OSGeo Oceania's purpose is to support and grow the open geospatial community in the Oceania region, including the oversight and stewardship of the FOSS4G SotM Oceania conference series.
The Oceania region includes countries listed in the United Nations Geoscheme for Oceania. We have also included Timor-Leste in our Travel Grant Program. We recognise the important cultural and social connections with other countries in the broader region, such as the Philippines.
We recognise the long-established Pacific Islands Chapter of OSGeo, and work closely with them to build a strong community across our region.
How to learn more & get involved
The best way to stay up to date on what we're doing is to join our mailing lists:
- oceania - discussion about the regional open geospatial community and OSGeo Oceania
- foss4g-oceania - FOSS4G SotM Oceania conference planning
- oceania-board - OSGeo Oceania board discussion (public, but read only)
- oceania-board-private - non-public OSGeo Oceania board discussion (private, board member access only)
There's also a lot of informal chatter on the Maptime Oceania Slack group: join here
And you can head to the conference website (link below) and join the conference updates mailing list there.
If you want to talk about how you can get involved, feel free to post on any of these lists, or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OSGeo Oceania Calendar
Membership of OSGeo Oceania is an opportunity to engage more actively with the support of open geospatial software & data in Oceania. Members can support OSGeo Oceania in a variety of ways:
- Helping to organise the annual FOSS4G SotM Oceania conference series
- Organising local geospatial events
- Editing in OpenStreetMap
- Active discussions in Oceania related mailing lists
- Writing developer documentation for open source geospatial projects
- Contributing to open source geospatial repositories
Applications are reviewed by the Membership Working Group. Generally memberships are approved within a few weeks.
Public Member list: (only includes those who have agreed to be listed).
Microgrants Program: aimed at providing small grants to support local initiatives, for example paying for pizzas for a meetup. The process is designed to be relatively quick and easy. The maximum grant per activity is AUD $250. Details here.
Documents & policies
|OSGeo Oceania Terms of Reference
|Finance Committee Terms of Reference
|Communications & Outreach Working Group Terms of Reference
|Special Interest Group Guidelines
|OSGeo Oceania Annual Report 2019-2020
|OSGeo Oceania Annual Report 2020-2021
|OSGeo Oceania Annual Report 2021-2022
|OSGeo Oceania Annual Report 2022-2023
|QGIS Special Interest Group charter
Board of Directors
OSGeo Oceania is governed and managed by a board of directors. The board delegates responsibilities to committees as needed. As per the constitution, directors are elected by the membership in annual elections. Details of process, current and historical election records can be found on Oceania_Elections.
Responsibilities The primary responsibilities of the board are to:
- govern and manage OSGeo Oceania, with regard to finance, risk, and sustainability of the organisation
- provide oversight of the conference committee, and ongoing stewardship of the conference series
- coordinate other related outreach activities, including local FOSS4G and State of the Map events
- maintain a relationship with OSGeo and the OpenStreetMap Foundation, and maintain OSGeo & OSMF chapters in good standing
- hold accounts, domain names, and other administrative tools, data, and assets as needed
- enter into agreements with other parties as needed.
Motions/decisions Motions of the board are recorded in Loomio here.
Committees & Working Groups
- Finance Committee: Jonah Sullivan, Alex Leith, John Bryant
- Communications Working Group: Ewen Hill, John Bryant, ... (seeking members)
- Membership Working Group: Graeme Fitzpatrick, Jonah Sullivan, Carrol Chan
- Grants Working Group: Elisa Puccioni (Chair), Jonah Sullivan, Carrol Chan, Nemaia Koto
Special Interest Groups
Special Interest Groups (SIG) are ad-hoc groups that have been established to support a specific topic. Their narrow, topic specific focus is what distinguishes them from the functionally focused working groups. Any member of OSGeo Oceania can propose the creation of a new SIG by following the SIG Guidelines outlined here.
OSGeo Oceania has been recognised by the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) as the official local chapter in the region.
As the official local chapter, we are able to support the development of the OpenStreetMap community in Oceania while making sure our diverse range of interests are represented, supported, and promoted.
In 2020, a prospective working group was convened to focus specifically on OpenStreetMap and our role as a local chapter. Minutes from the inaugural meeting can be found here. The working group discussed long term priorities, so feel free to contribute to the discussion here.
The SIG is not currently active (as of February 2024).
Note, while OSGeo Oceania is currently the recognised local chapter in the region, we are fully supportive of other groups that may form in Oceania with the intent of becoming a local chapter. One example would be a national entity that determines their interests would better represented as an independent local chapter. If this was to occur, OSGeo Oceania would be fully supportive and will not claim to speak for groups who do not wish to be represented.
- FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2023
- Pacific Geospatial Conference 2022
- FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2021
- FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2020
- FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2019
- FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2018
See the Aust-NZ wiki page for an earlier incarnation of this community. OSGeo Oceania picks up where Aust-NZ left off, and aims to build on that foundation.
Also see the Pacific Islands Chapter page for history of events and developments in the Pacific Islands.
- Elected at the last election
- Continuing 2 year term
- Re-elected at the last election