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Open Source Geospatial Laboratory established at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

News Date: 
19 Sep 2013
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We are pleased to announce the establishment of ICA-OSGeo Open Source Geospatial Laboratory (OSGL, see [0]) at ETH Zurich, Switzerland [1]. The OSGL at ETH Zurich is part is part of the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation, chair of Cartography [2]. The preceding Institute of Cartography was founded in 1925 by Professor Eduard Imhof, one of the main founders of modern academic cartography. It is therefore the oldest university institute in cartography world-wide. In 2011, with the establishment of the new chair of Geoinformation Engineering, the scope of activities of the institute was expanded and its name was adapted. In cartography, the institute strives to maintain its leading position in topographic cartography (relief representation), thematic cartography, and atlas cartography (school atlases, national atlases) by exploiting and further developing cartographic knowledge and adapting it to new interactive technologies and application domains. Geoinformation Engineering aims at analyzing, representing, modelling, and visualizing spatio-temporal decision processes and integrates such models in mobile geoinformation services and spatial information technologies.

The OSGL at ETH Zurich will be actively implementing the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), with the vision to support the development of open-source geospatial software technologies, training and expertise. It also aims to provide support for increasing the number and quality of open source teaching and training materials for Cartography and GIS. As a proud member of the ICA-OSGeo Network [3], the ETH Zurich OSGL is focusing on Education, Open Geodata and on Cartographic and Geospatial Research. Additionally the laboratory is participating in the ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies [4] and through the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation [5] as an associate member in Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) [6].

The lab starts with expertise in several OSGeo projects such as Quantum GIS, OpenLayers, PostGIS and GDAL/OGR. A special attention will be given to QGIS Server, since it was conceived as a research project at the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation [2]. Furthermore the lab is proud to have joined a collaboration in the areas of Education and Research with the industry partner Sourcepole [7].

The ETH Zurich OSGL will be led by Dr. Ionuț Iosifescu [8] with support from several members of the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation. Please check the lab webpage for the full list of team members and the assigned areas of responsibility, as well as for the upcoming training possibilities [9].

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.

ICA is the world authoritative body for cartography and Geographic Information Science.

[0] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/MOU_ICA
[1] http://karlinapp.ethz.ch/osgl/index.html
[2] http://www.ikg.ethz.ch/karto/index_EN
[3] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Edu_current_initiatives
[4] http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/
[5] http://www.ikg.ethz.ch/index_EN
[6] http://www.opengeospatial.org
[7] http://www.sourcepole.ch
[8] http://www.ikg.ethz.ch/people/staff/iionut/index_EN
[9] http://karlinapp.ethz.ch/osgl/Training.html

OSGeo Receives 501(c)(4) Tax Exempt Status

News Date: 
13 Sep 2013
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OSGeo is pleased to announce that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has accepted our application (PDF) for non-profit status under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. Our 501(c)(4) status declares that we are a Social Welfare Organization. This determination affirms OSGeo's role in serving the public through our mission, focused around Open Source Geospatial software.

This determination helps ensure that the organization will not have to pay US federal taxes on money accumulated toward the fulfilment of our mission. Unfortunately, unlike a 501(c)(3) (Charitable) status, this does not allow financial contributors to OSGeo to treat the contributions as a charitable contribution which can have a tax benefit for US tax payers. There should still be no problem with commercial organizations treating contributions to OSGeo as a business expense.

OSGeo owes a special debt to past Executive Director Tyler Mitchell, and current Treasurer Daniel Morissette who have carried this process to a successful conclusion after several years of work. Current OSGeo President, Jeff McKenna, says "Both Daniel and Tyler should be thanked by the entire community for their dedication to such a challenging task. Our future foundation events, and OSGeo in general, will benefit from their hard work for years to come."

About the Open Source Geospatial Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open 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.

Open Source Geospatial Lab established at CAGIS, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

News Date: 
13 Sep 2013
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We are pleased to announce the establishment of ICA-OSGeo Lab at the Center for Applied GIScience (CAGIS), University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), USA. CAGIS is an interdisciplinary research center that focuses on using advanced space-time theories, methods, and technologies in cutting-edge Geographic Information Science for complex geographical problem-solving. Based on the synergistic coupling of spatiotemporal and computational thinking, major research themes of CAGIS consist of 1) CyberGIS for large-scale geographical problem-solving, 2) Land use/cover change and sustainability, 3) Complexity theory and geospatial modeling, 4) Big data and space-time analytics, 5) Remote sensing, sensor networks and volunteered geographic information, 6) Computational intelligence for geocomputational modeling, 7) Cartography and geovisualization, and 8) Open source GIS. CAGIS has unique strength in these cutting-edge research themes and has intensive interest in their applications in alternative spatially integrated domains, including environmental studies, ecology, earth science, hydrology, spatial epidemiology, social science, transportation, urban regional analysis and policies. More details at http://gis.uncc.edu .

This open source geospatial laboratory is a joint initiative of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). The lab will be led by Dr. Wenwu Tang (Executive director of CAGIS) and Dr. Xingjian Liu with support from two full-time permanent positions: Director of Research & Outreach (John B. Vogler) and Resident Systems Administrator (Jason Watson). The facility has a well-equipped computational laboratory specializing in technologies for spatial analysis and geocomputation, spatial cyberinfrastructure, and big spatial data. It has also has access to advanced supercomputing computing resources held by US NSF XSEDE, Open Science Grid, RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute), and URC (University Research Computing) at UNC Charlotte.

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.

ICA is the world authoritative body for cartography, the discipline dealing with the conception, production, dissemination and study of maps.

GeoMoose Graduates Incubation

News Date: 
6 Sep 2013
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OSGeo is pleased to announce that the GeoMoose project has graduated from incubation and is now a full fledged OSGeo project. Brian Fischer , a long time member of the GeoMoose Project Steering Committee (PSC), has been appointed as Project Officer.

GeoMoose is an Open Source Web Client JavaScript Framework for displaying distributed GIS data. GeoMoose excels at creating a useful web-based GIS application for those who need something that works without any programming experience. The GeoMoose demo (available on the GeoMoose website) contains a fully operating web-based property viewer. It can render, investigate, and even edit layers without the need to write a single line of code.

GeoMoose is written using JavaScript and HTML. XML configuration files are used to allow configuration too meet the needs of a variety of common web-based GIS viewers. Besides the viewer, GeoMoose also comes prepackaged with a number of built in geospatial services written in PHP. These services add the ability to perform drill-down identify operations, selection operations, and search data sets. GeoMoose leverages other open source projects such as MapServer, OpenLayers, Proj4js and Dojo Toolkit to take advantage of other project’s hard work that has went into those projects.

Graduating incubation includes fulfilling requirements for open community operation, a responsible project governance model, code provenance, and general good project operation. Graduation is the OSGeo seal of approval for a project and gives potential users and the community at large an added confidence in the viability and safety of the project.

As officially sanctioned software, GeoMoose will be a featured project on the OSGeo website and joins MapServer (www.mapserver.org) as only the second program with Minnesota origins to be endorsed by OSGeo. GeoMoose software is downloadable for free, and is useable based on a MIT open source license.

Congratulations to the GeoMoose community!

First ICA-OSGeo Lab in Switzerland established at SUPSI

News Date: 
3 Sep 2013
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We are pleased to announce that the first Open Source Geospatial Lab in Switzerland is established at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI).

In a society marked by profound changes, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) produces, develops and disseminates knowledge and expertise as propellant forces fundamental to support the economic, social, technological and artistic progress, and to contribute to the cultural and ethical growth of both society as a whole and its individual members. In this context, the Institute of Earth Sciences (IST) is a historical research and education institution, integrated in SUPSI and mainly involved in activities strictly related to the environment and its characteristics. It is composed of specialists in management of surface water and groundwater, natural hazards assessment, geological analyses, environmental databases, natural resource monitoring and geographic information systems (GIS). The geomatics division at the IST is particularly active in the field of the open source software, open standard and management of real time data collected from automatic monitoring network.

This open source geospatial laboratory is a joint initiative of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). The lab will be led by Professor Massimiliano Cannata. He also leads the Division of Geomatics.

Massimiliano is also an OSGeo Charter member and an active member of the open source geospatial community. His laboratory is also the developer of the Free and Open Source Sensor Observation Service Data Management System( istSOS ) which implements the SOS standard. Details at http://istgeo.ist.supsi.ch/software/istsos/

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.


ICA is the world authoritative body for cartography, the discipline dealing with the conception, production, dissemination and study of maps.

Ohio's First Open Source Geospatial lab will be established at Kent State University

News Date: 
30 Aug 2013
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Kent State University will be home to Ohio's first Open Source Geospatial Laboratory. The laboratory will support computational social science research and educational excellence through the development, implementation, and application of open source geo-computation and geo-visualization.

The laboratory is expected to attract considerable interest from spatial scientists, economic/urban geographers, regional scientists, and policy-makers who are keen to contribute to and learn about the evaluation, extension, and implementation of multi-scale and multi-mechanism framework for comparative space-time analysis of regional and urban dynamics. The laboratory will be active in dissemination of new comparative metrics for the broader research community.
The software used to support most activities of the laboratory is open source, meaning the source code can be modified and re-distributed royalty and fee free. This open source geospatial laboratory is a joint initiative of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).

Professor Xinyue Ye, GIS Faculty at Kent State University and founding director of computational social science research lab will lead the initiative.
The facility will open in September 2013.

Further Information:
Dr Xinyue Ye
Director, Computational Social Science Lab
Department of Geography
Kent State University
Email: xye5 AT kent.edu

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.


ICA is the world authoritative body for cartography, the discipline dealing with the conception, production, dissemination and study of maps.