State of GRASS GIS: The Dawn of a New Era
2021-09-29, 11:00–11:30, Córdoba

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.

This talk gives an overview of the current state of the GRASS GIS project for both users and developers. The focus will be on new releases, specifically the new major version 8, and various updates including Python 3, PROJ, and GitHub transitions.

Authors and Affiliations

Vaclav Petras (1)
Linda Kladivova (2)
Anna Petrasova (1)
Veronica Andreo (3)
Markus Neteler (4)
The GRASS GIS Development Team (5)

(1) Center for Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University, USA
(2) Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
(3) Mario Gulich Institute of the Argentinian Space Agency, CONICET, Argentina
(4) mundialis GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
(5) Global




Software status / state of the art


1 - Principiants. No required specific knowledge is needed.

Language of the Presentation


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.