The GRASS Community is pleased to announce the results of the first GRASS Community Sprint, that took place at the Faculty of Civil Engineering - Czech Technical University in Prague, from 20 to 25 May, 2011.
The Community Sprint has been a successful event, thanks to both the
perfect organization by the hosting structure, which provided
location and technical supervision, and the sponsors, which kindly
financed the greater part of the developer’s needs during the
In particular, Martin Landa and professor Aleš Čepek are gratefully acknowledged for the organization, and the sponsors GFOSS.it (Associazione Italiana per l\‘Informazione Geografica Libera, Italy), R3 GIS (Merano, 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, and the United States, including several long-term core developers, new developers, students, researchers, and even newcomers.
The work has been focused on wxGUI improvements, GRASS7 internals
(improved vector topology engine, library access from other
programs), translations, implementation of new modules (r.threshold,
v.pack, v.unpack) and bugfixing. Developers also had discussions on
broad topics like GRASS GIS usage in cloud and cluster computing, Web
processing services, toolboxes, integration of time dimension to make
GRASS a true temporal GIS, and the design of a comprehensive test
Among the participants there were three of the four Google Summer of Code students, two mentors, several co-mentors and the OSGeo GSoC administrator. Students started working on their projects, and received live guidance from their mentors and from the attending experienced developers. The sprint welcomed also the integration with other software, like QGIS and JGrass, thanks to the presence of some main developers of these respective programs who showed interest 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).