Open Geoscience Committee

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The idea for the committee was conceived during a EGU-themed birds of a feather meeting at the FOSS4G-Europe in Como, Italy on July 16 2015


There is currently no established interface between the OSGeo communities and geoscience organisations like the American Geoscience Union (AGU) or the European Geoscience Union (EGU). At the same time OSgeo members publish their scientific work, which is based on FOSS and open data, within such organisations, often without being aware of each other. Further, students and young scientists who are using FOSS as a base for their work need information on how to share this work and reap the recognition within Acemdia which they deserve.

Within geoscience, the new role model of "Open Science" or "Science 2.0" is emerging. Many desiderata for future "open scientists", including publication of both the data and software, active international networking and reach out to industry and society are already common practice within OSGeo. Therefore OSGeo can provide guidance by best practices on how these practices can be established within Academia.


  • Launch the discussion how to address "Open Geoscience" among all stakeholders within OSGeo.
  • Development of best practices within and beyond OSGeo.
  • Establish communication with scientific communities such as EGU and AGU.


  • through the OpenGeoscience mailing list (subscribe)
  • conf calls are held via the OSGeo slack channel. Slack uses text based communication (similar to ICQ)


  • Planning of activities for EGU 2016 [August 2015 - tbd]
  • tbd

Next steps

  • update this page / outline of committee
  • [ACHIEVED] create mailing list (ticket)
  • [ACHIEVED] draft email request to send to the OSGeo Board to create a new committee (preferably before next Board meeting on 13 August)
  • Schedule a telco regarding EGU 2016 planning



Meetings will be held on the Slack channel: #opengeoscience


Please contact Jeff McKenna to receive an invite to the open geoscience committee slack channel


Meeting 2015-10-30 18:00 hours


  • Top 1: EGU GA 2016:
    • OSGeo-related sessions
    • Townhall preparation: Timeline / Volunteers
    • Short courses: OSGeo-Scope / Format / Timeline / Volunteers
  • Top 2: Promoting the new OSGeo Opengeoscience Committee
  • Top 3: Various


  • Epifanio
  • Madi
  • Jeff
  • Raffalba
  • Peter


  • Top 1
    • OSGeo-related sessions

Madi will create a sub page on FOSS sessions and conferences

    • Townhall preparation: Timeline / Volunteers

Townhall topic and other details will be discussed later. Info about the past townhalls sits on the Wiki:

Jeff lobbies OSGeo board to support Townhall even

Madi and Raffaele volunteer for the EGU Townhall preparation

    • Short courses: OSGeo-Scope / Format / Timeline / Volunteers
  • Top 2: Outreach
    • GIS DAY 2015
      • New Hampshire Uni: Poster about OSGeo Live + OSGeo givewaways (Epifanio)
      • GFZ Potsdam (Peter): Presentation

  • Top 3: Various
    • Student course:

Prep of a prez about OSGeo-live for RAFFALBAs students (C2 Epifanio / Madi)

Past meetings

The minutes from past meetings can be found at this page



FOSS related conferences/sessions are listed at this page


Holding the 1st "charter" of the committee. On that paper was written: "Open Geoscience Committee: an entry for Open Source geoscience topics."

Founding meeting 01
Founding meeting 02