Get Started at OSGeo

If you are new to OSGeo here are some ideas on getting up to speed quickly with the organization and start collaborating with others.

Welcome to the Open Source Geospatial Foundation!

Get started with OSGeo, where everyone is welcome to participate! regardless of their membership status, first of all, you do not need to be an OSGeo member to use the OSGeo mailing lists, the Wiki or to contribute to any projects, but we encourage your registration.

Get Oriented

Have a look the FAQ to learn about our community, we recommend starting by joining our discuss list.

Add Yourself to the Member List

Get started as an OSGeo member is easy, you just need to register yourself on the Wiki. To do this, you will need a Wiki account, which you can get by clicking the ‘log in‘ button on the upper right hand corner of the Wiki and follow the instructions. You will need to add your email address to make sure we know you are a sentient being and not a bot. For more information about using a Wiki, see the Wiki Help. After your registration, let people know in your personal Wiki user page (top right in the Wiki) what you’re about, and what you’re interested in. Please add ‘[[Category: OSGeo Member]]’ within the page to become auto-registered on the member list page.

Since you’ve read the  FAQ , you know that everyone participating is a member, so adding yourself to the discuss email list is the first thing to do.

See also current list of members

We also have charter members, appointed by nomination, who take part in the election of our board each year.

Find a Project to Work On

Getting started as a project contributor, the easiest place to begin with is the Volunteers Needed page, as projects will put up their requests based on what they’re looking for. You also can email the discuss list directly to let people know what you’re interested in and ask for pointers.

You can also browse the mailing list archives, and join any of the mailing lists.

Join a Mailing List

For more information about mailing lists please see the Mailing Lists page. This page outlines the primary lists for getting started with the different mailing lists OSGeo hosts. Some projects have several mailing lists, some intended for users and others for developers or simple announcements.

Join a project mailing list and introduce yourself and ask where you can help out.

Help Curate the Wiki

You can get started on collaboration on the Wiki where a lot of action takes place. You can start up new documents there, later we can transition them over to the primary site when we’re happy with how they look and what they say. Documents on reflect OSGeo’s positions, while on the wiki we work out what those positions are. You can find out where the action has been on the wiki by clicking on Recent Changes. Feel free to add new pages, propose new projects and ideas, and comment on or modify content that is under revision. If you are interested in being notified when new pages are posted in the wiki, subscribe to the RSS or Atom feeds.

Jump on IRC

Get started on communicating with other OSGeo members that hang out on IRC, you just need to go to the #osgeo channel at Or in more verbose terms, on the OSGeo channel of There are a variety of IRC clients, if you’re running Firefox ChatZilla is very straightforward. There are many other good ones out there. With IRC you can informally get to know people, what they’re working on, and what our current problems are. If you are behind a firewall, you may try out freenode’s Web based IRC client.

For more information visit the OSGeo IRC wiki page.


Access to OSGeo services (OSGeo user ID)

OSGeo is endeavoring to allow members, software users, and developers to access a variety of OSGeo services with a single userid and password (we are using LDAP authentication for this). At this time we are only part way to our goal. You can get an OSGeo user ID to use the OSGeo services. If you forgot your or another user ID you can search by common name using this form.

Lost password?: Visit our password reset page to reset your password.

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