In the days between the 20th and 22nd of September the final event of the Nasa Worldwind Europa Challenge was held. In this year’s edition the gvSIG Association made it into the first 3 places with 2 projects, which is an amazing result. Moreover both the gvSIG Desktop version and the Online version got rewarded. This is a terrific result for the gvSIG project and brings gvSIG into the hall of fame of userfriendly 3D supporting GIS.
Day 1 brought the more technical and academic world together, featuring some keynote presentations mainly about the importance of OpenStreetMap as a Commons value and heritage of everyone (well, there was much more, but would need a post on its own.. Citizen Science, VGI, OSM quality…). Great talks were given by Professor Maria Brovelli and Maurizio Napolitano.
For me it has been the first time I had to represent the Association officially and it has been great! gvSIG was in the final rounds of the challenge with both gvSIG Dektop and Online.
So we showcased them:
Day 2 was dedicated to a huge brainstorming of the members of the professional, academics and students groups. This has been an amazing time, during which, together with Duccio Rocchini (a researcher from the Research Center Fondazione Mach I hadn’t met in a while and was glad to be able to work with) in less than one day we:
- developed a simple algorithm to identify biodiversity,
- implemented it java and
- processed a LiDAR digital elevation model with it
I have to admit that it has been great to see so much commitment from the younger generations. It made me feel good!
Day 3 – The Finals
The last day recapped everything and squeezed it into a single morning. Every team of every category was allowed to present his project in a bunch of minutes and at the end of it all, the winning projects were rewarded.
For the professional track, the gvSIG Association got the second and third prize for the projects based on gvSIG Desktop and gvSIG Online. This has been an amazing achievement and I can’t stop to congratulate not only all those developers that have worked on the projects, but also the whole community and gvSIG ecosystem for growing constantly.
Getting that high in an international challenge involving NASA with two projects is really an achievement we can all be proud of!