OpenSource GIS Notes
I thought I would pass along some interesting information about recent happenings in OpenSource GIS. The annual Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference took place in September in Victoria, Canada. This would have been a really good conference to attend with a lot of cool sessions on the latest developments in the rapidly changing world of open source GIS. The FOSS4G group has posted the presentations from the 2007 conference online. It is really good read if you are interested. It might not be as good as being able to attend the conference but it is great for developers who couldn’t afford the time off or the travel. Off the presentation I was able to read till now, I found the presentation titled “Using the Atom Publishing Protocol for Web GIS” really cool. The author talks about why the WFS standard could soon be replaced by the “Atom Syndication Format” and the “Atom Publishing Protocol“.
OSGEO announces that OpenLayers gradutes incubation. Not entirely sure what to make of it but OpenLayers does have a stable 2.5 release out. Even though their documentation has come a long way from where it used to be, I still wish they had a better design overview document and more samples that serve to illustrate the length and breadth of the currently existing functionalities. It will be of enormous help for any developer trying to get up to speed with the SDK and perhaps even enable wider adoption of the truly awesome technology.