The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) have signed a [http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/MOU_ISPRS Memorandum of Understanding] to establish a collaborative relationship between the photogrammetry and remote sensing communities with the Open Source geospatial community. The goal of this agreement is to promote the distribution and use of open geo-data sets in all communities, promote the development of related photogrammetry and remote sensing Open Source software, and to organise joint international workshops on global geo-information sharing through the use of open geo-data sets and Open Source geospatial software. It also aims to work closely with the [http://www.geoforall.org Geo for All] initiative, to help promote openness in education and research. Professor Chen Jun, President of the ISPRS, is also an Advisory Board member of the Geo for All initiative, which aims to make geospatial education, software, and opportunities accessible to all.
Professor Chen Jun, President of the ISPRS, said “”ISPRS have a long tradition in open data and open software in photogrammetry and remote sensing. One of the most recent changes in our field is the open access of GlobalLand30 dataset which was recently donated to the United Nations. With this MoU signed, ISPRS is looking forward to more advances in this field with a win-win collaboration with OSGeo and ICA.””
Jeff McKenna, President of OSGeo, said “”Remote sensing data is a huge part of OSGeo’s projects, and this MoU will allow the open geospatial community to work closely with the ISPRS community to discover and share these geo-data sets. The hope is also that specific open software for the photogrammetry and remote sensing community can be expanded and developed with the help of our vibrant OSGeo community members. This is exciting news for the Geo For All community.””
== About ISPRS ==
The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing ([http://www.isprs.org ISPRS]) is a non-governmental organisation devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications.
== About OSGeo ==
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation ([http://www.osgeo.org OSGeo]) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data. OSGeo software and technologies are the major contributor for the global geospatial economy and used by millions of users in academia, governments and business worldwide and rapidly increasing.