[Live-demo] [eoxserver-dev] EOxServer - an Open Source WMS/WCS for Earth Observations & OSGeo-Live

Alex Mandel tech_dev at wildintellect.com
Sun May 27 11:48:56 PDT 2012

Along that same tangent is Geonode, which I haven't been pushing for
osgeo live yet because of some dependency issues (requires a custom
geoserver not the stock one).


It's primary goal is to let users upload data sets, fill out minimal
metadata, then allow it all to be remixed in web maps and shared out via
WMS, WFS, Tiles, etc.

Geonode comes in large part from work by OpenGeo and some collaborators.
Will be interesting seeing how all these play out.


On 05/26/2012 06:14 AM, Angelos Tzotsos wrote:
> Stephan,
> I would suggest having a look at pycsw [1], that could be integrated in
> your django application and offer CSW (INSPIRE compliant) service.
> Best regards,
> Angelos
> [1] http://pycsw.org/
> On 05/26/2012 03:41 PM, Stephan Meißl wrote:
>> Cameron,
>> up to now I was not aware of SISS as such although I heard of all the
>> individual projects. One could say that the idea of EOxServer originates
>> from the C tribe where we're involved in MapServer for example
>> responsible for the WCS 2.0 implementation. On the other side the idea
>> was to have a lightweight metadata handling layer by using Python and
>> Django as framework. Thus the main software stack behind EOxServer is
>> build of Django, MapServer, GDAL, and SpatiaLite or PostGIS somehow
>> similar to SISS but using different software.
>> One difference that I see is that we don't have a catalog as such but
>> rather use metadata in WCS and WMS directly via the EO extensions.
>> I heard about HollowWorld and FullMoon in the frame of my OGC work when
>> it comes to data modeling e.g. in the specification of a new standard.
>> However, I've never used them but would be interested to better
>> understand them.
>> In summary EOxServer is strongly focused on EO data (e.g. EO metadata is
>> mandatory) and the server side of OGC 's WMS and WCS. As far as I
>> understand both SISS and EOxServer have their specialized areas and
>> strengths and could benefit from each other.
>> cu
>> Stephan
>> On Sat, 2012-05-26 at 09:00 +1000, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>>> Some of the people involved in Australian/New Zealand Earth Observations
>>> (Andrew, RobA, Bruce, Jim, RobertG, David),
>>> As per below, Stephan has proposed that EOxServer be included in the
>>> OSGeo-Live DVD distribution, which will provide valuable marketing reach
>>> for EOxServer. I'm forwarding this on to each of you as I'm interested
>>> to understand whether the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and
>>> CSIRO are aware of EOxServer. Have you considered using EOxServer?
>>> What have been your conclusions about such considerations?
>>> How does EOxServer compare against the SISS stack?
>>> Stephan,
>>> Note that BOM/CSIRO have been investing heavily in what they are calling
>>> the "Spatial Information Services Stack" (SISS), which consists of:
>>> PostGIS
>>> GeoServer
>>> GeoNetwork
>>> HollowWorld
>>> FullMoon
>>> https://www.seegrid.csiro.au/wiki/Siss/SpatialInformationServicesStackHandbook
>>> Stephan,
>>> I'm interested to know whether participants in the EOxServer have been
>>> in touch with programs working on the SISS stack?
>>> Are there any areas for collaboration?
>>> What are the benefits of EOxServer over SISS?
>>> On 26/05/2012 1:21 AM, Stephan Meißl wrote:
>>>> On Mon, 2012-04-30 at 21:27 +1000, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>>>>> We are starting to build the 6.0 OSGeo-Live DVD which will be released
>>>>> in September 2012, ready for FOSS4G 2012 as well as many other spatial
>>>>> conferences. This upcoming version will be built upon the stable
>>>>> Xubuntu 12.04 Long Term Support (LTS) release. Documentation will be
>>>>> translated into eight languages, now also including Chinese and
>>>>> Catalan.
>>>>> Any new applications?
>>>>> We would like to hear from anyone wishing to add new projects to
>>>>> OSGeo-Live, anyone wishing to extend or add extra translations, or
>>>>> anyone who has ideas on how we should shape the upcoming release.
>>>>> ...
>>>> Hi Cameron,
>>>> we'd like to propose the inclusion of the EOxServer [1] project in
>>>> OSGeo-Live. Three weeks ago we released our version 0.2.0 and even
>>>> though it has a rather low version number we think it would add some
>>>> value to OSGeo-Live. However, as this is a proposal and we're surely
>>>> not
>>>> aware of all policies we fully understand different opinions. It would
>>>> be great to hear your advice.
>>>> Here are the details about EOxServer following the wiki at [2]:
>>>> Name: EOxServer
>>>> URL: http://eoxserver.org
>>>> License: MIT
>>>> Description and value added:
>>>> EOxServer's mission is to provide an Open Source software framework to
>>>> ease the online provision of big Earth Observation data archives via
>>>> Open Standard services for efficient exploitation by users.
>>>>         * Open Source: MIT-style license
>>>>         * software framework: Entirely based on Open Source (Python,
>>>>           MapServer, Django, GDAL, etc.)
>>>>         * ease online provision: Admin GUI and command line data
>>>>           registration
>>>>         * big Earth Observation data archives: Operators register
>>>> existing
>>>>           raster data archives
>>>>         * Open Standard services: Open in the sense of freely
>>>> available;
>>>>           Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC); WMS, WCS, EO-WMS, EO-WCS
>>>>         * efficient exploitation by users: User defined sub-setting;
>>>> view
>>>>           and download
>>>> OGC standards: WMS, WCS, EO-WMS, EO-WCS, WCS-T; All versions are
>>>> supported that are supported in MapServer. However, focus is on WCS 2.0
>>>> and WMS 1.3 and their respective Earth Observation (EO) application
>>>> profiles.
>>>> Language: Python and a small bit C
>>>> Version: 0.2.0 (maybe 0.2.1 if we need to change something for example
>>>> the packaging)
>>>> Risk adverse organisations: EOxServer has been partly funded by the
>>>> European Space Agency (ESA) which is currently evaluating the
>>>> operational use. Also some European Commission supported projects are
>>>> evaluating the usage of EOxServer.
>>>> User community: There is a user mailing list [3] but not yet much
>>>> traffic. According to the Python package index [4] there have been 96
>>>> downloads in the last three weeks and according to the website
>>>> statistics for eoxserver.org there have been around 3400 unique
>>>> visitors
>>>> with about 7800 visits in 2012.
>>>> Developer community: Again we have a mailing list [3] with a bit more
>>>> traffic and nine committers. Please see ohloh [5] for more statistics.
>>>> Stable release: Our latest stable release is 0.2.0.
>>>> Testing: We make extensive usage of Python's and Django's unit test
>>>> framework and have about 900 tests included in our autotest instance.
>>>> Additionally there are some selenium based tests of the web client and
>>>> admin gui.
>>>> Mature code: Again please see ohloh [5] for these statistics.
>>>> User interface: In EOxServer we distinct between two user roles:
>>>> operators and users. Operators can register data and control the server
>>>> via the command line and the Django provided admin gui. Users can
>>>> explore the available data via a simple web client based on OpenLayers
>>>> and jQuery.
>>>> Presentation at FOSS4G: There have been talks at the German speaking
>>>> FOSSGIS and the recent FOSS4G-CEE conference. Please see the EOxServer
>>>> documentation [6] for a list of presentations.
>>>> Volunteers for liaising: Stephan Meissl and Stephan Krause
>>>> Application installation: Since EOxServer is a Python application the
>>>> recommended way of installation is using pip. However, since we're
>>>> using
>>>> setuptools we can easily provide .deb packages if needed.
>>>> 512 Meg of RAM: Yes, EOxServer can be run in 512MB of memory. However,
>>>> the image rendering will be limited to the capabilities of MapServer
>>>> and
>>>> GDAL.
>>>> Disk space: The current base package extracts to 22MB but includes 15MB
>>>> of documentation. Our autotest package which we'd propose for a
>>>> demonstration (see below) extracts to 130MB but 90MB of this are
>>>> expected results for the tests which can be safely ignored. If needed I
>>>> believe we can shrink the test data to under 10MB to still provide a
>>>> meaningful demonstration. Usually we also copy the OGC schemas to speed
>>>> up XML validation but this might not be necessary here. The packages
>>>> are
>>>> available here [7].
>>>> Other dataset: We have to explore the already included demonstration
>>>> data but at a first glance we think we need to include some EO data in
>>>> order to show off the capabilities of EOxServer.
>>>> Project Overview and Quickstart: Will of course be produced and
>>>> provided.
>>>> Windows and/or Mac installers: Not needed.
>>>> Thanks for your consideration,
>>>> Stephan on behalf of the EOxServer Team
>>>> [1] http://eoxserver.org
>>>> [2] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Disc_Apply
>>>> [3] http://eoxserver.org/doc/en/users/mailing_lists.html
>>>> [4] http://pypi.python.org/pypi/EOxServer/
>>>> [5] https://www.ohloh.net/p/eoxserver/
>>>> [6] http://eoxserver.org/doc_trunk/en/users/presentations.html
>>>> [7] http://eoxserver.org/wiki/Download

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