[OSGeo-Discuss] [Geo4All] What is Openwashing? Is there any examples in GIS Vendors?

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Fri Nov 2 03:53:38 PDT 2018

Thank you for sharing this information .

If there are more examples of GIS vendors , please share so the wider GIS user community can learn from this.

It is important that consumers are not tricked by any clever marketing strategies by any vendors and consumer rights are fully protected.

Best wishes,


From: GeoForAll <geoforall-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> on behalf of Christian Willmes <c.willmes at uni-koeln.de>
Sent: 02 November 2018 10:30
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Subject: Re: [Geo4All] What is Openwashing? Is there any examples in GIS Vendors?

Yes there is a good example for this. I think this could actually be THE textbook example of open washing in GIS:


just my 2 cents ;)


Am 02.11.18 um 11:01 schrieb Suchith Anand:

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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