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South America gets first Open Geospatial Lab

Brazil: Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA) set up first Open Source Geospatial Lab in South America. After the successful establishment of Open Geospatial Labs in Europe, Asia and Africa; the OSGeo brought it in the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Brazil. Federal University of Paraná is regarded as the oldest Brazilian university.

In 2011, the ICA signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Open Source Geospatial Foundation with the aim to developing 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.

The Open Geospatial Lab at Federal University of Paraná will be led by Prof. Silviana Comboin . Silviana has strong research background in Geospatial Science, SDI and GI standards. Previously she was working at the Brazilian National Mapping Agency before moving to Federal University of Paraná as a professor at the Geomatics Department. She also coordinate the Standards Workgroup of the Brazilian NSDI (INDE). The initial team of Open Geospatial Lab at UFPR will comprise of Prof. Dr. Luciene S. Delazari, Prof. Dr. Maria Cecilia B. Brandalize, Prof. Dr. Claudia Robbi Sluter, André Luiz Alencar de Mendonça and Gisele Canova (IBGE – Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics).

Source: OSGeo