Nottingham, UK: The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the Centre for Geospatial Science (CGS), University of Nottingham have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of an Open Source Geospatial Lab (OSGL) and to develop collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organisations in open source GIS software and data in the UK.
An Advisory Board/Steering Committee coordinated by the OSGeo Board and CGS, is to be setup and will comprise key members of OSGeo, OSGeo:UK, eminent academics, industry leaders, etc. to give strategic input and direction for Open Source Geospatial Lab and its open source activities.
Professor Mike Jackson, Director of the Centre of Geospatial Science, said “The MoU between OSGeo and the CGS is an indication of the close collaboration between the two organisations which has already underpinned two very successful conferences on open source research in the geospatial domain. CGS is funding two research internships to help progress joint research activities and welcomes both offers of funding for further internee sponsorships and approaches from potential visiting scientists who may wish to spend a period of time at the Centre in Nottingham to work on open source geospatial research.”
Arnulf Christl, President of OSGeo, said, “The Foundation has successfully achieved its first primary goal: To support Free and Open Source Software projects in the geospatial realm. One of the other two pillars of the foundation is supporting education which is harder for a developer driven organisation to achieve on its own. Therefore this MoU with CGS is a great success from OSGeo’s point of view.”