Category Archives: FOSS4G

FOSS4G UK Online


Yesterday’s FOSS4G UK Online was the first fully virtual geospatial event I ever attended. Over the previous years I’ve joined remotely some FOSS4G and SoTM events, like last year excellent Bucharest 2019 FOSS4G. Having everyone joining remotely makes things quite different, since you don’t feel like a second class attendant. The OSGeo UK Local Chapter organized this fantastic conference in just a few weeks, gathering speakers around three different tracks of talks. There was even a fourth track simulating a coffee corner where you could join and have a chat maybe in the frequent breaks in between talks, what a brilliant idea!

I attended along with Jennifer Allen, the Kibana Maps team lead. We were the whole day grabbing notes around the same document, capturing links, resources, screenshots, and what not. This was way easier from the comfort of my workplace at home compared to the quick notes you can take when running from one session to the next. Surprisingly, I felt also I could get more focused during talks compared with being in a real conference venue; maybe because I didn’t had to worry about going from one room to another to find a good spot to see and listen well, or because I could simply disconnect and get a cup of tea anytime.

No doubt I missed the practical workshops, the hallway conversations, and the after event beers; but as for the way to consume the content, my awkward reflection, at least at this moment, is that I think I prefer a remote conference over in person one. Is it worth to make folks to travel all around the world for a quite exclusive exchange of knowledge? Aren’t we already used to collaborate and learn together at a global scale without the need to make such a big expense? What about of those that don’t feel welcomed at this kind of event for many different, and all legit, reasons? What about those that can’t afford them? I still find value on real gatherings, but maybe I find more bearable to do this once per year or even less, and by the way, totally separated from any holidays plan.

Regarding the content itself, as always there were quite a few great talks. National FOSS4G events tend to attract more use cases and consultancy projects than “core” product development. In this conference I liked the opportunity to learn about the last updates from Geoserver, and all the great work behind the Input App for data collection on the field that can be synchronized with QGIS projects using a Software as a Service called Mergin. Thinking strategically was a good talk with some reflections about the geo industry, and how small it is in the ocean of the data analytics world; the Q&A session afterwards was also quite interesting. The Women in Geospatial+ talk showed all the good work this global community is doing to promote diversity in our industry. Finally I wanted to mention the talk that showcased the OSM regions project, since it shares quite a lot of objectives, tools, and workflows with the stuff we are doing for the Elastic Maps Service. I’d love to put some time to go through the project details and eventually try to find collaboration opportunities.

And that’s it, I think I could have tried to have a talk on this event, and I feel a bit bad for not stepping forward back when the request for talks was launched but I’m sure I will have plenty of opportunities to present Elastic Geo features to the FOSS4G community in the future. As a closing call for action, take a look to the Twitter #FOSS4GUKOnline hashtag to find more opinions and resources, and more importantly, check the recordings when they get up in a couple weeks, you won’t regret it.

Happy Summer!!

Sobre zorros y gallinas


Este año 2011, el evento organizado por la Fundación OSGeo, el FOSS4G, se va a celebrar en Denver. Es uno de los eventos más interesantes que se celebra dentro del ecosistema FOSS/GIS. Cada año, los desarrolladores de los proyectos más importantes dentro de la geomática libre se reúnen para compartir su conocimiento. Este año como curiosidad tenemos que varios de los patrocinadores, entre ellos el platinum, son importantes empresas desarrolladoras de productos privativos. Y si, digo curiosidad, porque cuando menos es curioso que empresas que en principio no participan del modelo de negocio basado en compartir conocimiento, sean las máximas interesadas en patrocinar este tipo de eventos. De alguna manera los esfuerzos de la comunidad FOSS están creando competencia a estas empresas. Mejorando los productos, documentándolos, traduciéndolos… todo el trabajo realizado en torno a estos proyectos crea otras opciones a las herramientas de estas empresas. Cada día más proyectos salen adelante evitando sus herramientas, y eso no es más que una disminución de sus ventas.  Por eso me resulta curioso que ahora estén interesadas en patrocinarnos, yo lo entiendo como patrocinar a la competencia, y no sé qué tipo de empresas patrocinan a su competencia.

Igual es que han decidido cambiar su modelo de negocio, lo cual sería una buena noticia, y mejor noticia será el día que podamos bajarnos la última versión de su software de Sourceforge, ese día navegaremos todos en el mismo barco.

Comparing Oracle GeoRaster with PostGIS WKT Raster


If you are interested in WKT Raster or «raster-in-databases» in general, you should check the recent posts by Jorge Arévalo in his GIS4Free blog site. I specially love this quote (after a long write about how to add your raster into Oracle):

All things we’ve done to load our raster data in Oracle GeoRaster and create an index, can be done in PostGIS WKT Raster by executing these two lines

> gdal2wktraster.py" -r C:\orcl_tut\*.tif -t spain_images -s 4326 -k 50x50 -I 
-o C:\orcl_tut\srtm.sql
> psql -d tutorial01 -f C:\orcl_tut\srtm.sql

More awesomeness at  Comparing Oracle GeoRaster with PostGIS WKT Raster (II) and also at his presentation next week at FOSS4G.

By the way I don’t know why on Earth that blog is not at http://planet.osgeo.org, I think I have to arrange a quick meeting between Mateusz and Jorge next week 😉