pycsw now a full OSGeo project!

pycsw-logoThe PublicaMundi consortium is proud to announce that pycsw has graduated from OSGeo incubation and is now a full-fledged OSGeo project!

It brings us great pleasure to share this news since pycsw is an integral part of PublicaMundi, being extended and adapted to support scalable geospatial data publishing and discovery. Also, our own Scientific Coordinator, Angelos Tzotsos, a long time member of the pycsw Project Steering Committee (PSC), has been appointed as the pycsw project officer.

pycsw is an OGC CSW server implementation written in Python. pycsw implements clause 10 (HTTP protocol binding – Catalogue Services for the Web, CSW) of the OpenGIS Catalogue Service Implementation Specification, version 2.0.2. Started in 2010 (more formally announced in 2011), pycsw allows for the publishing and discovery of geospatial metadata, providing a standards-based metadata and catalogue component of spatial data infrastructures. The project is certified OGC Compliant, and is an OGC Reference Implementation. pycsw is Open Source, released under an MIT license, and runs on all major platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X).

pycsw powers numerous high profile activities such as US, Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), US National Geothermal Data System (NGDS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the WMO World Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation Data Centre (WOUDC).

Graduating OSGeo incubation includes fulfilling requirements for open community operation, a responsible project governance model, code provenance, and general good project operation. Graduation is the OSGeo seal of approval for a project and gives potential users and the community at large an added confidence in the viability and safety of the project.

The project steering committee says, “The pycsw team is thrilled to be recognized as a full OSGeo project. Being part of OSGeo is important for us since OSGeo supports the collaborative development of open source geospatial software.  There have been strong ties between the two communities with pycsw developers being involved as charter members, represented in local OSGeo chapters and helping with various FOSS4G activities. We are very happy to be included as part of OSGeo and a member of such an esteemed group of projects.

Jeff McKenna, mentor of the incubation process says: “It has been a pleasure to work with the pycsw team throughout this process.  pycsw complements the OSGeo stack with a lightweight method to share and discover geospatial data.  I want to thank the pycsw team for their continued passion for FOSS4G.