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FOSS4G-Asia 2014 program and speakers

Next week on December 2nd FOSS4G-Asia 2014 will be held in Thailand. This second edition is having a nice mix of open source innovative technologies, SDI development, community-based projects, used-case and open data initiatives based on OSGeo software. Slashgeo as media partners of the event will published post on what will be discuss and present at this unique event.

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A long list of key speakers will give an overview of what has been accomplished recently by the OSGeo community, such as: Jeff Meckenna (OSGeo), Toru Mori (OSGeo Japan), Maria Brovelli (ICA-OSGeo Labs Network),Yantisa Hankadi (HOT-OSM) and many more.

You can see the entire program here: http://www.foss4g-asia.org/2014/programmenu/conference-seminar-agenda/

There is also a song that has been produced especially for the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPwGHf3_B6Y

FOSS4G-Asia 2014 aims to bring together FOSS4G users and developers worldwide and foster closer interactions with and amongst Asian communities in order to share ideas for improving software and applications. The Bangkok conference will cover all aspects of FOSS4G, Open Data and Open Standards, with a particular focus on exchanging experiences between FOSS4G users and developers and providing first-hand information on FOSS4G for developing national/local spatial data infrastructures in Asian countries. FOSS4G-Asia 2014 also commemorates ten years since the FOSS-GRASS User Conference was held at Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand between 12-14 September 2004.

GIS Day 2014, Geography Awareness Week and OSMGeoWeek

That’s right, that’s today, the annual GIS Day! Which as usual comes in the middle of the Geography Awareness Week. What is new as far as I’m aware is OpenStreetMap and National Geographic teaming together for this year’s Geography Awareness Week.

Here’s about this OSMGeoWeek: “National Geographic, the U.S. Department of State (MapGive), the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Missing Maps and OpenStreetMap US are hosting mapping events at colleges, universities and clubs to map food resources around the globe, following this year’s Geography Awareness Week theme, “The Future of Food.””

GraphHopper: a fast and flexible open source trip planner

Route planning is an essential part of the connected and mobile world. Many people use commercial solutions on a daily basis to avoid traffic jams when heading home or when they plan their next business or outdoor trip. It is also a crucial part in many business areas like for garbage collection, pizza delivery, or ride sharing where speed is important to calculate thousands or even millions of high quality routes within a short time.

The team behind GraphHopper is building a fast and open source alternative to existing solutions. It is licensed under the permissive Apache License 2.0 and available on GitHub. We provide a world-wide instance for car routing, biking, and walking called GraphHopper Maps. With it, you can see the routing engine GraphHopper in action, combined with map tiles served from Mapnik and the address search coming from Photon. It’s all open source and has high privacy standards due to using own servers.

Free workshops about “gvSIG 2.1 New features” and “Scripting on gvSIG 2.1″

On Friday December 5th 2014, there will be two workshops, free of charge, about “gvSIG 2.1 New features” and “Scripting on gvSIG 2.1” at the 10th International gvSIG Conference
(Valencia (Spain)).

Both workshops will have Spanish-English simultaneous interpretation.

All the information about them  is at the gvSIG blog:
http://blog.gvsig.org/2014/11/03/10th-international-gvsig-conference-workshop-gvsig-2-1-new-features%e2%80%b3/
http://blog.gvsig.org/2014/11/06/10th-international-gvsig-conference-workshop-scripting-on-gvsig-2-1%e2%80%b3/

In reference to the Scripting workshop, if you are interested in a particular part of the module, thus programming a certain topic or use, you can write your preferences in the blog post and we will endeavor to tailor the workshop to your needs.

More information about the conference and registrations (free of charge) at http://jornadas.gvsig.org

We expect your participation.

QGIS 2.6 Released

QGIS is amongst the most featureful open source desktop GIS out there, it just got better this week with the release of QGIS 2.6 ‘Brighton’. The visual changelog offers a long description of the new features and improvements. Here’s the index, please follow the link to read the details and see the accompanying screenshots:

  • General
    • Feature: Project filename in properties
    • Feature: Allow removing last point while measuring via del/backspace keys
    • Feature: select related feature on the canvas from the relation reference widget
    • Feature: Editor widgets
    • Feature: Optionally use just a subset of fields from the joined layer
    • Feature: Expression field (virtual fields)
    • Feature: Actions can now have an associated icon
    • Feature: Additional expressions types and options
    • Feature: Classes within graduated and categorised renderers can be toggled
    • Feature: Legend improvements
  • Data Providers
    • Feature: DXF export improvements
  • Map Composer
    • Feature: Control over hiding print composer items from prints/exports
    • Feature: Control over page printing for empty composer frames
    • Feature: Item tree panel
    • Feature: More control over appearance of composer arrow/line items
    • Feature: Data defined control of composer items
    • Feature: Composer images can be specifed as remote URLS
    • Feature: Composer Table improvements
    • Feature: Composer improvements
    • Feature: Improved item snapping
    • Feature: Multiple overviews for a map item
    • Feature: HTML item improvements
    • Feature: Composer map grid improvements
  • Processing
    • Feature: On-line collection of models and scripts
    • Feature: New modeler implementation
  • Programmability
    • Feature: API changes for QGIS widgets
  • QGIS Server
    • Feature: Enhancements of searching with GetFeatureInfo request
    • Feature: Add a precision setting for GetFeatureInfo geometry attributes
  • Symbology
    • Feature: Better random colour choice
    • Feature: Symbology user interface improvements
  • User Interface
    • Feature: Syntax highlighting code editor
    • Feature: Color palettes
    • Feature: New color picker dialog
    • Feature: Single select feature tool merged into select by rectangle
    • Feature: Add layer to map canvas behaviour
    • Feature: Add icon size 48 and 64
    • Feature: New colour buttons
    • Feature: Context menu for identify tool

There’s also other recent QGIS-related entries that are of interest:

Screenshot of multiple overviews within a map: