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* Member of German Chapter [http://www.fossgis.de] since 2000. FOSSGIS Deputy Chairperson from 2008 - 2009
* Member of German Chapter [http://www.fossgis.de] since 2000. FOSSGIS Deputy Chairperson from 2008 - 2009
* Member of GRASS GIS (Add-on Developer) [http://grass.osgeo.org/wiki/GRASS_AddOns]: '''g.infer''', '''v.out.kml''', '''r.mandelbrot'''
* Member of GRASS GIS (Add-on Developer) [http://grass.osgeo.org/wiki/GRASS_AddOns]: '''g.infer''', '''v.out.kml''', '''r.mandelbrot'''
'''Current Location:''' Berlin, Germany
Native Place: Michelstadt, Germany
=== Presentations, Multimedia and Reach Out  ===
=== Presentations, Multimedia and Reach Out  ===

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OSGeo Member
Name: Peter Löwe [[File:
Peter Löwe
Job Title: Head of Research Infrastructure
Company: DIW Berlin
City: Potsdam
Country: Deutschland
Local Chapter: FOSSGIS
Email: peter.loewe@gmx.de
Phone: +491719550905
Instant Messaging:
Website: www.drloewe.eu
Language(s): German, English
Personal Description :
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Peter Löwe

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OSGeo Experience and Roles:

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Peter Löwe

Peter Löwe

  • GRASS GIS PSC (2016- )
  • Open Geoscience Committee (Chair)
  • Member of German Chapter [1] since 2000. FOSSGIS Deputy Chairperson from 2008 - 2009
  • Member of GRASS GIS (Add-on Developer) [2]: g.infer, v.out.kml, r.mandelbrot

Presentations, Multimedia and Reach Out

Data Animations (Youtube)

Recommended OSGeo-themend scientific videos (please reuse and cite by DOI link)

Favorite Video-Quotes

Reach Out Activities

  • European Geoscience Union General Assembly (EGU GA)
    • ESSI: Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Geoinformatics and Geosciences (Convener): 2017,2016,2015,2014,2013
    • OSGeo Townhall Event (Organizer): [[3]], [[4]]Presentation, [[5]],[[6]]
    • Splinter Meeting: FOSS in Science: 2013 (Presentation), 2012
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting
    • Full session of FOSS in Science (Convener): 2013, 2012


OSGeo Meeting Participation

  • FOSS4G:
    • 2016 (Bonn) OSGeo conference videos as a resource for scientific research: The TIB|AV Portal (Presentation / Video (English)),
    • 2014 (Portland)
    • 2010 (Barcelona),
    • 2008 (Cape Town) GRASS Development with Eclipse/CDT (Poster),
    • 2006 (Lausanne)
  • FOSS4G-(C)E: 2015 (Como) Acquisition of Audiovisual Scientific Technical Information from OSGeo (Presentation) , 2014 (Bremen), 2012 (Prague) Introducing the new GRASS module

g.infer for data-driven rule-based applications (Proceedings)

  • Assorted:
    • European Geosciences Union /Earth and Space Science Informatics

    • 2011: WGUG Meeting (Wroclaw)
    • 2004: FOSS/GRASS Conference (Bangkok) (supported by the Eiselen Foundation
    • 2002: GRASS Users Conference (Trento) A spatial decision support system for radar meteorologic data in South Africa Video (English)


Email: peter DOT loewe AT gmx DOT de
Spoken Language(s)
German (native speaker), English (fluent), Spanish (basic), Lisp, Python, Perl, Java, Bash
Profile last updated

Background Info

Peter is a physical Geographer. He learend the ropes of GIS at UT Austin in 1994 (Geographers Craft Project by Ken Foote) and ventured into FOSS GIS during his PhD study (Radarmeteorology/Soil Erosion in South Africa - bookfree pdfSummary presentation), which relied heavily on GRASS GIS.

In 2000 he became the first person to actually join the newly founded german GRASS User Society (renamed in 2008: FOSSGIS.de).

After being awarded research prices 12 for his PhD and spin-off work, he founded GEOMANCERS.net (now: GISIX.com), producing GISIX, the first portable FOSSGIS workbench based on on a live-linux CD/DVD.

He also worked as a Ranger in the UNESCO Geopark Bergstrasse-Odenwald (south of Frankfurt a.M., Germany), developing prototype WebGIS-solutions and Globe-Browser interfaces for the trail network.

For the development of early warning systems, triggered by the Sumatra Tsunami of 2004, he joined the National German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam in 2006. After a two-year excursion into the remote sensing satellite industry (Rapideye AG), doing project management and developing GRASS/Google Earth based visualisation tools, he returned to GFZ for work at the Centre for Geoinformation Technology in 2011. His FOSS-related work focused on FOSSGIS-themed business process workflows (ITIL), large scale computing on the GFZ High Performance Cluster and data visualisation, including 3D Printing.

He actively advocates FOSSGIS in Science in the Earth and Space Informatics (ESSI) chapters of both the European Geoscience Union (EGU) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and has been organizing OSGeo Townhall events at the annual EGU General Assembly in 2014 and 2015.

Reach out activities also include the launch of the annual GFZ GISDAY events at GFZ Potsdam in 2011.

On the side, he supported the Geoinformatics Department of the U of Potsdam by teaching Computational Visualisation and does FOSSGIS-related consulting.

From 2013 till 2017 he led the Development Department of the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) and served as E-Science Group Leader at the L3S Research Centre in Hannover. He triggered the acquisition and preservation of OSGeo releated scientific film and conference recordings in the TIB AV-Portal, including the GRASS 1987 video. The current (2017) annual acquisition rate is about 100 hours of OSGeo-related conference recordings.

During FOSS4G-Europe 2015 he participated in the launch of the OSGeo Open Geoscience Committee, which he is currently chairing (since August 2015) together with Maxi Cannata.

In April 2017, Peter was appointed Head of Research Infrastructure at the Leibniz Institute German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)

Present position

DIW: Head of Research Infrastructure

Work experience

  • 2017 - now : German Instute for Economic Research, Head of Research Infrastructure
  • 2014 - 2017: E-Science Group Leader at the L3S Research Center, Hannover
  • 2013 - 2017: Head of Development at the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB).
  • 2011 - 2013: Project Manager / Senior Geoinformatics Troubleshooter @ Centre for Geoinformatics Technology (CeGIT) at the German Research Centre for GeoSciences (GFZ), Potsdam, Germany.
  • 2008 - 2011: Project Manager in the Product Development Group of Rapideye AG
  • 2007 - 2008: Scientific Project Manager (Distant Early Warning System Project: DEWS) at the German Research Centre for GeoSciences (GFZ)], Potsdam, Germany.
  • 2006 - 2007: Geoinformatics Specialist (German Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System: GITEWS) at the German Research Centre for GeoSciences (GFZ)], Potsdam, Germany.
  • 2003 - now: General Manager of Geomancers.net(Würzburg)/GISIX.com (Potsdam), Germany.
  • 2003 - 2006: Ranger at the Geopark Bergstrasse-Odenwald
  • 1999 - 2002: Research Assistant (Geography / Computer Sciences) at the University of Würzburg, Germany.


  • Masters thesis knowledge-based reomte sensing classification: "Knowledge based classification of geographic spatial elements applied to a test site in southern Namibia", Geography Department, University of Würzburg, 1998.

Computer skills and related activities

  • Languages: Python, Perl, Lisp, R, C, Java, bash, SQL, COOL.
  • Software: GRASS GIS, Quantum GIS, Clips, POV-Ray, Blender, Google Earth, R, GMT
  • LSF-based High Performance Clusters
  • Memberships:
    • FOSSGIS.de
    • American Geophysical Union
    • European Geosciences Union

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