A big WELCOME to the new  OSGeo charter members!

  • Barend Kobben           Netherlands
  • Angelos Tzotsos         Greece
  • Anita Graser               Austria
  • Victor Olaya                Spain
  • Pedro-Juan Ferrer       Spain
  • Andrea Aimee             Italy
  • Jean-Roc Morreale      France
  • Serena Coetzee          South Africa
  • Michael Smith            USA
  • Karel Charvat             Czech Republic
  • Jan Jezek                    Czech Republic
  • Vasile Craciunescu     Romania
  • Thomas Bonfort          France
  • Mauricio Miranda       Argentina
  • Peter Löwe                  Germany
  • Massimiliano Cannata    Italy
  • P.K.Sinha                     India
  • Brian Hamlin               USA
  • Ragi Yaser Burhum     Peru
  • Dimitris Kotzinos       Greece
  • César Medina             Chile
  • Doug Newcomb          USA

Great to see the improving global coverage…

The next “GRASS GIS Community Sprint” will take place from May 23 to May 28, 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic directly following the Geoinformatics FCE CTU 2012 conference.

This GRASS Community Sprint is a great occasion for you to support the development by actively contributing to the source code, manuals or likewise. It is a get together for GRASS project members and supporters to make decisions and tackle larger problems. For this meeting, we welcome people committed to improving the GRASS GIS project. This includes developers, documenters, bug reporters, translators and others.

Timing and Duration:

May 23, 2012 (day of arrival) – May 28, 2012 (day of departure)


Department of Mapping and Cartography Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague

For more detailed information, please visit

GRASS GIS 6.4.2 released
19 February 2012

We are pleased to announce the release of a new stable version of GRASS GIS. This release fixes bugs discovered in version 6.4.1 of the program and adds a number of new features. This release includes over 760 updates to the source code since 6.4.1. As a stable release series, the 6.4 line will enjoy long-term support and incremental enhancements while preserving backwards-compatibility with the entire GRASS 6 line.

The new wxPython graphical user interface (wxGUI) has been updated with many new features and tools. Python is now a fully supported scripting language, including an updated Python toolkit to simplify the authoring of personal scripts, support for NumPy based array calculations, and a Python application interface for the GRASS C libraries. Additionally, MS-Windows support continues to mature.  GRASS 6.4.2 debuts ten new modules, a new GUI cartographic composer tool, a new GUI object-oriented modeling environment, and improved infrastructure for installing community supplied add-on modules.

Read the full story at


The Geographic Resources Analysis Support System, commonly referred to as GRASS, is an Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) and geospatial analysis toolkit. For nearly three decades, GRASS has provided powerful raster, vector, and geospatial processing engines in a single integrated software suite. GRASS includes tools for spatial modeling of raster and vector data, visualization, the management and analysis of geospatial information, and the processing of satellite and aerial imagery. It also provides the capability to produce sophisticated presentation graphics and publication-quality hardcopy maps. GRASS has now been translated into twenty languages and supports an extensive array of data formats. It is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

GRASS differs from many other GIS software packages used in the academic and professional worlds in that it is developed and distributed by users for users, mostly on a volunteer basis. Its code and spatial processing algorithms are open and transparent, and the software is distributed free of charge. The source code is also freely available, allowing for immediate customization, examination of the underlying algorithms, the addition of new features, and faster identification and patching of bugs.

The 50.000th svn commit comes from Martin Landa!

On Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 2:07 PM, <svn_grass@osgeo.org> wrote:
> Author: martinl
> Date: 2011-12-31 05:07:24 -0800 (Sat, 31 Dec 2011)
> New Revision: 50000
> Modified:
>   grass/trunk/gui/wxpython/dbmgr/manager.py

… congratulations and
Happy New Year!


USGS has published a new nice data set called the “Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010” (GMTED2010). It is offered at three different resolutions (approximately 1,000, 500, and 250 meters).

Example (MEA = mean dataset) Trento – Garda Lake – Verona area (Northern Italy):

The 250m product looks quite smooth -a nice new DEM product…

Data download: https://eros.usgs.gov/#/Find_Data/Products_and_Data_Available/GMTED2010

GRASS GIS processing steps: see here

Watch how the community based GRASS GIS software development works! You can see how the individual contributors modify and expand the source code.

GRASS GIS 6.4 development visualization from 1999 to 2011 with Gource

The corresponding timeline is available at https://grass.osgeo.org/devel/grasshist.html

Download the high resolution version from https://grass.fsv.cvut.cz/video/

Working in research or likewise? The ongoing Web evolution is bringing us new tools to reduce annoying work to minimum. Enjoy our link collection for saving quite some time when having to exchange documents, information or draft new documents quickly together from scratch…

Topics covered:

  • Tired of sending proposal or article drafts per email?
  • Writing proposals or tutorials online together (1): set up a Wiki
  • Doh – cannot I combine both and have a Wiki in my Dropbox public folder?
  • Writing proposals or tutorials online together (2): Realtime editing
  • Unable to remember these strange Etherpad/Titanpad links?
  • How to send large attachments without killing your partner’s inbox?
  • Need for phone conference but no headset available or desired?
  • Need to schedule meetings in different timezones?
  • Some bibliography to manage?
  • Got the document only as PDF but need Word/OpenOffice editable text version?
  • Cool Firefox browser addons for the scientific production and travelling researchers
  • Using PostgreSQL database and want to connect OpenOffice Base to it?
  • Need coordinates of addresses?

Enjoy at https://gis.cri.fmach.it/cool-science-2-0-tools/

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