Geodata Packaging Working Group

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This is a project of the Public Geospatial Data Committee

While OSGeo can provide guidance as to finding good sources of open and public geodata, it would be good to offer maintained packages of high-quality data and metadata for education and demonstration that can be used by the software projects.


  • Packaging / Quality Control / Metadata Augmentation / Documentation (focus on education, create educational/training data sets such as the GRASS Spearfish)


  • Markus Neteler: Interested in data processing and development of quality measures
  • Frank Warmerdam: Interested in processing data into more usable form, and providing foundation hosted or related download options, possibly also
  • Florian Kindl: Interested in defining metadata and qc guidelines, processing data and documentation.
  • David Bitner: Interested in creating packages of data formatted for use in MapServer or other OSGEO projects where optimization could come into play.
  • Perry Nacionales: What they said! :)
  • Please add your details!


  • Choose a data format for package distribution
  • Define data sets
    • (what should be the contents of a training dataset)
    • other Datasets: content
  • Set up metadata guidelines (digest OGC specs):
    • Specifications of a data set
      • Creator
      • Date
      • License
      • Data Type
      • Topic
      • Spatial Extent
      • Coordinate System/Projection
      • Target Scale/Precision
      • Attribute Data
  • Quality Control
    • Involve Community (feedback)
    • Offer means to easily correct data

Existing and related projects

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