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16:22 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Working With Spatial Databases With GeoAlchemy

GeoAlchemy helps you use spatial databases from Python. GeoAlchemy provides extensions to SQLAlchemy, the Python SQL toolkit and ORM. GeoAlchemy builds on SQLAlchemy's extreme flexibility, and can be used for different types of applications, from simple scripts to complex web applications. In this talk we will present GeoAlchemy and SQLAlchemy. We will describe when and how SQLAlchemy and GeoAlchemy can be useful. We will demonstrate the power and flexibility of the tools. We will also present the new version of GeoAlchemy, namely GeoAlchemy 2. GeoAlchemy 2 enables leveraging PostGIS' new features. For example, GeoAlchemy 2 supports PostGIS's new raster type. Finally, we will demonstrate how GeoAlchemy integrates with other well-known Python tools, such as Shapely.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
50:05 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

VivaCity Smart City Platform

Many big vendors are exploring the smart city concept explaining that the smart city is a city aware of the things happening in the infrastructures. Thus the vendors are pushing for a Smart Grid, Smart Metering, Smart Sensors and Smart Whatsoever. This makes the city look like a sick patient, being monitored in many ways with histograms, gauges and panels for the information to be read. In our opinion this is the most unnatural way to interact with city information. Historically the most used way to interact with citizen oriented information is the map. Even today, with the always more precise GIS tools, the map can be an important part of a city information management tool. The VivaCity Project is a platform for the data-driven smart city. The core of the platform consists of a map- based view of the city itself, with all the possible cartographic open data made available by the governance. Beyond that, various apps can contribute in a smart manner through a set of plugins and entry-points for various views of the city, enabling a deep and complex interaction with the city itself. This system is self-sustaining, considering that the city already contains its monitors, which are the citizens. They just need two sets of tools: a visualization tool enabling the citizens to understand what is being done at a given time, and a tool to express opinions, problems and proposals to the governance. Considering that an overly generic tool loses its meaning because it has no real target, the interaction with the governance is delegated to function-specific or target-specific apps sharing a common API. This way both governance and citizen gain benefits, having both sides creating new data all the time and interconnecting information from the city and its inhabitants: governance has the ability make decisions based on real-time citizen-driven data, while citizens have the opportunity to create new services using the provided data. Figure 1 - Part of the VivaCity Smart City Interface For instance, the APIs offered to external apps are aimed to the following areas of interest: Politics, political decisions Maintenance • • • • • • • • • Security City Info, Touristic, Cultural information Management, urbanistic information Urban events, Urban Acupuncture, social analysis Emergency Management, Emergency information aggregation from the many sources available Economic, Managerial information Environmental, Energy usage information The data shown in the interface is the sum and interpretation of the data provided by the local governments through open data, or applications created by third parties like OpenMunicipio in Italy, the OpenSpending platform by OKFN or even simply mash-ups with complex datasources, like the USGS earthquake map, or the various regional APIs for simple services or any other app enabling the citizen to participate actively to the activity of his government. Using the platform in different cities enables a normalization of the services offered by the cities, and the direct comparison and interconnection of cities through a distributed API supporting the governance to empower policies and improve citizens’ lifes.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
19:46 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Using OSGeo Live In MSc Teaching

Big Data in the Earth sciences, the Tera- to Exabyte archives, mostly are made up from coverage data whereby the term "coverage", according to ISO and OGC, is defined as the digital representation of some space-time varying phenomenon. Common examples include 1-D sensor timeseries, 2-D remote sensing imagery, 3D x/y/t image timeseries and x/y/z geology data, and 4-D x/y/z/t atmosphere and ocean data. Analytics on such data requires on-demand processing of sometimes significant complexity, such as getting the Fourier transform of satellite images. As network bandwidth limits prohibit transfer of such Big Data it is indispensable to devise protocols allowing clients to task flexible and fast processing on the server. The EarthServer initiative, funded by EU FP7 eInfrastructures, unites 11 partners from computer and earth sciences to establish Big Earth Data Analytics. One key ingredient is flexibility for users to ask what they want, not impeded and complicated by system internals. The EarthServer answer to this is to use high-level query languages; these have proven tremendously successful on tabular and XML data, and we extend them with a central geo data structure, multi-dimensional arrays. A second key ingredient is scalability. Without any doubt, scalability ultimately can only be achieved through parallelization. In the past, parallelizing code has been done at compile time and usually with manual intervention. The EarthServer approach is to perform a semantic-based dynamic distribution of queries fragments based on networks optimization and further criteria. The EarthServer platform is comprised by rasdaman, an Array DBMS enabling efficient storage and retrieval of any-size, any-type multi-dimensional raster data. In the project, rasdaman is being extended with several functionality and scalability features, including: support for irregular grids and general meshes; in-situ retrieval (evaluation of database queries on existing archive structures, avoiding data import and, hence, duplication); the aforementioned distributed query processing. Additionally, Web clients for multi-dimensional data visualization are being established. Client/server interfaces are strictly based on OGC and W3C standards, in particular the Web Coverage Processing Service (WCPS) which defines a high-level raster query language. We present the EarthServer project with its vision and approaches, relate it to the current state of standardization, and demonstrate it by way of large-scale data centers and their services using rasdaman.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
23:58 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Cartaro - The Geospatial CMS

Cartaro is a new web mapping platform that makes the power of some of the best open source geospatial components available in a content management system (CMS). Cartaro allows to set-up and run small websites or complex web applications with maps and geodata. It is also suitable for geoportals and spatial data infrastructures whenever there is the need to get everything up and running without much individual programming. The geospatial software stack used in Cartaro consists of PostGIS, GeoServer, GeoWebCache and OpenLayers. The whole stack is managed from within the CMS Drupal. The geospatial components bring professional aspects of geodata management into the CMS. This is namely the ability to persist data as true geometries, thus allowing for complex and fast queries and analyses. It does also mean supporting a whole range of data formats and the most relevant OGC standards. For the latter Cartaro can extend the handling of user roles and permissions, which already exists in Drupal, to define fully granular read and write permissions for the web services, too. In the presentation we will first explain our basic motivation behind Cartaro: that is bringing geospatial functionality to the huge community of CMS developers and users. This community, which is of course much larger than the classical FOSS4G community, has a great potential to make more and better use of geodata than it was possible with most existing tools. We will then demonstrate how far the integration with the CMS reaches and present the Drupal user interface that allows to configure most features of Cartaro. We will show how to create, edit and map geospatial content with Cartaro and we will demonstrate the publication of this content as an OGC web service. We will also go into some details concerning the architecture of Cartaro and explain how we tackled specific problems. A glimpse of the some use cases will demonstrate the real potential of Cartaro. It will also show how the focus and functionality of a Cartaro based application can be extended with the installation of any of the Drupal modules that exist for almost every task one could imagine. The presentation will close with the future perspectives for Cartaro. From a technical point of view this includes the roadmap for the next months. But it also includes a discussion of our ideas about Cartaro's role as self-supporting bridge between the geo and not-so-geo world of open source software.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
16:26 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Gestural Interaction With Spatiotemporal Linked Open Data

Exploring complex spatiotemporal data can be very challenging for non-experts. Recently, gestural interaction has emerged as a promising option, which has been successfully applied to various domains, including simple map control. In this paper, we investigate whether gestures can be used to enable non-experts to explore and understand complex spatiotemporal phenomena. In this case study we made use of large amounts of Linked Open Data about the deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest and related ecological, economical and social factors. The results of our study indicate that people of all ages can easily learn gestures and successfully use them to explore the visualized and aggregated spatiotemporal data about the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
49:15 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

FOSS4G13 Keynote QGIS 2.0

  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
25:30 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

GraphGIS, Bringing Spatial Functionalities To NoSQL Graph Databases

Driven by the major players in of the Web like Google, Facebook, Twitter, NoSQL databases quickly gained real legitimacy in handling important data volumetry. With a first concept of key-value, NoSQL databases have quickly evolve to meet a recurring relationships between entities or documents. Graph / document paradigm provides flexibility that facilitates the representation of the real world. Beyond the representation of information of social networks, this data model fits very well to the problem of Geo Information, its variety of data models and the interconnections between them. The emergence of cloud computing and the needs driven by the Semantic Web have led publishers of geospatial solutions to consider other ways than those currently used to store and process GIS information. It is in this perspective that Geomatys has developed GraphGIS, a spatial cartridge for OrientDB, the Graph oriented NoSQL database. This solution provides support of geographic Vector, Raster and Sensor data, in multiple dimensions and their associated metadata.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
24:37 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Machine Learning For Remote Sensing : Orfeo ToolBox Meets OpenCV

Orfeo ToolBox is an open-source library developed by CNES in the frame of the Orfeo program since 2006, which aimed at preparing institutional and scientific users to the use of the Very High Resolution optical imagery delivered by the Pleiades satellites. It is written in C++ on top of ITK, a medical imagery toolkit, and relies on many other open-source libraries such as GDAL or OSSIM. The OTB aims at providing generic means of pre-processing and information extraction from optical satellites imagery. In this talk, we will focus on recent advances in the machine learning functionality allowing to use the full extent of OpenCV algorithms. Historically, supervised classification of satellite images with OTB mainly relies on libSVM. The Orfeo ToolBox provides tools to train the SVM algorithm from images and raster or vector training areas, to use a trained SVM algorithm to classify satellite images of arbitrary size in a multithreaded way, and to estimate the accuracy of the classification. The SVM algorithm has also been used for other applications such as change detection or object detection. But even if it is one of the most used function of the OTB, the supervised classification function did not offer a single alternative to the SVM algorithm. However, the open-source world offers plenty of implementations of state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms. For instance OpenCV, a computer vision C++ library distributed under the BSD licence, includes a statistical machine learning module that contains no less than height different algorithms (including SVM). We therefore created an API to represent a generic machine learning algorithm. This API can then be specialized to encapsulate a given algorithm implementation. The machine learning algorithm API assumes very few properties for such algorithms. A method has to be specialized to train the algorithm from a samples vector and a set of target labels or values, and another to predict labels or values from a samples vector. Thanks to templating, these methods handle both classification and regression. Two other methods are in charge of saving and loading back the parameters from training. File format for saving is left to the underlying implementation, and the load method is expected to return a success flag. This success flag is used in a factory pattern, designed to be able to seamlessly instantiate the appropriate machine learning algorithm specialization upon file reading. It is therefore not necessary to know which algorithms the trained parameters files refer to. This new set of classes has been embedded into a new OTB application. Its purpose is to train one of the machine learning algorithm from a set of images and GIS file describing training areas, and output the trained parameters file. Another application is in charge of reading back this file and applying the classification algorithm to a given image. With these two tools, it is very easy to train different algorithms against the same dataset, evaluate them with the help of another application which can compute confusion matrix and classification performances measurement so as to choose one or several best algorithm along with their parameters. The resulting classification maps could then be combined into a more robust one using yet another OTB application, using classes majority voting or Dempster-Shafer combination. Our perspectives for using and improving this new API are manyfold. First, we would like to investigate further the use of the regression mode. We also would like to investigate the performances of the new machine learning algorithms for other tasks achievable with OTB, such as object detection for instance. Last, we would like to evolve the API so as to export any confidence or quality indices an algorithm can output regarding its predictions. This would open the way to the implementation of new active learning tools.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
23:35 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

MapServer Project Status Report - Meet The Developers!

This session starts with a status report of the MapServer project, followed by an open question/answer session to provide a opportunity for users to interact with members of the MapServer project team. We will go over the main features and enhancements introduced in MapServer 6.2 and 6.4, including the addition of the new TinyOWS and MapCache components, the current and future direction of the project, and finally discuss contribution opportunities for interested developers and users. Don’t miss this chance to meet and chat face-to-face with the members of the MapServer project team!
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
28:35 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

MapCache: The Fast Tiling Server From The MapServer Project

MapCache is a new member in the family of tile caching servers. It aims to be simple to install and configure (no need for the intermediate glue such as mod-python, mod-wsgi or fastcgi), to be (very) fast (written in C and running as a native module under apache or nginx, or as a standalone fastcgi instance ), and to be capable (services WMTS, googlemaps, virtualearth, KML, TMS, WMS). When acting as a WMS server, it will also respond to untiled requests, by merging its cached tiles vertically (multiple layers) and/or horizontally. Multiple cache backends are included, allowing tiles to be stored and retrieved from file based databases (sqlite, mbtiles, berkeley-db), memcached instances, or even directly from tiled TIFF files. Support of dimensions allows storing multiple versions of a tileset, and time based requests can be dynamically served by interpreting and reassembling entries matching the requested time interval. MapCache can also be used to transparently speedup existing WMS instances, by intercepting getmap requests that can be served by tiles, and proxying all other requests to the original WMS server. Along with an overview of MapCache's functionalities, this presentation will also address real-world usecases and recommended configurations.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
26:44 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Mapbender3 - Create Your Own Geoportal Web Application And Service Repository

Mapbender3 is a client framework for spatial data infrastructures. It provides web based interfaces for displaying, navigating and interacting with OGC compliant services. Mapbender3 has a modern and user-friendly administration web interface to do all the work without writing a single line of code. Mapbender3 helps you to set up a repository for your OWS Services and to create indivdual application for different user needs. The software is is based on the PHP framework Symfony2 and integrates OpenLayers, MapQuery and JQuery. The Mapbender3 framework provides authentication and authorization services, OWS Proxy functionality, management interfaces for user, group and service administration. In the presentation we will have a look at some Mapbender3 solutions and find out how powerful Mapbender3 is! You will see how easy it is to publish your own application.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
22:01 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Past, Present, & Future of MapProxy

More than three years ago MapProxy started as a small tile cache with the ability to serve regular WMS clients. MapProxy grew from that to a powerful and flexible proxy for maps. Features like the security API, the ability to reproject tiles, support for coverages from Shapefiles or PostGIS and the various tools are just a few things that make MapProxy to stand out. MapProxy is used in countless projects -- by federal or state agencies and institutions, by universities, students and hobbyists, by small, national and international companies -- all around the world. It is used to combine multiple WMS services to one, make WMS servers available in tiled clients or to restict access to georaphic boundaries. This presentation will show you the most important features that were added to MapProxy in the last years. All features will be explained with practical use cases. Topics: - Cascading WMS: combine multiple heterogeneous WMS services to one, with coverages and unified FeatureInfo - Tiling: create Google Maps/OpenStreetMap compatible tile services from WMS services that do not support the web mercator projection - Tiling: reproject tiles from web mercator to a local projection - Security: give users access to single layers, restricted to user-dependent polygons - Render server: directly integrate MapServer or Mapnik into MapProxy - Tools: calculate scales, estimate the number of tiles, read capabilities, re-seed areas, ... This presentation will also be about the future of MapProxy and the road to version 2.0.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
28:04 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

A New Dimension To PostGIS : 3D

Talking about 3D used to sound cool. Used to. But for real GIS use, we really need more than just playing with a globe. 3D in GIS becomes cool as soon as we have the ability to deal with full 3D spatial analysis. Just as we already have in 2D, we need functions like intersection, buffer, triangulation and more ... The GEOS library provides us 2D topological processing for years. The CGAL library could now also provide us some interesting additional 3D topological functions. As CGAL is not fully designed for GIS data models, we provide a library inbetween called SFCGAL, in charge of providing a Simple Feature API on top of CGAL. PostGIS 2.1 now allows to link PostGIS and (SF)CGAL, and already provides several exciting 3D functions (and more and more to come). This thrilling talk about PostGIS 3D will therefore focus on : - What kind of project / application needs 3D GIS analysis ? - What can we do right now with PostGIS 2.1 and (SF)CGAL ? - What we will be able to do soon with PostGIS 3D ? - Some tools used to view and manipulate 3D data (QGIS / WebGL based)
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
26:42 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

A Cellular Automata Land-Use Model For The R Software Environment

A cellular automata model of land-use change developed in the free and open source software environment R is presented. The advantages offered by R as a development environment for a CA land-use model are evaluated, and the pros and cons of the approach employed are discussed in depth with reference to commercial alternatives.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
27:23 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

An Open Source Analysis Toolbox For Street Network Comparison

This paper presents a novel open source toolbox for street network comparison based on the Sextante geoprocessing framework for the open source Geographic Information System Quantum GIS (QGIS). In the spirit of open science, the tool- box enables researchers worldwide to assess the quality of street networks such as OpenStreetMap (OSM) by calculating key performance indicators commonly used in street network comparison studies. Additionally, we suggest two new perfor- mance indicators for turn restriction and one-way street comparisons specifically aimed at testing street network quality for routing. We demonstrate the use of this toolbox by comparing OSM and the official Austrian reference graph “Graph Integration Platform” (GIP) in the greater Vienna region.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
36:34 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

GDAL/OGR Project Status

An overview of the capabilities of the GDAL/OGR (Geospatial Data Abstraction Library) project will be covered, followed by a focus on new developments in the last two years and future directions for the project.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
25:25 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

ESA User Services Powered By Open Source

  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
22:34 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

GeoCat Bridge - Publish From ArcGIS Desktop Into FOSS4G

GeoCat Bridge helps to bridge the gap between proprietary and open source solutions. The goal of this product is to provide a solution that makes it extremely easy for users to publish their data on a GeoNetwork, GeoServer and/or MapServer based server solution. The tool converts the ArcMap symbology to symbology optimized for GeoServer and MapServer. Data can be loaded to the server on the file system or straight into PostGIS. It manages metadata at the source and publishes it as clean ISO19139 metadata. This extension creates a bridge where both proprietary, open source solution providers and open standards supporters are winners.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
25:39 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

OpenLayers 3: Under The Hood

OpenLayers 3 is the next generation of web mapping. A radical new architecture and the use of cutting edge JavaScript techniques, libraries, and tools enables a full suite of previously unimaginable functionality while maintaining a compact, high performance library. In this talk we'll show you how to use this functionality in your applications, and peek under the hood to see how OpenLayers 3's architecture makes it possible. We'll include: Virtual globe (Cesium) integration: a carefully designed camera and data source abstractions permit close integration with the virtual globes. Switch between 2D and 3D views of the same data, or display synchronized 2D and 3D views side by side. Multiple rendering back-ends: a pluggable rendering architecture supports multiple renderers for maximum performance and portability. A Canvas 2D renderer provides fast, reliable rendering on current devices, a DOM renderer provides fall-back capabilities for older browsers, and a WebGL renderer opens the door to the next generation of performance for the most demanding applications. Rich data sources: generic and powerful core data representations of tiled, single image, and vector data make it easy to add support for a wide range of geospatial data sources. Smooth and flexible interaction and animation: an optimized rendering path ensures that interaction remains smooth at all times. Compact library size: use of the Closure suite of tools creates keeps the build size small while keeping the source code readable.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
22:46 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

PyModis: The Python Library For MODIS Data

pyModis library is a Python library to work with MODIS sensor satellite data. It was originally developed as an interface to download MODIS data from the NASA FTP server but it has grown into a powerful library which also offers further operations on the data. pyModis has several features: - it supports downloading of large numbers of original MODIS HDF/XML files. This is ideal for the automated continuous updating of a local archive through a cron job; - it can parse the XML file to obtain metadata information about the related HDF files; - it can convert a HDF MODIS file to GEOTIFF format; - it can create a mosaic of several MODIS tiles to obtain large coverages including the creation of the merged XML metadata file with information of all tiles used in this mosaic. For format conversion and mosaicing the MODIS Reprojection Tool (MRT) is required, because at time MRT is the best free and open source software to manage original MODIS data and convert them into a different projection system or format while taking care of the special features of the original Sinusoidal projection. pyModis is composed of three modules: - downmodis.py contains a class downModis used to download MODIS data, it requires a “password” for the FTP transfer (usually your email address) and a path where to store the downloaded data. Other parameters are optional, such as the date range or the MODIS product to be downloaded; - parsemodis.py contains two classes, parseModis that parses metadata of a HDF file returning all useful information. It has also the capability to create a configuration file for MRT; the other class is parseModisMulti, it reads metadata of several HDF files, hence it is used to create the XML file for a mosaic. This class is also able to return the bounding box of all the tiles; - convertmodis.py is the module to do some simple operations on the original HDF files such as reprojection. It contains three classes and all of them require the MRT software to be installed. convertModis converts HDF files to GeoTIFF format; createMosaic creates a mosaic from several MODIS HDF files into a single HDF file; and processMosaic converts the raw data of MODIS using swath2grid from MRT-Swath. In pyModis the user can also find five command line tools to easily work with pyModis library: - modis download.py is the tool to download data, - modis parse.py reads metadata of a HDF file, prints information or writes them to a file, - modis multiparse.py reads metadata of several HDF files and prints bounding box or writes the MODIS XML metadata for a mosaic, - modis mosaic.py creates a HDF mosaic from several HDF files, - modis convert.py converts MODIS data to GeoTIFF or other formats and as well as different projection reference systems. During the presentation all these topics will be discussed and illustrated along with more information about the future of pyModis and the tools for the community (how to contribute or how to report a bug or an enhancement).
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
30:25 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Raster Data In GeoServer And GeoTools: Achievements, Issues And Future Developments

The purpose of this presentation is, on a side, to dissect the developments performed during last year as far as raster data support in GeoTools and GeoServer is concerned, while on the other side to introduce and discuss the future development directions. Advancements and improvements for the management of raster mosaic and pyramids will be introduced and analyzed, as well as the latest developments for the exploitation of GDAL raster sources. Extensive details will be provided on the latest updates for the management of multidimensional raster data used in the Remote Sensing and MetOc fields. The presentation will also introduce and provide updates on the JAITools and ImageIO-Ext projects. JAITools provides a number of new raster data analysis operators, including powerful and fast raster algebra support. ImageIO-Ext bridges the gap across the Java world and native raster data access libraries providing high performance access to GDAL, Kakadu and other libraries. The presentation will wrap up providing an overview of unresolved issues and challenges that still need to be addressed, suggesting tips and workarounds allowing to leverage the full potential of the systems.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
31:57 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

The Geodata Agency's Data Distribution Platform

Digital distribution of geodata makes it possible to improve the efficiency and accuracy of our professional users' data collections on an ongoing basis. The Agency's Digital Map Supply is a national infrastructure to distribute geospatial data to all kind of users. Subscribers to the Digital Map Supply receive their geodata via web services, eliminating shipping time and resources. All services are based on OGC standards e.g. WFS, WMTS, WMS and WCS. Furthermore the Digital Map Supply exposes a range of REST and SOAP services for geocoding, address searches etc. As part of the common public-sector eGOVERNMENT strategy 2011-2015, the government and Local Government Denmark have agreed on a basic data programme. The programme contains a number of specific improvements and initiatives in public-sector basic data, which will underpin greater efficiency and growth. The Digital Map Supply is the infrastructure that is used to supply the geospatial data to public agencies, end users, private companies etc. Furthermore the Digital Map Supply also supports a number of INSPIRE compliant services that The Geodata Agency is responsible of - such as a cadastral WFS. The presentation will show the architecture behind the Digital Map Supply including the number of open source components such as PostGIS, MapServer, GeoWebCache and GeoServer. The Digital Map Supply has been in service for more than ten years and the architecture has evolved during that time moving from commercial software to open source software. Moreover the presentation will outline the future of the Digital Map Supply including the migration to a new, common National distribution platform for all common public-sector data.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
25:38 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

The Importance Of Open Source Geospatial Labs In Widening Geospatial Education Worldwide

The importance of Open Source Geospatial Labs in widening Geospatial education worldwide Suchith Anand, University of Nottingham, UK Charlie Schweik, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA Helena Mitasova, North Carolina State University Maria Antonia Brovelli, Politecnico di Milano, Italy Serena Cotezee, University of Pretoria, South Africa Phil Davis, GeoTech Center, Delmar College, USA Patrick Hogan, NASA, USA Raphael Moreno, University of Colorado, Denver, USA Jeremy Morley, University of Nottingham, UK Although there has been tremendous growth in geospatial science over the last decade, the number of universities offering teaching in geospatial science in developing countries is very low. There are number of factors for this including high cost of software, lack of trained staff etc. But with the advent and maturity of free and open source geospatial software many universities in developing countries across the world will be establishing courses in geospatial science in the next few years. It was with this bigger mission in mind that in Sep 2011, the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA) signed an MoU with the aim of developing on a global basis collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organizations in open source GIS software and data. Within a span of one year, we now have established labs across the planet in 6 continents . We have now grown to 20 research labs across the world (6 in Europe, 3 in North America, 3 in South America, 4 in Asia, 3 in Africa and 1 in Australia). The three main aims of the ICA-OSGeo Lab Network are to provide expertise and support for the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Laboratories and Research Centers across the world for supporting development of open-source geospatial software technologies, training and expertise ; to provide support for building-up and supporting development of open source GIS training materials; to enable development of collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organizations in open source GIS for the purpose of creating a sustainable ecosystem for open source GIS globally. The availability of free and open source GIS will make possible for large number of universities especially in developing countries to also start courses in geospatial science. This will in true sense bring down the entry barrier for many students especially in developing countries to learn GIS. The OSGeo.org’s education and curriculum committee has a significant history of collaboration and established significant social capital among the network of participants. but up until now, we have only been able to achieve collaboration in the form of individual posts of metadata and links to educational material [2]. With the emergence of this lab network model, coupled with the right incentives, we are confident that this network can do more collectively on the education front, and we have not yet formed closer collaborative ties in the area of open geospatial application and research. Recently the authors listed above have been collaborating on a grant proposal to establish a new effort for this open geospatial lab network that mimics open source software collaboration and that includes three key components: (1) a coordinated teaching program; (2) a repository and a system for the management of new derivatives; and (3) a organized cross-node research program focusing on applications of open geospatial technologies to support local governance and management in several key environmental management areas. In this presentation, we will describe elements of this proposal, partly in an effort to encourage others at FOSS4G to consider joining in the effort, and to solicit other collaborative ideas from the audience.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
26:53 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Taming Rich GML With stETL, A Lightweight Python Framework For Geospatial ETL

Data conversion combined with model and coordinate transformation from a source to a target datastore (files, databases) is a recurring task in almost every geospatial project. This proces is often refered to as ETL (Extract Transform Load). Source and/or target geo-data formats are increasingly encoded as GML (Geography Markup Language), either as flat records, so called Simple Features, but more and more using domain-specific, object oriented OGC/ISO GML Application Schema's. GML Application Schema's are for example heavily used within the INSPIRE Data Harmonization effort in Europe. Many National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies (NMCAs) use GML-encoded datasets as their bulk format for download and exchange and via Web Feature Services (WFSs).
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
25:06 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

The Met Office Open Data Journey

In November 2011, the UK Met Office launched DataPoint: an Application Programming Interface (API) for the release of its Open Data, in support of the Government’s desire for increased transparency and economic growth. Starting with just a handful of users, the service has grown in data, functionality and usage. This year the we are making further developments, responding to user feedback and ensuring INSPIRE compliance. This presentation will describe the journey so far and a forecast for the future.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
26:53 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

The RAGLD (Rapid Assembly Of Geo-centred Linked Data) Framework

As more linked data and open data emerges a need was identified to meet a rising demand for a suite of application developers’ tools to make it easier to bring together, use and exploit these diverse data sets. RAGLD aims to create a set of tools, components and services to make it easier to develop linked Data applications. This talk will describe the RAGLD framework and examples will be given on how it can be used.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
21:26 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Tiles And More - Deegree Freshly Implements WMTS

In 2013, a new service type joined the deegree family - the deegree Web Map Tile Service. This deegree service implements the OGC WMTS 1.0.0 specification and is going to be the OGC reference implementation for this specification. Both, the OGC WMTS test suite and deegree's candidate reference implementation have been developed within the OGC OWS-9 initiative. The intention for implementing WMTS was that deegree had no clear strategy to handle big raster data. As a result, one of the advantages of deegree WMTS is the performant handling of big raster data - such as aerial images - and providing it through a standard-compliant interface. Additionally there is advanced support for using other web services based on OGC WMS and WMTS such as GeoServer, GeoWebCache and Mapserver as datasource for deegree's tiling API, which is the underlying data access layer of the WMTS. As a key feature deegree is capable of proxying FeatureInfo output from those remote services. The presentation will give an overview about deegree WMTS and all its capabilities, especially regarding the interfaces with other OSGeo components.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
13:56 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Using NoSQL & HTML5 Libraries To Rapidly Generate Interactive Web Visualisations Of High-volume Spatio-temporal Data

Twitter has developed over the past few years into a potent source of public opinion and comment. The service passed 500 million users in June 2012, collectively posting hundreds of millions of tweets each day, and several high-profile analyses of this data (such as the Twitter Political Index, which mapped sentiment across the US towards the 2012 presidential candidates over the course of their campaigns) have demonstrated its potential for insight and near-time customer feedback. Handling such large volumes and throughputs of data is a sizeable engineering challenge, however, and several commercial ventures (TweetReach, Tweet Archivist - many others) have sprung up specifically to deal with this complexity - at a cost. In addition, many existing solutions are unable to properly utilise the location data that is present in a significant proportion of tweets, losing out on the rich geographical context. This retrospective aims to demonstrate how an informed coupling of emerging open-source component technologies can be used to resolve the complex problems of i. large stored data volumes, ii. real-time streaming input, iii. concurrency of writes and iv. geographically querying and visualising results - with a minimal development outlay. Specifically, the construction of an open-source process to read, process, write, query and visualise streaming, geolocated Twitter data using the MongoDB NoSQL database and D3.js JavaScript library will be detailed, focusing on how MongoDB handles real-time spatial data (including spatial indexes & querying) and the unique features that make D3 so well-suited to visualising and exploring spatial data in the web browser.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
25:52 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

An Introduction To Open Source Geospatial

  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
25:13 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Application Development With OpenLayers 3

OpenLayers 3 is a complete rewrite based on the latest in browser technology. This talk will focus on best practices for application development with OpenLayers 3. Covering simple maps in a page, integration with popular MV* frameworks, and native-wrapped mobile apps, we'll look at strategies for building mapping functionality into your applications. OpenLayers 3 aims to provide a high performance library with a wide breadth of functionality. Come learn about how it differs from OpenLayers 2, what makes it stand apart from other alternatives, and how you can best leverage its functionality.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
22:36 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

CDM & TDS Data Server: Earth & Ocean Sciences Meet GIS

Different geoscience disciplines have developed sophisticated domain-specific cyber infrastructures for data storage, manipulation, and visualization. NetCDF, HDF, and GRIB are multi-dimensional array-based data formats widely used in meteorology and oceanography. However, these formats are not fully compatible with the visualization and manipulation tools supported by Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which caters to the discrete vector features and 2D raster formats commonly used in the geography, hydrology, and cartography. By providing a higher level of abstraction and enabling spatial, rather than indexed, data access, the Unidata Common Data Model (CDM) facilitates integration of NetCDF, HDF, and GRIB data into GIS tools, fostering interdisciplinary communication. The THREDDS Data Server (TDS) utilizes the CDM to work efficiently with large, dynamic collections of observational and model data. The TDS organizes these collections into unified, logical datasets, simplifying their access and dissemination. TDS datasets are exposed via the WMS and WCS Open Geospatial Consortium specifications, with support for time and elevation standard dimensions. Alternatively, TDS datasets are accessible through specialized web services that provide subsetting capabilities. The NetCDF Subset Service allows for spatial subsetting, while OpenDAP subsets by index. Finally, metadata discovery systems such as Geoportal and GI-CAT harvest TDS catalog metadata. The TDS ncISO service also serves catalog metadata directly as ISO documents, enabling text searches and exposing a CSW interface on TDS instances through these discovery systems. The CDM & TDS are OpenSource projects (https://github.com/Unidata/thredds) with strong community support. Members have contributed key features, including the ncISO and WMS implementations. Moreover, many interdisciplinary Web-GIS applications have already been successfully developed combining TDS web services with resources from other spatial data infrastructures. Coupled with Unidata's governing committees, the projects provide a unique framework that establishes quality standards and ensures that development meets community needs
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
18:55 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Big Data In Standardization: Can This Fly?

In geo data, a main footprint coming from Big Data stems from remote sensing, atmospheric and ocean models, and statistics data. In the strive for interoperability, standardizaiton bodies establish interface specifications for large-scale geo services. Are these standards really helpful, or do they inhibit performance? We investigate this and show both positive and negative examples, based on OGC, INSPIRE, and ISO standards relevant for scalable geo services.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
23:20 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

A New GIS Toolbox For Integrating Massive Heterogeneous GIS Data For Land Use Change Analysis

Agricultural land use in Germany and related impacts on the environment and the use of natural resources are key research topics at the Thünen-Institute of Rural Studies. As spatial context is essential for the analysis of causal connections, GIS data regarding all necessary information was gathered during different research projects and prepared for processing in a database. In particular, the Integrated Administration and Control System, which was available for certain project purposes for several Federal Laender and years, serves as a very detailed data source for agricultural land use. We use different Open Source GIS software like PostgreSQL/PostGIS, GRASS and QuantumGIS for geoprocessing, supplemented with the proprietary ESRI product ArcGIS. After introducing the used input data and the general processing approach, this paper presents a selection of geoprocessing routines for which Open Source GIS software was used. As an exemplary 'use case' for the conclusions from the consecutive statistical analysis, we summarize impacts of increased biogas production on agricultural land use change highlighting the trend in biogas maize cultivation and the conversion of permanent grassland to agricultural cropland.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
32:08 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Processing Data In GeoServer With WPS And SQL Views

This presentation will provide the attendee with an introduction to data processing in GeoServer by means of WPS, rendering transformations and SQL views. We will start by a brief introduction to GeoServer WPS capabilities, showing how to build processing request based on existing processes and how to build new processes leveraging scripting languages, and introducing unique GeoServer integration features, showing how processing can seamlessly integrate directly in the GeoServer data sources and complement existing services. The presentation will move on showing how to integrate on the fly processing in WMS requests, achieving high performance data displays of heatmaps, point interpolation and contour line extraction without having to pre-process the data in advance, and allowing the caller to interactively choose processing parameters. While the above shows how to make GeoSever perform the processing, the analytics abilities of spatial databases are not to be forgotten, the presentation will move on showing how certain classes of processing can be achieved directly in the database. Eventually, the presentation will close with some guidance on how to choose the best processing approach depending on the application needs, data volumes and frequency of update, mentioning also the possibly to leverage GeoServer own processes from batch tools such as GeoBatch. At the end the attendee will be able to easily issue WPS requests both for Vectors and Rasters to GeoServer trhough the WPS Demo Builder, enrich SLDs with awesome on-the-fly rendering transformations and play with virtal SQL views in order to create dynamic layers.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
28:27 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Open Geospatial Data And Services Publication On The Cloud: The INGEOCLOUDS Open Source Approach

The cloud can be used as an infrastructure, as a platform or as a (desktop) software replacement according to the three different paradigms that it supports (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS). On the other hand at the moment more and more applications are using the cloud as their backend since it promises (unlimited) scalability and elasticity in terms of storage and computing power. In the open source geospatial world a lot of effort has been invested in developing excellent software that can be used to store, manage, visualize and publish on the web geospatial data and services. But when it comes to the cloud those offerings are not always readily available since the software, we all build, does not scale in a way that can take advantage of the cloud. In that respect we worked towards providing scalability and elasticity capabilities for the storage, querying and visualization of geospatial data based on existing open source solutions like the Mapserver, PostGIS, Apache and so on. We also worked on the lower part of the software stack so that we can build an elastic file system for storing geospatial data. So we are in the process of offering a fully open source solution that can take advantage of the cloud and its properties. Moreover we have coupled this solution with support for publishing anyone’s geospatial data as Linked Open Data so that they can be readily combined with other data on the web. In that respect we are using an open source SPARQL endpoint (Virtuoso) that allows us to store geospatially enabled information given that a suitable conceptual model will be provided described in RDF. Thus we allow for seamless integration of published data on the semantic web and we provide the necessary services for integrating this kind of offering in other applications in the future. Additionally we identified an emerging need to allow end users to publish their own data and create dynamically their own customized services on the cloud. Thus we exploit cloud’s “unlimited” storage capabilities to allow end users to publish their own data (as long as it is cost effective, too), combine them with existing data and create their own WMS/WFS customized services and publish them on the web. This has a great value-added for the users since they can actually publish their own maps. Finally, we demonstrate the capabilities of our technical solution by building and offering a set of advanced geophysical services through the platform. These services include a service for creating shakemaps (maps the visualize the effects caused by an earthquake to the environment), predicting landslides (providing maps assessing the possibility of landslides) and handling pollution information in ground waters. In conclusion, we offer an open source software stack that is based on existing open source software and extends it as needed in order to take to the most possible advantage of the properties of the cloud. We have tried to keep the software agnostic for the specific cloud and its capabilities. The work is carried out within the INGEOCLOUDS FP7 Project, co-funded by the EU, and with the participation of companies (AKKA technologies, France), research centers (CNR, Italy and FORTH, Greece) and data providers like geological surveys (GEUS, Denmark; GEO-ZS, Slovenia; BRGM, France and EKBAA, Greece) and earthquake research institutes (EPPO, Greece).
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
29:26 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Online GIS - Meet The Cloud Publication Platforms That Will Revolutionize Our Industry

Web mapping has become very exciting in the last year or two. Many new products have come onto the market that make the creation and publication of web maps easier by an order of magnitude. The demand for quick and easy web maps isn’t a new one, so why is it only now that we’re seeing products that address this need enter the market? The answer is twofold: first, cloud computing has has hugely reduced the cost of running resource hungry map servers; and, second, the open source building blocks that most of the products featured in this presentation utilise have reached the level of maturity required to build reliable, scalable products on top of them. Most of this new generation of cloud based web map publication products are indeed “standing on the shoulders of giants” and wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the tremendous work done by the open source GIS community over the last decade. This presentation will be a follow up to my free ebook released in March entitled “Online GIS - Meet the Cloud Publication Platforms that Will Revolutionize our Industry” (www.onlinegis.com), the presentation will take a closer look at the products covered in the book and particular the open source building blocks that make them possible. You no doubt are wondering is why the CEO of a web map software company would want to give a presentation that not only looks at his product but also those of his “rivals”. The short answer is that I get asked all the time what the difference is between these products and also see the same question asked many times in online forums and social media channels, so it’s obviously something that needs answering. I also don’t view most of these products as our rivals, although all of the products featured in this presentation are capable of similar end results; the steps required to achieve those results differ hugely, with each aiming to make that process as smooth as possible for a certain type of user, be it programmer, casual GIS user or GIS analyst. After this presentation you’ll have a good idea of the differences between ArcGIS Online, CartoDB, GeoCommons, GISCloud, MangoMap and Mapbox, you will also have a clearer idea of which of the products is best suited to your unique needs and requirements as well as the open source building blocks that power them. This presentation isn’t going to show you how to use these products, but it will show you what is possible with each of them and what it takes in order to achieve the best results.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
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