MOU TIB Announcement

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OSGeo and TIB sign a Memorandum of Understanding for Open Access and Sharing of Geo-information

News Date

Bonn, April 17 2018


The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the TIB – German National Library of Science and Technology have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 23 2018. The aim of the agreement is to foster access, sharing and discoverability of geo-information.

MoU and signatories at the OSGeo Code Sprint in Bonn, Germany (B. Drees[TIB], M. Arias de Reyna[OSGeo])

Specifically both organizations through the MoU will work together to:

  • To assist in developing an open archive for discovery of FOSS4G event materials
  • To preserve past scientific documents and materials as part of OSGeo foundation projects
  • To work closely with existing initiatives such as GeoForAll to help archive necessary geospatial research
  • To enhance the discoverability of OSGeo-related content by research and development activities (including automated metadata enrichment, linked open data, and ontology-based approaches)

Both organizations will establish a liaison to ensure good information flow and cooperation.

About TIB

The TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology is the German National Library of Science and Technology and a member of the Leibniz Association. It is jointly funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the 16 German states. As a research library, it conducts applied research and development in order to generate new services and optimise existing ones. Its key areas of research are in the fields of Data Science & Digital Libraries, non-textual material, Open Knowledge, Open Science and Visual Analytics. With a collection of over 9 million items in 2017, the TIB is the largest science and technology library in the world. TIB’s AV-Portal can be used to search for specific content from scientific videos from the fields of science and technology and hosts OSGeo conference recordings (FOSS4G, FOSSGIS etc.) and other OSGeo video material.

About OSGeo

OSGeo ( is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data. The Foundation provides financial, organizational and legal support to the broader open source geospatial community. It also serves as an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding and other resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit. In 2018 OSGeo is the home for over 30 geospatial open source projects, and the OSGeo foundation has over 30,000 members. Since 2006 OSGeo has also hosted the widely popular international FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference, rotating it all over the globe each year.

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