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"Geospatial Professional Society of the Year" Awarded to OSGeo Foundation

News Date: 
10 Feb 2017

The OSGeo Foundation is pleased to be recognized as the "Geospatial Professional Society of the Year" by Geospatial Media and Communication. Geospatial World Award is an internationally-acclaimed private award recognizing exemplary innovations and practices in the global geospatial industry.

The announcement was made at the gala dinner event of Geospatial World Forum, recently held in Hyderabad, India. The 2017 award in recognition of our foundation's effort towards promoting the use of open source geospatial software, and its collaborative development.

The Award was presented to our president, Prof. Venkatesh Raghavan, by Dr Swarna Subba Rao, the Surveyor General of India, in the presence of Mr. Sanjay Kumar, CEO, Geospatial Media and Communications and other luminaries of the global geospatial community.

While accepting the award on behalf of the OSGeo Foundation, Prof. Venkatesh Raghavan said the award calls for a triple celebration, as 2017 also marks 250 years of glorious history of the Survey of India, the 20th Anniversary for Geospatial Media and Communications Pvt. Ltd. Our president dedicated the award to all who believe in openness and freedom in geospatial software.

Thanks to Geospatial Media and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for bestowing the OSGeo Foundation with this rare honor and congratulations to all members of our community!


About Geospatial World Forum

Geospatial World Forum (GWF) is a conference covering the entire spectrum of geospatial technologies, workflows, policies and practices in one global platform. Founded in Hyderabad in 2007, the conference has traveled across Europe before returning to Hyderabad in 2017. GWF 2017 was co-hosted by Survey of India and Indian Space Research Organization. The conference witnessed participation of 3000+ delegates from 100 countries and covered 30 thematic sessions and workshops with over 300 presentations.

About Open Source Geospatial Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is not-for-profit organization to foster global adoption of open source geospatial technology. The software foundation is devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development. OSGeo serves as an outreach and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal support for the open source geospatial community.

OSGeo sponsorship is available on an annual basis for foundation projects, events, local chapters and operations. Visit osgeo.org/sponsorship for more information

About Geospatial Media and Communications

Known for its quality publication and insightful geospatial conferences, Geospatial Media is a global organization that believes in making difference through geospatial knowledge in world economy.

About Geospatial World Leadership Awards

Established in 2007, by Geospatial Media and Communications, Geospatial World Leadership Awards have evolved to be recognized globally. Categories of these awards are aligned with characteristics and directions of the geospatial industry.

Geospatial devroom at FOSDEM 2017 on Sunday 5/2/2017 in Brussels (Belgium)

News Date: 
5 Feb 2017

Like the last two years, there will be a geospatial devroom at the
largest open source conference of Europe: FOSDEM in Brussels.

There will be 16 talks from different types of open source projects:
from more academic projects to applications using (and updating)
openstreetmap to back-end libraries and databases.

Among others, the results of last year google summer of code projects
at OSGeo will be presented.

The schedule of this year's edition can be found here:

Be sure to check out also the other tracks - there are more than 500
presentations to choose from!

Admission is free of charge. Registration is not required.

Hope to see many of you in Brussels!

Happy 11th Birthday, OSGeo!

News Date: 
4 Feb 2017

11 years ago today was the first ever meeting of the OSGeo foundation, in Chicago USA.

Thanks to those passionately involved back then, and the thousands contributing since, now our community has expanded and has reached many countries all over world. Congratulations to everyone for continuing to share the passion for Open Source geospatial.

Here is a glimpse at some of the exciting events happening around the world this year:

GeoPython 2017

News Date: 
27 Jan 2017

Dear Geo & Python community

I’m pleased to announce the upcoming GeoPython 2017 conference, which takes place in Basel, Switzerland May 8 to 10, 2017.

The call for talks/workshops is extended until February 15, 2017.

This year the event is organised again by the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland and PyBasel - the local Python User Group and supported by the Python Software Foundation (PSF).

More info is available at https://2017.geopython.net

Conference topics are:

  • Python in General
  • GIS/Mapping
  • Geography / Geophysics / Geodesy / Geomatics
  • Earth Sciences / Environmental Sciences
  • Geovisualization
  • Smart Cities
  • Spatial Data / Geodata
  • Geospatial Webservices
  • Big Data
  • Data Processing
  • (Spatial) Databases
  • Computer Vision
  • Remote Sensing
  • Image Processing
  • Machine Learning

Kind regards,
The GeoPython organization Team

“GeoForAll” Lab of the Month – Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi , USA

News Date: 
9 Jan 2017

On behalf of GeoForAll and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation let me take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Happy New Year 2017 and a successful year ahead. It is also my great pleasure, to introduce our colleagues at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi , USA as our “GeoForAll” lab of this month in the New Year.

The Spatial {Query} Lab at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi has a mission of making spatial technology, education, and information accessible to everyone. A large part of meeting this mission is the continued development and maintenance of the GeoAcademy curriculum ( http://spatialquerylab.com/foss4g-academy-curriculum/ ).

Full details are at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2017/01/geoforall-lab-of-the-month-texas-am-university-corpus-christi-usa/

On behalf of the GeoForAll community, we thank Richard Smith and all colleagues the Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi , USA for their help and for their contributions to the GeoForAll initiative and look forward to working and building more collaborations with all interested on this education mission. We believe in empowering people with spatial decision making tools to help build a better society for all of humanity.

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is the world’s largest Geospatial ecosystem , so we welcome you to the huge network of our partners and collaborators globally from governments, industry , universities, NGOs worldwide that you can connect to expand your ideas rapidly. Open innovation is key in driving Digital Economy opportunities and we are determined to make sure that everyone benefits.

May the FOSS be with everyone...

Best wishes,

Dr. Suchith Anand
GeoForAll - Building and expanding Open Geospatial Science

OSGeo Sponsorship Opportunities for 2017

News Date: 
6 Jan 2017

Welcome to another exciting year for OSGeo!

Many of our most important initiatives are only possible thanks to the support of our volunteers and sponsors. If you are in position to support our community, events and activities in 2017 we would love to hear from you.

OSGeo sponsorship is accumulated across events giving us a chance to recognize organizations that support us financially at each level of our community from local chapter meetups, project sprints, foundation initiatives, local FOSS4G events and this year’s global FOSS4G 2017 in Boston.

We have two key OSGeo initiatives with fund raising targets in 2017:

  • Digital asset rebranding and website reboot: The marketing committee has volunteered to undertake an Expression of Interest and Request for Proposals process to revamp the OSGeo visual and online presence in 2017. This is a significant user-focused undertaking that would greatly benefit from your support!
  • OSGeo-UN Hackathon: Our UN Committee would like to host sprints and workshops with UN partners. Additional fundraising is slated to help with travel costs allowing OSGeo project leads to attend.

Event sponsorship opportunities:

  • FOSS4G 2017 Boston - our celebrated meeting of the tribes global event with keynote speakers from Paul Ramsey to Dr. Richard Stallman.
  • FOSS4G Europe 2017 - a great combination of workshops, conference and code sprint July 18th-22nd in Paris.
  • FOSS4G-ASIA 2017- Extends foss4g to Asia welcomingall GIS communities and tribes to Hyderaba January 26-29.
  • Daytona Beach Code Sprint 2017 - our annual code sprint takes place in North America this year, bringing together project members to make decisions and tackle larger geospatial problems.
  • Additional regional and project events will be announced throughout the year, keep your eye open for a chance to assist either financially or in person.

Sponsorship benefits range from website placement, inclusion in promotional material, to events and press releases. For additional information, examples and available discounts, please see our sponsorship page, 2017 reference (or contact treasurer@osgeo.org with your questions).