.



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 California PLS 8489

 Office Phone Number: (209) 946-0268

 Cell Phone Number: (209) 992-0658

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[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Board Election 2010 - Reminder #2

2010-08-08 Thread Paul Ramsey
** The nomination period ends in 4 days! **

OSGeo Members,

The OSGeo Board Election for 2010 is now underway. The first stage is
the nomination of candidates for the board. Board membership is for a
two year term, and half the Board is refreshed each year. This year
there are four seats up for election.

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Election_2010#Board_Election

Anyone can submit a Board nomination, however only Charter Members are
eligible to serve on the Board. The complete list of charter members
is available by from

* http://www.osgeo.org/charter_members

A new charter member intake process will be run later this year.

Please submit your nominations, consisting of name and a paragraph
describing why you think this person would make a good Board member,
to c...@osgeo.org. Please ensure that your nominee is actually willing
to serve, prior to nominating them.

The nomination period will close at midnight Thursday 12th August
2010,  and will be followed by a one-week voting period.

Yours,

Paul Ramsey
OSGeo Chief Returning Officer (2010)
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[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Board Election 2010 - Reminder #1

2010-08-02 Thread Paul Ramsey
OSGeo Members,

The OSGeo Board Election for 2010 is now beginning. The first stage is
the nomination of candidates for the board. Board membership is for a
two year term, and half the Board is refreshed each year. This year
there are four seats up for election.

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Election_2010#Board_Election

Anyone can submit a Board nomination, however only Charter Members are
eligible to serve on the Board. The complete list of charter members
is available by from

* http://www.osgeo.org/charter_members

A new charter member intake process will be run later this year.

Please submit your nominations, consisting of name and a paragraph
describing why you think this person would make a good Board member,
to c...@osgeo.org. Please ensure that your nominee is actually willing
to serve, prior to nominating them.

The nomination period will close at midnight Thursday 12th August
2010,  and will be followed by a one-week voting period.

Yours,

Paul Ramsey
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[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Board Elections 2010

2010-07-28 Thread Paul Ramsey
OSGeo Members,

The OSGeo Board Election for 2010 is now beginning. The first stage is
the nomination of candidates for the board. Board membership is for a
two year term, and half the Board is refreshed each year. This year
there are four seats up for election.

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Election_2010#Board_Election

Anyone can submit a Board nomination, however only Charter Members are
eligible to serve on the Board. The complete list of charter members
is available by from

* http://www.osgeo.org/charter_members

A new charter member intake process will be run later this year.

Please submit your nominations, consisting of name and a paragraph
describing why you think this person would make a good Board member,
to c...@osgeo.org. Please ensure that your nominee is actually willing
to serve, prior to nominating them.

The nomination period will close at midnight Thursday 12th August
2010,  and will be followed by a one-week voting period.

Yours,

Paul Ramsey
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Help authoring tools

2010-06-01 Thread Paul Ramsey
PostGIS is docbook, a decision from Way Back.

Docbook has served us well, and in particular has provided some
unexpected benefits, in that the detailed markup have allowed
documentation-driven test frameworks to be built (we can actually
automatically test every documented function).

That said, if I were making the decision again today I'd use RST and
Sphinx, for the attractiveness of output and the human-readability of
the documentation source. It's easier to update the documentation at
source when you can easily visually scan it. I found I couldn't write
large chunks of docbook without using a WYSIWYG editor like (now
defunct) XMetaL.

P.

On Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 2:15 PM, Howard Butler hobu@gmail.com wrote:

 On Jun 1, 2010, at 12:34 PM, Stefan Steiniger wrote:
 On 06/01/2010 10:00 AM, Daniel Ames wrote:
 Do any of you have a preferred open source help authoring tool? We're 
 looking for something to document our projects on web pages - something 
 better than wiki - and also to download and install with software. Must be 
 cross platform, etc. I'd like to use whatever others are using in the 
 OSGeo community for consistency... - Dan

  Daniel,

 MapServer, GeoTools, OpenLayers, GeoServer, Shapely, libLAS, and GeoDjango 
 all use Sphinx http://sphinx.pocoo.org/.  In my opinion, Sphinx's great 
 advantages in order of importance are:

 - text-like markup (docbook is too much burden on documentation writers).  
 Restructured text is not too difficult to learn, but I wish the world would 
 agree on a text-like markup (markdown, restructured text, wikitext, etc)
 - variety of output.   Besides html, you can do ePub, PDF (multiple ways -- 
 via latex or stand alone), windows compiled help, qthelp, man
 - pretty output
 - simple installation and management

 I know there are some sphinx skeptics from the MapServer project on this list 
 who might chime up one way or another about its level of success within the 
 MapServer project, but I think its implementation has help our project 
 immensely.

 GDAL is still using Doxygen for its documentation generation.

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Any thoughts on the potential for using Seadragon as a map browsing interface?

2010-04-27 Thread Paul Ramsey
The next generation of Bing Maps (the current Beta) is build on Seadragon.

P

On Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 8:46 PM, Landon Blake lbl...@ksninc.com wrote:
 I’m not a web developer, but it seemed like the tech could be used for
 browsing high-resolution map images.



 http://www.seadragon.com/



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[OSGeo-Discuss] OGC + OSGeo CSS Standards Problem?

2010-04-08 Thread Paul Ramsey
How about a test case to see if things can get better? There's now
three extant approaches for doing map styling as CSS, here's the
latest:

http://blog.geoserver.org/2010/04/05/styling-geoserver-layers-with-css/

All the implementors so far are open source. Standardizing this could
be a big win to a lot of folks. How can OGC help?
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Is the integration of FOSS4G and proprietary software good for FOSS4G?

2010-03-23 Thread Paul Ramsey
All the same to me. A frosted turd is still a turd.

P

On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 5:35 AM, Miguel Montesinos
mmontesi...@prodevelop.es wrote:
 Hello,



 I also agree to spread open source software on as many places as possible,
 and let the users decide based on their experience.



 So it seems, we all agree.



 Do you think a different point of view would arise if, for instance, a
 project like pgRouting would port to run also on top of Oracle
 Locator/Spatial?



 What would be the point of view for PostGIS project? I’m very interested in
 knowing PostGIS’ people thoughts, so thanks in advance.



 Best,



 Miguel Montesinos



 De: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org]
 En nombre de Ragi Burhum
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 Para: discuss@lists.osgeo.org
 Asunto: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Is the integration of FOSS4G and proprietary
 software good for FOSS4G?



 +1 on what Daniel said.



 Personally, my interest lies on having successful, productive, - *happy* -
 users. Not on persuading anyone from one philosophy to another one.



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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Fwd: GeoWeb CFP Deadline Is This Friday, March 12th]

2010-03-09 Thread Paul Ramsey
I'm too boring to figure out a paper talk myself, but I did enjoy the
panel a couple years ago. I'm happy to poke a stick in any hornets
nest you feel would be amusing...

P

On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 3:03 PM, Michael P. Gerlek m...@lizardtech.com wrote:
 [ Some of you know I've been involved in this conference in the past, and 
 indeed am again this year.  I like it because it is a very different sort of 
 conference: an unusual mix of industry, academia, government, and other.  
 If you're interested in submitting or have any questions, feel free to ping 
 me. ]

 -mpg



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 Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 2:44 PM
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 Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Fwd: GeoWeb CFP Deadline Is This Friday,
 March 12th]

 FYI - if you need an excuse to go to Vancouver, submit your abstracts
 for GeoWeb this week.  Several OSGeo friends are usually there.

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 All submissions must include a title, theme, a detail abstract (200
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] WorldCities database Free and OpenSource

2010-03-05 Thread Paul Ramsey
http://www.geonames.org/ ?

2010/3/5 António Rocha toyze.ro...@gmail.com:
 Greetings

 I'm doing a small tool to calculate distances between cities. I mean, I
 enter City of origin geographic position and city of destination geographic
 position and I calculate distances. The thing is, everytime I have to check
 at GOOGLE Earth a city position and it's getting to be a long a heavy task
 to do.

 I realized that, this
 guys http://www.assemblysys.com/dataservices/db_details.php?db=3 are
 distributing a database with cities geographic positions but this is PAID :(
 . What I wanted to know is if there is any tool/software/database free, open
 source where I can do exacly the same without having to pay for that. And
 even, maybe add a few cities positions and contribute to the project

 Thank you
 Toze
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Auto-cataloging of image files

2010-02-10 Thread Paul Ramsey
http://www.gdal.org/gdaltindex.html

On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 4:02 PM, Simon Cropper (Botanicus Australia
Pty Ltd) scrop...@botanicusaustralia.com.au wrote:
 Hi,

 First, sorry for cross-posting to anyone also on the gvSIG-International
 List.

 I just received a CD, and regularly receive CDs, with ~100 1km x 1km ECW
 Tiles as part of a contract. Does anyone know of a routine to scan these
 files or their associated header files and creates a shapefile showing the
 extent of each image?

 I sort of imagine running the routine, being asked to specify the directory
 containing the image data then having a polygon layer appear with the extent
 of each tile. The attribute table would be populated with layer name,
 coordinates, and any other metadata that can be gleaned from the files.
 --

 Cheers Simon

 Simon Cropper
 Botanicus Australia Pty Ltd
 PO Box 160, Sunshine, Victoria 3020.
 P: 9311 5822. M: 041 830 3437.
 mailto: scrop...@botanicusaustralia.com.au
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Will there be an OSGeo Desktop shootout atFOSS4G 2010?

2009-12-20 Thread Paul Ramsey
Interested in a different approach that is lower impact, but still
interesting and entertaining? Have developers review a competing
project and then present their findings, in the form of What I love
about ___, what I hate about.

Jody Garnett presents What I love about QGIS, what I hate about QGIS.
Jorge Sanz presents What I love about uDig, what I hate about uDig.
Tim Sutton presents What I love about gvSIG, what I hate about gvSIG.

Not only do you get an unvarnished view, but you can have shorter
presentations with a discussion segment at the end of each one.

Works for almost any application category too.

P

On Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 12:12 PM, Cameron Shorter
cameron.shor...@gmail.com wrote:
 A couple of links to reviews of desktop clients at:
 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Case_Studies#Review_of_Open_Source_Desktop_Clients

 In particular Stefan's summary of clients is the best I've seen so far.
 http://www.spatialserver.net/osgis/ is quite comprehensive.

 The steps I see toward kicking off a Desktop comparison at FOSS4G are:

 1. One person to step forward and offer to drive the comparison through to
 completion. (This can be a couple of people, but it usually starts with
 one). Effectively act as a project coordinator, setting up wiki pages,
 contacting potential parties, ensuring scope is capped. Paul Ramsey, Andrea
 Aime and Jeff McKenna seemed to be the driving people behind the WMS
 shootout. If you are reading this and think you might be able to fill this
 role, then please speak up.

 2. The key projects need to be contacted, and at least one volunteer
 identified for each project. Ideally, there will be at least 3/4 of the
 projects represented. Within a year or two, any potential gis desktop user
 will start their search for clients by reviewing the results of the Desktop
 shootout, so projects represented in the shootout will become the dominant
 projects. (This is why it will be important for projects to get on board)

 3. Between the volunteers, and led by the coordinator, a set of benchmark
 tests should be set up. This will probably include a core set of tests that
 everyone should do relatively easily, and optional tests that each project
 can do to show off their application.

 4. Lots of hard work setting up environments, and running tests. Hence it is
 important to start early if we want to have a good showing at foss4g.

 5. Just before foss4g: Pens down, collate results, present.

 Paolo Cavallini wrote:

 sampe...@gmail.com ha scritto:

 A feature comparison is a good start and many masters projects have
 already done that as well as xcompare them to closed source desktop apps.


 Hi.
 I only have seen a few, rather incomplete, comparisons: do you have links
 for more? Thanks.
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Will there be an OSGeo Desktop shootout atFOSS4G 2010?

2009-12-20 Thread Paul Ramsey
I'll do that talk, if there's really interest in it, but it has
nothing to do with technology or desktops, it's sociology and
psychology. And no, efforts cannot be consolidated (active
intervention) they may consolidate (natural progression).

P.

- Why? Because, we felt like it, and we knew better.
- Pros and cons? Weighted in favor of the

On Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 1:33 PM, Brian Russo br...@beruna.org wrote:
 I think a more interesting presentation would be why there are so many
 desktop GIS packages, the consequent pros/cons, and if/how efforts could be
 consolidated.

 On Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 11:21 AM, Stefan Steiniger sst...@geo.uzh.ch
 wrote:

 Hei all,

 thanks for Cameron on keeping me in the loop, and to Markus for
 remembering :)  I am now subscribed to this list.

 I think Pauls idea sounds interesting - because this whole comparison
 thing is
 a) quite cumbersome when we have 10 desktop GIS (+ X), and
 b) neither really worth because desktop GIS are used for a multitude of
 tasks, while web map Servers or databases aren't that much - right?

 So as Paul is quoted on the osgeo wiki: one needs to set up use cases
 first (just wrote that today in a new article too, which contains a section
 on selecting free GIS software). And I also discovered that just most of the
 projects have a different focus during my evaluation. Which of course does
 not mean that such thing should not be presented - but it must be focussed
 in some way or the other to have a benefit. And as a side note, I am not
 sure if measuring processing times makes sense either, as GIS analysis
 feature sets are so different.

 However, I am in for testing with OpenJUMP.

 Two more notes:
 - my comparison tables are now already 2 years old now (from 2007), i.e.
 need some update (but the last pub in Ecological Informatics took into
 account newer developments too, but is superficial and focused towards the
 average GIS users).
 - I gave a talk about this at OGRS:
 http://www.ogrs2009.org/doku.php?id=keynotes
 pdf can be downloaded from there.

 cheers from Germany right now (Xmas)
 stefan

 PS: I know also of this comparison by T. Hengl et al. on Grass vs. SAGA
 for Geomorphologic Analysis
 http://www.igc.usp.br/pessoais/guano/downloads/Hengl_etal_2009_gmorph.pdf


 Paul Ramsey schrieb:

 Interested in a different approach that is lower impact, but still
 interesting and entertaining? Have developers review a competing
 project and then present their findings, in the form of What I love
 about ___, what I hate about.

 Jody Garnett presents What I love about QGIS, what I hate about QGIS.
 Jorge Sanz presents What I love about uDig, what I hate about uDig.
 Tim Sutton presents What I love about gvSIG, what I hate about gvSIG.

 Not only do you get an unvarnished view, but you can have shorter
 presentations with a discussion segment at the end of each one.

 Works for almost any application category too.

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[OSGeo-Discuss] 2010 New York Code Sprint

2009-12-07 Thread Paul Ramsey
Hi all, just a reminder to developers that there is a Code Sprint
being organized for February of next year in New York. Details and
coordination on the wiki!

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/New_York_Code_Sprint_2010

Paul
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Re: Request for OSGeo projects logos (was: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Looking for OSGeo projects logos)

2009-11-25 Thread Paul Ramsey
How is one supposed to do this SVN stuff without access to the SVN
repo? (hint, add pramsey)

P

On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 8:53 AM, Arnulf Christl arn...@osgeo.org wrote:
 OSGeo Project Leads (incubating and graduated),
 please make sure that you upload your logos in high quality SVG format
 to the OSGeo Marketing SVN repository, please create a sub folder with
 the name of your project:
 http://svn.osgeo.org/osgeo/marketing/logo/projects/

 The logos will be used by the Marketing Committee, Local Chapters and
 individuals giving presentations, talks, etc. Pushing your logo there in
 high quality will add emphasis to your professionalism and help to
 promote and add visibility to your efforts.

 If you do not have an acceptable SVG file please upload a high
 resolution raster image, that will still be better than not having
 anything.

 Best regards,
 Arnulf.

 Jorge Gaspar Sanz Salinas wrote:
 Lars Lingner escribió:
 Micho Gar schrieb:
 Hi all,

 the OSGeo spanish chapter are working on making a poster to the 5th gvSIG
 conference. We need the logos of the OSGeo projects, but in vectorial
 format, like .svg. Do you know where we can find??.

 There is an subversion repository: http://svn.osgeo.org/osgeo/marketing/

 Maybe that has some sources you could use.


 This is the place where we *should* have project logos, but at this
 time there are just sponsors and general OSGeo branding stuff. Maybe
 the logos are there, out of the logo folder...

 What about asking any project to place there the best/last logo they have?

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: The Rabbit

2009-10-26 Thread Paul Ramsey
Thanks Bruce, I'll do my best to keep it well hidden.
Yours,
Brother Maynard

On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 12:35 PM, Bruce Bannerman
bruce.bannerman.os...@gmail.com wrote:
 Paul,

 By unanimous decision of the LOC, you have been entrusted as keeper of the
 FOSS4G-2009 Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch [1].

 We felt it better not to leave loose ends, and know that you will keep it in
 safe hands.


 Bruce

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] code sprint before or after the conference

2009-10-24 Thread Paul Ramsey
Pick your poison. Before, people are jet lagged and worrying about
their talks. After, people are tired and worn out. I would continue to
go with a one-day event after. One day is good for sitting down and
talking, less good for coding, but the communication is really
important.

At the 4-day sprint in Toronto, day 1 was mostly used for talking. I
think if you want an event that turns out lots of new/fixed code, you
need more time, and more fresh people, which means logistically tying
it to FOSS4G is never going to be a great idea. Bolsena, Toronto,
those are the models that seem to work.

P.

On Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 4:01 PM, Andrea Aime aa...@opengeo.org wrote:
 Bart van den Eijnden (OSGIS) ha scritto:

 Hi list,

 today I was at the code sprint in Sydney, and after a whole week of
 conference with the associated beers and late nights, nothing much
 productive came out of me unfortunately, which was to be expected.

 So for next year in Barcelona, I would really appreciate it if the code
 sprint code would be *before* the conference starts.

 How do other people feel about this?

 I have the impression the developers that are also giving presentations
 or workshops will spend the sprint on conference related stuff ;-)
 I for one have been able to make something today, but I wouldn't
 have been able to participate at all before the conference.

 Hard to get all people working no matter what the date chosen is I guess,
 you'll loose someone anyways I guess we can try to guess
 what option provides the least damage? Maybe we can ask people
 around what option they would have preferred.

 My money is on the sprint after, since I usually have workshops
 and presentations to care for. But that is just me. You'd prefer
 to have it before.
 What about the others?

 Cheers
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G: Beach Volleyball at Manly, Sydney, tomorrow

2009-10-17 Thread Paul Ramsey
That's the 7 bridges walk day...

P

On Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 6:36 PM, Jeff McKenna
jmcke...@gatewaygeomatics.com wrote:
 Cameron Shorter wrote:

 For those of you in Sydney this weekend.

 I plan to head down to Manly Beach with my two sons (11  12), at 11:30am
 Sunday, tomorrow, to play beach volleyball or swim, with whoever wants to
 join us. Depending on the tide, we might take our skidboards with us which
 are lots of fun.

 Let me know via return email, SMS, or mobile phone if you plan to join us.

 Manly is a lovely beach, 30 minutes ferry ride from the city, which is
 worth doing by itself. There are a lot of cafes and eateries for those
 looking for lunch.


 OMG can we also do this next Sunday?!?!?!  :)

 -jeff


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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] discussion or FUD

2009-10-10 Thread Paul Ramsey
Don't feed the trolls.

P

On Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 7:30 AM, Guillaume Sueur
no-re...@neogeo-online.net wrote:
 another one here :
 http://owston.blogspot.com/2009/05/price-free-of-open-source-software-has.html

 how can we have ignore that guy for so long ,

 Regards,

 Guillaume

 Le samedi 10 octobre 2009 à 16:03 +0200, Paolo Cavallini a écrit :
 Bart van den Eijnden (OSGIS) ha scritto:
  It's a rainy day here and why not read some more of his blog I thought,
  until I encountered:
 
  http://owston.blogspot.com/2009/05/opengeo-team-is-faster-and-better-than.html

 I thought these supposedly large companies had a better recruitment methods, 
 avoiding
 people that makes r*e*diculous statement ;)
 All the best.

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Next 5 years for OSGeo

2009-10-02 Thread Paul Ramsey
On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 7:54 AM, Ian Turton ijtur...@gmail.com wrote:

 So *I* think that universities are a lost cause and we should focus on
 high schools

Forget the great unwashed, think about providing useful materials
online to people who actually *want* to learn about the tools.
http://workshops.opengeo.org/ is the starting point we're using
corporately, at least salvaging the teaching effort we're expending at
conferences. Hats off to all teachers though -- preparing course
materials is a labor intensive grind, and like code the materials
require constant maintenance when you're teaching something as dynamic
as IT.

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Next 5 years for OSGeo

2009-09-30 Thread Paul Ramsey
On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 7:44 AM, Christopher Schmidt
crschm...@crschmidt.net wrote:

 For this reason, efforts like Marketing are (in my opinion) less important
 than, for example, setting up a test server for running buildbot, or other
 things that help software become successful.

I agree with Chris, and I think it's important to stress what while
marketing activities are *less* important than support activities for
the development of the software, that does not mean that marketing
activities are *unimportant*. Just that, in the hierarchy of things
OSGeo should concern itself with, keeping the development lights on is
number one. Once that's taken care of, all power to marketing! Because
without software, the marketing doesn't have much purpose.

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Next 5 years for OSGeo

2009-09-30 Thread Paul Ramsey
That kind of high-touch approach will have to be left to those (like,
hopefully OpenGeo) who are building and monetizing products around the
core software. The non-profit core organization can't do that unless
it's willing to become much more vendor-like, which is something OSGeo
has repeatedly shied away from (perhaps because OSGeo has many members
who work for companies, that, like OpenGeo, are monetizing open
source).

As Alaric the Visigoth once said Rome wasn't sacked in a day.

P.

On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 9:24 AM, Chris Puttick
chris.putt...@thehumanjourney.net wrote:

 Marketing. Branding. Lots of ferrying decision makers to shiny demo labs and 
 glossy events and making them feel good about the product, regardless of the 
 fact that driving sports cars around race tracks has nothing to do with the 
 promo'd products effectiveness (although such events should provide some 
 pointers about value for money...).
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[OSGeo-Discuss] 2009 Board Election Results

2009-09-29 Thread Paul Ramsey
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Election_2009_Results

Here are the final results from the voting for the open seats of the
OSGeo Board of Directors.  There were five seats open and they have
been filled by, in alphabetical order:

* Chris Schmidt
* Geoff Zeiss
* Jeff McKenna
* Markus Neteler (re-elected)
* Ravi Kumar

Thanks to everyone for running, it was a very large field of really
excellent candidates, it's a shame the board isn't bigger.  The voting
participation was middling at 73% and there were no tie scores to
arbitrate.

Your complete resulting Board is:

* Ari Jolma
* Arnulf Christl
* Frank Warmerdam
* Howard Butler
* Markus Neteler
* Chris Schmidt
* Geoff Zeiss
* Jeff McKenna
* Ravi Kumar

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_of_Directors

Yours,

Paul Ramsey
CRO 2009
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Board 2009 Nominations

2009-09-21 Thread Paul Ramsey
Rec'd to date: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Member_Nominations_2009

Nominations are open for 12 more hours.

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[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Board Elections 2009

2009-09-20 Thread Paul Ramsey
IMPORTANT: The nomination period for the OSGeo Board Election for 2009
closes tomorrow.

Board membership is for a two year term, and half the Board is
refreshed each year. This year there are five seats up for election.

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Election_2009#Board_Election

Anyone can submit a Board nomination, however only Charter Members are
eligible to serve on the Board. The complete list of charter members
is available here

* http://www.osgeo.org/charter_members

Please submit your nominations, consisting of name and a paragraph
describing why you think this person would make a good Board member,
to c...@osgeo.org. Please ensure that your nominee is actually willing
to serve, prior to nominating them.

The nomination period will close at midnight Monday 21th September
2009, and will be followed by a one-week voting period.

Yours,

Paul Ramsey
OSGeo Chief Returning Officer (2009)
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[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Board Elections 2009

2009-09-14 Thread Paul Ramsey
OSGeo Members,

The OSGeo Board Election for 2009 is now underway. The first stage is
the nomination of candidates for the board. Board membership is for a
two year term, and half the Board is refreshed each year. This year
there are five seats up for election.

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Election_2009#Board_Election

Anyone can submit a Board nomination, however only Charter Members are
eligible to serve on the Board. The complete list of charter members
is available by combining

* (2009 additions) http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/New_Member_Nominations_2009
* (Prior years) http://www.osgeo.org/charter_members

Please submit your nominations, consisting of name and a paragraph
describing why you think this person would make a good Board member,
to c...@osgeo.org. Please ensure that your nominee is actually willing
to serve, prior to nominating them.

The nomination period will close at midnight Monday 21th September
2009, and will be followed by a one-week voting period.

Yours,

Paul Ramsey
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open File Formats andProprietaryAlgorithms[SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

2009-08-21 Thread Paul Ramsey
So hung up on wavelets, we are.

Internally tiled TIFF with JPEG compression and similarly formatted
internal overviews can achieve 10:1 compression rates without
noticeable image quality reductions, and as an added bonus can be
decompressed a heck of a lot faster than wavelet-based formats. The
wavelet stuff is k00l, in that there is no need for an overview
pyramid (it's implicit in the compression math) and much higher
compression rates can be achieved. But operationally, you can go a
long way with the more primitive (open image format + open compression
algorithm) approach.

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[OSGeo-Discuss] PostGIS 1.4.0 Released

2009-07-24 Thread Paul Ramsey
July 24, 2009

The PostGIS development team has, after a long period of meditation
and soul searching, released version 1.4.0 of the spatial data
extension for PostgreSQL.

  http://postgis.refractions.net/download/postgis-1.4.0.tar.gz

This new version of PostGIS includes substantial performance
enhancements, more detailed reference documentation, new output
formats (GeoJSON) and an improved internal testing system. PostGIS 1.4
also supports the recent PostgreSQL 8.4 release.

Thanks to everyone who helped by testing during the release candidate process!

Your PostGIS Team

-- Detailed PostGIS 1.4 Release Notes --

   - As of the 1.4 release series, the public API of PostGIS will not
 change during minor releases.

 - Compatibility
   - The versions below are the *minimum* requirements for PostGIS 1.4
   - PostgreSQL 8.2 and higher on all platforms
   - GEOS 3.0 and higher only
   - PROJ4 4.5 and higher only

 - New Features
   - ST_Union() uses high-speed cascaded union when compiled against
 GEOS 3.1+ (Paul Ramsey)
   - ST_ContainsProperly() requires GEOS 3.1+
   - ST_Intersects(), ST_Contains(), ST_Within() use high-speed cached
 prepared geometry against GEOS 3.1+ (Paul Ramsey)
   - Vastly improved documentation and reference manual
 (Regina Obe  Kevin Neufeld)
   - Figures and diagram examples in the reference manual (Kevin Neufeld)
   - ST_IsValidReason() returns readable explanations for validity
 failures (Paul Ramsey)
   - ST_GeoHash() returns a geohash.org signature for geometries
 (Paul Ramsey)
   - GTK+ multi-platform GUI for shape file loading (Paul Ramsey)
   - ST_LineCrossingDirection() returns crossing directions (Paul Ramsey)
   - ST_LocateBetweenElevations() returns sub-string based on Z-ordinate.
 (Paul Ramsey)
   - Geometry parser returns explicit error message about location of
 syntax errors (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - ST_AsGeoJSON() return JSON formatted
   - Populate_Geometry_Columns() -- automatically add records to
 geometry_columns for TABLES and VIEWS (Kevin Neufeld)
   - ST_MinimumBoundingCircle() -- returns the smallest circle
 polygon that can encompass a geometry (Bruce Rindahl)

 - Enhancements
   - Core geometry system moved into independent library, liblwgeom.
 (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - New build system uses PostgreSQL pgxs build bootstrapper.
 (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - Debugging framework formalized and simplified. (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - All build-time #defines generated at configure time and placed in
 headers for easier cross-platform support (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - Logging framework formalized and simplified (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - Expanded and more stable support for CIRCULARSTRING,
 COMPOUNDCURVE and CURVEPOLYGON, better parsing,
 wider support in functions (Mark Leslie  Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - Improved support for OpenSolaris builds (Paul Ramsey)
   - Improved support for MSVC builds (Mateusz Loskot)
   - Updated KML support (Olivier Courtin)
   - Unit testing framework for liblwgeom (Paul Ramsey)
   - New testing framework to comprehensively exercise every
 PostGIS function (Regine Obe)
   - Performance improvements to all geometry aggregate
 functions (Paul Ramsey)
   - Support for the upcoming PostgreSQL 8.4 (Mark Cave-Ayland,
 Talha Bin Rizwan)
   - Shp2pgsql and pgsql2shp re-worked to depend on
 the common parsing/unparsing code in liblwgeom (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - Use of PDF DbLatex to build PDF docs and preliminary
 instructions for build  (Jean David Techer)
   - Automated User documentation build (PDF and HTML) and
 Developer Doxygen Documentation (Kevin Neufeld)
   - Automated build of document images using ImageMagick
 from WKT geometry text files (Kevin Neufeld)
   - More attractive CSS for HTML documentation
 (Dane Springmeyer)
 - Bug fixes
   - 
http://trac.osgeo.org/postgis/query?status=closedmilestone=postgis+1.4.0order=priority
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[OSGeo-Discuss] PgSQL Italian translation

2009-07-08 Thread Paul Ramsey
PostgreSQL 8.4 is shipping without italian translations, because the
translations are incomplete. You can be a PostgreSQL hero if you know
Italian and bring the translation up to snuff...

http://babel.postgresql.org/

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] is proj.4 an OSGeo project?

2009-06-22 Thread Paul Ramsey
You're not the first person to ask this question, by any stretch.

P

On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 8:46 AM, Marco Lechner - FOSSGIS
e.V.marco.lech...@fossgis.de wrote:
 first read then shout - sorry - found it as subproject of metaCRS (of
 course)

 Marco Lechner - FOSSGIS e.V. schrieb:

 Is proj.4 an OSGeo project? I thought so, but it's not listed on the OSGeo
 Homepage where all the projects are named.

 Marco
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] trac non-functional

2009-06-19 Thread Paul Ramsey
If a pgsql dba is needed, I can step up to that.

On Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 7:01 AM, Howard Butler hobu@gmail.com wrote:


 On Jun 19, 2009, at 6:35 AM, Paolo Cavallini wrote:

  Hi all.
 Are there any plans to solve the horrible slowness and tendency to
 return errors of the trac? We are working a lot on the qgis trac, but it
 is a real pain, to the point that we are kind of thinking to write an
 interface to the trac caching the results for quick search (what a waste
 of time).


 Paolo,

 The problem is a volunteer manpower one.  There are definitely plans, it is
 just a matter of finding the time in which we can shut down and implement
 them.  I'm sorry that I can't give a better answer than that.  If you have
 time you can devote to the effort, please join the SAC list, and we can get
 you up to date with all of the issues.  We would happily add another
 administrator of Trac if you have lots of familiarity with it (especially
 mod_python, mod_wsgi and sqlite{1,3} vs external db like pg).

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: PostGIS 1.4.0 Beta 1

2009-06-16 Thread Paul Ramsey
FYI, there is a newer GEOS just now available:

 http://download.osgeo.org/geos/geos-3.1.1.tar.bz2

On Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 2:12 PM, Paul Ramseypram...@opengeo.org wrote:
 The PostGIS team is super happy to announce that a beta release of
 PostGIS 1.4.0 is now available for download and testing!

  http://postgis.refractions.net/download/postgis-1.4.0b1.tar.gz

 The 1.4 series includes a large number of new features, fixes,
 speed-ups and mini chocolate chip cookies.

 PostGIS 1.4 is best consumed along side helpings of the latest Proj4
 and GEOS libraries:

  http://download.osgeo.org/proj/proj-4.6.1.tar.gz
  http://download.osgeo.org/geos/geos-3.1.0.tar.bz2

 We appreciate all possible testing and feed-back you can provide to
 make the upcoming 1.4 release a high quality affair. The sooner we get
 feedback, the sooner we can release 1.4.0!

 Here are some more details about 1.4:

  - API Stability
   - As of the 1.4 release series, the public API of PostGIS will not
         change during minor releases.

  - Compatibility
   - The versions below are the *minimum* requirements for PostGIS 1.4
   - PostgreSQL 8.2 and higher on all platforms
   - GEOS 3.0 and higher only
   - PROJ4 4.5 and higher only

  - New Features
   - ST_Union() uses high-speed cascaded union when compiled against
         GEOS 3.1+ (Paul Ramsey)
   - ST_ContainsProperly() requires GEOS 3.1+
   - ST_Intersects(), ST_Contains(), ST_Within() use high-speed cached
         prepared geometry against GEOS 3.1+ (Paul Ramsey)
   - Vastly improved documentation and reference manual
         (Regina Obe  Kevin Neufeld)
   - Figures and diagram examples in the reference manual (Kevin Neufeld)
   - ST_IsValidReason() returns readable explanations for validity
         failures (Paul Ramsey)
   - ST_GeoHash() returns a geohash.org signature for geometries
         (Paul Ramsey)
   - GTK+ multi-platform GUI for shape file loading (Paul Ramsey)
   - ST_LineCrossingDirection() returns crossing directions (Paul Ramsey)
   - ST_LocateBetweenElevations() returns sub-string based on Z-ordinate.
         (Paul Ramsey)
   - Geometry parser returns explicit error message about location of
         syntax errors (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - ST_AsGeoJSON() return JSON formatted geometry (Olivier Courtin)
   - Populate_Geometry_Columns() -- automatically add records to
         geometry_columns for TABLES and VIEWS (Kevin Neufeld)

  - Enhancements
   - Core geometry system moved into independent library, liblwgeom.
         (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - New build system uses PostgreSQL pgxs build bootstrapper.
         (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - Debugging framework formalized and simplified. (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - All build-time #defines generated at configure time and placed in
         headers for easier cross-platform support (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - Logging framework formalized and simplified (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - Expanded and more stable support for CIRCULARSTRING,
         COMPOUNDCURVE and CURVEPOLYGON, better parsing, wider support
         in functions (Mark Leslie  Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - Improved support for OpenSolaris builds (Paul Ramsey)
   - Improved support for MSVC builds (Mateusz Loskot)
   - Updated KML support (Olivier Courtin)
   - Unit testing framework for liblwgeom (Paul Ramsey)
   - New testing framework to comprehensively exercise every PostGIS
         function (Regine Obe)
   - Performance improvements to all geometry aggregate functions
         (Paul Ramsey)
   - Support for the upcoming PostgreSQL 8.4 (Mark Cave-Ayland, Talha Bin
         Rizwan)
   - Shp2pgsql and pgsql2shp re-worked to depend on the common
         parsing/unparsing code in liblwgeom (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - Use of PDF DbLatex to build PDF docs and preliminary instructions
     for build  (Jean David Techer)
   - Automated User documentation build (PDF and HTML) and
     Developer Doxygen Documentation (Kevin Neufeld)
   - Automated build of document images using ImageMagick
     from WKT geometry text files (Kevin Neufeld)
   - More attractive CSS for HTML documentation (Dane Springmeyer)
  - Bug fixes
   - 
 http://trac.osgeo.org/postgis/query?status=closedmilestone=postgis+1.4.0order=priority

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[OSGeo-Discuss] PostGIS 1.4.0 Beta 1

2009-06-15 Thread Paul Ramsey
The PostGIS team is super happy to announce that a beta release of
PostGIS 1.4.0 is now available for download and testing!

  http://postgis.refractions.net/download/postgis-1.4.0b1.tar.gz

The 1.4 series includes a large number of new features, fixes,
speed-ups and mini chocolate chip cookies.

PostGIS 1.4 is best consumed along side helpings of the latest Proj4
and GEOS libraries:

  http://download.osgeo.org/proj/proj-4.6.1.tar.gz
  http://download.osgeo.org/geos/geos-3.1.0.tar.bz2

We appreciate all possible testing and feed-back you can provide to
make the upcoming 1.4 release a high quality affair. The sooner we get
feedback, the sooner we can release 1.4.0!

Here are some more details about 1.4:

 - API Stability
   - As of the 1.4 release series, the public API of PostGIS will not
 change during minor releases.

 - Compatibility
   - The versions below are the *minimum* requirements for PostGIS 1.4
   - PostgreSQL 8.2 and higher on all platforms
   - GEOS 3.0 and higher only
   - PROJ4 4.5 and higher only

 - New Features
   - ST_Union() uses high-speed cascaded union when compiled against
 GEOS 3.1+ (Paul Ramsey)
   - ST_ContainsProperly() requires GEOS 3.1+
   - ST_Intersects(), ST_Contains(), ST_Within() use high-speed cached
 prepared geometry against GEOS 3.1+ (Paul Ramsey)
   - Vastly improved documentation and reference manual
 (Regina Obe  Kevin Neufeld)
   - Figures and diagram examples in the reference manual (Kevin Neufeld)
   - ST_IsValidReason() returns readable explanations for validity
 failures (Paul Ramsey)
   - ST_GeoHash() returns a geohash.org signature for geometries
 (Paul Ramsey)
   - GTK+ multi-platform GUI for shape file loading (Paul Ramsey)
   - ST_LineCrossingDirection() returns crossing directions (Paul Ramsey)
   - ST_LocateBetweenElevations() returns sub-string based on Z-ordinate.
 (Paul Ramsey)
   - Geometry parser returns explicit error message about location of
 syntax errors (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - ST_AsGeoJSON() return JSON formatted geometry (Olivier Courtin)
   - Populate_Geometry_Columns() -- automatically add records to
 geometry_columns for TABLES and VIEWS (Kevin Neufeld)

 - Enhancements
   - Core geometry system moved into independent library, liblwgeom.
 (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - New build system uses PostgreSQL pgxs build bootstrapper.
 (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - Debugging framework formalized and simplified. (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - All build-time #defines generated at configure time and placed in
 headers for easier cross-platform support (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - Logging framework formalized and simplified (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - Expanded and more stable support for CIRCULARSTRING,
 COMPOUNDCURVE and CURVEPOLYGON, better parsing, wider support
 in functions (Mark Leslie  Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - Improved support for OpenSolaris builds (Paul Ramsey)
   - Improved support for MSVC builds (Mateusz Loskot)
   - Updated KML support (Olivier Courtin)
   - Unit testing framework for liblwgeom (Paul Ramsey)
   - New testing framework to comprehensively exercise every PostGIS
 function (Regine Obe)
   - Performance improvements to all geometry aggregate functions
 (Paul Ramsey)
   - Support for the upcoming PostgreSQL 8.4 (Mark Cave-Ayland, Talha Bin
 Rizwan)
   - Shp2pgsql and pgsql2shp re-worked to depend on the common
 parsing/unparsing code in liblwgeom (Mark Cave-Ayland)
   - Use of PDF DbLatex to build PDF docs and preliminary instructions
 for build  (Jean David Techer)
   - Automated User documentation build (PDF and HTML) and
 Developer Doxygen Documentation (Kevin Neufeld)
   - Automated build of document images using ImageMagick
 from WKT geometry text files (Kevin Neufeld)
   - More attractive CSS for HTML documentation (Dane Springmeyer)
 - Bug fixes
   - 
http://trac.osgeo.org/postgis/query?status=closedmilestone=postgis+1.4.0order=priority
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] process for copyright assignment

2009-04-06 Thread Paul Ramsey
Incidentally, here's a contributor agreement written by Sun and then
Creative Commons licensed for shared copyright.

http://www.opennms.org/documentation/ContributorAgreement.pdf

P.

On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 1:10 PM, Tim Schaub tsch...@opengeo.org wrote:
 Hey-

 I'm hoping to hear some discussion that results in the creation of
 guidelines for new, pre-incubation projects wishing to assign copyright to
 OSGeo.

 Ideally, these guidelines would be as simple as:
  1) Follow instructions for becoming a labs project
 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Labs
  2) Follow instructions on assigning copyright
 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Project_Copyright_Assignment

 Both of the above pages would require some modification.

 I'd suggest a section on the labs page about becoming a labs project
 (perhaps as simple as editing that wiki page).

 On the copyright page, it would be nice if the preferred template replaced
 the old one and if there were some instruction on what to do with a signed
 agreement (e.g. mail to X).

 Does this seem reasonable?

 This has been brought up previously ([1], [2]).  Previous suggestions have
 been don't ask, just assign and ask existing project to accept
 governance.  Since the former feels sleazy and the latter assumes some
 existing project is motivated to assist the new project, I'm hoping there
 can be something in between.

 Also, since I don't pretend to understand all the implications of assigning
 copyright, I would accept OSGeo doesn't encourage this as an answer.

 Thanks for any ideas (and I'm happy to help with drafting any guidelines).

 Tim


 [1] http://n2.nabble.com/copyright-question-td2088465.html
 [2] http://n2.nabble.com/Starting-new-projects-under-OSGEO-td2083937.html

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Generic Geometry Library (ggl)

2009-02-17 Thread Paul Ramsey
On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 5:11 AM, Barend Gehrels
barend.gehr...@geodan.nl wrote:

 Because of this the library is following OGC conventions loosely, not
 strictly. All algorithms are implemented as standalone functions, instead of
 methods on geometries. Nevertheless, OGC conventions, names and meanings are
 followed as much as possible. Not all OGC algorithms are already
 implemented. On the other hand the library offers other things such as
 distance calculations over the globe.

What algorithms *are* implemented? I see that buffer exists, but only
for boxes. (!)

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Where 2.0 Topics

2009-01-30 Thread Paul Ramsey
Question: What is the one thing from the open source world that the  
hipsters, venture capitalists and other black-clad denizens of Where  
2.0 absolutely *must* hear this year?


Looking for the golden topic,
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Relationship between Telascience and the OSGeo

2008-12-22 Thread Paul Ramsey
Amazon perhaps. Google might find it cuts a little too close to the
bone. Chris, have you approached the AWS folks about hosting OAM? It's
a little more involved than just data storage, they'd also need to
provide a couple EC2 instances to receive and process the new data,
but it would remove the hosting and scalability issues nicely.

P.

On Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 3:16 PM, Joseph Gentle jose...@gmail.com wrote:
 If need be, I suspect both amazon and google would be happy to help
 with hosting.

 http://aws.amazon.com/publicdatasets/

 -J

 On Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 9:55 AM, Landon Blake lbl...@ksninc.com wrote:
 Frank wrote: Clarifying such a matter is not trivial in an organization
 with many different ideas like OSGeo.

 Roger that. So I guess it boils down to the internal support for this
 type of service.

 Frank wrote: I'm not sure if telascience accepts public donations or
 not, nor whether it is 501(c)3 which might matter for tax purposes.

 Roger that. I wonder if it would be possible to make a donation to
 telascience trough OSGeo, which would be tax deductible...

 Landon
 Office Phone Number: (209) 946-0268
 Cell Phone Number: (209) 992-0658

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 From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org
 [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Frank Warmerdam
 Sent: Monday, December 22, 2008 2:53 PM
 To: OSGeo Discussions
 Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Relationship between Telascience and the
 OSGeo

 Landon Blake wrote:
 Frank wrote: In addition to the servers provided by Telascience we
 also
 have two rented
 servers at Peer1 (svn, trac, drupal, and mailman are on one of these
 servers).
 We are paying nearly $15K/yr for these two servers.

 Wow! Does our traffic require two dedicated servers like this?

 Landon,

 The arrangement at Peer1 was made primarily with the goal of having
 a reliable decent server able to support svn/trac and related project
 services.  The second server is primarily serving as a backup though
 the wiki is hosted there.

 We are contemplating dropping use of the second Peer1 server to save
 funds.

 Frank wrote:  So far geospatial data hosting has been accomplished
 via
 the servers at
 Telascience.  OSGeo has not to-date provided any resources of it's own
 (ie. budgeted for) in support of hosting geodata.

 Large scale geodata hosting is pretty demanding from a computational,
 disk space and bandwidth point of view and it would be likely be
 cost prohibitive for us to pursue it in a big way on commercially
 priced servers like the ones at Peer1.

 Is it the space requirements that make geodata hosting demanding, the
 bandwith requirements for download, or both?

 Both.  Bandwidth overages at Peer1 can mount up to be expensive very
 quickly, so we already host our most bandwidth intensive applications
 (download.osgeo.org and existing geodata services) at telascience.

 I'm presuming the hosted data would be made available as web services
 (WMS, WCS, etc) not just a download site.

 Frank wrote:  There is some question in my mind just how central the
 *hosting* of
 free geodata is to our mission.

 It would be great to get this clarified.

 Clarifying such a matter is not trivial in an organization with
 many different ideas like OSGeo.

 I had originally asked this question because I might be able to make a
 small donation to support free geodata hosting. I was trying to figure
 out which organization would be the best suited for the donation.
 Sounds
 like it should go to telascience. We'll see how my taxes works out
 this
 year. :]

 I'm not sure if telascience accepts public donations or not, nor whether
 it is 501(c)3 which might matter for tax purposes.

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Toronto Code Sprint

2008-12-08 Thread Paul Ramsey
The 2009 Toronto Code Sprint is now set for March 7-10 at the Bond
Place Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

  http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Toronto_Code_Sprint_2009

We hope you will consider joining us for a worthy weekend of sprinting
and getting connected.

We are now looking for sponsors to cover venue and lunches during the
sprint. If your organization wants to curry favor with a couple dozen
influential geospatial programmers, this is a great chance. We are
looking for just four sponsors at $500 each, please get in touch with
me if you are interested in sponsoring this event.

Thanks!

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Toronto Code Sprint 2009

2008-11-22 Thread Paul Ramsey
All,

We are looking to have a code sprint in Toronto in mid-winter (not
Italy in the springtime, but that's just how we roll up here in the
Great White North).  We are looking particularly at trying to bring C
tribe members together, though other tribes are welcome to crash the
party too.

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Toronto_Code_Sprint_2009

More info at the link above!

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Raster data on RDBMS

2008-10-30 Thread Paul Ramsey
On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 5:25 PM, Gilberto Camara
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 but the benefits of having
 raster data on a DBMS are much more important.

And those benefits are?
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Raster data on RDBMS

2008-10-28 Thread Paul Ramsey
The data is chunked in Oracle into tiles, so unless you tile the TIFF
as well you aren't really doing a direct comparison. Even if you end
up with the same numbers for both processes, I'll still be impressed,
since I assumed Oracle would have a higher overhead.

P.

On Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 9:54 PM, Lucena, Ivan [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Hi There,

 I would like to return to a discussion that we had months ago about raster on 
 RDBMS. But this time I would like to present some number.

 As long as I could recall there was basically two major arguments contrary to 
 storing raster on RDBMS. One very pragmatical: Why waste precious process 
 time with the overhead of dealing with queries, tables, client-sever back and 
 forth just to get the data from BLOB fields on a database when you can get it 
 directly from the file system?. The other argument was semantical: Why 
 store raster on RDBMS if in general we are not expecting to have a 
 transactions on that data?

 I cannot argue against the second one. I basically agreed with that but after 
 seeing how fragile and complicated even a well defined structure of folders 
 and files could be I would vote in favor of the good and old relational model.

 That is my experiment. I downloaded two free data samples from Naveteq 
 website. Two geotiff files with the same size and number of bands (14336, 
 14336,  3):

 [EMAIL PROTECTED]:~/Data du -k Barcelona_2007_R2C2.TIF
 602828  Barcelona_2007_R2C2.TIF
 [EMAIL PROTECTED]:~/Data du -k San_Francisco_2006_R1C2.TIF
 602828  San_Francisco_2006_R1C2.TIF

 Then I loaded those images to Oracle Spatial GeoRaster using GDAL. The 
 loading process is comparable than some commercial ETL products on the 
 market. It took about 2 minutes to load each image.

 [EMAIL PROTECTED]:~/Data time gdal_translate -of georaster 
 Barcelona_2007_R2C2.TIF georaster:scott,tiger,orcl,RDT_2$,2
 Input file size is 14336, 14336
 0...10...20...30...40...50...60...70...80...90...100 - done.
 Ouput dataset: (georaster:scott,tiger,orcl,RDT_2$,2) on GDAL_IMPORT,RASTER
 real  1m54.973s
 user 0m4.368s
 sys   0m1.936s

 If you are a Oracle GeoRaster users you might be excited about those number 
 already but those are not the numbers I want to show. What I would like to do 
 is to compare the time that it takes to extract subset from the original 
 geotiff and compare with the time to extract the same subset from the RDBMS. 
 He are the numbers:

 [EMAIL PROTECTED]:~/Data time gdal_translate 
 georaster:scott,tiger,orcl,RDT_2$,2 out.tif -srcwin 0 0 2000 2000
 Input file size is 14336, 14336
 0...10...20...30...40...50...60...70...80...90...100 - done.
 real  0m0.720s
 user 0m0.408s
 sys   0m0.108s

 [EMAIL PROTECTED]:~/Data time gdal_translate Barcelona_2007_R2C2.TIF 
 out2.tif -srcwin 0 0 2000 2000
 Input file size is 14336, 14336
 0...10...20...30...40...50...60...70...80...90...100 - done.
 real  0m1.177s
 user 0m0.976s
 sys   0m0.188s

 And I also checked the integrity of the results to see if I get the same 
 result:

 [EMAIL PROTECTED]:~/Data gdalinfo -checksum out.tif
 ...
 Band 1 Block=2000x1 Type=Byte, ColorInterp=Red
  Checksum=58248
 Band 2 Block=2000x1 Type=Byte, ColorInterp=Green
  Checksum=21226
 Band 3 Block=2000x1 Type=Byte, ColorInterp=Blue
  Checksum=8002

 [EMAIL PROTECTED]:~/Data gdalinfo -checksum out2.tif
 ...
 Band 1 Block=2000x1 Type=Byte, ColorInterp=Red
  Checksum=58248
 Band 2 Block=2000x1 Type=Byte, ColorInterp=Green
  Checksum=21226
 Band 3 Block=2000x1 Type=Byte, ColorInterp=Blue
  Checksum=8002

 What are others test would be interesting to perform?

 Best regards,

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G 2009 Code sprint

2008-10-16 Thread Paul Ramsey
It's not a given. Those of us with young families back home are under
a certain pressure to get back to the nest. For every example, there
is a counter-example. :)

P.

On Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 10:15 PM, Erik Uzureau [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 in the event that it's not already completely clear from my post 5 minutes
 ago (d'oh, before reading this thread)

 i completely concur with what chris has said here. I think it's pretty
 reasonable to think that anyone who is going
 to put in the $ to go out to australia is probably planning on spending at
 least two or three days to do a bit of
 travelling (i feel confident of that but maybe it's actually *not* a valid
 assumption?) and so having the spacing between
 the code sprint and the conference is in my mind a great idea.

 -e

 On Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 2:27 PM, Christopher Schmidt
 [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 On Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 04:45:49PM +0800, Tim Bowden wrote:
  The FOSS4G 2009 team are planning a 3 day code sprint.  The conference
  itself will be starting with workshops on Tuesday 20 Oct and finishing
  on Friday 23rd Oct.
 
  The possibilities for the code sprint are for the preceding Wednesday-
  Friday giving a long weekend in between (giving time for touring, more
  coding or whatever) or Sat - Monday with no break between the code
  sprint and the conference.  What would people prefer?

 I'm strongly in favor of the former.

 For one, like Cape Town, Sydney is too long of a flight to make it just
 a trip about the conference, in my opinion. We had an organized group do
 a two day trip down the cape after the Code Sprint in Cape Town, and I
 think it was a really successful bonding experience for those of us who
 came along, allowing some non-coding social time where we all go to hang
 out and know each other a little better, which I expect will help
 develop better communications in the coming months within the project.

 Also, having a break between the conference after the code sprint keeps
 the possibility of having a 'finished' result of something by the
 conference more likely as well. In general, code sprints are good at
 producing a lot of unpolished code: a couple days can help to get the
 code a bit more polished in order to present it as a new development
 during the conference, if people so choose.

 Lastly, I think that having a break before the conference gives people a
 bit of time to unwind: code sprints tend to be exhausting if you do them
 right (taking full advantage of shared physical location with long
 hours, for example), and going directly from that into a conference
 (described by one attendee as being similar to 'a 5 day long rave' due
 to the amount of energy it consumes) feels dangerous. :)

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Learning from FOSS4G

2008-10-10 Thread Paul Ramsey
Folks from FOSS4G

You've probably filled out some forms (maybe), and the organizers are
going to be filling out their lessons learned pages, but I think it
would be great to get some informal feedback that future organizers
can use to avoid pitfalls and repeat slam dunks in future events.

I've put two pages in place, for those with long memories:

  http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G2007_Comments

And for you recent returnees:

  http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G2008_Comments

So you have a place to fill out your impressions. If you see something
you agree with, add a +1.

P.
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Code Sprint: How Much?

2008-10-09 Thread Paul Ramsey
I've been thinking about something similar to the Bolsena event in
North America, but it's hard to work out a scheme that will be
productive, given the geographic dispersal of folks. I think a C
tribe sprint would be excellent, but we're pretty spread out (though
biased towards Ottawa / Quebec). Anyone want to rent a chalet in the
Gatineau hills?  I'll burn some frequent flier miles to come to *that*
:)

Paul
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Successful FOSS4G use case needed especially in government sector

2008-10-07 Thread Paul Ramsey
http://postgis.refractions.net/documentation/casestudies

On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 4:01 AM, Sanghee Shin [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Therefore I'm writting a letter to you to request your help. Please let me
 know any successful case of FOSS4G in your country. Web site, implementation
 history, your experiences... and kinds of materials will be useful to me.
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[OSGeo-Discuss] C++ Expert Wanted (GEOS)

2008-10-03 Thread Paul Ramsey
I have a client who desperately wants to clean some memory leaks out
of GEOS in a relatively short time frame. If you have enough C++ chops
to wrestle with the GEOS code base (warning, non-trivial and not
exactly a french garden) and some time over the next few weeks, let me
know.

Paul
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Code Sprint: How Much?

2008-10-02 Thread Paul Ramsey
Everyone loves a good code sprint... or do they?

2007 brought you the one-day sprint (with the GeoToolsers and uDiggers
going for an extended weekend sprint).
2008 brings you another day.
2009 is still thinking about it.

How much sprinting would you do? 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 days?

I am wondering if the right way to handle the sprints is to turn them
from something the conference quietly subsidizes to something that
OSGeo pays for directly.  That way the conference organizers don't
feel like they are having it taken out of their hide, and it can be as
long as people like. Also, it fits directly into the OSGeo mission of
promoting the development of the software.

Book-keeping-wise it's a left-pocket-to-right-pocket transaction for
OSGeo, but from a authority and decision making PoV it removes the
issue from the plate of the conference team and puts it into the hands
of the software promoting team (whomever they may be).

Paul
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[OSGeo-Discuss] This List

2008-09-23 Thread Paul Ramsey
Is, anywhere on the main web page, prominent mention made that
basically all important announcements end up on this list (but not
necessarily in the web site news feed, for example)? At
lists.osgeo.org, this (very important) list is one among many many.

Ah, I see there is: Main - Getting Started - Mailing List FAQ

I worry that we are a little, er, inbread on this here list.

P.
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] This List

2008-09-23 Thread Paul Ramsey
OK, I take it back, news_item appears to be working. More to the
point, discuss@ is referred to as sort of a tribune of the people on
occasion (let's ask discuss!) when really it's sort of a private
club.

P.

On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 8:24 AM, Frank Warmerdam [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Paul Ramsey wrote:

 Is, anywhere on the main web page, prominent mention made that
 basically all important announcements end up on this list (but not
 necessarily in the web site news feed, for example)? At
 lists.osgeo.org, this (very important) list is one among many many.

 Ah, I see there is: Main - Getting Started - Mailing List FAQ

 I worry that we are a little, er, inbread on this here list.

 Paul,

 Important announcements should be making it to the announce list.
 What is an example of important announcements made only here?

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: [postgis-users] Brief History of OSSG

2008-08-22 Thread Paul Ramsey
Martin did address this last year:

http://lin-ear-th-inking.blogspot.com/2007/06/history-of-jts-and-geos.html

On Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 10:18 AM, Michael Michaud
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Hi,

 Interesting article.

 I am surprised not to see JTS even mentioned in this brief history, as it is
 a founding library which has been used in some way by most of OSGEO
 projects.
 Martin Davis could say when it was released for the first time.

 Michael

 George Silva a écrit :

 I just would like to thank you all who helped me in this search.

 Thanks a lot everyone.

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[OSGeo-Discuss] URL

2008-08-11 Thread Paul Ramsey
project.osgeo.org

During ColabNet days, we had this scheme, but it was dropped when we
moved. Was there a reason for it? I personally feel some love for it,
since it allows things like bringing the Mapserver site into osgeo.org
with a simple URL change.

P.
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] URL

2008-08-11 Thread Paul Ramsey
+1

It's a useful mnemonic, and with 304 redirection the search engines
will still provide link karma to links that use the *.osgeo.org
scheme.

P.

On Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 4:11 PM, Mateusz Loskot [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Markus Neteler wrote:

 On Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 9:46 PM, Jason Birch [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 wrote:

 I don't think that it was specifically dropped, it just wasn't made a
 requirement for new projects coming into OSGeo.

 There are project pages on the OSGeo site (like
 http://www.osgeo.org/grass - just product info fliers) but from there
 the project URL can be anything from external host-based (like
 http://grass.osgeo.org/ - which is non-canonical, this seems to be the
 same as grass.itc.it)

 Jason,

 grass.itc.it and others are the mirror sites of http://grass.osgeo.org/
 (which
 is the master site).

 @All:
 I would appreciate to see all projects using the project.osgeo.org
 scheme, even only with a redirection. Just to apply a generic scheme
 and provide transparency to our users...


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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] quick survey -

2008-07-16 Thread Paul Ramsey
Is anyone on this list cool enough? :) Not me...

P

On Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 6:58 AM, andrea giacomelli [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Hi all - I was about to pose my request on the IRC channel, but I
 figured I prefer e-mail.

 I'd like to run a quick survey: did anybody from this list attend the
 State of the Map event in Limerick, last week-end ?

 regards

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Chickens, Boards and Export Restrictions

2008-06-13 Thread Paul Ramsey
On Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 2:33 PM, Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 On 12-Jun-08, at 9:20 AM, Paul Ramsey wrote:

 - Putting our policy online (presumably copied from Apache
 shamelessly) in a findable location, to conform to the legal norms of
 our host nation.

 I'll have to re-read Arnulf's note to understand more precisely what you are
 referring to here... we don't have the tax exemption in place yet, if that's
 what you mean.

Sorry, I over-clipped. The export policy.

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Chickens, Boards and Export Restrictions

2008-06-12 Thread Paul Ramsey
On Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 8:56 AM, Arnulf Christl
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 But instead, she incarnated in the US, the
 most backwater place imaginable wrt Open Source.

So, this raises two actions items:

- Putting our policy online (presumably copied from Apache
shamelessly) in a findable location, to conform to the legal norms of
our host nation.

- Having a plan to take better advantage of our host nation status. We
pay a good deal in terms of administrative overhead to be a fully
tax-exempt charity in the USofA, what fund raising plans have we
linked to that status?  Is that status gaining us anything at all, at
this point?  The only connection I have *ever* heard was Michael
Tiemann saying he'd only contribute if he could get a US tax
write-off.

Both these actions items fall to you, Tyler, could you give us an update?

BTW, one of the things at Refractions that made tasking more visible
for go do this roles, like the sysadmin, was entering absolutely
every request and job into Trac before fulfilling it.  Does anyone
thing a OSGeo trac would help or hinder? It might get a little stuffed
up with irrelevancies, but it would at least raise the visibility of
things that need to be done. I assume SAC is already running one of
their own?

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Chickens, Boards and Export Restrictions

2008-06-12 Thread Paul Ramsey
Interesting Aside. Could the CRO perhaps ensure there's a way to QA
with the board nominees during the process? Perhaps a list of
questions at the top of the wiki page, and nominees can answer as
few/many of them as they like in their own page sections.

P

On Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 9:34 AM, Michael P. Gerlek [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Aside
 I interrupt here to point out that of late the Board has been faced with
 some significant questions about the aim and scope of our organization.
 This is a good thing: it is what the Board is there for.

 We the Charter Members are tasked with electing new board members
 shortly, and thus have a chance to directly influsence those
 discussions.  I look forward to seeing those nominated put forward their
 positions on these issues so we can all vote knowledgably.
 /Aside
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