Public Geospatial Data Project

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This project was recently approved as official foundation committee.


Promote the use of open geospatial formats

Providing best-practise guidelines and examples for use of open and free standards for data (GML, WMS, WFS-T) and metadata (Dublin Core, RDF).

Promote public access to state-collected geodata

Lead by example in demonstrating economic value and research activity generated by open access to public geographic information.

Run a repository of open geodata

A collection of geospatial datasets shall be hosted by the PGDP. Additionally, links to other open data repostories shall be collected.

Present and explain licenses for public geodata

The PGDP aims to collect licenses suitable for the publishing of public geodata. The license shall be presented along with a summary of its benefits and focus.


The Public Geospatial Data Project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation is currently in the "definition phase". That means that we're in the process of putting together information about the kinds of things we could do, which organizations might be relevant, how the project might be structured, etc. Since the entire OSGeo is new, we're really working out the process for starting a non-software based project as we go.

Likely scenario

  • Information gathering
  • Develop list of potential participants
  • Invite people/organizations to express interest
  • Discuss potential charter (is there an "official" OSGeo name for this?)
  • Present charter to OSGeo Board for approval (or do the members also get to vote on it?)
    • Charter should probably have "Terms of Reference" - i.e. what the group will do
    • Charter should probably have an initial list of participants/organizations (not all need to be members)
    • Charter should name a Chair and a Vice Chair (or co-chairs?) (must proposed chair already be a member or can s/he become a member by virtue of being part of this?)
  • Assuming project is approved - Get to work!

Potential Members

If you add people/orgs to this list, please indicate whether you're adding yourself/your organization or whether you are "nominating" the person/organization as a potential member.


Please add yourself

  • David Bitner (self)
  • Allan Doyle (self)
  • Florian Kindl (nominated)
  • Pericles S. Nacionales (self)
  • Markus Neteler (self)
  • Jo Walsh (nominated)
  • Helton Uchoa (self) - User:Uchoa
  • Aaron Racicot (self) - Ecotrust - aaronr at
  • Daniel Brookshier (self)
  • Schuyler Erle (self)



Events where we can either promote our positions or are likely to run into like-minded individuals.

Existing Work

Geo Data Licenses

Geo Data Repositories / Group Collection Projects

Geo Data Repository & Policy Research

Geo Data Policy Advocacy

Open Access

There are also more general open access movements, often aimed at scientific data, that could provide a venue for broadening awareness of the geo-specific issues.

Further Reading