FOSS4G 2023

Kart: Practical Data Versioning for rasters, vectors, tables, and point clouds
06-30, 14:30–15:00 (Europe/Tirane), Outdoor Stage

We’re drowning in data, but the geospatial world lags badly behind in versioning tools compared to our software counterparts. Kart ( is solving this with a practical open tool for versioning datasets, enabling you to work more efficiently and collaborate better.

We will introduce you to Kart and demonstrate some of the key features, including our QGIS plugin. And we'll highlight what’s coming next on our roadmap.

Since 2022 we have added support for Raster and Point Cloud datasets, and we'll be showing how we build on Kart's versioning and spatial filtering techniques to efficiently navigate, access, and use large and small datasets. For rasters and point-cloud datasets, we'll show how you can get the benefits of Kart without having to duplicate data that is already hosted in S3 in a useful format.

Kart allows you to quickly and easily manage history, branches, data schemas, and synchronisation for large & small datasets between different working copy formats, operating systems, and software ecosystems.

Modern version control unlocks efficient collaboration, both within teams and across organisations meaning everyone stays on the same page, you can review and trace changes easily: ultimately using your time more efficiently.

Robert is the head of technology of Koordinates and has been involved in geospatial for nearly twenty years. As well as Kart, he is also a contributor to GDAL and several other open source projects.

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