United Kingdom

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The mission of the UK Chapter broadly follows the general OSGeo Mission, with emphasis on the following areas: (please add and edit as you see fit):

  • To provide a forum for discussion and promotion of Open Source Geospatial Software in the UK
  • To help more UK organisations discover the opportunity of open source geospatial tools, and collate business studies of successful transitions
  • To raise awareness of the benefits of public access to geodata in the UK by collating links to sources of legitimate free data

In addition we would like to work towards the following:

  • A fully-featured open access UK SDI
  • Someday hosting the FOSS4G conference in the UK

Links to Case Studies

Please add any appropriate links here

  • City of Munich move to a completely open source software solution (pdf)
  • Interview with CIO of Oxford Archaeology on the move towards open source [1]
  • Not strictly a Case Study, but a useful discussion on the differences between Open Source Business Models in Europe and the US [2]
  • Actuate Annual Open Source Survey 2008 shows open source is entering the business mainstream in both Europe and the US [3]

Publicly Available Geodata

In progress- please contact the mailing list if you have any legitimate free sources of geospatial data that you would like to include

Public Geodata for the UK

Also check the CKAN pages for geodata sources- mainly global but some UK

Mailing List

Discussion list:

Meetings and Events

One really useful role of a UK OSGeo chapter would be as a focal point for organising meetings - evening presentation sessions or short seminars with Q and A afterwards.

Upcoming Events

22nd January 2009 British Computing Society Geospatial Specialist Group. Jo will be talking about OSGeo, and about open source GIS in the UK at the BCS headquarters in London. This event is free, and non-members are welcome, but contact the organisers if you are interested.

22nd June 2009 Open Source GIS conference. The local chapter are co-organising this event in conjunction with the University of Nottingham Centre for Geospatial Sciences, which is a great chance to find out what's really happening in open source GIS in the UK. See the website for details and get in touch if you want to be involved.

Recent Events

29th September - 3rd October 2008: FOSS4G 2008.

24-25th September 2008: AGI Geocommunity 08.

16-17th June 2008: Meetup during the University of Nottingham's Geowebservices workshop.

1st May 2008: UK OSGEO meetup after 1Spatial Conference at Radisson Hotel, Stansted.

8th-10th December 2006: The UK-originated OpenGuides Open Source spatial wiki project meetup and "hackfest" in Oxford - http://dev.openguides.org/wiki/OxfordMeetup2006

Tuesday September, 26th 2006: Steve Coast of OpenStreetmap fame gave a talk to the BCS entitled Geospatial Open Source Activity. Details at http://geospatial.bcs.org/site/index.php?s=future-events#3

OpenStreetmap also have regular UK mapping parties in different cities

Don't forget to sign the Inspire petition -and tell your friends too - you don't have to use geo-data to believe that publically funded work should be public property! http://petition.publicgeodata.org/


Sign up here to show interest! Also join the mailing list so we can be in touch directly.

See Also

Useful Links UK