[OSGeo-Announce] The Open Source Geospatial Foundation signs MoU with HOT the HUMANITARIAN OPENSTREETMAP TEAM UNITED STATES INC.
Astrid Emde (OSGeo)
astrid_emde at osgeo.org
Mon Sep 13 11:10:33 PDT 2021
see OSGeo Foundation News:
OSGeo and HOT  signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the goal of
fostering the use of open source geospatial software, to enable
participatory community-driven development.
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team United States, Inc. (HOT), applies
the principles of open source and open data sharing for humanitarian
and economic development. Founded in the wake of the Haiti earthquake of
2010, responders and organizations recognized the need for accurate,
accessible maps to aid in humanitarian response and the potential for
international development interventions.
Since then, HOT has utilized its network of tens of thousands of
volunteers to contribute to OpenStreetMap, the free and editable map of
the world. HOT’s network and tools enable everyone, local or
international, to have an impact by putting places and areas home to
people on the map.
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 software, data and education. 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. The foundation's projects are all
freely available at https://osgeo.org and usable under an OSI-certified
open source license.
Together the organizations have agreed to find synergistic ways to
promote common goals.
Starting in 2021, HOT and OSGeo will work together to contribute to the
following shared objectives:
A. OSGeo to communicate about HOT's tools on OSGeoLive
B. HOT and OSGeo to promote development of open geospatial communities
(e.g. OSGeo chapters and OSM community groups) in HOT priority countries
(list of 94 countries). This should include connecting OSGeo local
chapters with Open Mapping Hubs supported by HOT in Asia Pacific,
Eastern & Southern Africa (ESA), West Africa, and Latin America & the
Caribbean, with the goal of facilitating delivery of training and
funding (Microgrants) where relevant to OSGeo local chapters.
C. HOT to promote use of open source geospatial tools (such as GeoNode
and QGIS) in HOT projects and with the humanitarian mapping community
D. HOT and OSGeo to show visibility of partners on both sides during
E. HOT and OSGeo to work together over conferences including HOT Summit
Angelos Tzotsos (President of OSGeo) and Tyler Radford (Executive
Director of HOT) signed the MOU in August/September 2021.
For more information about OSGeo contact board at osgeo.org
For more information about HOT contact board at hotosm.org
MoU details at https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/MOU_HOT
About the Open Source Geospatial Foundation
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(4)
organization to empower everyone with open source geospatial. The
software foundation directly supports projects serving as an outreach
and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal
support for the open source geospatial community.
OSGeo works with GeoCat, OPENGIS.ch and other sponsors, along with our
partners to foster an open approach to software, standards, data and
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