FOSS4G 2022 general tracks

State of GRASS GIS
2022-08-25, 09:00–09:30 (Europe/Rome), Room Verde

The new GRASS GIS version 8.2 is a special edition including all new features developed during Google Summer of Code 2021. One of the enhancements is the parallelization of several raster modules by means of OpenMP, an implementation of multithreading to speed up massive data processing. Another exciting new feature is much improved, the Jupyter notebook support. Here, a new python package (grass.jupyter) is available which allows to interactively visualise maps and time series given the integration with folium.
The graphical user interface in version 8.0 introduced faster and more streamlined startup without a need for a welcome screen. For even more convenience, version 8.2 adds an experimental single window layout with familiar look-and-feel.
Related to raster data, a new metadata class called semantic labels can now be added to raster maps. Examples of semantic labels are aerial or satellite spectral bands, dataset names in remote sensing products (ndvi, evi, lst, etc), or any custom names.
At community level, we have developed a student grant program and, thanks to the move to GitHub, we have welcomed numerous new contributors.

Anna is a geospatial research software engineer with PhD in Geospatial Analytics. She develops spatio-temporal models of urbanization and pest spread across landscape. As a member of the OSGeo Foundation and the GRASS GIS Project Steering Committee, Anna advocates the use of open source software in research and education.

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Vaclav (Vashek) Petras is a research software engineer, open source developer, and open science advocate. He received his masters in Geoinformatics from the Czech Technical University and PhD in Geospatial Analytics from the North Carolina State University. Vaclav is a member of the GRASS GIS Development Team and Project Steering Committee.

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Veronica Andreo holds a PhD in Biology and an MSc in Remote Sensing and GIS Applications. She is a researcher for CONICET working at the Argentinian Space Agency. Her main interests are remote sensing and GIS tools for disease ecology research and applications. She is part of the GRASS Dev Team, currently serving as PSC chair.

Markus Neteler, PhD, is a cofounder of mundialis after having spent 15 years as a researcher in Italy. His focus is on Earth Observation, GIS and cloud computing. Markus managed for two decades the GRASS GIS project, and he is a founding member of OSGeo and other organizations.

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