Talk:Open Source and Open Standards

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This article is a collaborative work by OGC and OSGeo. Please feel free to add comments, amend wording or open a conversation on the OSGeo Discuss mailing list. The document should be a high level summary only and give links for further exploration of the topic. It should be under regular review to ensure up-to-dateness (check the history for latest edits and links to the stable download location).


The document has been initiated by

Carl Reed
Chief Technology Officer
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

The first round of integrating OSGeo's position was done by

Arnulf Christl
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)

This White Paperwas innitially adapted partly from articles by Carl Reed published previously in Directions Magazine and GeoWorld. For a more comprehensive explanation of "openness", see another OGC White Paper by Carl Reed, "The Importance of Going Open". The Open Source aspect has been adapted from articles by Arnulf Christl in "FLOSS in Cadastre and Land Registration - Opportunities and Risks" in a publication by the FAO and FIG Commission 7 WG 7.3. For standardised definitions of Open Source and Free Software please refer to the Free Software Foundation ( and the Open Source Initiative (


Thanks to all the people who have contributed to making this White Paper a comprehensive document! Please understand that it will always be a compromise becasue positions on Openness vary greatly from one community to the next.