Ottawa Chapter

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About Ottawa OSGEO

The OGUG (Ottawa Grass Users Group) and OMSUG (Ottawa Map Server Users Group) have had a preliminary joint meeting and decided to pursue merging and operating as an OSGeo local chapter in the Ottawa (National Capital Region) area. While not yet officially designated as an OSGeo chapter, we are "in formation".

The Ottawa Chapter of OSGEO is formed by the combination the local active communities of three OSGEo projects: Mapserver, GRASS and Mapbuilder

The Ottawa MapServer Users Group (OMSUG) began meeting during the winter of 2003. With a strong local user base in Ottawa, representing many diverse users and developers, these meetings provide a unique opportunity for members to meet and discuss how MapServer is being leveraged in Ottawa and ways we can work together to grow its use in the region.

OGUG formed in June of 2005 as a network of GIS practitioners interested in incorporating or replacing their proprietary GIS workflow with Open Source GIS Solutions. OGUG aimed to be a central body of knowledge and expertise for the GRASS GIS Community in the Ottawa area.

"MapBuilder is a powerful, standards compliant geographic mapping client which runs in a web browser". --Dsampson 22:12, 21 July 2006 (CEST)


How should I write a Mission Statement? Here are some basic guidelines in writing a mission statement:

   * A mission statement should say who your company is, what you do, what you stand for and why you do it.
   * An effective mission statement is best developed with input by all the members of an organization.
   * The best mission statements tend to be 3-4 sentences long.
   * Avoid saying how great you are, what great quality and what great service you provide.
   * Examine other company's mission statements, but make certain your statement is you and not some other company. That is why you should not copy a statement.
   * Make sure you actually believe in your mission statement, if you don't, it's a lie, and your customers will soon realize it. 


--Dsampson 22:11, 21 July 2006 (CEST)


  • Monthly face to face meetings
    • Presentations
    • Workshops and Tutorials
    • HowTo's
  • Colaborative Projects
    • Documentation
    • Local Data Sets
    • Supporting OSGEO projects at large
  • Regional Events
    • Conference
    • Demonstrations
  • Communication
    • Active mailing List
    • Content Rich Wiki
    • Outreach to local Geo community
    • Documented Activities

--Dsampson 22:11, 21 July 2006 (CEST)


Site Layout

Chapter Admin: Information of interest to the chapter at large concerning meetings, events, charter,etc.

MapServer: Information of interest to local MAPSERVER users (including old OMSUG content)

GRASS: Information of interest to local GRASS users (including old OGUG content)

MapBuilder: Information of interest to local MAPBUILDER users

Local Chapter Directory: Listing of comapnies, people, universities and government departments involved with or using OSGEO projects

Ottawa OSGEO Media Coverage: Links or snippets of media featuring activities of Ottawa OSGEO from various Sources


Contributuing to this wiki

How To Write WIKI

Check out WikiPedia, where else. This is a great resource for many wiki writing tips

Page Naming Conventions

Since the whole wiki uses a flat file structure instead of a directory structure there is a need to organize the pages relavant to our chapter's activities. To get this wiki area started I chose a simple page structure format

The logic:

  • (Chapter)_(Project Area)_(Topic)_(Sub Topic)


  • OTT_OSGEO_meetings_072106
  • OTT_GRASS_Datasets