Monday, December 21, 2015

Schedule for the Geospatial devroom @FOSDEM 2016

I have the honour to present to present to you the schedule for the geospatial devroom at FOSDEM, which will happen on Sunday 31/01/2016.

We have a nice lineup with some well known GIS tools, moving over to new developments happening at OSGeo and Open Streetmap. 3D visualisation is the topic of different presentations around noon. And should you prefer backend work, the afternoon has a lineup of no less than 4 different geospatial databases (MySQL, Rasdaman, Mongodb and Pivotal).

Event Speakers Start End


  Automating your Analysis with SAGA GIS Johan Van de Wauw 09:30 09:55
  Tempus - a framework for multimodal trip planning Hugo Mercier 10:00 10:25
Create Your Own Geoportal Web Application And Service Repository
Astrid Emde 10:30 10:55
  Building a geo-aware OS Zeeshan Ali (Khattak) 11:00 11:25
  Results of Google Summer of Code 2015 at OSGeo Margherita Di leo, Anne Ghisla 11:30 11:55
  100% open journey planning
Open source, open APIs, open data
Tuukka Hastrup 12:00 12:25
  Mapping with a phone
Why is it so hard to edit OpenStreetMap on a phone, and how MAPS.ME solves this problem
Ilya Zverev 12:30 12:55
  OSM + SRTM + WebGL = Flight Simulator Thomas Bremer 13:00 13:25
  OL3-Cesium, 3D for OpenLayers Guillaume Beraudo 13:30 13:55
  iTowns, an opensource web framework for 3D visualization Vincent Mora 14:00 14:25
  Introduction to MySQL GIS
A crash course
Norvald H. Ryeng 14:30 14:55
  Managing Spatio-Temporal Big Data through Scalable OGC Web Services Alex Dumitru 15:00 15:25
  Geospatial and Me
How to fast exploit geospatial data on apps
Norberto Leite 15:30 15:55
  Trajectory: A novel geospatial data model of Pivotal GPDB Kuien Liu 16:00 16:25
  Geocoding the World with
Geocoding on the cloud
Ervin Ruci 16:30 16:50
To close the day we can head of to the the Closing keynote of FOSDEM which will be given by Blake Girardot (HOT OSM)
Putting 8 Million People on the Map:
Revolutionizing crisis response through open mapping tools

17:00 - 17:50Janson

For all of you who don't know FOSDEM: FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event bringing together about 5000 developers in Brussels, Belgium. The goal is to provide open source software developers and communities a place to meet and share thoughts. The participation is free of charge, although donations are welcome. The next edition will take place the last weekend ofJanuary 30 - 31 2016. This year for the second time there will be a Geospatial devroom on Sunday 31/1/2016.

Hope to see all of you in Brussels!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Call For presentations Geospatial devroom @FOSDEM 2016

Please forward!

FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event bringing together about 5000 developers in Brussels, Belgium. The goal is to provide open source software developers and communities a place to meet and share thoughts. The participation is free of charge, although donations are welcome. The next edition will take place the last weekend of January 30 - 31 2016. This year for the second time there will be a Geospatial devroom on Sunday 31/1/2016,organised by members of the OSGeo, Locationtech and OpenStreetMap communities.

Geospatial technology is becoming rapidly mainstream. The idea underpinning the geospatial devroom is bringing together developers with different backgrounds to disclose the opportunities offered by cutting-edge open source geospatial technologies. Due to the success of last years devroom, a Belgium local chapter of OSGeo, was founded, and is now taking part of the organisation of the devroom as driving community.

The Geospatial devroom is the place to talk about the state of the art of open, geo-related data, free and open source geospatial software and its ecosystem. This includes standards and tools, e.g. spatial databases, online mapping tools, geospatial services, used for collecting, storing, delivering, analysing, and visualizing geodata. We welcome submissions about: 

  • Web and desktop GIS applications
  • Interoperable geospatial web services and specifications
  • Collection of data using sensors/drones/satellites
  • Open hardware for geospatial applications
  • Geo-analytic algorithms/libraries
  • Geospatial extensions for classical databases (indexes, operations) and dedicated databases
  • Collaborative editing/versioning of geodata
  • Big geodata, scalable GIS applications
  • Volunteered Geograpic information - Crowdsourced data


Are you thrilled to present your work to other open source developers? Would you like to run a discussion? Any other ideas? Please submit your proposal using the Pentabarf event planning tool at:

Make sure to select the 'Geospatial devroom' as  'Track'. Please, specify in the notes if you prefer for your presentation either a short timeslot (lightning talks ~10 minutes) or a long timeslot (20 minutes presentation + discussion). However, note that time slots are indicative and will be assigned according to the needs of the session.

The DEADLINE for submissions is Tuesday **1st December 2015**. Notification of acceptance will be sent to the Authors by Friday 11/12/2015 at the latest.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the organisers of the devroom at!

Johan Van de Wauw
Margherita Di Leo
Astrid Emde
Anne Ghisla
Martin Hammitzsch
Andy Petrella 
Dirk Frigne
Olivier Courtin
Thomas Gratier

Monday, April 27, 2015

An update on Debian and Ubuntu GIS

Last week was an important week for Debian and Ubuntu: both distributions had a release. Debian released its new stable release "8.0" nicknamed "jessie".

Deep down the release notes you will find a sentence which may be interesting for anyone interested in GIS on this platform:

During the jessie development cycle many changes from UbuntuGIS were merged back into Debian GIS. The collaboration with UbuntuGIS and OSGeo-Live projects was improved, resulting in new packages and contributors. Visit Debian GIS tasks pages to see the full range of GIS software inside Debian and the Debian GIS homepage for more information.
This means that in jessie you will find a number of new packages (owslib, pgrouting,spatialite-gui,tinyows) and updates to many of the large well known packages: gdal, mapserver, postgis, qgis, saga and grass, but also to openstreetmap related packages such as josm.

If you are looking for a stable distribution which offers many gis packages out of the box, debian jessie is definitely the way to go, as it will be supported for five years.

Just a few days before the release of jessie also ubuntu had a new release: 15.04 nicknamed "vivid". Much of the work that was done in Debian for jessie is included in this release (since ubuntu is based on debian), and some packages even got synced from the development versions of Debian: you will find that vivid contains the current release for eg gdal, postgis and saga, without having to rely on a third party archive!

All of this was possible because DebianGIS, and Sebastic in particular have been very active. Now that jessie is released, more energy will go into packaging new packages and versions, so if your pet GIS project is not in Debian/Ubuntu yet (or not up-to-date as you would like), it is the ideal moment to join!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Two days of geo-goodness at FOSDEM 31/1 - 1/2

You may already know that there is a great lineup for the geospatial devroom at FOSDEM on synday: yes, we actually have 22 presenters from a large number of different countries (even outside Europe!).

Intro geospatial devroomJohan Van de Wauw09:0009:05
Use of OSS in the Lifewatch biodiversity research projectJulien Radoux09:0509:15
QGIS Tool for Landslide Hazard AssessmentDarya Golovko09:1509:25
Opensource Desktop GIS at Regional and Local goverments in Flanders
Integrating Govermental webservices into QGIS
Kay Warrie09:2509:35
Bridging the gap between simulation and GISVincent Mora09:4010:05
GRASS GIS 7: Efficiently processing big geospatial dataMarkus Neteler10:1010:30
GRASS Development APIs
Lifting the fog on the different ways to develop for GRASS
Moritz Lennert10:3010:45
Open Standards for Big Geo DataPeter Baumann10:5011:15
Scotty, I need a data in three minutes! (Or we're all dead!!)
Just the right data at just the right time
Andrew Ross11:2011:45
Distributed tile processing with GeoTrellis and SparkRob Emanuele11:5012:15
GeoTrellis and the GeoTiff File FormatJohan Stenberg12:1512:25
Habitat - a programmable personal geospatial datatoreRichard Pope12:3012:40
spatial backend as a service !
Mathieu Leplatre12:4513:10
Taking Web GIS beyond Google Maps with the Geomajas Client and Spatial Application Server
Mapping stuff with Java, GWT and Javascript
Frank Maes13:1513:40
Mobile Map Technology
Developing Mobile Multiplatform 3d maps
Manuel de la Calle Alonso13:4514:10
Potree - Rendering Large Point Clouds in Web BrowsersMarkus Schütz14:1514:25
OpenLayers 3: A unique web-mapping libraryÉric Lemoine14:3014:55
Ol3-Cesium : 3D for OpenLayers map
An exciting library for automatically bringing 3D to your map
Guillaume Beraudo14:5515:10
Overpass API
A service to query OpenStreetMap data
Roland Olbricht15:1515:40
Tempus: a framework for multimodal trip planningHugo Mercier15:4516:10
Douglas-Peucker updated
or do you want to reduce your data
Stephane Winnepenninckx16:1516:40
PicoTCP on Mobile Ad Hoc networksBrecht Van Cauwenberghe16:4516:55
Full schedule here.
But apart from the lineup on Sunday, also Saterday actually has a number of interesting geo-related talks as well:

10:35 - 10:55 (distributions devroom)
 12:00 - 12:50 (hardware track)

14:00 - 14:25 (graph devroom)
15:00 - 15:50 (hardware track)
And I'm sure you will probably find many other interesting presentations in one of the other 550 lectures. So hope to see many of you at FOSDEM!

I noted there is another geo-related talk on Sunday, unfortunately in parallel with the program for the geospatial devroom: