Open Source Geospatial Foundation

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Open Source Geospatial Foundation
Abbreviation OSGeo
Formation February 2006
Type NGO
Purpose/focus Open source geospatial software
President Arnulf Christl
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The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), is a non-profit non-governmental organization whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data. The foundation was formed in February 2006 to provide financial, organizational and legal support to the broader Free and open source geospatial community. It also serves as an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding and other resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit.

OSGeo draws governance inspiration from several aspects of the Apache Foundation, including a membership composed of individuals drawn from foundation projects who are selected for membership status based on their active contribution to foundation projects and governance.

The foundation is pursuing goals beyond software development, such as promoting more open access to government-produced geospatial data and completely free geodata such as is created and maintained by the OpenStreetMap project. Also education and training are addressed. Various committees within the foundation work on implementing strategies.


Several OSGeo projects can communicate with each other and other geographical tools.

OSGeo projects include:

Geospatial Libraries

Desktop Applications

Web Mapping



Metadata Catalog

Retired Projects


The OSGeo Foundation is thoroughly community driven and has a lightweight organizational overhead consisting of 45 initial members, 9 directors including the president Arnulf Christl. It is organized in more than 20 projects. Twelve of these (March 2007) focus on software development projects (see above) or organizational matters like board issues, web site, visibility, education, public geodata and promotion. The OSGeo community collaborates via a Wiki, Mailing Lists and IRC.

Sol Katz Award

The Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software (GFOSS) is awarded annually by OSGeo to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the GFOSS community. Recipients of the award will have contributed significantly through their activities to advance open source ideals in the geospatial realm.

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