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EGU GA 2016: Introduction to OSGeo Townhall

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The role of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in geosciences continues to grow. A driving factor for this is the interoperability among existing and future FOSS-tools, which is crucial to address new challenges like Big Data and the emerging field of Datascience. The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support the collaborative development of open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use. It provides a common forum and shared infrastructure for improving cross-project collaboration.and serves as an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding and other resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit. This Townhall meeting will be the opportunity to share our views on the current and future use of open source geospatial software for a better understanding of the Earth system and its changing environment.

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EGU GA 2016: Introduction to OSGeo Townhall

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  2. 2. OSGeo Townhall Meeting Free and Open Source Software in the Geosciences Peter Löwe, Jens Klump, Edzer Pebesma, Alessandro Frigeri, Raffaele Albano EGU General Assembly, 2016 Tuesday 19 April 19:00-20:00, Room -2.91 2
  3. 3. 3 OSGeo • Global umbrella organisation • Provide resources for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) projects: – Infrastructure – Legal – Financial • Promote and contribute to standards • Promote free and open spatial data • Create and maintain a quality brand
  4. 4. OSGeo – what do we do ? OSGeo projects have become the backbone of open spatial IT, underpinning the business models of various important commercial players. Globally many end-user organizations in government and not-for-profit sectors. FOSS4G conferences for geographic and sector outreach, and open spatial advocacy and community support. The Geo for All initiative is gaining momentum and OSGeo Live finds its way to new users.
  5. 5. 5 EGU + OSGeo: Common goals Education Open Data Open Source Software Scientific Record Reproducible Science Education Open Data Open Source Software Free and Open Licences
  6. 6. 6 Why expose my scientific code to OSGeo ? <anxiety> I'm just a Geologist... Is my code good enough? <anxiety/> ?
  7. 7. 7 Because… Sharing among projects Added value for academia Code Credit Credit
  8. 8. 8 Quality-checked Free and Open Source Software makes science and research a safe and sustainable investment.
  9. 9. Research Libraries preserve knowledge and, scientific content (including data, software) to enable and multiply reproducible science German National Library of Science and Technology(TIB):
  10. 10. Research Libraries preserve knowledge and, scientific content (including data, software) to enable and multiply reproducible science German National Library of Science and Technology(TIB): Don‘t settle for less
  11. 11. • Chat with us tonight! – We will be disappointed if you don't • Stay tuned: – Leave your E-Mail address on the list • Join us at OSGeo: – Get involved in OSGeo projects – Join the OSGeo Open Geoscience Committee – Present your work at FOSS4G conferences
  12. 12. Thanks for listening !

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