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DebianGis Report Draft (to be removed after issuing on d-d-a)

Hi Debian fellows

Long time has passed since the DebianGis manifesto [1] appeared on this list.

During last DebConf 2007 in Edimburgh [2] we defined a few medium time goals
for our very specialized project. One of those goals is reporting to the
general audience of developers what we call our "Status of the Map" - with
an expression stolen to the widely known OpenStreetMap Project without 
any shame :) - in order to show how sexy and actractive can be a GIS-related
Debian sub-project, say what we have done so far and what are our next goals.

So here we go, let me start the first official report from the DebianGis Team...

Who we are

DebianGis is a seasoned sub-project launched at the end of 2004 thanks to the
efforts of a tiny group of Debian developers and users. 
The main goal of DebianGis has been since then heading Debian to become
the best GNU/Linux distribution oriented to serious
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) users and applications [3].

After almost three years of development we can say to be currently
the reference distribution on that regards, with also some upstream
developers who follow our main mailing list and give feedbacks.

Almost exactly one year ago we presented DebianGis at FOSS4GIS [4], the leading
FOSS conference of the GIS sector.

Status of the Map

Our main efforts have been concentrated on packaging the mainstream
GIS application such as Grass, Qgis, GDAL/OGR, Mapserver and PostGis for
both desktop and server applications. We also extended maintainance
to main libraries and tools previously under management of a single
developer, like HDF4/5 or GMT. A complete list of packages under
team responsibility/monitoring is available on our Package Status Thermometer [5], 
along with a still long list of packages which we would like to see added to the 
Debian archive.

Recently, we moved our information wiki on the official Debian wiki []
and dropped our local archive in favor of supporting GIS packages
on Backports.org for supporting stable backports on more architectures.

Next goals

 * Java Gis applications for desktop and servers
 * Perl Geo modules packaging
 * Python and Ruby modules packaging


[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2004/10/msg00007.html
[2] http://wiki.debian.org/DebianGis/EdiMeetingMinutes
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gis
[4] http://www.foss4g2006.org/
[5] http://pkg-grass.alioth.debian.org/debiangis-status.html

Francesco P. Lovergine
(in behalf of the DebianGis team)