[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo and Open Data?

Andrew Turner @ mapufacture andrew at mapufacture.com
Mon Oct 17 13:46:48 PDT 2016

I think there is a very strong connection to make between open-source and
open data.

Open Data is a broad concept that really means "access to data". Access is
more than just a download, or a license - it also means having the tools
and methods available for everyone to turn the data into something which is
relevant to answering specific questions.

It also means that data are available in accessible formats - ones that
anyone can use without restriction. Though that's not the same as 'a

Regarding the Public Geodata Committee, it's worthwhile to consider what
unique role OSGeo can provide to improve the global and local situation.
There are numerous catalogs of varying states of quality and maintenance -
so it's unlikely a need to have *yet another catalog*.

However a few issues that are open questions and could be interesting to
work on and beneficial to the broader community:

- *Geospatial support of common data catalog formats*. Notably DCAT has
become prevalent thanks to the development & adoption of CKAN by many
national governments. The spatial capabilities are nascent, so what would
OSGeo recommend as better practices. Maybe also consider open-source
implementations of DCAT publishing and consuming libraries so that more
tools (e.g. QGIS) could publish or search and consume from DCAT-capable
- *Guides and Patterns for data analysis with spatial tools. *What
open-source libraries exist that enhance general data analysis tools such
as R, Python, etc. What are the practices for someone new to geospatial who
are using these tools find and incorporate geodata into their work?
- *Geospatial data formats advocacy. *Stefan Keller is well known to pop up
in any discussion of the Shapefile to tout the benefits of Geopackage. Can
we vet that hypothesis and advocate for more geospatial tools to produce &
consume modern formats like Geopackage?

Having spent the past 10 years focusing my open-source development efforts
specifically on the publishing, discovery and exploration of open data I'm
a bit excited about the topic :)


On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 10:29 AM, Venkatesh Raghavan <
raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp> wrote:

> Jachym,
> I think it is better to confirm before attributing statements to
> someone.
> Nobody in his right mind would want Open data out of OSGeo and least of
> all Jeff.
> Yes, we must find a way to reactivate the Public Geodata committee.
> Perhaps
> renaming it as Open Geodata committee would be a start. We also have a new
> "Open Geoscience Committee" [1]  with great work being done in longterm
> archiving of FOSS4G videos, for instance.
> What I would suggest is to strengthen tie-ups with OSM,  HOT and perhaps
> consider
> building something like Data4All, emulating the success of out educational
> outreach,
> Geo4All.
> Best
> Venka
> [1] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Open_Geoscience_Committee
> On 10/17/2016 8:22 PM, Jachym Cepicky wrote:
> I'm just trying to put my memories together - I'm glad, we are all on the
> same board. I try to push open  (geo)data topic as well, in or out of OSGeo
> J
> po 17. 10. 2016 v 13:17 odesílatel Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com> napsal:
> Hi Jachym,
> I have given talks on OSGeo and open data.  I am sorry to hear that you
> believe I said that about the foundation.  I do believe we've discussed
> this in face-to-face board meetings before, so maybe that is where you
> heard this?  I remember a discussion of adding open data into our
> foundation's mission statement, which I believe we did.
> -jeff
> --
> Jeff McKenna
> President Emeritus, OSGeohttp://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Jeff_McKenna
> On 2016-10-17 6:37 AM, Jachym Cepicky wrote:
> Hi Sanghee,
> I was told some months ago (and I believe, it was Jeff), that we
> (OSGeo.org) are solely software foundation - therefore we do not care
> about open data
> maybe things have changed?
> J
> po 17. 10. 2016 v 5:08 odesílatel Sanghee Shin <shshin at gaia3d.com<mailto:shshin at gaia3d.com> <shshin at gaia3d.com>> napsal:
>     Dear all,
>     Can anybody share presentation file about the OSGeo and open data,
>     if any? I’m invited to give a keynote talk at ‘Open Data in Action
>     Conference’[1] in Korea and I don’t want to make the file from the
>     scratch.
>     FYI, OSGeo Korea[2], R Korea[3], Open Data Institute(ODI) Seoul[4],
>     Open Knowledge(OK) Korea[5] will co-host the event on 15th Nov near
>     Seoul. The main theme of the conference is ‘Experiment on Open Data
>     based Society.’ Anybody who has similar interest can join this
>     conference.
>     Kind regards,
>     신상희
>     [1]http://event.r-kor.org/
>     [2]http://www.osgeo.kr/
>     [3]http://r-kor.org/
>     [4]http://seoul.theodi.org/
>     [5]http://okfn.kr/
>     ---
>     Shin, Sanghee
>     Gaia3D, Inc. - The GeoSpatial Company
>     http://www.gaia3d.com
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