Open Geoscience Committee

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Background

The idea for the committee was conceived during a EGU-themed birds of a feather meeting at the FOSS4G-Europe in Como, Italy on July 16 2015

Motivation

There is currently no established interface between the OSGeo communities and geoscience organisations like the American Geoscience Union (AGU) or the European Geoscience Union (EGU). At the same time OSGeo members publish their scientific work, which is based on FOSS and open data, within such organisations, often without being aware of each other. Further, students and young scientists who are using FOSS as a base for their work need information on how to share this work and reap the recognition within Academia which they deserve.

Within geoscience, the new role model of "Open Science" or "Science 2.0" is emerging. Many desiderata for future "open scientists", including publication of both the data and software, active international networking and reach out to industry and society are already common practice within OSGeo. Therefore OSGeo can provide guidance by best practices on how these practices can be established within Academia.

Goals

  • Launch the discussion how to address "Open Geoscience" among all stakeholders within OSGeo.
  • Development of best practices within and beyond OSGeo.
  • Establish communication with scientific communities such as EGU and AGU.
  • Create working groups on specific open geoscience topics

Communication

  • through the OpenGeoscience mailing list (subscribe)
  • conf calls are held via the OSGeo slack channel. Slack uses text based communication (similar to ICQ)

Activities

Meetings

All Open Geoscience Meetings are open to anyone who wants to listen in or comment. Please refer to Open Geoscience Meetings for agenda, dates and minutes.

Members

Events

FOSS related conferences/sessions are listed at this page

Pictures

Holding the 1st "charter" of the committee. On that paper was written: "Open Geoscience Committee: an entry for Open Source geoscience topics."

Founding meeting 01
Founding meeting 02