American Geographical Society Announces Endorsement of the “Geo for All” Initiative

Story Source and Credit: 7/14/2015 American Geographical Society

The American Geographical Society (AGS) announced today the endorsement of the “Geo for All” Initiative, created through a partnership between International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). The “Geo for All” initiative was created to ensure that students from economically poor backgrounds worldwide will be able to get geospatial education (without the need for high cost proprietary GI software), by having access to having free and open GIS software. Since its founding in 2011, over 102 Open Source Geospatial Labs have already been established in universities around the world. By the end of 2015, “Geo for All” aims to have 50 Open Source Geospatial Labs established in universities in Africa alone, making GIS courses available to hundreds of students. “Geo for All” will also be starting work n the international “Train the Trainer” GIS program for school teachers in 2015.

“With this amazing momentum there are many opportunities being created and the ever increasing availability of spatial data is accompanied by increasing availability of open source geo software”

stated ICA President Georg Gartner. Since the “ICA-OSGeo Labs” have been founded, they have gained high numbers of followers, demonstrating the great interest and demand for evaluating and using Open Source Software in the area of Cartography, GIScience and Geospatial Information Management. “OSGeo believes that education plays a very important role in sharing spatial information, and the Geo For All initiative has quickly become a strong force for this sharing between educators and students all around the world,” added OSGeo President, Jeff McKenna.

Free and open-source software for geospatial applications have now made it possible for a large number of private, academic, and government agencies in both developed and developing countries to make use of geospatial software for applications in GIS, spatial database management, and remote sensing. This can contribute to planning in areas like environmental protection, transportation, urban poverty, town planning, waste management, rural development, public policy and administration, and education. By combining the potential of e-learning tools and open source geospatial software, the academic community can strengthen education in GIScience providing students with holistic education covering open source, open standards, and open data in geospatial technology. “Free and public access to geospatial tools is critical in enabling stakeholders in the world’s future, including the youth, to create solutions for the problems we are facing” stated AGS Councilor and Chairman of the AGS Endorsement Committee, Jared Novick. For more information on “Geo for All”, visit: www.geoforall.org .

View the Full Press Release Here…..

PostgreSQL 9.5 Alpha 1 Released

Story Source and Credit: postgresql.org

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group announces that the alpha release of PostgreSQL 9.5, the latest version of the world’s leading open source database, is available today. This release contains previews of all of the features which will be available in the final release of version 9.5, although some details will change before then. Please download, test, and report what you find.

Major Features:

Among new major features available for testing in this alpha are:

  • Block-Range Indexes (BRIN) which enable compact indexing of very large tables
  • Large speed improvements in in-memory sorting and hashing
  • Automated management of transaction log size
  • INSERT ON CONFLICT UPDATE, otherwise known as “UPSERT”
  • Grouping Sets, CUBE and ROLLUP analytic operations
  • Row-Level Security (RLS) support
  • More JSONB data manipulation functions and operators
  • Added the pg_rewind tool and other high availability improvements to replication
  • Multiple enhancements to Foreign Data Wrappers, including IMPORT FOREIGN SCHEMA
  • Large increases in multi-core and large memory scalability

These features expand the capabilities of PostgreSQL, and introduce new syntax, APIs, and management interfaces. Of course, there are many more features detailed in the release notes, some of which may be more exciting to you than the above. Please test every one you can.

More information, downloads page and 9.5 Alpha Release Notes can be found at postgresql.org here……

Oracle’s biggest database foe: Could it be Postgres?

Story Source and Credit: By Matt Assay, TechRepublic

Postgres has been reviving for years, and possibly now at Oracle’s expense.

Deutsche Bank analyst Karl Keirstead wants to soothe Oracle that it needn’t fear the open-source reaper, arguing that open-source databases “don’t represent a near-term threat” to Oracle’s database lead.

Though Keirstead is right that NoSQL databases like MongoDB and DataStax’s Cassandra may merely nibble at Oracle’s lead, primarily finding purchase in new applications, old-school Postgres may be another matter.

That is, if a new Postgres survey conducted by EnterpriseDB is to be believed. While it has been evident for years that Postgres is undergoing a serious renaissance, it’s harder to believe that it’s chewing into core Oracle deployments. That said, if any database could threaten to replace Oracle in applications being refreshed by enterprises tired of paying Oracle’s eternal maintenance fees, it’s Postgres.

Hegemony isn’t what it used to be

Once upon a time, Oracle could dismiss open-source databases as test and development toys that couldn’t compete when it came to mission-critical production. Unfortunately, reality hasn’t been kind to that supposition.

Gartner, for example, forecasts that more than 70% of new in-house applications will be developed on an open-source database by 2018, and that 50% of existing commercial RDBMS instances will have been converted to open-source databases or will be in process.

In other words, open-source databases are almost certainly cutting off Oracle’s oxygen when it comes to new applications, but it may also be cutting into its hegemony within existing workloads.

If true, that’s new.

Though from a biased source, an EnterpriseDB survey of Postgres users certainly suggests that Postgres users are running the venerable open-source database for increasingly mission-critical workloads, including those that used to pay the Oracle tax:

  • 55% of users—up from 40% two years ago—are deploying Postgres for mission-critical applications
  • 77% of users are dedicating all new application deployments to PostgreSQL, and 37% reported they had migrated existing applications from Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server to Postgres
  • 37% of PostgreSQL users expect to gradually replace their legacy systems with Postgres, compared to 29% in 2013
  • End users predict their deployments of Postgres will expand significantly, with 32% saying they anticipate production deployments of Postgres to increase by at least 50% over the next year.

That’s a lot of new Postgres deployments. Nor is it particularly surprising, given that 41% of those surveyed report they had first-year cost savings of 50% or more. While big data applications are naturally going to gravitate to MongoDB, Cassandra, and other NoSQL databases, Postgres is carving out its place as a like-for-like replacement of Oracle, DB2, and other traditional RDBMSes.

Full TechRepublic Story Here……

OSGeo-Live Adopts The OSGeo Code Of Conduct

In our OSGeo-Live weekly meeting today, we agreed to adopt the OSGeo Code of Conduct, which is now included in our processes here:

OSGeo Code Of Conduct

This formalises the previously unwritten practice of contributors acting respectfully toward others while working on OSGeo-Live.

I’d encourage other projects to adopt similar statements as well.

If you do, please let me know. As I was involved writing the Code of Conduct, I’m personally interested to know if people are starting to reference it.


Cameron Shorter
Software and Data Solutions Manager
LISAsoft

EnterpriseDB Webinar: The Value of Postgres to IT and Finance

Presenters: Marc Linster, SVP Products and Services and Gary Ludorf, VP of Business Development

Date: Wednesday, June 3 at 08:00am EDT

Duration: 1 hour

Register Here

Developers and DBAs know the value of Postgres as they have been deploying Postgres into a wider range of environments over the years.

However, as Postgres has matured into an enterprise DBMS capable of running running most enterprise workloads, the developers and DBAs bringing it in are seeking greater budget to use EDB Postgres in more situations. This webinar will help you understand how to articulate the financial benefits of Postgres to your executives.

During this presentation Gary Ludorf, VP of Business Development and Marc Linster, SVP Products & Services will discuss how to:

  • Identify new technology that meets enterprise standards and reduces the cost burden of underlying applications infrastructure
  • Change the game on restrictive database-driven ULAs to break vendor lock-in and free up resources
  • Set up a migration workflow to rapidly move applications off proprietary database technology, or outsource the project to global integration partners.

Who should attend?

This presentation is intended for strategic IT and Business Decision-Makers involved in data infrastructure decisions and cost savings. Financial executives involved in purchasing with IT would also benefit from this presentation.

LISAsoft Geoserver Module 2 Training Melbourne Thursday September 1st 2015

LISAsoft is pleased to announce that we’ve organised our Geospatial training calendar through to September 2015.

The second course out of the starting gate, to which we’d like to extend you a personal invitation, is Geoserver Module 2 being held in Melbourne for the dates Thursday September 1st through to Friday September 2nd.

Course Synopsis:

Course Name: Geoserver Module 2
Course Location: Melbourne, VIC
Course Duration: 2 Days
Course Date: Thursday 1 – Friday 2 September, 2015
Course Value (exc. GST): $2,680
Course Code: GSPRO02

For a full description of the Geoserver Module 2 Program click through here: Geoserver Module 2

To view the complete LISAsoft Training Schedule through to September 2015 click through here: LISAsoft Training Schedule

All your LISAsoft Training FAQ’s should be answered if you click through here: LISAsoft Training FAQ’s

We hope you can make it along to the course.

Call Cameron Shorter at LISAsoft on 02 9009 5000 if there is anything further about the training you’d like to discuss.

LISAsoft Geoserver Module 1 Training Melbourne Tuesday August 18th 2015

LISAsoft is pleased to announce that we’ve organised our Geospatial training calendar through to September 2015.

The first course out of the starting gate, to which we’d like to extend you a personal invitation, is Geoserver Module 1 being held in Melbourne for the dates Tuesday August 18th through to Wednesday August 19th.

Course Synopsis:

Course Name: Geoserver Module 1
Course Location: Melbourne, VIC
Course Duration: 2 Days
Course Date: Tuesday 18 – Wednesday 19th August, 2015
Course Value (exc. GST): $2,450
Course Code: GSPRO01

For a full description of the Geoserver Module 1 Program click through here: Geoserver Module 1

To view the complete LISAsoft Training Schedule through to September 2015 click through here: LISAsoft Training Schedule

All your LISAsoft Training FAQ’s should be answered if you click through here: LISAsoft Training FAQ’s

We hope you can make it along to the course.

Call Cameron Shorter at LISAsoft on 02 9009 5000 if there is anything further about the training you’d like to discuss.