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GeoServer 2.6.0 Released

One of the popular geospatial data server just got an update, GeoServer 2.6.0 has been released. Here’s an exhaustive list of talks on GeoServer at FOSS4G 2014.

The new features, according to the announcement:

  • WFS Cascade: WFS Cascade has been updated to use a brand new GeoTools wfs client implementation.
  • Curve support for GML and WMS: GeoServer curve support has been added for interaction with Oracle Spatial. To configure look for Linearization tolerance when configuring your layer. As outlined in the FOSS4G presentation we are seeking interested parties to implement or fund curve support for PostGIS and SQL Server.
  • Advanced Projection Handling: Considerable care has been taken in the handling of raster data across the dateline and in polar projections.
  • Coverage Views: recombine bands from different sources into a multi-band coverage (use “configure new coverage view” when creating a new layer).
  • Vector footprints support in image mosaics: you can now cut out of your images the “bad” parts using vector footprints, setup as sidecar wkb/wkt files, or as a global footprints shapefile
  • Pluggable Styles: this change allows greater integration with the CSS Extension (and opens the door for even more style languages in the future)
  • Wind Barbs and WKT Graphics: for greater creative control.
  • Printing: new implementation from our friends at MapFish (based on MapFish 2.x).
  • Scripting community module: a great new editor for editing scripts directly from the web application
  • New raster formats: NetCDF and GRIB support, for anyone dealing with multidimensional data. NetCDF is also supported as a WCS output format, and it allows to extract data hypercubes out of your WCS server. Finally, it is also possible to build multidimensional mosaics of NetCDF and GRIB files, and add to the using the harvest REST API.
  • Language and Internationalisation: Turkish support has been added and French, Korean, Polish, Romanian are all caught up with the latest developments.


China’s GlobeLand30 LULC Dataset Released

Announced last week is a newly available and free global land use land cover dataset at 30m spatial resolution. Here’s the official announcement: On the occasion of the upcoming UN climate change summit, Chinese government donates the GlobeLand30 datasets to the United Nations.

From the announcement: “For the past four years, China NASG has developed and prepared GlobeLand30, the world’s first global land cover datasets at a 30m resolution, for the years 2000 and 2010. The datasets are organized by ten major land cover classes and provide essential high resolution land cover and change information for climate change studies, environment monitoring, resource management, sustainable development, and many other societal benefit areas.”

You can head to the OpenLandService website to download the GLC30 – GlobeLand30 LULC dataset.

Google Geonews: New ‘My Maps’, Making of Maps, Street View in many New Places, and more

Here’s the recent Google-related geonews in batch mode.

From official sources:

From other sources:

FOSS4G 2014 Wrap-Up

FOSS4G 2014 took place 2 weeks ago and here’s what you should not miss.

Defi GeoHack 2014

In Quebec City (Canada), a unique Geo Challenge-Hackathon event will be held just before one of the major GIS events in North America of 2014. This event, called Défi GéoHack 2014 (French or English language: and, is based on traditional hackathons for developers, integrators, cartographers, students, etc. with a mix of challenges submitted by sponsors focusing on GIS and web standards. This event is supported by the Open Geospatial Consortium or OGC (

This one-day activity organised by passionate volunteers will happen before the opening days of Geoconference 2014 ( in October. The Hackathon will be constrained to use geospatial open data, web standards and GIS / web tools. Real problems will be submitted by sponsors on different themes such as health, public safety, culture, transportation, environment, smart cities/government and others.

For the first edition in 2013 (, real world problems were submitted by a media organisation (CBC/Radio-Canada), the government of Quebec, the City of Montreal and private enterprise (Effigis). More than 40 people participated in the event.

Many OGC standard were used and tested, such as the OGC Web Map Feature (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS), Web Processing Service (WPS), Catalog Services Web (CSW), CityGML, and KML standards. Défi GéoHack 2014 is again looking to have new innovative projects based on OGC standards. Why? Because Geospatial technologies must be fully interoperable for organisations to be able to share services with the wider community.

The hackathon will offer awards financed by sponsors. These awards will be given to the best implementations, judged by sponsor representatives and participants. The rules of the challenges will be based on the best practices (e.g., open hack, OGC standard, etc.) and transparency.

This is a tremendous opportunity for organizations that would like to test some ideas and see how they can be implemented by a team of motivated people. It is also a good opportunity for individuals to demonstrate their skills.

Visit this web site for more information: or contact the organizers to become a sponsor or ask questions on this unique event: