Open Source Geospatial Foundation Created to Strengthen Collaborative Development of Open Geospatial Technologies
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Mon Mar 6 10:24:36 PST 2006
Open Source Geospatial Foundation Created to Strengthen
Collaborative Development of Open Geospatial Technologies
*OSGEO to provide an umbrella for community-led GIS and mapping projects*
March 06, 2006 - The open source geospatial community today announced
the formation of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation
<http://www.osgeo.org>, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is
to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial
technologies and data. The foundation was formed in February to provide
financial, organizational and legal support to the broader open source
geospatial community. It will also serve 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.
On February 4th, OSGEO held its first meeting in Chicago with 25
participants representing 18 groups and over 20 different open source
geospatial projects, and 39 other parties participating via Internet
Relay Chat. At this meeting, the participants took important steps in
forming and organizing a foundation to develop and support open source
geospatial technologies, including defining the foundation's name,
structure and vision. The consensus reached at the Chicago meeting paves
the way to establish a productive, inclusive foundation.
The Chicago meeting also resulted in the appointment of an initial board
of directors that will be responsible for the drafting and execution of
the foundation's charter and bylaws. The initial five directors come
from North America and Europe and represent various open source projects
and technologies. The initial five directors of OSGEO are:
* Arnulf Christl - Mapbender <http://www.mapbender.org>, CCGIS, Germany;
* Chris Holmes - GeoServer <http://www.geoserver.org/>/GeoTools
<http://www.geotools.org/>, The Open Planning Project, U.S.;
* Gary Lang - MapGuide <http://mapguide.osgeo.org/>, Autodesk, U.S.;
* Markus Neteler - GRASS <http://grass.itc.it/>, Istituto Trentino
Di Cultura, Italy;
* Frank Warmerdam - GDAL/OGR <http://www.gdal.org/>, Canada.
The foundation expects to appoint four additional directors within the
next several weeks to serve as the full interim board until the next
annual meeting of the foundation membership at FOSS4G
<http://www.foss4g2006.org/> this fall.
OSGEO draws governance inspiration from several aspects of the Apache
Foundation <http://www.apache.org/>, including a membership composed of
individuals drawn from foundation projects who are selected for
membership status based on their active contribution to foundation
projects and governance. The initial membership consists of the five
initial board members plus 16 other participants who attended the
Chicago organizational meeting. The foundation added recently further 24
members from the broader open source geospatial community through a
public nomination and election process to reach 45 voting members.
Initial OSGEO projects are GeoTools <http://www.geotools.org/>,
Mapbender <http://www.mapbender.org>, MapBuilder
<http://mapguide.osgeo.org/>, MapServer <http://mapserver.gis.umn.edu/>,
GDAL/OGR <http://www.gdal.org/>, GRASS <http://grass.itc.it/>, and OSSIM
The foundation will not require that OSGEO software projects to be
licensed under any one particular open source license, but will require
that all OSGEO software be released under an open source license
approved by the Open Source Initiative (OSI)
<http://www.opensource.org>. The long term goal is to encourage licenses
that allow the different foundation projects to work better together and
permit for code exchange among them. The foundation will implement
contribution and intellectual property policies designed to avoid the
inclusion of proprietary or patented code in OSGEO projects. Foundation
projects are focused on interoperability - both with one another at the
library level, and with other proprietary and open source projects
through the use of open standards.
The foundation will also be pursuing goals beyond software development,
such as promoting more open access to government produced spatial data,
which is a major problem outside of North America.
*About the Open Source Geospatial Foundation*
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation <http://www.osgeo.org> (OSGEO), is
a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote
the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data.
The foundation was formed to provide financial, organizational and legal
support to the broader open source geospatial community. It will also
serve 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.
For more information, write to info at osgeo.org and see http://www.osgeo.org/
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