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

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Fri Nov 2 22:05:34 PDT 2018

Just a note we can also use this opening marketing departments provide to
have a good conversation about what open source communities and foundations
offer beyond what even the best open washing can dress up as. We can also
include the open source companies on our service providers list as examples
of organizations that get what we are trying to do with the world.

Meanwhile enjoy the humour, and be careful to point out the differences
lease they give “open” a bad name. Each organization that is tripped up
over the difference will have a bit more experience for next time.

And if you really care about communicating these differences please join
the marketing team and lend your words to improving the world. We would
love to have you :)

On Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 5:01 AM Suchith Anand <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>

> 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,
> Suchith
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