Dances with the GeoPython Tribe

During June 21-24, 2016 I attended the very first GeoPython Conference in Basel Switzerland. This event was organized by the Institute of Geomatics Engineering of the FHNW – University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and PyBasel, the local Python User Group Northwestern Switzerland. In particular I should mention key-organizer  Martin …

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Deploying Open Source Geospatial Software – Part 1: Challenges

My blog has been quiet for some time. As many of us I’ve been busy doing projects, all involving Open Source Geo (OSGeo) software. Partly development, writing software, I love it, but also more and more in “what comes next”: deploying and maintaining “the application” with all of its dependencies. For …

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Unlocking Sensor Data – I’ll send an SOS to the world

Revealing: the title refers, for the younger readers, to a great 1979-hit by The Police as expanded below. To be played at the loudest possible volume. If you don’t see anything here below try the YouTube link directly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbXWrmQW-OE. One of the main aspects that glues the OSGeo-world together are OGC-standards: WMS, WFS, …

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JPEG is Dead, Long Live JPEG!

TL;DR: see this GitHub issue for summary (Dutch but the pictures there and Figure 1 tell the story). Somewhere around 1995, building my first website, it was already quite a feat to embed images. Non-aware of image-formats I played with (animated!) GIF and JPEG. Naively image-editing I noticed that my JPEGs became worse and …

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Tales from Topographic Lowlands

As far as Open geo-data is concerned, the Netherlands goes through prosperous times: country-wide datasets for detailed topography (BRT, BGT), buildings and addresses (BAG), 0.5m elevation data (AHN2) and many more are available for download. Even 3D-versions for several of these datasets are upcoming. These and other nuggets can be found and downloaded via our national geo-portal: …

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Into the Weather – Part 3 – Publishing Data to the Cloud – 1

In my last post, Into the Weather – Part 2, I outlined a global architecture of a Davis Vantage Pro2 weather station connected to a Raspberry Pi  (RPi) running weewx weather software to capture raw weather data. Here I will try to depict how to bring this weather data “from the fluffy clouds into the digital cloud”.  Finally, …

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Into the Weather – Part 2 – Fun with Raspberry Pi

This is a follow-up to “Into the Weather – Part 1 – Exploring weewx”. Sorry, still almost no geospatial content for now. To recap: I am trying to setup an infrastructure where measurements from a Davis Vantage Pro2 Weather Station are collected and exposed to web services, most notably OGC Services like …

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