[SoC] [Fwd: [OSGeo-Discuss] Common map printing specifications project [Fwd: Students: Get Paid to work on this project]]

Arnulf Christl arnulf.christl at metaspatial.net
Wed Apr 7 03:50:28 EDT 2010

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I have done some initial probing into the OGC in 2007 and then issued a
change request to the WMS standard work group that allows for HQ
printing / plotting. Not much there yet but it is a start. As a regular
member of the OGC I have access to internal documents, working groups
etc. and offer to help out as a co-mentor when it comes to re-using
whats been done in the OGC or feeding back what we achieved in this
project. Feel free to ping me if you need anything.


Wolf Bergenheim wrote:
> Hear hear!
> This is indeed it! On successful completion I'm sure there will be a
> lot of future for the student in the geospatial world! Open Source or
> not, plus who doesn't love pretty maps! :D
> --Wolf
> On Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 23:54, Cameron Shorter <cameron.shorter at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Summer of Code Students,
>> If you are looking for a project which is almost certainly going to be
>> selected, then this is it.
>> It is a huge pain point for GeoSpatial Open Source, for many projects.
>> The challenge will be to put forward a proposal which is better than other
>> students.
>> --
>> Cameron Shorter
>> Geospatial Systems Architect
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>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: "Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)" <tmitchell at osgeo.org>
>> To: OSGeo Discussions <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>
>> Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2010 09:52:56 -0700
>> Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Common map printing specifications project [Fwd:
>> Students: Get Paid to work on this project]
>> Hi all, just forwarding this note to this more general OSGeo channel,
>> since it applies to several projects and communities.
>> Year after year, one of the largest complaints about open source mapping
>> applications is the ability to output large, high quality, printable
>> maps.  It's often "the issue" that some proprietary users say prevents
>> them from moving to an open source platform.  Recognising that we can
>> always do better, the "Carto" project is an effort to address this in a
>> standard way, so that all open source applications may output
>> configuration files according to a specification and have a common
>> 'engine' application produce an output file.  By using a standards-based
>> approach, developers can work together on improving printing output
>> overall instead of doing it in dozens of different ways.
>> That said, attached is my attempt to try to find some students to work
>> on the project through Google's Summer of Code :)  I'm also forwarding
>> it here for those others who are interested in trying to help move this
>> initiative along.  Either way, join our list and say hi.[1]  Except for
>> some interesting work with Mapnik and QGIS together (Dane Springmeyer's
>>  Quantumnik!) this is pretty much still theoretical.
>> Tyler
>> [1]  http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/carto
>> Greetings everyone!
>> The OSGeo Carto mailing list [1] was created to discuss developing a
>> common approach to printable (vector-based) map output from open source
>> mapping applications.  With Google's Summer of Code program, we have a
>> great opportunity for students to be funded to work on this project!
>> Please forward this on to any students that you think might benefit.
>> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Cartographic_Engine
>> Note there is room for a range of programming abilities, here are just a
>> few...
>>  * developing XML-based map definition and print standard specifications
>>  * writing a GUI-based app for doing map layout
>>  * converting project configuration files into a common format
>>  * enhancing Mapnik to handle layout and file output definitions
>>  * What else?  You tell us! Students are welcome to propose new ideas!
>> This year, we've tied this project directly to Mapnik (and indirectly to
>> QGIS or GRASS) just so it is clearly not a new project, but an
>> enhancement of an existing one.
>> Since it is really focused on developing and implementing standards, I'm
>> not opposed to using other projects in there for either the 'client' or
>> the engine - so if you're a student interested in MapServer or gvSIG,
>> for example, and would rather work on implementing it that way, then
>> please just propose it.  I only had to narrow our focus to keep it clear.
>> Time is running out for student applications, so let's get the word out!
>>  Even if you're not a student but are interested in helping in some way,
>> join the list and say hi.
>> [1] http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/carto
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