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GSoC Reunion 2014

November 17th, 2014 @ 10:23 by Carson Farmer
Posted in 52°North, GSoC

GSoC 2014

Once again, 52˚North had the excellent opportunity to participate in Google’s Summer of Code. We had four awesome projects, all of which were quite successful – so a big thanks to all our students and mentors! This was my first year with 52˚North and Google Summer of Code. I am pleased to report that it has been a positive and valuable experience for me and I hope the same can be said for the students and other mentors.

T-Shirt wall with 10 years of mentor T-Shirst (courtesy of Chandan Singh - http://chandansingh.net/blog/gsoc-reunion-summit-2014-my-point)

T-Shirt wall with 10 years of mentor T-Shirts (courtesy of Chandan Singh – http://chandansingh.net/blog/gsoc-reunion-summit-2014-my-point)

On that note, I’d also like to mention a bit about this year’s Google Summer of Code Mentor’s Summit, or as it was called this year, the 10 Year GSoC Reunion 2014. In the past, the Mentor Summit has invited two mentors/org admins from each of that year’s participating GSoC organizations to participate in a weekend “unconference” at the Google campus. This year, they tried something different. A much larger crowd, including students and ‘lottery winners’, met in celebration of the 10th year of Google Summer of Code. As a result, the Reunion was located in the San Jose Marriott Hotel and involved lots of fun activities, an unconference, and plenty of networking opportunities. With me being a ‘remote mentor’, it also gave me a chance to actually meet our org admin Daniel Nüst ‘in person’ ;-)

Daniel and Carson at the data in cars session (photo courtesy of Jacob Nordfalk - https://plus.google.com/+JacobNordfalk/posts)

Daniel and Carson at the data in cars session (photo courtesy of Jacob Nordfalk – https://plus.google.com/+JacobNordfalk/posts)

A particular Reunion highlight for me was having a chance to interact with other projects that are doing similar things to our own EnviroCar project. Daniel organized a great session on ‘Data in  (Cars’, which was quite well attended (session notes). While I think Daniel probably answered more questions than he got to ask, it was a successful session none-the-less. There was also a ‘Geospatial’ session, which included folks from all sorts of great open source geospatial projects, including OSM, GRASS, and others (session notes). It was also great to meet several students from these projects.

Linus Torvalds, Chris DiBona, Dirk Hohndel on stage at GSoC 2014 celebrations

Linus Torvalds, Chris DiBona, Dirk Hohndel on stage at GSoC 2014 celebrations (picture courtesy of Mario Behling – https://flic.kr/p/pNzEQG)

Another particularly exciting aspect of the Reunion was the banquet dinner (held in the San Jose Tech Museum), and our surprise keynote speaker: the ‘infamous’ Linus Torvalds. Linus and friends provided excellent talks and entertainment while the attendees all enjoyed excellent food and a chance to play around in the Tech Museum most of the night!

All in all the event was a lot of fun and very productive. I sincerely hope 52˚North participates in GSoC again next year… but until then: Happy Coding!

List of all mentoring orgs of past 10 years - 52°North lucky with a top spot :-)

List of all mentoring orgs of past 10 years – 52°North lucky with a top spot :-)

Geeks taking a break from rollercoaster rides at the Great America.

Geeks taking a break from rollercoaster rides at the Great America.

GSoC sticker exchange - always fun. Can you spot the enviroCar and 52°North stickers? They were quickly gone :-)

GSoC sticker exchange – always fun. Can you spot the enviroCar and 52°North stickers? They were gone quickly  :-)

OSGeo Live DVD 8.0 available

September 10th, 2014 @ 07:46 by AnnHitchcock
Posted in Communities, Geoprocessing, Sensor Web

 

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OSGeo-Live 8.0 has been released! For this release, geospatial applications have been updated to their latest stable release.  OSGeo-Live is a self-contained bootable DVD, USB flash drive and Virtual Machine based upon Ubuntu Linux (version 12.04 LTS). OSGeo-Live is pre-configured with a wide variety of robust open source geospatial software. All applications can be trialled without installing anything on your computer, simply by booting the computer from a DVD or USB drive, or running in a Virtual Machine environment. Each featured package is accompanied by both a publication quality one page descriptive summary and a short tutorial on how to get started using it. (more…)

52°North SOS 4.1

September 2nd, 2014 @ 09:33 by CarstenHollmann
Posted in 52°North, Communities, Sensor Web

Several months after publishing the SOS 4.x developments, the Sensor Web community is pleased to announce the

52°North SOS 4.1 Release

A downloadable zip archive of the release contains the sources, as well as the binaries. Release requirements, installation and configuration information are documented in the 52°North wiki.

Many thanks to all 52°North SOS contributors for their enhancements and improvements, but also to all users for their feedback! (more…)

52°North @ FOSS4G Europe 2014

August 27th, 2014 @ 10:00 by DanielNuest
Posted in Communities, Geoprocessing, Sensor Web

FOSS4G-EIt has been a while since this year’s FOSS4G-Europe conference took place in Bremen; however, we would like to share our presentations and experiences in this blog post. Three members of 52°North staff attended the FOSS4G-E, which was conveniently located in the nearby city of Bremen, and talked about diverse topics involving INSPIRE, the WPS standard, collaborative software development, teaching, JavaScript, and more. (more…)

enviroCar UX Design – Final Blog

August 26th, 2014 @ 09:49 by RahulRaja
Posted in 52°North, Communities, enviroCar, GSoC

This is my final blog post regarding my work on Google Summer Of Code 2014 for the enviroCar Android app.

A short introduction

EnviroCar connects to your car with the help of an OBD II adapter and records important data, such as CO2 emission, fuel consumption, engine load, etc. It helps a user record, learn about and potentially improve his or her driving characteristics. Additionally, the data from all enviroCar users is published as open data. Therefore the data for a particular city or area can be analyzed with respect to CO2 hot spots, traffic flow, and other driving statistics. More details about the app can be found in my first and mid-term blog posts. Here are other resources which track my development in the project:

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