[Incubator] Joining OSGeo as a community project

Guy Shakhar guy.shakhar at gmail.com
Tue Jul 24 23:01:21 PDT 2018

I've updated the wiki page to reflect the open code contributions.

On Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 12:27 AM Harel Mazor <harel.mazor at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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 project.
> 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
> architecture.
> 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):
> https://github.com/IsraelHikingMap/GPSBabelWebAPI
> 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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