Vaclav (Vashek) Petras is a research software engineer, open source developer, and open science advocate. He received his masters in Geoinformatics from Czech Technical University and PhD in Geospatial Analytics from North Carolina State University. Vaclav is a member of the GRASS GIS Development Team and Project Steering Committee.
GRASS GIS is a well established, all-in-one geospatial number cruncher with Python interface, command line, and GUI. This talk will give an overview of new additions and highlight latest updates in version 7.8 and new major version 8.0. Major updates in 7.8 include Python 3 support, transition to PROJ 6+, easier batch processing, virtual raster mosaic, and improved data compression. Version 8.0 completely revamps the first-time user experience in GUI, streamlines how users interact with their data, and supports dark-themes. The development successfully runs on GitHub, several Docker images are available, and there is a growing number of Jupyter Notebooks.