Testing, Security and Visualization are major themes of OpenJS World, currently being held in Austin, TX, June 6-10
The OpenJS Foundation is announcing that the Urban Computing Foundation (UCF) has partnered with OpenJS to form the Open Visualization Collaboration Space. The Open Visualization Collaboration Space provides a place to openly govern the most comprehensive and widely adopted visualization libraries based on WebGL. UCF is also merging its day-to-day operations and budgets into OpenJS where it will govern these projects and more under the new OpenJS Open Visualization Collaboration Space. Two of its most popular visualization projects – vis.gl and kepler.gl – are moving under the umbrella of the OpenJS Foundation.
Vis.gl is a suite of frameworks for GPU powered data visualization and analysis of large datasets on the web. It is one of the most widely adopted WebGL visualization libraries, with close to 100K daily downloads from npm. kepler.gl is a data-agnostic, high-performance web-based application for visual exploration of large-scale geolocation data sets. The kepler.gl demo app has 30k weekly users.
Historically UCF was a home for Mapzen and related projects. In recent years it became a host for the WebGL geospatial visualization projects Kepler.gl and Vis.gl, including multiple Vis.gl sub-projects.
OpenJS also welcomes four UCF members who are now members of the OpenJS Foundation: Foursquare, HERE Technologies, Joby Aviation, and Uber. Open visualization technologies are core to each of these companies’ leadership positions in the market, and by supporting the foundation, they are supporting the infrastructure and long-term growth of key open source projects that they rely on.
The offerings of vis.gl are packaged and best represented by its flagship framework, deck.gl. It has been integrated with most popular base map providers such as Mapbox, Google Maps and ArcGIS; bindings to use with React, Python/Jupyter, R, Vega and CUDA; libraries that tackle 3D geometry editing (nebula.gl), animation (hubble.gl), autonomous vehicles (AVS), multiplexed bioimaging (Viv), etc. Companies including Google, ESRI, CARTO, Foursquare and Cesium have contributed for the project to work with their libraries or data formats.
“The vis.gl projects are under active development and use, and have great potential for being used widely. We wanted to be connected to an organization like the OpenJS Foundation to support activities that help build growth and popularity. We were already well aligned with the OpenJS Foundation goals, and I believe this is an excellent path forward for both the developers and users of vis.gl and kepler.gl,” said Chris Gervang, Joby Aviation senior visualization engineer. “We look forward to these next steps.”
kepler.gl is one of the most powerful open source browser-based geospatial analysis visualization tools. The kepler.gl demo app is open to all and has 30k weekly users. It is especially well known in geospatial analytics and visualization fields. It has been integrated with Jupyter Notebooks, Jupyter Labs, VSCode, Tableau, and Apache Superset. Users include Unfolded (acquired by Foursquare), Uber, and Carto. And there are many more companies in the mobility space that are using kepler.gl internally for geospatial analysis.
More from OpenJS World 2022 and the OpenJS Foundation: Testing and Security
Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) selected Node.js as its initial project to improve supply chain security. Node.js is the first open source community to be supported by OpenSSF’s Alpha-Omega Project. Alpha-Omega committed $300k to bolster the Node.js security team and vulnerability remediation efforts through the rest of 2022, with a focus on supporting better open source security standards and practices.
Together, they hope to reduce the risk and set ambitious security goals for all OpenJS projects. They intend to further define, document, communicate, and measure in an open and transparent way.
More specifically, the CPC security goals include:
- Strengthening the security and sustainability of the OpenJS projects to improve the software supply chain.
- Increasing security contributions (time, people and resources) from public and private organizations, and security communities.
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