Melbourne: The University of Melbourne will start the country’s first Open Source Geospatial Laboratory next year. The laboratory will support urban research and educational excellence through the use of location based (geospatial) data and tools.
This open source geospatial laboratory is a joint initiative of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). It will be part of a global network of open geospatial research laboratories known as ICA-OSGeo labs. Currently there are 22 ICA-OSGeo labs operating globally. The laboratory will utilise the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN). AURIN is a $20 million open source e-infrastructure initiative which unlocks datasets relevant to Australian cities. It provides an analytical toolkit to inform sustainable urban futures. Scientists and practitioners from the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) will collaborate with the laboratory.