[OSGeo-Announce] OSGeo and the International Geographical Union (IGU) sign MoU

Jorge Sanz jsanz at osgeo.org
Tue Oct 3 03:04:33 PDT 2017

Tsu, Japan, 30 September, 2017: The Open Source Geospatial Foundation
(OSGeo) and the International Geographical Union (IGU) signed a Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) to establish a collaborative relationship between
the global community of Geography professionals and the Open Source
Geospatial community. The goal of this agreement is to promote the
distribution and use of open geo-data in research, teaching and
applications, promote the development of related GIS and Remote Sensing
Open Source software, to work closely with the GeoForAll initiative in
promoting open principles in education and science, and to organize joint
international workshops on global geo-information sharing through the use
of open geo-data and Open Source Geospatial software.

Professor Yukio Himiyama, President of the IGU, said "The IGU
Executive Committee believes that this MoU offers potential of to IGU and
OSGeo to make great contribution to society, and is excited to assist
bridging the world geographic community with the Open Source geospatial
community, and to support this bottom-up initiative.Some IGU Commissions
may plan to organize joint international meetings on global geo-information
sharing, while still others may wish to promote the distribution and use of
open geo-data sets, So, let’s work together!"

Venkatesh Raghavan, President of OSGeo, said "Partnership with IGU will
help further the goals and objectives of the OSGeo Foundation and foster
R&D of high societal value. This MoU will bring OSGeo and IGU communities
closer and complement each others strengths and extend their global reach.
This is exciting news for the OSGeo community and its GeoForAll educational
outreach. Look forward for fruitful collaborations between IGU and OSGeo"

*About IGU*

The International Geographical Union (IGU) is an
international, non-governmental, professional organization devoted to the
development of the discipline of Geography.The purposes of the IGU are
primarily to promote Geography through initiating and coordinating
geographical research and teaching in all countries of the world.

*About OSGeo*

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a
not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the
collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data.
GeoForAll is a collaborative education and research outreach initiative of
OSGeo for making geospatial education and opportunities accessible to all.

[1] http://www.geoforall.org/


1) https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/File:Igu_osgeo_pic1.JPG
2) https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/File:Igu_osgeo_pic2.jpg
3) https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/File:Igu_osgeo_pic3.jpg
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