[Incubator] Joining OSGeo as a community project

Harel Mazor harel.mazor at gmail.com
Tue Jul 24 14:27:29 PDT 2018

Hi Bruce,

The wiki page might be lacking, we'll gladly add anything that you or any
one else think is missing.
I'm not sure what is the definition of something that equates to a software
This project, currently only in Israel, have allowed many users to easily
add data to OSM and Wikipedia by making the update process more accessible
and tuned to their needs thus improved mapping coverage significantly since
it began.
The software infrastructure we would like to develop in order to make this
project world wide would surly be beneficial to other developers working on
GIS software.
We are at the beginning of migrating to docker and to micro services
This means that every micro service we develop will be easily re-used, for
example our first micro service "scout" which takes GPSBabel and exposes it
as a cross platform HTTP REST service with docker (still not complete but
getting there):
Besides the code itself, the algorithms we developed and documented can be
translated to any language needed in order to be used in other places.
The site itself is not just a nice looking UI, but every operation can be
used by API HTTP calls and is documented with swagger. This enables, for
example, to use this API in order to do GeoSearch on entities from OSM
including relations, which as far as I know is not possible right now. The
only other engine I'm aware of is Nomonatim, which we found is extremely
lacking for our outdoor needs.

To conclude, we believe that this equates to a software project.
Best regards,
Harel Mazor.

‫בתאריך יום ג׳, 24 ביולי 2018 ב-23:55 מאת ‪Bruce Bannerman‬‏ <‪
bruce.bannerman.osgeo at gmail.com‬‏>:‬

> Hi Guy and Harel,
> It is good to see your collaborative effort in building your Website and
> data.
> However, from what I can see on your Wiki page, I don’t think that this
> equates to a software project.
> In case I’m wrong, how do you see that other people not affiliated with
> your Website would use the software that you develop?
> Kind regards,
> Bruce
> On 25 Jul 2018, at 01:07, Harel Mazor <harel.mazor at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Jody,
> This is an open source project as can seen in the wiki
> <https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Israel_Hiking_and_Biking_Maps> page.
> The sources are located in the "Map
> <https://github.com/IsraelHikingMap/Map>" and "Site
> <https://github.com/IsraelHikingMap/Site>" repositories and are rich with
> functionality that doesn't exist in other projects such as unique map
> styling, merging POIs algorithm and find missing OSM tracks among other
> code examples on how to use other GIS open source libraries.
> We are deeply engaged with the open source GIS community to contribute to
> other repositories which we use as well.
> I hope this answer the questions, but if not we'll be happy to elaborate.
> Best Regards,
> Harel Mazor.
> ‫בתאריך יום ג׳, 24 ביולי 2018 ב-16:07 מאת ‪Jody Garnett‬‏ <‪
> jody.garnett at gmail.com‬‏>:‬
>> That looks really great, may I ask if it is an open source project?
>> OSGeo is set up as a software foundation, with the incubation committee
>> focused on helping development teams create new open software software for
>> mapping and spatial applications.
>> It looks like your website uses open source, rather than creates open
>> source for others to use.
>> On Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 5:43 AM Guy Shakhar <guy.shakhar at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Dear OSGeo Incubation Committee,
>>> We would like to apply to become a Community Project  in OSGeo.
>>> Our project - "Israel Hiking and Biking maps" is described in a Wiki
>>> page here <https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Israel_Hiking_and_Biking_Maps>.
>>> It is a free participatory mapping project which is based on open code
>>> and open data and has an opensource license.
>>> We plan to turn it into a world-wide project and would appreciate your
>>> help in integrating into the international OpenSource GIS community.
>>> Feel free to ask us for any clarifications.
>>> Sincerely,
>>> Guy Shakhar, Harel Mazor, Zeev Stadler.
>>> Israel Hiking and Biking maps
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>> --
>> Jody Garnett
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