Incubator Application: rasdaman
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- Please provide the name and email address of the principal Project Owner.
Peter Baumann (p.baumann at jacobs-university dot de)
- Please provide the names and emails of co-project owners (if any).
- Please provide the names, emails and entity affiliation of all official committers.
For the moment being: Peter Baumann, see above.
- Please describe your Project.
Rasdaman (raster data manager) is an array database system (also called raster database system). It allows to retrieve and maintain multi-dimensional arrays of unlimited size stored in standard relational databases through an SQL-style query language.
The information category "array" appears - as sensor, image, or statistics data - in manifold applications, such as earth sciences, space sciences, life sciences, engineering, and multimedia.
Rasdaman allows to quickly set up array-intensive services which are distinguished by their speed, flexibility, and scalability. In conjunction with the free PetaScope package (www.petascope.org), rasdaman represents an outstandingly powerful, flexible, and scalable geo raster server.
- Why is hosting at OSGeo good for your project?
OSGeo gives particular visibility among the target user community, earth science data providers as well as institutional / commercial geo data providers.
- What type of application does this project represent(client, server, standalone, library, etc.):
server, based on the PostgreSQL DBMS, along with C++ and Java client APIs
- Please describe any relationships to other open source projects.
Rasdaman uses PostgreSQL the PetaScope project (to be released in June 2009) uses rasdaman.
- Please describe any relationships with commercial companies or products
The open source rasdaman version, named rasdaman community, is augmented by rasdaman enterprise, a commercial variant marketed by the research spin-off rasdaman GmbH (); this variant offers additional performance boosters and tools. Said company also offers support for both variants.
- Which open source license(s) will the source code be released under?
- Is there already a beta or official release?
Yes, available for download from www.rasdaman.org
- What is the origin of your project (commercial, experimental, thesis or other higher education, government, or some other source)?
originally, research funded through several EU projects. Then commercialized by the research spin-off, rasdaman GmbH.
- Does the project support open standards? Which ones and to what extent? (OGC, w3c, ect.) Has the software been certified to any standard (CITE for example)? If not, is it the intention of the project owners to seek certification at some point?
Rasdaman per se is application domain agonstic and supports multi-dimensional arrays as such. The soon-to-come PetaScope package adds OGC-based interfaces, in particular: WCS, WCS-T, WCPS. As a parallel research activity, a CITE test suite is under development.
- Is the code free of patents, trademarks, and do you control the copyright?
Copyright for the commercial version is with Peter Baumann / rasdaman GmbH. The free version also is copyright by Jacobs University. Peter Baumann holds patents on the rasdaman architecture. All contributors have to agree to the Rasdaman License Agreement which, following the usual open source style, grants appropriate rights on the contribution to the rasdaman project.
- How many people actively contribute (code, documentation, other?) to the project at this time?
Currently 12 developers.
- How many people have commit access to the source code respository?
Currently 1 because the automated regression test suite is not yet operational. As soon as this will be available, access will be opened further.
- Approximately how many users are currently using this project?
say, 10 institutions. Among then the French National Geographic Institute and Vattenfall Europe Mining AG.
- What type of users does your project attract (government, commercial, hobby, academic research, etc. )?
research, government (for extending SDIs with fast, flexible raster services), commercial (for running own data services or as part of project offerings)
- If you do not intend to host any portion of this project using the OSGeo infrastructure, why should you be considered a member project of the OSGeo Foundation?
We now have to decide where to host our mailing lists, and if this can be decided quickly we would prefer to host them at OSGeo. The web site as such is up and running, and we will link appropriately with OSGeo.
- Does the project include an automated build and test?
automatic build: yes, automatic test: not yet.
- What language(s) are used in this project? (C/Java/perl/etc)
C++ (server and client), Java (client)
- What is the dominant written language (i.e. English, French, Spanish, German, etc) of the core developers?
- What is the (estimated) size of a full release of this project? How many users do you expect to download the project when it is released?
the complete tarball has about 1.5 MB. How many users? We have no idea...