Category Archives: OGC

Markus Neteler joins the management of mundialis in Bonn

Press release

From March 2016 onwards, Dr. Markus Neteler, a prominent head of the Open Source GIS scene, will join the management board of mundialis GmbH & Co. KG in Bonn, Germany. Founded in 2015, mundialis combines remote sensing and satellite data analysis in the field of Big Data with Open Source WebGIS solutions.

Since 2008, Dr. Neteler was the head of the GIS and remote sensing unit at the Edmund Mach Foundation in Trento (Italy) and worked in this capacity on numerous projects related to biodiversity, environmental and agricultural research. He is also a founding member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), a nonprofit organization with headquarters in Delaware (USA), that promotes the development and use of free and open source geographic information systems (GIS). Since 1998 he coordinated the development of the well known GRASS GIS software project, a powerful Open Source GIS that supports processing of time series of several thousand raster, 3D raster or vector maps in a short time. Mongolia as seen by Sentinel-2A

Markus will keep his role as “Mr. GRASS” at mundialis, especially because the company also sees itself as a research and development enterprise that puts its focus on the open source interfaces between geoinformation and remote sensing. Although a new company, mundialis offers more than 50 years of experience in GIS, due to the background of its management. Besides Neteler, there are Till Adams and Hinrich Paulsen, both at the same time the founders and CEOs of terrestris in Bonn, a company that develops Open Source GIS solutions since 2002. These many years of experience in the construction of WebGIS and Geoportal architectures using free software as well as in the application of common OGC standards – are now combined with mundialis’ expertise in the processing of big data with spatial reference and remote sensing data.


Scaling up globally: 30 years of FOSS4G development

Scaling up globally: 30 years of FOSS4G development. Keynote at FOSS4G-CEE 2013, Romania

In my presentation I briefly review 3 decades of Open Source GIS development, from the ’80th to the present.

ZOO Kernel 1.0 Release – the open source OGC Web Services platform

Nicolas Bozon and Gérald Fenoy have just announced the ZOO Kernel 1.0 release (MIT/X-11 style license). This release offers the ZOO API (also under MIT) and some sample ZOO services.

From the Web site at

ZOO is an on-going OWS (OGC Web Services) open source platform project. It provides a WPS compliant developer-friendly framework to create and chain OGC compliant webservices. The ZOO OWS platform is made of three parts:

  • ZOO Kernel : A powerful and extensible server-side C Kernel which makes it possible creating, managing and chaining geoprocessing operations.
  • ZOO Web Client: A Javascript webmapping API build on top of OpenLayers designed to communicate with the ZOO Kernel inputs/outputs.
  • ZOO Desktop Client: A Mozilla XULRunner based GIS desktop application able to execute WPS queries with both local and remote data.

Download of the ZOO Source code:

Some basic ZOO Documentation is already available on ZOO Kernel installation and ZOO services deployment on the website. Growing detailed documentation is available at:

ZOO also has a Twitter now!