GPS World recently reported that researchers had obtained the first position from Galileo satellite signals using an open source GNSS receiver design. The position fix was obtained by a research team at the Statistical interference Department at the CTTC. The work done by the research team was part of the open source GNSS SDR Project.
The article also talks about the benefits of an open source GPS receiver. It says:
“With GNSS-SDR, researchers and technology enthusiasts can easily change the implementation of a certain functional block and assess the impact of that change on the whole receiver performance,” said Pau Closas, GNSS-SDR scientific advisor and Head of the Statistical Inference Department at CTTC. “This paves the way to innovative mass-market, industrial and scientific applications that could make use of Galileo signals but require non-standard features which are not present in mass-market receivers nor in costly professional equipment.”
An open source GPS receiver…That is super groovy cool!
The September 2013 Issue of Wired Magazine has an article entitled “The GitHub Way”. It talks about the software-as-a-service platform GitHub, which makes it easier for people to use the version control system Git. The article points out one of the things that makes GitHub cool: pull requests. The article says: “The site’s big innovation is the pull request. It’s what you do after forking something, an electronic note saying, “Hey, I was checking out your project and I found a way to make it better. Look here and you can see what I’ve changed; press this button and the changes will become part of your project.”
The article also talks about using GitHub to store things other than program source code, like plans for 3D printers.
I was very dissapointed to learn that LandXML had died. It seemed like one of the best vehicles for greater collaboration between software vendors on the sharing of land surveying and civil engineering data.
The company that makes the Raspberry Pi is working with Oracle to bundle Java on the tiny computing platform. This will allow students and other inventors to write programs for the Raspberry Pi that run in the popular Java programming language.