[OSGeo-Discuss] What is Openwashing? Is there any examples in GIS Vendors?

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Fri Nov 2 03:01:41 PDT 2018

I came across this term OpenWashing at http://openwashing.org

Openwashing: to spin a product or company as open, although it is not. Derived from 'greenwashing.'

Openwashing: n., having an appearance of open-source and open-licensing for marketing purposes, while continuing proprietary practices.

I am trying to understand the impact of this in GIS. Is there any examples of GIS Vendors using this OpenWashing?

Best wishes,


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