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Spatial Data Infrastructures and Open Source for IC_Cartotechnology

March 21st, 2014 @ 14:02 by Daniel Nuest
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 Carsten Hollmann
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.


52°North @ Firmenlauf 2014

March 17th, 2014 @ 10:04 by Ann Hitchcock
Posted in 52°North

After a week of beautiful weather here in Muenster, the tables turned, temperatures dropped and the sun disappeared – just in time for this year’s Firmenlauf ! Nevertheless, 52°North showed up with 1 team for the 5k race this past Saturday. The Mixed Team placed 22nd out of 96 (see results below)! Congrats!!!

Team 52°North GmbH 1 with total time of 01:15:17

Name Time Place overall Place AK overall Place (mixed team) Place AK (mixed team) AK
Daniel 22:22 96 15 31 5 M30
Ann 24:25 30 7 12 2 W50
Matthes 28:30 408 56 146 25 M30

Firmenlauf 2014

The happy runners!

52°North explores the Luneburg Heath

March 12th, 2014 @ 09:36 by Ann Hitchcock
Posted in 52°North, Communities


Last month, 52°North staff held their yearly retreat – this year at Camp Reinsehlen in the Luneburg Heath. The quietude of the heath provided a perfect ambience for focussed brainstorming and relaxing walks. We wracked our brains for three days, targeting 52°North road maps and aligning common goals and strategies for 2014. A subtle move from archery to darts gave us all the opportunity to test the first Open Source Software for Darts -> yadarts! Very cool…

We are now armed with new ideas and lots of motivation! (more…)

Metadata Management – New Projects: GeoMetaFacet and GEO label

March 6th, 2014 @ 09:56 by Daniel Nuest
Posted in Metadata Management

The metadata community has taken two new software projects under its wing: GeoMetaFacet and GEO label Java. (more…)

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