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QGIS 3.14 Pi is released!

We are pleased to announce the release of QGIS 3.14 ‘Pi’!

Installers for all supported operating systems are already out. QGIS 3.14 comes with tons of new features, as you can see in our visual changelog.

We would like to thank the developers, documenters, testers and all the many folks out there who volunteer their time and effort (or fund people to do so). From the QGIS community we hope you enjoy this release! If you wish to donate time, money or otherwise get involved in making QGIS more awesome, please wander along to qgis.org and lend a hand!

QGIS is supported by donors and sustaining members. A current list of donors who have made financial contributions large and small to the project can be seen on our donors list. If you would like to become a sustaining member, please visit our page for sustaining members for details. Your support helps us fund our six monthly developer meetings, maintain project infrastructure and fund bug fixing efforts.

QGIS is Free software and you are under no obligation to pay anything to use it – in fact we want to encourage people far and wide to use it regardless of what your financial or social status is – we believe empowering people with spatial decision making tools will result in a better society for all of humanity.

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QGIS Pi Mapping Contest Results

As you may have noticed, the next release version will be 3.14 and therefore, we will call it ‘Pi’.

Usually our versions are named for community meeting locations and the splash screen shows a map related to this location.

For 3.14 we were looking for creative maps that capture the essence of Pi.

Submissions

The submission phase was open for two weeks and we received numerous inspiring submissions:

Public voting

From these submissions, a short list of top 3 candidates was compiled and put up for the public vote:

Candidate #1 Ezequiel Orquera writes about his submission: “As an agronomist, Pi is used every single time that you need to develop a pivot irrigation system (those nice circles we can see on sat. images), making most use of Pi number and the radius. In this image, we can see the circles in contrast with rectangles shapes. The interest thing is that on most of the circles you can see the irrigation system arm that is coming from the center of each circle, making it the radius. Furthermore we all know that Pi x r^2 = circle area. This is useful to estimate for example, crop yields.”

Candidate #2 Francis Josef Gasgonia writes about his submission: “This map would not be complete without the use of Pi. Multicentric ring buffers represent potential danger zones in this map of Mt. Isarog in the Philippines. The calculations necessary to develop the ring buffers depend on Pi. Mt. Isarog is classified as a potentially active stratovolcano. This map best represents the use of Pi in a map because these buffers are crucial in disaster planning, especially now in a Covid-19 pandemic world; wherein ring buffers, and other types of buffers are in use for humanitarian and logistics planning.”

Candidate #3 Michel Stuyts writes about his submission: “Since Pi is very much linked to circles, I looked for the most circular place I could find. The place I made a map of is Vahanga, an atoll in the Pacific Ocean. I decorated the map with angles of a circle in radians as divisions of Pi. Because QGIS splash screens usually show a map of a location where a developer meeting was, the chance it would ever have a map of this part of the world is just as irrational as Pi, because the closest inhabited place is more than a 1000km away. My map is also linked to Corona (the reason there was no dev meeting in the first place), because the atoll is crown shaped and Corona means crown. Besides being linked to Pi and Corona, my map is also very much linked to QGIS, because it’s 100% made with QGIS. The angles in radians where made with “geometry generators” from the central point. The fills where made using “random marker fills” combined with an expression using “randf()” to set the size of the markers with a “Data defined override”. For the shallow water on the inside of the atoll I used a “Shapeburst fill”.

And the winner is …

In the public vote, Francis Josef Gasgonia’s map received the most votes (46%):

Congratulations Francis and thank you again to everyone who participated in this fun contest to ensure that QGIS 3.14 Pi will have great visuals!

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Lunchseminarium 10 juni om den nya nationella geodatastrategin

Onsdag 10 juni kl 12.00-13.00 bjuder Lantmäteriet in till webbsänt lunchseminarium.

Vi informerar om:

  • arbetet med ny nationell geodatastrategi för 2021-2025 och kommande handlingsplansarbete
  • PSI, arbetet fram till idag och de resultat vi fått fram
  • Inspire, arbetsplan och implementation av Inspire-direktivet för perioden 2020–2024

Delta i lunchseminariet (öppnas i nytt fönster)

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QGIS Server and OGC API Features

Based on text and information from Paul Blottiere and Alessandro Pasotti (both QCooperative)

QGIS Server implements a number of OGC services, such as WMS, WFS, WCS or WMTS and extends these services where useful. Thanks to the efforts of a number of QGIS Server developers and companies, QGIS 3.10 (and 3.4 before) had been certified by the OGC for the WMS 1.3.0 service, and is also a WMS reference implementation.

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Last year in 2019, a new protocol has been developed and named OGC API Features (commonly known as WFS3). With the purpose of having an up-to-date QGIS Server, both OSGeo and QGIS.ORG have dedicated funds to work on the implementation of this brand-new service: but we wanted to do it right, so the ambition was also to reach the OGC certification!

This new protocol with REST interfaces gets rid of the XML specification to use the OpenAPI standard as well as the JSON open format instead. In other words, it’s not just another protocol to support, but a whole package of changes and fresh mechanisms to work on. It was quite a challenge!

QGIS core developers of QCooperative were remotely participating in OGC sprints to closely monitor the development of the new OGC API Features protocol. Hence, we started its implementation and a fully operational version landed in QGIS Server 3.10.

Implementation and features

As a reminder, the WFS protocol allows to query, retrieve and manipulate vector features, unlike the WMS format which provides raster outputs. OGC API Features is the natural continuity and consistently provides basic mechanisms to retrieve features and corresponding information in a specific area (the famous GetFeatureInfo request in WFS 1.X).

In addition, QGIS Server also provides transactions for the OGC API Features protocol. This means basically that we can update, insert or delete features in the underlying data. And of course, everything can be easily reached and configured through QGIS Desktop.

Yet another interesting thing to note is also the full support of the date and time filtering. Nifty!

And last, but not least, QGIS Server 3.10 provides a default HTML template with an embedded map to explore the data served by the server. There’s literally nothing to configure, it’s just there as soon as you work with the OGC API Features protocol :).

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OGC Certification

Once the implementation was completed, we started to address the OGC certification goal. To avoid unwanted regressions along the way, we first added nightly tests by updating the dedicated QGIS repository for OGC tests. From that moment, HTML reports are available day-to-day to monitor development over time.

Then, some bugfixes and backports later, we’re finally there: OGC tests are green on the development version, 3.12 and 3.10 releases. Yippee!

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Conclusion

Now that everything is in order, the last step is to start the formal OGC certification process. From now on, the dedicated QGIS OGC Team takes care of further operations.

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Greetings from your new QGIS project Chair

Dear community,

First of all, I would like to thank Paolo for his work during the last two years as Chair and for the years before that, and years to come in his role as PSC member. I’m looking forward to keeping up the good work with him.

Secondly, I would like to thank all the community voting members for all the great inputs during the discussion phase of the AGM and for the fantastic participation in the voting process where we had more than an 80% turnout.

It is a pleasure to see that besides approving the more formal points (annual report, financial report, budget and auditors), the AGM approved all matters arising:

  • We now have two new honourable voting members: Harrissou Sant-anna and Nyall Dawson. Honourable members are specially designated voting members, whose position does not need to be affiliated with a country user group. Congratulations, and thank you, you are both such an inspiring example to our community!
  • Many QGIS users and contributors are geoscientists or geoinformatics specialists. As such, we need to act responsibly and serve as role models. Thanks to the approval of our new environmental policy, QGIS.ORG and the QGIS community committed ourselves to act responsibly regarding our actions and activities where it has any relevant influence on the environment. This will mainly affect our server infrastructure and our physical contributor meetings. The complete policy can be found in appendix 1 of our AGM minutes or on our website.

Beyond thanking Paolo as outgoing chair, I’d especially like to thank Tim, Andreas, Anita and Jürgen for the great work they are doing in the PSC and in general the incredible drive they have in helping to make QGIS thrive. I’m sure that with the help of our new Vice-Chair Alessandro Pasotti we’ll be able to take QGIS to even greater heights. Welcome, Alessandro!

Last, but definitely not least, I’d like to thank every single member of this amazing community for all your help documenting, coding, translating, testing, designing, teaching, supporting and in general spreading the QGIS love.

I never thought, when I first started using QGIS 0.6 in 2005 that 15 years later I would be given the honour of becoming the official face of such an amazing heart.

Have a great week, rock on QGIS!

Marco Bernasocchi

Incoming Chair of the QGIS.ORG Board

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QGIS Annual General Meeting – 2020

Dear QGIS Community

We recently held our 2020 QGIS Annual General Meeting. The minutes of this meeting are available for all to view.

I would like to welcome our new QGIS Board Chair: Marco Bernasocchi and our new QGIS Board Vice-Chair and QGIS PSC Member, Alessandro Pasotti. In case you are not familiar with Marco and Alessandro, you can find short introductions to them below. I will continue to serve on the PSC and am pleased also to say that the project governance is in good hands with Jürgen Fischer, Andreas Neumann and Anita Graser kindly making themselves available to serve on the PSC for another two years. It is also great to know that our project founder, Gary Sherman, as well as long-term PSC member Tim Sutton continue to serve on the PSC as honorary PSC members. They both set the standard for our great project culture and it is great to have his continued presence.

QGIS has been growing from strength to strength, backed by a really amazing community of kind and collaborative users, developers, contributors and funders. I am looking forward to seeing how it continues to grow and flourish and I am excited and confident it will do so with Marco acting as the project chair and representative. Rock on QGIS!

Marco Bernasocchi (http://berna.io @mbernasocchi)

I am an open source advocate, consultant, teacher and developer. My background is in geography with a specialization in geographic information science. I live in Switzerland in a small Romansh speaking mountain village where I love scrambling around the mountains to enjoy the feeling of freedom it gives me. I’m a very communicative person, I fluently speak Italian, German, French English and Spanish and love travelling.

I work as director of OPENGIS.ch which I founded in 2011. Since 2015 I share the company ownership with Matthias Kuhn. At OPENGIS.ch LLC we (6 superstar devs and myself) develop, train and consult our client on any aspect related to QGIS.

My first QGIS (to be correct for that time QuantumGIS) ever was “Simon (0.6)” during my BSc when the University of Zurich was teaching us proprietary products and I started looking around for Open Source alternatives. In 2008, when starting my MSc, I made the definitive switch to ubuntu and I started working more and more with QGIS Metis (0.11) and ended developing some plugins and part of Globe as my Masters thesis. Since three years the University of Zurich invites me to hold two seminars on Entrepreneurship and Open Source. In November 2011 I attended my first Hackfest in Zürich where I started porting all QGIS dependencies and developing QGIS for Android under a Google Summer of Code. A couple of years and a lot of work later QField was born. Since then I’ve always tried to attend at least to one Hackfest per year to be able to feel first hand the strong bonds within our very welcoming community. In 2013 i was lucky enough to have a release named after a suggestion I saved you all from having QGIS 2.0 – Hönggerberg and giving you instead QGIS 2.0 – Dufour. In 2018 I’ve been honored to be nominated Co-chair of the QGIS PSC, since then I’ve been taking care of GitHub, the user groups, running votes, elections, doing some small work on the website, giving more talks on opensource advocacy and foremost helping in the day to day work needed to help our amazing project keep on growing.

Beside my long story with QGIS as user and passionate advocate I have a long story as QGIS service provider where we are fully committed to its stability, feature richness and sustainable development. For that in 2019 we started our own QGIS sustainability initiative financed through our support contracts.

Alessandro Pasotti (@elpaso https://www.itopen.it, https://www.qcooperative.net)

I am an open source software developer and I live in Italy. By education I’m an agronomist with some topography and pedology background, but I turned to the dark side early in my career and I started programming any kind of device that has a chip inside as soon as their price dropped low enough. I started using Linux in 1994 and after some real work as an R&D data analyst for a big pharmaceutical company I started my own small business that was making map-based web applications for the touristic market (there was no Google Map and such at that time) and it is for this reason that I discovered GRASS, Mapserver, PostGIS and finally QGIS when I needed a GIS viewer.

Over the years I’ve made minor contributions to several open source projects and I created a bunch of QGIS Python plugins, but it is from the QGIS Lisbon Hack-Fest in 2011 that I really got involved within the community and my first big contribution was a new website for the fast growing set of QGIS Python plugins (the one that it is already in production today at https://plugins.qgis.org ).

8 years ago I re-started to write some C++ code and I’m now a QGIS core developer and a proud member of this amazing community.

Regards

Paolo Cavallini (outgoing Chair)

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Geodata.se – Nyhetsbrev nr 3 – 2020

Översyn av kompetensläget inom geodataområdet

Under hösten 2019 påbörjades en utredning avseende kompetensläget inom geodataområdet. Uppdraget som utförs inom ramen för Geodatarådes nationella godatastrategi för åren 2016-2020 syftar till att:

  • Få fram en aktuell beskrivning över situationen med befintliga professurer, doktorander och utbildningsplatser inom geodataområdet, här avgränsat av områdena geodesi, fotogrammetri/laserscanning, GIS, geografisk informationsteknik, fjärranalys, tekniskt lantmäteri.
  • Ta fram en jämförelse med våra skandinaviska grannländer samt Nederländerna och Österrike.
  • Göra en undersökning som innefattar behovet av professurer, doktorander och ny-utexaminerade inom arbetsområdet inom en tidshorisont om fem år.
  • Dra nytta av erfarenheter från tidigare utförda undersökningar.
  • Ställa frågan: är dagens utbildningar relevanta eller behövs det nya med tanke på efterfrågan på kompetens?

Dom som ingår i arbetsgruppen är Linda Sabel Lantmäteriet (sammankallande), Lars Harrie Lunds Universitet, Håkan Olsson Sveriges LantbruksUniversitet, Steffen Holger Lantmäteriet, Jesper Paasch Lantmäteriet/Högskolan i Gävle, Milan Horemuz Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Maria Nässert Ericsson Lantmäteriet, Magnus Forsberg Lantmäteriet (beställare geodatarådet).

Gruppen har arbetat intensivt för att få fram utgångsmaterial för att kunna dra slutsatser till rapporten. Bl.a har enkätundersökningar genomförts hos Geodatarådets medlemmar, företag inom branschen, lärosäten och kommuner. Dialog har förts med representanter från olika länder, det har gjorts en inventering av forskningsmedel som går till geodataområdet. En analys av utbildningsutbudet har genomförts vid olika lärosäten, inklusive hur stort elevintaget är och hur många som avslutar sin utbildning. Även tidigare utredningar och aktiviteter som har genomförts i Geodatarådets regi har studerats. Gruppen som jobbar med utredningen siktar på att få rapporten klar till juni månad 2020.

Webbplatsen www.geodata.se avvecklas

Enligt tillgänglighetsdirektivet så ser vi att webbplatsen www.geodata.se inte uppfyller de uppställda kraven. Senast den 23/9 måste alla webbplatser, e-tjänster och digitalt publicerade dokument ha anpassats till de nya kraven. Att uppfylla tillgänglighetskraven innebär ett omfattande jobb med anpassning för  www.geodata.se och med det material som finns publicerade där. Med bakgrund av det så kommer www.geodata.se att upphöra som självständig domänadress och flyttar in på domänen www.lantmateriet.se (öppnas i nytt fönster) med all medföljande funktionalitet tex geodataportalen.

I och med att www.geodata.se upphör så upphör även detta nyhetsbrev. Vi återkommer framledes med mer information om den framtida utformningen.

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QGIS Grants #5: Call for Grant Proposals 2020

Dear QGIS Community,

Our previous rounds of grant proposals have always been a great success (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016). We are very pleased to announce that this year’s round of grants is now available. The call is open to anybody who wants to make a funded contribution to QGIS, subject to the call conditions outlined in the application form.

The deadline for this round is 24th May 2020.

For more details, please read the introduction provided in the application form.

We look forward to seeing all your great ideas for improving QGIS!

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PyQGIS Cookbook revision 2020

We are happy to announce that the PyQGIS Cookbook has received a complete overhaul and is now better than ever.

The PyQGIS Cookbook is a great source of information, not only for PyQGIS beginners or plugin developers, but also for C++ developers: it contains a lot of information about the internals of the QGIS API that you cannot really find anywhere else.

The main point addressed in this review were:

  1. All the code snippets have been reviewed and put under automated test in CI. Before this revision, there were 62 tests. Now there are over 300 tested snippets.
  2. A few snippets had to be updated because of changes in the QGIS API or because of the deprecation of methods (CRS handling in particular due to the proj6 switch).
  3. Textual descriptions have been edited to update the contents where the API has substantially changed.
  4. The material covering Python for QGIS Server has been reorganized and now includes new snippets and introductory texts about the new modules and OGC APIs architecture.

For the full summary, please refer to Alessandro Pasotti’s report on the PSC mailing list.

Thank you to Alessandro Pasotti for taking on this project and thank you to all our sponsor and donors who make this initiative possible!

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LTR usage survey

Back in 2018, we asked QGIS users how often they use QGIS and how often they upgrade. Today, we want to find out more about how different user groups and organisations use QGIS and particularly the LTR. You may be aware of ongoing discussions concerning potentially extending the LTR period and other potential steps to further improve user experience.
To better understand the needs of our QGIS community, we therefore invite you to our new LTR usage survey:

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