[OSGeo-Discuss] QGIS Supporters...

2012-03-09 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
FYI from QGIS list...

Begin forwarded message:

 From: Paolo Cavallini cavall...@faunalia.it
 Date: March 9, 2012 1:37:14 AM PST
 To: qgis-user qgis-u...@lists.osgeo.org
 Subject: [Qgis-user] Support the meeting
 Reply-To: cavall...@faunalia.it
 
 Hi all.
 The next developer meeting (AKA HackFest) is approaching:
 http://hub.qgis.org/wiki/quantum-gis/7_QGIS_Developer_Meeting_in_Lyon_2012
 These are particularly important moments in the life of the project, and 
 every one
 marked a leap forward, with several strategic decisions, lots of new code and 
 bugfix,
 etc.
 If you use and enjoy QGIS, please consider sponsoring this meeting, either 
 with a
 sponsorship [0] or with donations [1]. Even small donations are important, 
 and will
 be acknowledged in the donors web page.
 You can find the Donate button on the QGIS home page [2], or you can ask me 
 for bank
 account details.
 Please help us spread the word.
 All the best, and Happy QGISsing!
 -- 
 Paolo Cavallini - Faunalia
 www.faunalia.eu
 Full contact details at www.faunalia.eu/pc
 
 [0] http://qgis.org/en/sponsorship/sponsors.html
 [1] http://qgis.org/en/sponsorship/donors.html
 [2] http://qgis.org
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G North America Conference coming April 10-12

2012-01-23 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Awesome - really excited to see it so far along and well though
out already.

I only regret that I can't make it do to other speaking commitment, but
will be looking forward to promoting it for sure :)

Tyler

On 2012-01-23, at 12:26 PM, Paul Ramsey wrote:

 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] State of the Bounty?

2011-10-12 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
- Original message -
  I wonder why would anyone answer no on this.
 That is easy; sometimes use of open source is a competitive advantage;
 advertise the services and results (not the tools used).

That too.  I can imagine for some shops that small bug squashing jobs may not 
be worth their time financially, but naturally the ecosystem makes up for it :)
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Moving On

2011-09-20 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
This weekend the OSGeo Board of Directors held their annual face-to-face 
meeting where they hash out direction, budgets and other items for the 
upcoming year.  For me, the most important outcome from the meeting 
was that they decided to end my position as Executive Director.

It has been an incredible experience working in this position with so many 
great people, communities, technology, and friends.  All for which I'm very
grateful and, honestly, very inspired.

I am reviewing several options for how to continue to build on my experience 
running this social startup.  Open source geo will continue to be on the top 
of my list while I develop new initiatives on these fronts.

Formally I just wanted to wish everyone involved in OSGeo all the best and 
hope to keep in touch where our projects and interest will, undoubtedly, 
continue to overlap.

Over the next two months I'll be handing off my key responsibilities to the 
board
and others who might be available or interested.  So don't expect me to 
disappear
anytime soon.

Sincerely,
Tyler



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[OSGeo-Discuss] Board Election Update

2011-08-15 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
With less than a week remaining, we are still looking for about 35% of Charter 
Members to send in their votes.   I am sending harassing reminders to all who 
have not registered a vote yet.  Please check your junk mail folders for email 
from c...@osgeo.org if you haven't received your custom invitation already.

If you have voted using the online system, thank you.  I will send another 
confirmation email this week to those who did vote already, in case you were 
wondering if the system really recorded your votes.   Otherwise, if you are not 
receiving harassing email from me, then you know you did it right already.  You 
can also review your entry by going to your custom URL at any time to confirm 
(or change) your selection.

Have a colleague in your office who is also a Charter Member?  Be sure to ask 
if they've voted yet while you're hanging at the water cooler!

Thank you to the 65% of respondents so far who sent in their votes.  Hopefully 
we can get this closer to 100%.

Tyler


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tmitch...@osgeo.org
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Candidate's Thoughts on OSGeo

2011-08-05 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
With a very encouraging list of nominees for the open board positions, it might 
help (at least me!) if some could share their thoughts about OSGeo and its 
future direction.

As a potential director:
* What important areas do you see OSGeo needing to fix or strive for in order 
to grow?
* What challenges do you see for OSGeo in the short and long terms?
* What kinds of goals do you have for the organisation?  (It's not  a 
presidential race, but curious on what you see as goals for the org).
* What is needed for a board to be successful?  ...For OSGeo to be a success?
* Have you had to deal with similar challenges before?
* Etc...

I'm sure others have good questions too, but thought I'd share the ones on my 
mind based on my experience working alongside the board.

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Candidate's Thoughts on OSGeo

2011-08-05 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Thanks Eduardo.  Indeed many of these are not even realised in North America, 
so they are very thought provoking for me.

Tyler

- Original message -
 hi Tyler,
 
 Despite some thoughts below might not be new in north hemisphere,
 there goes my Latin American user vision:
 
 #OSGeo is already inside the minds of power GIS users and GIS
 developers, we already know like things work and how/what to be done
 to work. Now maybe is the time to make OSGeo more visible and
 understood by users
 ##ok, it's a long process but it has to begin. eg.: general population
 already knows that oh Linux? yes, I got. It's free of charge right?
 and some commercial users, after 2008 economical crisis plus
 web2/social networking boom, already got that it's not just a matter
 of cost, but also because free/opensource tool will not make a big
 change of architecture, basic concepts/structures without talking to
 users ( eg.: MapServer mapfile programming structure is almost the
 same since it was born, but in some commercial tools things may change
 a lot in minor/major releases)
 ##these same end-users ( including independent workers, commercial
 users) must to see that F4G platform can help SERVICES market: helping
 to cut costs on software acquisition ( smaller total project/service
 costs) and making service providers FREE from this or that software
 supplier ( and to help services market is help on job opportunities
 too... a cool social role of foss and foundations)
 ##and maybe one way to help on that is to make more SOLUTION cases
 visible. First step is to prove that existing foss technology works
 and this is done. The step to enforce is to 'sell the fish' that
 integration with commercial solutions is possible and support on foss
 communities can even be better/faster than commercial support centers.
 ##certification and stamp matters: for corporate communities/users is
 important to ensure that this or that software/solution have an OSGeo
 certified stamp. There are a lot of users that do not need more than
 one or two softwares. And most of them is always looking for work with
 only one, if possible. So, if the second tool the user will look for
 also has the osgeo stamp, user may feel better with that. In this
 sense, a certification program (eg. Linux LPI) for professional geo
 users is a plus too.
 ##interoperation: another oportunity maybe could be to insert OSGeo
 stamp/talks on other kind of events - not only on GIS events but also
 on business events ( logistics, environmental, agriculture, forestry,
 mining, etc) with less tech language and more 'executive'
 presentations
 ##inside corporate world, acronym like GeoBI, GeoETL, GeoEAI or GeoCRM
 can take attention of sponsors ( managers, directors). And this will
 also help on base techs projects advertising.
 ##OSGeo partnering with academia projects ( RD) and private/publich
 companies will always be welcome too.
 #for the power user who follow planet OSGeo is not hard to get the 1st
 contact with a new released tool. But, for the newcomers, a simple
 setup can take a month or months. How to help on that? More docs (
 'for dummy' guides, quick ref cards, process oriented manuals and not
 only function guide/reference guide) and tutorials and this include
 local references.
 ##and for translation tasks, I believe it's not only to do the
 translation. But to adapt texts, images, data and senses can be a plus
 on users influence
 ##tools such as surveys (online, magazines, collected on events) could
 help to map local gap's and user desire/needs
 #communication: I think local committees/communities should always be
 in talk to international foundation goals and tasks and vice-versa.
 Parallel initiatives such as local groups must be inserted/combined on
 OSGeo projects/tasks - we should sum efforts and not divide. So, it's
 important to highlight the benefits on working together OSGeo to these
 parallel heads.
 
 Ten or fifteen years ago I saw a lot of projects and services to be
 killed because the lack of free options or free cases. Now, we have a
 lot of options to replace or interoperate with. We need more
 visibility, more users enabled to call the attention of other users.
 
 best
 
 Eduardo Patto Kanegae
 http://www.webmapit.com
 
 
 2011/8/5 Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) tmitch...@osgeo.org:
  With a very encouraging list of nominees for the open board positions,
  it might help (at least me!) if some could share their thoughts about
  OSGeo and its future direction.
  
  As a potential director:
  * What important areas do you see OSGeo needing to fix or strive for in
  order to grow?
  * What challenges do you see for OSGeo in the short and long terms?
  * What kinds of goals do you have for the organisation? (It's not a
  presidential race, but curious on what you see as goals for the org).
  * What is needed for a board to be successful? ...For OSGeo to be a
  success? * Have you had to deal with similar challenges before?
  * Etc...
  
  I'm

[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: feedback on OSS in Government Systems

2011-03-11 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Begin forwarded message:From: jmw j...@oss-institute.orgDate: March 10, 2011 11:14:51 AM ESTTo: o...@oss-institute.orgSubject: [Ossi] We'd like your feedback on OSS Adoption/Usage in Government SystemsReply-To: j...@oss-institute.org


  
  We'd like to get your
  feedback
  on government
  adoption of open source

(Thursday, March 10, 2011) As part of the Homeland Open Security
Technology (HOST) program, we are helping to study where, how and
why open source software is being used within government IT
systems.

A team led by representatives from the University of Texas at
Austin and Georgia Tech Research Institute are conducting
voluntary interviews by email and telephone of federal, state and
local government representatives who are willing to share their
experiences and insights on open source adoption within public
sector systems.

Information provided will help to identify common challenges,
solutions and resources available to public sector adopters.

We are looking for input from representatives from all branches
and levels of government and public sector, as well as those who
provide service and support for open source solutions to
government clients.

If you are interested in participating, please contact our
research team by email at: govoss-feedb...@oss-institute.org
.

Specifically we're looking for:


  END USERS: People in Government who use open source
software


  DEVELOPERS: People in Government who develop open
source software as part of their official duties


  ACQUISITION  VETTING: People in Government who
deal with acquisition decisions, information assurance (IA)
vetting and/or support software


  OPEN SECURITY: Developers who have had success in
getting government approval in the open security/open source
solutions


  VENDORS: Vendors who provide support for Open
Security/Open Source software in government spaces


If you meet this criteria, or know someone who does, please
contact us. Our team will select a number of interview
candidates for approximately 20-30 minutes telephone interview.
Others, we will accept your stories and insights via email.

Conversations can be non-attribution, if preferred. Prior to our
call, we will provide interviewees with a short list of questions
to consider.

We appreciate your consideration and hope that you can take a few
moments to share with us and others lessons that you've learned
from working with open source software within government IT.


Thanks
jmw


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http://www.oss-institute.org
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  WDC: 202.682.7524
  
  
  
  
  
  

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Yikes, we have the fifth OSGeo Anniversary TOMORROW!

2011-02-03 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)

On 2011-02-03, at 3:50 AM, Jorge Gaspar Sanz Salinas wrote:
 Ok as Tyler is apparently very busy I'll post here some ideas (without
 of course any time to implement some)

Hehe, yes running behind on a few things, but I know your ideas would be better 
than mine anyway ;-)

 * A metapixel[2] image. The idea is to gather as much OSGeo related
 images (from FOSS4G and more) and create a (really) big metapixel image
 from the OSGeo banner and release it using OpenLayers to navigate to it.
 That is to say: you see when you enter the OSGeo logo and lemma and when
 you zoom in you can see the community in many different photographs

 [2] https://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/schani/metapixel/

Very cool idea.  

I also wonder about seeing how many personal videos people might be able to 
post telling us something fun or interesting.  

Lots more ideas out there... let's hear them! :)


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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] not spam :)

2011-02-03 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Oh darn, they put a silly subject line :)  Believe it or not, this is not 
SPAM... much tastier!

On 2011-02-03, at 9:35 AM, Tyler Mitchell wrote:

 
 My 2 minutes cake decorating.  You can better, I challenge you!! :)
 
 Tyler
 
 To check the card, click here:
 
 http://www.theoworlds.com/birthday/index.php?CardID=146004
 
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 TheoWorlds.com - make your message fun!
 Flash games, e-cards, applications...
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Anniversary Celebrations!

2011-02-03 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Is it anniversary or birthday?  Ah, maybe both!

I started putting some of the ideas for celebrating onto the wiki page - add 
your ideas, challenge others, have some fun!  

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: [FSF] Call for nominations for the 13th Annual Free Software Awards

2011-02-02 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
FYI - In case anyone wants to nominate their favourite OSGeo project or 
contributor...  

Tyler

Begin forwarded message:

 From: John Sullivan i...@fsf.org
 Date: February 2, 2011 11:01:01 AM PST
 To: info-...@fsf.org, info-pr...@fsf.org
 Subject: [FSF] Call for nominations for the 13th Annual Free Software Awards
 Reply-To: i...@fsf.org
 
 BOSTON, February 2, 2011--The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU
 Project today announced the opening of nominations for the 13th annual
 Free Software Awards. 
 
 Please send your nominations to award-nominati...@gnu.org, on or
 before Wednesday, 16 February 2011.
 
 ### Award for the Advancement of Free Software
 
 The Free Software Foundation Award for the Advancement of Free Software
 is presented annually by FSF president Richard Stallman to an individual
 who has made a great contribution to the progress and development of
 free software, through activities that accord with the spirit of free
 software.
 
 Last year, John Gilmore was recognized with the Award for the
 Advancement of Free Software for his contributions to network security.
 Gilmore joined a prestigious list of previous winners including Wietse
 Venema, Harald Welte, Ted Ts'o, Andrew Tridgell, Theo de Raadt, Alan
 Cox, Larry Lessig, Guido van Rossum, Brian Paul, Miguel de Icaza and
 Larry Wall.
 
 ### Award for Projects of Social Benefit
 
 Nominations are also open for the 2010 Award for Projects of Social
 Benefit. The Social Benefit award recognizes a project that
 intentionally and significantly benefits society through collaboration
 to accomplish an important social task.
 
 Last year, The Internet Archive received this award, in recognition of
 its work to foster a growing body of creative, educational and
 scientific works that can be shared and built upon by others, and to
 raise awareness of the harm inflicted by increasingly restrictive
 copyright regimes.
 
 Previous winners have included Creative Commons, Groklaw, the Sahana
 project, and Wikipedia.
 
 ### Eligibility
 
 In the case of both awards, previous winners are not eligible for
 nomination, but renomination of other previous nominees is encouraged.
 Only individuals are eligible for nomination for the Advancement of Free
 Software Award (not projects), and only projects can be nominated for
 the Social Benefit Award (not individuals).
 
 The award committee has not been finalized, but the last year's award
 committee was composed of: Suresh Ramasubramanian (Chair), Peter H.
 Salus, Raj Mathur, Hong Feng, Andrew Tridgell, Jonas Oberg, Verner
 Vinge, Richard Stallman, and Fernanda G. Weiden.
 
 Please send your nominations to award-nominati...@gnu.org, on or
 before Wednesday, 16 February 2011. Please submit nominations in the
 following format:
 
  * In the email message subject line, either put the name of the person
you are nominating for the Award for Advancement of Free Software,
or put the name of the project for the Award for Projects of Social
Benefit.
 
  * Please include, in the body of your message, an explanation (40
lines or less) of the work done and why you think it is especially
important to the advancement of software freedom or how it benefits
society, respectively.
 
  * Please state, in the body of your message, where to find the
materials (e.g., software, manuals, or writing) which your
nomination is based on. 
 
 Information about the previous awards can be found at
 http://www.fsf.org/awards. Winners will be announced at an awards
 ceremony at the LibrePlanet 2011 conference[1] on March 19th, 2011, in
 Boston.
 
 [1] http://libreplanet.org
 
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 Unsubscribe: http://lists.fsf.org/mailman/listinfo/info-fsf

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Geenral question about pinging a service for aliveness . . .

2011-01-24 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
You might also want to take a peek at how Nagios does it's monitoring - I'm 
sure there are a few good examples in there, if not a whole package you could 
tweak.  
I used it a long time back...  http://nagios.org/

Tyler

On 2011-01-24, at 8:17 AM, Bob Basques wrote:

 All,
 
 I'm working on a system/services monitor, and got to wondering about how to 
 best ping a map service without too much overhead. an I'm Alive function in 
 the service would be the easiest way to approach it.  But that's probably not 
 a viable thing to require.  I'm afraid of this getting too complicated when 
 working across services as well, since the possible result types are so 
 varied.
 
 I'm working on a MapServer (with WMS / WFS / KML) service first, but this 
 would likely go to other services as well.  We're running GeoMoose, so each 
 layer will be pinged and rated as well.
 
 The Client is simply a self updating HTML page.  But I'm wondering about how 
 to set up the actual pinging process, what's the best thing to ask for, that 
 can be readily examined easily in a dynamic fashion, without undue overhead.
 
 Also, if anyone knows of any PERL (or other CGI) type of product for this 
 kind of monitoring I would be interested in taking a look at it.
 
 Thanks
 
 bobb
 
 
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Seeking Articles, Reports, and Volunteers for Volume 9 of the OSGeo Journal

2011-01-14 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
On 2011-01-14, at 7:20 AM, Landon Blake wrote:

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

Landon's definitely right on this - and Ann we'd love articles re: 52 North or 
and other friends that are open source.  And a few other areas we'd be 
interested in seeing:
* Open data articles might also be of interest
* Proprietary solution mixed with open source, that would be a good case study
* Project introductions - here's how our program works
* In-depth technical articles welcome too - e.g. agorithms or functions you are 
developing

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

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[OSGeo-Discuss] What events are on your radar for 2011?

2010-12-22 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
On osgeo.org/events we keep a list of events that relate to OSGeo, open source 
geospatial ideas in general or events that OSGeo and friends will have a 
presence at.  We've only got a few items posted into the calendar so far, if 
you have others you'd like to add, drop me an email.

Likewise, with news about the broader community, projects, chapters, etc. you 
can always email your news postings to news_i...@osgeo.org




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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Foss4g sponsorship question

2010-12-10 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
On December 10, 2010 12:47:17 pm Jeroen Ticheler wrote:
 Hi FOSS4G organizers,
 I read there's a discount for early sponsors when committing before 1
 january 2011. But there's no document telling us how and how expensive
 this is... Time is running out :-(
 
 http://wiki.osgeo.osuosl.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2011_Sponsor_Page

Right Jeroen, that is part of the plan.  We hope to get a prospectus document 
out ASAP (next few days) and I think there might be a short extension to allow 
sponsors to still take advantage of this offer.  Glad to know you are 
anticipating sponsorship :)

Stay Tuned!
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Elevation and profile service

2010-12-07 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
On December 7, 2010 04:26:08 am nicolas bozon wrote:
 Hello Cédric,
 
 One of the ZOO Project demo could fit to your second use case.
 
 The user can draw a polyline on a DEM layer and see the corresponding
 elevation profile in a jquery dialog.
 The calculation is done using GDAL as a WPS ZOO Service, which takes the
 drawn LineString and the DEM layer as input data, and outputs the profile.
 
 http://zoo-project.org/site/ZooWebSite/Demo/GdalProfile#ZOOelevationprofile
 demo
 
 Hope it helps
 
 Best,
 
 Nicolas BOZON

Neat.. I tried to break it but wasn't successful.  Nice work.
http://spatialguru.com/files/crazy-profile.png
 :)
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Drupal 6.x translations..

2010-12-06 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)

I'm looking at upgrading osgeo.org but it's Drupal 5.x site with lots of 
translated pages (using localization module), but in 6.x language handling is 
a core feature.  Anyone know off hand if this is going to get messy quickly? :)

Tyler
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: International Free and Open Source Software Law Review

2010-11-30 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
FYI - some of you might find this useful re: open source law...

--  Forwarded Message  --

http://www.ifosslr.org/ifosslr 

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

js
---
John Scott
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Article metadata help

2010-11-17 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
I've been told that our Journal system isn't spewing out the appropriate 
metadata for external harvesting systems to pick up for citations, etc.  
Anyone have experience with this sort of thing, in particular as it applies in 
Open Journal System?

http://osgeo.org/ojs

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[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo @ GITA April - opportunities!

2010-11-15 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Hi all,
Anyone planning to attend, or looking for an excuse to attend, the GITA [1] 
Geospatial Solutions Conference in 2011?  OSGeo will have a booth and several 
SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES (including conference discounts or free pass when 
speaking).

If you are planning to be there or are interested in doing a talk re: OSGeo or 
related software, please sign up here [2] and let me know.

Right now we are just trying to figure out how many speaking slots we need, so 
I'm trying to get an idea before soliciting abstracts more formally.

Thanks!
Tyler

[1] http://gita.org/events/events.asp
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] 2010 Charter Member Selection

2010-11-12 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Excellent, thanks a lot Paul for running the process again this year!

Results are now added to our official page:
http://www.osgeo.org/content/foundation/members/voting_members.html

Welcome aboard!

Tyler




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On November 12, 2010 04:20:05 am Paul Ramsey wrote:
 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] Town Hall Meeting for OSGeo?

2010-11-10 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Haha - only one response, I'm guessing there isn't general interest (only 1/10 
of 1%) or that local chapters are filling that need well enough... and that's 
great!

If anyone does want to meet up, ask questions, share encouraging stories, just 
say hi, etc.  I know I'll be available following our monthly board meetings 
and a couple others likely are too. 

This month's meeting has been postponed a couple times, but you can keep up 
with the next date from the wiki http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board#Meetings

Also if you ever want to chat you can join IRC easily anytime:
http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=#osgeo

Or feel free to add me as a Skype contact and send me a note whenever you 
want. (skype nick: spatialguru)

Stay well,
Tyler

On October 14, 2010 11:12:16 am Seven (aka Arnulf) wrote:
 Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) wrote:
  Hi everyone,
  We should all be recovered from the FOSS4G by now and since so many of us
  enjoyed meeting together I wondered if a virtual meeting might be of
  interest to others on the list.
  
  Would anyone be interested in having an online (IRC chat) meeting with
  me, the OSGeo Board, committee chairs, etc. at some point?  It would be
  nothing too formal, just a basic Town Hall meeting style.  [1]  We'd
  pick a time and date, maybe a few key agenda points and just show up to
  answer questions or debate.
  
  I know it could be valuable for me at least to be able to get real-time
  feedback on ideas and topics people care about.
  
  Your thoughts?
  
  Tyler
  
  [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Town_hall_meeting
 
 Tyler,
 I like the idea. We could simply do it right after the Board meeting or
 have the same slot open in the three weeks between each Borat meeting.
 This would make planning easy.
 
 Best regards,
 Arnulf.
 
 Hehe, lets see whether anyone else but me can appreciate the spelling
 error...
 
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Towns listing

2010-11-10 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
I'd suggest asking on the Australia-New Zealand mailing list if you haven't 
already.  Getting access to local might be easy enough and others may have 
reformatted your local sources for you.

http://lists.osgeo.org

Tyler

On 2010-11-10, at 5:38 PM, Peter wrote:

 If i wanted to make a list of towns with their population, region and 
 district, for New Zealand, where would i start. So far ive found these, but 
 all are going to take lots of cleaning up.
 
 Cheers.
 
 P.
 
 Theres a list of electoral ward/district/population:
 
 http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/estimates_and_projections/subnational-pop-estimates-tables.aspx
 
 Local authoritys
 
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territorial_Authorities_of_New_Zealand
 
 Towns
 
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_towns_in_New_Zealand
 
 Stats Meshblocks
 
 http://www.stats.govt.nz/Census/2006CensusHomePage/MeshblockDataset.aspx
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Volunteer to help with Volume 8 of the OSGeo Journal.

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

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

Tyler
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Steps for starting a local chapter

2010-11-05 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Local chapters are integral part of OSGeo and the future ecosystem of FOSS4G 
software.  It's always a joy to watch a chapter start from the keen interest 
of usually one or two people.  I get a request or two per month about local 
chapters, so I put this page together to help describe the steps to getting 
started... hope it encourages you to start one if you aren't already part of 
one!

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Local_Chapters/Starting

Enjoy,
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Tools and approaches for the cartography of archaeological excavation sites

2010-11-05 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
On November 5, 2010 03:05:44 am Mathieu Baudier wrote:
 - do some of you have experience with sensors/methodologies which
 would provide centimeter order precision, be transportable and usable
 in remote areas and not too expensive?

I've seen some pretty technical discussion of high precision open source 
hardware on the foss-gps list.  You might ask there and found some experts in 
the area.
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] contacting project officers

2010-11-05 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
On November 5, 2010 10:50:41 pm Jody Garnett wrote:
 Could we set up a mailing list containing project officers to help
 committees make contact? Even if it is just to invite project
 representatives to an IRC meeting or other activity; a contact mailing
 list would perhaps help.

I agree it would be a good idea.  These would be the primary contacts for 
committee chairs and project steering committees for the software projects.  
Let's see what others say.  I have a private alias that I set up to do such 
communications, but could push it into mailman quite easily too.

Tyler
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[OSGeo-Discuss] 2009 Annual Report Available - OSGeo Journal Volume 7

2010-11-03 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
The OSGeo Journal team is glad to announce the availability of the 2009 Annual 
Report, including several reports about FOSS4G, various projects, local 
chapters and OSGeo sponsors:

* FOSS4G: 2009 conference review by the Conference Chair
* Software Project Reports: deegree, GeoTools, GRASS GIS, Mapbender, 
MapServer, OSSIM, Quantum GIS
* Local Chapter Reports:Australia/New Zealand, Brazil, California, China, 
Finland, Francophone, German, Greek, Italian, Japan, Ottawa, Poland, Quebec, 
Romania, Spanish, Twin Cities, United Kingdom
* Sponsors: Borealis, LizardTech

Thank you to all contributors!

Download directly: 
http://www.osgeo.org/ojs/index.php/journal/article/view/181/142 (10MB PDF)

For more information:
http://www.osgeo.org/ojs/index.php/journal/issue/view/30/showToc

Feedback and corrections welcomed at: 
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Town Hall Meeting for OSGeo?

2010-10-14 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Hi everyone, 
We should all be recovered from the FOSS4G by now and since so many of us 
enjoyed meeting together I wondered if a virtual meeting might be of interest 
to others on the list.

Would anyone be interested in having an online (IRC chat) meeting with me, the 
OSGeo Board, committee chairs, etc. at some point?  It would be nothing too 
formal, just a basic Town Hall meeting style.  [1]  We'd pick a time and date, 
maybe a few key agenda points and just show up to answer questions or debate.

I know it could be valuable for me at least to be able to get real-time 
feedback on ideas and topics people care about.

Your thoughts?

Tyler

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Drupal-ers unite!

2010-10-14 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
As you may already know www.osgeo.org and several other sites in OSGeo are 
using Drupal.  So far there have only been a couple of us able to do much 
serious work on Drupal and we could use some more help or at least ideas from 
others who are good (hopefully better than me!) with administrating Drupal 
stuff.  In particular we are migrating from 5.x to 6.x and also rolling a 
custom theme.  

If you are interested drop me a private note or join up to the Web Committee 
list and say hi:
http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/webcom

Your work would be well appreciated :)

Thank you!
Tyler

p.s. I know a few folks have expressed interest in the past but I just can't 
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[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G 2010 Early Bird discount closes on June 15

2010-06-09 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
http://www.osgeo.org/news/2010/foss4g_earlybird_ends_soon
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] New installer - Release GeoNetwork opensource v2.4.3

2010-04-26 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
I think the site being down may be related to a service outage on one of 
our hosts, though perhaps all you want is the download and may find it here:


http://sourceforge.net/projects/geonetwork/

Tyler

On 04/26/2010 06:32 AM, Yves Jacolin wrote:

Jeroen, all,

The website seems down for me or too long to get an answer from it. Is it a
known problem?

Thanks,

Y.
Le lundi 26 avril 2010 14:39:59, Jeroen Ticheler a écrit :

Dear all,
This morning I uploaded a new installer file replacing the one I uploaded
on Saturday. The only change is that this installer should be running
properly with Java 1.5 and higher. The first one had an incompatibility
issue for Java 1.5 which has been resolved now. Kind regards,
Jeroen


Dear all,
We're happy to announce a new release of GeoNetwork opensource v2.4.3.
This is a minor release, but with some good improvements that may be of
interest to you! Main things that have changed in this release:

- INSPIRE support, including a specific search form (disabled by default,
enable in the System preferences panel) - CSW ISO profile updates and
test suite
- GeoServer upgrade to v2.0.1 with the REST API and SLD Styler included
- Search speed improvements (more to come in v2.6.0, due in August 2010!)
- Added Portuguese language and improvements for others

The rest can be read in the changes log file.
Thanks to our dedicated developer team and supporting community! Enjoy!

http://geonetwork-opensource.org/software/geonetwork_opensource/releases/
2.4.3

Or directly to the files:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/geonetwork/files/

Greetings,
Jeroen
(Chair PSC GeoNetwork)

Jeroen Ticheler
GeoCat bv
Irisstraat 52
7531 CW Enschede
Tel: +31 (0)6 81286572
http://geocat.net

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[OSGeo-Discuss] A quick poll!

2010-04-15 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
I've been talking to the folks at gisjobs.com, encouraging them to add 
open source technology to their salary survey.  But first he wants to 
see if how many visitors to his site even use open source.


You might be interested in completing his current poll: Do you ever use 
Open Source GIS products?


http://www.gisjobs.com/

The more people realise their OSGeo related software skills are in 
demand, the better for everyone.


Best wishes,
Tyler
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] A quick poll!

2010-04-15 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Wow, in a few short hours the yes/no results in the poll went from 
38/38% to 85/5% - thanks for voting, that's very cool to see.


On a similar note, because many of the OSGeo libraries are also used 
behind proprietary products, many proprietary users won't even know that 
they actually do use open source without knowing it.  That's a big 
success story, in my opinion, and one I remind audiences about 
regularly.  Software good enough to be relied on by the massive 
commercial interests of proprietary vendors... says something positive 
about our quality.


Keep up the good work developers! :)

Tyler


On 15 April 2010 21:26, Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) tmitch...@osgeo.org
mailto:tmitch...@osgeo.org wrote:

I've been talking to the folks at gisjobs.com http://gisjobs.com,
encouraging them to add open source technology to their salary
survey.  But first he wants to see if how many visitors to his site
even use open source.

You might be interested in completing his current poll: Do you ever
use Open Source GIS products?

http://www.gisjobs.com/

The more people realise their OSGeo related software skills are in
demand, the better for everyone.

Best wishes,
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Interview ideas?

2010-04-08 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Hi, one area we've talked a bit about historically has been trying to
capture more interviews - either as written documents or verbal
podcasts.  I'm just putting out this note to invite you to
suggest/brainstorm about good interview topics and people that would
help get the open source geospatial message out in an influential way.
You're welcome to suggest specific people/topics to me privately or we
can talk generally on the topics or questions.

I'm now starting to carry a video camera in tow when I attend meetings,
with the hopes of capturing a few interviews to share.  Hopefully in a
months time I'll have some to put online.

Tyler
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Interview ideas?

2010-04-08 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
lol - well that's an easy one as long as you come up with the questions ;-)


Landon Blake wrote:
 How about an interview with Tyler Mitchell? :] I can help with that.
 Might be a good article for the journal.
 
 Landon
 Office Phone Number: (209) 946-0268
 Cell Phone Number: (209) 992-0658
  
  
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 Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Interview ideas?
 
 Hi, one area we've talked a bit about historically has been trying to
 capture more interviews - either as written documents or verbal
 podcasts.  I'm just putting out this note to invite you to
 suggest/brainstorm about good interview topics and people that would
 help get the open source geospatial message out in an influential way.
 You're welcome to suggest specific people/topics to me privately or we
 can talk generally on the topics or questions.
 
 I'm now starting to carry a video camera in tow when I attend meetings,
 with the hopes of capturing a few interviews to share.  Hopefully in a
 months time I'll have some to put online.
 
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Common map printing specifications project [Fwd: Students: Get Paid to work on this project]

2010-04-06 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Hi all, just forwarding this note to this more general OSGeo channel,
since it applies to several projects and communities.

Year after year, one of the largest complaints about open source mapping
applications is the ability to output large, high quality, printable
maps.  It's often the issue that some proprietary users say prevents
them from moving to an open source platform.  Recognising that we can
always do better, the Carto project is an effort to address this in a
standard way, so that all open source applications may output
configuration files according to a specification and have a common
'engine' application produce an output file.  By using a standards-based
approach, developers can work together on improving printing output
overall instead of doing it in dozens of different ways.

That said, attached is my attempt to try to find some students to work
on the project through Google's Summer of Code :)  I'm also forwarding
it here for those others who are interested in trying to help move this
initiative along.  Either way, join our list and say hi.[1]  Except for
some interesting work with Mapnik and QGIS together (Dane Springmeyer's
 Quantumnik!) this is pretty much still theoretical.

Tyler

[1]  http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/carto
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Greetings everyone!

The OSGeo Carto mailing list [1] was created to discuss developing a
common approach to printable (vector-based) map output from open source
mapping applications.  With Google's Summer of Code program, we have a
great opportunity for students to be funded to work on this project!
Please forward this on to any students that you think might benefit.

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Cartographic_Engine

Note there is room for a range of programming abilities, here are just a
few...

 * developing XML-based map definition and print standard specifications
 * writing a GUI-based app for doing map layout
 * converting project configuration files into a common format
 * enhancing Mapnik to handle layout and file output definitions
 * What else?  You tell us! Students are welcome to propose new ideas!

This year, we've tied this project directly to Mapnik (and indirectly to
QGIS or GRASS) just so it is clearly not a new project, but an
enhancement of an existing one.

Since it is really focused on developing and implementing standards, I'm
not opposed to using other projects in there for either the 'client' or
the engine - so if you're a student interested in MapServer or gvSIG,
for example, and would rather work on implementing it that way, then
please just propose it.  I only had to narrow our focus to keep it clear.

Time is running out for student applications, so let's get the word out!
 Even if you're not a student but are interested in helping in some way,
join the list and say hi.

[1] http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/carto


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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open Source Viewer for 3D Maps

2010-03-30 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Brent Fraser wrote:
   We've used VTP (vterrain.org) and modified the GUI of it's Enviro
 viewer to be a little more end-user friendly.  VTP does a good job of
 providing an interactive 3d environment of DEM and texture (e.g 
 satellite image), and optionally 3d structure models.  On the downside,
 you have to author your datasets carefully (using VTBuilder) to get good
 performance, and you have to limit your map/model to an extent (it
 doesn't model a globe, only a projection).  There's a ton of 3d modeling
 info on the VTP web site.

You're bringing back some good old memories for me Brent!  I used VTP a
lot in my last job and it produced some wildly beautiful product and
exciting fly over animation abilities (among other things).  Ecologists
especially liked the function allowing you to draw/digitise onto the
terrain in 3D mode.

We had Python scripts that did all our dataset prep for us, and if my
memory serves me right, we even had ways of converting the digitised
stuff back into a shapefile for use in our other apps.

   Ossim (www.ossim.org) has OssimPlanet which DOES model a globe but it
 can be an effort to set up (I've never tried it).

Binaries are available for download for most platforms.  Then you
probably want to get a terrain model (just one big download) and put it
in the right folder.  Other than that it's pretty easy to get started
with WMS or file datasources.

Thanks for the memories :)

Tyler
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Whitebox GAT (Chris Puttick)

2010-03-26 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
P Kishor wrote:
 Listen, I personally appreciate the zeal for open sourcing software
 and data (most of my personal religion is based on the belief that
 open data are better for everyone), but trash talking closed software
 makes the whole world blind.

Of course we never trash talk other open source languages either, do we?
 Where would we be without all the good arguments for Python vs the
'others'... ;-)  Sorry, couldn't resist.

Just to say, we have done pretty good on this list avoiding platform or
language wars, but I am interested to learn what
strengths/features/ease-of-use others find in their language of choice.
   Just to be better educated, not to flame anyone.

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Whitebox GAT (Chris Puttick)

2010-03-26 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
What I meant to say was...  Chris P. has strategic reasons for his
choices and was inviting others to share (offline) their strategic
reasons for their choices.  I wasn't trying to keep this thread running :)

Tyler

Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) wrote:
 P Kishor wrote:
 Listen, I personally appreciate the zeal for open sourcing software
 and data (most of my personal religion is based on the belief that
 open data are better for everyone), but trash talking closed software
 makes the whole world blind.
 
 Of course we never trash talk other open source languages either, do we?
  Where would we be without all the good arguments for Python vs the
 'others'... ;-)  Sorry, couldn't resist.
 
 Just to say, we have done pretty good on this list avoiding platform or
 language wars, but I am interested to learn what
 strengths/features/ease-of-use others find in their language of choice.
Just to be better educated, not to flame anyone.
 
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] implementation of WFS in MapGuide OS

2010-03-16 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Hi Paras,
Good to meet you.  I think you'll find more help directly on the
MapGuide Open Source users mailing list:

http://mapguide.osgeo.org/user.html

Hope that helps,
Tyler

p.s. I'm curious how you came to the OSGeo Discussion thinking it was
for MapGuide discussions - can you tell me?  There must be a bad link
somewhere that I can update so it is clearer.  Thanks!



Paras BHALLA wrote:
 Dear all,
  
 Recently, I started my internship in a company and being a newcomer in
 the world of Autodesk, I am still finding answers to my questions.
  
 It will be a great help if somebody from you could help me out in
 providing me an information on Implementation of Web Feature Service
 (WFS) in MapGuide OpenSource. It would be a great help if somebody has
 some experience or knows some possibilities to find out solution to the
 said theme.
  
  
 Looking forward to your valuable feedback.
  
  
 best regards,
  
 Paras
 
 
 
 
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[OSGeo-Discuss] How OSGeo helps you?

2010-03-09 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Hi all,
I'm working on responding to some questions relating to our 501c3
application with US govt and would really like your opinion, stories,
examples to make sure I hit the nail on the head.

I'd like to describe two aspects of what OSGeo does and how it helps the
public.  In particular relating to education and to charitable
activities.  I know how I'd answer, but what about you?

1. In what areas/topics/information do we teach to new users or educate
the public in general?  Basically, what is the 'content' of our
education endeavours?

2. How does OSGeo provide a charitable benefit to the public?  Don't
link it directly back to education, but think about how our features,
abilities and products get used to benefit the public.  Take it beyond
just having free access to software generally, and share in particular
the charitable ways it helps the public (charitable as in helps people,
the world, etc. not as in just being free).

Yes, somewhat vague questions, but I really want them to know the
details about these not just a cursory mention of our workshops and our
no-cost software :)

I only have a day or two to get my answers together, but a longer thread
is also welcomed to help share your perspective.

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

2010-03-09 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
FYI - if you need an excuse to go to Vancouver, submit your abstracts
for GeoWeb this week.  Several OSGeo friends are usually there.

Tyler


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July 26-30 · Vancouver, B.C. Canada · http://www.geowebconference.org

GeoWeb 2010 Conference Submission Deadline
Abstracts are Due this Friday (March 12th)

Want to be in the Program? Time is Running Out!
The deadline is fast approaching. Abstracts can be submitted online no
later than 4pm PST Friday, March 12th. The emphasis for GeoWeb 2010 is
Going Real Time. GeoWeb is about the technologies for information
sharing and collaboration respecting events and activities in the real
world. It is about designing our world and reacting to the changes in
the world around us. It is about managing our way in the world using the
best information about the current and probable future state(s) of the
world.

All submissions must include a title, theme, a detail abstract (200
words) and a short description (75 words). Presentation sessions will
be 35 minutes in length. Workshops will be 3 hours in length and should
focus on a key technology or standard.

Presenters will be chosen based on a formal selection process led by the
2010 GeoWeb Planning Committee and will be notified of the status of
their submission by March 25, 2010. Please note that all approved
presenters will be provided with a 25% discount on the registration fee
but are responsible for their own travel and expenses.

To learn more about GeoWeb, the details for the Call for Submissions,
please visit GeoWebConference.org. Questions can be directed to James
Sakamoto.

Be Connected, Spread the Word
Watch previous keynote and invited speakers, make comments, or chime in
on a discussion. Stay connected to the GeoWeb Community:
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Db connect

2010-03-02 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Hi Ravi, what kind of error are you getting?

Tyler
Ravi wrote:
 Hi,
 am using OSGeo4W bundle and the apache and php there in.
 Apache installed OK showing as aservice and in the browser
 http:\\localhost
 issues the OSGeo4w welcome screen and phpthere on
 
 with the following wish to connect to PGSQL 8.4 and postGIS there in
 with the following. But it doesnt work. Where am I going wrong ?
 
 $db_handle = pg_connect(”host = localhost port = 5432 dbname = postgis user = 
 postgres password = GrassJump”); $query = “SELECT * FROM rjybound”; $result = 
 pgexec($dbhandle, $query);
 
 Ravi Kumar
 
 
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G Hosting Solutions

2010-02-08 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Richard Greenwood wrote:
 On Sun, Feb 7, 2010 at 9:12 PM, Kumaran Narayanaswamy
 kumaran.narayanasw...@kcubeconsulting.com wrote:
 Hello,

 We are in the process of looking out for a best hosting provider to host the
 FOSS4G Web applications. Can anyone suggest us the best and affordable
 hosting solutions to deploy MapServer, GeoServer applications?
 
 
 I've been very happy with Micro Resources http://spatialserver.com/

Same here for several years now.
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G Hosting Solutions

2010-02-08 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) wrote:
 Richard Greenwood wrote:
 On Sun, Feb 7, 2010 at 9:12 PM, Kumaran Narayanaswamy
 kumaran.narayanasw...@kcubeconsulting.com wrote:
 Hello,

 We are in the process of looking out for a best hosting provider to host the
 FOSS4G Web applications. Can anyone suggest us the best and affordable
 hosting solutions to deploy MapServer, GeoServer applications?

 I've been very happy with Micro Resources http://spatialserver.com/
 
 Same here for several years now.

I should note, that's for my personal (non-OSGeo related) services :)
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[OSGeo-Discuss] [Fwd: 4th African Conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons - IDLELO 4 (Australians have a +)]

2010-02-04 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
FYI

 Hi people.
 
 The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) will be
 hosting its bi-annual conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons. Idlelo
 4 (www.idlelo.net http://www.idlelo.net) is the biggest and most
 important FLOSS event in the continent.  The Vice President of Ghana,
 who received a delegation from the Foundation
 http://www.fossfa.net/node/93 has given his backing to chair.  Idlelo
 is billed to begin on the 13th and end on the 21st of May, in Accra,
 Ghana. It happens at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Center for Excellence in
 ICT.  It is a multiple events conference.   Here is a quick breakdown of
 stuff
 
 The hands-on trainings are billed to begin the weekend of May 13 to 15. 
 We are working around:
 
1. CHISIMBA
   
 http://avoir.uwc.ac.za/index.php?module=newsaction=viewcategoryid=gen14Srv6Nme27_8917_1219322157
2. USHAHIDI http://www.ushahidi.com/ and FrontlineSMS
3. Migration
4. FLOSS4Edu
5. Desktop
6. FLOSS 4 Business
7. LPI Paper exams.
 
 On the 16th, we are planning a Community Conference which will follow
 the un-conference setting.
 On the 17th, we would like to do the Africa FOSS Agenda, which is the
 AGM of FOSSFA.
 On the 18th, the E-Government Track has now been upgraded to a one-day
 conference where we are inviting ministers from the African countries,
 as well as some outside of the continent.
 The preliminary program http://idlelo.net/content/conference-programme
 that we have shows the sessions that are in for now.  There is still a
 whole lot of space for:
 
1. Partner events
2. Launches
3. Parallel events
4. Technical tracks
 
 Of course an exhibition is planned.  Will kick off same days with the
 conference.
 
 So this is an invitation to all Foundation members.  If you would want
 to see anything in the program, do a side thing, a plenary presentation
 or a training, please let us know.  We will be glad to schedule you
 accordingly.
 
 On logisitics:
 
1. We want to say thanks to Linux Fund that is supporting fundraising
   for this
2. We are discussing with DELTA Airlines to partner as official
   carrier, especially for those coming from outside of Africa.
3. We are still looking forward to sponsors at different levels.. and
   would very much appreciate any leads you might give us.
 
 
 On a final note, the Australian High Commission in Accra will be willing
 to support Australians who may want to come to Idlelo.  Please let us
 know asap.
 
 director-gene...@aiti-kace.com.gh
 secretar...@fossfa.net
 
 Cheers
 
  
 Nnenna Nwakanma
 FOSSFA Council Chair
 ch...@fossfa.net
 www.fossfa.net http://www.fossfa.net
 
 
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[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G 2010 Call for Abstract

2010-02-01 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
We are pleased to announce the Call for Abstract for the FOSS4G (Free
and Open Source Software for Geospatial) 2010 conference, being held
September 6-9, in beautiful Barcelona, Spain.

Held annually, FOSS4G is the premier conference for the open source
geospatial community, providing a full-immersion experience in
established and leading edge geospatial technologies for developers,
users, and people new to open source geospatial.

http://2010.foss4g.org

FOSS4G 2010 presentations are 25 minute talks, with 5 minute question
and answer sessions at the end. Presentations cover the use or
development of open source geospatial software. Anyone can can submit a
presentation proposal and take part in the conference as a presenter.

Some topics of interest for this year are:

* Case Studies: Relate the experiences of you and your organization
  using open source geospatial. Where do things work well? Poorly?
  What problems did you solve, and at what cost? What do you
  recommend for others? Why?
* Benchmarks: Comparisons between pieces of geospatial software. How
  do features compare? Speed? Ease of use? What do you recommend for
  others?
* Visualization: Tell about your tips and tricks for effective
  visualization. How do you present information in a compelling way?
  3D? Cartographic tricks? Labelling and naming ideas? Graphs and
  hybrid map/data combinations?
* Development: What are the new developments in your open source
  geospatial software product? How does it work, how do people use
  it, what are the technical issues you are running into?
* Hacks and Mashing: Have you put together something novel or cool
  this year? What did you stick together, how did it work, show us
  your gizmo!
* Collaboration: What techniques are you using to improve
  collaboration between organizations and between individuals.
  Public geodata, collaborative data collection, data sharing, open
  standards, de facto standards, and more!

If you have an open source geospatial story to tell, we want to hear it!

For more information, see the FOSS4G site:

http://2010.foss4g.org/presentations.php

The deadline for abstract submissions is April 1, 2010. Submit early,
submit often!


Academic Track

The FOSS4G 2010 academic track aims to bringing together researchers,
developers, users and practitioners carrying out research and
development in the geospatial and the free and open source fields and
willing to share original and recent research developments and experiences.

The academic track will act as an inventory of current research topics,
but the major goal is to promote cooperative research between OSGeo
developers and the academia. The academic track is the right forum to
highlight the most important research challenges and trends in the
domain, and let them became the basis for an informal OSGeo research
agenda. It will foster interdisciplinary discussions in all aspects of
the geospatial and free and open source domains. It will be organized in
a way to promote networking between the participants, to initiate and
favour discussions regarding cutting-edge technologies in the field, to
exchange research ideas and to promote international collaboration.


  Submission guidelines

All submissions to the academic track must be original unpublished work
written in English. Papers should not exceed the 6000 words limit.
Formatting guidelines will be available soon. Submitted papers will be
thoroughly reviewed by three members of the international scientific
committee and refereed for their quality, originality and relevance.


  Submission deadline (full paper for the academic track) - May,
  31th, 2010


upcoming milestones

* 15 Jan 2010, Call for Workshops/Tutorials opens
* 30 Jan 2010, Call for Workshops/Tutorials closes
* 1 Feb 2010, Call for Abstracts opens
* 16 Feb 2010, Notification of acceptance for workshops/tutorials
* 22 Feb 2010, Registration for workshop and tutorials opens
* 1 Apr 2010, Abstract submission deadline
* 1 May 2010, Presenters notified of acceptance for talks
* 15 Jun 2010, Author/Early registration deadline
* 15 Jul 2010 Full article submission deadline
* Aug 2010, Completed program available
* 6-7 Sep 2010, FOSS4G Workshops
* 7-9 Sep 2010, FOSS4G Presentations and Tutorials
* 10 Sep 2010, FOSS4G Code Sprint

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Website News Editor(s) welcome

2010-01-19 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Hi all,  have a few minutes a week to help post news/events on the OSGeo
website?  Frank and I usually take care of these items but could use a
bit of help to keep things running smoothly.

There is a (volunteer) opportunity for at least one person to help out
in the role of OSGeo News Editor.  The job is quite simple, posting
news/events information that are sent in and usually consists of a few
postings per week.  Posting the information on the website is quite easy
and uses a few simple forms.  Most of the time all the info to be posted
is sent in by other members and is simply copied over (e.g. you don't
have to be a writer :-) )

If you're interested, drop a note to news_i...@osgeo.org and say hello.

More information about the processes we use:
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/News_Queue

Have a great week,
Tyler
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Gov't adopting open source ?

2010-01-14 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
I'm just starting to dig into this question myself, but thought I'd ask 
if anyone else knows of a resource/document/site, etc. that shows which 
governments (nationally, regional or municipal) have committed to open 
source software?


Seems the list grows each month in my head, but I'm sure there are many 
more than I know.


Tyler
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Opensource Geospatial Job Tracking Software

2010-01-06 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
On 06/01/10 3:29 AM, Kumaran Narayanaswamy wrote:

 Hi,

  

 I am currently looking out for web based Open source Geospatial Job
 Tracking Software similar to Job Tracking for ArcGIS?

  

 http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/extensions/jobtracking/index.html

  

 Are there any open source projects  out there that you know of that
 cover these features similar to ESRI product?

  

 Regards

 Kumaran

This is a good question and I'm very interested in any answers you
receive.  This sort of workflow/project management software is much
needed in the GIS industry sector and I've not seen any open source
options out there that met my specific needs when I looked previously. 
One that might help at least on the conersion/transformation side is
Talend studio with it's spatial component:
http://www.spatialdataintegrator.com/

But that's likely only one piece of the puzzle.  I believe that much of
what is required for job tracking and workflow can be developed through
some simple web interfaces, with open source apps sitting on the server
side.   I've taken several attempts on doing this but never devoted
enough time/focus to get very far.  If any else is interested in
developing such tools, I'd be interested in discussing it further.  I
believe these are necessary to streamline workflow and gain back
efficiency that has been lost during the industry's general move toward
using point-click GUI environments for everything.

Tyler
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[OSGeo-Discuss] 2009 Annual Report Startup!

2010-01-04 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Happy New Year!  On that note... let's kick off summarising last years' 
activities.


This is the opportunity to brag about what your project, committee and 
local chapters have been up to and progress you've made.  All of this is 
an important part of showing that our community and projects are active 
and engaging and for showing value to our sponsors, members and supporters.


Submit the report here:
* http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Annual_Report_2009
Or email me directly.

If the wrong name is beside the report, please change it accordingly or 
let me know.  Holler if there is anything confusing.


* I'd like to wrap this up by the end of January, so if you need a hard 
deadline please aim for January 18th or tell me when to expect it.


If anyone is interested in helping coordinate this report with me, let 
me know (e.g. to help with final layout and emailing/harassing potential 
authors).


I encourage you to forward this invitation to your project teams and 
local contacts.


Looking forward to hearing what you've been up to!
Best wishes for 2010,

Tyler
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Will there be an OSGeo Desktop shootout atFOSS4G 2010?

2009-12-22 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)

 So if this is true, then that means that 80% of GIS users are asking
 the question, Why should I use desktop open source XXX instead of ESRI?

I get more questions asking about the differences between FOSS projects
than between FOSS and proprietary products.  If people are already
coming to FOSS4G, or to OSGeo in some other way, they likely already
want to use open source but want help choosing a path.

I do agree that many wonder how we stack up to proprietary but I hope we
stick to what we know best.  That is, unless proprietary folks join the
shootout.  :)

Just a thought,
Tyler
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Will there be an OSGeo Desktop shootout atFOSS4G 2010?

2009-12-22 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Frank Warmerdam wrote:
 Daniel Ames wrote:
 I teach ArcGIS 9.3 every semester, so I'll happily provide that
 perspective (as well as the MapWindow desktop perspective).
 By the way Tyler gave an awesome OSGeo talk at AGU in San Francisco
 last week and handled the how does this stack up to ESRI question
 brilliantly. I believe the answer was, We see ESRI as a major
 success story for OSGeo since they've adopted GDAL and OGR. Couldn't
 have been addressed more perfectly. 

 Folks,

 To be clear, I am unaware of any adoption of OGR by ESRI. They do make
 extensive use of GDAL for raster translation and raster data access.
Minor note - usually when I give this answer I say GDAL/OGR as a blanket
project name, but I can see how that can be confusing when spoken
verbally :)

 While this is a good point to mention, and helps point out that things
 aren't as simple as us and them, since even them is often one of us
 in some respects, I'd like us to be able to give a deeper answer.

 Many workloads that are currently done with ArcGIS could also be done
 with FOSS tools (most web mapping, much desktop work, and some deep
 analysis).  I'd like to get white papers, and presentations addressing
 some of these easily transferrable workloads.
I'd also like this workflow assessment angle from the perspective of
how I got this project done using FOSS tools - with a backdrop of what
they'd have to do otherwise (e.g. using a proprietary package).

Tyler

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Annual Report in Lulu.com

2009-11-14 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
FYI - The 2008 Annual Report is now available for purchase as a hardcopy (55
pages) from lulu.com at the following location:

http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/osgeo-2008-annual-report/7414939

Downloads are always free from the OSGeo Journal website:
http://journal.osgeo.org

Cheers,
Tyler


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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Annual Report in Lulu.com

2009-11-14 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
A better url :)

http://stores.lulu.com/osgeo 
 
original message-
From: Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) tmitch...@osgeo.org
To: OSGeo Discussions discuss@lists.osgeo.org
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2009 15:07:24 -0800
-
 
 
 FYI - The 2008 Annual Report is now available for purchase as a hardcopy
(55
 pages) from lulu.com at the following location:
 
 
 http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/osgeo-2008-annual-report/
 7414939
 
 Downloads are always free from the OSGeo Journal website:
 http://journal.osgeo.org
 
 Cheers,
 Tyler
 
 
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] AGU in December (Volunteers)

2009-11-12 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Unfortunately, I just learned that there is no remaining booth space
available at the AGU event now.
 
original message-
From: Alex Mandel tech_...@wildintellect.com
To: OSGeo Discussions discuss@lists.osgeo.org
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 15:47:37 -0800
-
 
 
 All,
 
 Tyler is speaking at the American Geophysical Union conference Dec
 14-18(Booth is 15-18) in San Fransisco.
 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/AGU_2009
 
 I'm interested to know who is already planning to go to the AGU and
 could help at the booth occasionally?
 
 Several members of the California chapter have volunteered to run the
 booth, we're just looking to make sure we have some additional help
 before we commit the funds.
 
 We need to know before the marketing meeting tonight, 11pm PST if we
 have enough people to do the booth or not.
 
 Thanks,
 Alex
 
 
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Finding an OSGEO-related job in London

2009-10-14 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
To add to Chris' comments... I suggest any job seeker offer to host an
OSGeo-UK meetup... bring the employers to you instead :)

Seriously though - there may be an opportunity here for those who have some
momentum for a local OSGeo chapter nearby. Get on the mailing list, ask for
ideas for a venue to meet and plan a meeting using the wiki or mailing list
- a couple folks will often volunteer to do a talk or provide a discussion
point. 

I believe that many local chapter OSGeo'ers are just waiting for a chance to
chat over a beer or talk and plan in a local boardroom. The upside to
helping plan it is you can give yourself a speaking slot to introduce what
you've been doing/playing with/learning and a URL to your CV at the end will
drive the point home :)

Best wishes!
Tyler
 
original message-
From: Chris Puttick chris.putt...@thehumanjourney.net
To: OSGeo Discussions discuss@lists.osgeo.org
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 05:34:18 + (GMT)
-
 
 
 And of course OA Digital, but while in the UK is not London. London is
under the 
 influence of the if it don't cost, it ain't worth nothing although we're

 hopeful revent gov't policy announcements and news like that of the recent

 systems change at the London Stock Exchange might change that; if there's
going 
 to be anything, I'd sniff around the London mayor's office, Transport for
London 
 and some of the London councils.
 
 Chris
 
 - Landon Blake lbl...@ksninc.com wrote:
 
 Matthew,
 
 
 
 It doesn?t look like anyone responded to your post, so I will offer
 some brief comments. I don?t think it likely that you will find a job
 focused specifically on open source GIS. I am one of the moderator of
 the OSGeo Jobs mailing list, and job postings there are quite rare in
 our current economy.
 
 
 
 I think you may have to settle for a job in GIS, with perhaps an
 opportunity to occasionally dabble in open source GIS software. I can
 think of only a handful of companies that work extensively with open
 source GIS software, especially on the desktop. Examples are
 Refractions Research, Vivid Solutions, and LISASoft. The first two are
 Canadian companies, the second is in Australia.
 
 
 
 A better option may be to take a ?regular? GIS job but to hone your
 programming skill set by volunteering with one of the OSGeo projects.
 (Let me know if you are really bored. I could put you to work on a
 couple of things right now.) :]
 
 
 
 Or you could possibly work part-time as a consultant trying to help
 organizations get started with open source GIS.
 
 
 
 At any rate, post a link to your resume on the OSGeo Jobs mailing
 list. That can?t hurt.
 
 
 
 
 Landon
 
 Office Phone Number: (209) 946-0268
 
 Cell Phone Number: (209) 992-0658
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org
 [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Matthew Pulis
 Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 2:12 AM
 To: discuss
 Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Finding an OSGEO-related job in London
 
 Hi,
 
 I am moving to London in late January 2010 and am trying to find a job
 /
 career in GIS preferably using Open Source GIS. I am finding it quite
 hard
 
 to find job openings in this field, especially in the GIS-T area;
 which area
 is my area of expertise. Anyone can recommend some job hunting
 websites
 which are more attributed to OSGEO please?
 
 
 (Sorry for double posting but the previous one had the wrong subject
 pasted)
 
 
 Thanks,
 
 Matthew
 
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 URL : http://www.matthewpulis.info | http://www.solutions-lab.net
 MSN : pulis_matth...@] hotmail.com
 ICQ : 145951110
 Skype : solutions-lab.net
 
 
 
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Re: Fwd: [OSGeo-Discuss] Mind Map - Open Source Spatial Projects

2009-10-13 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
 According to the Freemind FAQ, there is an applet that will allow the
 mindmap to be presented via a Web Page [1].
 
 
 I have not tried this yet.
 
 Perhaps something hosted by OSGeo if the applet works OK?

Hi, it definitely works and I've used it for years. When I was using S5
format web presentations I handled it two ways. One, would be to link a
graphic in my presentation to a separate web page with the applet embedded.
The other was to embed it directly in my presentation page (if a smaller
window was warranted). I've got it online running here:
http://svn.osgeo.org/osgeo/community/presentations/20070925-Victoria/OSGeoCommunity.html

Note, it crashed my Firefox (on OSX) but ran in SAfari okay. Note also the
applet requires a web url and can't point to a local file - which can be a
bit of a pain.


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Re: Fwd: [OSGeo-Discuss] Mind Map - Open Source Spatial Projects

2009-10-12 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Looks like it says it's 0.8.1 Freemind map version. I've looked a bit at
other clients but they are usually involving a conversion step. e.g. you can
do mm format into S5 presentation format and a few others. I'd like a more
dynamic 'flowing' viewer for presentations - any hints and I'd like to hear
them too.

Tyler
 
original message-
From: Bob Basques bo...@gritechnologies.com
To: OSGeo Discussions discuss@lists.osgeo.org
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 23:16:25 -0500
-
 
 
 Bruce,
 
 Yeah I got that to work, but was wondering if there were other client 
 that could read it.
 
 I use a similar (pay for) application called Inspiration that allows for 
 building of similar diagrams. I thought it might open the MM file, but 
 no go.
 
 Nice file BTW.
 
 bobb
 
 
 
 Bruce Bannerman wrote:
 Bob,

 
 
  What's the best Client for this MM stuff? A little research
  on it reveals there are more than one version of the file
  format as well as more than one version of client, and not
  all clients read all formats . . .
 

 The format is Freemind mind mapping software.

 As per my original post:

 
  Details are at:
 
  http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Bruce.bannerman
 
 

 I've received a few emails advising me that some people's email 
 clients have hidden the above URL.

 Two suggestions to get around this:

 - view the email source

 - go to the OSGeo Wiki and search for 'User:Bruce.bannerman'. You will 
 find the details there.


 Bruce


 
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[OSGeo-Discuss] WMS Performance Shootout at FOSS4G 2009

2009-10-06 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Sydney, Australia. 5 October 2009. http://2009.foss4g.org

GeoServer, MapServer, and ArcGIS Server will be competing for the
title of Fastest Web Map Server (WMS) at the FOSS4G 2009 conference
at the end of October. The Web Mapping Performance Shoot-out compares
Web Map Servers in a variety of real world use cases.

This third installment of the FOSS4G shoot-out looks to be even more
exciting with the introduction of a team from ESRI. ESRI supports
interoperability with the OSGeo and open source community says Satish
Sankaran, PhD., ESRI Product Manager for Interoperability,  and, as
such, are happy to participate in the OSGEO demonstration-'shootout'
at FOSS4G. We are also participating in the OGC's Climate Change
Integration Plugfest at FOSS4G, and with our colleagues from 52North
who will be in the technical exhibits area.

The performance shoot-out will see GeoServer, MapServer, and ArcGIS
Server compared in terms of how long they take to generate a map
image, from a common set of spatial data. The data formats used will
be shapefile, geotiff, ECW, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, Oracle Spatial, and
SDE on Oracle. Benchmarking scripts will be executed on a common
platform running Red Hat Linux.

GeoServer will be represented by Andrea Aime (OpenGeo) and Simone
Giannecchini (GeoSolutions). With the rapid expansion of GeoServer's
capabilities each year, these benchmarking exercises are an excellent
forum for us to test it in new and challenging ways, said Chris
Holmes, Managing Director of OpenGeo and founder of the GeoServer
project.

One of the most important 'rules of engagement' for each Web server
team is that all parties must contribute any changes that they make to
their software for this exercise, back to their community. As
explained by Steve Lime, founder of Mapserver, Past benchmarking
presentations have brought about many improvements in the servers,
such as MapServer's improvements in large shapefile indexing, raster
read optimization, and labeling placement. The MapServer Project
Steering Committee is excited to help with this presentation again.
MapServer will be represented by Daniel Morissette (Mapgears), Jeff
McKenna (Gateway Geomatics), and Frank Warmerdam.

For more information about the Web mapping performance shootout, see
the wiki at: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Benchmarking_2009, or follow
along discussions in the benchmarking mailing list at:
http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/benchmarking.

== About FOSS4G ==

FOSS4G is the international Free and Open Source Software for
Geospatial conference, which comes to Sydney, Australia, 20-23 October
2009. FOSS4G offers presentations, workshops, demos, an install-fest,
and a code sprint. It is presented by the world's best Developers,
Policy Makers, Sponsors and Geospatial Professionals and includes the
latest geospatial applications, standards, government programs,
business processes and case studies. Topics include mobile platforms,
location based applications, crowd sourcing, cloud computing,
development, spatial standards, integration of cross-agency data,
Spatial Data Infrastructures, Sensor Webs, Web Processing Services,
Integration of Open Source and Proprietary Software and more.

== Upcoming milestones ==

20 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Workshop
21-23 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Presentations and Tutorials
24 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Code Sprint

== Media Sponsors ==

Position Magazine: http://www.positionmag.com.au/
Asian Surveying and Mapping Newsletter: http://www.asmmag.com
Geoconnexions Magazine: http://www.geoconnexion.com/
Directions Magazine: http://directionsmag.com/
GIS Development: http://gisdevelopment.net/
Baliz Media: http://www.BALIZ-MEDIA.com/
SlashGeo: http://slashgeo.org

For more information or to keep informed from the FOSS4G Organising
Committee, join our email list or twitter feed at:
http://2009.foss4g.org/about_us/

or contact:

Cameron Shorter, Chair of the FOSS4G Organising Committee and
Geospatial Systems Architect at LISAsoft
tel +61-2-8570-5050 c a m e r o n . s h o r t e r @ l i s a s o f t . c o m
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RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Next 5 years for OSGeo

2009-10-05 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Fawcett, David david.fawc...@state.mn.us wrote:
 Mateusz, 
 
 Thanks for posting this reference, I wasn't aware of it.  It is a gold
 mine!
 
 Obviously, thanks to Chris for putting this course together and making
 it available to the world too.
 
 David.
 

Wow, yes it's great isn't it?  Even some topology examples to work from!


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

2009-10-02 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Agustin Diez Castillo agustin.d...@uv.es wrote:
 you're right we should teach techniques and no software packages but more
than
 that we should educate free citizens. 
 Truly, I can not understand why Universities teach closed knowledge when
we
 should knowledge [openness is required to be knowledge]. We should teach 
 how to fish instead of give away fishes because this is what our students
 demand.
 To sum up, Universities should be the perfect place for Free Speech and in
GIS
 packages Free Speech is FOSS4G.
 Anyhow, High Schools are a good place to start.

You beat me to it Agustin.  I agree with your points and was going to warn
that we not try to play at the same game as corporations that seek to embed
their products into schools.  Since, in the end it is what is taught that is
important, not what tool they learn.  Instead, I suggest we come at it from
the angle of providing additional tools to enable educators (at any level)
to teach the liberal arts/science aspects of a geographic education.  I
could be wrong, but it's my impression that in the past when this was done,
I believe universities were actually *producing* FOSS as an outgrowth of the
knowledge the students learned instead of merely ingesting some product. 
Any truth to that?

I'm proposing the education group help match up existing FOSS teaching
material with a recognised curriculum.  e.g. the curriculum might say that a
student needs to learn about geographic coordinate systems - so we match up
a module that provides sample data and shows how to witness the effects of
transformations, projections, etc. using Proj.4 commands, then visualising
it in a desktop app, etc. that they may choose.  

In the end maybe I do agree a bit with Ian, in that I don't think it's
profitable to be trying to usurp particular existing software roles in
academia - which many professors will have personally chosen.  How do you
fight a choice after all?   But we should come at it from a totally
different angle more along Agustin's philosophy and providing choices for
foundational teaching aligned with curriculum.  I'm personally not
interested in taking on an anti-proprietary angle in the debate and
encourage us to look at the problem afresh, with hope of possibilities :) 
Okay, that may be mostly just rhetoric, but we can't forget that even the
big proprietary guys are users and supports of some of OSGeo products and
libraries - a real success story for us.

Please note, for those who are unaware, we do have an Education discussion
mailing list where we talk about these things regularly too:
http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/edu_discuss

Best wishes,
Tyler

p.s. In many universities I think we have been witnessing a move toward
'training' for careers as opposed to foundational concepts for critical
thinking.  I suspect it has to do with competing with colleges and
independent training programs for student dollar$.  I don't think it's the
actual professors, but higher up that the mentality seems to set in. 
Consider also that all proprietary software has their own professional
training courses, material and training providers already - perhaps even at
lower cost and higher effectiveness than taking a full university course
over months and months.  Odd to think about in my mind :)  But it helps
remind me that there is also a market for education outside of established
academics as well... how much of a market remains to be seen.


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FOSS4G Meeting - Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Annual General Meeting 2009

2009-10-02 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Just a reminder - our OSGeo annual meeting page is pretty blank.  Anyone
interested in giving a talk should sign up soon.  Or else add any topic for
further discussion.  If we aren't running the guantlet of presentations this
year, we will have lots of time for discussion - that'd be neat.

Hope to see you there.
Tyler

Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) tmitch...@osgeo.org wrote:
 Hi all, 
 As usual we'll be holding our OSGeo Annual General Meeting (AGM) during
 the FOSS4G event, this time in Sydney on the October 21st following the
 main event.
 
 In previous years we've packed it pretty tight - getting as many smiling
 faces in front of the fans as possible.  This year I'd like to take a
 slightly different approach to help maximize time a bit better.
 
 Since most software projects will have a good chance to present at
 FOSS4G I'd like to focus on local chapters, committees and sponsors to
 present.  If we get too many then I will probably pull back a bit on one
 of those groups as well.
 
 That said, if you'd like to share a few slides (4-5 max) on your
 committee, chapter, or from an OSGeo sponsor - please add yourself to
 the wiki.  The program will still be tight, so each person will likely
 only have 2-3 minutes... yes, it's the OSGeo Lightning AGM ;-)
 
 For those projects who are not presenting elsewhere in the conference, I
 will make a sign-up list for projects to meet at the OSGeo booth - then
 interested folks can come by at the selected time.  There is also the
 Demo Theatre which will be available to show off stuff.
 
 You are also welcome to add any questions or discussion point
 suggestions to the wiki page.
 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Annual_General_Meeting_2009#Discussion_Ideas
 
 
 Best wishes,
 Tyler
 
 
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Next 5 years for OSGeo

2009-09-30 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)

Jacolin Yves yjaco...@free.fr wrote:
 Hello Cédric,
 
 I think more people think same as you relating this point of view :) :
 
 Le Wednesday 30 September 2009 16:28:20 Cédric Moullet, vous avez écrit :
 The OSGEO is very developer centric and probably need more input from
 management, end user, marketing etc...


Thanks for the great discussion,

I can relate to Yves and Cédric's comments.  Cédric's comment is the primary
feedback I get from end users, local chapters and developers alike.  They
ask for more information and material to share with others at events or
meetings, etc.  They don't tend to point out technical barriers to their
projects success, they already know and love a project and just want to tell
others about it.  Of course we all have our software feature wishlists of
functionality but I don't think most of us expect OSGeo to be the venue for
developing them.  Like Frank says, don't tell the projects what to do ;-)

Not to say there aren't some powerful synergies to be gained at more
technical levels through OSGeo and some projects are certainly getting used
to depending on OSGeo services, but aside from requests to our systems admin
group, I rarely hear end users, advocates or even developers say OSGeo needs
to do anything further at a technical level (except maybe more benchmarking,
live demo disks or binary package development).

I'm sure there will be some more good discussion over the upcoming months as
to focus and effort.  I see the education side as an obvious common goal,
and marketing as well, but I'm curious to hear more about some of the more
'developer centric' ideas people have in mind. I'm keen to hear further
ideas along Cédric's line of thinking too.

By the way, the Marketing Committee has a mailing list, all are welcome to
join to share ideas and volunteer.  It's been pretty quiet lately, so don't
be shy and come and share your thoughts:
http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/marketing

Best wishes,
Tyler



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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Los Angeles

2009-09-29 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)

Been busy lately Landon? Hope all is well, keen on your input re: Journal.

Landon Blake wrote:


David,

Sorry for the delayed response.

I believe we have a few lurkers in the Southern California area, but 
not anyone really active that I can think of. I do remember someone 
from Southern California that listened into one of our meetings. (His 
first name was Joe?) Most of the activity in our chapter is coming out 
of the UC Davis Campus. Alex Mandel is taking the lead there. We’ve 
also got someone from the Sacramento area that works at the California 
Geological Survey, if I am not mistaken.


Brian Hamlin is also quite active, and I believe he hangs his hat in 
the Bay Area. I’m in the Central Valley.


The size of our state is a challenge to organizing OSGeo activities. 
We’ve talked about organizing smaller regional chapters in the state, 
but I don’t think we have the support for that yet. Personally, I 
would like us to think about how we can draw more OSGeo enthusiasts 
from California together via online means. Alex has focused a lot on 
getting an OSGeo presence at California conferences, which is great, 
but I’m personally interested in seeing what we can do as a group on 
the software front. Our chapter is home to Silicon Valley, after all. :]


I’ve been meaning to bring this up, but haven’t had the time to put 
together an intelligent e-mail. I will try to make time to do so this 
week.


**Landon**

Office Phone Number: (209) 946-0268

Cell Phone Number: (209) 992-0658



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I'm looking to meet up with fellow Los Angeles based osgeo people. I 
put a call out in the California chapter email list but did not get a 
response. Perhaps you all are lurking here on the main list? I work in 
downtown LA. Let me know where you at!


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[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: 2009 Board Election - Statements

2009-09-25 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
FYI Nominees!  

I've heard from several voters that they are waiting for more statements
from the 5 remaining candidates before voting.  So, if you've got a
draft statement sitting in your email app, I suggest you complete it
sooner than later.  Otherwise you seriously jeopardise your chances of
receiving some of these critical votes.

• Voting closes midnight (your timezone) 29-September-2009 (end of
Monday)

Tyler

On Tue, 2009-09-22 at 09:57 -0700, Paul Ramsey wrote: 
 Dear Board Candidates,
 
 There are 14 of you, and only 5 board slots open this year, so it is  
 going to be tough for members to vote. In the interests of providing  
 the members with some more to go on than the nomination statements, it  
 would be great if you could take time out in the next day or so and  
 write a brief note to discuss@lists.osgeo.org stating your goals/ 
 objectives/vision/hopes or some subset/superset thereof for OSGeo.
 
 If you could use a subject line: Board Election: Your Name in your  
 note, that will help folks see your statement in the list traffic. As  
 I see them, I'll put your statements into the nomination wiki page (or  
 if you're feeling generous, you can do it for me).
 
 Thanks so much,
 
 Paul Ramsey
 OSGeo Chief Returning Officer 2009


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[OSGeo-Discuss] Annual General Meeting 2009

2009-09-22 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Hi all, 
As usual we'll be holding our OSGeo Annual General Meeting (AGM) during
the FOSS4G event, this time in Sydney on the October 21st following the
main event.

In previous years we've packed it pretty tight - getting as many smiling
faces in front of the fans as possible.  This year I'd like to take a
slightly different approach to help maximize time a bit better.

Since most software projects will have a good chance to present at
FOSS4G I'd like to focus on local chapters, committees and sponsors to
present.  If we get too many then I will probably pull back a bit on one
of those groups as well.

That said, if you'd like to share a few slides (4-5 max) on your
committee, chapter, or from an OSGeo sponsor - please add yourself to
the wiki.  The program will still be tight, so each person will likely
only have 2-3 minutes... yes, it's the OSGeo Lightning AGM ;-)

For those projects who are not presenting elsewhere in the conference, I
will make a sign-up list for projects to meet at the OSGeo booth - then
interested folks can come by at the selected time.  There is also the
Demo Theatre which will be available to show off stuff.

You are also welcome to add any questions or discussion point
suggestions to the wiki page.
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Annual_General_Meeting_2009#Discussion_Ideas


Best wishes,
Tyler


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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Loading ArcSDE features

2009-09-21 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Hi Gido,
Good to hear from you!  You might get more help directly on the MapGuide
users mailing list.  This OSGeo discuss list is usually for more
general discussions.

See:
http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/mapguide-users

Best wishes,
Tyler

On Mon, 2009-09-21 at 14:50 -0400, Langen, Gido wrote:
 I am using MapGuide 2010.  I used MapGuide Studio 2010 to set up a
 connection to an ArcSDE layer.  It worked to a degree.  I could
 establish the connection, and see the tabular data.  But I cannot
 display the spatial features; I get the following error message: The
 ArcSDE Provider does not support non-aggregate functions or
 expressions in the select aggregates command.
 
 After I created the layer from the source data, I could not see any
 features either; worse: NO feature, but the geographic extent was out
 of this world - the X/Y Coordinate values were in the billion range.  
 
 Does anyone know what causes this issue or how to remedy it? 
 Thanks so much, 
 Gido 
 
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Nominating Jeroen Ticheler for Board

2009-09-21 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
I nominate Jeroen for re-election to the OSGeo board.  He has served as
a director for the past two years and has helped move OSGeo forward in
an appreciated and valuable way.  In particular, he has helped lead some
of the marketing developments that were really needed and gave critical
feedback on board issues as they arose.  He has served as a very helpful
sounding board for ideas and direction and has helped bring good
representation of the European environment, having worked for UN FAO in
Italy and, more recently, starting his own consulting company in the
Netherlands.

He is project lead for the GeoNetwork project and has helped build large
scale applications of various parts of the OSGeo stack in large
organisations.  He is committed to OSGeo's mission and keen to continue
participating in the future of OSGeo at the board level.


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[OSGeo-Discuss] Nominating Geoff Zeiss

2009-09-21 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
I nominate Geoff Zeiss for the OSGeo Board of Directors.  Geoff doesn't
need much of an introduction, being so active on the international
conference speaking circuit.  He has been a keen promoter of OSGeo from
the beginning, in particular through spreading our message during his
presentations but even more through helping building connections between
OSGeo and others he knows.

Geoff has more than 15 years experience developing enterprise geospatial
solutions for the utilities, communications, and public works
industries. His particular interests include streamlining the
infrastructure management workflow at utilities, telecommunications
firms and local government, open source geospatial and Web 2.0 and its
impact on infrastructure management, and converged BIM/CAD/GIS/3D
solutions.

Geoff's work experience gives him a strong understanding of management
teams and technical aspects of software development by being a chief
technology visionary for several companies.  His birds-eye view of the
larger IT and geospatial landscape is very well informed and respected.
His support and encouragement of OSGeo has already been very helpful in
several ways, including helping raise sponsorship.  As a board member he
would bring considerable experience, enthusiasm and a strategic
perspective that could help in the years to come. 


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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Board Elections 2009

2009-09-15 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
On Mon, 2009-09-14 at 16:49 -0700, Paul Ramsey wrote:
 
 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

FYI - I've added all the new members in the main page now:
http://www.osgeo.org/charter_members

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: [mapserver-users] Updated MapServer flyer

2009-09-15 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Not a bad idea Bob.  I'd also like to take it a step further and have
some basic web forms that help to create the flyers so that no software
is required on the client - e.g. enter the info, press create and
download a PDF.  Anyone want to help put their CGI and PDF lib skills
into this kind of thing?  It could even be used for creating business
cards, etc.

On Tue, 2009-09-15 at 08:38 -0500, Bob Basques wrote:
 All, 
 
 
 OK, probably a weird idea, but. . . . while looking for the brochure
 mentioned here (only found the old one so far . . .came into the
 thread in the middle) . . .a thought occurred to me.   Why not make
 this project brochure creation thing a step in the incubation
 process.  Use some sort of basic template and each project has it's
 own brochure. 
 
 
 bobb 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Lars Lingner m...@lingner.eu wrote:
 
 
 Steve Lime schrieb:
  Hi Lars, thanks for working up an updated brochure, looking at the
 old one
  it could use it. Some comments...
 
- I think I'd avoid the MapServer website screen shot in favor of
 another
  app. The website text features the security fix announcements which
 while
  a reality in a project aren't marketing friendly. I can offer a
 couple of sites
  as could others I bet. I like your example, nice and colorful.
 
 If someone could point me to MapServer powered sites, I'll update the
 screenshot in the flyer.
 
 
- Perhaps the screen shots could be a bit taller, more of a square
 aspect
  ratio#63;
 
 Ok, I'll take a further look.
 
 
- Under features it might make sense to highlight output options:
 all sorts
  of raster images, PDF, SWF, SVG and templated text
 
- Might include input and the new output plugin architectures as
 features
 
- The Leverages best-of-breed sentence could be reworked to say
 we
  leverage other OSGeo projects including GDAL, GEOS, PostGIS and
 Proj.4. I
  think we should really emphasize the reliance on other OSGeo
 projects.
 
- In the last feature sentence I think MapBuilder can be removed.
 There are
  some frameworks specific to (or that at least favor) MapServer (e.g.
 p.mapper
  and GeoMoose) that could get some love here...
 
 Thanks for this info. I'm putting it in.
 
 
  I think the 5.6 features are performance centric (raster rendering
 improvements,
  single pass, etc...). The 6.0 release *should* have a more
 output-based focus
  with full support for the rendering plugin, new object structures
 including
  references, better SLD support, styles within labels and so on. XML
 mapfiles
  will be in 5.6. It's important to note that XML mapfiles allow users
 to define
  a configuration in XML but you must transform it to a .map file for
 use. I hope
  that might really have an impact on wysiwyg editors eventually.
 
 
 Sounds like an interesting roadmap, I'll spread the word... ;)
 
 
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Next 5 years for OSGeo

2009-09-14 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Hi everyone, a recent chat I was asked about our vision for OSGeo over
the next 3 and 5 years.  I'd really like to hear thoughts on the matter
and pool a few of the ideas together for further discussions amongst
committees, projects, chapters and the board.  

It's also a good way for the board nominees in the upcoming election to
get a sense of where other members are thinking these days.

Best wishes,
Tyler

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] RE: Insurance for contractors?

2009-08-31 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
I've been on all three sides of this issue in Canada as well.  

1 - Hiring requirements due to a funding source required insurance prior
to letting a contract - so the one man shop we had previously hired had
to get insurance to remain working with us (prior to OSGeo, I might
add).  

2 - I've been on the contractor side in a large firm where we _did_ have
insurance, so it wasn't issue then, but I knew other companies who
couldn't bid on similar work because of it.

3 - I also bid on a project before as an independent contractor only to
find this restrictions as a showstopper (there was no guarantee of the
work, so I wasn't going to spend the money).  

At the end of the day, it certainly *felt* like the issue being
addressed was less about professional insurance and more about keeping
independent contractors out of the bidding market.  Sorry to hear you
are hitting it.

Tyler

On Mon, 2009-08-31 at 14:00 -0700, Michael P. Gerlek wrote: 
 Well, this is interesting...
 
 I've already received a number of private responses from people who do not 
 have insurance but wish to remain anonymous so their potential employers 
 don't ask about it.
 
 Feel free to email me directly with your responses to the below questions, 
 and I'll post a summary in a few days with no names attached.
 
 -mpg
 
 
 -Original Message-
 From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org 
 [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Michael P. Gerlek
 Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 10:03 AM
 To: OSGeo Discussions
 Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Insurance for contractors?
 
 In the past I've hired some people for contract or consultant work (both open 
 source projects and more general stuff) -- generally these people have been 
 independent, one-man shops found by word of mouth and reputation, as opposed 
 to hiring someone from an agency.
 
 I'm getting pushback now from the administrative side of my company saying 
 that any contractor I hire needs to have proof of insurance.  I understand 
 the legal reasons for this, but I'm wondering how many of you out there 
 actually have business/contractors insurance?  Do companies you work for 
 insist on it, or not?  And how many of you are formally set up as LLCs or 
 sole proprietorships or such?
 
 [while this is likely a US-centric issue from the hiring side, I'm interested 
 in international responses too since I've hired some foreigners as well over 
 the years]
 
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[OSGeo-Discuss] The Easy steps to get your project on the FOSS4G Live DVD]

2009-08-29 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2009_Press_Release_28
 
 To Geospatial Open Source Project Leaders:
 
 The Arramagong Live DVD http://arramagong.com, GISVM 
 http://gisvm.com, and OSGeo Live-Demo 
 http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Disc projects are collaborating to 
 create a set of simple, automated install scripts for a wide variety of 
 Free and Open Source GIS projects, and we're calling on each project to 
 help us write a script for their software. Projects that can write their 
 install script this week will be included on The Arramamgong Live DVD 
 which will be given to all delegates at the FOSS4G 
 http://2009.foss4g.org conference.
 
 The scripts should cover the installation and configuration of each 
 project into a base Xubuntu http://www.xubuntu.org/ 9.04 system. 
 Separate scripts can optionally cover data, demos and tutorials. As a 
 bonus, these scripts are exactly what packagers require to bundle your 
 project into Debian and Ubuntu, so you will be taking the first steps 
 toward getting your project into a Linux distribution.
 
 The base version of the FOSS4G2009 GISVM/Arramagong Live DVD can be 
 trialed in a VMWare virtual machine and downloaded from: 
 http://download.osgeo.org/livedvd/Arramagong_GISVM_FOSS4G2009_alpha1.7z
 
 
 Timeline
 
 Date  DateMilestone
 7 Sep 2009in 1 week   LiveDVD Feature Freeze
 11 Sep 2009   in 2 weeks  LiveDVD Beta Release
 18 Sep 2009   in 3 weeks  LiveDVD Final Freeze
 20 Sep 2009   in 3 weeks  LiveDVD Final Release  sent to printers
 
 
 Packaging Howto
 
 For projects already packaged for Ubuntu http://packages.ubuntu.com/ 
 or DebianGIS http://wiki.debian.org/DebianGis, an install script will 
 likely be as simple as:
 
 install_mapserver.sh 
 https://svn.osgeo.org/osgeo/livedvd/gisvm/trunk/bin/install_mapserver.sh
 
 #!/bin/sh
 apt-get install cgi-mapserver
 
 
 Projects that haven't been packaged yet are slightly more complicated:
 
 install_udig.sh 
 https://svn.osgeo.org/osgeo/livedvd/gisvm/trunk/bin/install_udig.sh
 
 #!/bin/sh
 #
 # 
 # Purpose: Installation of udig into Xubuntu
 # Author:  Stefan Hansen shan...@lisasoft.com
 #
 #
 # Copyright (c) 2009 Open Geospatial Foundation
 # Copyright (c) 2009 LISAsoft
 #
 # Licensed under the GNU LGPL.
 # 
 # This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
 # under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published
 # by the Free Software Foundation, either version 2.1 of the License,
 # or any later version.  This library is distributed in the hope that
 # it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, without even the implied
 # warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
 # See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details, either
 # in the LICENSE.LGPL.txt file distributed with this software or at
 # web page http://www.fsf.org/licenses/lgpl.html;.
 #
 
 # About:
 # =
 # This script will install udig into Xubuntu 
 
 # Running:
 # ===
 # sudo ./install_udig.sh 
 
 TMP=/tmp/udig_downloads
 INSTALL_FOLDER=/usr/lib
 DATA_FOLDER=/usr/local/share
 UDIG_FOLDER=$INSTALL_FOLDER/udig
 BIN=/usr/bin
 USER_NAME=user
 USER_HOME=/home/$USER_NAME
  
 ## Setup things... ##
  
 # check required tools are installed
 if [ ! -x `which wget` ] ; then
echo ERROR: wget is required, please install it and try again 
exit 1
 fi
 # create tmp folders
 mkdir $TMP
 cd $TMP
 
 
 ## Install Application ##  
 
 # get udig
 if [ -f udig-1.2-M6.linux.gtk.x86.tar.gz ]
 then
echo udig-1.2-M6.linux.gtk.x86.tar.gz has already been downloaded.
 else
wget 
 http://udig.refractions.net/files/downloads/branches/udig-1.2-M6.linux.gtk.x86.tar.gz
 fi
 # unpack it and copy it to /usr/lib
 tar -xzf udig-1.2-M6.linux.gtk.x86.tar.gz -C $INSTALL_FOLDER
 
 
 ## Configure Application ##
 
 # Download modified startup script for udig
 if [ -f udig.sh ]
 then
echo udig.sh has already been downloaded.
 else
wget https://svn.osgeo.org/osgeo/livedvd/gisvm/trunk/udig-conf/udig.sh
 fi
 # copy it into the udig folder
 cp udig.sh $UDIG_FOLDER 
 
 # create link to startup script
 ln -s $UDIG_FOLDER/udig.sh $BIN/udig 
 
 # Download desktop icon
 if [ -f uDig.desktop ]
 then
echo uDig.desktop has already been downloaded.
 else
wget https://svn.osgeo.org/osgeo/livedvd/gisvm/trunk/udig-conf/uDig.desktop
 fi
 # copy it into the udig folder
 cp uDig.desktop $USER_HOME/Desktop
 chown $USER_NAME:$USER_NAME $USER_HOME/Desktop/uDig.desktop
 
 
 ## Sample Data ##
 
 # Download udig's sample data
 if [ -f data-v1_1.zip ]
 then
echo data-v1_1.zip has already been downloaded.
 else
wget http://udig.refractions.net/docs/data-v1_1.zip
 fi
 #unzip the file into /usr/local/share/udig-data
 mkdir $DATA_FOLDER/udig-data
 unzip data-v1_1.zip -d $DATA_FOLDER/udig-data
 
 
 ## Documentation ##
 
 # Download udig's documentation
 if [ -f 

[OSGeo-Discuss] Server back online

2009-08-10 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Just an FYI for those who noticed a few missing services this past 
week.  They should all be back up and running now. (Thanks John!)  Thank 
you for your patience.


Tyler
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Applying Open Source Principles to Federal Government

2009-08-08 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Thanks Mark,
In what capacity can OSGeo get involved with Open Source for America?

Tyler

 The Open Technology Development Roadmap that we wrote for Ms Sue
 Payton is highlighted as well as Open Source for America (RadiantBlue
 is one of the founders)

 Good talk.


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[OSGeo-Discuss] Missing email..

2009-08-06 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Oops, I just realised that for the last several days many of my OSGeo
emails have appeared to be sent on my end, but indeed have not been :( 
Just an FYI  for the many of you who might receive a response twice and
wonder why.. as I resend a batch.  Also if you are looking for a reply to
something and wondered why I was silent, now you know.  Sorry for any
confusion!  Feel free to harass me directly again if I miss you the second
time around.

Tyler

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: [postgis-users] pg_routing 1.02

2009-08-06 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Just generally keep in mind though as well, that some open source is
only intended to run on Windows and many projects do recognise the
importance of that platform, particularly in the GIS arena.  So while
many may not like, many don't seem to really mind and look at it as one
more diverse OS to support.

Tyler

René A. Enguehard wrote:
 Open source software is exactly that: open source. That means you can
 take the source and compile it for whichever OS you want, really. For
 Windows things get a bit... involved and you might have to use
 something like Cygwin, but it IS possible. You should probably get in
 contact with David Techer as he would know how exactly to do this
 regarding pgRouting.

 However, you should note that in general people in the open source
 community aren't actively trying to discourage using Windows, we just
 hate having to do anything with/for Windows and so it is rare to get
 Windows binaries. That doesn't mean it's not possible. Porting an open
 source application to a new OS take comparatively very little work to
 a proprietary application. But it's still a heck of a lot of trouble
 to go through for an OS (Windows) which we thoroughly dislike. :)

 Ravi wrote:
 Hi Listers,
 have been trying this on windows for a long time.
 I was discouraged 'pl post on the list meant for it' etc..

 Now it is a stright 'discourage'.
 It again takes me back to a fundamental.. Is opensource and operating
 system centric. Say in India, this is a big road block. Propagation
 of GIS may be encouraged irrespective of OS used.

 Ravi Kumar

 --- On Thu, 6/8/09, Anton Patrushev an...@orkney.co.jp wrote:

  
 From: Anton Patrushev an...@orkney.co.jp
 Subject: Re: [postgis-users] pg_routing 1.02
 To: PostGIS Users Discussion postgis-us...@postgis.refractions.net
 Date: Thursday, 6 August, 2009, 5:05 PM
 Hi Ishwari,


 The links to download pg_routing 1.02 windows binaries
   
 in the http://pgrouting.postlbs.org/ do not work. Is there an
 alternate location where these files can be downloaded
 from?

 I'm afraid no. Windows binaries were maintained by David
 Techer only.
 Actually we don't recommend to install it on Windows.

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Announcements, news and service providers

2009-07-27 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)

== Announcements, News ==

Just a reminder to everyone that may have newsworthy items to share, we 
have a process available that posts news items to our www.osgeo.org 
website, into a news RSS feed and gets sent to our announcement only 
email list (~1000 subscribers).


For instructions on posting news items, please see:
* http://www.osgeo.org/content/news/submit_news.html

If in doubt about the applicability of your announcement, send it anyway 
and ask for an opinion.


== OSGeo Service Provider Directory ==

This is also a reminder to Service Providers, those who provide service 
(commercial or otherwise) for open source geospatial applications, that 
we have a directory available for your organisation to be highlighted 
in.  With over 140 entries so far, the directory covers 30 countries, 
over 20 languages and 23 different software projects.


* Search the directory: http://www.osgeo.org/search_profile
* Add your own entry: http://www.osgeo.org/spd_help

Sincerely,
Tyler

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Executive Director, OSGeo

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Webcasts of OSGIS 2009

2009-07-16 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)

 We are pleased to make available the webcasts of presentations (Stream
 1) of The First Open Source GIS UK Conference at Centre for Geospatial
 Science  at http://www.opensourcegis.org.uk/for the benefit of the
 wider GIS community.

Great to hear Suchith!

If anyone finds a way to play these on Linux, I'm sure a few of us would 
be interested.


Tyler

Suchith Anand wrote:

Dear All,


The key aims of OSGIS conference series is to:

*   act as a focus for open source GIS research
*   to provide platform to network and develop ideas for future
collaborative work in open source GIS
*   to hear presentations from government, academic, industry and
policy makers on open source geospatial technologies
*   to understand current developments in open source GIS


We also congratulate the winners of  the Open Source GIS UK Conference
Awards 2009. 


CGS Best Presentation winner for OSGIS 2009 is

Mapping Future Climate : A Case Study for the Deployment of the Open
Source Geo-stack in Scalable Web-based Applications 
Philip James, Simon Abele, David Alderson,Stephen Pascoe, Ag Stephens 
Newcastle University, and British Atmospheric Data Centre, Rutherford
Labs, UK 

CGS Best Presentation runner up prize for OSGIS 2009 
SEXTANTE - The free geoprocessing library 
Victor Olaya, University of Extremadura, Caceres, Spain 


CGS Best Presentation runner up prize for OSGIS 2009
An introduction to Mapwindow 
Dr Daniel Ames, Idaho State University, USA



The Wiley BlackWell prizes for best full paper prizes are awarded to the
following papers 



Development of Sensor Web Applications with Open Source Software 
Arne Broring,Eike Hinderk Jurrens, and Simon Jirka from 52  North and

Christoph Stasch from the Institute for Geoinformatics, University of
Muenster.

The SDIlight OSGEO stack at ITC 
Barend Kobben, Rob Lemmens, Javier Morales, Rolf de By, Theodor Foerster


International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth
Observation (ITC),Enschede, The Netherlands.

Visualising Alternative Futures using Open Source technologies
William Cartwright , RMIT University, Australia

Congratulations to all winners... Well Done...

Once again we thank the GIS Community for the fantastic support provided
to us on this initiative and we look forward to your active
participation for OSGIS 2010. Please email me if you or your
organisation are interested in being involved in OSGIS Conference
Series.

Best wishes,

Suchith Anand

Dr Suchith Anand
Centre for Geospatial Science
Sir Clive Granger Building
University of Nottingham
Tel: (0)115 846 8408
http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cgs/cgs_suchith_anand.html 
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[OSGeo-Discuss] 2008 Annual Report Published

2009-07-15 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)

I'm pleased to announce that the 2008 OSGeo Annual Report is now
complete!  It is filled with reports from across the OSGeo world: 
software projects, local chapters, sponsors and more produced by 49 
different contributors and project teams.


It comes as a print-ready PDF that can be downloaded from:
http://www.osgeo.org/annual_report_2008

Thank you to all those who contributed and thank you for reading!

I hope you enjoy it,
Tyler

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http://osgeo.org/journal
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] 5th gvSIG Conference: We keep growing

2009-07-06 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
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Alvaro,
I've added a link to the event on the OSGeo events catalogue:
http://www.osgeo.org/events

It will also appear on the front page of www.osgeo.org in a few more
days.  If you would like to change the text let me know and I will help you.

Tyler

Alvaro Anguix wrote:
 The 5th Edition of the gvSIG Conference [1], organized by the Regional 
 Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (CIT), will be held from 
 December 2nd until December 4th at the Feria Valencia Convention and 
 Exhibition Center, and will once again host the eclipseDay.
 
 In these difficult times when collaboration is most important, we cope 
 with the adversities together with the aim of coming out strengthened 
 by them. We continue moving ahead together. This is part of the gvSIG 
 project and through this approach we keep on growing. This is our 
 slogan for the fifth edition of the gvSIG Conference: We keep growing.
 
 The call for papers for the Fifth Edition of the gvSIG conference is 
 now open. As of today communication proposals can be sent to the email 
 address: contacto-jornadas-gv...@gva.es; they will be evaluated by the 
 scientific committee as to their inclusion in the conference program.  
 There are two types of communication: paper or poster. Information 
 regarding to regulations on communication presentations can be found  in
 the report?s section [2]. Abstracts will be accepted until  September 21st .
 
 Organizations interested in collaborating in the event can find 
 information in the section: How to collaborate? [3]
 
 [1] http://jornadas.gvsig.org/home/view?set_language=en
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Some cialis spam in the wiki...

2009-07-04 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
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Anne Ghisla wrote:
 Is this enough to avoid such spam? Is't captcha better?
 I can have a look at how it can be implemented in user login (I know it
 is already active when a user adds external links to a page).

Go for it.  If you find instructions, I can enable it.

Tyler
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] The first (in)formal meeting of Poland OSGeo Chapter

2009-05-18 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Hi Tomasz, do you happen to have an information on a web page or wiki  
I can point people to?  Just having a wiki page on wiki.osgeo.org  
would be a good help.


Tyler


On 18-May-09, at 2:44 PM, Tomasz.Kubik wrote:


Dear All,
Just to let you know I would like to announce the first (in)formal  
meeting of Poland OSGeo Chapter.
The meeting will take place on the 22nd June 2009, starting from  
18:30 CET at

Zakład Klimatologii i Ochrony Atmosfery,
Instytut Geografii i Rozwoju Regionalnego,
Uniwersytet Wrocławski
ul. Kosiby 6/8, Wrocław
The meeting will precede one-day conference:
Wolne oprogramowanie dla wykonawstwa i administracji geodezyjnej
(Open-source for geodetic execution and administration).

Tomasz Kubik

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: Live Disk grant nomination

2009-05-15 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
FYI...  comment on this nomination for helping support further  
development of an education-focused Live Disk for OSGeo:

Our nomination: http://tinyurl.com/matc-osgeo


More below...

Begin forwarded message:


From: Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) tmitch...@osgeo.org
Date: May 15, 2009 2:36:01 PM PDT (CA)
To: live-d...@lists.osgeo.org, OSGeo-edu edu_disc...@lists.osgeo.org
Subject: Live Disk grant nomination

Hi all,

I just submitted a nomination for a potential funding award to  
support further OSGeo Live Disk enhancements and I encourage you to  
voice your support for it by leaving a comment.  More info below...


I focused on items particularly related to the Education disk  
theme.  The timelines were a bit tight for me so, unfortunately, I  
was not able to work as closely with others as I would normally  
like on describing it.  However, the description of the project and  
future dreams for it fit our common goals.


I had hoped to describe the history (and all the great folks who  
helped with the various projects) a bit clearer but ran into their  
word count limit, so please don't think I forgot those who have  
done the main work on these projects.


The nomination process allows public comments on the nomination, so  
I encourage you to voice your support for it.  The deadline for  
nominations has passed but I believe you will still be able to add  
comments.  They should help to build the case for the importance of  
the project.


Also, as part of the process I have pointed to the Live GIS Disc  
wiki page, so if you have other ideas to add, please do so there.   
I'll be sure to update the wiki page for more details on the  
education perspective.


MATC award program in general: http://matc.mellon.org/
Our nomination: http://tinyurl.com/matc-osgeo
Our wiki page: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Disc

Note that Charlie (Education Committee Chair) has also nominated  
some of the curriculum focused work that he, his group at his  
university and the Education Committee have been working towards.   
I encourage you to comment on that as well:


http://tinyurl.com/matc-education-proposal

Hope you find it encouraging, to say the least.
Best wishes,
Tyler


Tyler Mitchell
Executive Director
Open Source Geospatial Foundation
tmitch...@osgeo.org
P: +1-250-277-1621
M: +1-250-303-1831


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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open Source Library For ECW Conversion

2009-05-13 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
The gdal_translate command line app should do it for you, as long as  
it supports the ECW reading.


On 13-May-09, at 7:41 AM, Landon Blake wrote:

I’m looking for an open source library that will allow me to  
convert ECW images into a more common format like JPG or TIFF. I’d  
love it if there were something in Java, but I’m not running across  
anything via search engine query so far.




I could probably work with a library written in Python, and as a  
last resort, something written in C.




I will be trying to write a program that will convert the image  
files in a batch.

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] New to the list A question

2009-05-06 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)

Welcome Andy,

Between many of us, we are familiar with all the technologies you  
mention, so you've come to right place.  Although the MapServer users  
mailing list may be able to help more specifically on MapServer  
questions.


Just a few quick notes for you before someone with real experience  
addressing your problems writes.
* You should be able to add support for ArcSDE datasets into GDAL/OGR  
for accessing the data in MapServer.  But you may find you have to  
recompile GDAL/OGR from scratch or in some cases add in a module.   
I'm not 100% on the process here as I haven't done it exactly.
* ECW support is handled in a similar way to the above.  I suggest  
you search the GDAL/OGR (http://gdal.org) mailing list archives or  
the ECW page on the OGR data formats web page.  It might be as simple  
as dropping in a .so file somewhere.
* The best alternatives to ArcSDE is likely to be PostgreSQL database  
with the PostGIS spatial extension.
* For ECW alternatives it's not a simple move as the two main  
compression technologies are proprietary - the main other being  
Lizardtech's MrSID format.  You might find you can still use ECW or  
MrSID depending on your specific needs.  Otherwise you could move to  
the open JPEG2000 format that still provides good compression, though  
from my own experience it seems to have a higher overhead for  
decompressing the data (it's likely improved since my last time using  
it).


Hope that helps.  Like I said, others here are experts on particular  
components so they will likely pop up with real solutions rather than  
my hot air ;-)


Best wishes,
Tyler

On 6-May-09, at 7:15 AM, Andy Kannberg wrote:


Hello people,

I am new to the list, and I have subscribed for the following reason:
I am a linux/unix consultant, currently deployed at a government. At
this government they use a GIS system, based on Mapserver. Additional
software is also used, like GDAL, GEOS, ECW, ArcSDE SDK, Xerces-c,
Oracle Instant client, GD, Proj, Fcgi and Postgis.
All is running on a RHEL4 system. The idea is to run this all on
Ubuntu 8.04. I've found all packages to be available on Ubuntu, except
for ArgSDE SDK (Now a part of ArcGIS Server) and ECW, which is from
Erdas. ArcGIS server is propietary, and is only supported on RedHat or
Suse.
ECW is a SDK from Erdas (www.ermapper.com), and, apparantly they've
changed their EULA and it says, it is now allowed to use the ECW SDK
within Mapserver. (This is second hand info, so please don't shoot me
if it is not correct.)

So, my actual question is, is there an alternative to ArcGIS and ECW ?
Would appreciate it if someone can shed a light on this, as GIS
systems are new to me.

cheers,

Andy Kannberg

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] GIS_Libraries

2009-05-05 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)

On 5-May-09, at 6:07 AM, Nenad Milasinovic wrote:

I am interested is there any reliable open source, LGPL licensed  
GIS SDK or library suited for building commercial, platform  
independent GIS application on top of it.
I am also interested for commercial solutions but only as SDK or  
library.

I will appreciate any help.


All OSGeo applications are open source licensed and can be built on  
top of on most operating systems.  On http://osgeo.org there is a  
list of projects that are under the OSGeo umbrella, some are  
specifically libraries for processing or data conversion, whereas  
others are application frameworks or desktop/web applications you can  
customise.


Do you have something specific you are looking to create?

Tyler
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Proposal: Microdonations for OSGeo

2009-03-13 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)

On 12-Mar-09, at 11:27 PM, Markus Neteler wrote:

I would like to bring up the idea of accepting microdonations
as general donations to OSGeo:
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Microdonations

Given the success of OSM, Wikipedia and others in that area of
fund-rising I don't see a reason why OSGeo does not accept
small donations from community members and likeminded people
to keep OSGeo running.


I was looking more at this idea this week and I just realised that we  
do already accept these donations. We do have the PayPal donation  
button on the website front page (top right corner).  Was there more  
you think we need to be doing?  Anyone can donate through that  
already, are you suggesting a change to that?

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Deadline for Annual Report

2009-03-03 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Resending as a reminder if you have not already submitted your report  
- they are due this week!


Note that this is the only reporting requirement OSGeo has for its  
software projects and it is only once per year.  Having an update on  
your project is critical - if not only to show off the great work to  
our community and supporters.


Let me now if you have any trouble or questions.  Please forward to  
others in your groups if I have somehow missed the the right people.


Best wishes,
Tyler

On 18-Feb-09, at 10:31 AM, Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) wrote:

Hi, I'm hoping for a March 6th deadline for the Annual Report  
submissions.


This email is a follow up from the earlier note (below) and also  
cc:'ing those listed as primary contact on the Annual Report wiki  
page:


http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Annual_Report_2008

We're ready to start receiving annual reports.  I would like to  
have all the reports in the next 3 weeks, sooner if at all  
possible.  Please let me know if this is impossible for you,  
otherwise the deadline is March 6th.


I have posted a template to follow:
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Annual_Report_Template

You are welcome to add much more to your article than the template  
describes, but please follow the formatting notes in that wiki  
page.  If you are not using the wiki to submit your report, please  
follow this style as best as possible in the rendered HTML.   
Ultimately, it will be imported into LaTeX and the more consistent  
the inputs are, the easier it will be to handle.


I've named the page, for consistency, where your report will  
reside.  Please do not alter it unless absolutely necessary.  If  
you are not able to edit the wiki for whatever reason, you can  
email your report to me directly (wiki or text formatting preferred).


I'm looking forward to learning much more about all the local  
chapter, project and committee work that happen last year and being  
able to share this with others are just as interested.


Best wishes,
Tyler

On 5-Feb-09, at 12:17 PM, Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) wrote:


Hi everyone,
The 2007 OSGeo Annual Report[1] was a great success and it's time  
to do it all again.  I started up a wiki page listing the primary  
contacts for each project, committee, chapter and sponsor:

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Annual_Report_2008

If you are involved with one and see that the wrong person is  
named, or someone is missed, could you please let me know.  I will  
send out more information to each of the main contacts shortly.   
Also, if you are interested in helping to prepare/collect or  
format the entries for the compilation, let me know.  You will get  
credit as a section Editor for that issue of the Journal :) I  
learned a lot compiling last years and it should go much smoother  
this time around.


The annual report is the main reporting venue for OSGeo projects,  
committees and local chapters.  It's the opportunity for  
newcomers, potential sponsors and users in general to see, in one  
location, where things have been moving.  It is also valuable as a  
record of history for the organisation, so I hope we can make it  
another great one.


You can see the 2007 report (and previous OSGeo Journal issues) here:
[1] http://www.osgeo.org/ojs

Best wishes,
Tyler





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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Open source TIN code?

2009-03-02 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)

On 2-Mar-09, at 10:17 AM, Michael P. Gerlek wrote:

The Community has need of BSD-licensed source code for TIN  
generation (in 3-space).  It doesn't have to be really good, just  
good enough for some simple demo apps (for example, full-on  
Delauney support not needed).


I know there are a bunch of TIN algs out there on the net in  
various places, but I don't have much experience with any of them.   
If anyone has any pointers, I'd appreciate it.


Looks like Sextante GIS has some tools coming too:
https://lists.forge.osor.eu/pipermail/sextante-devel/2009-February/ 
26.html


... using Josef Bezdek's work.  Perhaps if you're looking for code  
samples, his work is a good example to look at:
http://bezdek2009dp.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/myAlgorithmSextante/src/ 
es/unex/sextante/vectorTools/


http://sextantegis.com

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[OSGeo-Discuss] Deadline for Annual Report

2009-02-18 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
Hi, I'm hoping for a March 6th deadline for the Annual Report  
submissions.


This email is a follow up from the earlier note (below) and also  
cc:'ing those listed as primary contact on the Annual Report wiki page:


http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Annual_Report_2008

We're ready to start receiving annual reports.  I would like to have  
all the reports in the next 3 weeks, sooner if at all possible.   
Please let me know if this is impossible for you, otherwise the  
deadline is March 6th.


I have posted a template to follow:
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Annual_Report_Template

You are welcome to add much more to your article than the template  
describes, but please follow the formatting notes in that wiki page.   
If you are not using the wiki to submit your report, please follow  
this style as best as possible in the rendered HTML.  Ultimately, it  
will be imported into LaTeX and the more consistent the inputs are,  
the easier it will be to handle.


I've named the page, for consistency, where your report will reside.   
Please do not alter it unless absolutely necessary.  If you are not  
able to edit the wiki for whatever reason, you can email your report  
to me directly (wiki or text formatting preferred).


I'm looking forward to learning much more about all the local  
chapter, project and committee work that happen last year and being  
able to share this with others are just as interested.


Best wishes,
Tyler

On 5-Feb-09, at 12:17 PM, Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) wrote:


Hi everyone,
The 2007 OSGeo Annual Report[1] was a great success and it's time  
to do it all again.  I started up a wiki page listing the primary  
contacts for each project, committee, chapter and sponsor:

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Annual_Report_2008

If you are involved with one and see that the wrong person is  
named, or someone is missed, could you please let me know.  I will  
send out more information to each of the main contacts shortly.   
Also, if you are interested in helping to prepare/collect or format  
the entries for the compilation, let me know.  You will get credit  
as a section Editor for that issue of the Journal :) I learned a  
lot compiling last years and it should go much smoother this time  
around.


The annual report is the main reporting venue for OSGeo projects,  
committees and local chapters.  It's the opportunity for newcomers,  
potential sponsors and users in general to see, in one location,  
where things have been moving.  It is also valuable as a record of  
history for the organisation, so I hope we can make it another  
great one.


You can see the 2007 report (and previous OSGeo Journal issues) here:
[1] http://www.osgeo.org/ojs

Best wishes,
Tyler



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[OSGeo-Discuss] Annual Report for 2008

2009-02-05 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)

Hi everyone,
The 2007 OSGeo Annual Report[1] was a great success and it's time to  
do it all again.  I started up a wiki page listing the primary  
contacts for each project, committee, chapter and sponsor:

http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Annual_Report_2008

If you are involved with one and see that the wrong person is named,  
or someone is missed, could you please let me know.  I will send out  
more information to each of the main contacts shortly.  Also, if you  
are interested in helping to prepare/collect or format the entries  
for the compilation, let me know.  You will get credit as a section  
Editor for that issue of the Journal :) I learned a lot compiling  
last years and it should go much smoother this time around.


The annual report is the main reporting venue for OSGeo projects,  
committees and local chapters.  It's the opportunity for newcomers,  
potential sponsors and users in general to see, in one location,  
where things have been moving.  It is also valuable as a record of  
history for the organisation, so I hope we can make it another great  
one.


You can see the 2007 report (and previous OSGeo Journal issues) here:
[1] http://www.osgeo.org/ojs

Best wishes,
Tyler

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[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G Sponsorship and Exhibition bookings now open

2009-01-28 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)

Sydney, Australia. 28 January 2009.

Sponsorship and Exhibition packages are now available to be purchased  
for the international FOSS4G conference, to be held at the Sydney  
Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20-23 October 2009. http:// 
2009.foss4g.org/sponsorship/


FOSS4G is the international gathering of tribes for open source  
geospatial communities, where developers and users show off their  
latest software and projects. The theme for 2009 is User Driven,  
highlighting the power of Open Source to integrate with existing  
systems. The OGC's Climate Change Integration Plugfest (CCIP) to be  
launched will demonstrate standards based interoperability between  
Open Source and Proprietary geospatial applications. The CCIP will be  
a major draw-card for Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) sponsors  
looking for standards based spatial solutions. http:// 
external.opengis.org/twiki_public/bin/view/ClimateChallenge2009/WebHome


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


The Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus is available at http:// 
2009.foss4g.org/downloads/FOSS4G_Sponsorship_Exhibition_Document.pdf



   Upcoming milestones

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

---

From: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2009_Press_Release_4

For information about this announcement, contact:

Cameron Shorter
Chair of the FOSS4G Organising Committee and Geospatial Systems  
Architect at LISAsoft

tel +61-8570-5050
c a m e r o n . s h o r t e r @ l i s a s o f t . c o m

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G2008 Proceeding?

2009-01-25 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)

Saka,
There was going to be a set of papers combined as proceedings, I'll  
try to find out where that is at for you.


Tyler

On 24-Jan-09, at 2:44 AM, Saka Royban wrote:


Hi all.
I wanted to see if  there is a way to have all papers of FOSS4G2008  
together, without to check each paper manually from its website,  
sth like an online CD to download.

thanks


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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Symbology/styles exchange

2008-12-29 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)


On 29-Dec-08, at 1:05 AM, Andrea Aime wrote:


So the question about a symbol set being
considered would not really stand up,
if you'd care to point people to them
you'd just have to register to the site and
add a pointer to them or upload the symbols
directly there if the license allows it.



Not sure where I can help but I think this exchange concept is a  
great idea!  If anyone finds some tools that could help run such an  
exchange, and if there is sufficient interest, I might be able to  
help set up the tools for testing.


Tyler
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] ICA Working Group on Open Source Geospatial Technologies

2008-12-10 Thread Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)

Suchith,
How can OSGeo members help with this initiative and how/where do you  
see overlap with any OSGeo current activities?  Sounds like a very  
good development for keeping the ICA's eyes open about new  
technology.  Thanks for sharing and looking forward to your guidance  
and ideas.


Tyler

On 9-Dec-08, at 7:59 AM, Suchith Anand wrote:


Hi All,

The International Cartographic Association's Executive Committee
http://cartography.tuwien.ac.at/ica/  has approved the  
establishment of
Working Group on Open Source Geospatial Technologies at its meeting  
last

week in Chile.

The Open Source Geospatial Technologies Working Group aims to promote
multi-national holistic research in open source geospatial  
technologies
in order to make accessible the latest developments in open source  
tools

to the wider cartographic community. The WG attempts to enhance the
usage of open source geospatial tools among the cartographic community
worldwide, especially for education. Finally, the working group will
promote the usage of professional and technical standards (ISO TC 211,
OGC) for the development of open source geospatial software.  Working
group membership is open to all interested parties and we aim for
representation by as many countries. Promotional strategies of the
working group include regular e-mails to members, meetings,  
conferences,

workshops, promotion of geospatial standards and publications.

Terms of Reference - Working Group on Open Source Geospatial
Technologies

1. To promote the widespread use of open source geospatial software
2. To provide support for the use of open source geospatial  
software in

education through relevant publications
3. To organise conferences, workshops and training sessions for open
source geospatial technologies
4. To organise special lectures and demonstrations on open source
geospatial technologies
5. To make open source geospatial software more accessible to end  
users

6. To serve as a network for ICA members interested in open source
geospatial technologies by the use of mailing lists, wiki etc
7. Through collaboration with other ICA commissions and working groups
promote coordination with different open source geospatial  
organisations

(eg. Open Source Geospatial Foundation) and developer communities.
8. Develop and keep updated the working group's website to disseminate
the working group activities.
9. Produce annual reports of the working group activities.

ICA have adopted a policy of approving WGs on a one year approval  
period
and within this period it is essential to prove sufficient activity  
and

the First Open Source GIS UK Conference to be jointly organised with
OSGeo UK Chapter and Open Knowledge Foundation on 22nd June 2009 at  
CGS,

University of Nottingham will be one of the key events planned as part
of the WG activities. We are inviting expressions of interest from
interested people to become members of the Working Group and to help
steer its activities. If interested to join the WG please email
[EMAIL PROTECTED]

The Working Group's website and mailing lists will be activated in
January 2009. Please contact me for any information needed.

Best wishes,

Suchith

Dr Suchith Anand
Centre for Geospatial Science
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University of Nottingham
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