At FOSS4G 2019, GeoCat team members will announce, among other things, a version of GeoCat Bridge for QGIS, developments in GeoNetwork opensource and the pygeoapi project. We will also run several workshops, including workshops on the INSPIRE ready GeoNetwork opensource and overcoming the challenges of hybrid data structures, and give inspiring presentations.
In June, the FOSS4G schedule for presentations and workshops was published. Only key note speakers are still to be announced. FOSS4G 2019 will take place in Bucharest, from 26-30 August. Registration is still open.
GeoCat workshops at FOSS4G
GeoCat team members will run several workshops. Jody Garnett, who has joined us last month, will focus in his workshops on community building, and introduce developers to the GeoTools and GeoServer ecosystems. He will also be a guest instructor for Ian Turton’s documentation workshop which is a great introduction to participating in open source.
Paul van Genuchten will run three workshops: on overcoming the challenges of hybrid data structures, an introduction to the INSPIRE ready GeoNetwork opensource catalog application (used as regional or national catalog all over the world) and an advanced workshop on the user interface and schema customization of GeoNetwork. The GeoNetwork opensource project is an OSGeo project for over a decade.
GeoCat presentations at FOSS4G
In the general track (28-30 August), we will be involved in multiple presentations. Paul van Genuchten, former colleague Jorge Mendes de Jesus (now ISRIC) and Tom Kralidis (Meteorological Service of Canada) will provide an overview of the pygeoapi project, the standards supported, its extensibility, some real-life cases and future plans.
Paul will also tell you about the improved workflow module in GeoNetwork, that allows to work in drafts, and can be used to trigger publication of datasets in external components, such as Docker and GeoServer.
GeoCat Bridge plugin for QGIS
We will also announce the development of the GeoCat Bridge plugin for QGIS and ArcMap Pro. Currently GeoCat Bridge is only available for ArcMap. The main goal of this plugin is to make publication to an open OGC or INSPIRE Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) as easy as possible.
An update is also being given on GeoNetwork opensource. The 3.6 and 3.8 versions had quite some interesting new features. For the 4.0 version, the catalog has to start using ElasticSearch as a base search index.
Jody will reflect upon how open source affects what you are shopping for. What makes it the perfect hotdog? The talk will include several popular options and his regional favourite.
Photo: Joel Mott on Unsplash
JAI open source update
On the technical side Jody is exited to share an update on some of the ‘secret’ R&D he has be pursuing: an open source alternative of the powerful Java image processing engine. ‘Exciting progress is made thus far in our community!’, he announces.
Next, as chair of the OSGeo board, Jody will look at the core values that OSGeo as an organisation ask projects to adopt. What are the best practices that can help your project succeed with open source?
As a member of the GeoServer project, Jody will also be joining Andrea Aime (GeoSolutions) for two popular presentations: one on the state of GeoServer 2019 and a whirlwind tour of GeoServer, a visual guide to its features.
FOSS4G programme overview
To conclude, a list of all workshops and presentations GeoCat will be involved in. Introductions can be found in the online programme overviews.
- Thriving in hybrid ESRI & open source environments – Paul van Genuchten
- Introduction to GeoNetwork opensource – Paul van Genuchten and Antonio Cerciello, Francois Prunayre (GitHUb)
- GeoNetwork Advanced: User Interface and Schema customization – Paul van Genuchten and Antonio Cerciello, Jorge Mendes de Jesus (ISRIC)
- GeoServer Developers Workshop – Jody Garnett
- GeoTools Developer Workshop – Jody Garnett
- Becoming a Documentation Contributor – Ian Turton (Astun Technology), guest instructor Jody Garnett
- Next generation OGC web services with pygeoapi – Paul van Genuchten, Jorge Mendes de Jesus (ISRIC) and Tom Kralidis (Meteorological Service of Canada)
- Metadata workflow, history and draft in GeoNetwork – Paul van Genuchten
- One click data publishing for QGIS to support OGC/INSPIRE – Paul van Genuchten
- GeoNetwork opensource: What’s happening and upcoming – Paul van Genuchten and Antonio Cerciello, Francois Prunayre (GitHUb)
- Open Source Procurement and the perfect Hotdog – Jody Garnett
- Open Source Practice and Passion at OSGeo – Jody Garnett
- GeoServer feature frenzy – Andrea Amie (GeoSolutions) and Jody Garnett
- State of JAI – Andrea Amie (GeoSolutions) and Jody Garnett
GeoCat committed to FOSS4G
GeoCat is a sponsor of FOSS4G Bucharest. With our commitment to FOSS4G 2019 we hope to make the conference an even bigger success and lower the barrier for participation. We wish you all a great conference! And do not hesitate to stop by our booth to talk to us, or join one of our workshops and presentations.
As of June, Jody Garnett strengthens the GeoCat team as Technical Director. Jody loves the impact geospatial technology can have for our customers and the world. He is excited to apply his enthusiasm and customer focus to GeoCat Bridge and GeoCat Enterprise offerings.
You may already know Jody Garnett as a prominent community member, participating in the Open Source Geospatial Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation and attending FOSS4G conferences. He has over twenty years of experience with geospatial solutions and open source development and training.
Jody is a core contributor on the GeoServer project. He lead one of the first professional development teams to work on this project delivering the first GeoServer user interface in 2003. He is proud of the success of the GeoTools ‘DataStore’ API which contributes to GeoServer’s ability to integrate with local, enterprise and cloud data sources. Jody also serves on the steering committee of the GeoServer, GeoTools and ImageN projects, and committed to additional projects including JTS Topology Suite, GeoGig, uDig, GeoWebCache and more.
When it comes to explaining, Jody appears to have the patience of a saint. He is very supportive and enthusiastic. You might even call him stubborn sometimes. ‘I enjoy creating things. Every year I try to take up a technical challenge that is important for the long term. This year I’m working on the image processing library for GeoServer.’ His GeoServer expertise will surely be a benefit for existing and new GeoCat customers.
Photo: Jody Garnett
Advantages of open source solutions
Jody also has an extended knowledge of Java development and OGC standards. ‘I have joined a lot of OGC testbeds. The team work in the open source community shows that by working in larger groups, you can solve bigger problems. The core values are respectful relations and reciprocity. Open source development demands partnership arrangements, benefitting both parties.’
Corporate investments in open source solutions is beneficial, says Jody. ‘Open source offers greater control, ability to customize an existing solution, or a running start when creating new applications. This approach is great for a hybrid architecture, combining Esri and open source components to open up additional opportunities.’
More opportunities against lower costs
He is also very enthusiastic about GeoCat Live, about how easy and quickly you can use it, its high service level and opportunities. ‘Also organisations without a large IT department, like municipalities, can easily work with it. By helping them to use open source solutions, they get more opportunities at a lower costs.’ You can try GeoCat Live very easily yourself, to see GeoNetwork and GeoServer for yourself, by asking for an evaluation license.
GeoCat was contracted to implement a metadata catalogue based on GeoNetwork opensource for the National GeoRegistry of The Netherlands. A main goal for the metadata catalogue was to develop a new user interface more usable and flexible, an easy to use metadata editor, Introduce GeoDCAT-ap and crawling capabilities by search engines.
GeoCat Bridge is a key part of our Neftex Earth Model publishing workflow, enabling us to easily replicate the geological symbols used to style our ArcGIS produced content said Alex Rushfort of Neftex Now we can deliver Web Map Services to our international oil industry clients through GeoServer, retaining the familiar appearance of our desktop GIS data products.
GeoCat has developed the metadata catalogue portal for the Flemish Geographical Information Agency (AGIV) in a consortium with GIM.
Several improvements and new functions have been added to the GeoNetwork opensource based catalog to further refine support for INSPIRE, improve the metadata publishing workflow and support horizontal scaling of multiple catalog instances.
GeoCat is contracted by the German Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy, BKG, to implement several enhancements to GeoNetwork opensource for the German INSPIRE Spatial Data Infrastructure GDI.
One of the goals is to create a module for metadata content analysis to will allow metadata editors to determine the quality of the metadata in order to improve it.
GeoCat is contracted by Environment Canada to implement a metadata catalogue based on GeoNetwork opensource. A main goal for the metadata catalogue is to be compliant with web accessible rules.
In the context of the project many other features have been implemented. For example the support for the SensorML metadata profile, an enhanced workflow module that offers several levels of verification and approval before a metadata is published, enhanced filters with facets for the metadata search results, et cetera.
GeoCat has implemented the metadata catalogue based on GeoNetwork opensource for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
The metadata catalogue contains new features like the integration of data files uploaded as online resources with an FME Server, a reporting module and a module to allow massive updates of metadata content.
GeoCat has contributed to the development of the SwissTopo geographic catalogue. geocat.ch is the metadata catalogue for Switzerland’s geodata. Federal, cantonal and municipal offices as well as private firms use geocat.ch to publish metadata for their own geodata.
GeoCat worked in a consortium with CamptoCamp (Swiss) and BRGM (France) on the implementation. GeoCat focussed on the support of complex metadata editing, including functionality to prevent public access to sensitive metadata fragments within the metadata, a custom Swiss catalogue interface, upgrade to a JS Widgets based user interface and general technical support to the project.
The geocat.ch portal can be found at http://www.geocat.ch
GeoCat is contracted by a consortium of the cadastre agencies of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Scotland to develop the core of their respective National geo-registries. GeoCat works on ensuring the compliance of the software with the INSPIRE directive for metadata. The security layer and web mapping interface are further developed as part of this project which is running since the start of 2010.
GeoCat has implemented the ebRIM registry interface with the basic and ISO extension packages for the European Space Agency project ERGO. The project fits within the broader Heterogeneous Mission Accessibility Test bed (HMA-T) that works towards harmonized access to all earth observation data collected by the ESA member states at the distributed ground segments. The registry is implemented as a component of the GeoNetwork open source project and transparently publishes metadata published in GeoNetwork through the registry. The ebRIM software source code can be found here
GeoCat Bridge is the long awaited product that promises to fill the gap between our open – and closed source hybrid geospatial frameworks said Thijs van Menen from Rijkswaterstaat (The Netherlands) Specific knowledge on how to make services is no longer needed. Finally we can fulfill the needs of our staff by providing them with a tool to make services by themselves in an easy way