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How can OSGeo Europe help the European programmes

dirk frigne

(Submission #287)


The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster global adoption of open geospatial technology by being an inclusive software foundation devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development. Since the start in 2006, OSGeo started to grow into an organisation that has now more than 50 local chapters and more than thirty thousand unique mailing list subscribers. The non for profit organisation is driven by volunteers. Where volunteers at the start of the organisation where mostly software developers, today more and more users join the community helping to spread the word of open source. Last year, The European chapter was founded with a specific focus to help open geospatial technology being adopted in Europe, and in several European programmes. Europe has specific needs in terms of adopting open source software. During his 5 minute presentation, the president of OSGeo Europe will present OSGeo Europe and explain how the European local chapter acts as a single point of contact for the European institutions in Brussels on behalve of, the other committees, local chapters and projects. Several of the members are involved in programmes such as the Copernicus , GEO/GEOSS and Galileo/EGNOS. Many users of these programmes are using OSGeo software, often without knowing they do. During the discussion Dirk is willing to hear how OSGeo Europe can help from a community point of view and will listen which challenges Europe can focus on to make the difference on the world wide software scene. The idea is to work on a roadmap during the breakout to contribute back to OSGeo Europe for further discussion and action. Questions like how can the sustainability of the OSGeo projects be improved and how can we work on a European Ecosystem so that more people can help developing the software stacks. What should be the OSGeo projects for the next 5 years will be discussed. As software becomes more and more important, what is a good licensing strategy for the European eco-system? How can we improve the quality, distribution and production of these open source frameworks? How will/can European programmes become involved in the community, how can a partnership be instantiated? A lot of questions which need debate from a diverse audience to be able to continue this successful movement.


Topic Area:  [1.17] Other applications
Abstract Type:  Speed Presentation (5')

Additional Fields

Academic:   Yes
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   No
Comments:   open source OSGeo partnership

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