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About the Italian OSGeo Chapter and

The Italian OSGeo Local Chapter has been formally accepted by the OSGeo Board of Directors on the 7th September 2007 meting.

The Italian OSGeo Local Chapter is based on the existing association "Associazione Italiana per l'Informazione Geografica Libera (". has been funded by the Italian GFOSS community during the 8th GRASS e GFOSS (Palermo, 14-16 febbraio 2007) annual meeting. The Italian community includes many professional, university and governative members with long national and international experience in the field of the Geomatic and in the free and open source.

The objectives of the are:

  • Promote the development, the diffusion and the protection of the Free and Open Source Software for the geo-information.
  • Promote the Open Standards for the geo-information and the free access to geographic data.
  • Promote the contacts among developers and users within the community and among the community and external body.
  • Foster and coordinate the translation, localization and internationalization of software and documentation for the geo-information.
  • Promote relationships with other national and international associations, and with governative agencies and private companies.

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E' attualmente in corso un tentativo di proporre agli utenti di lingua italiana la creazione di un Local Chapter di OSGeo ( community site). La discussione è sulla mailing list di

Si invitano le persone interessate ad aggiungersi alla lista alla voce #Gli interessati.


(siti in italiano)

Gli interessati (people supporting this initiative)

See other list.

Italian chapter mission

Italian Local Chapter mission will be to respect OSGeo Guidelines on local chapters and continue supporting all Italian Community contributions to FOSS GIS community. Main goal is the OSGeo foundation one: to encourage the use and collaborative development of community-led projects.


Chapter Roles

  • Provide member networking opportunities for support and job opportunities - OK
  • Software Internationalization and Localization - OK
  • Development of prototype applications to demonstrate Open Source geospatial capabilities to local and regional audiences - OK
  • Software Packaging and Customization for local and regional needs - OK ( GFOSS live CD)
  • Training, Support and Development of e-Learning Contents in local languages - OK
  • Support Open standards and Open access to geospatial data in region OK
  • Promoting OSGeo and enhancing visibility in various forums

Chapter Responsibilities

  • “OSGeo Chapter” officially represents OSGeo and is formally recognized as OSGeo Project.
  • “OSGeo Chapter” must support the OSGeo Mission and Objectives of OSGeo.
  • “OSGeo Chapter” must hold regular meetings (at least annual) and provide annual report of activities to chapter membership and OSGeo Board. OK
  • “OSGeo Chapter” will not entail any financial commitment from or on-behalf of OSGeo. OSGeo will also not provide any budget assistance to the “OSGeo Chapter”.
  • “OSGeo Chapter” is encouraged develop and maintain “Directory Listing” of companies, people, universities and organizations involved with or using OSGeo projects.
  • “OSGeo Chapter” must strive at networking with organizations to enlist participation and support for OSGeo.
  • OSGeo reserves the right to terminate its relation with an “OSGeo Chapter” if OSGeo has reasons to believe that the activities of the “OSGeo Chapter” are contrary or detrimental to the Mission and Objectives of OSGeo.

Chapter Formation

In order to form a chapter, the following steps should be taken:

  1. "OSGeo Chapter" should self-organize (for instance in the OSGeo wiki, via OSGeo mailing list, etc), seeking to determine if a critical mass of interest exists to justify a chapter. - READY
  2. "OSGeo Chapter" should prepare a mission and objectives indicating the scope of the planned chapter (geographic or linquistic extent for instance). - READY (lang:it)
  3. “OSGeo Chapter” should propose an official representative to liaise with the OSGeo Board. If accepted by the board, the representative will be an officer of OSGeo. - see "gli interessati"
  4. “OSGeo Chapter” should submit an official expression of interest to form a chapter to the OSGeo board, listing initial members, mission, representative and other supporting information. - -> sent on January,27 2007.
  5. The OSGeo board shall then consider passing a motion forming the chapter, and designating the liason officer. - TODO

In considering the formation of new OSGeo chapters, the board will consider issues including:

  • Does the mandate (geographically or linguistically) conflict with other existing chapters or chapters-in-formation? - NO
  • Does the chapter appear to have sufficient interest to justify official formation? - YES
  • Does the chapter appear to be open to broad membership, and representative of the target geographic or linguistic community? (eg. if a chapter had the objective to cover all Spanish speakers, it would be inappropriate if the only interest demonstrated was from one country) - YES

Italian community contributions

This part shows what the italian community is already contributing on internet.