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Memorandum of Understanding

Memorandum of Understanding between
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation
The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS)

signed on May 24, 2016

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Announcing UCGIS - OSGeo MoU

This Agreement, also known as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), is entered into on this 24 day of May, 2016, by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, hereinafter called “UCGIS”, and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, hereinafter called “OSGeo”.

  1. UCGIS and OSGeo agree to cooperate in the following activities, which are to their mutual benefit:
    • Disseminate information, news, and opportunities for each organization to members of the other, using official and organizational publications, such as mailing lists/list-serves and newsletters;
      • Thoughtful attention should be paid to share only those items that are deemed relevant and appropriate to the receiving audience; If in doubt, consult with a board or staff member of OSGeo or UCGIS;
      • UCGIS will authorize up to two individuals associated with OSGeo to post to their "ALL" listserv;
    • Exchange information related to educational initiatives in order to
      • encourage the development and distribution of open access educational resources, curricula, and other materials built using OS tools and services;
      • collaborate to develop an online educational material repository and a system to encourage faculty to contribute to that repository;
      • contribute relevant content to the UCGIS GIS&T Body of Knowledge;
      • utilize and contribute to the GeoForAll network.
    • Develop a cooperative research agenda for open source geospatial science that
      • Identifies priority areas and opportunities for open source geospatial research.
      • Supports joint proposals between UCGIS and OSGeo institutions.
    • Utilize the webinar platform to develop, share, and exchange ideas and information;
      • UCGIS will provide free registration to any of its regularly scheduled collection of webinars to individuals associated with OSGeo or the GeoForAll network;
      • OSGeo and/or the GeoForAll network will contribute one or more webinars to the UCGIS collection each year;
    • Refer to this MOU in the promotional and communication materials of each organization, such as their websites;
    • Exchange designated official representatives to the principal annual meeting of each organization. Registration fees for one official representatives will be waived;
    • Any other activity agreed by the governing bodies of both organizations.
  2. This MOU applies to UCGIS and OSGeo as organizations in their entirety. It does not provide any individual members of UCGIS or OSGeo membership rights in the other (e.g., voting rights or special membership rates at its activities, other than the designated complimentary exchange of official representatives).
  3. This MOU between UCGIS and OSGeo supersedes any previous version.
  4. This MOU between UCGIS and OSGeo will be reviewed every two years by the governing bodies of both organizations before being formally renewed, with the understanding that it may be terminated by either organization by providing sixty (60) days’ advance written notice to the other.

Signed by

Elizabeth Wentz, President, UCGIS
Helena Mitasova, Vice-President, OSGeo


I. Liaisons

The initial liaisons and their contact data is as follows:

Primary OSGeo Liaisons

Helena Mitasova, OSGEO vice-president and co-chair of the GeoForAll North American region, hmitaso AT
Charles Schweik, co-chair of the GeoForAll North American region, cschweik AT
Phillip Davis, co-chair of the GeoForAll North American region, pdavis AT

Primary UCGIS Liaisons

Diana S. Sinton, Executive Director, UCGIS

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