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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
24:39 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

TileServer: Hosting Map Tiles And MBTiles

OpenGIS Web Map Tiling Service (WMTS) is becoming the standard used for distributing raster maps to the web and mobile applications, cell-phones, tablets as well as desktop software. Practically all popular desktop GIS products now support this standard as well, including ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop, open-source Quantum GIS (qgis) and uDig, etc. The TileServer, a new open-source software project, is going to be demonstrated. It is able to serve maps from an ordinary web-hosting and provide an efficient OGC WMTS compliant map tile service for maps pre-rendered with MapTiler, MapTiler Cluster, GDAL2Tiles, TileMill or available in MBTiles format. The presentation will demonstrate compatibility with ArcGIS client and other desktop GIS software, with popular web APIs (such as Google Maps, MapBox, OpenLayers, Leaflet) and with mobile SDKs. We will show a complete workflow from a GeoTIFF file (Ordnance Survey OpenData) with custom spatial reference coordinate system (OSGB / EPSG:27700) to the online service (OGC WMTS) provided from an ordinary web-hosting. The software has been originally developed by Klokan Technologies GmbH (Switzerland) in cooperation with NOAA (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA) and it has been successfully used to expose detailed aerial photos during disaster relief actions, for example on the crisis response for Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Isaac in 2012. The software was able to handle large demand from an ordinary in-house web server without any issues. The geodata were displayed in a web application for general public and provided to GIS clients for professional use - thanks to compatibility with ArcIMS. It can be easily used for serving base maps, aerial photos or any other raster geodata. It very easy to apply - just copy the project files to a PHP-enabled directory along with your map data containing metadata.json file. The online service can be easily protected with password or burned-in watermarks made during the geodata rendering. Tiles are served directly by Apache web server with mod rewrite rules as static files and therefore are very fast and with correct HTTP caching headers. The web interface and XML metadata are delivered via PHP, because it allows deployment on large number of existing web servers including variety of free web hosting providers. There is no need to install any additional software on the webserver. The mapping data can be easily served in the standardized form from in-house web servers, or from practically any standard web-hosting provider (the cheap unlimited tariffs are applicable too), and from a private cloud. The same principle can be applied on an external content distribution network (Amazon S3 / CloudFront) to serve the geodata with higher speed and reliability by automatically caching it geographically closer to your online visitors, while still paying only a few cents per transferred gigabyte.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
25:37 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Disconnected Geospatial Mobile & Open Source 5 Rules To Success?

We present the challenges of building a disconnected geospatial mobile solution and devise five simple rules for the success of your app. This paper will look at the following key issues: Rule 1 Data Storage. Streaming GI data requires good bandwidth, by implementing a caching mechanism the end-user will always have access to the data for a given area. Rule 2 - Use Open Source. Free and Open Source software for GIS has evolved significantly in recent years and in some cases faster than commercial alternatives. The mobile field is a bit different and few experts are using free and open source mobile GIS, despite the good tools that exist. Rule 3 - Use Open Standards. In combination with the use of Open Source products, Open Standards can help future proof the solution. Rule 4 - Simplify User Interfaces. The time of the stylus is gone and users now expect to use their finger for driving the application. Specific attention must be paid to designing simple and clear user interfaces. Rule 5 - Implement Non native Solutions. Should separate solutions be developed for IPhone and Android? Could the answer be instead to actually develop non native solutions reducing development and maintenance costs. Armed with these rules we will look at the challenges on the road ahead to implementing your GI Mobile solution.
  • 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
23:01 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

LIDAR In PostgreSQL With Pointcloud

How do you store massive point cloud data sets in a database for easy access, filtering and analysis? The new PointCloud extension for PostgreSQL allows LIDAR data to be loaded, filtered by spatial and attribute values, and analyzed via integration with PostGIS. We'll discuss the extension implementation, basics of loading data with PDAL, and how to use PointCloud with PostGIS to do on­the­fly LIDAR analysis inside the database.
  • 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
21:07 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

FOSS4G In Large-scale Projects

The presentation covers experiences and challenges encountered during the implementation of the Kosovo Spatial Data Infrastructure. The SDI consists of GeoPortal, Cadaster and Land Information System and the Address Register, all implemented on the FOSS stack and interconnected via OGC services.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
28:47 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

GIS Is Not Dead, It's Coming For You And It's Been Drinking JavaScript

This talk will discuss several super kick-ass ways that JavaScript and the web have re-shaped GIS and are changing how we visualize, analyze and share geospatial data with each other and the world. GIS is dead? No, it’s not, and it’s coming to find you and spatially kick your ass with a big bag of JavaScript. The world changes fast (hello, Internet). Yet, our industry (map making in one form or another) is stuck, and has generally shown itself to be slow to react to new ideas and paradigms that grow rapidly in other spaces. But there is still hope! GIS is coming back, and it’s being re-tooled with lots of shiny new software and geo-weapons. It’s going to make an assault on all of our previous notions of its old self. Of course this new and shiny GIS resembles its former self in many ways, it's also full many new ideas about how we experience maps and data on the web. As we witness a massive resurgence in JavaScript (hello D3 & node.js), and more emphasis placed on the web in general, we see that there are actually still large holes that should be filled the geo-spatial stack. New waves of JavaScript developers have, and will continue to fill these gaps. This talk will discuss several super kick-ass ways that JavaScript and the web have re-shaped GIS and are changing how we visualize, analyze and share geospatial data with each other and the world.
  • 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
28:04 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
24:23 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

A New Zealand Case Study: Open Source, Open Standards, Open Data

  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
23:20 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Epidemiology With An Open Source WebGIS Platform

We present a statistical WebGIS platform integrating visualization tools and statistical functions for epidemiological studies, entirely based on Open Source technologies. An application for cancer mapping and environmental cancer studies is the Cancer Atlas (CA-TN), the GeoICT platform of the Cancer Registry of Trentino (Italy).
  • 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
24:32 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Getting The Best Performance For GeoJSON Map Visualizations: PostGIS Vs CouchDB Backend

In order to deliver rich user experience to user, features (attribute data and geometries) have to be sent to the client for mouse-over visual effects, synchronization between charts, tables and maps, and on-the-fly classifications. GeoJSON is one of the most popular encodings for the transfer of features for client-side map visualization. The performance of client visualizations depends on a number of factors: message size, client memory allocation, bandwidth, and the speed of the database back-end amongst the main ones. Large GeoJSON-encoded datasets can substantially slow down loading and stylization times, and also crash the browser when too many geometries are requested. A combination of techniques can be used to reduce the size of the data (polygon generalization, compression, etc). The choice of an open-source DBMS for geo-spatial applications used to be easy: PostGIS is powerful, well-supported, robust and fast RDBMS ? On the other hand, unstructured data, such as (Geo)JSON, may be better served by document-oriented DBMS such as Apache CouchDB. The performance of PostGIS and CouchDB in producing GeoJSON polygons with different combination of factors that are known to affect performance was tested: compression of GeoJSON (zip) to reduce transmission times, different levels of geometry generalization (reducing the number of vertices in transferred geometries), precision reduction (the reduction of numbers of decimal digits encoding coordinates), and the use of a topological JSON encoding of geometries (TopoJSON) to avoid redundancy of edges transferred. We present the results of a benchmark exercise testing the performance of an OpenLayers interface backed by a persistence layer implemented using PostGIS and CouchD. Test data were collected using an automated test application based on Selenium, which allowed to gather repeated observations for every combination of factors and build statistical models of performance. These statistical models help to pick the best combination of techniques and DBMS, and to gauge the relative contribution of every technique to the overall performance.
  • 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
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
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
25:24 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

The Right Approach: How Toscana Is Migrating To GFOSS

The Tuscany Regional Administration had a rather usual proprietary GIS infrastructure (ArcIMS, Oracle, ArcGIS). They started migrating to Open Source GIS with an integrated approach, both on the sever side (PostGIS, MapServer, Geonetworks) and on the client side (Quantum GIS, GRASS), providing also training to hundreds of their technicians. What makes this experience particularly interesting is the fact that they worked form the onset in very close contact with the community, requiring that the code developed for them was generalized, and pushed to main source code. This seemed more cumbersome at first, having to coordinate with several other developers, and not having functions closely fit to their specific needs, but the superiority of this approach become quickly evident, as several functions were further improved and maintained by third parties. Among the most notable achievements were much improved topology support in PostGIS, SLD support in QGIS, and much more. We advise other administrations and enterprises to avoid the temptation of working in isolation, and simply using FOSS4G, maybe tailoring it locally, without contributing back, as this approach is short-lived, and less successful in the long term.
  • 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
28:57 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Building Catastrophe Models With Open Data And Open Software

A catastrophe model is a tool/technique which estimates the potential loss of property and life following a major catastrophic event. Different types of events or perils are modelled including; windstorm, earthquake, flood, and storm surge. ELEMENTS is the in-house catastrophe modelling software which is developed by Impact Forecasting, part of Aon Benfield Analytics. Behind the software are models for a wide range of different event and peril types across many countries and regions of the world. To develop the different components of the catastrophe model, Impact Forecasting use a variety of proprietary and open solutions. Open Data sources such as OpenStreetMap, SRTM, CORINE land cover datasets are used, amongst others. The open-source programming language, Python, is also used extensively to create hazard footprints and files needed for the catastrophe model. The use of Open Source software and Open Data supplemented with other available proprietary data sources allow Impact Forecasting to build more flexible and transparent catastrophe models.
  • 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
18:37 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Analysis Of Realtime Stream Data With Anvil

  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
29:53 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

3D Web Services And Models For The Web: Where Do We Stand?

In the past years, numerous open source projects have started to display 3D globes and 3D data on the web. Standardizing web services, data format and representation models is, therefore, a very hot topic. There are in particular ongoing efforts on the OGC side as well as on the W3C side. The OGC has released a draft candidate for a 3D web service W3DS, the ISO X3D standard proposes an XML-based file format for representing 3D computer graphics and the W3C is considering adding X3D rendering into HTML5. Other projects implement their own web services and formats. On the implementation side, Geoserver supports W3DS and X3D, the X3DOM library prototypes a possible implementation of X3D HTML5 integration and last but not least, browsers with WebGL support are fully able to handle the representation of 3D data on the client side. The talk is going to detail the mentioned elements, show demonstrations of existing implementations and try to suggest a possible path into the 3D web for the FOSS4G community.
  • 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
27:53 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

Scribe: MapServer Mapfile Development Made Easy

Anyone who has tried to create great looking maps for a large dataset such as OpenStreetMap knows how daunting of a task that can be. Scribe is the solution to this painstaking task. This presentation will introduce this new way to not only edit, but mostly to manage, mapfiles. No matter how much data you have, how many mapfiles or the complexity of your symbology, it will help you sort out the essential by removing the iterative part of the process. Getting rid of all of this error prone copy-paste as well! Scribe is a python script that allows you to write a configuration file instead of a mapfile. The configuration is similar to Basemaps, but simpler to use and less verbose.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
24:45 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

OpenWIS Opensource Software

OpenWIS OpenSource Software The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has been working for several years towards upgrading its global infrastructure to support all of its international programmes of work, both operational and research-based, to collect, share and disseminate information. The new infrastructure is called the WIS ( WMO Information System). It identifies three top level functions, namely: • GISC: Global Information System Centre; • DCPC: Data Collection and Production Centre; • NC: National Centre. Météo-France, the UK Met Office, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the Korean Meteorological Administration and Meteo France International have developed the OpenWIS software, coupled with their existing systems, to perform the three functions required by the WMO Information System; that is, GISC, DCPC and NC. Based on opensource bricks, with GeoNetwork, OpenAM, JBoss, Apache, Solr and PostGreSQL, OpenWIS is going to become opensource. Beyond the WIS requirements, the OpenWIS consortium is building new functionalities for OpenWIS that will fit the OGC (OpenGeospatial Consortium) and INSPIRE (European directive) aspects, with standards OGC interfaces, a portal providing the viewer function with the discovery, search and request possibilities, and in a short future the billing and the transformation services. The current functional components of OpenWIS are: • Data Service and its cache of essential data • Metadata Service (ISO19115 catalogue synchronised with OAI-PMH protocol) • Security Service • Monitoring and Control • Portal (Discovery, Search, Browse, Request, Subscription) Météo France operates various dissemination tools. OpenWIS provide a generic interface that Météo France has adapted, covering requests for dissemination and their monitoring. OpenWIS interacts with data sources to respond to ad hoc or periodic subscription requests either directly via harness connections or relying on SOA OGC infrastructure. The new challenge of the consortium is to share the opensource model and expand membership beyond the founding members. The reflexion within the consortium enables to give some trends: • A steering committee for the integration of new functionalities (spontaneous or not) • One or two licences (the portal and the metadata component inheriting of the GeoNetwork licence) • A strong but reduced team for the initial developpement (MetOffice and Meteo France) • Git for the management of versioning and integration • The will to put the soft on the shelves of the World Meteorological Organisation • Entrance in the opensource area by the end of 2013
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
25:52 FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) English 2013

SVG Map - Tile Map Without Javascript

In this presentation we will show how the SVG Map technology can display a tiled map without Javascript. Many popular internet tile maps such as OpenStreetMap, Google Maps, etc. use Javascript to provide tiling and layering. But this can cause high load especially on mobile platforms. SVG Map instead implements specific elements and attributes, that enable internet browsers to display map tiles directly through the browser's layout engine, with support for dynamic tiling and layering. The core mechanism of this tile map is the “SVG iframe” element. Depending on zoom level, map layer and viewport the relevant map data is downloaded using media queries. The “globalCoordinateSystem” element allows to define the geographic coordinate system and to describe transformation rules. SVG Map will make it possible to display maps in the browser with SVG files alone, and it will allow to style maps with CSS. While a first prototype has been is developed using Javascript, development has started on implementations for Webkit browser and a Firefox add-on. Because Firefox OS doesn't support add-ons, the native implementation in Firefox browser is also planned. The final aim is to make SVG Map a W3C standard, and discussion has already started in the SVG Working Group at W3C.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: FOSS4G, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
  • Language: English
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