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    • sur KAN T&IT Blog: IOT Solution Congress en Brasil, nuestra experiencia

      Posted: 12 July 2024, 7:35pm CEST

      El pasado mes de junio se llevó a cabo el IOT Solutions Congress en la ciudad de San Pablo, Brasil, donde más de 5.000 personas se reunieron para ver las soluciones más avanzadas en la industria del Internet de las Cosas (IOT).

      El Internet de las Cosas es un concepto tecnológico que se resume como una red de dispositivos interconectados, ya sea a través de internet u otro tipo de redes, con el fin de enviar y recibir información en tiempo real y de forma automatizada.

      Como muchas tecnologías innovadoras, el IOT tiene una amplia variedad de aplicaciones y usos, y esto se vió reflejado en la diversidad de las empresas que se acercaron al evento de San Pablo para conocer más sobre el tema. Se destacó la presencia de empresas de la industria petroquímica, minera, agrícola, de la construcción y organismos gubernamentales.

      En esta ocasión KAN participó del evento con un stand y con un espacio en el Startup Stage, donde Ariel Anthieni (CEO) dió una charla sobre las aplicaciones y beneficios de los Gemelos Digitales (Digital Twins) con un enfoque particular en el monitoreo de tránsito de las ciudades.

      Un Gemelo Digital es una réplica digital altamente precisa de objetos de todo tipo, desde vehículos y turbinas hasta ciudades enteras, cuyo fin es el de crear simulaciones que puedan optimizar el uso de dichos objetos. El mayor valor que otorga un Gemelo Digital es que utiliza datos reales para llevar a cabo estas simulaciones.

      Primero se recolectan los datos utilizando dispositivos de telemetría IOT (sensores térmicos, caudalímetros, acelerómetros, etc.), luego se procesa esta información y finalmente se vuelca sobre el modelo virtual. Utilizando este modelo se pueden realizar diferentes tipos de simulaciones, analizar cada uno de los distintos escenarios y buscar mejoras para optimizar los recursos que se disponen.

      Por ejemplo, utilizando sensores de vibración y un gemelo digital, se puede analizar el uso real de una bomba de agua, simular distintos escenarios y establecer cuándo debe hacerse el mantenimiento preventivo óptimo según los datos obtenidos.

      Para el caso de las ciudades, Ariel explicó en su charla que los Gemelos Digitales permiten ayudar a los organismos gubernamentales a ver de forma anticipada el impacto que determinadas políticas públicas pueden tener en la organización de la ciudad.

      Ariel lo explica en dos ejemplos sencillos: Conociendo el movimiento real de los colectivos en las ciudades, se puede simular el impacto que tendrán en sus recorridos si una avenida principal es clausurada completamente. Esto permite al gobierno buscar la reorganización óptima y desplegar eficazmente a los equipos de tránsito que llevarán a cabo la tarea.

      Otro ejemplo se ve en la ciudad de Japón, donde el gobierno utiliza Gemelos Digitales para realizar simulaciones de terremotos y tsunamis para mejorar su capacidad de respuesta y recuperación ante los desastres naturales.

      En conclusión, KAN cumplió con su cometido en el congreso de IOT logrando mostrar una solución vanguardista dentro de la industria IOT y dejando en claro que es una de las startups a seguir.

    • sur Free and Open Source GIS Ramblings: Trajectools 2.2 released

      Posted: 12 July 2024, 7:23pm CEST

      If you downloaded Trajectools 2.1 and ran into troubles due to the introduced scikit-mobility and gtfs_functions dependencies, please update to Trajectools 2.2.

      This new version makes it easier to set up Trajectools since MovingPandas is pip-installable on most systems nowadays and scikit-mobility and gtfs_functions are now truly optional dependencies. If you don’t install them, you simply will not see the extra algorithms they add:

      If you encounter any other issues with Trajectools or have questions regarding its usage, please let me know in the Trajectools Discussions on Github.

    • sur WhereGroup: Volumendifferenzen, Zonenstatistik und mehr: wie Geoinformationssysteme (GIS) beim Wiederaufbau des Ahrtals helfen

      Posted: 12 July 2024, 1:47pm CEST
      Geoinformationssysteme unterstützen beim Wiederaufbau im Ahrtal nach der katastrophalen Flutkatastrophe 2021. Mit QGIS machen wir Daten sichtbar für diese Herkulesaufgabe, um Maßnahmen für den Wiederaufbau abzuleiten.
    • sur Your Future Climate Twin

      Posted: 12 July 2024, 11:22am CEST by Keir Clarke
      If you want to know how climate change will affect New York City in 60 years time you just need to travel to Arkansas today. In the town of Ola, Arkansas you can experience today the climate that New York is expected to have in 2080, when summer temperatures will be 12.1°F warmer and 5.3% wetter.The concept of climate analogs is often used in climate science to describe a location whose current
    • sur Mappery: World Time in EC1

      Posted: 12 July 2024, 11:00am CEST

      Another pic from Marc-Tobias’ visit to London

      MapsintheWild World Time in EC1

    • sur gvSIG Team: Acceptance Speech for the National Geographic Science Award

      Posted: 12 July 2024, 8:17am CEST

      Honorable Mr. Jesús Gómez, Undersecretary of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, distinguished authorities, ladies and gentlemen,

      It is an immense honor and a profound satisfaction for me to receive, on behalf of the gvSIG Association, the first National Geographic Science Award ever given in Spain. We humbly confess that being the first to receive it, with so many deserving individuals and entities, further elevates the importance we place on this award. Additionally, it ensures that you will hear the best acceptance speech for the award to date.

      This award represents an extraordinary recognition of the trajectory and dedication of a group passionate about geography, technology, and knowledge, understood as drivers of change.

      Let us begin with the term that names this award, geography. Tim Marshall, in his excellent essay “Prisoners of Geography,” concluded that while geography does not dictate the development of all events, since great ideas and leaders are part of the push and pull of history, all must act within the confines that geography sets. Former U.S. President Barack Obama told us that geography was much more than putting names on a map; it was about understanding reality. Those who have listened to us over the years well know that in the gvSIG Association, we have always affirmed that reality manifests in the territory. Everything exists to the extent that it is in a place and how it relates to what is around it. Therefore, the geographic or spatial dimension of things is a fundamental attribute for managing reality. It was in the past, it will be in the future, and undoubtedly, it is in the present.

      This leads us to talk about the second concept that excites us, technology. With more than two decades into the 21st century, we must all be aware that technology permeates every productive, economic, academic, and social process to the point of becoming an indispensable tool. Without fear of being wrong, I could say that there are more technological devices in this room than people. We cannot imagine that management of reality we spoke of without technology. We know that Spain and the European Union are significantly betting on science, technology, and innovation as fundamental pillars for their growth and sustainable development. For our part, in the gvSIG Association, we have always talked about technology as a strategic sector and will continue to insist on it as long as necessary. Geographic information management technologies, encompassed under the concept of geomatics, are those that allow us to analyze, understand, and manage the territory, geography.

      Geomatics is applied in managing infrastructures of all kinds, in sectors such as the environment, security, energy, mobility, education, health, agriculture, tourism,… it is transversal to countless themes and applicable to countless geographies.

      Thus, we should begin to be aware that being dependent on a strategic sector is a manifest weakness. Who would want our administrations, our universities, our companies, those that work in and with the territory, to be technologically dependent? Herein lies much of the importance and success of the gvSIG project: building and developing technologies for managing spatial data, its geographic dimension, with free software. Betting on technological sovereignty by promoting solutions that grant all rights and freedoms to their users. That avoid any dependence not only on technologies but on the owners of these. Not only that, the gvSIG Association has fostered its own industrial fabric, specialized in geomatics, making the Valencian Community and Spain a reference center internationally. Today, not only are gvSIG-branded technologies used worldwide, but today, Spanish companies carry out some of the largest projects related to geographic information systems around the globe. I conclude this section by reaffirming that betting on our own and free technologies can be, undoubtedly is, a strategic decision of the highest order.

      We link this to the last concept related to the gvSIG Association’s activity, knowledge. And at this point, it might be worthwhile to take a look back at the history of our entity.

      Let us not forget that if we are here today, receiving this important recognition, it is because one day a public administration, the Generalitat Valenciana, decided to take the first step. The gvSIG project came to light in 2004, with a first version of a software product that today is part of a complete catalog of geomatics solutions. Today, not only is it talked about, but legislation in Spain and Europe promotes reuse, sharing, interoperability among administrations, and the development of our own technologies. At the beginning of this century, it was not so. The Generalitat Valenciana not only took the first step but knew how to share the achievements with the entire international community and energize what would end up being the gvSIG Association.

      Today, it continues to bet on the project, using gvSIG technologies in more and more areas, from agriculture to road safety, from industry to sustainable mobility, contributing to its development and also reusing all the technological improvements that are continuously consolidated in the project. Just last week, the Danish Agency for Digital Government published a report highlighting the Generalitat Valenciana as the main success case for the promotion of free software technology by a public administration. It spoke of gvSIG.

      Therefore, this award, this recognition, is largely shared with the Generalitat Valenciana and, in particular, with its Directorate General of Information and Communication Technologies.

      At the end of 2009, the gvSIG Association was born. A group of people, companies, and entities decided to scale the impact of the project. To ensure its sustainability on the one hand, to consolidate an incipient industrial fabric on the other. The premise might seem simple, but it was not easy to implement. Bringing the values of free software to the economy. Developing a new business model – a concept much talked about – based on collaboration, shared knowledge versus speculation with acquired knowledge, solidarity versus rivalry. From the dates, you may guess that we were born in the midst of a crisis, in difficult times, with few resources but with great enthusiasm. In those early years, we made the English proverb “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor” our own. It was necessary to dream, and believing in our dreams has brought us here. After this time, we do not forget to keep dreaming.

      Today, in 2024, the gvSIG Association is an entity recognized worldwide. The technology derived from a project born, let us not forget, on the periphery of Europe is used in more than 160 countries. We participate and collaborate with the main forums and organizations that promote Geographic Sciences, open knowledge, and interoperability. We have received international awards from entities such as NASA or the European Commission, which last year recognized gvSIG as the most important free software project in Europe. We have developed a suite or catalog of free technologies that allow addressing any need for information management with a geographic dimension, for any organization. We collaborate on R+D+I projects with dozens of universities, scientific publications citing the use of gvSIG are multiplying. gvSIG’s social networks have a notable influence with thousands of followers. And regarding that new business model we talked about… we have promoted the consolidation of Spanish companies and developed projects in more than 30 countries for entities of all kinds, from the United Nations to small municipalities, from large private sector energy companies to NGOs. We are, in short, an international reference center.

      Our history, therefore, pivots around knowledge. Developing it to share it, to reduce asymmetries between territories, to generate quality economy, to reaffirm Antonio Machado’s saying that “in matters of culture and knowledge, you only lose what you keep; you only gain what you give.”

      I want to recall an anecdote that well reflects this phrase. An example of those other values, not quantifiable, that occur around the model of knowledge, development, and business we promote in the gvSIG Association.

      At an event organized by Itaipú Binacional in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, we were invited to give training courses both to the staff of the hydroelectric plant and, openly, to university students who wanted to attend. In the first training course, a male and a female student sitting in the front row asked the trainer (in this case, it was me) if he could put them in touch with the event organizers to ask for affordable accommodation. Then they told me their story…

      At the University of Asunción, Paraguay, where they were studying, the students collectively requested the faculty to give them training in gvSIG, as they considered it a strategic investment for the country to have engineers trained in free software technologies, with all the advantages that entails. The faculty, familiar only with non-free products, refused. Among all the students, it was decided to collect funds to allow one male and one female student to make the long journey to Foz do Iguaçu, receive training, and thus, upon returning, be able to replicate the training for all the students. Today, several of those students hold responsible positions in the country.

      If we have come this far, it is because many people think there can be other approaches, other ways of doing things. Therefore, to conclude, I want to thank all the people who were, are, or will be in the gvSIG project: workers, entities, communities… and especially to the colleagues for their effort and commitment, who have always put themselves at the service of the project and never put the project at their service. Our future will be full of maps, standards, algorithms, and lines of code, but above all, of people working towards a common goal. Thank you very much.

    • sur Mappery: Globes holding stuff in place

      Posted: 11 July 2024, 11:00am CEST

      From Reinder, he spotted “Two globes at Waterlooplein-market in Amsterdam preventing the wind from blowing all the stuff away.”

      MapsintheWild Globes holding stuff in place

    • sur Europeans Profiting from American Deaths

      Posted: 11 July 2024, 8:55am CEST by Keir Clarke
      Around a third of the guns used in mass shootings in the United States were manufactured in Europe. In European Weapons, American Victims the German newspaper Tagesspiegel investigates how German and Austrian arms manufacturers are profiting from exploiting America's love affair with guns.Guns are the major cause of children's deaths in the United States, ahead of both traffic accidents and
    • sur John Snow's Proximity Mapping

      Posted: 10 July 2024, 4:07pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      I've probably seen over 100 modern interactive visualizations of John Snow's famous map of cholera victims during the 1854 cholera outbreak in Soho. John Snow's map shows the locations of cholera deaths clustered around a water pump in Broad Street. The map helped to disprove the prevailing miasma theory on the spread of diseases and establish that cholera was actually spread by contaminated
    • sur AI Satellite Search

      Posted: 9 July 2024, 9:15am CEST by Keir Clarke
      boats identified by AIIn recent years machine learning and artificial intelligence has revolutionized the way we analyze the world from above. The ability to automatically detect and identify objects in satellite images has unlocked a myriad of possibilities, including monitoring deforestation, tracking wildlife, and enhancing disaster response.Some recent examples of machine learning being used
    • sur Mapgears: Recap from the 56th International Snowmobile Congress

      Posted: 8 July 2024, 2:32pm CEST

      We once again attended the 56th edition of the International Snowmobile Congress, held this year in the picturesque state of Wisconsin. It was a great opportunity to engage with key figures in our industry.

      As Bronze Sponsors, we reinforced our commitment to the snowmobiling community. Throughout the congress, we had meaningful face-to-face discussions with clients and explored potential partnerships with new associations interested in joining the evTrails family.

      These events are always a highlight for us, enabling us to not only network within the industry but also to gain valuable insights into the needs and preferences of trail managers, particularly regarding smart mapping and related technologies.

      We were thrilled to receive positive feedback from many clients who visited our booth, expressing their appreciation for our trail system and how it simplifies their daily responsibilities as trail managers. Additionally, we showcased our latest feature, Drive Up, which enhances the rider’s navigation experience through seamless driving mode integration.

      The congress also provided us with invaluable client feedback on potential enhancements to our app and solutions. We returned home inspired by numerous ideas for new features that we are eager to develop and share with you.

      Meanwhile, enjoy these photos of our team participating in the diverse activities at the 56th International Snowmobile Congress!

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    • sur Mappery: Armidale Information Centre

      Posted: 8 July 2024, 11:00am CEST

      Anna Barca spotted this map on the staircase at the Armidale Information Centre. She said “The use of the staircase to display local attractions (mainly National Parks) is clever, turning a boring wall into a amazing eye-catching source of information.”

      Good spot Anna and welcome to the Mappery community with your first map in the wild.

      MapsintheWild Armidale Information Centre

    • sur France Defeats the Far-Right

      Posted: 8 July 2024, 10:17am CEST by Keir Clarke
      first round (left) and second round (right) election resultsThe left of center New Popular Front has emerged as the most popular party after France's second round of voting in its national parliamentary election. Le Pen's National Rally party has fallen from its first round triumph to a third placed position, behind both the New Popular Front and President Macron's center-right coalition. 
    • sur QGIS Blog: Plugin Update – April to May, 2024

      Posted: 8 July 2024, 9:04am CEST

      Between April and May there were 33 new plugins published in the QGIS plugin repository.

      Here follows the quick overview in reverse chronological order. If any of the names or short descriptions catches your attention, you can find the direct link to the plugin page in the table below:

      Swiss GeoAdmin Bulk Geocoder
      Bulk geocoding of Swiss building addresses using the geocoding service of geo.admin.ch, the portal of swisstopo.
      EDAC Tools
      A toolbox containing various Python-based tools developed by the Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC) at the University of New Mexico.
      CompareClassA
      Compare two datasets of GPKG pointZ geometry based on french legislation formatting “class A”.
      Stats By Polygon
      This plugin creates plots for statistics of raster bands based on selected polygon feature.
      UMap
      This plugin enables any user to transform a stack of digital bathymetric data terrain models into a bathymetric community map.
      SkyGIS
      This is a plugin to download files from Skydeck, process it in QGIS and upload the results back to Skydeck portal.
      Amazon Location Service
      QGIS Plugin for Amazon Location Service.
      CIGeoE Copy Paste Features 3D
      Copy and paste features from one layer to another of the same type preserving original Z coordinate.
      CIGeoE Translate To Fit To Adjacent Polygon
      Do a polygon translation to the nearest polygon, by making it coincide their nearest vertices.
      CIGeoE Toggle Vertex Visibility
      Toggle vertex’s marker visibility.
      CIGeoE Reverse Line
      Reverses a selected line.
      UA Coordinates Transformation
      ????????????? (???????????) ????????? ??????????? ???? ????? ???????? API ????????? ??????????? ??????.
      Translation: Transformation of vector layer coordinates through the official API of the State Geodetic Network.
      GeoBasis_Loader
      GeoBasis_Loader (Open Data GeoBasisdaten).
      Viper (QGIS snake clone)
      Snake clone using vector layers and QGIS canvas.
      jpdata
      Download and load various data of Japan.
      S2 Toolkit
      Tools for the S2 Geometry.
      PL-2000
      Konwerter wspó?rz?dnych punktu uk?adu PL-ETRF2000 do uk?adu PL-2000.
      Translation: PL-ETRF2000 point coordinate converter to PL-2000 system.
      Luftbildfinder NRW
      Find and display aerial images (German State of North Rhine-Westphalia) – Luftbilder finden und laden für NRW.
      UDef-ARP Plugin
      UDef-ARP for QGIS.
      Route Builder
      “Route Builder” is a QGIS plugin with a set of tools that calculates shortest routes in street networks using data from OpenStreetMap (OSM) and using the A* (A Star) algorithm. Users can define a region, define origin and destination points (O/D) using the coordinates collected by the plugin, these coordinates of the nodes and thus calculate the shortest route between them.
      Transition-QGIS
      Access a Transition transit planning server data and functionalities from QGIS.
      PG service parser
      View, edit or copy PG service entries.
      Skråfotos
      Opslag på Dataforsyningens Skråfotos.
      Translation: Notice on Dataforsyningens Skråfotos.
      OD_LSA_Loader (Open Data Land Sachsen Anhalt Loader)
      OD_LSA_Loader (Open Data Land Sachsen Anhalt Loader) – Plugin Deprecated
      QuickWebViewer
      Publish your QGIS project online as web map.
      ActiveBreak
      ActiveBreak is a plugin for QGIS that emits messages at the top of the canvas at time intervals from the start of work, reminding the user to take an active break, take their lunch and/or reminders indicating to save their QGIS project.
      QGIS Shoreline Change Analysis Tool
      A plugin for Shoreline Change Analysis (SCA).
      eMapTools
      This plugin propose retention trees and riparian buffer zones based on ecological values.
      NextGIS OGRStyle
      Capture OGR Style in ONE click to paste them into a spreadsheet.
      landXMLtoDB_Free
      Provides LandXML to Database tools, etc, storing to PostGIS initially, later to Oracle and MS SQL.
      RRR-reader
      Reads RRR files.
      Spatial Analyzer
      Spatial Analysis Tools.
      Japan GSI Point Collector
      This plugin collects xyz points from gsi website. The selection should be within Japan boundary.

      We would like this opportunity to highlight two plugins, Viper (QGIS snake Clone) and Active Break.

      Viper allows to emulate in QGIS canvas the popular game Snake, providing a fun time and a bit of nostalgia for the “older” users. However it goes further than that, as it serves the purpose of teaching about geospatial concepts such as geometry objects (points, polygons) with their properties and methods, spatial indexing in the form of R-Tree, but also programming in QGIS, as well as other aspects.

      On a more serious tone, if it can be said that, we present Active Break, a plugin that “simply” presents messages at specific time intervals, which can be personalized by the user and range from the more technical such as “save your project”, personal or motivational like quotes from hundreds of people on multiple subjects, or perhaps the most important, routinely reminders to take a break, relax or go have lunch. This considering the long hours we spent daily in front of the computer, with all the physical and mental health, as well as social implications. Congratulations on both authors!

    • sur Free and Open Source GIS Ramblings: New MovingPandas tutorial: taking OGC Moving Features full circle with MF-JSON

      Posted: 8 July 2024, 8:00am CEST

      Last week, I had the pleasure to meet some of the people behind the OGC Moving Features Standard Working group at the IEEE Mobile Data Management Conference (MDM2024). While chatting about the Moving Features (MF) support in MovingPandas, I realized that, after the MF-JSON update & tutorial with official sample post, we never published a complete tutorial on working with MF-JSON encoded data in MovingPandas.

      The current MovingPandas development version (to be release as version 0.19) supports:

      • Reading MF-JSON MovingPoint (single trajectory features and trajectory collections)
      • Reading MF-JSON Trajectory
      • Writing MovingPandas Trajectories and TrajectoryCollections to MF-JSON MovingPoint

      This means that we can now go full circle: reading — writing — reading.

      Reading MF-JSON

      Both MF-JSON MovingPoint encoding and Trajectory encoding can be read using the MovingPandas function read_mf_json(). The complete Jupyter notebook for this tutorial is available in the project repo.

      Here we read one of the official MF-JSON MovingPoint sample files:

      traj = mpd.read_mf_json('data/movingfeatures.json')
      
      Writing MF-JSON

      To write MF-JSON, the Trajectory and TrajectoryCollection classes provide a to_mf_json() function:

      The resulting Python dictionary in MF-JSON MovingPoint encoding can then be saved to a JSON file, and then read again:

      import json
      with open('mf1.json', 'w') as json_file:
          json.dump(mf_json, json_file, indent=4)
      

      Similarly, we can read any arbitrary trajectory data set and save it to MF-JSON.

      For example, here we use our usual Geolife sample:

      gdf = gp.read_file('data/demodata_geolife.gpkg')
      tc = mpd.TrajectoryCollection(gdf, 'trajectory_id', t='t')
      mf_json = tc.to_mf_json(temporal_columns=['sequence'])
      
      And reading again
      import json
      with open('mf5.json', 'w') as json_file:
          json.dump(mf_json, json_file, indent=4)
      tc = mpd.read_mf_json('mf5.json', traj_id_property='trajectory_id' )
      
      Conclusion

      The implemented MF-JSON support covers the basic usage of the encodings. There are some fine details in the standard, such as the distinction of time-varying attribute with linear versus step-wise interpolation, which MovingPandas currently does not support.

      If you are working with movement data, I would appreciate if you can give the improved MF-JSON support a spin and report back with your experiences.

    • sur Mappery: Nikko on a Shopping Bag

      Posted: 7 July 2024, 11:00am CEST

      Maarten Pullen sent me this picture of a shopping bag with a map of Nikko, Japan.

      “Yesterday I stumbled upon a plastic bag from Nikko, Japan, with several tourist spots on it.  I wrote a little blog post (in Dutch, but can be translated) about the background of the map

      [https:]

      Here is a rough translation of the first part of Maarten’s blog post:

      “For some time now I have been following Maps in the Wild, a collective that collects maps for aesthetic purposes in the broadest form. The core idea is that printed maps have less functional use thanks to digitization and are therefore used more for aesthetic reasons.

      Or it’s just an excuse to collect a lot of eye-catching cards, which is also a good idea in my opinion.

      A plastic bag from Japan came from the attic. And suddenly I realized that you can also translate it. And it also turned out to have a schematic map, showing, among other things, a bridge, temples, a ski resort and a waterfall (or Onsen?).

      I got the bag in 2010 in Nikko, Japan”

      And that is a perfect Map in the Wild! Thanks Maarten

      MapsintheWild Nikko on a Shopping Bag

    • sur OPENGIS.ch: Rapid Mapping the Ticino Floods and Landslides with QField Rapid Mapper

      Posted: 7 July 2024, 6:11am CEST
      Enclosure: [download]

      QField Rapid Mapper is a project for the QField mobile app, which allows emergency responders, civil protection, military, and citizens to assess and report damages from natural catastrophes by quickly sharing geolocated images, videos and audio. QField Rapid Mapper offers real-time data collection, mapping and sharing to help enhance disaster response and coordination.
      QField and QFieldCloud are open-source, and OPENGIS.ch is donating the needed QFieldCloud infrastructure and expertise to help map the floods in Ticino in 2024

      Join the effort

      OPENGIS.ch Supports Flood Mapping Efforts in Ticino

      After discussing with the Protezione Civile Locarno e Valle Maggia and the Centro di Competenza per la geoinformazione (CCGEO), we are proud to announce that OPENGIS.ch is donating the necessary QFieldCloud infrastructure and dedicated projects for a rapid crowdsourcing POC to aid in mapping the 2024 floods in Ticino. This crowdsourcing initiative aims to provide essential support to professionals and volunteers working on flood and landslide assessment and recovery.

      [https:]]

      Empowering Response with Advanced Technology What is needed?

      Photographing damaged houses and infrastructure is the most critical aspect of this mapping initiative. These images provide crucial information for assessing the extent of the damage, planning rescue and reconstruction operations, and ensuring that resources are allocated effectively. It’s also important to document any submerged or damaged vehicles, as they offer additional insights into the disaster’s impact. During these activities, it’s essential to be careful and respect the privacy and property of others, avoiding capturing license plate numbers or entering destroyed buildings without permission. Using QField Rapid Mapper can contribute to a faster and more coordinated emergency response while ensuring respect for those affected.

      The QFieldCloud infrastructure enables efficient, real-time data collection and sharing, ensuring that accurate and up-to-date information is available to all stakeholders involved in the flood response. This effort underscores our commitment to leveraging technology for social good and environmental resilience.

      How You Can Get Involved
      1. if you don’t have a QFieldCloud account yet, sign up at [https:]]
      2. fill out the quick participation form at [https:]]

      By participating, you will have access to powerful tools for field data collection and can contribute valuable information to the ongoing efforts in Ticino. All the data collected will be released under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 public domain license.

      Join the Effort

      Using QField and QFieldCloud, you can help create detailed maps crucial for understanding the impact of the floods and planning effective recovery strategies. Your contributions will make a significant difference in managing and mitigating the effects of this natural disaster.

      Join the effort

      Visit our QField Rapid Mapper project page for more information on how QField and QFieldCloud can assist in flood mapping and other field data collection projects.

      Together, we can make a difference. Join us in mapping the floods in Ticino and support the community’s recovery efforts.

    • sur Mappery: King David’s Tower 7 – Stefan Illes 3D Map of Jerusalem

      Posted: 6 July 2024, 11:00am CEST

      This 3D map of Jerusalem in the 19th century is massive and spectacular. It was brilliantly lit to take you through a day in the life of the city from the sun rising in the east through the day to sunset.

      “Stefan Illés, an Austro-Hungarian Catholic, arrived in Jerusalem in 1864 and worked as a bookbinder at the Franciscan publishing house. Illés built a model of Jerusalem that was exhibited in the Ottoman Pavilion at the World Expo in Vienna in 1873. The model, which was highly acclaimed, was displayed throughout Germany and Switzerland. In 1878, it was purchased by a distinguished family from Geneva. Illés’s impressive model is cartographically accurate and is considered a reliable scientific source for the history and geography of Jerusalem in the 19th century.”

      And that finishes my maps in the wild selection from King David’s Tower. There were loads more maps showing the evolution of the city through the different eras of history from the Egyptian period through Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Islamic, Crusader and Ottoman eras to the modern day. Well worth a visit.

      MapsintheWild King David’s Tower 7 – Stefan Illes 3D Map of Jerusalem

    • sur The Car Free Cities Atlas

      Posted: 6 July 2024, 9:41am CEST by Keir Clarke
      The cyclists of Helsinki have the best access to protected bike lanes of any citizens in the world. 94% of people in the city live within 300m of a protected bikeway. This means that Helsinki scores number one out of the 1095 cities ranked in the Atlas of Sustainable City Transport.The new Atlas of Sustainable City Transport ranks and maps cities around the world based on how easy
    • sur PostGIS Development: PostGIS 3.5.0alpha2

      Posted: 6 July 2024, 2:00am CEST

      The PostGIS Team is pleased to release PostGIS 3.5.0alpha2! Best Served with PostgreSQL 17 Beta2 and GEOS 3.12.2.

      This version requires PostgreSQL 12 - 17, GEOS 3.8 or higher, and Proj 6.1+. To take advantage of all features, GEOS 3.12+ is needed. SFCGAL 1.4-1.5 is needed to enable postgis_sfcgal support. To take advantage of all SFCGAL features, SFCGAL 1.5 is needed.

      3.5.0alpha2

      This release is an alpha of a major release, it includes bug fixes since PostGIS 3.4.2 and new features.

    • sur Mappery: King David’s Tower 6 – The Madaba Map

      Posted: 5 July 2024, 11:00am CEST

      The Madaba mosaic map is one of the oldest surviving maps of Jerusalem.

      “A famous Byzantine mosaic map, discovered in 1896 in the town of Madaba in Jordan. The mosaic, dated to the sixth century, emphasizes Christian sites throughout the biblical lands. The map bears the names of the sites in Greek. In the center of the map, greatly enlarged, is a map of Christian Jerusalem”

      Cartographers have superimposed an image of the Madaba map onto a modern map of the old city of Jerusalem and found that the mosaic was remarkably accurate

      MapsintheWild King David’s Tower 6 – The Madaba Map

    • sur 2024 UK Election Maps

      Posted: 5 July 2024, 8:58am CEST by Keir Clarke
      The Labour Party has swept to power in the UK and the ruling Conservative Party has lost over half of their seats. At the time of writing the new Prime Minister Keir Starmer has 410 seats in the new government (with 11 seats to declare). This means that he has won well over the 326 seats needed to form a majority government.The BBC election map includes a cartogram view which does a very good
    • sur The Riskiest Places to Live in America

      Posted: 4 July 2024, 8:04am CEST by Keir Clarke
      Los Angeles County is a dangerous place to live. According to the National Risk Index the residents of Los Angeles County are more likely to suffer from a natural hazard than anywhere else in the United States. The residents of Los Angeles County are more likely to experience an earthquake than any other US location. They also have one of the highest chances of experiencing a landslide and
    • sur Climate Change by Electoral District

      Posted: 3 July 2024, 9:59am CEST by Keir Clarke
      With the UK on the eve of a general election one political issue that has been conspicuous by its absence during the election campaign is climate change. I don't blame the political parties themselves too much for this. They spend a fortune on opinion polls and focus groups. Presumably they therefore know that the voting public are not concerned by climate change.They should be!A new map from
    • sur OGC announces Christy Monaco as new Chief Operating Officer

      Posted: 2 July 2024, 6:13pm CEST by Simon Chester

      The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is excited to announce that Ms. Christy Monaco will soon join OGC’s senior leadership as the Consortium’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). Christy commences her new role on September 1, 2024.

      Christy brings to OGC a deep understanding of the geospatial industry, including historical and current trends, gained from her experience leading operations, technological transformation, organizational change, and resource management in the government and non-profit sectors of the geospatial and intelligence communities.

      “I am thrilled to be joining Peter and the amazing team at OGC,” commented Christy Monaco. “For thirty years, OGC has brought together the geospatial community to ensure interoperability of data and technology during a period of tremendous growth and change. In our increasingly interconnected world, new opportunities abound for OGC, its partners, and stakeholders to address rapidly evolving global challenges and drive innovation. I’m truly excited to take on this new role as we shape the future of geospatial technology together.”

      As OGC’s COO, Christy will use her experience with federal agencies, partnership-building, event management, and member success to help grow and shape the Consortium as it looks to its next chapter and works with new and established partners and stakeholders to bring accelerated, practical, and implementable solutions to the world of geospatial.

      “We are very excited to have Christy join our executive team,” commented Peter Rabley, OGC CEO. “Christy will work with me and the rest of the team to enhance and grow the support and value that OGC provides to our members through our Policy & Advocacy, Innovation, and Standards.”

      Previous to her appointment at OGC, Christy was the Vice President of Programs at the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), where she led content development for the Foundation’s events and programs, including the Foundation’s annual GEOINT Symposium. Christy also oversaw the Foundation’s education & professional development initiatives and marketing & communication activities.

      About Christy Monaco
      Ms. Christy Monaco is the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), starting September, 2024. Previous to joining OGC, Christy was the Vice President of Programs at the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), a role she held since December of 2020. She previously served for over 30 years in the U.S. Intelligence Community, during which she held a number of positions including with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). A government executive for over half of her federal career, in 2022 she was recognized by President Biden as a Meritorious Executive in the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service for her contributions at NGA. Christy currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

      The post OGC announces Christy Monaco as new Chief Operating Officer appeared first on Open Geospatial Consortium.

    • sur Tory Candidates Violently Attacked

      Posted: 2 July 2024, 8:45am CEST by Keir Clarke
      Election riot on 26 June 1865 in NottinghamDisturbing reports of violence, carried out by supporters of the Liberal Party, have been reported across the whole of the UK. In Shoreham a gang of 300 Liberal supporters attacked poll clerks. In Grantham Liberals set polling booths on fire. In Alfreton a crowd of thousands attacked properties 'associated with Conservatives'.These acts of electoral
    • sur GeoTools Team: GeoTools 28.2 Released

      Posted: 2 July 2024, 6:04am CEST
      The GeoTools team is pleased to share the availability GeoTools 28.2 : geotools-28.2-bin.zip geotools-28.2-doc.zip geotools-28.2-userguide.zip geotools-28.2-project.zip This release is also available from the OSGeo Maven Repository and is made in conjunction with GeoServer 2.22.2 and GeoWebCache 1.22.1.Update 2024-07-1: CVE-2024-36404 patch geotools-28.2-patches.zip Fixes
    • sur GeoTools Team: GeoTools 27.4 Released

      Posted: 2 July 2024, 6:04am CEST
      The GeoTools team is pleased to share the availability GeoTools 27.4 : geotools-27.4-bin.zip geotools-27.4-doc.zip geotools-27.4-userguide.zip geotools-27.4-project.zip This release is also available from the OSGeo Maven Repository and is made in conjunction with GeoServer 2.21.4.Update 2024-07-1: CVE-2024-36404 patch geotools-27.4-patches.zip Fixes and improvements
    • sur GeoTools Team: GeoTools 27.5 Released

      Posted: 2 July 2024, 6:02am CEST
      The GeoTools team is pleased to share the availability GeoTools 27.5:geotools-27.5-bin.zipgeotools-27.5-doc.zipgeotools-27.5-userguide.zipgeotools-27.5-project.zipThis release is also available from the OSGeo Maven Repository and is made in conjunction with GeoServer 2.22.3 and GeoWebCache 1.22.2.Update 2024-07-1: CVE-2024-36404 patch 
    • sur KAN T&IT Blog: Expo Curitiba 2024 ¡conociendo la ciudad del futuro!

      Posted: 1 July 2024, 9:37pm CEST

      Queremos compartir la experiencia de nuestro CEO, Ariel Anthieni, en Expocuritiba 2024, la Feria Internacional de Ciudades Inteligentes. Durante los días 17 al 22 de marzo, Ariel tuvo el privilegio de representar a nuestra empresa en este evento único que reunió a destacados actores en el ámbito de las ciudades inteligentes en la hermosa ciudad de Curitiba, Brasil.

      Curitiba es reconocida a nivel mundial como un ejemplo de ciudad inteligente debido a sus innovadoras políticas urbanas que han transformado la calidad de vida de sus habitantes. Su eficiente sistema de transporte público, sus áreas verdes bien planificadas y su enfoque en la sostenibilidad la convierten en un modelo a seguir para otras ciudades.

      Durante el evento, Ariel tuvo el honor de cruzar unas palabras con Rafael Greca, el alcalde de Curitiba. Se sorprendió gratamente por su calidez e increíble predisposición para conversar y conocer a quienes estábamos allí.

      Nuestro CEO participó activamente en las diferentes actividades de la feria, incluyendo la asistencia a charlas y conferencias con reconocidos expertos en el campo de la innovación urbana, la visita a espacios temáticos y la exploración de soluciones tecnológicas innovadoras para el desarrollo sostenible de las ciudades. Tuvo la oportunidad de presentar al MapViewer, un visor digital diseñado por Kan Territory & IT para la supervisión y gestión virtual de las ciudades. Este permite monitorear y controlar diferentes aspectos de ese lugar, como el flujo del transporte público, la actividad de los centros de salud y otros servicios esenciales, a través de la recopilación y visualización de datos geoespaciales.

      Ariel también destacó que el MapViewer utiliza un enfoque de catastro multifiduciario, capaz de manejar información de múltiples fuentes y tipos, como datos catastrales, topográficos y de infraestructura, proporcionando así una vista integral de la ciudad. Además, habló sobre la evolución digital de esta tecnología, introduciendo el concepto de «gemelos digitales«, que son representaciones virtuales de una ciudad. Con esta herramienta, los administradores y planificadores urbanos pueden simular escenarios hipotéticos y tomar decisiones más informadas para el desarrollo sostenible.

      Sin dudas, su actividad en Expocuritiba 2024 fue una oportunidad invaluable para conocer las últimas tendencias en tecnología urbana, establecer contactos estratégicos y compartir conocimientos con otros líderes en el ámbito de las ciudades inteligentes.

      Felicitamos a Ariel por su destacada participación en este evento tan significativo y esperamos seguir contribuyendo al desarrollo de ciudades más inteligentes y sostenibles en el futuro. Muchísimas gracias Lucía Bellocchio por haberlo hecho posible ¡Hasta el próximo año!

    • sur Mappery: King David’s Tower 2 – The Clover Map

      Posted: 1 July 2024, 11:00am CEST

      Bunting’s Clover Map is an archetypal map of the world from a time when only three continents were known to Europeans – Europe, Africa and Asia.

      Die ganze Welt in einem Kleberblat
      Woodcut Map showing three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa in the form of a clover leaf with the representation of Jerusalem in the center. America on the lower left corner.
      From: Buenting, Heinrich. Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae. (Travel book covering the entire Holy Scripture) Helmstadt, Jacobus Lucius, 1585. Part I, between pp. 4-5

      [https:] FL7074006

      Coincidentally I bought a wooden puzzle based on this clover map in a craft market. Apparently the solution requires over 250 moves, I am still working on it! (this is the solved state)

      MapsintheWild King David’s Tower 2 – The Clover Map

    • sur France Surrenders to Facism

      Posted: 1 July 2024, 10:41am CEST by Keir Clarke
      The far-right National Rally has won 33% of the vote in the first round of France's parliamentary elections. You can view the results in each constituency in Le Monde's French elections: Map of the first round's results.Le Monde's map is a sea of brown, revealing that the National Rally has managed to become the most popular party in electoral districts across the whole country. There is a
    • sur QGIS Blog: Plugin Update – February to March, 2024

      Posted: 1 July 2024, 9:04am CEST

      From February to March of this year, 58 new plugins were published in the QGIS plugin repository.

      Here follows the quick overview in reverse chronological order. If any of the names or short descriptions catches your attention, you can find the direct link to the plugin page in the table below:

      Indonesian Multi-scaled Grid System
      This plugin automate the determination of Indonesia’s Environmental Support and Capacity.
      NDVI to Variable Nitrogen Application Map
      This plugin was developed for producing variable nitrogen application maps based on index (e.g. NDVI, EVI) values.
      Dynamic Flow
      Compare two datasets of GPKG pointZ geometry based on french legislation formatting “class A”.
      Stats By Polygon
      Dynamic Flow is a QGIS plugin to estimate the spatio-temporal 3D gradient flow from the point observation of the attributes values such as aggregated cell-phone mobility data.
      On-the-Fly-Shortest-Path
      Interactively find shortest path between points over a line network and calculate the Fiber Loss Budget of a fiber optic network (backbone or FTTH)
      SMODERP2D
      This plugin calculates hydrological and erosion processes on individual plots or small catchments.
      Multifilter
      Filter multiple layers
      NDVI and EVI Index Calculator
      This plugin calculates NDVI and EVI index from Sentinel 2 B02, B04 and B08 Bands.
      GeoZone
      QGIS plugin for adding and modifying zone data in compliance with the GeoZone schema, facilitating sharing with partners or uploading to a central web repository.
      CIGeoE Mirror View
      Add one or more panels synchronized with the main panel.
      SIOSE Tools
      Herramientas SIOSE.
      RioGIS 2
      Export to WinCan.
      Clasificación de redes hídricas
      Este plugin clasifica las redes hídricas por medio de una etapa de enriquecimiento y otra de lógica difusa. Advertencia: Versión experimental, algunos procesos pueden ser largos de aplicar.
      AutoStyler
      Apply QML style files to new layers. QML files are stored in {qgis_home}\Styles directory. QML files will be applied to a vector layer when the QML file’s basename is found as a substring of the new layer’s name. QML files will be applied to a raster layer when the QML file’s label token is found as a substring of the new layer’s name. The label token is raster_style_{label}.qml.
      Delta Shares
      With this plugin you can load data from delta shares
      Simple ETL
      A simple ETL for spatial data
      Flood Path Finder
      Developed with Python by Emerson N. Santos – 2024
      MongoDB Layer
      This plugin gives the possibility to create a layer from MongoDB datasource
      Power Pin PL
      Plugin eksportuje pinezk? do serwiów typu geoportal. Pin to popular polish and world maps portal. Plugin export pin to popular geoportal like serives
      Mineral Exploration Web Services
      This plugin connects your QGIS User Profile to many openly hosted web services related to mineral exploration. These include Country and State geological surveys that provide mapped geology and data such as mineral occurence locations, geophysics, geochemistry etc.
      OrfeoToolbox Provider
      OrfeoToolbox Processing provider.
      MitiConnect
      MitiConnect integrates ecological connectivity in mitigation hierarchy based on landscape graphs.
      Compare_attributes
      Compare Attributes
      Geo Cluster
      This plugin allows you to cluster different territorial scopes.
      Estonian Oblique Aerial Photographs
      Get the oblique aerial photographs of Estonia at the clicked location on the map
      Two distances intersection
      Get the intersection of two distances (2D cartesian)
      Show Corona CAST by click
      This plugin opens a webpage showing the Corona CAST map in the clicked coordinates on the canvas
      Roll
      Design and analysis of 3D seismic survey geometries
      moniQue
      Monoplotting oblique images with uncertainty estimation.
      Modular Layout Grid Guides
      This plugin creates a modular layout grid for print layouts
      easyPlugin
      Plugin which creates a simple QGIS plugin templates ready for install, editing and testing
      Samon
      Saisie monoscopique sur la BD Ortho
      SADI Processor
      A plugin to Process Standardized Agricultural Drought Index.
      SciPy Filters
      Filter collection implemented with SciPy
      Data Validator
      Prototype for vector data validation
      ZUMbox
      Urban planning related tools
      UA_NGO_PDF_Parser
      This plugin parse pdf files with NGO data and create table with result
      Marine Tools
      Tools for marine habitat mapping
      Map tools
      QGIS plugin for little helpers in map production
      Style Exporter
      Plugin export styles of selected layers to individual file with name same as layers name.
      Aino
      AI assistant to download data from OSM
      gis3d
      This plugins generates a 3D model based on the inputs
      Zonal Exact Extract
      Zonal Statistics of rasters using Exact Extract library
      Verkeersborden
      Import dutch traffic signs.
      NVDB Les
      NVDB (Norwegian Administration Road Database) it’s a plugin to analyse and manipulate road objects, like (road references, trees, light poles, traffic signs, construction area, smart devices like IP Camera, tunnels, bridges, etc)
      Fluvial Corridor Toolbox
      Fluvial Corridor Toolbox
      CIGeoE Reshape Features 3D
      Reshape a feature in 3D
      Pixel Purity Index
      Pixel Purity Index algorithm
      C-GEO Wizualizacja GML demo
      Wtyczka wczytuje oraz wizualizuje dane EGiB, GESUT, BDOT500 zapisane w plikach GML.
      pqkmeans-clustering
      This clustering algorithm is a quantized version of the K-Means algorithm that is memory and computationaly more efficient.
      HedgeTools
      HedgeTools is a plugin for QGIS designed to extract and characterize hedges, aiming to streamline field efforts by providing information about hedge health.
      PyXel_Sync
      PyXel_Sync
      SmartSDI
      Wtyczka SmartSDI (Geo-System) PL: Pobieranie danych wektorowych: dzia?ki, budynki, adresy EN: Downloading vector data for Poland: parcels, buildings, addresses
      Quick_search
      Quick_search
      Environmental Data Retrieval
      Environmental Data Retrieval QGIS plugin
      DigiAgriApp
      Plugins to work with DigiAgriApp server
      QTalsim
      This plugin creates hydrological response units (HRUs) suitable for Talsim ( [www.talsim.de] ) and allows users to connect to a Talsim DB.
      RubberSheetingEtc
      Provides Rubber Sheeting and Two Point Transformations, storing to PostGIS, Oracle and MS SQL. The Rubber Sheeting algorithm uses supplied Shift Vectors and calculates the weighted average shift from the 10 nearest Shift Vectors. The Two Point Transformations handles themes with and without a CRS.

    • sur Free and Open Source GIS Ramblings: New interactive trajectory plots for MovingPandas & experiments on their interpretation using ChatGPT 4o

      Posted: 30 June 2024, 2:52pm CEST

      With the release of GeoPandas 1.0 this month, we’ve been finally able to close a long-standing issue in MovingPandas by adding support for the explore function which provides interactive maps using Folium and Leaflet.

      Explore() will be available in the upcoming MovingPandas 0.19 release if your Python environment includes GeoPandas >= 1.0 and Folium. Of course, if you are curious, you can already test this new functionality using the current development version.

      This enables users to access interactive trajectory plots even in environments where it is not possible to install geoviews / hvplot (the previously only option for interactive plots in MovingPandas).

      I really like the legend for the speed color gradient, but unfortunately, the legend labels are not readable on the dark background map since they lack the semi-transparent white background that has been applied to the scale bar and credits label.

      Speaking of reading / interpreting the plots …

      You’ve probably seen the claims that AI will help make tools more accessible. Clearly AI can interpret and describe photos, but can it also interpret MovingPandas plots?

      ChatGPT 4o interpretations of MovingPandas plots

      Not bad.

      And what happens if we ask it to interpret the animated GIF from the beginning of the blog post?

      So it looks like ChatGPT extracts 12 frames and analyzes them to answer our question:

      Its guesses are not completely off but it made up the facts such as that the view shows “how traffic speeds vary over time”.

      The problem remains that models such as ChatGPT rather make up interpretations than concede when they do not have enough information to make a reliable statement.

    • sur Mappery: King David’s Tower 1 – Adrichem’s Map

      Posted: 30 June 2024, 11:00am CEST

      While we were in Israel we spent some time in Jerusalem, friends suggested that we visit the new museum about Jerusalem in King David’s Tower. It is a fantastic museum in an ancient location which reflects the different influences in the city over three millenia. Amongst the many exhibits were a lot of maps, ancient, modern, interactive, over the next few days I will share a few.

      Adrichem was a 16th century Dutch cartographer, this map of Jerusalem shows remarkable detail

      “A map of Jerusalem created by the Dutch cartographer Christiaan van Adrichem in 1584. In this beautifully illustrated map are drawings that represent events and figures from the Old and New Testaments. Toward the center of the map the Jewish Temple can be seen together with a drawing of the High Priest, the altar and the vessels used in the Temple. To the right of the Temple is the Royal Palace, pictures of King Solomon on his throne, and even Bathsheva bathing on her rooftop. Other drawings on the map, such as the Via Delarosa and images of the Crucifixion, depict the Christian history of Jerusalem.”

      [https:]

      MapsintheWild King David’s Tower 1 – Adrichem’s Map

    • sur Mappery: Globe Escape Alert!

      Posted: 29 June 2024, 11:00am CEST

      Marc-Tobias spotted this little globe that had set out on a journey to freedom starting in Hannover, I wonder where it will end up?

      Good luck little globe

      MapsintheWild Globe Escape Alert!

    • sur The 2024 UK General Election Map

      Posted: 29 June 2024, 9:53am CEST by Keir Clarke
      2024 is a year of elections. Next Thursday it is the turn of the UK to go to the polls. Which means next Friday Maps Mania will be featuring a number of interactive maps, visualizing the collapse of the governing Conservative Party's vote.According to the latest opinion polls the Tories could be heading for a loss that might almost rival the collapse of the Canadian Conservative Party in the
    • sur gvSIG Team: Discurso de aceptación del Premio Nacional de Ciencias Geográficas

      Posted: 28 June 2024, 4:13pm CEST

      Excmo. Sr. Jesús Gómez, Subsecretario de Transportes y Movilidad Sostenible, distinguidas autoridades, señoras y señores

      Es para mi un inmenso honor y una profunda satisfacción recibir, en nombre de la Asociación gvSIG, el primer Premio Nacional de Ciencia Geográficas que se otorga en España. Humildemente confesamos que ser los primeros en recibirlo, con la cantidad de personalidades y entidades que lo merecen, todavía acrecienta más la importancia que le damos a este galardón. Por otro lado, nos asegura que escucharan el mejor discurso de aceptación del premio de los habidos hasta la fecha.

      Este galardón supone un reconocimiento extraordinario a la trayectoria y dedicación de un colectivo apasionado por la geografía, la tecnología y el conocimiento, entendidos como motores de cambio.

      Empecemos por el término que da nombre a este galardón, la geografía. Tim Marshall, en su excelente ensayo «Prisioneros de la Geografía» concluía que si bien la geografía no dicta el desarrollo de todos los acontecimientos, puesto que las grandes ideas y líderes forman parte del tira y afloja de la historia, todos ellos deben actuar dentro de los confines que marca la geografía. El ex-presidente de los Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, nos decía que la geografía era mucho más que poner nombres en un mapa, que se trataba de entender la realidad. Los que nos han escuchado durante estos años bien saben que en la Asociación gvSIG siempre hemos afirmado que la realidad se manifiesta en el territorio. Todo existe en la medida que está en un lugar y en cómo se relaciona con lo que tiene alrededor. Por tanto, la dimensión geográfica o espacial de las cosas es un atributo fundamental para gestionar la realidad. Lo fue en el pasado, lo será en el futuro y, sin duda, lo es en el presente.

      Lo que nos lleva a hablar del segundo concepto que nos apasiona, la tecnología. Con más de dos décadas en el S.XXI todos debemos ser conscientes que la tecnología impregna todo proceso productivo, económico, académico y social hasta el punto de convertirse en una herramienta imprescindible. Sin miedo a equivocarme podría afirmar que en esta sala hay más aparatos tecnológicos que personas. No podemos imaginar esa gestión de la realidad de la que hablábamos sin tecnología. Sabemos que España y la Unión Europea están apostando significativamente por la ciencia, la tecnología y la innovación como pilares fundamentales para su crecimiento y desarrollo sostenible. Por nuestra parte, en la Asociación gvSIG, siempre hemos hablado de la tecnología como un sector estratégico y seguiremos insistiendo mientras sea necesario. Las tecnologías de gestión de información geográfica, englobadas bajo el concepto de geomática, son aquellas que ni más ni menos nos permiten analizar, entender y gestionar el territorio, la geografía.

      La geomática se aplica en la gestión de infraestructuras de todo tipo, en sectores como el del medio ambiente, la seguridad, la energía, la movilidad, la educación, la sanidad, la agricultura, el turismo,… es transversal a infinidad de temáticas y aplicable a infinidad de geografías.

      Siendo así, deberíamos empezar a ser conscientes de que ser dependientes de un sector estratégico es una debilidad manifiesta. ¿Quién querría que nuestras administraciones, nuestras universidades, nuestras empresas, aquellas que trabajan en y con el territorio, fueran dependientes tecnológicamente? Aquí radica en gran parte la importancia y éxito del proyecto gvSIG, construir y desarrollar tecnologías para gestión de datos espaciales, de su dimensión geográfica, con software libre. Apostando por la soberanía tecnológica mediante el impulso de soluciones que otorgan todos los derechos y libertades a sus usuarios. Que evitan cualquier dependencia ya no de tecnologías, sino de los dueños de estas. No solo eso, la Asociación gvSIG ha impulsado un tejido industrial propio, especializado en geomática, convirtiendo a la Comunidad Valenciana y a España en un centro de referencia a nivel internacional. Hoy día no solo las tecnologías marca gvSIG se utilizan en todo el mundo, hoy día empresas españolas llevan a cabo por todo el planeta algunos de los más grandes proyectos relacionados con los sistemas de información geográfica. Concluyo este apartado reafirmando que apostar por tecnologías propias y libres puede ser, sin duda lo es, una decisión estratégica de primer orden.

      Enlazamos con el último concepto que relacionaba con la actividad de la Asociación gvSIG, el conocimiento. Y en este punto quizá valga la pena hacer un recorrido por la historia de nuestra entidad.

      No hay que olvidar que si hoy estamos aquí, recogiendo este importantísimo reconocimiento, es porque un día una administración pública, la Generalitat Valenciana, decidió dar el primer paso. El proyecto gvSIG ve la luz en 2004, con una primera versión de un producto de software que hoy forma parte de un completo catálogo de soluciones de geomática. Hoy no solo se habla, sino que se legisla, en España y en Europa, a favor de la reutilización, de compartir, de interoperar entre administraciones y de desarrollar tecnologías propias. En los comienzos de este siglo no era así. La Generalitat Valenciana no solo dio el primer paso, sino que supo compartir los logros con toda la comunidad internacional y dinamizar lo que acabaría siendo la Asociación gvSIG.

      Hoy día sigue apostando por el proyecto, utiliza las tecnologías gvSIG en cada vez más áreas, desde agricultura a seguridad vial, desde industria a movilidad sostenible, contribuyendo a su desarrollo y, también, reutilizando todas las mejoras tecnológicas que continuamente se consolidan en el proyecto. Sin ir más lejos, la semana pasada La Agencia de tecnologías del gobierno danés publicó un informe en que ponía como principal caso de éxito del impulso de una tecnología en software libre por una administración pública a la Generalitat Valenciana. Hablaba de gvSIG.

      Por tanto, este premio, este galardón, es en gran medida compartido con la Generalitat Valenciana y, en particular, con su Dirección General de Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicación.

      A finales de 2009 nació la Asociación gvSIG. Un conjunto de personas, empresas, entidades decidimos escalar el impacto del proyecto. Para garantizar sus sostenibilidad por un lado, para consolidar un tejido industrial incipiente por otro. La premisa puede parecer sencilla, pero no era fácil de implementar. Llevar los valores del software libre a la economía. Desarrollar un nuevo modelo de negocio – un concepto del que tanto se habla – basado en la colaboración, en el conocimiento compartido frente a la especulación con el conocimiento adquirido, en la solidaridad frente a la rivalidad. Por las fechas ya intuirán que nacimos en plena crisis, en momentos complicados, con escasos recursos pero con mucha ilusión. Esos primeros años hicimos nuestro el proverbio inglés de «que ningún mar en calma hizo experto a un marinero». Era preciso soñar y creyendo en nuestros sueños hemos llegado hasta aquí. Pasado este tiempo, no nos olvidamos de seguir soñando.

      Hoy, en 2024, la Asociación gvSIG es una entidad reconocida en todo el mundo. La tecnología derivada de un proyecto nacido, no lo olvidemos, en la periferia de Europa se utiliza en más de 160 países. Participamos y colaboramos con los principales foros y organizaciones que promueven las Ciencias Geográficas, el conocimiento abierto y la interoperabilidad. Hemos recibido premios internacionales de entidades como la NASA o la Comisión Europea, que el pasado año reconoció a gvSIG como el proyecto de software libre más importante de Europa. Hemos desarrollado una suite o catálogo de tecnologías libres que permiten abordar cualquier necesidad de gestión de información con dimensión geográfica, para cualquier organización. Colaboramos en proyectos de I+D+i con decenas de universidades, se multiplican las publicaciones científicas que citan el uso de gvSIG. Las redes sociales de gvSIG tienen una influencia notable con miles de seguidores. Y en relación a ese nuevo modelo de negocio del que hablábamos… hemos impulsado la consolidación de empresas españolas y desarrollado proyectos en más de 30 países para entidades de todo tipo, de Naciones Unidas a pequeños ayuntamientos, de grandes empresas privadas del sector de la energía a ONGDs. Somos, en definitiva, un centro de referencia a nivel internacional.

      Nuestra historia por tanto pivota alrededor del conocimiento. Desarrollarlo para compartirlo, para reducir asimetrías entre territorios, para generar economía de calidad, para reafirmar a Antonio Machado cuando decía que «en cuestiones de cultura y saber, solo se pierde lo que se guarda; solo se gana lo que se da».

      Quiero recordar una anécdota que refleja bien esta frase. Un ejemplo de esos otros valores, no cuantificables, que ocurren alrededor del modelo de conocimiento, desarrollo y negocio que impulsamos en la Asociación gvSIG.

      En un evento organizado por Itaipú Binacional en Foz do Iguaçu, en Brasil, se nos invitó a dar cursos de formación tanto al personal de la central hidroeléctrica como, de manera abierta, a aquellos universitarios que quisieran asistir. En el primer curso de formación, un alumno y una alumna que se situaban en primera fila, preguntaron al formador (en este caso, era yo) si podía ponerles en contacto con los organizadores del evento para preguntar por un hospedaje económico. Entonces me contaron su historia…

      En la Universidad de Asunción, Paraguay, donde ellos cursaban estudios, los alumnos en su conjunto habían solicitado al profesorado que les dieran formación en gvSIG, ya que consideraban que era una apuesta de futuro para el país el contar con ingenieros formados en tecnologías de software libre, con las ventajas que ello tiene. El profesorado, conocedor solo de productos no libres, se negó. Entre todos los estudiantes se decidió hacer una colecta que permitiera a uno y a una de ellos hacer el largo viaje a Foz do Iguaçu, formarse y así, al regresar, poder replicar la formación para todo el alumnado. Hoy día varios de esos alumnos tienen puestos de responsabilidad en el país.

      Si hemos llegado hasta aquí es porque hay mucha gente que piensa que puede haber otros enfoques, otras maneras de hacer las cosas. Por eso, para acabar quiero agradecer a todas las personas que estuvieron, están o estarán en el proyecto gvSIG, trabajadores, entidades, comunidades… y muy especialmente a los compañeros y compañeras por su esfuerzo y compromiso, siempre se han puesto al servicio del proyecto y nunca han puesto el proyecto a su servicio. Nuestro futuro estará llenos de mapas, estándares, algoritmos y líneas de código, pero sobre todo de personas trabajando por un objetivo común. Muchas gracias.

    • sur GIScussions: W3W – It’sGetting.Better.AlltheTime

      Posted: 28 June 2024, 2:36pm CEST

      Excuse the corny title and associated video but I couldn’t resist it.

      What3Words’s accounts for 2023 have just been published and the cynics who have doubted W3W’s commercial model were confounded by the outstanding progress that the company has made in 2023. Here are a few highlights to save you reading through 45 pages.

      • Revenues surged by 28% to break through the £1m barrier for the first time
      • Employee numbers fell from 152 to 128
      • Admin expenses fell by 54% to £21.7m – “primarily driven by the reduction in consumer acquisition activities and the fair value adjustment relating to convertible loan notes” (That’s less advertising and what might be described as “debt swap magic”)
      • The loss for the year fell by 48% to £16.4m
      • The Directors consider W3W to be a going concern with cash and cash equivalents of £14.8 and term deposits of £12.8 at the end of the year which gives them well over a year’s runway at current revenue and expenditure levels.
      • Raised £6.9m via a cash convertible loan instrument – it’s good to see that smart investors with a long term horizon continue to support W3W
      • W3W has cumulative losses of £136m so when they do start to make profits in the near future the tax authorities will not be a beneficiary for several years.

      You might think that summary was a bit dry so I asked a friendly AI to give me a slightly more positive view:

      What3Words absolutely smashed it in 2023!

      Revenue rockets! They blasted past the £1 million mark for the first time, a whopping 28% increase. That’s impressive growth for any company, but for a young innovator like What3Words, it’s a sign of things to come!

      Leaner, meaner, revenue machine! While the team size trimmed down slightly, they achieved amazing things. Admin expenses plummeted by 54%! This financial wizardry involved cutting back on marketing spend and some clever financial maneuvering. Talk about efficiency!

      Losses slashed in half! The deficit shrunk by a mighty 48%, proving their business model is tightening its grip.

      The future’s bright! With over £27 million in the bank and a year’s worth of runway at current spending, What3Words is well-positioned for continued success.

      Smart money says “Yes!” Investors are clearly bullish! A cool £6.9 million was raised through a fancy loan thingy (cash convertible loan instrument, for those keeping score). This shows that big thinkers recognize the long-term potential of What3Words.

      Taxman blues? Not anymore! With a hefty pile of past losses, What3Words gets a tax break for years to come. That’s more money to fuel their innovative ideas!

      In short, 2023 was a phenomenal year for What3Words. They’re growing, they’re efficient, and they’ve got the financial backing to keep pushing boundaries. If you’re looking for a company on the rise, What3Words is a shining star!

      PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE REVIEW IS NOT A FINANCIAL RECOMMENDATION!

    • sur GeoCat: GeoCat Bridge for ArcGIS Pro has arrived!

      Posted: 28 June 2024, 12:39pm CEST
      We are super excited to report that the very first official release of GeoCat Bridge for ArcGIS Pro is now available to all our customers.

      GeoCat Bridge for ArcGIS® Pro is an add-in for Esri’s leading desktop GIS application, that allows you to publish your maps and metadata to your open data space.

      All users can try GeoCat Bridge for free using our demo server as your playground. You no longer need a trial license to discover the full potential of Bridge.

      GeoCat Live or Enterprise customers can contact us to activate their complimentary GeoCat Bridge licenses, or migrate their old GeoCat Bridge for ArcMap license.

      Some of the key features of GeoCat Bridge for ArcGIS Pro version 1.0 are:

      • Publish ArcGIS feature and raster layers as GeoCat Map or GeoServer WMS, WFS, and WCS layers
      • Publish layer metadata to a GeoCat Find or GeoNetwork catalog service (ISO 19139)
      • Automatic links between the map and catalog service(s) to increase discoverability
      • Automatic group layers
      • Automatic metadata thumbnail generation, so the record looks good
      • Convert ArcGIS layer symbology to SLD with GeoServer vendor options
      • Preview generated SLD and export it as a style package, containing any referenced PNG or SVG images
      • Browse GeoServer workspace contents and add WMS layers on-the-fly
      • Create and delete GeoServer workspaces
      • Publish whole maps as a workspace or publish selected layers to existing workspaces

      For instructions and an overview of all the features this version has to offer, consult our documentation.

      Try now Order now

      Try out or buy GeoCat Bridge for ArcGIS Pro now and let us know what you think! We value your feedback and suggestions.

      Stay tuned for future updates, as more features and improvements will be added!

      The post GeoCat Bridge for ArcGIS Pro has arrived! appeared first on GeoCat bv.

    • sur Adam Steer: Cartography as code: Cartopy

      Posted: 28 June 2024, 12:24pm CEST
      This story calls back a long way to my mapping roots. I started out making scientific maps using the venerable Generic Mapping Tools (GMT) to plot bathymetry, ship tracks, sampling stations. Almost two decades later, I’m still making maps with code! However, this time it’s in Python – with some helpers. Here’s the end product… Read More »Cartography as code: Cartopy
    • sur Mappery: New York, mosaic

      Posted: 28 June 2024, 11:00am CEST

      Matt Malone spotted this fantastic mosaic-tiled map of NYC ? at LaGuardia Airport during his first trip there last October. As a geographer, he said he was required to take a picture and share it.

      MapsintheWild New York, mosaic

    • sur 1000+ Streets Called Washington

      Posted: 28 June 2024, 10:22am CEST by Keir Clarke
      George Washington has more streets named after him in America than any other person in history. There are 1,399 streets named for the Founding Father in the United States, including George Washington Memorial Parkway in Washington DC and a number of Washington Streets in the state of Washington.At the other end of the scale Babe Ruth has only 3 U.S. streets named in his honor. There are 11
    • sur A recap of the 129th OGC Member Meeting, Montreal, Canada

      Posted: 27 June 2024, 2:00pm CEST by Simon Chester

      The 129th OGC Member Meeting was held in Montreal, Canada, from June 17-21, 2024. The meeting was hosted by OGC Strategic Member Natural Resources Canada, with additional support from Esri Canada, CAE, Safe Software, and Bentley Systems. The week saw more than 200 leaders and experts from industry, academia, and government come together—with a further 100 online—to learn about the latest innovations from OGC Members, advance Standards, network, and shape the future of geospatial technology. The meeting was also notable as it marked the beginning of OGC’s 30 year anniversary celebrations, which will culminate at an event in Washington, D.C., this December.

      Under the theme “Standards enabling collaboration for global challenges” the 129th Member Meeting focused on discussing, aligning, supporting, and promoting geospatial solutions that address challenges as far reaching as climate change and related disasters, and application domains as diverse as marine, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML), and beyond.

      Alongside the many OGC Standards and Domain Working Group meetings, there also included a Methane Summit, a Sensor Summit, a two-day meeting of the Canada Forum, a Quantum Computing ad hoc, a Metadata Workshop, and the kickoff of Testbed-20. 

      Friday’s OGC Executive Planning Committee Meeting was hosted by CAE at their nearby factory, and included a memorable tour of their factory floor. Social occasions included a Monday evening reception and a Wednesday night dinner was held at Northern Italian restaurant, Le Richmond. During the dinner, Andreas Matheus from Secure Dimensions GmbH was presented the 2024 Gardels Award for his persistent efforts to ensure best practices in security and API design in OGC. Congratulations, Andreas!

      Andreas Matheus (L) is presented the 2024 Gardels Award by OGC Chief Standards Officer, Scott Simmons (R).

      In addition to the challenges and domains covered by the meeting theme, two additional areas of discussion that stood out during the week: Digital Twins & Sensors, and Ethics in Geospatial.

      Digital Twins & Sensors. OGC members are increasingly demonstrating the use of digital twins of the built environment (e.g., city and building models) as the context and framework in which sensors are managed. Sensed information in the real world can be displayed on digital representations of that digital reality to enable better understanding of environmental conditions, human activity, and system responses to those factors. The Urban Digital Twins DWG, 3D Information Management DWG, and the Autonomy, Sensors, Things, Robots, and Observations DWG are each actively discussing and collaborating on this integration.

      Ethics in Geospatial. The OGC Executive Planning Committee has established a new subgroup on Ethics in Geospatial to set strategy for how OGC might address/respond to the ethical use of geospatial data or the use of those data for ethical purposes. The group will organize an initial meeting this July. If you would like to contribute to the conversation, you can sign up to the OGC Ethics in Geospatial email list here.

      Opening Plenary

      The Opening Plenary was hosted by OGC’s Dr. Rachel Opitz and featured a keynote presentation from Eric Loubier, Director General of the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation at Natural Resources Canada. Mr. Loubier highlighted the use of geospatial data and technologies to address the needs of Canadian citizens, with examples including flood and wildfire risk. 

      Introductory messages were then delivered by Louis-Martin Losier from Bentley Systems, Gordon Plunkett from Esri Canada, Hermann Brassard from CAE, and Dean Hintz from Safe Software. Finally, Prashant Shukle, Chair of the OGC Board of Directors, presented on “Canada and the OGC – 30 years of impact,” which reflected on the important parts that Canadian organizations have played in OGC’s 30 year history.

      Special tribute was then paid to an instrumental figure in OGC’s history who sadly passed away in May this year, Dr. John Herring. John was OGC’s first Gardels Award recipient back in 1999, and also received an OGC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021.

      Chair of the OGC Board of Directors, Prashant Shukle, presents “Canada and the OGC – 30 years of impact” during the opening session. Future Directions

      This Meeting’s Future Directions session focused on Artificial Intelligence in Geoinformatics. Four presentations were made to provide updates since this topic was last addressed.

      • Leveraging AI for Geospatial Reality Data: Louis-Martin Losier, Jeroen Vermeulen, Arnaud Durante (Bentley Systems)
      • Spatial Web: AI agents operating in hyperspace: George Percivall (GeoRoundtable / IEEE GRSS)
      • A User-Centric Process to Build AI-Powered Geospatial Applications: Pablo Fuentes (makepath)
      • Bringing Geospatial Awareness to Large Language Models Using Spatial Knowledge Graphs: Nathan McEachen (TerraFrame)

      The four presenters then engaged in a fascinating panel discussion moderated by Dr. Gobe Hobona of OGC. OGC Members can access the presentations and a recording on this page in the OGC Portal.

      Meeting Special Sessions

      The Methane Summit focused on the observation, measurement, monitoring, and spatial analysis of methane emissions. Consistent reporting of these emissions in a spatial context is key to effective decision making regarding reduction of emissions and their environmental consequences. Hence, the session also resulted in the proposal of a new OGC Standards Working Group (SWG) for EmissionML as a means to encode emission data. OGC Members can access the presentations and a recording on this page in the OGC Portal.

      Directly following the Methane Summit was a linked Sensor Summit to talk more specifically about sensor model and data standardization. The focus of this Summit was on new and emerging Standards activities in OGC, including SensorThings API version 2.0, OGC API – Connected Systems and its dependent updates to the SensorWeb Standards, and the UK SAPIENT sensor architecture. OGC Members can access the presentations and a recording on this page in the OGC Portal.

      The OGC Canada Forum held sessions on both Monday and Tuesday. Day 1 included an opening and the Forum Overview, followed by a panel on “The Transformative Role of Industry in National Geospatial Strategy and Spatial Data Infrastructure.” Day 2 started with an Oxford debate on the impact of standards on innovation and then included a panel on “National Geospatial Strategy in a Time of Rapid Change and Growing Challenges.”  The day wrapped up with a discussion on partnerships and a closing. OGC Members can access the presentations and a recording on this page in the OGC Portal.

      (L-R) Claudine Couture, Linda van den Brink, Bradford Dean, Eldrich Frazier, and Eric Loubier discussing “National Geospatial Strategy in a Time of Rapid Change and Growing Challenges” during the Canada Forum.

      The Quantum Computing ad hoc session was a follow-up from the previous Member Meeting to assess whether a new OGC Working Group should be established to assess the geospatial role of quantum computing technologies. OGC Members can access the presentations and a recording on this page in the OGC Portal.

      On Friday of the meeting week, a full-day Metadata Workshop was organized by the Metadata and Catalogs Domain Working Group (DWG). The first half of the workshop set the stage with presentations on current and emerging metadata Standards as well as their practical use. The second half of the summit was focused on the candidate OGC GeoDCAT Standard, how GeoDCAT fits within OGC’s building block approach to Standards, and preparation for a metadata-centric OGC Code Sprint later in 2024. OGC Members can access the presentations and a recording on this page in the OGC Portal.

      The next OGC Testbed has now begun! The Testbed-20 kickoff session helped participants better understand sponsor requirements and introduced both parties to the process by which OGC will manage the Testbed. As the largest Research & Development (R&D) Initiatives conducted under OGC’s COSI Program, OGC Testbeds exist at the cutting edge of technology, actively exploring and evaluating future geospatial technologies to solve today’s problems. 

      Testbeds provide an opportunity to engage with and lead the latest research on geospatial system design, concept development, and rapid prototyping. They also provide a business opportunity for stakeholders to mutually define, refine, and evolve service interfaces and protocols in the context of hands-on experience and feedback. The solutions developed in Testbeds eventually move into the OGC Standards Program, where they are reviewed, revised, and potentially approved as new international Open Standards that can reach millions of individuals.

      Testbed-20 will drive innovation at the foundations of geospatial data ecosystems. While working across four tasks, participants will collaborate to create mechanisms that improve Integrity, Provenance, and Trust (IPT) in geospatial data systems and workflows; transform Standards for GEOINT Imagery Media for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (GIMI); enhance the usability of, and investigate new applications for, GeoDataCubes; and explore options for High-Performance Geospatial Computing Optimized Formats.

      The OGC Executive Planning Committee during their visit to the CAE Factory. Closing Plenary

      Wrapping up the week, I opened Thursday’s Important Things session with a rapid, 7-minute summary of the entire meeting week. This presentation was followed by some introductory remarks from Ryan Ahola of Natural Resources Canada to identify issues with Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) and domains requiring geospatial standardization. Member discussion focused primarily on ensuring that SDI planning and management be aware of the larger data ecosystems in which the SDI must exist. This topic then led into a more detailed discussion on the mechanics of communicating how users should look to transition from the legacy OGC Web Services to OGC API Standards, where appropriate. OGC Members can access the presentations and a recording, including of the 7-minute overview, on this page in the OGC Portal. Additionally, OGC Members can access as session notes on the “Important-Things-2024-06” Etherpad.

      The Closing Plenary then saw a keynote from Jong Tae Ahn of the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport that briefed the long-term roadmap for spatial information standardization in Korea. The remainder of the session was dedicated to advancing Standardization activities in OGC. Slides and content from a large number of Working Group sessions were included. OGC Members can access the presentations and a recording on this page in the OGC Portal.

      Thank you to our community

      As always, it was such a pleasure seeing our community come together to talk about their recent achievements, learn from each other, and drive innovation and Standards development forward. I sincerely thank our members for investing their time and energy, as well as their dedication to making OGC the world’s leading and most comprehensive community of location experts.

      The next OGC Member Meeting is scheduled for November 4-8 in Goyang in the Seoul Capital Area of the Republic of Korea. Join members of the OGC Community to learn about the latest happenings at OGC, advance geospatial standards, network with the leaders of geospatial, and see what’s coming next. Registration will open soon on ogcmeet.org. To hear about it when it opens, feel free to subscribe to the OGC Newsletter – a digest of all things OGC, sent every two weeks.

      The post A recap of the 129th OGC Member Meeting, Montreal, Canada appeared first on Open Geospatial Consortium.

    • sur Where Immigrants are Settling

      Posted: 27 June 2024, 8:21am CEST by Keir Clarke
      The Washington Post has used immigrant court records from the last ten years to map out where migrants are settling in the United States. The data comes from immigration courts, which are responsible for adjudicating immigration cases. In 4.1 million migrants: Where they’re from, where they live in the U.S. the Post claims that this is "the most detailed publicly available information showing
    • sur Mappery: The Geographic Center of the United States is at …

      Posted: 26 June 2024, 11:00am CEST

      Ander Andersen is another new contributor. He kicks off with marker for the geographic center of the US. UK readers please forgive the US spelling of what should be “centre” but given the location I thought I should follow their convention.

      Of course anything that claims to be the geographic centre of a country or polygon is going to prompt some discourse in the geo community. The marker has Lat 39 degrees 50 minutes, Long 98,35 but, as you might expect Wikipedia has a whole article about the different options – this marker is at the centre of the 48 contiguous states and located Lebanon, Kansas

      If you include Alaska and Hawaii the centre shifts to Lat 44,58, Long 103,56 which is north of Belle Fourche in South Dakota.

      MapsintheWild The Geographic Center of the United States is at …

    • sur The New Nuclear Arms Race

      Posted: 26 June 2024, 9:00am CEST by Keir Clarke
      As several countries actively expand their arsenals of nuclear weapons, Sweden's SVT has released an investigation into World Nuclear Forces. In recent years, China, Pakistan, India, Israel, and North Korea have all augmented their nuclear stockpiles. In World Nuclear Forces SVT examines the numbers of nuclear weapons owned by countries around the world and the overall and
    • sur Who is Your Closest Team?

      Posted: 25 June 2024, 10:05am CEST by Keir Clarke
      If you have ever wondered which baseball team you should support then you need Maptitude's Closest Major or Minor League Baseball Stadium by Drive Time map. The map shows you which affiliated major or minor baseball stadium you can drive to in the quickest time in the contiguous United States.The map is a sort of combination of a voronoi diagram and an isochrone map. However,
    • sur OPENGIS.ch: QGIS Swiss Locator 3.0 brings elevation profiles and vector tiles

      Posted: 25 June 2024, 6:43am CEST
      Swiss elevation profiles

      Get high-precision elevation profiles in QGIS right from Swisstopo’s official profile service, based on swissALTI3D data!

      Swiss elevation profiles are available with QGIS 3.38.

      Thanks to this integration, you can take advantage of existing QGIS features, such as exporting 2d/3d features or distance/elevation tables, as well as displaying profiles directly in QGIS layouts.

      Tip: Swiss elevation profiles will be available as long as the Swiss Locator plugin is installed and active. Should you need to turn Swiss elevation profiles off to create other profiles with your own data, go to the Plugin manager and deactivate the plugin in the meantime.

      For developers

      We’re paving the way for adding custom elevation profiles to QGIS. For that, we’ve added a QGIS profile source registry so that plugin developers can register their own profile sources (e.g., based on profile web services, just like we did here) and make them available for QGIS end users. The registry is available from QGIS 3.38. It’s your turn! ???

      Thanks to the QGIS user group Switzerland for funding this feature! ?

      Swiss vector tiles base maps

      Loading Swiss vector tiles is now easier than ever. Just go to the locator bar, type the prefix “chb” (add a white space after that) and you’ll get a list of available and already styled Swiss vector tiles layers. Some of them will even load grouped auxiliary imagery for reference.

      Vector tiles will be loaded at the bottom of the QGIS layer tree as base maps, so you will see all your data on top of them.

      Vector tiles are optimized for local caching and scale-independent rendering. This also makes it a perfect fit for adding it to your QField project.

      There are a couple of different vector tile sets available:

      leichte-basiskarte Light base map

      Similar to the leichte-basiskarte layer, but using an older version of the data source and adjusted styles.

      leichte-basiskarte-imagery (with WMTS sublayer) Imagery base map (with WMTS sublayer)

      This layer is similar to the leichte-basiskarte-imagery layer, but it uses an older version of the data source and adjusted styles.

      Base map

      See the official services documentation for details on data sources and styles.

      Fixes

      Thanks to your feedback, we’ve also fixed some issues. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at GitHub if you’d like to suggest or report something related to the Swiss Locator plugin.

      Happy (and now more powerful) mapping! ??

    • sur Mappery: Norrebro Collection

      Posted: 24 June 2024, 11:00am CEST

      Rollo shared this water bottle with a street map

      MapsintheWild Norrebro Collection

    • sur The Dawn Chorus Map of Birds

      Posted: 24 June 2024, 9:01am CEST by Keir Clarke
      Each and every morning birds around the world herald the start of a new day by participating in the dawn chorus. While the aural phenomenon of birds singing at dawn is a global one the songs of the dawn chorus can vary greatly depending on where you live and on the make-up of your local avian population. Now, thanks to a new(ish) interactive map, you can tune into this morning serenade at
    • sur QGIS Blog: Plugin Update – December 23? to January 24?

      Posted: 24 June 2024, 8:38am CEST

      Between December 2023 and January 2024, 45 new plugins were published in the QGIS plugin repository. On top of those, we also included another 4 from the last week of November.

      Here follows the quick overview in reverse chronological order. If any of the names or short descriptions catches your attention, you can find the direct link to the plugin page in the table below:

      OpenLog
      High performance drillhole visualization QGIS module supporting 3D, cross-section, and log views.
      Benthic Terrain Modeler
      Analyzes benthic terrain for the purposes of classifying surficial seafloor characteristics that may be used in studies of benthic habitat, geomorphology, prediction of benthic fish species distribution, marine protected area design, and more
      QAnnAGNPS
      This plugin integrates the AnnAGNPS model into QGIS
      QSU2
      QSU2 for CFD simulations
      Autofill Attributes
      Simple screen to fill your attributes table automatically.
      Eurostat downloader
      This plugin can be used to get data using the Eurostat API.
      VectorToDBLoader
      Loads Active Vector Themes to PostGIS, Oracle and MS SQL
      MunsellRGB
      Munsell code to sRBG conversion.
      WFS Styler Plugin
      Set a WMS style to a WFS layer
      CIGeoE Rename Attachment Attribute
      Rename attachment attribute of selected field on all features
      QGIS2API-CNIG
      Complemento que crea un visualizador cartográfico con el contenido del lienzo de QGIS
      Data Sources Panel
      Panel/dock with overview of layer data sources
      GeoFA
      Gratis og let adgang til GeoFA (Geografiske Fagdata i GeoDanmark) i QGIS.
      Free and easy access to GeoFA (Geographical Professional Data in GeoDanmark) in QGIS.
      Co-Traveler
      Co-Traveler discovery tools.
      CoGEOS
      This plugin enables the user to automatically extract shorelines and compute shoreline change rates.
      Geovita GIS Processing provider
      This plugin adds different Geovita custom processing algorithms to QGIS
      CAV
      Este plugin realiza cálculos, comparações e análises estatísticas do volume e área de uma cota específica em um modelo digital de terreno.
      Whitebox Workflows for QGIS
      Provides access to Whitebox Workflows within QGIS
      Y!maptool?Yahoo! JAPAN YOLP Web API
      Yahoo!JAPAN?YOLP Web API??????????????????????????????????????????Web???? by Yahoo! JAPAN ?? [https:] This plugin allows the user to displays the location of search results using Yahoo!JAPAN YOLP Web API.You can search by zip code.
      QgisToUGCS
      A Plugin to create UGCS missions from GPKG layers. This is made for drone users that want to lead AreaScan for a drone-line inspection
      Infra3D plugin
      This plugin is an integration of the Infra3D application with QGIS
      CZML Moving Objects
      This plugin creates CZML files for moving objects described as points
      Layer Tree Tools
      Sorts and groups nodes in layer tree, takes layer tree snapshots
      Localisation Grand Lyon
      Suite d’outils de localisation utilisés pour les logiciels métiers QGIS de la Métropole Grand Lyon.
      FIM
      Forest Inventory and Monitoring
      Point Cloud Filter Slider
      GUI panel to change values in simple query builder filter for point clouds.
      Dokumente verknüpfen
      With this Plugin documents can be connected to objects. It is designed for sewer system inspection data.
      Bunting Labs AI Vectorizer
      Intelligent autocomplete for vectorizing raster maps.
      CIGeoE Pacman
      Resolve the intersection of 2 polygons by removing the overlapped area in the second polygon.
      GSI-AddressSearch
      ??????API?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????API?? [https:] plugin allows the user to search for a address and get its coordinates using GSI API.
      Riverscapes Viewer
      Explore symbolized Riverscapes projects
      Feature Z Setter
      Sets the Z value of each new/edited feature to a specific value, based on a DEM layer plus an offset.
      BrandGIS
      BrandGIS Ledningsstöd och geografisk lägesbild vid brand i skog och mark.
      Oemc Plugin
      This plugin provides easy access to OEMC STAC catalog
      Swedigarch Geotools
      Swedigarch Geotools
      Urbantracer
      Urbantracer creates urbanized area polygon over a street map.
      Geohash Expressions Plugin
      This plugin adds four expression functions to work with geohash in the field calculator
      QMetadataLayerHISPANIA
      Complemento para visualizar y agregar metadatos a las capas.
      Mesh Flow
      Tool to extract flow from hydraulic model results contained in a mesh layer.
      QRiS
      QGIS Riverscapes Studio (QRiS)
      SAGis Excel Export
      Plugin öffnet einen vereinfachten Excel-Export-Dialog
      SAGis ALKIS Suche
      Plugin zum Einbinden und Durchsuchen einer ALKIS-Datenbank
      LandXML to Mesh
      Conversion of LandXML to Mesh and vice versa
      QuickCopy
      Click and Copy WKT.
      Style to text
      Converts stylefiles to csv-files
      R-ABLE plugin
      R-ABLE plugin, developed within the EUHubs4Data project, providing access to the web services on agricultural land.
      Python Module Manager
      Show all the installed packages (distributions); Show modules in a selected package; Install a package/packages; Load a module and get the version.
      PDD-QGis Tool
      Tool to download and visualize datasets from Plataforma de Datos by Itrend.
      Project Full Text Search
      This plugin generates a full text search index containing all attributes of all layers of a loaded project. The user then can use a single text-input field to search within all available attributes.

    • sur Mappery: You are on the Plate

      Posted: 23 June 2024, 11:00am CEST

      Reinder spotted this plate in a shop window in The Hague.

      “Shop window, Piet Heinstraat, The Hague, Netherlands. The spot where one can see this little scene is actually on the plate, down on the right hand side.”

      MapsintheWild You are on the Plate

    • sur Mappery: Map Mannequin in Paris

      Posted: 22 June 2024, 11:00am CEST

      Moritz Schillinger joins the club of Maps in the Wild contributors with his first post of this superb map mannequin.

      “Last weekend in Paris I discovered a map in the wild myself. I found these artworks in the art center “59 Rivoli”, a former squat which now hosts really cool (temporary) art studios. 

      The map mannequin here is from Isabelle Marty (artist’s name @i.m.arty – Instagram). What I can see is that she’s wearing pieces of France, Ireland and the Netherlands. “

      Welcome to the club Moritz, keep them coming!

      MapsintheWild Map Mannequin in Paris

    • sur Find Your Future Climate Zone

      Posted: 22 June 2024, 9:48am CEST by Keir Clarke
      In fifty years time Los Angeles will no longer be in a temperate climate zone. As a result of climate change the climate in LA in 2070 will closely resemble the climate of New Delhi today. The average temperature will increase from 59.8°F to 65.2°F and LA can expect hot and arid summers.You can discover if your city will be changing climate zones in the near future (it will) on The Pudding's
    • sur Mappery: Kids on the Map

      Posted: 21 June 2024, 11:00am CEST

      Reinder sent us this pic from the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam

      “The Maritime Museum in Rotterdam has taken the next step in the field of target group approach and public outreach using the Cultural Target Group Model. “This has given us a shared language and a shared image of our Cultural Target Groups. And more awareness about its importance,” says Layla Salamoun, Head of Marketing, Communications & Development.”

      [https:]]

      Seems that giant maps that you can walk on, play on and explore are appear.ing quite often on Mappery, send us more – we love them!

      MapsintheWild Kids on the Map

    • sur The Newest Maps of Mars - in 3D

      Posted: 21 June 2024, 9:43am CEST by Keir Clarke
      The National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences has released a 3D interactive map of Mars, using imagery captured from the Tianwen-1 interplanetary mission. The Gras Mars Map allows you to explore Mars using the navigation tools that you are familiar with using from exploring Earth on Google Maps.The Gras Mars Map uses imagery captured by the 2020 China National Space
    • sur Andreas Matheus receives OGC’s 2024 Gardels Award

      Posted: 20 June 2024, 3:00pm CEST by Simon Chester

      Last night at the 129th Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Member Meeting, held in Montreal, Canada, Andreas Matheus was presented the OGC’s prestigious Kenneth D. Gardels Award. The Gardels Award is presented each year to an individual who has made exemplary contributions to OGC’s consensus standards process. The Gardels Award was conceived to memorialize the spirit of a man who dreamt passionately of making the world a better place through open communication and the use of information technology to improve the quality of human life.

      Andreas Matheus, Managing Director at Secure Dimensions GmbH, was selected by previous Gardels Award winners as the 2024 recipient because of his persistent efforts to ensure best practices in security and API design in OGC.

      A member of the nominating committee commented that Andreas has “been the go-to security expert for almost as long as OGC has existed.” Another committee member noted that Andreas’ “dedication on security and citizen science has been constant” and that he is “fully focused on promoting OGC solutions and other Standards for security.”

      “The OGC Board of Directors thanks Andreas for his work as a chair and active member of many OGC Working Groups and for providing his insight and expertise to several OGC Standards and Collaborative Solutions and Innovation (COSI) initiatives,” commented Prashant J. Shukle, Chair of the OGC Board of Directors. “Your tireless voice of expertise on security matters continues to be critical to OGC activities and exemplifies the values associated with the Gardels Award.”

      Andreas Chairs the OGC Security, Citizen Science, and Blockchain & Distributed Ledgers Domain Working Groups as well as the GeoXACML and OWS Common – Security Standards Working Groups. Andreas is also the principal editor for several OGC Testbed Engineering Reports and both the GeoXACML and OWS Web Services Security Standards.

      In all this work, Andreas exemplifies the highest values of OGC, and has demonstrated the principles, humility, and dedication in designing, supporting, and promoting spatial technologies to address the needs of humanity that characterized Kenn Gardels’ career and life.

      About the OGC Gardels Award
      The Kenneth D. Gardels Award is a gold medallion presented each year by the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) to an individual who has made exemplary contributions to OGC’s consensus standards process. Award nominations are made by members – the prior Gardels Award winners – and approved by the Board of Directors. The Gardels Award was conceived to memorialize the spirit of a man who dreamt passionately of making the world a better place through open communication and the use of information technology to improve the quality of human life.
      Kenneth Gardels, a founding member and a director of OGC, coined the phrase “Open GIS.” Kenn died of cancer in 1999 at the age of 44. He was active in popularizing the open source Geographic Information System (GIS) ‘GRASS’, and was a key figure in the Internet community of people who used and developed that software. Kenn was well known in the field of GIS and was involved over the years in many programs related to GIS and the environment. He was a respected GIS consultant to the State of California and to local and federal agencies, and frequently attended GIS conferences around the world.
      Kenn is remembered for his principles, courage, and humility, and for his accomplishments in promoting spatial technologies as tools for preserving the environment and serving human needs.
      More information on the OGC Gardels Award, including previous winners, can be found at: ogc.org/about-ogc/ogc-awards/gardels-awards/

      The post Andreas Matheus receives OGC’s 2024 Gardels Award appeared first on Open Geospatial Consortium.

    • sur The Worldwide Breaking News Map

      Posted: 20 June 2024, 9:37am CEST by Keir Clarke
      You can now explore breaking global news stories in real-time on a new interactive map. The Global Alerts Map highlights breaking news stories around the world. Using the map you can filter stories by category, and read the latest news updates. From major political developments to natural disasters, with just a few clicks, you can zoom into any region or country of the world, and read the
    • sur Marco Bernasocchi: QGIS.ch user-day 2024 – A biased review by uber-happy committers

      Posted: 20 June 2024, 6:45am CEST

      During the pandemic, people noticed how well they could work remotely, how productive meetings via video call could be, and how well webinars worked. At OPENGIS.ch, this wasn’t news because we have always been 100% remote. However, we missed the unplanned, in-person interactions that occur during meetups with a ?or ?. That’s why we’re very pleased that last week we could join the Swiss QGIS user day for the second time after the pandemic.

      OPENGIS.ch has been invested in QGIS since its inception in 2014, actually even before; our CEO Marco started working with QGIS 0.6 in 2004 and our CTO Matthias with version 1.7 in 2012. Since 2019, we have also been the company with the most core committers. We can definitely say that OPENGIS.ch has been one of the main driving forces behind the large adoption of QGIS in Switzerland and worldwide. 

      Contributions to the QGIS core measured in commit numbers

      Looking at the work done in the QGIS code we’re by far the most prolific company in Switzerland and second worldwide only to North Road Consulting. On top of it, we were the first – and still only one of two- companies to sustain QGIS.org at a Large level since 2021.

      This makes us very proud and it is why we’re even happier to see how much that is happening around QGIS in Switzerland aligns with the visions and goals we set out to reach years ago.

      The morning started with a presentation by our CTO Matthias “What’s new in QGIS” featuring plenty of work sponsored by the Anwendergruppe CH.

      Our CTO Matthias answering QGIS questions

      DXF Improvements, the release of SwissLocator 3.0 with swissalti3d and vector tiles integration, and an update on the advances towards solid curve handling in QGIS, a prerequisite for properly handling AV data in Switzerland, were only some of the many noteworthy points he touched.

      The highlight of Matthias’ presentation was the better OGC API Features support in QGIS, which was also highlighted in a subsequent talk about Kablo, showing how the next generation of industry solutions (Fachschalen) will be implemented.

      Slides: Neues aus der QGIS Welt - QGIS Anwendertag 2024

      Following was a short presentation on the project DMAV, Christoph Lauber introduced a project that aims to implement an industry solution for official cadastral surveying with QGIS.

      Adrian Wicki of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and Isabel presented how OPENGIS.ch and the partners Puzzle and Zeilenwerk help the FOEN with the SAM project with assess the hazards of flood, forest fire, or landslides, and warn authorities and the population. With an agile project organisation, the complex project succeeds in fulfilling requirements by applying user-centred development concepts. QGIS is used for visualizing and analyzing data and helping forecasters gain insights into the current situation.

      Slides: BAFU_SAM

      Andreas Neumann from ETH Zurich and Michael presented the qgis-js project. QGIS-js is an effort to port QGIS core to WebAssembly so that it can be run in a web browser. Although still in the early experimentation phase, this project has great potential to leverage interesting new use cases that weren’t even thinkable before.

      Slides:   [https:]]   

      Olivier Monod from the City of Yverdon presented Kablo, an electricity management proof of concept of the next generation implementation for industry solutions developed in collaboration with OPENGIS.ch.

      By applying a middleware based on OGC API Features and Django, Kablo shows how common limitations of current industry solutions (like permission management and atomic operations) can be overcome and how the future brings desktop and web closer together.

      Slides: kablo-qgis-user-days

      Obviously, it wasn’t just OPENGIS.ch. Sandro Mani from Sourcepole presented the latest and greatest improvements on QWC2, like street view integration and cool QGIS features brought to a beautiful web gis. Andreas Schmid from Kt. Solothurn presented how cool cloud-optimized geotiff (COG) is and what challenges come with it. Interested in the topic? Read more in our report about cloud optimized formats. Mattia Panduri from Canton Ticino explained how they used QGIS to harmonise the cantonal building datasets and Timothée Produit from IG Group SA presented how pic2map helps bring photos to maps. 

      To round up the morning, Nyall Dawson from North Road Consulting did a live session around the world to show the latest developments around elevation filtering in QGIS.

      In the afternoon, workshops followed. Claas Leiner led a QGIS expression one while Matthias and Michael showed how to leverage QGIS processing for building geospatial data processing workflows. 

      The first QGIS model baker user meeting took place in the third room. The participants discussed this fantastic tool we developed to make INTERLIS work smarter and more productive.

      First ModelBaker user meeting

      It was a very rich and constructive QGIS user day. We came home with plenty of new ideas and a sense of fulfilment, seeing how great the community we observed and helped grow has become.

      A big thanks go to the organisers and everyone involved in making such a great event happen. Only the beer in the sunshine was literally watered by the rain. Nevertheless, there were exciting discussions in the station bistro or in the restaurant coaches on the way home.

      See you next time and keep contributing ?

    • sur Markus Neteler: GRASS GIS 8.4.0RC1 released

      Posted: 19 June 2024, 12:18pm CEST

      The GRASS GIS 8.4.0RC1 release provides more than 515 improvements and fixes with respect to the release 8.3.2. Please support us in testing this release candidate.

      The post GRASS GIS 8.4.0RC1 released appeared first on Markus Neteler Consulting.

    • sur Mappery: Japanese Garage Door

      Posted: 19 June 2024, 11:00am CEST

      Marc-Tobias spotted this map on a garage door in Yuigahama beach, Kamakura, Japan, [https:]]  (beach), part of [https:]]

      ??????????????
      means “For a safe and secure community”

      ???
      means Kamakura (city)

      I’m left wondering why someone would want this map on their garage door, but I’m glad they did

      MapsintheWild Japanese Garage Door

    • sur Mapping the Big Map Index

      Posted: 19 June 2024, 10:21am CEST by Keir Clarke
      The Economist's Big Mac Index compares the purchasing power parity between the currencies of different countries by examining the price of a Big Mac hamburger sold at McDonalds' restaurants in each country. The Index "is based on the theory of purchasing-power parity, the notion that in the long run exchange rates should move towards the rate that would equalize the prices of an identical
    • sur GeoTools Team: GeoTools 29.6 Released

      Posted: 18 June 2024, 8:19pm CEST
      GeoTools 29.6 releasedGeoTools team is providing a release of GeoTools 29.6:geotools-29.6-bin.zipgeotools-29.6-doc.zipgeotools-29.6-userguide.zipgeotools-29.6-project.zipThis is an unscheduled release provided to help teams address CVE-2024-36404. Details of this issue will be made available at the end of the month. This is in keeping with our coordinated vulnerability disclosure policy&nbsp
    • sur GeoTools Team: GeoTools 31.2 Released

      Posted: 18 June 2024, 8:19pm CEST
      GeoTools 31.2 released The GeoTools team is pleased to announce the release of the latest maintenance version of  GeoTools 31.2: geotools-31.2-bin.zip geotools-31.2-doc.zip geotools-31.2-userguide.zip geotools-31.2-project.zip This release is also available from the  OSGeo Maven Repository and is made in conjunction with GeoServer 2.24.4
    • sur Mappery: Destination East Finchley

      Posted: 18 June 2024, 11:00am CEST

      Anthony spotted this at East Finchley underground station.

      The blurb says:

      “Destination East Finchley is a community project, which began in 2017, led by Martin Primary School and funded by the Celebrate Lottery Fund. The project celebrates the journeys made by local residents to live here in the diverse community of East Finchley, N2.

      Many of the stories were documented on the circular posterds by those who made the journey, or by their families. The postcards then inspired pupils at Martin Primary School to create poetry on the theme of migration, some of which are displayed here inside the birds.

      Each dot on the map represents the place from where a local resident or family originates, reflecting the breath of migration to this small part of London. More Info

      MapsintheWild Destination East Finchley

    • sur Where Mountains Rise From Oceans

      Posted: 18 June 2024, 10:18am CEST by Keir Clarke
      Last year PeakJut invented the Jut Score in order to rank mountains based on how sharply they rise above their surroundings. Now they have introduced a new OceanJut score - a unique method of measuring where land most dramatically rises from the ocean around the world.The OceanJut interactive map allows you to see how quickly and dramatically the land rises from the sea all around the globe. In
    • sur Marco Bernasocchi: Supercharge your fieldwork with QField’s project and app-wide plugins

      Posted: 18 June 2024, 6:45am CEST

      This blog post will introduce QField’s brand new plugin framework and walk through the creation of a plugin to support bird watchers in need of a quick way to digitize photos of spotted birds onto a point vector layer.

      QField Plugin Snap! in action A plugin framework is born!

      As announced recently, QField now empowers users through a brand new plugin framework allowing for simple customization on the way the application behaves or looks all the way through to creating completely new functionalities.

      The plugin framework relies on Qt’s QML engine and JavaScript, allowing for cross-platform support out of the box. This means that plugins will run perfectly fine on all platforms currently supported by QField: Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, and macOS.

      App-wide plugin vs. project plugin

      First, let’s look at the two types of plugins supported by QField: app-wide plugins and project plugins. As their names imply, the main difference is their scope. An enabled app-wide plugin will remain active as long as QField is running, while project plugins are activated on project load and deactivated when the project tied to the plugin is closed.

      Project plugins are shipped alongside a given project file (.qgs/.qgz). Project plugins must share the same name of the project file with a .qml extension. For example, if your project file is birdwatcher.qgz, QField will look for the presence of a birdwatcher.qml to activate the project plugin. For app-wide plugins, installation is done via the plugins manager popup; more on this below.

      Distribution of project plugins can be greatly facilitated through QFieldCloud. The presence of project plugins within a cloud project environment will be automatically detected and packaged alongside the project file and its datasets when deployed to QField devices.

      Starting with a project plugin

      We will start with looking into a simple project plugin that offers a new digitizing mechanism focused on snapping photos as a trigger for point feature addition. This plugin will demonstrate how new functionalities and behaviors can be added to QField to serve specific needs. In this case, the new digitizing mechanism could come in handy for bird watchers and other users in need of a quick way to snap photos!

      It’s advised to download a version of QField running on your desktop environment while testing plugins. Links to Windows, Linux, and macOS builds are available here. Once installed, download this project archive containing a tiny birdwatcher sample project and extract it into a new directory on your local machine.

      The project archive consists of a point vector layer (observations.gpkg), a project file (birdwatcher.qgz) as well as a project plugin (birdwatcher.qml) which we will look into below. Please note that the point vector layer’s attribute form is already configured to display captured photos. We will not spend time on attribute form setup in this post; see this relevant documentation page if you are interested in knowing how that was achieved.

      We can now test the project plugin by opening the project (birdwatcher.qgz) in QField. Users familiar with QField will notice a new ‘camera’ tool button present on the top-right corner of the map canvas. This button was added by the project plugin. You can press on it, to open the QField camera, take a photo (of yourself, a random object on your table, or with a bit of luck a bird), and witness how that leads to a point feature creation.

      Digging into the project plugin file

      Let’s open the project plugin file (birdwatcher.qml) in your favorite text editor. The first few lines define the QML imports needed by the plugin:

      import QtQuick
      import QtQuick.Controls
      
      import org.qfield
      import org.qgis
      import Theme
      
      import "qrc:/qml" as QFieldItems

      Beyond the two QtQuick imports, we will make use of QField-specific types and items as well as QGIS ones (registered and declared in this source file), a Theme to retrieve icons and colors as well as QField items such as tool buttons (see this source directory), as well as the QField QML items embedded into the application itself to make use of the camera.

      The next line declares an generic Item component which will be used by QField to initiate the plugin. This must be present in all plugins. As this plugin does, you can use the Component.onCompleted signal to trigger code execution. In this case, we are using iface to add a tool button on top of the map canvas:

      Component.onCompleted: {
        iface.addItemToPluginsToolbar(snapButton)
      }

      Just above these lines, the plugin declare a number of properties pointing to items found in the main QField ApplicationWindow:

      property var mainWindow: iface.mainWindow()
      property var positionSource: iface.findItemByObjectName('positionSource')
      property var dashBoard: iface.findItemByObjectName('dashBoard')
      property var overlayFeatureFormDrawer: iface.findItemByObjectName('overlayFeatureFormDrawer')

      Users can reach through to any items within QField’s ApplicationWindow provided they have an objectName property defined. The string value is used in the iface.findItemByObjectName() function to retrieve the item.

      The rest of the file consists of a loader to activate the QField camera, a tool button to snap a photo, and a function to create a new feature within which the current position is used as geometry and the snapped photo is attached to the feature form.

      The function itself provides a good example of what can be achieved by using the parts of QGIS exposed through QML, as well as utility functions and user interface provided by QField:

      function snap(path) {
        let today = new Date()
        let relativePath = 'DCIM/' + today.getFullYear()
                                    + (today.getMonth() +1 ).toString().padStart(2,0)
                                    + today.getDate().toString().padStart(2,0)
                                    + today.getHours().toString().padStart(2,0)
                                    + today.getMinutes().toString().padStart(2,0)
                                    + today.getSeconds().toString().padStart(2,0)
                                    + '.' + FileUtils.fileSuffix(path)
        platformUtilities.renameFile(path, qgisProject.homePath + '/' + relativePath)
        
        let pos = positionSource.projectedPosition
        let wkt = 'POINT(' + pos.x + ' ' + pos.y + ')'
        
        let geometry = GeometryUtils.createGeometryFromWkt(wkt)
        let feature = FeatureUtils.createFeature(dashBoard.activeLayer, geometry)
            
        let fieldNames = feature.fields.names
        if (fieldNames.indexOf('photo') > -1) {
          feature.setAttribute(fieldNames.indexOf('photo'), relativePath)
        } else if (fieldNames.indexOf('picture') > -1) {
          feature.setAttribute(fieldNames.indexOf('picture'), relativePath)
        }
      
        overlayFeatureFormDrawer.featureModel.feature = feature
        overlayFeatureFormDrawer.state = 'Add'
        overlayFeatureFormDrawer.open()
      }

      The QGIS API Documentation site is a good resource for learning what parts of the many QGIS classes are exposed to QML. For example, the QgsFeature documentation page contains a Properties section and a Q_INVOKABLE prefix next to functions indicating their availability within a QML/JavaScript environment.

      Deployment of a project plugin via QFieldCloud

      As mentioned above, QFieldCloud greatly eases the deployment of project plugins to devices in the field. We will now go through the steps required to create a cloud project environment based on the birdwatcher sample project, and witness it handling the project plugin automatically.

      This will require you to registered for a freely available QFieldCloud community account if you haven’t done so yet (it takes a minute to do so, what are you waiting for ? ). We will also need the QFieldSync plugin in QGIS, which can be enabled through the QGIS plugin manager.

      Let’s open QGIS, and log into QFieldCloud by clicking on the QFieldSync toolbar’s blue cloud icon. Once logged in, click on the ‘Create New Project’ tool button found at the bottom of the dialog.

      In the subsequent panel dialog, choose the ‘Create a new empty QFieldCloud project’ and then hit the ‘Next’ button. Give it a name and a description, and for the local directory, pick the folder within which you had extracted the birdwatcher project, then hit the ‘Create’ button.

      QFieldSync will then ask you to upload your newly created cloud project environment to the server. Notice how the project plugin file (birdwatcher.qml) is part of the files to be delivered to the cloud. Confirm by clicking on the ‘Upload to server’ button.

      When QFieldSync is finished uploading, you are ready to take your mobile device, open QField, log into your QFieldCloud account and download the cloud project. Once the cloud project is loaded, you will be asked for permission to load the project plugin, which you can grant on a permanent or one-time basis.

      Bravo! You have successfully deployed a project plugin through QFieldCloud.

      Creating an app-wide plugin directory

      Let’s move on to creating a functional app-wide plugin directory. Download this sample app-wide plugin and extract it into a new directory placed in the ‘plugins’ directory, itself found within the QField app directory. The location of the app directory is provided in the ‘About QField’ overlay, take note of it prior to extracting the plugin if you have not done so yet.

      As seen in the screenshot above, which demonstrates the directory hierarchy, a given plugin directory must contain at least two files: a main.qml file, which QField will use to activate the plugin, and a metadata.txt file containing basic information on the plugin, such as the plugin name, author details, and version.

      Here’s a sample metadata.txt from the birdwatcher project plugin upgraded into an app-wide plugin:

      [general]
      name=Snap!
      description=Digitize points through snapping photos
      author=OPENGIS.ch
      icon=icon.svg
      version=1.0
      homepage=https://www.opengis.ch/

      Opening main.qml in your favourite text editor will reveal that it has the exact same content as the above-shared project plugin. The only change is the renaming of birdwatcher.qml to main.qml to take into account this plugin’s app-wide scope.

      PSA: we have setup this GitHub QField template plugin repository to ease creation of plugins. Fork at will!

      Deploying app-wide plugins

      While currently not as smooth as deploying a project plugin through QFieldCloud, app-wide plugins can be installed onto devices using a URL pointing to a zipped archive file containing the content of a given plugin directory. The zipped archive file can then be hosted on your own website, on a GitHub or GitLab repository, a Dropbox link, etc.

      In QField, open the plugins manager popup found in the settings panel, and use the ‘Install plugin from URL’ button to paste a URL pointing to a zipped plugin file.

      You should keep the zipped archive file name consistent for a better user experience, as it is used to determine the installation directory. This is an important consideration to take into account when offering plugin updates. If your zipped plugin file name changes, the plugin will not be updated but rather added to a new directory alongside the previously installed plugin.

      QField does allow for a version tag to be added to a zipped archive file name, provided it is appended at the end of the file name, preceded by a dash, and includes only numbers and dots. For example, myplugin-0.0.1.zip and myplugin-0.2.1.zip will install the plugin in the myplugin directory.

      Empowering users as well as developers

      Here at OPENGIS.ch, we believe this new plugin framework empowers not only users but also developers, including our very own ninjas! With plugin support, we now have the possibility to develop answers to specific field scenarios that would not necessarily be fit for QField-wide functionalities. We would love to hear your opinion and ideas.

      If you would like to supercharge your fieldwork and need some help, do not hesitate to contact us – your projects are our passion ?

      P.S. If you are developing a cool QField plugin, also let us know! ?

      Bird SVG in video CC-BY   [https:]]  
    • sur GeoServer Team: GeoServer 2.25.2 Release

      Posted: 18 June 2024, 2:00am CEST

      GeoServer 2.25.2 release is now available with downloads (bin, war, windows), along with docs and extensions.

      This is a stable release of GeoServer recommended for production use. This release is made ahead of schedule to address an urgent bug or security vulnerability (see CVE-2024-36401 below). GeoServer 2.25.2 is made in conjunction with GeoTools 31.2, and GeoWebCache 1.25.2.

      Thanks to Jody Garnett (GeoCat) for making this release on behalf of GeoCat customers.

      Security Considerations

      This release addresses security vulnerabilities and is considered an essential upgrade for production systems.

      • CVE-2024-36401 Critical
      • CVE-2024-34696 Moderate
      • CVE-2024-35230 Moderate
      • CVE-2024-24749 Moderate

      The details of this vulnerability will be made available at the end of the month providing an opportunity to update.

      The use of the CVE system allows the GeoServer team to reach a wider audience than blog posts. See the project security policy for more information on how security vulnerabilities are managed.

      Demo Requests page rewritten

      The Demo Request page has been rewritten to use JavaScript to issue POST examples. This provides a much better user experience:

      • Show Result lists the response headers to be viewed along side the returned result (with an option for XML pretty printing).
      • Show Result in a New Page is available to allow your browser to display the result.

      The WCS Request Builder and WPS Request Builder demos now have the option to show their results in Demo Requests page. Combined these changes replace the previous practice of using an iframe popup, and have allowed the TestWfsPost servlet to be removed.

      For more information please see the Demo requests in the User Guide.

      Thanks to David Blasby (GeoCat) for these improvements, made on behalf of the GeoCat Live project.

      • GEOS-11390 Replace TestWfsPost with Javascript Demo Page
      Release notes

      New Feature:

      • GEOS-11390 Replace TestWfsPost with Javascript Demo Page

      Improvement:

      • GEOS-11351 Exact term search in the pages’ filters

      Bug:

      • GEOS-7183 Demo request/wcs/wps pages incompatible with [HTTPS]
      • GEOS-11416 GeoPackage output contains invalid field types when exporting content from PostGIS
      • GEOS-11430 CiteComplianceHack not correctly parsing the context

      Task:

      • GEOS-11411 Upgrade to ImageIO-EXT 1.4.11
      • GEOS-11426 Rework community dependency packaging to use module’s dependencies
      • GEOS-11429 Split COG community module packaging based on target cloud provider
      • GEOS-11432 Upgrade to ImageIO-EXT 1.4.12

      For the complete list see 2.25.2 release notes.

      Community Updates

      Community module development:

      • GEOS-11412 Remove reference to JDOM from JMS Cluster (as JDOM is no longer in use)
      • GEOS-11413 STAC uses inefficient dabase queries when asking for collections in JSON format

      Community modules are shared as source code to encourage collaboration. If a topic being explored is of interest to you, please contact the module developer to offer assistance.

      About GeoServer 2.25 Series

      Additional information on GeoServer 2.25 series:

      Release notes: ( 2.25.2 | 2.25.1 | 2.25.0 | 2.25-RC )

    • sur GeoServer Team: GeoServer 2.24.4 Release

      Posted: 18 June 2024, 2:00am CEST

      GeoServer 2.24.4 release is now available with downloads (bin, war, windows), along with docs and extensions.

      This is a maintenance release of GeoServer providing existing installations with minor updates and bug fixes. It also includes security vulnerability fixes.

      GeoServer 2.24.4 is made in conjunction with GeoTools 30.4, and GeoWebCache 1.24.4.

      Thanks to Peter Smythe (AfriGIS) for making this release.

      Security Considerations

      This release addresses security vulnerabilities and is considered an essential upgrade for production systems.

      • CVE-2024-36401 Critical
      • CVE-2024-34696 Moderate
      • CVE-2024-24749 Moderate

      The details of this vulnerability will be made available at the end of the month providing an opportunity to update.

      The use of the CVE system allows the GeoServer team to reach a wider audience than blog posts. See project security policy for more information on how security vulnerabilities are managed.

      Demo Requests page rewritten

      The Demo Request page has been rewritten to use JavaScript to issue POST examples. This provides a much better user experience:

      • Show Result lists the response headers to be viewed along side the returned result (with an option for XML pretty printing).
      • Show Result in a New Page is available to allow your browser to display the result.

      The WCS Request Builder and WPS Request Builder demos now have the option to show their results in Demo Requests page. Combined these changes replace the previous practice of using an iframe popup, and have allowed the TestWfsPost servlet to be removed.

      For more information please see the Demo requests in the User Guide.

      Thanks to David Blasby (GeoCat) for these improvements, made on behalf of the GeoCat Live project.

      • GEOS-11390 Replace TestWfsPost with Javascript Demo Page
      Release notes

      New Feature:

      • GEOS-11390 Replace TestWfsPost with Javascript Demo Page

      Improvement:

      • GEOS-11311 Show a full stack trace in the JVM stack dump panel
      • GEOS-11369 Additional authentication options for cascaded WMS WMTS data stores
      • GEOS-11400 About Page Layout and display of build information
      • GEOS-11401 Introduce environmental variables for Module Status page

      Bug:

      • GEOS-7183 Demo request/wcs/wps pages incompatible with [HTTPS]
      • GEOS-11202 CAS extension doesn’t use global “proxy base URL” setting for service ticket
      • GEOS-11331 OAuth2 can throw a “ java.lang.RuntimeException: Never should reach this point”
      • GEOS-11332 Renaming style with uppercase/downcase empty the sld file
      • GEOS-11382 The interceptor “CiteComplianceHack” never gets invoked by the Dispatcher Servlet
      • GEOS-11385 Demo Requests functionality does not honour ENV variable PROXY_BASE_URL
      • GEOS-11416 GeoPackage output contains invalid field types when exporting content from PostGIS
      • GEOS-11430 CiteComplianceHack not correctly parsing the context

      Task:

      • GEOS-11318 Upgrade postgresql from 42.6.0 to 42.7.2
      • GEOS-11374 Upgrade Spring version from 5.3.33 to 5.3.34
      • GEOS-11375 GSIP 224 - Individual contributor clarification
      • GEOS-11393 Upgrade commons-io from 2.12.0 to 2.16.1
      • GEOS-11395 Upgrade guava from 32.0.0 to 33.2.0
      • GEOS-11397 App-Schema Includes fix Integration Tests
      • GEOS-11402 Upgrade PostgreSQL driver from 42.7.2 to 42.7.3
      • GEOS-11403 Upgrade commons-text from 1.10.0 to 1.12.0
      • GEOS-11404 Upgrade commons-codec from 1.15 to 1.17.0

      For the complete list see 2.24.4 release notes.

      Community Updates

      Community module development:

      • GEOS-11040 Could not get a ServiceInfo for service Features thus could not check if the service is enabled
      • GEOS-11381 Error in OIDC plugin in combination with RoleService
      • GEOS-11412 Remove reference to JDOM from JMS Cluster (as JDOM is no longer in use)

      Community modules are shared as source code to encourage collaboration. If a topic being explored is of interest to you, please contact the module developer to offer assistance.

      About GeoServer 2.24 Series

      Additional information on GeoServer 2.24 series:

      Release notes: ( 2.24.4 | 2.24.3 | 2.24.2 | 2.24.1 | 2.24.0 | 2.24-RC )

    • sur Guess This City 2.0

      Posted: 17 June 2024, 8:01pm CEST by Keir Clarke
      My daily map challenge game Guess This City has now been updated to provide a number of clues which should help you identify each day's new location. At the same time the cities which you have to identify have become a bit more obscure.Thanks to Map Channels the game now uses a json feed for each day's map. I think Map Channels realized that the daily scores I was posting to X weren't exactly
    • sur Today's Global Heating Forecast

      Posted: 17 June 2024, 7:49am CEST by Keir Clarke
      Global average temperatures in May broke all previous records. It was the 12th consecutive month in which global temperatures reached a record high. Every three months Climate Central publishes a seasonal analysis of how temperatures around the world have been changed by global heating. Their latest report People Exposed to Climate Change: March-May 2024 confirms that from 'March 2024 to
    • sur Some More Maps of Sounds

      Posted: 15 June 2024, 8:21am CEST by Keir Clarke
      Yesterday Hacker News featured a thread on Sounds of the Forest, an interactive map of sound recordings made in forests around the world. Also linked in the Hacker News thread was the wonderful Radio Aporee, which, like Sounds of the Forest, has featured on Maps Mania before. Also mentioned in the thread were two interactive sound maps which I haven't seen (or heard) before.Audiomapa
    • sur Oslandia: New release for QField : 3.3 “Darién”

      Posted: 14 June 2024, 3:10pm CEST

      Oslandia is the main partner of OPENGIS.ch around QField. We are proud today to forward the announcement of the new QField release 3.3 “Darién”. This release introduces a brand new plugin framework that empowers users to customize and add completely new functionalities to their favourite field application.

      The plugin framework comes with other new features and improvements for this release, detailed below.

      Main highlights

      One of the biggest feature additions of this version is a brand new drawing tool that allows users to sketch out important details over captured photos or annotate drawing templates. This was a highly requested feature, which is brought to all supported platforms (Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, and, of course, Linux) with the financial support of the Swiss QGIS user group.

      Also landing in this version is support for copying and pasting vector features into and from the clipboard. This comes in handy in multiple ways, from providing a quick and easy way to transfer attributes from one feature to another through matching field names to pasting the details of a captured feature in the field into a third-party messenger, word editing, or email application. Copying and pasting features can be done through the feature form’s menu as well as long pressed over the map canvas. Moreover, a new feature-to-feature attributes transfer shortcut has also been added to the feature form’s menu. Appreciation to Switzerland, Canton of Lucerne, Environment and Energy for providing the funds for this feature.

      The feature form continues to gain more functionalities; in this version, the feature form’s value map editor widget has gained a new toggle button interface that can help fasten data entry. The interface replaces the traditional combo box with a series of toggle buttons, lowering the number of taps required to pick a value. The German Archaeological Institut – KulturGutRetter sponsored this feature.

      Other improvements in the feature form include support for value relation item grouping and respect for the vector layer attributes’ « reuse last entered value » setting.

      Finally, additional features include support for image decoration overlay, a new interface to hop through cameras (front, back, and external devices) for the ‘non-native’ camera, the possibility to disable the 3-finger map rotation gesture, and much more.

      User experience improvements

      Long-time users of QField will notice the new version restyling of the information panels such as GNSS positioning, navigation, elevation profile, and sensor data. The information is now presented as an overlay sitting on top of the map canvas, which increases the map canvas’ visibility while also achieving better focus and clarity on the provided details. With this new version, all details, including altitude and distance to destination, respect user-configured project distance unit type.

      The dashboard’s legend has also received some attention. You can now toggle the visibility of any layer via a quick tap on a new eye icon sitting in the legend tree itself. Similarly, legend groups can be expanded and collapsed directly for the tree. This also permits you to show or hide layers while digitizing a feature, something which was not possible until now. The development of these improvements was supported by Gispo and sponsored by the National Land Survey of Finland.

      Plugin framework

      QField 3.3 introduces a brand new plugin framework using Qt’s powerful QML and JavaScript engine. With a few lines of code, plugins can be written to tweak QField’s behaviour and add new capabilities. Two types of plugins are possible: app-wide plugins as well as project-scoped plugins. To ensure maximum ease of deployment, plugin distribution has been made possible  through QFieldCloud! Amsa provided the financial contribution that brought this project to life.

      Our partner OPENGIS.ch will soon offer a webinar to discover how QField plugins can help your field (and business) workflows by allowing you to be even more efficient in the field.

      Users interested in authoring plugins or better understanding the framework, can already visit the dedicated documentation page and a sample plugin implementation sporting a weather forecast integration.

      A question concerning QField ? Interested in QField deployment ? Do not hesitate to contact Oslandia to discuss your project !

       

    • sur Mappery: Babelroth anno 1776

      Posted: 14 June 2024, 11:00am CEST

      Ekki Plicht sent us this pic from Babelroth in Germany

      “Here is a nice mural which can be seen in the village of Barbelroth in
      Germany. It is mounted on the wall at the corner of Hauptstraße and
      Mühlstraße, and it is already mapped in OSM, object. [https:]]

      Cheers.
      Ekki”

      MapsintheWild Babelroth anno 1776

    • sur The New Medieval Map of London

      Posted: 14 June 2024, 10:23am CEST by Keir Clarke
      The Historic Towns Trust has created a modern map of Medieval London. The map depicts London as it existed at the end of the 13th Century using modern mapping techniques. The map is based on archaeological and historical records. You can explore an interactive version of the Medieval London map on Layers of London (check the 'Use this overlay' box and then zoom in on the City of
    • sur QGIS Blog: QGIS Grant Programme 2024 Update no. 2

      Posted: 14 June 2024, 8:30am CEST

      Thanks to generous supporters, we are in the wonderful position to be able to announce that another project is successfully funded:

        Our thanks go out to:

        for providing the additional funding to top up the QGIS Grant Programme contribution for QEP#248.

        The next proposals on the wait list are:

        If you want to help make these improvement a reality, please get in touch.

      • sur OPENGIS.ch: Django Full-Stack Engineer with DevOps Affinity – 80 – 100% (Remote)

        Posted: 14 June 2024, 6:47am CEST

        Location: Remote, preferably with at least 4h overlap to CEST office hours

        Employment Type: Full-time (80-100%)

        About OPENGIS.ch:

        OPENGIS.ch is a team of Full-Stack GeoNinjas offering personalized open-source geodata solutions to Swiss and international clients. We are dedicated to using and developing open-source tools, providing flexibility, scalability, and future-proof solutions, and playing a key role in the free and open-source geospatial community. We pride ourselves on our agile and distributed nature, which allows us to have a motivated and multicultural team that supports each other in working together.

        Job Description:

        We are seeking a passionate and skilled Django Full-Stack Engineer with a strong affinity for DevOps to join our team. The ideal candidate will work primarily on QFieldCloud, our cutting-edge cloud-based solution that brings QGIS projects to the field. You will help develop and maintain the full stack of the QFieldCloud platform, ensuring high performance and stability and implementing new features.

        Responsibilities:

        • Develop, test, and maintain the QFieldCloud platform using Django, Python, PostgreSQL and other modern web technologies.
        • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define, design, and ship new features.
        • Ensure the performance, quality, and responsiveness of the application.
        • Identify and correct bottlenecks and fix bugs.
        • Help maintain code quality, organization, and automation.
        • Work closely with the DevOps team to manage and optimize deployment pipelines, including Docker, Kubernetes, and other containerization and orchestration technologies.
        • Provide technical guidance and support to clients regarding deployment and usage of the platform.

        Qualifications:

        • Strong experience with Django and Python in a full-stack capacity.
        • Proficiency in front-end technologies, including JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3.
        • Experience with Linux, Docker (compose), K8s, Git, and PostgreSQL.
        • Familiarity with geospatial concepts and web GIS applications is a plus.
        • Good understanding of software deployment, containerization, and continuous integration practices.
        • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to work independently.
        • Strong communication skills and ability to work in a distributed team environment.
        • Fluency in English; knowledge of German, French, Italian, Spanish, or Romansh is a plus.

        Perks:

        At OPENGIS.ch, we enjoy a variety of perks that make our work experience rewarding. Here’s what we get:

        • Flexible Work Hours: We have the freedom to set our own schedules, which helps us better manage our personal and professional lives.
        • Remote Work Opportunities: We can work from anywhere, giving us the flexibility to choose our work environment.
        • Learning and Development: We are encouraged to grow professionally with access to training programs and workshops.
        • Innovative Environment: We thrive in an atmosphere that’s at the forefront of GIS technology, which keeps our work exciting.
        • Collaborative Team: We value teamwork and the exchange of ideas, making our workplace dynamic and supportive.

        Questions for Applicants:

        • What’s your experience with software deployment and containers?
        • What is your favourite Django app? Why? Have you ever upstreamed a patch in Django or an app? if so, please provide a link to the pull request.
        • What is the error in the featured image of this post?
        • What did you last learn out of interest?

        How to Apply:

        If you are excited about this opportunity and meet the qualifications, please submit an application at opengis.ch/jobs

        Join us at OPENGIS.ch and become a part of our mission to provide innovative open-source geospatial solutions! ???

      • sur Cable Management

        Posted: 13 June 2024, 8:11pm CEST by James

        One of the best parts of my iPhone 15 Pro is that it has a USB-C port on it. While I appreciate the lightning port, I have just grown so tired of having to manage so many different ports while traveling. Coupled with my iPad having USB-C and my Apple Watch having a USB-C charging cable, I went ahead and got myself an Anker 3 port USB-C charger (which has a USB-A for those times you need one) allowing me to plug in all my devices at night and just use ordinary USB-C cables.

        It is all nice and clean, no longer do I have all different cables for each device. My Kindle is USB-C, my GoPro is USB-C, my battery backup is USB-C and of course my MacBook Pro. I have reduced the cables I travel with because I don’t need one for each device. I do travel with a USB-A to USB-C cable for those times where the airplane doesn’t have USB-C or in an airport or rental car but that tucks away nicely in my travel bag.

        But then I just realized my AirPods Pro case is lightning.

        Now I could buy a USB-C case for said AirPods, but I want to wait until September and see if there is anything new. So trusty old lightning cable goes back in the bad for now.

        Update: I was asked how I charged my AirPods Pro last night, well you can use the Apple Watch charger. Works pretty well but its not a great solution long term.

      • sur Mapping the Census

        Posted: 13 June 2024, 8:55am CEST by Keir Clarke
        percentage of 0-14 year olds Jacob Weinbren has released an interactive map which allows you to explore data from the 2021 Canadian census by location. Using the map you can view the demographic and economic make-up of towns and cities across the whole of the country using over 2,500 different census variables. The Canadian Census map colors individual building footprints based on the