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Introducing new QGIS macOS packages

We now have signed packages for macOS. You can find these packages published on the official QGIS download page at http://download.qgis.org.

In addition to being a very powerful and user-friendly open source GIS application, QGIS can be installed on different operating systems: MS Windows, macOS, various flavours of Linux and FreeBSD. 

Volunteers help with generating the installers for those platforms. The work is highly valuable and the scale of effort put into packaging over the years is often underappreciated. QGIS has also grown significantly over the years and so has its complexity to package relevant libraries and 3rd party tools to the end-users.

QGIS has been packaged on OSX/macOS for many years, making it one of the few GIS applications you can use on this platform. This is largely thanks to the tireless work of William Kyngesburye (https://www.kyngchaos.com/software/qgis/) who has shouldered the task of compiling QGIS and its dependencies and offering them as disk images on the official QGIS website. The packages for each new release are available within days for all supported macOS versions.

Unlike most other operating systems, macOS can only be run on Apple hardware. This is a barrier for developers on other platforms who wish to compile and test their code on macOS. For other platforms, QGIS developers have automated packaging, not only for the major releases but also for daily code snapshots (aka nightly or master builds). Availability of the daily packages has allowed testers to identify platform-specific issues, well before the official release.

Apple also has a system of software signing so that users can verify if the packages are securely generated and signed by the developers. Up until now, signed macOS packages were not available, resulting in users who are installing QGIS needing to go into their security preferences and manually allow the QGIS application to be run. 

In October 2018, Lutra Consulting started their work on packaging QGIS for macOS. The work has been based on OSGeo tap on Homebrew. Homebrew is a ‘bleeding edge’ package manager similar to those provided by Gentoo or Arch Linux. The packages by Lutra bundle the various libraries and resources on which QGIS depends into a single QGIS.app application bundle.  The packages were made available in late 2018 for QGIS official releases and master. QGIS Mac users have eagerly tested and reported various issues and the majority of them were resolved in early 2019.

Following the successful launch of the prototype packages and in discussion with other developers, it was agreed to transfer the ownership of the packaging infrastructure and scripts (https://github.com/qgis/QGIS-Mac-Packager) to QGIS.org. Using the new infrastructure and OSGeo Apple developers certificate, all QGIS ‘disk images’ (installers) have been available since late May 2019.

What are the main difference between the new installers and the ones offered by Kyngchaos? The new installer offers:

  • 3 clicks to install: download, accept Terms & Conditionss, drop to /Application
  • All dependencies (Python, GDAL, etc)  are bundled within the disk image
  • Signed by OSGeo Apple certificate
  • Availability of nightly builds (master)
  • Scripts for bundling and packaging are available on a public repository
  • Possibility of installing multiple versions (e.g. 3.4 LTR, 3.8 and master) side-by-side

There are some known issues:

For a full list, see: https://github.com/qgis/QGIS-Mac-Packager

We hope that by providing the new installers, macOS users will have a better experience in installing and using QGIS. Ideally, with the availability of nightly builds and being more accessible to new users, more software bugs and issues will be reported and this will help to improve QGIS overall.

Maintaining and supporting macOS costs more compared with other platforms. As QGIS is one of the only viable GIS applications for macOS users in an enterprise environment, we encourage you and your organisation to become a sustaining member to help assure the continued availability and improvement of the macOS packages in the long term.

In future we plan to migrate the packaging process to use Anaconda QGIS packages as the source for package binaries. We also would like to integrate macOS builds into the Travis-CI automated testing that happens whenever a new GitHub pull request is submitted so that we can validate that the macOS packages do not get any regressions when new features are introduced.

With this work, we now have nightly builds of the upcoming release (‘master’) branch available for all to use on macOS. We now have signed packages and we have an automated build infrastructure that will help to ensure that macOS users always have ready access to new versions of QGIS as they become available. You can find these packages published on the official QGIS download page at http://download.qgis.org. A huge thanks to the team at Lutra Consulting for taking this much-needed work, and to William Kyngesburye for the many years that he has contributed towards the macOS/OSX QGIS packaging effort!

 

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QGIS 3.8 Zanzibar is released!

We are pleased to announce the release of QGIS 3.8 ‘Zanzibar’! Zanzibar was the location of our developer meeting before the international FOSS4G 2018 conference in Dar Es Salaam.

Installers for all supported operating systems are already out. QGIS 3.8 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 Grant Programme 2019 Results

We are extremely pleased to announce the winning proposals for our 2019 QGIS.ORG grant programme. Funding for the programme was sourced by you, our project donors and sponsorsNote: For more context surrounding our grant programme, please see: QGIS Grants #4: Call for Grant Proposals 2019.

The QGIS.ORG Grant Programme aims to support work from our community that would typically not be funded by client/contractor agreements. For the first time, this year we did not accept proposals for the development of new features. Instead proposals should focus on infrastructure improvements and polishing of existing features.

Voting to select the successful projects was carried out by our QGIS Voting Members. Each voting member was allowed to select up to 6 of the 10 submitted proposals by means of a ranked selection form. The full list of votes are available here (on the first sheet). The second sheet contains the calculations used to determine the winner (for full transparency). The table below summarizes the voting tallies for the proposals:

A couple of extra notes about the voting process:

  • The PSC has an ongoing program to fund documentation so elected to fund the proposal “Open documentation issues for pull requests” even if this increases the total funded amount beyond the initial budget.
  • Although the budget for the grant programme was €20,000, the total amount for the winning proposals is €22,200. This increase is possible thanks to the generous support by our donors and sponsors this year.
  • Voting was carried out based on the technical merits of the proposals and the competency of the applicants to execute on these proposals.
  • No restrictions were in place in terms of how many proposals could be submitted per person / organization, or how many proposals could be awarded to each proposing person / organization.
  • Voting was ‘blind’ (voters could not see the existing votes that had been placed).

We received 31 votes from 16 community representatives and 15 user group representatives.

On behalf of the QGIS.ORG project, I would like to thank everyone who submitted proposals for this call!

A number of interesting and useful proposal didn’t make it because of our limited budget; we encourage organizations to pick up one of their choice and sponsor it.

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QGIS Grants #4: Call for Grant Proposals 2019

Dear QGIS Community

Our first three rounds of Grant Proposals were a great success. We are very pleased to announce the fourth round of grants is now available to QGIS contributors.

Based on community feedback, this year, we will not accept proposals for the development of new features. Instead, proposals should focus on infrastructure improvements and polishing of existing features.

The deadline for this round is Sunday, 2 June 2019. All the details for the grants are described in the application form, and for more context we encourage you to also read last year’s articles:

We look forward to seeing all your great ideas about how to improve QGIS!

Anita Graser

QGIS PSC

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Geodata.se – Nyhetsbrev nr 4 – 2019

Slutrapportering av genomförda aktiviteter under 2018 i Geodatarådets handlingsplan

Den Nationella geodatastrategin och Geodatarådets handlingsplan löper under perioden 2016-2020. Under hela första veckan i april bjöd Lantmäteriet in till slutrapportering av de fokusområden och nästan samtliga under aktiviteter som pågått 2018 i Geodatarådets handlingsplan. Här kan du ta del av samtliga fokusområden som spelades in samt presentationerna i pfd-format. Slutrapporterna kommer att publiceras vart efter som de är klara.

Lunchseminarium

Torsdag den 16 maj bjuder Lantmäteriet in till årets andra lunchseminarium med fokus på den nationella geodatastrategin och digitaliseringen av samhällsbyggnadsprocessen. Läs mer om lunchseminariet.

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Inspire – stort fokus på prioriterade datamängder

Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe, INSPIRE, är ett EU-direktiv som syftar till att bygga upp en europeisk infrastruktur för geodata. Lagen (2010:1767) och förordning (2010:1770) om geografisk miljöinformation reglerar det svenska genomförandet av Inspire. Det finns 24 utpekade informationsansvariga myndigheter som ska tillgängliggöra de geodata som omfattas.

Direktivet omfattar geodata inom 34 datateman. Respektive tema består av ett antal datamängder och totalt finns för Sveriges del idag nästan 300 datamängder. Sverige redovisar datamängderna i Geodataportalen och EU redovisar medlemsstaternas datamängder i INSPIRE Geoportal.
INSPIRE-direktivet började gälla 2007 och det som återstår att genomföra för en fullständig uppbyggnad ska vara klart december 2021. EU-kommissionen har under de senaste åren tydligt påpekat att medlemsstaterna måste förbättra arbetet med INSPIRE då det mesta enligt planen för införandet ska vara genomfört redan nu.
För att få till ett effektivare genomförande har en för medlemsstaterna gemensam lista med cirka 100 prioriterade datamängder, List of Priority Datasets(LOPD), definierats. Sedan november 2018 har Sverige extra fokus på de prioriterade datamängderna. Elva av de informationsansvariga myndigheterna berörs och det är ett bra engagemang och framdrift i arbetet. En gemensam åtgärdsplan har redovisats för EU-kommissionen och målsättningen är att arbetet ska vara avslutat december 2019, då det ska finnas korrekta metadata, nedladdnings- och visningstjänster för samtliga prioriterade datamängder.
Framdriften av arbetet med de prioriterade datamängderna går att följa i INSPIRE Geoportal.

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QGIS Server 3.4.6 certified for WMS 1.3

We are very happy to announce that QGIS 3.4.6 LTR is now OGC certified as a reference implementation : qgis_server_ogc_badge_2019

The OGC certification program gives a third party validation that the a web service is compliant with the standard.

The certification process requires manual work, so we will only certify on version for each LTR.  This was not enough, so we build a OGC CI test platform that is checking compliance every night for WMS and WFS, so that you can check by yourself any specific version commit.

However WMS 1.3 is only the basics, if you rely on other services like WFS, WCS, or advanced capabilities like Raster or Vector Elevation, we are looking for supporters!

As the future is almost now If you want QGIS to be on the cutting edge with the upcoming WFS3, a JSON-REST modern version of WFS, please get in touch. We’d love to push this both into QGIS server and Desktop.

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Arbete och remisser gällande Nationella specifikationer

I Geodatarådets handlingsplan 2018–2020, är ett av fokusområdena Standardisering av grunddata, där ingår aktivitet 3b – Nationella specifikationer till samhällsbyggnadsprocessen

Ett arbete som tidigare drevs inom Svensk geoprocess.
Arbetet inom aktivitet 3b, omfattar totalt 14 teman, dessa är:

  • adress
  • byggnad
  • bild
  • höjd och djup
  • stompunkter
  • markdetaljer
  • vatten
  • markanvändning och marktäcke
  • väg/järnväg
  • ortnamn
  • planer
  • bestämmelser
  • lägenhet
  • fastighet

Specifikationerna har delats in i tre delar:

  • informationsspecifikation för lagring av information
  • dataproduktspecifikation för underhåll/ajourhållning
  • dataproduktspecifikation för tillgängliggörande av information.

Fokus just nu är att ta fram informationsspecifikationerna. Respektive tema som omnämns ovan, har en delprojektledare som kommer att kontakta berörda intressenter för medverkan i arbetet. Specifikationerna kommer också att gå ut på remiss.

För frågor eller vid intresse av att medverka i remissförfarandet kontakta Åsa Sjödin, asa.sjodin@lm.se, intern beställare på Lantmäteriet.
För mer information om aktivitet 3b, se lägesrapport av aktiviteter i handlingsplanen.

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Crowdfunding initiatives in spring 2019

Currently there are a number of ongoing crowdfunding initiatives for improvements in QGIS that need your support:

1. Diagrams in print layouts, atlas and reports: the popular data plotly plugin for interactive, exploratory charts and diagrams should be enhanced to support embedding in print layouts, atlas serial prints and reports. Details can be found at the North Road campaign website. This is a joint effort of companies Faunalia and North Road. Funding goal: € 8’600 (1’780 collected as of April 2, 2019)

2. Cartography proposal: selective masking of symbol levels behind labels and map symbols. Inspired by the high-quality topographic maps of Swisstopo. Details can be found at the Oslandia campaign website. Funding goal: € 20’000 (8’000 collected as of April 2, 2019)

3. GeoPDF-Export: Export of georeferenced PDF files, with the possibility to measure, query coordinates, toggle map layers and query feature attributes. The project is partitioned into several work packages. This is a joint effort of Even Rouault and North Road on request of several Austrian local government agencies. For more details, please contact Johannes Kanonier of the Landesvermessungsamt Vorarlberg. Funding goal: € 30’800 (24’400 collected as of April 2, 2019)

4. SLYR: Converter for ESRI LYR and MXD-Files. Project is partitioned in several work packages for the conversion of ESRI styles to QGIS styles, MXD-Files into QGIS project files and ESRI layouts to QGIS layouts. Please find more details at the SLYR website of North Road.

Thank you for your support in making these projects a reality!

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