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Welcome to the Library!

This is the scaffolding for OSGeo's CC-based Reading Room. The documents referenced herein can be found here.

Some presentations are found outside the domain:


  • Beaudette_2006a - "Wilderness Navigational Planning Using GRASS GIS Analysis and Public Geographic Data" by Dylan Beaudette (Where 2.0); 23 slides [remix: yes] [format: PDF]
  • Christl_2006a - "Introduction to Spatial Data Management with Postgis", by Arnulf Christl; 27 slides [remix: yes] [format: PDF, SXI]
  • Holmes_2005a - "Open Source for Spatial Data Infrastructures", by Chris Holmes; focus on Africa, GIS; 18 slides [remix: yes] [format: PPT, ODP]
  • Holmes_2005b - "Concept Demonstration: Implementing GEOSS Architecture using Open Standards and Open Source Software / Open Source for Spatial Data Infrastructures", by Chris Holmes; “The User and GEOSS Architecture” Workshop, 30 Oct. 2005; 25 slides [remix: yes] [format: PPT, ODP]
  • Holmes_2005c - "What Spatial Data Infrastructures can learn from Open Source", by Chris Holmes. "The emergence of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) products and soutions is becoming a key factor, especially in emerging economies, in determining how and who should build Information Infrastructures such as SDI. We consider initial software costs for creating an SDI as tending toward zero regardless of whether the FOSS or proprietary option is taken, with the long-term advantages offered by FOSS matterializing as increased sustainability, independence, stakeholder buy-in, and adaptation within an ever-changing IT environment [...]" 22 pages [remix: yes] [format: DOC, ODT]
  • Holmes_2005d - "Towards a Free and Open Source Spatial Data Infrastructure", by Chris Holmes, Allan Doyle, Mick Wilson; from GSDI-8, 2005; 9 pages [remix: yes] [format: PDF]
  • Holmes_2006a - "Return on investment of Open Source Software / An Ever-increasing Return on Investment", by Chris Holmes; from Location Intelligence 2006; 5 slides [remix: yes] [format: PPT, ODP]
  • McIllhagga_2006 - "Introduction to the Open Source GeoSpatial (OSGeo) Foundation", by Dave McIllhagga; presentation to Natural Resouces Canada; 10 slides [remix: yes] [format: PPT]
  • Mitchell_2005 - Presentation by Tyler Mitchell for Where 2.0 (San Francisco, 2005), called "Open Source Geo Tools". It introduces a handful of open source GIS tools/APIs. The first couple slides show some (pseudo-animated) architecture ideas. The rest of the slides were simply prompts and visual cues for the talk (no text or outline points). [remix: yes] [format: PPT, ODP]
  • Neteler_2006a - "The GRASS GIS software - GIS Seminar" Introduction to GRASS and QGIS for newbies, 6 hours course with practical examples based on GRASS 6.1 and QGIS 0.8, by Markus Neteler. [remix: yes, CC-BY-SA] [format: PDF, ODP]
  • Raghavan_2006 - "Present Status of Free and Open Source Web GIS", by Venkatesh Raghavan, March 2006; 25 slides [remix: yes] [format: ODP]
  • Ticheler_2005 - FOSS and OpenSDI - A presentation on Free and Open Source Software in the context of an OpenSDI (Open Source based Spatial Data Infrastructure). The presentation uses the LEGO® Metaphor as used in “Towards a Free and Open Source Spatial Data Infrastructure.” (C. Holmes et al, 2005); 36 slides [remix: yes] [format: PPT]
  • Walsh_2006 - Response to the Geospatial Line of Business RFI, by Jo Walsh et al, May 2006; 8 pages [remix: yes] [format: DOC]
  • Warmerdam_2006a - Presentation on GDAL/OGR for Where 2.0, by Frank Warmerdam; 10 slides [remix: yes] [format: pdf]

Rough Goals and Groundrules

(taken from the CFP, sent by mpg on 2 May 2006)

The following is sort of an experiment, so please bear with me.

Your Visibility Committee is setting up a "library" of content related to OSGeo activities, and we would like you to contribute. We know that there is a lot of very good content out there -- and so our idea is to be able to collect a number of presentations, talks, etc, under terms of a CC-like license so that other OSGeo members can use them in order to create/derive/remix/mashup their own custom presentations, talks, etc.

The sort of content we are looking for includes, but is not limited to:

  • papers
  • slide presentations
  • web-based presentations (e.g. for tutorials)
  • podcasts
  • ...?

The topics we are looking to cover include anything that touches on OSGeo, e.g. the intersection of Open Source and GIS:

  • overviews of what our Foundation is and does
  • why open source is good, in the GIS world
  • surveys of open source geo packages
  • presentations on specific OSGeo member projects
  • etc

As we intend this to be a "permanent" library, higher quality material is preferred over random wiki pages of notes and scribblings. That said, if all I can get is a bunch of outlines for talks written up in ASCII, I'd be happy with that. If in doubt, go ahead and submit it.

We're going to see how it goes and what happens, but for now the groundrules will be:

  • The actual "library" will live on the OSGeo site as a simple Wiki page with summaries and links. I would prefer to host the actual content at -- if you can't abide by that, you can send me a link and I'll use that.
  • For now, unless otherwise indicated, if you submit material I will assume you consent to a "free-to-remix-this-content-as-long-as-you-give-me-credit" policy. (I'm sure there's a formal CC term for this, but I need to do the research on that.)
  • I'm not going to fight any file format wars at this point: whatever format is submitted will be what we use, at least for now. PowerPoint,PDF, LaTex, troff, HyperCard, whatever.
  • Languages other than English are encouraged! (although you'll need to give me a short one-sentence summary in English of what the content is about...)
  • Also, I think we should exclude from this CFP any material that is more "course-work" oriented, as that falls under the purview of the Educationand Curriculum Committee.)

For now I'm just focused on getting a critical mass of content to launch this, but if you have any suggestions for how to organize and host this material later on, I'd be happy to hear them.

Thanks in advance for your contributions!


There are numerous books available which cover OSGeo foundation projects (add more in Template:Books):

Cover Year Authors Title and further data
DQ3x thumbnail.png 2019 Kurt Menke Discover QGIS 3.x - A Workbook for Classroom or Independent Study, Locate Press, 406 p., ISBN 978-0998547763 ([1] Locate Press site)
6686OS cov.png 2013 S. Iacovella and B. Youngblood GeoServer Beginner's Guide, Packt Publishing, 350 p., ISBN 978-1-84951-668-6 (Packt site)
7843OS OpenLayer Cookbook cov 0.png 2012 Antonio Santiago OpenLayers Cookbook, Packt Publishing, 300 p., ISBN 978-1-84951-784-3 ([2])
Marchesini gis open source cover.jpg 2012 L. Casagrande, P. Cavallini, A. Frigeri, A. Furieri, I. Marchesini, M. Neteler GIS Open Source: GRASS GIS, Quantum GIS e SpatiaLite. 224p., ISBN 978-8-85790-149-7 (, and data download)
Cover japanese2009.png 2008/2009 M. Neteler and H. Mitasova - translated by Tetsuji Uemura オープンソースGISグラスアプローチ (Open Source GIS: A GRASS GIS Approach - in Japanese). 3rd Ed., - Order
Asdar.jpg 2008 Bivand, Roger S., Pebesma, Edzer J., Gómez-Rubio, Virgilio Applied Spatial Data Analysis with R. Series: Use R, 378 p., Softcover, ISBN 978-0-387-78170-9 (Springer Site, Book's Homepage)
Os approaches.png 2008 Hall, G. Brent; Leahy, Michael G. (Eds.) Open Source Approaches in Spatial Data Handling. Series: Advances in Geographic Information Science, 278 p. 126 illus., 29 in color., Hardcover, ISBN 978-3-540-74830-4 (TOC)
GRASS book 2008.jpg 2008 M. Neteler and H. Mitasova Open Source GIS: A GRASS GIS Approach. 3rd Ed., Springer, New York. 406 pages, ISBN 038735767X,
Desktop GIS book 2008.jpg 2008 G. Sherman Desktop GIS: Mapping the Planet with Open Source. Pragmatic Bookshelf, 360 pages, ISBN 1934356069,
Mapping hacks 2006.jpg 2005 S. Erle, R. Gibson, and J. Walsh, Mapping Hacks. O'Reilly Media, Inc., 564 pages, ISBN 0596007035,
2006 S. Erle and R. Gibson Google Maps Hacks. O'Reilly Media, Inc., 366 pages, ISBN 0-596-10161-9,
Mapserver book 2005.jpg 2005 B. Kropla, Beginning MapServer: Open Source GIS Development (Expert's Voice in Open Source). Apress, 448 pages, ISBN 1590594908,
Web Mapping Book 2005.jpg 2005 T. Mitchell Web Mapping Illustrated: Using Open Source GIS Toolkits. O'Reilly Media, Inc., 367 pages, ISBN 0596008651, . Reprints of English version are pending, fall 2008, and may appear out of print at the moment.
Web Mapping DE book 2008.jpg 2008 T. Mitchell Web Mapping Illustrated: Using Open Source GIS Toolkits. O'Reilly Media, Inc., Also available in Japanese and German.