Cheers to 2017

Here we go again! Following on from last year, a summary of my 2017:

– pycsw: the lightweight CSW server continues provide stable, composable, and compliant CSW services.  Highlights include:

  • an official code of conduct
  • Docker image
  • testing framework enhancements
  • code coverage support
  • custom repository plugin filter parsing

– MapServer metadata: at long last RFC82 has been implemented in master and will be available in 7.2.  This enhancement will bring more fulsome layer/feature type/coverage metadata support to OGC web services in MapServer

– QGIS metadata: at long last metadata support is building in QGIS!  There is now an official internal schema as well as work in master around the editor

– parsers: in the back to basics category, pyshadoz and pynumeric were built as small, composable Python packages to feed operational data processing workflows.  At the end of the day (or the beginning depending on how you look at it), it’s all about the data, and data formats are everything

– other geopython:

  • pygeometa: another little toolset for discovery metadata, YAML is now the supported configuration format
  • OWSLib: continues its (still pre-1.0!) journey, making OWS suck less
  • GeoHealthCheck: Just has been leading the charge on improvements and fixes to GHC (thanks Just!)

– health:

  • another year (circa 2012) of not smoking
  • I’m happy to continue commitment to the Greek/Mediterranean diet.  Another 10lbs would be great, however I’m very happy with my overall state of weight management (first time since starting a desk job in 1997).  Some small adjustments and minor ups/downs, but overall stable and continued following of olivetomato.com
  • I’ve also given up coffee after 25 years and would highly recommend it!

For 2018:

-pycsw: the pycsw team is attending the OSGeo Code Sprint 2018 in Bonn, and will be working on getting 2.2 out the door as well as pycsw 3.0 planning (more info on this soon)

– QGIS metadata: looking forward to continuing this effort with enhancements to MetaSearch to allow for CSW publishing

– Pydap: I’m hoping to make some serious movement in deployment Pydap with some dayjob projects.  Key focus is hardening deployment as well as stability

Golang: some may have seen some recent work on geocatalogo.  Given the nature of Go and simplicity of deployment, there is opportunity in the geospatial community for Golang packages in providing geospatial discovery and access services which are based on focused use cases / workflows, are dead simple to install, deploy and scale, and blazing fast.  While these packages may not be as full-featured or mature as current OSGeo projects, there’s certainly room for them and hopefully we can see a Golang geospatial community evolve over the next few years

– PyWPS OSGeo incubation: got a bit closer but didn’t finish this off in 2017.  A sprint will close this one and send for graduation

– OWSLib tests: could this be the year that OWSLib unit tests are finally not always failing!?

In summary, another year of firm belief in the Unix philosophy.

I’d like to wish everyone and their loved ones a healthy, happy and productive 2018!

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