US: Boundless is creating its own Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G). Through this initiative, the company aims to engage in academic activities to provide wider scope for innovative education.
“We are excited to offer the academic community Boundless support for growing open source GIS programs.” comments Anthony Calamito, Boundless Federal CTO. “Making our solutions, documentation and staff available to educational institutions is important to our commitment to FOSS4G.”
In regards to meet its mission, the company is focussing on providing students and educators with the preeminent open source GIS platform at no cost; helping educators and educational institutions develop curricula around FOSS4G; assisting graduating students in finding a place in the professional workforce; and supporting OSGeo Geo4All initiative by providing content to the community.
Boundless Suite, powered by PostGIS/ GeoServer / OpenLayers / QGIS is the cornerstone of the plan and includes technology and related material. The academic engagement plan also includes tutorials, related datasets and graphics kit to support faculty and staff to develop curricula. Boundless staff are available to speak to university students, faculty and staff about the latest trends in open source GIS and the state of the Boundless Suite.
Other components of the plan include opportunities for community participation, internships, and job placement.