INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Open Source Geospatial Foundation
Mission and Objectives: 
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, is a not-for- profit organization whose mission is to support the collaborative development of open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use. 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. Open Source InitiativeThe foundation's projects are all freely available and useable under an OSI-certified open source license.
Formal Mandate: 
Not-for-profit umbrella organization
The following 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.
Major Open Source software geospatial projects including: Web Mapping: deegree, geomajas, GeoMoose, GeoServer, Mapbender, MapBuilder, MapFish, MapGuide Open Source, MapServer, OpenLayers Desktop Applications: GRASS GIS, Quantum GIS Geospatial Libraries: FDO, GDAL/OGR, GEOS, GeoTools, OSSIM, PostGIS Metadata Catalogs: GeoNetwork Outreach Projects: Public Geospatial Data, Education and Curriculum, OSGeo Live Web Mapping (Incubating Projects): ZOO-Project, Team Engine, Desktop Applications: gvSIG, Opticks, Marble Geospatial Libraries (Incubating Project): MetaCRS, rasdaman Metadata Catalogs (Incubating Project): pycsw
OSGeo is a community of communites and operates without paid staff. It is a highly diverse organization and can therefore not really be represented by a single person.

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • contribute to cost/benefit analysis of the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    Societal Sector
    Volunteer community, businesses, service provider
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    OSGeo has 144 Charter Members, more than 500 registered contributors to Open Source Software projects and more than 10000 end users in Europs. Many software projects implement INSPIRE view, download, metadata services and have to deal with INSPIRE data specifications. OSGeo software is used by a wide range or Europen Member states to implement spatial data infrastructures to satisfy the requirement of the INSPIRE directive.
    Environmental application domains
    Any and all.
    Primary Business
    Software development, education, open data