[Board] preparing the GEO - OSGeo partnership

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Tue Aug 30 13:39:22 PDT 2016

Hi Dirk,

Thanks for the background.

In looking for a basis of text for the MOU, I suggest using something 
similar to the MOU with the OGC:


(Putting your first draft in a wiki would probably be a good idea to 
help collaborative editing).

Some text which you might want to use:

GEO and OSGeo both recognise that Open Source Geospatial Software 
provides valuable tools to efficiently build, integrate and share 
environmental information at local, national and international levels.

It is in the interests of both parties to support and promote the use 
and development of Open Source Geospatial Software.

As such, both parties agree to identify opportunities and to collaborate 
together to promote use of Open Source Geospatial Software within 
environmental and related programs.

On 31/08/2016 2:23 AM, Dirk Frigne wrote:
> Hi Cameron,
> Thank you for your question.
> my 2c:
> First some context, then what I would like to obtain.
> GEO Vision
> To realize a future where decisions and actions, for the benefit of
> humankind, are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained
> Earth observation information and services.
> GEO Mission
> GEO’s mission is to connect the demand for sound and timely
> environmental information with the supply of data and information about
> the Earth.
> Advocacy for broad, open data policies helps ensure that the data
> collected through national, regional and global observing systems is
> both made available and applied to decision-making for global priorities
> including The Sustainable Development Goals, The Paris Agreement on
> climate change, The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and
> Aichi Targets of The Convention on Biodiversity.
> What is GEO:
> Established in 2005, GEO is a voluntary partnership of governments and
> organizations that envisions “a future wherein decisions and actions for
> the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and
> sustained Earth observations and information.” GEO Member governments
> include 102 nations and the European Commission, and 103 Participating
> Organizations comprised of international bodies with a mandate in Earth
> observations. Together, the GEO community is creating a Global Earth
> Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) that will link Earth observation
> resources world-wide across multiple Societal Benefit Areas -
> Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sustainability, Disaster Resilience, Energy
> and Mineral Resources Management, Food Security and Sustainable
> Agriculture, Infrastructure & Transportation Management, Public Health
> Surveillance, Sustainable Urban Development, Water Resources Management
> - and make those resources available for better informed decision-making.
> As an organisation they need infrastructure, and a lot of the data is
> handled by different proprietary software solutions, often not really
> interoperable. There is a need and will to use more open software. OSGeo
> could become a partner of GEO to outreach to the 102 nations and speak
> about our open source solutions. Providing a live environment, so the
> different initiatives can start detecting our projects.
> Explain why open source software is important for creating and
> distributing decision support systems.
> So I think becoming a partner and spread the word about who we are and
> what GEO could do with our softwaare solutions and how they can support
> our community to empower their goals, could be a good step forward to
> support our mission: "empower everyone with open source geospatial".
> But that are just my 2c,
> I am open to hear other voices
> D.
> On 30-08-16 13:10, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>> Hi Dirk,
>> A question I suggest asking when drafting a MOU is "What is the point of
>> the MOU?"
>> What are both organisations hoping to achieve which can be done better
>> by working together than separately?
>> Likely there will be some goals which both organisations share, and if
>> organisations align, then the combined resources will achieve the goals
>> faster.
>> On 30/08/2016 7:02 PM, Dirk Frigne wrote:
>>> Dear board,
>>> as decided on the board meeting, I will work on a partnership between
>>> OSGeo and GEO.
>>> Here are some points that can be embedded in the MOU (or
>>> partneragreement)
>>> If you have any suggestions, comments, please let me know, so I can take
>>> these with me.
>>> (Draft version)
>>> 1.    OSGeo promotes collaborative development of open source geospatial
>>> software.
>>> 2.    GEO Promotes Broad Open Data Policy
>>> 3.    GEO through the GEOSS Common infrastructure has access to approx
>>> 150 Open data data providers reaching approx 200.000 ml resources.
>>> 4.    OSGeo has, as an organisation of individual members, a very strong
>>> network for outreach trough our mailing lists, code sprints and FOSS4G
>>> conferences.
>>> 5.     OSGeo has through her GEO4All channel the possibility to address
>>> students and academic researchers with training material and OSGeo
>>> software tools.
>>> 6.     OSGeo and GEO through their partnership could benefit each other
>>> in leveraging the use of the resources for applications using open
>>> source software and open data.
>>> Dirk

Cameron Shorter
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