OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source Software FOSS4G 2009

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This presentation gives an insight to the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. …

This presentation gives an insight to the Open Source Geospatial Foundation.

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of open source geospatial software, community collaboration and spatial data access. OSGeo is a community of communities reaching into all areas of interest to the global spatial infrastructure.

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  • 1. Open Source Geospatial Foundation Spatially Empowered Open Source Jorge Gaspar Sanz Salinas Arnulf Benno Christl jsanz@prodevelop.es arnulf@osgeo.org FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan © by OSGeo
  • 2. ● I am very honored to have been invited to speak here and want to express my gratitude towards Mori-San and Venka. In my role as president of OSGeo I want to extend warm greetings to the OSGeo Japan Chapter
  • 3. Agenda  Free Software Licenses FS  Open Source Methodology OS  What is OSGeo? FOSS4G  Mission and Tasks  Formal Structures  FOSS4G Conference & Fair  Summary FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 3/36
  • 4. Free Software Licensing Free Software is a licensing model  Not as in "free beer" but as in free speech  You are free to:  useit anywhere for any purpose  understand and improve it  pass it on to anybody else  make Money by providing training, maintenance and services FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 4/36
  • 5. Open Source Development Open Source is a development model  The source code of a software contains all the functionality in a readable format  Only the source of a software can be modified  End users generally work with the compiled, machine readable version  Developers prefer open development models because reuse is a lot easier FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 5/36
  • 6. Product and Development Cycles Proprietary motivation: Make Money Open Source motivation: Solve Problem Market analysis Problem is identified Development team develops software Software development team solves problem beta version release for beta tester Publish            Code   beta tester reports errors to development team Internet as communication pool and distribution media development team reproduces the error Participators find errors and development team reports to solve the problem the product management Improved code is development team solves published in the Internet problem after OK from pm new version is released sell copies of is launched Product software product FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 6/36
  • 7. Open Source Summary Summarizing: Open Source is the superior development model All major software shops have recognized this and provide full service for Open Source (IBM, et. al.). All major software vendors have either purchased Open Source companies or adopted Open Source methods including Oracle, ESRI, Microsoft, and many more. FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 7/36
  • 8. Quality Open Source Software Several hundred thousand open source software projects are hosted throughout the world, but: Just because a software is stamped as "Open Source" does not make it good software! Where to find good geospatial software? FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 8/36
  • 9. On the Web – but it lacks orientation ntu GIS U bu SourceForge world's  largest open source  development web site IS February, 2009, more  rc eG Sou 230,000 software  en of Op projects te FreeGIS.org ta TheS OpenS ourceG IS.org  FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 9/36
  • 10. Open Source Geospatial Foundation ...organizes spatial IT FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 10/36
  • 11. Open Source Geospatial Foundation  OSGeo is an international non-profit organization  Founded in February '06 in Delaware, USA  It is the leading voice for Open Source in the geo spatial domain  The core structure has been gleaned from the Apache model  It is based on volunteer work and sponsorships FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 11/36
  • 12. What is OSGeo Foundation Tasks 1/2 Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions  Provide resources for FOSS4G Projects:  Infrastructure  Legal  Financial  Promote free spatial data and access  Create and promote a free curriculum  Promote the use of standards  Create and maintain a quality brand FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 12/36
  • 13. What is OSGeo Foundation Tasks 2/2 Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions  Support FOSS4G on a global scale  Organize outreach and promote FOSS4G  Support and build local capacities for conferences, appearance at trade fairs, etc.  Facilitate inter-project communication  Build a solid market for business cases  Interface with industry and business  Support the education of domain experts instead of «brand-specialists» FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 13/36
  • 14. What is OSGeo Foundation OSGeo Structure Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions Officers Board of Directors Officers Officers Executive Director Local Local Committees Local Local Committees Chapters Local Chapters Foundation Committees Chapters Chapters Chapters Projects Membership FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 14/36
  • 15. What is OSGeo Foundation Membership Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions Officers Board of directors Officers Officers Executive Director Local Local Committees Local Local Committees Chapters Local Chapters Foundation Committees Chapters Chapters Chapters Projects Membership FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 15/36
  • 16. What is OSGeo Foundation Membership Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions  The most important bit in OSGeo are people  To become part of OSGeo simply start to participate in any project, committee or local chapter  Simple and informal registration  Three types of membership  Participants collaborate using software, mailing lists, Wiki, tracking system, etc.  Members work and vote in committees  Charter Members own and control the foundation FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 16/36
  • 17. What is OSGeo Foundation Local Chapters Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions Officers Board of directors Officers Officers Executive Director Local Local Committees Local Local Committees Chapters Local Chapters Foundation Committees Chapters Chapters Chapters Projects Membership FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 17/36
  • 18. What is OSGeo Foundation Local Chapters Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions  There is a growing number of Local Chapters from Africa to Ottawa  They are groups who share OSGeo's goals  in a common geographic region  or with a common language  Some are legal entities others informal  They bring OSGeo into the local context  localize documents, software, web sites  support and promote FOSS4G and OSGeo FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 18/36
  • 19. What is OSGeo Foundation Conferences and Trade Fairs Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions Conferences  FOSS4G Global  FOSS4G Japan  GFOSS.IT (Italy)  FOSSGIS (Germany) Trade Shows  ...and many more  Intergeo  CeBIT  GITA  Where 2.0  GeoWeb OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source more FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan  …and many 19/36
  • 20. What is OSGeo Foundation Committees Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions Officers Board of Directors Officers Officers Executive Director Local Local Committees Local Local Committees Chapters Local Chapters Foundation Committees Chapters Chapters Chapters Projects Membership FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 20/36
  • 21. What is OSGeo Foundation Committees Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions Incubation Conference Funding Public Marketing Education Geodata System Website Journal Administration FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 21/36
  • 22. What is OSGeo Foundation Committees Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions  This is where all the work gets done  Commitees self organize  Commitees communicate openly through mailing lists and IRC meetings, etc.  Progress is documented in the Wiki  Everything is based on volunteers' work  All are welcome to join a committee and to actively participate in all processes FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 22/36
  • 23. What is OSGeo Foundation Committees Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions Incubation Conference Funding Public Marketing Education Geodata System Web Journal Administration FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 23/36
  • 24. What is OSGeo Foundation Incubation Committee Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions  The incubator is a broad group of developers from all projects and languages  Projects go through the official incubation process to assure highest quality  To graduate from incubation the project needs to:  Abide by the open source rules of OSGeo  Document how it is governed and managed  Maintain documentation, mailing lists, etc.  Use source code repositories, ticket system... FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 24/36
  • 25. What is OSGeo Foundation The Foundation's Projects Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions Officers Board of Directors Officers Officers Executive Director Local Local Committees Local Local Committees Chapters Local Chapters Foundation Committees Chapters Chapters Chapters Projects Membership FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 25/36
  • 26. What is OSGeo Foundation OSGeo's Projects Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions UMN Quantum Mapbender OSSIM Mapserver GIS GRASS Map Guide gvSIG MapBuilder GIS OS desktop GIS OpenLayers deegree FDO GDAL/OGR web mapping GEOS GeoTools GeoNetwork MetaCRS PostGIS Project in incubation metadata libraries FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 26/36
  • 27. What is OSGeo Foundation Board of Directors Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions Officers Board of Directors Officers Officers Executive Director Local Local Committees Local Local Committees Chapters Local Chapters Foundation Committees Chapters Chapters Chapters Projects Membership FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 27/36
  • 28. What is OSGeo Foundation Board of Directors Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions  is elected by the Charter Members  formally represents OSGeo  employs the Executive Director  approves the annual budget  approves changes to the charter, processes and governance  approves the graduation of projects  takes decisions that the community cannot take (financial obligations, contracts...) FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 28/36
  • 29. What is OSGeo Foundation Officers Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions Officers Board of Directors Officers Officers Executive Director Local Local Committees Local Local Committees Chapters Local Chapters Foundation Committees Chapters Chapters Chapters Projects Membership FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 29/36
  • 30. What is OSGeo Foundation Officers Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions  President  Board of directors  Treasurer  Secretary  Executive Director  Graduated projects and committee chairs are vice presidents FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 30/36
  • 31. What is OSGeo Foundation Executive Director Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions Officers Board of Directors Officers Officers Executive Director Local Local Committees Local Local Committees Chapters Local Chapters Foundation Committees Chapters Chapters Chapters Projects Membership FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 31/36
  • 32. What is OSGeo Foundation Executive Director Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions  The only paid employee  Contact to the «outside»  Facilitate and support internal communication of the OSGeo Community  inform the board of directors about upcoming decisions  Acts as a mentor for committees  Helps to acquire new sponsors  Compiles and edits the annual report FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 32/36
  • 33. What is OSGeo Foundation Conclusions Structure FOSS4G Conf Conclusions  OSGeo supports Free and Open Source Software in the spatial domain  You can participate and profit from this community of spatial expertise  OSGeo is roof and umbrella for projects and communities  It is a platform, to create and share software, information and know-how  OSGeo works through participation! FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 33/36
  • 34. Many Thanks for your Attention Questions and Answers arnulf@osgeo.org FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 34/36
  • 35. References  OSGeo World website: http://www.osgeo.org  Wiki: http://wiki.osgeo.org  OSGeo Japan http://www.osgeo.jp  Mailing lists: http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/  Incubation: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Incubation  Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/osgeo  Geoportal: http://www.geoportal.rlp.de  Federal pollution portal: http://www.prtr.bund.de  OGC: http://www.opengeospatial.org  OpenStreetMap: http://www.openstreetmap.org FOSS4G 2009 – Tokyo, Japan OSGeo - Spatially Empowered Open Source 35/36
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