European Geoscience Conference – General Assembly 2020

The General Assembly 2020 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, from 3–8 May 2020. The assembly is open to the scientists of all nations. An OSGeo-themed event at the event is being organised by the OSGeo Open Geoscience Committee.

The deadline for all abstract submissions is January 15 2020. Within the EGU Division of Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI), this session is explicitly addressing Open Source and OSGeo-related topics:

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Earth and Space Science Informatics

This session will look at the role of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in the geosciences with a special emphasis on the interoperability among established and developing FOSS-tools within geoinformatics. The session will be a forum for the latest advances in FOSS-empowered research, for successful applications of existing FOSS tools for geoscientific tasks, as well as for new developments in geoscience related to FOSS.

Software is critical to the success of science. Creating and using FOSS fosters contributions from the scientific community, creates a peer-reviewed and consensus oriented environment, and promotes sustainability of science infrastructures.

Providing open access to source code also permits reuse of data, reproducibility of science, and creates scientific transparency. Open science is only possible when access to data is open, and data is analysed using open source software. This requires taking responsibility for software development, and adopting stewardship practices for managing, processing and disseminating scientific data products and related services. We will also discuss the review, publication and citation of scientific free and open source software as part of the general record of science and as part of the track record of the scientists who create or apply FOSS tools in their research.

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