OSGeo Mission

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The following declarations form the basis of the statement of OSGeo Mission and Goals


  1. To support the development of open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use. - can this be refined?
  2. To incubate the highest quality open source geospatial software - An idea... can this be refined?


The following more detailed goals support the overall mission.

  • To provide resources for foundation projects - eg. infrastructure, funding, legal.
  • To promote freely available geodata - free software is useless without data.
  • To promote the use of open source software in the geospatial industry (not just foundation software) - eg. PR, training, outreach.
  • To encourage the implementation of open standards and standards-based interoperability in foundation projects.
  • To ensure a high degree of quality in foundation projects in order to build and preserve the foundation "brand".
  • To make foundation and related software more accessible to end users - eg. binary "stack" builds, cross package documentation.
  • To provide support for the use of OSGeo software in education via curriculum development, outreach, and support.
  • To encourage communication and cooperation between OSGeo communities on different language (eg. Java/C/Python) and operating system (eg. Win32, Unix, MacOS) platforms.
  • To support use and contribution to foundation projects from the worldwide community through internationalization of software and community outreach.
  • To operate an annual OSGeo Conference, possibly in cooperation with related efforts (eg. EOGEO).
  • To award the Sol Katz award for service to the OSGeo community.


To be the global reference of high quality Geospatial Software and provide transparent geospatial information to foster the development of worldwide communities.


Vision Statements define the organizations purpose. It communicates both the purpose and values of the organization. The vision must be encompassed by OSGeo's beliefs.

   * meet OSGeo's organizational goals as well as community goals.
   * are a statement of OSGeo's values.
   * public/visible declaration of OSGeo's expected outcomes.
   * precise and practical.
   * will guide the actions of all involved.
   * reflect the knowledge, philosophy, and actions of all.
   * a key component of strategic planning.


Values represent:

   * core priorities in the organization’s culture
   * what drives members
   * four to six core values from which the organization would like to operate. 
   * Consider values of customers, shareholders, employees and the community.
   * Notice any differences between the organization’s preferred values and its true values

SWOT analysis