[Live-demo] Project to be included on OSGeo Live GIS Disc

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Wed Jun 29 03:57:16 PDT 2011

On 29/06/11 19:59, Jan Drewnak (52north) wrote:

> Dear Cameron,
> as the feature freeze is approaching I am quite curious to know, whether my proposal (see below) was accepted. Are there any news?
> Thanks,
>    Jan

Sorry for loosing track of this query. This does look like a good 
addition. Digging back through my email trail, I see that I had some 
queries, as per the email below, and I don't think I've seen a response.
Could you please answer my questions below.

On 11/06/11 06:53, Cameron Shorter wrote:
> Thank you for your application Jan. A Web Security Service will be an 
> excellent addition to OSGeo-Live.
> I have a couple of extra questions in line below.
> On 10/06/11 22:31, Jan Drewnak wrote:
>> Dear list, Cameron,
>> I ask you to include our project "52┬░North Web Security Service" on the
>> OSGeo Live Disc. Please find the details below, based on the questions
>> documented at http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Disc_Apply.
>> Thanks,
>>    Jan
>> * Please describe your application.
>> ** What is its name?
>> -- 52┬░North Web Security Service
>> ** What is the home page URL?
>> -- http://52north.org/communities/security/wss/2.2/index.html
>> ** Which OSI approved Open Source Licence is used?
>> -- GNU GPL 2.0
>> ** What does the application do and how does it add value to the
>> GeoSpatial stack of software?
>> -- The application adds a security layer to any kind of geospatial Web
>> applications and services, acting as a proxy, without the need to modify
>> existing services. It provides policy-based authorization and
>> authentication features to restrict access to spatial layers, features,
>> and other resources provided by OGC Web Services.
> Very nice. Would it be possible to lock down a WFS to a specific filter?
> Eg: A user is only able to query features that are within a specific 
> polygon?
>> ** What language is it written in?
>> -- Java
>> ** Which version of the application should be included in the next
>> OSGeo-Live release?
>> -- 2.2.0 (final)
> I understand that 2.2 is currently in beta. Have you had a previous 
> stable version?
> Maybe 2.1 or 1.0?
>> * Stability is very important to us on OSGeo-Live and we pay most
>> attention to the following answers. If a new user finds a bug in one
>> application, it will tarnish the reputation of all other OSGeo-Live
>> applications as well.
>> ** Has been rolled out to production in a number of locations? Can you
>> mention some risk adverse organizations who use your application?
>> -- Used in some administrative units in federal states of germany
> Can you please expand on this. Has the application been deployed into 
> production or is it just in a R&D prototype?
> I assume that these administrative units of federal states are part of 
> government? Would you consider these organisations to be risk adverse 
> themselves?
> If departments would be ok to be named, it would be nice if you could 
> name one or two of them.
>> ** What is the size of the user community and developer community? 
>> You can
>> often answer this by mentioning downloads, or describing a healthy, busy
>> email list?
>> -- About 500 download of latest beta release
>> ** Do you have a bug free, stable release?
>> -- Scheduled for end of June, current state is beta.
>> ** Please discuss the level of testing that your project has gone 
>> through.
>> -- Deployed on various Windows and Linux platforms, Tomcat versions,
>> tested with several WMS, WFS, WPS, and SOS.
>> ** How long has the project has had mature code.
>> -- First version established in late 2004
>> * OSGeo-Live is targeted at applications that people can use rather than
>> libraries. Does the application have a user interface (possibly a 
>> command
>> line interface) that a user can interact with?
>> -- Web UI to set up protected services; policies and users are managed
>> trough XML config files.
>> * We give preference to OSGeo Incubated Projects, or Projects which are
>> presented at [http://foss4g.org FOSS4G] conferences. If your project is
>> involved in OSGeo Incubation, or has been selected to be presented at
>> FOSS4G, then please mention it.
>> -- presented in 2007 to 2009
>> * With around 50 applications installed on OSGeo-Live, us core packagers
>> do not have the time to liaise with every single project email list for
>> each OSGeo-Live release. So we require a volunteer (or two) to take
>> responsibility for liaising between OSGeo-Live and the project's
>> communities. This volunteer will be responsible for ensuring the install
>> scripts and English documentation are updated by someone for each
>> OSGeo-Live release. Also test that the installed application and
>> Quickstart documentation works as expected on release candidate releases
>> of OSGeo-Live. Who will act as the project's liaison person.
>> -- liaison person is Jan Drewnak (j.drewnak at 52north.org)
>> * OSGeo-Live is Ubuntu Linux based. Our installation preference is:
>> *# Install from UbuntuGIS or DebianGIS
>> *# Install .deb files from a PPA
>> *# Write a custom install script
>> :Can you please discuss how your application will be installed.
>> -- Application is installed by script that copies the applications war
>> file into a tomcat webapp folder
>> * OSGeo-Live is memory and disk constrained. Can the application run in
>> 512 Meg of RAM?
>> -- definitely
>> * How much disk space will be required to install the application and a
>> suitable example application?
>> -- about 35 MB
>> * We aim to reduce disk space by having all applications make use of a
>> common dataset. We encourage applications to make use of the example
>> datasets already installed:
>> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Add_Project#Example_Datasets If
>> another dataset would be more appropriate, please discuss here. Is it
>> appropriate, to remove existing demo datasets which may already be
>> included in the standard release.
>> -- datasets not needed; data that comes with application has very small
>> footprint (couple of kB)
> We have a few web services installed on OSGeo-Live already. It would 
> be good if your quickstart could make use of one of these.
> For example, I understand the mapserver WMS/WFS doesn't require any 
> extra memory from a tomcat instance in order to run. You might want to 
> make use of it.
>> * In past releases, we have included Windows and Mac installers for some
>> applications. It is likely we won't have space for these in future
>> releases. However, if there is room, would you be wishing to include
>> Windows and/or Mac installers?
>> -- No

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