The conference was organized by Peter Baumann‘s group at the Jacobs University under the motto “Independent Innovation for INSPIRE, Big Data, and Citizen Participation”. Over 200 participants from 50 countries met for a whole week of workshops and talks around free and open source software for geospatial applications. 52°North participated with the following contributions.
The WPS 2.0 Standard – Benjamin Pross
Benjamin presented the OGC Web Processing Service (WPS) 2.0 standard, which, at the time, was supposed to be released by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) shortly after the conference (but still hasn’t been). He described the changes to the previous version of the standard (1.0.0) and gave an in-depth introduction to the new features, concepts, and structure of the specification. You can download the slides here.
Several domains require near real time, as well as historic, observation data for scientific analyses, decision making, and the development of policies. As a result, Annex II and III of the INSPIRE Directive include several domains, for example, oceanography, hydrology, health, environment (emission data), meteorology and biodiversity, to make observation data available in the coming year. Simon provided an overview of the most important aspects of the proposed update of the Technical Guidance document and of the development of the 52°North Open Source INSPIRE/SOS implementation.
You can download the slides here.
Based on his experience as a software devloper and lecturer in programming courses, Daniel pondered about how, from the perspective of a software developer and open source enthusiast, to improve teaching how to program. In this talk he presents first ideas utilizing a Scrum-like project management and GitHub as a collaboration form to get students ready for the real world and get them hooked on open source at the same time. Since there was such positive feedback after the talk, he published the core ideas online, of course as a GitHub repository: https://github.com/52North/teaching-open-collaborative-software-development. Contributions are welcome!