UnitedNations Committee

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The OSGeo Board of Directors met with the UN GIS team at FOSS4G in Seoul, Korea in September 2015. The UN GIS team is very interested in having OSGeo "at the table". Mr. Kyoung-Soo Eom, chief of the UN Geospatial Information Section, has invited OSGeo to be part of a working group on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters to support the UN migration to Open Source Geospatial software solutions.

UN Open GIS initiative

"... it is to identify and develop an Open Source GIS bundle that meets the requirements of UN operations, taking full advantage of the expertise of mission partners (partner nations, technology contributing countries, international organizations, academia, NGO’s, private sector). The strategic approach shall be developed with best and shared principles, standards and ownership, in a prioritized manner that addresses capability gaps and needs without duplicating efforts of other Member States or entities. The UN OpenGIS Initiative strategy shall collaboratively and cooperatively develop, validate, assess, migrate, and implement sound technical capabilities with all the appropriate documentation and training that in the end provides a united effort to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of utilizing Open Source GIS around the world."


  • Support the UN's member states and committees through:
    • OSGeo's service providers
    • the GeoForAll network
  • Emphasize to the UN and its members the benefits of the stable OSGeo stack of projects
  • Establish communication between the UN-GIS team and the OSGeo community.
  • Foster the outreach activities of OSGeo



October 2015

March 2016

  • OSGeo participated to a UNopenGIS initiative (Brindisi, Italy, 5-10th March 2016) meeting and where formally incorporated in the UN Open GIS initiative as member of the initiative technical committee.
  • Call for "UN Training Material" https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/UNTraining

August 2016

  • UNopenGIS governance has been defined and OSGeo has been incorporated in it (Massimiliano Cannata and maria Brovelli are now member of the Strategic Board) and more OSGeo members is going to be incorporated in other geverning committees.
  • A logo contest has been set up and run by OSGeo to brand the initiative (see UN_OpenGIS_logo_contest)

September 2016

  • The 19th September 2016 the first virtual class for supporting the Capacity Building activities

November 2016

  • Second UN openGIS initiative workshops will be held in Seoul 7-11 November

Committee Meetings

Next meeting
  • planned for November 2016, date and time to be decided
Previous meetings