[Geo4All] Can anyone please update on OSGeo interactions with GEO?

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Wed Jan 31 06:05:04 PST 2018

Gilberto, I also understand that GEO is working on Identifying WP [1] opportunities for Commercial Sector [2] . I think this will be a good opportunity for the commercial sector in the OSGeo ecosystem [3] to proactively engage with GEO.

I didn’t see any presence of commercial sector in the OSGeo ecosystem  at GEOWeek in Washington. This might be good opportunity for the  commercial sector in the OSGeo ecosystem to look at the various work [1] happening in GEO and engage with GEO to build more synergies. So this might be a opportunity for them to engage more proactively with GEO in the future.

I see many areas of engagement and synergies for OSGeo community with GEO in the future.

Best wishes,


[1] https://www.earthobservations.org/geoss_wp.php
[2] https://www.earthobservations.org/documents/pb/me_201801/04-Draft%20Report%20of%20the%2042nd%20Executive%20Committee%20Meeting.pdf
[3] https://www.osgeo.org/service-providers/

From: GeoForAll <geoforall-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> on behalf of Suchith Anand <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>
Sent: 23 January 2018 13:14
To: Gilberto Camara
Cc: discuss at lists.osgeo.org; geoforall at lists.osgeo.org
Subject: Re: [Geo4All] Can anyone please update on OSGeo interactions with GEO?

Dear Gilberto,

Thank you for the information. I also think it will be good to have formal relationship between OSGeo and GEO. I will email the OSGeo Board and discuss ideas on how we can plan to move forward on this.

I fully agree with your assessment on data access problems . Within OSGeo, I am trying to reactivate the Public Geospatial Data Committee [1]to bring key like minded colleagues to start planning actions forward for this. In fact, this is the reason we need  to work synergies with wider initiatives for maximum global impact.

I am looking forward with working with you on expanding ideas and actions.

Best wishes,


[1]  https://www.osgeo.org/about/committees/public-geospatial-data-committee/

From: Gilberto Camara <gilberto.camara.inpe at gmail.com>
Sent: 23 January 2018 12:17
To: Suchith Anand
Cc: geoforall at lists.osgeo.org; discuss at lists.osgeo.org
Subject: Re: [Geo4All] Can anyone please update on OSGeo interactions with GEO?

Dear Suchith

I have no information about the relationship of OSGEO and GEO, which would be a good thing to happen. On the positive side, the use of open source tools such as QGIS, R, and PostGIS is now spread worldwide, and OSGEO already does a strong jog of advocating   for  FOSS4GIS. Despite important advances in policy, the main problem of GEO continues to be data access. Although the open data policies are now being adopted worldwide, access to the data continues to be a painful process. With a few exceptions (such as   NASA's MODIS), the access to analysis-ready data continues to be a problem.


On Sat, 20 Jan 2018 at 12:34 Suchith Anand <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk> wrote:

Hi all,

I vaguely remember some discussions in one of the OSGeo mailing lists some time back  planning to apply for Participating Organisation (PO) in Group on Earth Observations (GEO) [1] . Can someone who knows on this please  update on this. Did OSGeo apply or was  it just a discussion ideas. Who was the main contact leading this?

I will appreciate info on this as I am new to GEO. I have been nominated to Program Board of GEO and I will be attending the PB meeting in Geneva later this month, so I am trying to learn as much info. Thanks in advance.

Best wishes,


[1] https://www.earthobservations.org/

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