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Crowdsource mapping assistance for cyclone-struck Vanuatu

The UN reports about Humanitarian Open Street Map Team (HOT) support of Cyclone Pam recovery in Vanuatu.

HOT reported: “In the space of less than 24 hours, the HOT community more than doubled the amount of map data in OpenStreetMap. This was done by first covering all the priority islands to map with both Task Manager about 99% completed. The community used existing imagery and added this to our Task Manager tool to divide up the tiles (blocks on a map).”

More information on Humanitarian Open Street Map Team HOT link.

pycsw Graduates OSGeo Incubation

OSGeo is pleased to announce that the pycsw project has graduated from incubation and is now a full fledged OSGeo project. Angelos Tzotsos, a long time member of the pycsw Project Steering Committee (PSC) has been appointed as project officer.  The full post is available on the OSGeo website.

The project powers numerous high profile activities such as US, Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), US National Geothermal Data System (NGDS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the WMO World Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation Data Centre (WOUDC) (more info).

Congratulations to the pycsw community!

Batch Geonews: QGIS News, GeoWave, New Google Roads API, Challenges of Geospatial Databases, and much more

Here’s the recent geonews in batch mode.

From the open source / open data front:

From the Esri front:

From the Google front:

Discussed over Slashdot:

In the everything-else category:

In the maps category:

QGIS 2.8 LTR Released

Releases of the popular open source desktop GIS software QGIS are always good news, and it is now at version QGIS 2.8 LTR.

LTR what? “LTR stands for “Long Term Release”. This means that QGIS now has a system in place to provide a one-year stable release with backported bug fixes. The idea behind LTR is to have a stable platform for enterprises and organizations that don’t want update their software and training materials more often than once a year.”

Here’s the official visual changelog and its table of content:

New stable release: GRASS GIS 7.0.0

The GRASS GIS Development team has announced the release of the new major version GRASS GIS 7.0.0. This version provides many new functionalities including spatio-temporal database support, image segmentation, estimation of evapotranspiration and emissivity from satellite imagery, automatic line vertex densification during reprojection, more LIDAR support and a strongly improved graphical user interface experience. GRASS GIS 7.0.0 also offers significantly improved performance for many raster and vector modules: “Many processes that would take hours now take less than a minute, even on my small laptop!” explains Markus Neteler, the coordinator of the development team composed of academics and GIS professionals from around the world. The software is available for Linux, MS-Windows, Mac OSX and other operating systems.NagsHead

Detailed announcement and software download:


The Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (, commonly referred to as GRASS GIS, is an Open Source Geographic Information System providing powerful raster, vector and geospatial processing capabilities in a single integrated software suite. GRASS GIS includes tools for spatial modeling, visualization of raster and vector data, management and analysis of geospatial data, and the processing of satellite and aerial imagery. It also provides the capability to produce sophisticated presentation graphics and hardcopy maps. GRASS GIS has been translated into about twenty languages and supports a huge array of data formats. It can be used either as a stand-alone application or as backend for other software packages such as QGIS and R geostatistics. It is distributed freely under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). GRASS GIS is a founding member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).