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Open Source GIS 101, Part 10: OSGEO, The Organization

Part 10: OSGEO, The Organization

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) “was created to support the collaborative development of open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use”.

Not all open source projects are the same. Some applications are more powerful, user-friendly, and better developed than others. To gain the OSGeo’s stamp of approval, expert volunteers at OSGeo put open source GIS projects through a series of tests. Software source code is inspected for quality and open source licensing compliance. The strength and size of the communities surrounding these projects are also evaluated.

The OSGeo’s home site lists OSGeo projects for desktop applications, web mapping, geospatial libraries, etc., while projects that are not quite fully developed are listed as ‘Incubating Projects’. The site also includes helpful information for people wanting to learn more about open source GIS, including book lists, upcoming news and events, local chapters, and blogs.

OSGeo also sponsors the international FOSS4G conferences (Free Open Source Software for Geospatial), hosted each year in a different country. In 2014, FOSS4G comes back to the United States.

Next, Part 11: Why Learn About Open Source GIS? (Final Overview of the Series)

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