US: The first Open Source Geospatial Research and Education (OSGeoREL) laboratory has been established in the United States at the Center for Earth Observation, North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh. The laboratory is one of the founding members of a worldwide network developed under the auspices of the ICA-OSGeo Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
In 2011, the International Cartographic Association (ICA) signed an MoU with the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) with a view to develop global collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organisations in the field of open source GIS software and data. The MoU aims to provide expertise and support for the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Laboratories and Research Centres across the world to support the development of open source geospatial software technologies, training and expertise.
OSGeoREL at NCSU is led by Dr. Helena Mitasova and Dr. Laura Tateosian. The laboratory has an established programme in graduate education in geospatial information science and technology using FOSS4G and extensive research in geospatial analysis, modelling and visualisation with focus on natural resources.