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Welcome Google Summer of Code 2014 Students!

April 22nd, 2014 @ 11:01 by AnnHitchcock
Posted in Communities, Geoprocessing, GSoC, ILWIS, Sensor Web

52°North is pleased to welcome the following students to work with us closely this summer on five Google Summer of Code projects!

  1. Sensor Data Access for Rasdaman, Simona Badoiu
  2. Using the ILWIS framework for geo-data capture with a mobile application, Bouke Pieter
  3. Proposal for Access Control User Interface for SOS Servers, Dushyant Sabharwal
  4. enviroCar App UX Design, Rahul Raja
  5. The Improvements of enviroCar Linked Data Service, Tao Lin

The community bonding period has just begun. During this time, students get to know their mentors, read documentation and get up to speed to begin work on their projects. Programming will start mid-June. We really look forward to working with them on these exciting projects! Expect a few blog posts by every student and find out more about the projects in the wiki.

The Google Summer of Code program received a total of 6,313 proposals from 4,420 students for 190 mentoring organizations and 1,307 students were accepted (source). 52°North received 18 proposal submissions (2013: 17). We at 52°North are extremely happy to have gotten 5 slots and have matched them with promising students (from five countries across two continents!) and capable mentors to work on challenging projects in the enviroCar, Sensor Web and ILWIS communities. A special welcome goes to the new mentors and communities that participate in the summer of code for the first time, and the Rasdaman community who we are collaborating with in one project.

[Update: In the original post we mentioned 6 projects, but due to organisational issues one project cannot be continued.]

Digital Earth: What the hack? CfP

April 3rd, 2014 @ 08:40 by AnnHitchcock
Posted in 52°North, Communities

This AGILE 2014 Workshop on advancing co-creation in smart cities takes place on June 3 in Castellón, Spain.

For more than five years, hackathons, hack days, hackfests and the like have been revolutionising software development all across our planet. However, hackathons only succeed if they are well prepared. They need a well-defined focus – including available data sets, programming language and operating system to be used, challenges to be addressed, etc. (more…)


April 2nd, 2014 @ 10:45 by BenjaminPross
Posted in Communities, Geoprocessing

Two weeks ago at this year’s FOSSGIS conference, I presented some news regarding the 52°North WPS project and also about the OGC WPS standard.

News from the WPS project

I talked about the move to GitHub and the new project procedures that accompany this move.

I also presented the lightweight JavaScript WPS client that was developed in the GeoViQua project.
You can find more information about it here: wps-js.

I showed the new admin application that was developed during last year’s Google Summer of Code.
This was presented in several blog posts before and will hopefully be included in a future WPS release.

The next topic was the current developments in OGC Testbed (OWS) 10, namely the RDF (Resource Description Framework) provenance encoding that was developed within the project. To learn about the basics of provenance in our context, you can have a look in this OGC Public Engineering Report(ER). The ER sums up the developments of the previous testbed, where we implemented XML-based provenance information as addidtional WPS output.


Spatial Data Infrastructures and Open Source for IC_Cartotechnology

March 21st, 2014 @ 14:02 by DanielNuest
Posted in 52°North

This week Simon and Daniel of the 52°North team took a welcome trip from grey Münster to sunny Barcelona to join an impressive list of lecturers at the IC_Cartotechnology study programme (International Course on Management and Applied Techniques in Cartography). IC_Cartotechnology is a postgraduate degree offered by the  Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC). The lectures took place there as well and introduce the students to a very broad range of topics ranging from photogrammetry, geospatial modelling and GNSS technologies to augmented reality and cartographic design (to name just a few). Some of the students in the programme attend the afternoon classes after a full day of work but all of them were very interested and observing listeners.

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Simon and Daniel introduced them to the topics of Spatial Data Infrastructures and Open Source software. There were many new abbreviations to learn, as you can imagine: CSW, WMS, GPL, FSF, SOS, OSI and WFS, and many more. On top of that, the students with diverse backgrounds in Geography, Mathematics and Biology, of course were introduced “hands-on” to some of the great geospatial open source software projects. Thanks to the OSGeo Live DVD this was are very smooth endeavour. Simon and Daniel hope they could get the students interested in a few new software projects beyond desktop GIS, take away the fear of OGC specifications, and open up a window into the open source community.

52°North SOS 4.0.0 Final Release

March 20th, 2014 @ 10:53 by CarstenHollmann
Posted in 52°North, Sensor Web

After two years of hard work, the Sensor Web community is pleased to announce the 52°North SOS 4.0.0 Final Release ! This release benefits from experience gained over the past few years and implements improvements and features requested by SOS operators and users.


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