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OSGeo partners with Code for Resilience

News Date: 
25 Feb 2014

We are pleased to announce that OSGeo has become a global partner of Code for Resilience (C4R), an initiative co-founded by the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and ICT Unit (TWICT), and Code for Japan.
The initiative is partnering local technologists with disaster risk management (DRM) experts to strengthen community resilience to natural disasters through the creation of civic-minded digital and hardware solutions.

Read about Code for Resilience events held in Peshawar, Dhaka, and three cities in Japan in this World Bank feature story or this write-up in DevEx.

Stay up to date on the next hackathon events by following @Code4Resilience on Twitter.

OSGeo developers and contributors are invited to take part to local events, and/or participate to the third part of the initiative, namely the Online Innovation Challenge. C4R organisers look for mentors from various domains (web, app development..) - people who can guide development and provide expertise.

This is an exciting opportunity to interface directly with some of the developers who are hard at work building tools that address the challenges we have identified as key to improving community resilience to natural disasters.

Inauguration of two ICA-OSGeo Labs in Sri Lanka: OSGeoSLIIT and OSGeoSL (Moratuwa University)

News Date: 
18 Feb 2014

Two ICA-OSGeo Labs have been inaugurated in Sri Lanka and are now officially an active part of ICA-OSGeo Labs network.

On February, 17th, OSGeoSLIIT has been inaugurated, in the presence of Dr. Malitha Wijesundara, Dean, Faculty of Computing; Mr. Nuwan Kodagoda, Head, Dep. IT, Prof. Yann Chemin and Anne Ghisla as OSGeo representatives, as well as the lab contact Nimalika Fernando. The official ceremony was followed by the visit to the lab.

On February, 18th, OSGeoSL in Moratuwa University , Department of Town and Country Planning, in the presence of Prof PKS Mahanama,Prof Ananda Jayawardane, Dean of Faculty of Architecture; Prof Ananda Jayawardane, Vice chancellor; Dr. Jagath Munashinge, Head of Department; Prof. Yann Chemin, RS/GIS Specialist, IWMI, SL, Anne Ghisla as OSGeo representative, and the lab contact Aruna Wickramasinghe. The inauguration was followed by a visit to the lab and an introduction to OpenStreetMap to a group of students.

Both istitutions have been using open source for geospatial since several years and are currently offering courses to students as well as public sector employees, based on the most recent advancements in FOSS4G software tools.
This event marks the international recognition of the first-class level of geospatial technologies development in Sri Lanka, and aims to encourage other institutions to take part to this initiative.

OSGeoSL and OSGeoSLIIT look forward for a productive collaboration with the whole ICA-OSGeo Labs network, in an international perspective, as well as the occasion to strengthen the existing collaboration between them.

About OSGeo and ICA:

Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data.

International Cartographic Association (ICA) is the world authoritative body for cartography and Geographic Information Science.

FOSS4G 2015 RFP Process

News Date: 
14 Feb 2014

OSGeo is happy to announce the call for hosting the FOSS4G 2015 event. The 2015 FOSS4G RFP is available now at:


And the RFP process is summarily described on the wiki:


Links to letters of intent, proposals, and supplementary information will be added to the wiki page as the process goes on.


2015 is an "Outside of Europe and North America year"
Like last year, using a two-stage bidding process, with letters-of-intent, followed by full proposals for selected bidders.
Letters of intent due March 14.
Please share this document far and wide!


Bart van den Eijnden
FOSS4G RFP Coordinator, 2015

Geometa Lab at HSR (Switzerland) becomes member of the ICA-OSGeo Network and "Geo for All" initiative

News Date: 
5 Feb 2014

We are pleased to announce that the Geometa Lab at HSR (Switzerland) became a new member of the ICA-OSGeo Network. The lab is part of the Institute for Software at the University of Applied Sciences in Rapperswil (referred to as "HSR"). It was founded in 2000 by the current director of the lab, Professor Stefan Keller.

The Geometa Lab combines modern software techniques - like software engineering and agile methods - with geospatial applications and develops projects with QGIS, GDAL/OGR and PostGIS (among others) from the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) software stack. Last summer, the Geometa Lab organized the FOSSGIS 2013 conference in Rapperswil (Switzerland) - the largest German speaking conference - together with the FOSSGIS e.V. association, which represents the OSGeo in the German speaking area. One of the projects from the lab related to Open Source and Open Data is the Kort game . This is a small gamified mobile web app for the improvement of OpenStreetMap. It got some awards in 2013 and was translated in over 20 languages.

The Geometa Lab will actively support the initiative "Geo for All" and will fulfill the Memorandum of Understanding between OSGeo and International Cartographic Association (ICA) to share the goal of developing on a global basis collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organizations in open source GIS software and data.

Visit the webpage of the Geometa Lab at HSR (see related weblink) for further information including upcoming training courses.

About OSGeo and ICA:

Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data.

/International Cartographic Association (ICA) is the world authoritative body for cartography and Geographic Information Science.

Happy 8th Birthday, OSGeo!

News Date: 
5 Feb 2014

Let's not forget that 8 years ago (February 4th, 2006) OSGeo held its first ever meeting in Chicago, U.S.A. Since then so many passionate people have dedicated time and effort into building the Open Source Geospatial community, all around the world. Let's take this moment to thank everyone right from that day 8 years ago, to now, and keep growing our lively community. Thank you all!

Jeff McKenna
OSGeo President

OSGeo Board Thanks the Organizers of the FOSS4G 2013 Nottingham Event

News Date: 
2 Jan 2014

The OSGeo Board would like to thank all of the FOSS4G 2013 Nottingham local committee for an impressive and successful event. Led by the hard-working chair Steven Feldman, the organizers hosted over 800 attendees through more than 20 hands-on workshops and 9 concurrent presentation tracks. Their theme “Geo for All” really highlighted the passion for Open Source geospatial around the world in so many different disciplines.

The local committee recently submitted a substantial financial surplus back directly to the OSGeo foundation. Members of the OSGeo Board are very thankful for this generous contribution to the foundation and to the Open Source geospatial community.

Steven Feldman says, "I am delighted that we have been able to make a substantial contribution to the OSGeo Foundation and the FOSS4G 2013 team look forward to celebrating the successes that the OSGeo Community will be able to generate with this funding."

Jeff McKenna, OSGeo's President, says, "We thank Steven and the entire local committee for such hard volunteer work, sacrificing months of their career to put on a stellar international event. Their passion for Open Source geospatial was felt by people from all across the globe. They are the FOSS4G Heroes of 2013."

About OSGeo

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation has been created to support and build the highest-quality Open Source geospatial software. The foundation's goal is to encourage the use and collaborative development of community-led projects, data development and education.

About FOSS4G

FOSS4G, Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial, is the international gathering of Open Source, geospatial tribes. The spatial industry is undergoing rapid innovations and the Open Source spatial community is one of the forces driving the change. From its beginnings the FOSS4G conference has been the gathering of the spatial tribes and has a reputation of being a melting pot for great ideas in the spatial industry and a catalyst for many successful geospatial products, standards and protocols.

The FOSS4G 2013 Local Organising Committee members were: Jo Cook and Jeremy Morley (vice-chairs), Abi Page, Addy Pope, Antony Scott, Barend Kobben, Barry Rowlingson, Claire Gilmour, Franz-Josef Behr, Ian Edwards, Ian Holt, Kenneth Field, Mark Iliffe, Matt Walker, Rollo Home and Suchith Anand

Look for the next FOSS4G 2014 to be held in Portland, Oregon, U.S. in September.

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