GRASS Community Sprint Genova 2013

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The GRASS GIS team will organize a GRASS Developer and Power User Meeting, aka 'GRASS Community Sprint' from 2-7 Feb, 2013. The sprint is at the same time of the XIV Meeting degli Utenti Italiani Grass e Gfoss, 6-9 Feb 2013, University of Genova, Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Architettura della Scuola Politecnica, Genova, Italy.

Thanks to Sonia Bertolone for the logo

Our logo — In the left of the GRASS Logo the Lanterna, in the right the murtà to prepare pestu


This next edition of the GRASS GIS community sprint 2013 is a great occasion for folks to support the development by actively contributing to the source code, manuals or likewise. The community sprint is a get-together for GRASS project members and supporters and related OSGeo projects to make decisions and tackle larger problems. For this meeting, we welcome people committed to improving the GRASS GIS project and the interfaces to QGIS, GDAL, PostGIS, R statistics, Sextante, gvSIG, OGC Services (esp. WPS) and more. This includes developers, documenters, bug reporters, translators and others.

For this meeting, we welcome people committed to improving the GRASS GIS and related projects. This includes developers, document writers, wish and bug reporters, translators etc.


We welcome financial contributions to support the meeting and we are looking for sponsors to cover costs such as meals or to help reducing travelling and accommodation expenses for GRASS developers with far arrival. If you are interested to sponsor the GRASS Community Sprint, please read about

sponsoring the GRASS project at

For questions, please contact Luca Delucchi <lucadeluge at>. Any surplus at the end of the event will be turned over to the GRASS GIS project.

The third GRASS Community Sprint is a great occasion for you to support the development of GRASS. With your contribution you'll enable more developers to meet. The community sprint is an important opportunity for the GRASS developers to discuss and collaboratively resolve bugs, plan the direction for the project and work on new features. Please see below for the more detailed agenda. The developers and contributors are donating their valuable time, so it would be great if in-kind funding can be made available from within the community to cover out-of-pocket expenses. All of the work that takes place at the community sprint will be directly contributed back into the GRASS project to the benefit of everyone who uses it.

Thanks to our sponsors

  • Anonymous donor - 100 euro
  • R3 GIS, Merano, Italy - 300 euro
  • Intevation Gmbh, Osnabrück, Germany - 100 euro
  • Flavio Rigolon - 30 euro
  • Nobusuke Iwasaki - 200 euro
  • Giuliano Urgeghe - 50 euro
  • GTER srl, Genova, Italy - Donated to the core developers a really beautiful USB key


When: 2-7 Feb, 2013

Of course you are invited to join or leave the community sprint whenever you want.

Duration: 6 days


For the 2nd and 3rd of February we are hosted by the ALID association at Circolo Zenzero in Via Torti 35, Genova (in Italy universities are closed during weekends).

From 4th to 7th at University of Genova, Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Architettura della Scuola Politecnica, Genova, Italy.

Geomorfolab, Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Architettura, Scuola Politecnica - Università degli Studi di Genova, Stradone S. Agostino 37, 16128 Genova

Rooms: see there.

Accommodation and Costs

Weather and Common Item Prices



Saturday, 2 Feb

Sunday, 3 Feb

  • 9:00-evening
  • Meeting again in the at Circolo Zenzero

List of topics:

  • TBD
  • Dinner: at Circolo Zenzero

Monday, 4 Feb

List of topics:

  • TBD
  • 21:00 Dinner at resturant "da Mario"

Tuesday, 5 Feb

  • 9:00-evening
  • Meeting again at University of Genova, Geomorfolab

List of topics:

Wednesday, 6 Feb

  • 9:00-evening
  • Meeting again at University of Genova, Geomorfolab

List of topics:

  • Presentation of refactoring concepts and motivation
  • Group photo!!
  • Prepare press release
  • Dinner at Zena Zuena

Thursday, 7 Feb

  • 9:00-evening
  • Meeting again at University of Genova, Geomorfolab

List of topics:

Closing of community sprint

Friday, 8 Feb

  • Two hours of time for presenting Community Sprint results at Italian GFOSS meeting (venue)
    • wxGUI recent news
      • wxIClass (video)
      • wxNVIZ (video)
      • Animation tool (video - to be uploaded)
      • Map Swipe tool (video - to be updated)
      • Improvements for advanced users (wxGUI features accessible in d.mon, command line interface for wxGUI tools)


In person (planned)

Number Participant Country Arrival Departure Topic T-Shirt Notes
1 Luca Delucchi Italy Feb 2 Feb 10 L
2 Markus Neteler Italy M + S ... unable to come, still in rehabilitation :-(
3 Margherita Di Leo Italy Feb 5 Feb 7 Workshop Advanced GRASS, and some maintenance works L
4 Paolo Cavallini Italy Feb 6 Feb 9 L
5 Luca Casagrande Italy GRASS Tutorial with Open Data from Italy L
6 Anna Kratochvilova Czech Republic Feb 1 Feb 8 M
7 Vaclav Petras Czech Republic Feb 1 Feb 8 M
8 Pietro Zambelli Italy Feb 2 Feb 9 Python and Pygrass workshops M
9 Martin Landa Czech Republic Feb 2 Feb 10 wxGUI, vector architecture, GRASS 7 development L ... unable to come :-(
10 Massimiliano Cannata Italy XL
11 Nikos Alexandris Greece Feb 1 Feb 10 GRASS-wiki, (re-)working on the idea for a practical & visual guide to GRASS-GIS, testing all landsat related (core + addons) modules M Will be there with Nikos Ves!
12 Anne Ghisla Italy Feb 5 Feb 8 fix v.krige, examine i.atcorr problems with RapidEye M
13 Ves Nikos Greece Feb 1 Feb 10 L Will be there with Nikos Alexandris
14 Yann Chemin Sri Lanka Feb 3 Feb 10 Remote Sensing, raster/image processing, will help with Landsat and i.atcorr, Block/Bundle. XXXLL 100% confirmed trip
15 Markus Metz Italy Feb 2 Feb 8 GRASS 7 vector processing, hydrology, orthorectification. L
16 Anna Zanchetta Italy Feb 5? S Hopefully will be there on the 5th
17 Roberto Marzocchi Italy Feb 4? adjust the G-Pastro modules M
18 Stefano 'chiui' Cavallari Italy Feb 5 Feb 8 random Python stuff M

Via IRC chat or hangout

#grass on Freenode
G+ hangout (to be investigated; smartphones only? is Jitsi on a desktop computer compatible?)

For details, see IRC

Please add yourself here below (please add also your gmail account for G+ hangout):

Timing of hangout meetings:

Collaborative document scratching

Wish: please reduce to one Etherpad server to avoid confusion:

Individual Preparation

  • Bring your own computer
  • Bring your power connector adapter if needed (Italy)
  • Install subversion and the compiler tools, and come with a working GRASS development environment if possible.


Also during the event :)

Press release

See (identical content, different formatting):


  • Is the GRASS Community Sprint just a coding event?
    • It is mainly a coding and documentation event. It is a working session for people who are already participants in the GRASS project and/or are committed to improving the GRASS project.
    • On demand, however, we can do some presentations of current working GRASS implementations and new upcoming features to spread the idea of Open Source GIS software.
  • Is the GRASS Community Sprint for developers only?
    • Not at all! Anybody can help with testing, checking out bugs and fixes, documentation and more.
  • Where can I get help and more information about the community sprint?