Recent Geonews

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:

HALE 2.9.0 Released – new look, new tools, new INSPIRE Annex II/III support

HALE 2.9.0 released – new look, new tools, INSPIRE codelists + Annex II/III

The HUMBOLDT Alignment Editor (HALE) is a spatial data transformation application licensed unde LGPL. You use HALE to interactively and visually define and execute schema mappings and data harmonisation processes.

We have just completed testing and documentation for the new HALE 2.9.0 release. There is a lot that has changed under the hood for the 2.9 release. Apart from a lot of bug fixes and an upgrade of the underlying platform to Eclipse Luna,we can again provide an installer for Windows and a version of HALE that runs on current Mac OS X operating systems.

The new release comes with a long list of useful new features, as you would expect after the relatively long break since the last release of HALE. Get your download here and read in detail about the new features here. Here are the headline news:

  • INSPIRE Code List Support: Browse and search the code lists from the INSPIRE registry provided by the JRC and directly load them in HALE.
  • Create ATOM feed based INSPIRE download services. Information on feature types and coordinate reference systems will be included automatically.
  • INSPIRE Annex II and III schemas now built in: HALE supports any schema, but usage of the inbuilt schemas is super-simple, so we have extended the set of inbuilt schemas to also include the final versions of all Annex II and III schemas.
  • New mapping documentation format: We added a new mapping documentation format based on HTML and SVG that is interactive and optimal for web display.
  • Extended command line interface: The new command line interface is far more flexible in its configuration and allows data export to be easily configured with support through the HALE user interface.
  • Smart Retype: Do you have source and target schema types that are very similar and differ just in a few properties or only the namespace? The Retype transformation function has configuration options to automatically copy properties/attributes with similar names.
  • Reprojection/CRS Conversion: You can now include a conversion to a given coordinate reference system (CRS) as part of writing the transformed data to GML.
  • Manage Schema changes: Next time a standard is updated, HALE will make the transition simple by identifying and highlighting changes.

As usual, there has been a set of other improvements (about 15). You can go here to learn more about these. We will post separate workflow descriptions for the usage of the CLI and on the INSPRIE Code Lists in the next days. Enjoy your work with HALE 2.9.0!