The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, is a not-for-profit organization 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. OSGeo also serves as an outreach and advocacy organization for the open source geospatial community, and provides a common forum and shared infrastructure for improving cross-project collaboration.
OSGeo is still a nascent organization and in the process of taking final shape. While the initial membership and Board of Directors has been formed, the foundation's governance model is undergoing review and discussion. Participation in this process is open to all in the open geospatial community. To participate, please review the foundation information available on this site in order to familiarize yourself with the issues and the discussions taking place, and then sign up for our mailing lists where discussion is taking place. OSGeo will ultimately expand to support multiple projects related to digital cartography and geospatial data and analysis. Each project will be headed by a Project Steering Committee (PSC) appointed by the OSGeo Board of Directors. All of the foundation's work is conducted in public forums among an open community of participants.
The foundation's projects are all freely available and useable under an OSI-certified open source license.
To support the development of open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use.
The following more detailed goals support the overall mission:
- To provide resources for foundation projects - eg. infrastructure, funding, legal.
- To promote freely available geodata - free software is useless without data.
- To promote the use of open source software in the geospatial industry (not just foundation software) - eg. PR, training, outreach.
- To encourage the implementation of open standards and standards-based interoperability in foundation projects.
- To ensure a high degree of quality in foundation projects in order to build and preserve the foundation "brand".
- To make foundation and related software more accessible to end users - eg. binary "stack" builds, cross package documentation.
- To provide support for the use of OSGeo software in education via curriculum development, outreach, and support.
- To encourage communication and cooperation between OSGeo communities on different language (eg. Java/C/Python) and operating system (eg. Win32, Unix, MacOS) platforms.
- To support use and contribution to foundation projects from the worldwide community through internationalization of software and community outreach.
- To operate an annual OSGeo Conference, possibly in cooperation with related efforts (eg. EOGEO).
- To award the Sol Katz award for service to the OSGeo community.
The following links lead to detailed information about OSGeo and how it is governed. Some of this information is not yet finalized, and will be linked when it is available.
- Certificate of Incorporation (pdf)
- Organizational Meeting held February 4, 2006 in Chicago, IL
- Board Meeting Archives
- Membership Meeting Archives