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GRASS GIS Community Sprint 2012 - Great achievements!


Press release

GRASS GIS Community Sprint 2012 in Prague - Great achievements!

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The GRASS Community is pleased to announce the results of the second GRASS Community Sprint, that took place at the Faculty of Civil Engineering - Czech Technical University in Prague, from 23 to 28 May, 2012.

Following the FOSS4G-CEE & Geoinformatics conference, the Community Sprint has been an exciting event, thanks to both the perfect organization by the hosting institution, which provided location and technical support, and the sponsors, which kindly financed the major part of the developer’s needs during the event.
In particular, Martin Landa and professor Aleš Čepek are gratefully acknowledged for the organization, and the sponsors OSGeo (Open Source Geospatial Foundation, USA), GFOSS.it (Associazione Italiana per l\‘Informazione Geografica Libera, Italy), FOSSGIS e.V. (German-language OSGeo local chapter), and Sylla-consult (Frankfurt, Germany) for their sponsoring of the event.
The participants came from Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland, Greece, and the United States, including several long-term core developers, new developers, students, researchers, and even newcomers.

The work has been focused on wxGUI bugfixing, GRASS 7 time series and 4D data management (R-tree search structures extended to n dimensions, new time series management improved), translations, discussions about the planned toolbox concept, implementation of a new module (v.in.geopaparazzi) and lots of bughunting, testing, and bugfixing. For interoperability, the new QGIS-Sextante-GRASS interface was completely overhault and updated. The upcoming improved GRASS Python API was discussed in detail.
Developers also had discussions on broad topics like GRASS GIS usage mobile devices, creation of a visual guide to GRASS GIS usage, the planned renewal of the GRASS Project Steering Committee (PSC), and adopting a CMS for a new Web site.
Among the participants there were two of the three Google Summer of Code students, and several mentors and co-mentors. Hence this Community Sprint was a great occasion for the students to start working on their projects, while receiving live guidance from their mentors and from the attending experienced developers. As in the previous year, the sprint welcomed also the integration with other software, like QGIS, Sextante and JGrass, thanks to the presence of some main developers of these respective programs who solved special problems in the \“integration\” topic. For more information, please visit these pages:


The Geographic Resources Analysis Support System, commonly referred to as GRASS, is an Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) providing powerful raster, vector, and geospatial processing engines in a single integrated software suite. GRASS includes tools for spatial modeling, visualization of raster and vector data, management and analysis of geospatial data, and the processing of satellite and aerial imagery. It also provides the capability to produce sophisticated presentation graphics and hardcopy maps. GRASS has now been translated into twenty languages and supports a huge array of data formats. It is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

GRASS Development Team, June 2012