Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, 24 May 2016
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), represented by Professor Helena Mitasova, vice-president of OSGeo
and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), represented by Professor Elizabeth Wentz, president of UCGIS, have signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
to establish a collaborative relationship between the members of the UCGIS and OSGeo communities.
The goal of the MoU is to encourage the development and distribution of open access educational resources,
and work on a cooperative research agenda for open source geospatial science.
Among other activities, the groups will use webinars to develop, share, and exchange ideas and information
in close collaboration with the Geo for All initiative,
(the OSGeo educational and research outreach effort).
The communities will also exchange designated official representatives to the principal annual meeting of each organization.
The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS)
is a nonprofit organization that creates and supports communities of practice for GIScience research,
education, and policy endeavors in higher education and with allied institutions.
UCGIS is the professional hub for the academic GIS community.
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a nonprofit organisation whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data. The Geo for All initiative, which aims to make geospatial education, research, and opportunities accessible to all, is the OSGeo Education and Research outreach.
Diana Sinton, executive director of UCGIS, introduces the signing of MoU between OSGeo and UCGIS by Dr. Mitasova and Dr. Wentz
in Scottsdale, AZ on May 24, 2016