[OSGeo-Announce] First ICA-OSGeo Lab in Switzerland established at SUPSI

Anne Ghisla a.ghisla at gmail.com
Tue Sep 3 05:33:37 PDT 2013

We are pleased to announce that the first Open Source Geospatial Lab in
Switzerland is established at the University of Applied Sciences and
Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI)  http://www.supsi.ch/home_en.html

In a society marked by profound changes, the University of Applied
Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI)  produces, develops
and disseminates knowledge and expertise as propellant forces
fundamental to support the economic, social, technological and artistic
progress, and to contribute to the cultural and ethical growth of both
society as a whole and its individual members. In this context, the
Institute of Earth Sciences (IST) is a historical research and
education institution, integrated in SUPSI and mainly involved in
activities strictly related to the environment and its characteristics.
It is composed of specialists in management of surface water and
groundwater, natural hazards assessment, geological analyses,
environmental databases, natural resource monitoring and geographic
information systems (GIS). The geomatics division at the IST is
particularly active in the field of the open source software, open
standard and management of real time data collected from automatic
monitoring network.

This open source geospatial laboratory is a joint initiative of the
International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source
Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). The lab will be led by Professor
Massimiliano Cannata. He also leads the Division of Geomatics

Massimiliano is also an OSGeo Charter member and an active member of
the open source geospatial community. His laboratory is also the
developer of the Free and Open Source Sensor Observation Service Data
Management System( istSOS ) which implements the SOS standard. Details
at http://istgeo.ist.supsi.ch/software/istsos/

OSGeo is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 whose mission is
to support and promote the collaborative development of open source
geospatial technologies and data.

ICA is the world authoritative body for cartography, the discipline
dealing with the conception, production, dissemination and study of
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