EU-DEM View & Download Service Prototype

As announced via twitter the Digital Elevation Model over Europe from the DG ENTR Copernicus Reference Data Access project (EU-DEM) has been released by the European Commission. There are two websites providing the data for download whereupon I prefer the eurostat one over the EEA one.

The data is available for the 39 member and cooperating countries of EEA and comes in a spatial resolution of 1 arc second or about 30 meters. It based on the SRTM and ASTER GDEM datasets fused by a weighted averaging approach and in addition to the raw DEM a color shaded relief image has been created by EEA.

I made a quick prototype for a View and a Download Service by simply configuring the data in MapServer and the provided WMS and WCS services in the EOxClient. Please see below a screenshot of the prototype.

EU-DEM View Service

BTW the WMS and WCS services themselves are directly available at:

FOSS4G 2013

Last month I was glad to go to the FOSS4G conference in Nottingham, a always truly awesome and inspiring but also exhausting event one should never miss.

From my two presentations one was recorded and a video is available from YouTube:

The title is “ESA User Services powered by Open Source” and slides are available from GitHub.

The second presentation “WCS & EO-WCS Status in Open Source” is available as ODP from ELOGeo.

Together we submitted two EOX maps to the “Opening up the Map challenge”:

A summary of all EOX contributions can be found at

EOxServer included in OSGeo-Live DVD

Its a great pleasure to announce that with version 6.5 released last week EOxServer is included in the OSGeo-Live DVD.

For a first impression start EOxServer from the GeoSpatial menu under Web Services:OSGeo-Live Screenshot

and follow the instructions of the quickstart to explore the built-in web client:OSGeo-Live Screenshot EOxServer

EOxServer is included in version 2.3 and configured to use Django 1.5 and PostGIS 2.0. Please try it out and let me know your findings via comments here, on the EOxServer mailing list, IRC (#eoxserver at freenode), or however you wish to contact me. Thanks.

Many thanks to the OSGeo-Live community for their warm welcome and great support.

2012 in review

Well, its quite some time since I decided to launch this blog – but hey, I promised not too much traffic 🙂

I want to take the opportunity and look back at an exciting year 2012 by presenting my personal highlights.

My first highlight is the MapServer project. I’m really proud of being part of such a great project and community. My contributions this year include INSPIRE View Service support sponsored by R3 GIS, maintaining WCS support together with my colleague Fabian Schindler, and helping to maintain the OGC listing. I’m looking forward to another exciting year for MapServer for example at the Boston code sprint in March which I’m hopefully able to join.

My second highlight is the EOxServer project. Again I’m really proud of being part of this small but very nice community. The main achievements of this year are certainly our stable 0.2 release and the inclusion on the OSGeo-Live DVD. The major ambitions for 2013 are to grow the community, to release version 0.3 or maybe even 1.0, and to become the official reference implementation of OGC’s EO-WCS which we are already working on in OWS-9.

My third highlight is the ngEO project of the European Space Agency (ESA) which kept my busy for the last months and will continue to for the next year. Our company is tasked to implement the so-called Browse Server for the next generation user services of ESA. Of course the Browse Server is entirely based on Open Source software like MapServer, EOxServer, and MapCache and Open Standards such as WMTS and WMS. Stay tuned, I’ll expand on this project in a future post, hopefully soon.

My forth highlight is the OGC in general and the WCS.SWG in particular. I’m glad to be able to contribute to the advancement of the WCS specifications for example with the GeoTIFF extensions. One of the first highlights in 2013 will be the January TC meeting in Redlands, California which I’m going to attend.

My fifth highlight is once more OSGeo in general. I very much enjoyed attending and also presenting at the FOSSGIS and the FOSS4G-CEE and I’m looking forward to attending and hopefully presenting at the FOSS4G in Nottingham next September.

My last highlight is the starting of this blog 😉 I hope to keep up with it and write something like an entry per month. Well, lets see how it goes.

Last but not least I want to say many thanks to everybody I was able to work with in 2012 particularly to my colleagues at EOX, you’re a real great encouraging and inspiring team, and to the MapServer community especially Thomas Bonfort, it’s always a pleasure to work with you all.

Thanks for reading. Happy new year!