Markus Neteler

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OSGeo Member
Name: Markus Neteler Markus neteler smallpic.png
Job Title: Owner and Senior Consultant
Company: mundialis GmbH & Co KG
Address: Koelnstrasse 99
City: Bonn
Country: Germany
Local Chapter: FOSSGIS
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Language(s): German; English; Italian
Personal Description :
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OSGeo Experience and Roles:

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Markus Neteler
awarded by Arnulf for untiring cleaning-up of the Wiki. Thanks in the name of the community!

Markus Neteler, PhD, is a Geographer and Open Source GIS enthusiast. After 15 years working as a researcher in Italy (remote sensing for environmental risk assessment, epidemiological GIS modelling, vector-borne diseases, biodiversity, and Free Software GIS development) he joined in 2015 the startup mundialis ( as a partner and general manager focusing on remote sensing and big geodata processing. Markus is project coordinator of GRASS GIS and founding member of,, and He is author/co-author of two books on GRASS GIS and over 80 papers on GIS applications. He is founding-member of the OSGeo Foundation and served on its board of directors between 2006-2011. In 2006, he was honored with the international Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software.

OSGeo Experience

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... roughly in temporal order:

  • co-founder of mundialis, Germany - 2015
  • Neteler, M., Bowman, M.H., Landa, M. and Metz, M. (2012): GRASS GIS: a multi-purpose Open Source GIS. Environmental Modelling & Software, 31: 124-130 (DOI)
  • Sol Katz Award in 2006
  • Board of Directors member of (2006-2011) and of several committees (GRASS GIS PSC, SAC, geodata, ... since 2006)
  • co-founder of GDF Hannover, Germany - 2003
  • co-founder and member of:
  • First book on Open Source GIS: GRASS book 2008.jpg - 2002

My OSGeo related proposals 2006-2011

Done goals 2006-2011

My goals 2010-2011 (as a director)

Ex post note: I could not realize all my goals in my years of being a director (since 2006), so please pick 'em up!

  • Board:
    • [✓] Extend the OSGeo mission statement: add "collaborative"
    • [✓] consider two one F2F board of directors meetings per year
    • consider a MoU with OpenStreetMap Foundation to clarify relationship for people outside of communities
    • discuss a low charter member fee (as most organizations worldwide have incl. OSGeo local chapters), perhaps BIP adjusted
  • Conference
    • run two conferences per year in different parts of the world rather than targeting at 2000 participants. One could be the current conference, the other more workshop oriented (Geoff Zeiss: make that topic oriented)
  • Marketing
    • Edu Marketing reachout initiative - better advertise the multi-language Edu portal
  • Data
  • Business
    • Service providers directory: better support individual freelancers
    • consider to establish a FOSS4G "engineer" certificate (which can even generate revenue for OSGeo)
  • Community
    • better link OSGeo int'l and local chapters (basically poor performance of many OSGeo liason officers. Maybe tag important messages and send to new local-chapters list?)
    • [✓] promote a spatially more representative charter membership structure: elections went into this direction, see: Board of Directors Report 2011

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