Welcome to the University of Trento to GeoForAll

News Date: 
10 Feb 2016

We are pleased to welcome University of Trento, in Italy to the GeoForAll initiative as an Open Source Geospatial Laboratory and Research Center.

The UTn-FOSS Lab was born from the synergy of two existing labs at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Trento i.e Geodesy and Geomatics and Ecology which have been working togheter since 1993 on various FOSS4G research and education projects, especially with the GRASS GIS software.

The point of contact for the lab is Clara Tattoni.

Below the description of the main activities.


The Geodesy and Geomatics lab investigates innovative positioning and survey systems, such as GPS, laser scanning techniques and digital photogrammetry, which are nowadays pivotal for the description of the environment as well as for proactive mobility management. Geographic Information Systems represent a further researches topic, especially with reference to geometric and topologic, 2D and 3D, modelling and to the development, test and implementation of innovative techniques for data processing and analysis.

The Ecology lab research areas are the ecology and planning of forests with special attention to the mountain areas and the issues arisen in the last decades due both to the abandonment of the traditional agricultural, woodland and shepherd activities and to the tourism development at high altitude sites.

The group works on the development and validation of research methodologies for land analysis and on the identification of new strategies for the sustainable management of the mountain territory.


Beside their research topics, all carried out in FOSS4G environment the group devoted a lot of effort in education by developing and updating self training tutorials in the Italian and English languages. Details at
http://www.ing.unitn.it/~grass/documents.html for GRASS and QGIS and by training student and professional with specific courses.

At the University of Trento the following courses are based on FOSS4G software:

  • Numerical carthography and GIS (III year under graduate)
  • Land survey (III year under graduate)
  • Applied Ecology, 6 European credits, 60 hours Master degree course
  • Doctoral course Environmental data management and analysis
  • Doctoral School in Environmental Engineering

Plus the International Summer School on "Tropical Rainforest Biodiversity modelling and mapping" organised in cooperation with the Science Museum of Trento (Italy) and the Danish Natural History Museum and Tanzania National Park. Details at http://www.muse.it/it/la-ricerca/biodiversita-tropicale/proposte-formative/pagine/summer-school-2015.aspx


They organized the first Open Source Free Software GIS - GRASS users conference in September 2002, in Trento.

Some of the people in this group are active within the OSGEO Education committee and they held workshops at various FOSS4G conferences

Various scripts and gass modules http://www.ing.unitn.it/~grass/software.html

Recent FOSS4G related projects include:

PRIN "Interoperability and cooperative management of geographic, dynamic, multidimentional and distributed data with Free and Open Source GIS"

European project Recharge GREEN http://www.recharge-green.eu/

We are warmly welcoming more universities to join us and expand research and teaching collaborations in Geospatial Science. Please contact our Regional chairs for more details http://www.geoforall.org/how_to_join/

Prof. Maria Brovelli and Dr. Peter Mooney
GeoForAll Europe Chairs