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A page to define a common set of interests between all European Chapters...


Contents

Active Chapters

  • mailing list
    • url
    • subscribers: #
  • legally recognized or not
  • Brief History
  • Successful realities of Gis-FOSS in the country (es: GRASS development in Trento, IT; gvSIG community in Valencia, OSM in England, ecc.)


Czech Chapter

mailing list

  • URL
  • number of subscribers: about 160

legally recognized or not

Public association (zapsaný spolek) https://or.justice.cz/ias/ui/rejstrik-firma.vysledky?subjektId=822546&typ=PLATNY

brief history

Related OSGeo page. The discussion group started as mailing list during 2002. The official legal body was formed 2014.

Board (December 2015)

  • Jachym Cepicky (president)
  • Martin Landa
  • Jan Jezek
  • Jan Cibulka

Successful realities of Gis-FOSS

Dutch language Chapter

mailing list

Dutch mailing list Holds about 150 members (May 2014)

meetup group

Meetup group OSGeoNL 158 members (September 2015)

legally recognized

Recognized by OSGeo.org in April 2012. Legal foundation (under Dutch law) since June 2013

board

(As of June 2015)

  • Just van den Broecke (secretary)
  • Barend Köbben (treasurer)
  • Marc Vloemans (marketing /PR) (successor of Steven Ottens)
  • Gert-Jan van der Weijden (chairman)

brief history

A first attempt to establish a local Dutch chapter has been made in 2007. That first incarnation of OSGeo.nl even made two consecutive bids for the FOSS4G conference.

The second "release" of OSGeo.nl started in november 2011, in a Birds-of-a-feather session at the national Dutch geospatial conference. Our chapter was asked by OSGeo.org to organize the Open Source track at the 2012 GeoSpatial World Forum, and did this once again in 2013. In 2012 (June, in Velp) and 2013 (November, in Delft) we organized a local Dutch OSGeo.nl day. Both days attracted 125 participants, partly the "usual suspects" of open source geospatial developers, but also a large crowd of geospatial professionals who are not common to open source yet, but want to extend their knowledge. Completed with some people from the OpenStreetMap community, and some "neo-geo" developers, made it an interesting mix of visitors.

The third annual OSGeo.nl day took place in november 2014, as part of the Dutch general geospatial congress "GeoBuzz". This attracted about 150 people, some of them visiting the OSGeo.nl workshop and presentation whole day, some of them just visiting one of two OSGeo.nl presentations.

Besides this, we organized some small events (including workshops on QGis and cartography), of course including our annual New Year drink.


Based on those achievements, we have rapidly gained an important position in the "traditional" geospatial environment in The Netherlands; the main geospatial organisations (governmental, business and science) regards us a an fully-fledged partner.

Being an foundation, we don't have an official membership. As of May 2014, our informal list of members Leden holds over 120 people.

Related:

Successful realities of Gis-FOSS

OpenSourceGIS.nl

France (in Francophone Chapter)

mailing list

  • URL
  • number of subscribers: about 182

legally recognized or not

In September 2007 by OSGeo, French legal association from august 2008.

brief history

Create in 2006 after the Lausanne FOSS4G. This first group communicated about the Francophone Local Chapter to propose to everyone interesting in this local chapter, then we were present to the main french Trade show in april 2007. One of our biggest project is the translation of the OSGeo Journal. Finally our formal proposal has been accepted on September by the OSGeo Board.

Related OSGeo page.

Successful realities of Gis-FOSS

FOSSGIS: The German language Chapter (DACH)

DACH: Germany (D), Austria (A), Switzerland (CH)

Mailing List

  • official mailing list
  • number of subscribers: 120 and growing , Note: The FOSSGIS association operates several mailing lists for specific topics including the annual conference, OpenStreetMap Germany, marketing and one private list for members.

Legally Recognized or Not

The OSGeo Local Chapter is represented by the FOSSGIS e.V., which is a formal not-for-profit legal entity in Germany. FOSSGIS e.V. has > 200 members.

Brief History

The DACH-area (German language) is a very active part of the OpenSource-GIS Community. Several companies and projects acting at this field long before the creation of OSGeo. GAV (GRASS-Anwender-Vereinigung e.V.) was founded in 2000 and worked on the support of Free GIS-software and geodata. Projects like http://freegis.org have startet even earlier. The community also has strong support by companies (i.e. WhereGroup, MapMedia, Intevation, in medias res, delphi imm, ..) who organize the annual German language conference FOSSGIS. In 2008, this conference took place in Freiburg (Breisgau) in southern Germany in the hope to attract more people from Switzerland, Austria and France. The profit that was earned from all previous conferences has been sponsored to the GAV and is used to support the work of the OSGeo in DACH. By decision of the charter members, the name of GAV e.V. was changed to FOSSGIS e.V. on 20. Sept 2008 to better reflect the scope or the organization.

Related: OSGeo DACH Wiki page and FOSSGIS e.V. Wiki

Board (2017)

  • Marco Lechner (Chair)
  • Till Adams (Co-Chair)
  • Frederik Ramm (Treasurer)
  • Dominik Helle (Secretary)

Successful realities of Gis-FOSS

Greek

mailing list

not yet

legally recognized or not

not yet

brief history

created in 2007

Related OSGeo page.

Successful realities of Gis-FOSS

Italian Chapter (official OSGeo Chapter)

mailing list

  • URL
  • number of subscribers: more than 260

legally recognized or not

  • yes, as Associazione Italiana per l'Informazione Geografica Libera GFOSS.it (Geographic Free/Open-Source Software)
  • approved by OSGeo board

brief history

Legally recognized as Italian Association since February 2007, the community has a longer history around GRASS Italian Community and its meetings since year 2000. The mailing list is active since April 2005. Primary efforts are community knowhow, software localization, events organization, FOSS GIS lobbying in general.

Related OSGeo page.

Successful realities of Gis-FOSS

Romanian Chapter

mailing list

legally recognized or not

brief history

Related OSGeo page.

Successful realities of Gis-FOSS


Spain (in Spanish Language Chapter)

mailing list

  • URL
  • number of subscribers: more than 160 (Oct 17, 2007)

legally recognized or not

no

brief history

Start from Girona March 2007, mailing list, OSGeo portal translation, Libro SiG.

Related OSGeo page.

Successful realities of Gis-FOSS


Swiss (in Francophone Chapter)

mailing list

legally recognized or not

brief history

Successful realities of Gis-FOSS

United Kingdom Chapter

mailing list

legally recognized or not

brief history

Related OSGeo page.

Successful realities of Gis-FOSS

Belgian chapter

mailing list

legally recognised http://www.osgeo.be