Just saw this on Planet Python. Interesting.
No, no, no. As as cook and programmer, I must object. The only analogy that works is ingredients == data. In this case metadata is the well known extra information on the packaging: serving size, nutritional guidance, organic or not, country of origin, year of production, appellation, etc.
Java is free. Open source GIS folks should read and think about Bray's -- and he's not a Free Software zealot -- common sense arguments for the GPL.
Kai and I attended Chris McDonough's talk on buildouts -- in general, not specifically about zc.buildout -- at the Plone Conference. I left motivated to start thinking about buildouts. Kai left motivated to do something about common environments for developing PrimaGIS. His solution is primagis.buildout: a script for making complete, isolated PrimaGIS sandboxes. So far, it's only tested on OS X, Debian, and Ubuntu, but already has several new users up and running. For windows, I imagine we could use more binaries, and try to tap into Howard Butler's build kit for PCL-GDAL and PCL-MapServer.
Web mappers: what are you doing about accessibility?
Me? I'm using Plone for a solid start. Pleiades is using OpenLayers and Google Earth to visually display georeferenced content; neither of these are fully accessible. It's a hard problem, for sure. One of our technical observers is a CompSci specialist in accessible UIs. He sees the problem as rich and chewy, which means it won't be solved any time soon. Last time we met he had some interesting ideas, and I hope to be able to write about realizations of them next year. Pleiades' feed-based, "viewer"-independent, architecture should help.
This release has been a long time coming, and I appreciate the patience I've been shown. At least the wait was less than 18 months. Here are the source release downloads: PCL-0.11.0.tar.gz [MD5, SHA1].
PCL 0.11 includes contributions from Kai Lautaportti, Michael Kerrin, Con Hennessy, Howard Butler, Ludwig Brinckman, Josh Livni, Sally Kleinfeldt, Aleksi Korvenranta, and Chris Calloway.
Responding to my previous .NET post, Seo Sanghyeon wrote to tell me that ElementTree is already ported to -- if I understand correctly -- the IronPython Community Edition, and work on PIL is underway. As I said before, these have always been two of my top 10 favorite modules, standard or not. I guess working on .NET won't be so bad after all.
Peter Suber points out that users of rich NWS data feeds won big last night. The sponsor of S.786 has been sent home. Suber says it was a good night overall for open access to research data. FRPAA co-sponsor Joe Lieberman was re-elected and pro-OA Sherrod Brown replaces Mike DeWine. Are there any seasoned industry watchers who want to make an assessment of the impact on the geospatial business?