Archive for September, 2010

OSGeo Mission: Collaborative Development

Posted in FOSS4G 2010, Locality and Space, OSGeo on September 13th, 2010 at 05:54:21

At the OSGeo Board meeting in Barcelona, we discussed many things, but one of the topics of special interest to me is the simple question: “What is OSGeo all about?”

The first place to look for that, of course, is the website; although many parts of the website address many specific problems, there is one place that we define what OSGeo is really about: the mission statement. It says that the Mission of OSGeo is:

To support the collaborative development of open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use.

When we started our board discussions, there was one word missing there: the “collaborative” is something we voted to add, something I was very supportive of. There are many organizations (Sencha being a significant example in the space I work in) where organizations are developing Open Source software that is not openly developed. OSGeo is not about that: instead, it’s about encouraging exactly the opposite.

One of the most important things that OSGeo incubation does is ensure that a project is collaboratively developed. We seek for projects with a reasonably broad base of support, in terms of both developers and users. We seek to encourage community; our default project setup uses open, widely available collaborative development tools.

We host dozens of mailing lists. We have a single login account that gives access to the bug trackers for more than a dozen projects. We seek the broadest interaction between projects possible in order to foster a collaborative environment.

OSGeo is a really interesting case for this type of foundation work, because we have such a broad collection of projects despite the narrow scope. Databases. Web servers — both Map and other GIS related. Clients. Data manipulation libraries. Metadata catalogs. All of them interact at almost every stage of the process. Interoperability of this software is a key way to make the Open Source geospatial world more successful, and something we do relatively well.

So, if anyone ever asks you: What does OSGeo do? The answer, at its heart, is: “Support the collaborative development of open source geospatial software.” And I’m pretty thrilled with both the goal, and the success so far.

New Mailing List: tiling; Feedback On WMTS

Posted in FOSS4G 2010, OSGeo, TileCache on September 9th, 2010 at 03:07:15

In the past, for tiling, we discussed tiling on an EOGEO list. In the meantime, OSGeo has grown up, EOGEO has moved on, and it seems that there isn’t a very good home for future tiling discussions.

As a result, I have added a tiling list to the OSGeo mailing list server.

Tiling List @ OSGeo

Projects that I hope to see people joining from: TileCache, Tirex, Mapproxy, GWC, others, etc.

This list will be discussing general tiling ideas — how to cache tiles, how to manage caches, how to work with limited caches, where to put your tiles, things like S3, etc. etc. If you are at all interested in tiling — not at the level of a specific application, but in general — please join the list.

Additionally, if you are interested in discussing providing feedback to the OGC regarding the WMTS spec — especially if you are an implementer, but also if you are a user — I would encourage you to join the standards list at OSGeo:

Several people have expressed interest in coordinating a response to the OGC regarding the spec, and we would like to work together on this list to coordinate.