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OSGeo Education and Curriculum Current Initiatives

The official website is online at - locations: ICA-OSGeo Map

1) Continue to build up our educational material federated content databases

2) Continue to expand the "Geo for All" initiative

This initiative is led by Suchith Anand.

In September 2011, the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of developing on a global basis collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organizations in open source GIS software and data. The MoU aims to provide expertise and support for the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Laboratories across the world for supporting development of open-source geospatial software, open data, open standards training and expertise. ISPRS joined this initiative in 2014. The motto of ICA-OSGeo Lab initiative is "Geo For All".Central to "Geo for All" mission is the belief that knowledge is a public good and Open Principles in Education will provide great opportunities for everyone. Details at MOU_ICA.

All interested organisations must be committed to contribute to the vision outlined in the ICA-OSGeo MoU to develop collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organisations in free and open source GIS software , FOSS, open data , open access (publications) and contribute to open education in the future. All participants should contribute to Education, Research and Service for the betterment of humanity as the key guiding principle and work towards the vision of the UN Millennium Development Goals for building a better world.

Current members of the ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS Labs Network

Feel free to join the mailing list to follow the discussions among the participants of this initiative.

There are two tables, the first one for university/education/schools members ; second table for Industry ,Government and NGO partners of "Geo for All" mission, please select one accordingly.All interested organisations joining as "labs" or "partners"must be committed to contribute to the vision outlined in the ICA-OSGeo MoU to develop collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organisations in free and open source GIS software , FOSS, open data , open access (publications) and contribute to open education in the future. All participants should contribute to Education, Research and Service for the betterment of humanity as the key guiding principle and work towards the vision of the UN Millennium Development Goals for building a better world.

To add a new member copy an existing table entry (uses Mediawiki syntax) and input your information. The coordinates are WGS84 decimal coordinates in format longitude, latitude; if you don't add the coordinates following this rule your institution will not show on the ICA-OSGeo Map.

University/Higher Education/Schools members

Laboratory name and institution City Country Continent Coordinates (longitude, latitude) Application received / Announced Notes (projects, collaborations, etc) Contact names Contact emails
1. University of Nottingham Nottingham UK Europe -1.250296, 52.831497 Didier Leibovici Didier dot Leibovici at
2. University of Girona Girona Spain Europe 2.837305, 41.967426 2012-09-10 Lluís Vicens lluis at
3. University of Southampton Southampton UK Europe -1.396873, 50.936974 2013-04-30 Jason Sadler osgl at
4. Czech Technical University in Prague Prague Czech Republic Europe 14.390363, 50.10183 2012-11-23 Geospatial analysis, modeling and visualization, remote sensing, GRASS GIS and QGIS development Martin Landa martin.landa at
5. Newcastle University Newcastle UK Europe -1.611536, 54.980656 2013-01-17 Philip James philip.james at (please use subject: OSGeoLab)
6. Politecnico di Milano - Polo Territoriale di Como Como Italy Europe 9.095939, 45.803516 2013-02-25 Marco Minghini marco.minghini at
7. University of Warwick Warwick UK Europe -1.56273, 52.380531 2013-03-23 Nataliya Tkachenko geolab at
8. UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre Warsaw Poland Europe 21.039473, 52.198849 2013-03-18 new website under development Ela Woloszynska-Wisniewska ela at
9. University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) Lugano Switzerland Europe 8.961098, 46.028362 2013-09-03 Institute of Earth Sciences Massimiliano Cannata geomatica at
10. ETH Zurich Zurich Switzerland Europe 8.5481, 47.3764 2013-09-20 Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation, ETH Zurich Ionut Iosifescu Enescu iosifescu at
11. University of Molise Molise Italy Europe 14.493651, 41.630815 Teaching Geospatial Analysis and Modeling using QGIS and other OSGeo software Rossella Nocera rossella.nocera at
12. Institute of Geodesy and Cartography (IGiK) Warsaw Poland Europe 21.013407, 52.178478 Prof. Dr. Marek Baranowski
13. Faculty of Geography, University of Bucharest Bucharest Romania Europe 26.103889, 44.432500 new website under development Andreea Marin andreea dot marin09 at yahoo dot com
14. Faculty of Geoinformatics,University of West Hungary Székesfehérvár Hungary Europe 18.418833, 47.188778 Andrea Podör
15. Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart Germany Europe 9.17370, 48.77996 2013-10-14 Franz-Josef Behr franz-josef.behr at
16. Federal University of Paraná Paraná Brazil South America -49.26141, -25.427074 2012-05-23 Silvana Camboim silvanacamboim at
17. São Paulo State University (UNESP) São Paulo Brazil South America -46.654129, -23.576574 To be replaced
18. National Amazonian University of Madre de Dios (UNAMAD) Puerto Maldonado Peru South America -73.245789, -3.745845 2013-02-01 in process of being established Andrea Birgit Chavez
19. Universidad de la República Montevideo Uruguay South America -56.176441, -34.902405 2013-03-01 Laboratorio de Técnicas Aplicadas al Análisis del Territorio Virginia Fernandez
20. University of Campinas Campinas Brazil South America -47.063239, -22.907105 To be replaced
21. Federal University of Alagoas Maceió Brazil South America -35.735098, -9.666251 To be replaced
22. North Carolina State University OSGeoREL Raleigh, NC USA North America -78.6764, 35.7818 2012-10-18 Geospatial analysis, modeling and visualization, GRASS GIS development, course development Helena Mitasova hmitaso at
23. University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst USA North America -72.524696, 42.393578 2012-10-18 Developing a Web-GIS class; Working on grants to support GeoForAll's activities; Collaboration on open educational materials Charlie Schweik cschweik at pubpol dot umass dot edu
24. University of Kansas Lawrence, KS USA North America -95.251311, 38.958578 2013-08-23 Xingong Li lixi at
25. University of California, Davis Davis USA North America -121.766945, 38.548801 2013-02-04 OSGeo-Live Alex Mandel aimandel at
26. Laboratorio de Software Libre Zacatecas Mexico North America -102.5791, 22.7608 2013-04-05 in process of being established Manual Haro manuel.haro at
27. Kent State University Kent, Ohio USA North America -81.357886,41.153667 2013-08-30 Xinyue Ye xye5 at
28. Center for Applied GIScience, University of North Carolina, Charlotte Charlotte, NC USA North America -80.730000, 35.306944 2013-09-05 Wenwu Tang WenwuTang at
29. University of Nottingham, Malaysia campus Semenyih Malaysia Asia 101.721298, 3.172932 2012-01-09 OSGEO research lab Tuong Thuy Vu Tuongthuy.Vu at
30. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Johor Bahru Malaysia Asia 101.874222, 2.943748 Website under construction. Teaching GIS software using QGIS and other OSGEO products. Introduce web based mapping tools using MapGuide Open Source and QGIS. Nurul Hawani Idris hawani at
31. National College of Public Administration and Governance(NCPAG), University of the Philippines Manila Philippines Asia 121.059875, 14.656005 in process of being established Noriel Christopher Tiglao nctiglao at
32. Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) Quezon City Philippines Asia 121.062241, 14.64372 in process of being established Maning Sambale
33. Lab for Spatial Informatics, IIIT Hyderabad Hyderabad India Asia 78.3503, 17.4454 2011-08-22 Dr K S Rajan
34. Geospatial Research and Education Lab(GREL), Institute of Space Technology (IST) Islamabad Pakistan Asia 73.175045, 33.520060 Rizwan Bulbul bulbul(at)grel(dot)ist(dot)edu(dot)pk
35. University of Pretoria Pretoria South Africa Africa 28.22847, -25.75429 2012-05-15 Serena Coetzee serena dot coetzee at up dot ac dot za
36. Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) Nairobi Kenya Africa 36.858574, -1.249038 Hussein Farah farah at
37. University of Ghana Accra Ghana Africa -0.191617, 5.650366 Foster Mensah
38. The University of Melbourne Melbourne Australia Australia 144.962006, -37.797932 2013-07-22 Jack Barton jack.barton at
39. Spatial {Query} Lab at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Corpus Christi USA North America -97.328799, 27.714506 2013-09-09 FOSS4G curriculum development focusing on QGIS and GRASS. Curriculum available on our website. Rick Smith Richard.Smith at
40. CEPT University Ahmedabad India Asia 72.566004,23.039568 2012-07-18 Prof. Anjana Vyas & Ms. Darshana Rawal anjanavyas at rawalnet at
41. National University of San Juan San Juan Argentina South America -68.521408, -31.527273 2012-06-15 in process of being established Agustin Arroqui aarroqui at
42. GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation, Arizona State University Tempe, AZ USA North America -111.940005, 33.425510 2013-09-27 Spatial econometrics, geocomputation, spatial optimization - GeoDa, PySAL, GeoDaSpace Luc Anselin geodacenter at
43. National Technical University of Athens Athens Greece Europe 23.729310, 37.983716 2013-09-26 in process of being established
44. IGN- France Paris France Europe 2.352222, 48.856614 2013-09-26 in process of being established Benedicte Bucher
45. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Barcelona Spain Europe 2.173403, 41.385064 2013-09-27 Reviewing our actual formation portfolio and research interests. Dr. Antoni Pérez Navarro aperezn at
46. ISRIC - World Soil Information foundation Wageningen The Netherlands Europe 5.665662,51.9875 2013-10-02 website in construction Jorge de Jesus jorge.mendesdejesus at
47. Universidade da Coruña A Coruña (España) Spain Europe -8.411540, 43.362344 2013-10-15 in process of being established Alberto Varela García
48. Universiti Sains Malaysia Penang Malaysia Asia 100.484623, 5.263234 2013-10-16 Use opensource GIS for basic GIS courses. Had done research on use opensource GIS for secondary schools. Ruslan Rainis rruslan at
49. Kathmandu University Dhulikhel Nepal Asia 85.550000, 27.616667 2012-12-24 Shashish Maharjan
50 GIS and Remote Sensing Unit, Fondazione Edmund Mach San Michele all'Adige (Trento) Italy Europe 11.133042,46.187865 2013-10-16 Geospatial analysis, modeling and remote sensing, GRASS GIS and pyMODIS development Luca Delucchi luca.delucchi at
51. University of South Wales Cardiff United Kingdom Europe -3.179090,51.481581 2013-10-31 Spatial processing on the web using open standards and open source software Dr Mark Ware mark.ware at
52. Portland State University Portland, Oregon USA North America -122.676207,45.523452 2013-10-22 Warming up David Percy percy at
53. IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Center Nairobi Kenya Africa 36.821946,-1.292066 2013-10-29 In process of being established Muyambi Fortunate fbenda at
54. Federal University of Ceará Ceará Brazil South America -38.543395,-3.718394 2013-10-29 In process of being established Prof. Dr. Adryane Gorayeb adryanegorayeb at yahoo dot com dot br
55. University of Gloucestershire Gloucester and Cheltenham United Kingdom Europe -2.223409, 51.872215 2013-11-06 Active Dr Robert Berry osgeolab at
56. University of Moratuwa Moratuwa Sri Lanka Asia 79.9008, 6.7964 2013-11-11 OSGeoSL Aruna Wickramasinghe toaruna at
57. Fudan University Shanghai China Asia 121.452, 31.198 2013-11-14 Open Source STATistics Zhijie Zhang epistat at
58. Haskell Indian Nations University Lawrence, Kansas USA North America -95.230691, 38.938859 2013-11-22 Haskell Indian Nations University Dave McDermott dmcdermott at
59. University of Zagreb, Faculty of Geodesy Zagreb Croatia Europe 15.963888, 45.808500 2013-11-25 Dražen Tutic dtutic at
60. GeoBolivia-Vice-presidency of the State La Paz Bolivia South America -68.1547, -16.4949 2013-11-24 Active Raul Fernando Molina Rodriguez rafemoro at
61. Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, University of New Brunswick Fredericton, NB Canada North America -66.641474, 45.950252 2013-12-10 Active Emmanuel Stefanakis emmanuel.stefanakis at
62. Faculty of Geomatics, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka Belihuloya, Sabaragamuwa Sri Lanka Asia 80.78995, 6.7102 2013-12-12 In process of being established Thilantha Dammalage thilantha9 at
63. Dpt of IT, Faculty of Computing, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology Malabe Sri Lanka Asia 79.973166667, 6.914866667 2013-12-13 OSGeoSLIIT Nimalika Fernando nimalikaf at
64. University of Geneva - Institute for Environmental Sciences Geneva Switzerland Europe 6.1487, 46.2253 2013-12-19 (published 2014-07-24) Gregory Giuliani gregory.giuliani at
65. Geometa Lab at HSR - University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil Rapperswil Switzerland Europe 8.81690, 47.22341 2014-01-26 (published 2014-02-05) Prof. Stefan Keller sfkeller at (and/or at
66. National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy", Ecology Faculty Kyiv Ukraine Europe 30.515647, 50.456936 2014-02-16 In proess of being established Tetyana Kuchma tanyakuchma at
67. Centre for Research and Technology Hellas - Hellenic Institute of Transport Thessaloniki Greece Europe 22.996707, 40.567811 2014-02-17 In process of being established Dr. Evangelos Mitsakis emit at
68. Centre for Spatial Information Science(CSIS), University of Tokyo Kashiwa-shi, Chiba Japan Asia 139.938952, 35.902681 2014-02-18 VGI and Neocartography studies @ Divisions of Research Initiative for Geospatially Enabled Society, Urban Data Challenge Dr. Toshikazu Seto tosseto at
69. FOSS4Geo Academy @ Del Mar College National Open Geospatial Technology Consortium Corpus Christi, Republic of Texas USA North America -97.407096, 27.764053 2014-02-18 Active Dr. Phillip Davis pdavis at
70. Osaka City University(OCU) Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka Japan Asia 135.507556, 34.593067 2014-02-23 In process of being established Venkatesh RAGHAVAN venka.osgeo at
71. Università di Genova - Laboratorio di Geomatica Genova Italy Europe 8.962795, 44.400133 2014-03-21 Gter Innovation in Geomatics, Gnss and Gis (spin-off company) Tiziano Cosso - Bianca Federici - Roberto Marzocchi - Domenico Sguerso bianca.federici at
72. Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - Escuela de Ingenierías Industriales y Civiles - Grado en Ingenieria Geomática y Topografía Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Spain Europe -15.456207, 28.069303 2014-03-23 Fernando Toscano Benítez sub_dgn at
73. Center for Advanced Research on Spatial Information, Hunter College - CUNY New York US North America -73.964831, 40.768703 2014-04-04 Carson Farmer carson.farmer at
74. Hellenic digital earth Centre of Excellence, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - AUTH Thessaloniki Greece Europe 22.961498, 40.627516 2014-04-05 Nikos Lambrinos labrinos at
75. Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, University of Salzburg Salzburg Austria Europe 13.039586, 47.823711 2014-04-14 The UNIGIS International Association is the distance education initiative offering masters and diploma programmes in Geographical Information Science and Systems Hermann Klug hermann.klug at
76. The GI Science Group @ the Department of Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary Calgary Canada North America -114.132457, 51.079735 2014-04-22 in the process of being established Andrew Hunter ahunter at
77. Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) Sede Boqer and Beer Sheva Israel Europe 34.78346, 30.85332 2014-04-22 in the process of being established Yaakov GARB ygarb at
78. University of Belgrade, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of geodesy and geoinformatics Belgrade Serbia Europe 20.476321, 44.805499 2014-05-03 Milan Kilibarda kili at
79. Open Geospatial Laboratory of Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, CAS Changchun, Jilin China Asia 125.400779, 43.99896 2014-05-26 Bu Kun See Profile page
80. Bay College Escanaba, Michigan USA North America -87.163050, 45.773875 2014-06-07 GIS degree in process of being established. Karl Linderoth linderok at
81. Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (TSNUK) OSGeo Research and Education Lab, Faculty of Geography, Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology Kyiv Ukraine Europe 30.4752782, 50.3825971 2014-07-11 Geospatial analysis and modeling for landscape-ecological studies, and spatial planning; QGIS, SAGA GIS, and PostGIS; QGIS Ukraine User Group; Daria Svidzinska d.svidzinska at
82. University of Colorado Denver, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences Denver, CO USA North America -105.0019444, 39.0122222 2014-08-17 Rafael Moreno Rafael.Moreno at
83. French Space Agency CNES Toulouse France Europe 1.481608, 43.561984 2014-07-17 in the process of being established Manuel Grizonnet manuel.grizonnet at
84. Direccion Nacional de Topografia - MTOP Montevideo Uruguay South America -56.203617, -34.905912 2014-08-15 gvSIG educa/batovi gvSIG Batoví-Ceibal Sergio Acosta Y Lara sergio.acostaylara at
85. Department of Geodesy and Surveying, Budapest University of Technology and Economics Budapest Hungary Europe 19.054403, 47.481916 2014-08-19 in/outdoor positioning, sensor integration, QGIS plugins, MapServer, GRASS GIS, PostGIS, OSGeo Live, ... Zoltan Siki siki.zoltan at
86. Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University Cambridge MA USA North America 2014-09-17 in process of being established, WorldMap Ben Lewis blewis at
87. Community Mapping Lab Green Mountain College Poultney, VT USA North America -73.240679, 43.515866 2014-09-17 in process of being established, John Van Hoesen vanhoesenj at
88. National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC), UNC Asheville Asheville, NC USA North America -82.55149, 35.59506 2014-09-18 in process of being established John Derek Morgan jdmorgan at
89. Birds Eye View GIS Albuquerque, NM USA North America -106.60893, 35.068353 2014-09-18 FOSS4G Educator at Central New Mexico Community College, Del Mar College and the University of New Mexico. Co-author Mastering QGIS FOSS4G Academy development Kurt Menke kurt at
90. Geographic Information Science and Systems Research Group, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Ryerson University Toronto Canada North America -79.38097, 43.65910 2014-10-03 Open-source Web mapping, participatory Geoweb, and spatial multi-criteria decision analysis tools; research, teaching, and consulting using QGIS and other OSGeo software Claus Rinner crinner at ryerson dot ca
91. School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management , University of Queensland Brisbane Australia Australia 2014-12-12 Website under construction David Pullar d.pullar at
92. ETIS Lab ENSEA UCP CNRS UMR 8051 , University of Cergy Pontoise Cergy Pontoise France Europe 2.085741, 49.043274 2015-03-10 Website under construction Dimitris Kotzinos kotzino at
93. Department of Global Studies, Warren Wilson College Asheville NC USA North America -82.4420794, 35.6115585 2015-04-19 Website under construction David Abernathy
94. The Spatial Lab, Dept of Geography & Environmental Studies Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo, ON Canada North America -80.529557, 43.474073 2015-05-01 Colin Robertson crobertson at
95. National Authority for Remote Sensing & Space Sciences Cairo Egypt Africa 30.0500, 31.2333 2015-05-01 Improving the quality of Education/Vocational Education using Geospatial Technology based on FOSS Rania Elsayed ranyaalsayed at
96. Geomatics and Virtual Reality Research Group, Siberian State University of Geosystems and Technologies Novosibirsk Russian Federation Europe 82.863503, 54.986816 2015-05-18 In process of being established Alexey Kolesnikov, Pavel Kikin alekseykw at, it-technologies at
97. SMART Open Source Geospatial Laboratory, University of Wollongong Wollongong Australia Australia 150.87889, -34.40596 2014-10-17 Dr Tomas Holderness tomas at
98. Department of Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics Budapest Hungary Europe 19.054717, 47.481911 2015-06-29 Geospatial analysis, modeling and remote sensing, Curriculum development on QGIS Dr. Gyorgy Szabo szabo.gyorgy at
99. Geospatial Exploration Lab, Department of Geosciences, East Tennessee State University Johnson City, Tennessee USA North America -82.3700950, 36.3000590 2015-06-18 Research and Applied Geospatial Projects; Research includes Hydrological Modeling, Ground-Penetrating Radar (GRP), Hazard/Disaster Modeling and Mapping, Climatological Modeling and Mapping, and Species Distribution Modeling; Applied Geospatial Projects include server- and app-based solutions for campus, local cities and counties, micro UAV (drone) videography and photo imaging, and community GIS support; Website: (Partially constructed) Dr. Andrew Joyner
100. Dept. of Geoinformatics, Palacký University Olomouc Olomouc Czech Republic Europe 17.26551,49.593812 2015-06-29 Courses with open source products Dr. Rostislav Nétek
101. University College London London United Kingdom Europe -0.133427,51.524773 2015-07-07 Courses and research making extensive use of open source products and open data, run across UCL including Geomatic Engineering, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Geography and Archaeology. Dr. Claire Ellul
102. A World Bridge Kodiak, Alaska USA North America -152.396023, 57.781399 2015-07-07 Building advanced curriculum through the design and implementation of real-time, real-world, project-based learning environments. Ron Fortunato
103. IREA-CNR Via Edoardo Bassini, Milano Italy Europe 9.23434,45.48046 2015-10-05 Activities of IREA in FOSS are mainly related to research in the management of geo-based data and information, and in the development of free and open software to enable storage, management, view and access to geodata. Alessandro Oggioni
104. HEIG-VD GIS-Lab University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland at Yverdon Route de Cheseaux 1, 1401 Yverdon-les-Bains Switzerland Europe 6.65950,46.77938 2015-10-08 Key competences: spatial databases, modeling, data infrastructures, interoperability, webmapping, spatial webservices, spatial analysis, GIS project management, geovisualization, human-computer interaction and interface design Prof. Dr. Jens Ingensand
105. Global Studies and Collaboration(GSC), Aoyama Gakuin University Fuchinobe 5-10-1, Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa Japan Asia 139.4030, 35.5664 2015-11-05 Courses with open source products and open data. In addition, There is OpenStreetMap basecamp/CrisisMappers Japan base. Prof. Taichi FURUHASHI taichi at
106. Remote Sensing & GIS, Asian Institute of


58 Moo 9, Km. 42, Paholyothin Highway, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 Thailand Asia 100.612086, 14.079753 2015-11-24 Open-source Web mapping, LBS, crowd sourcing, Sensor Web, OGC Web

Services and QGIS plugins; research, teaching, and consulting using OGS Web Services,QGIS and other OSGeo software

Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat sarawutn at

"Geo for All" Government, Industry and NGO Partners

Organisation City Country Continent Coordinates (longitude, latitude) Application received / Announced Notes (specify category etc) Contact names Contact emails
1. Sourcepole Zurich Switzerland Europe 8.528522,47.370273 2015-07-03 Partnership with ETH Zurich Pirmin Kalberer info at sourcepole dot com
2. Torniella Italy Europe 11.15382,43.07390 2015-07-12 incubation phase (various links to OSGEO Community and to other geospatial players in Italy and internationally). Focus on VGI and participatory methods. Andrea Giacomelli mappare at attivarti dot org
3. HUNAGI Budapest Hungary Europe 19.05561,46.48147 2015-08-12 Free data, geodatabases, resource analysis, geospatial modelling and programming. (OSM, SRTM, QGIS, PyQGIS, Qt, GRASS, PostgreSQL, PostGIS) Ervin Wirth wirth dot ervin at hunagi dot hu
4. Wat-TUBE (spin-off University of Basilicata) Potenza Italy Europe 15.807793,40.645470 2015-09-07 Open-source and free (FOSS) software development in the field of flood and landslide risk, flood prediction and analysis, water resources management, hydrology. Raffaele Albano raffaele dot albano85 at gmail dot com

Interested in joining or supporting the "Geo for All" initiative?

As the lab network is expanding fast, we have also setup nodal contacts for each regions:

  1. North America - Helena Mitasova (USA), Charles Schweik (USA), Phillip Davis (USA)
  2. South America - Sergio Acosta y Lara (Uruguay) and Silvana Camboim (Brazil)
  3. Europe - Maria Brovelli (Italy) and Peter Mooney (Ireland)
  4. Asia (including Australia)- Tuong Thuy Vu (Malaysia/Vietnam) and Venkatesh Raghavan (Japan/India)
  5. Africa - Rania Elsayed Ibrahim (Egypt), Serena Coetzee (South Africa) and Bridget Fleming (South Africa)

Email the regonial mailing lists and contact the region chairs to start the conversation and they will be happy to discuss details and guide you through the process. The full criteria at

Key requirements for joining the "ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS Labs" initiative

(A) Your local organisation MUST BE COMMITTED TO CONTRIBUTE to the vision outlined in the ICA-OSGeo MoU [1] to develop collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organisations in free and open source GIS software , FOSS, open data , open access (publications) and contribute to open education in the future. All participants should contribute to Education, Research and Service for the benefit and betterment of humanity as the key guiding principle and work towards the vision of the UN Millennium Development Goals [2] for building a better world.

(B) At least one person at your institution or organization should have strong knowledge in geospatial information science and vision to lead this activity and to build a team of people, locally. This person should act as a liaison officer to the initiative.

(C) There should be a website established for your Open Source Geospatial Laboratory listing current research, people, and training information. This web presence will allow other nodes in the network and the general public to understand and promote your local efforts around research and teaching of open source geospatial technologies and approaches. The website should be established within a year of the lab announcement and has to be maintained at least annually.

(D) GEO4ALL MAKES A COMMITMENT TO promote the initiative widely through OSGeo, ICA and ISPRS channels to help build up collaboration opportunities for the future. We will also do a joint press release to announce the initiative and start building collaborations. A primary collaborative initiative continues to be the creation and maintenance of shared open access educational resources and/or active participation in the open source software and data development. We will also add the information of all labs in the Open Geospatial Lab network node site within OSGeo website so that all participating labs urls are added and linked.

Open Education is the simple and powerful idea that the world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in general and the Worldwide Web in particular provide an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to share, use, and reuse knowledge. Open educational resources (OERs) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching and learning. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. We especially welcome applications from universities, educational institutes, government organisations in developing countries to help develop capacity building in geospatial education by establishing Open Source Geo Labs and support Open Education initiatives worldwide.


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