Okay I have a draft here:
It is hard writing these things as they basically describe last year (may as well describe the other side of the moon for all it matters). I mostly based this on blog posts from last year. Perhaps we could check change proposals as well?
To save you the trouble of clicking on the above link:
For stable releases of GeoTools 2.6; and six development releases of GeoTools 2.7 with a beta finished up at the end of the year.
Lots of great new features - SQL Driven Views, Polyconic projection, continuous map wrapping, Geometry preprocessing - Thanks Andrea
A great showing at FOSS4G with many presentations based on GeoTools powered software; and a "Geospatial for Java" workshop - thanks Jody and Justin
symbology encoding 1.1 data structure now supported, with extensions for geometry preprocessing - thanks Andrea and Justin for making this happen
Areas for Improvement
The use of the CodeHaus wiki for user docs has tapered off due to restrictive controls designed to combat spam. This has left us in a no-mans-land where current documentation is not available.
We have done a poor job of involving "downstream" projects dependent on GeoTools. Noticeable in the in the delay in 52N upgradin to a modern version of the library, and in the balance of active developers drawing from early adopters.
Opportunities to Help
The GeoTools community would like to thank contributors that provided parches, our users for their feedback and the companies providing sponsorship to fix bugs and add new features. Thanks to our development team for making this a great year. If you would like to join any of the above activities stop by our email list - you are welcome to take part.
A few specific call outs:
Does your project use GeoTools? Please get involved, we would like to get your voice involved in the future direction of the library.
This year we are looking for editors, sensible questions and ideas for the GeoTools user guide.
As always patches make open source great, please contribute in code!
Outlook for 2010
GeoTools is shaping up for an excellent year in 2010, you can get a sneak peak by viewing the change proposals already underway.
The GeoTools 2.7 release mentioned above has now been released
The app-schema work is scheduled to be completed - thanks to AuScope for this fascinating work
We have a couple of great ideas scheduled to land this year.
We are "re-versioning" so the next major release of GeoTools will be 8.0 (and based on Java 6)
We also have a lot of work going into Web Feature Service 2.0 support; with all the new capabilities that implies for Filter, Data Access, Joins and more!
Access to the latest GDAL (without patches) thanks to ImageIO-Ext progress
The big news is the porting of our user guide to Sphinx - weighing in at over 100,000 words with diagrams and "live" code examples