How to join Geo for All

Interested in joining the Geo for All network?
Feel free to join the global mailing list to follow the discussions among the participants of this initiative. Joining details are provided below and further information, including criteria for maintaining active status, and current lab list are available at the  wiki.

1. Criteria for admission to “Geo for All” Labs.

In September 2011, the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of developing on a global basis collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organizations in open source GIS software and data for enabling open education opportunities for all. The MoU aims to provide expertise and support for the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Laboratories across the world for supporting development of open-source geospatial software, open data, open standards training and expertise. ISPRS joined this initiative in 2014.

The motto of Geo for All Lab initiative is “Geo For All”. Central to “Geo for All” mission is the belief that knowledge is a public good and Open Principles in Education will provide great opportunities for everyone.

The key requirements for joining “Geo for All” initiative are:

(A) Your local organization MUST BE COMMITTED TO CONTRIBUTE to the vision outlined in the ICA-OSGeo MoU [] to develop collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organizations in free and open source GIS software , FOSS, open data , open access (publications) and contribute to open education in the future. All participants should contribute to Education, Research and Service for the betterment of humanity as the key guiding principle and work towards the vision of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for building a better world.

(B) At least one person at your institution or organization should have strong knowledge in geospatial information science and vision to lead this activity and to build a team of people, locally. This person should act as a liaison officer to the initiative.

(C) There should be a website established for your Open Source Geospatial Laboratory listing current research, people, and training information. This web presence will allow other nodes in the network and the general public to understand and promote your local efforts around research and teaching of open source geospatial technologies and approaches. The website should be established within a year of the lab announcement and has to be maintained at least annually.

(D) GEO FOR ALL MAKES A COMMITMENT TO promote the initiative widely through OSGeo, ICA and ISPRS channels to help build up collaboration opportunities for the future. We will also do a joint press release to announce the initiative and start building collaborations. A primary collaborative initiative continues to be the creation and maintenance of shared open access educational resources and/or active participation in the open source software and data development. We will also add the information of all labs in the Open Geospatial Lab network node site within OSGeo website so that all participating labs urls are added and linked.

Open Education is the simple and powerful idea that the world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in general and the Worldwide Web in particular provide an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to share, use, and reuse knowledge. Open educational resources (OERs) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching and learning. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

We especially welcome applications from universities, educational institutes, government organisations in developing countries to help develop capacity building in geospatial education by establishing Open Source Geo Labs and support Open Education initiatives worldwide.

2. How to apply for joining the network

With the region wise thematic groups established, the chairs of this are now the contact points for any new labs to be established in that region to contact and the mailing list becomes the first point of contact for the new members and all regional members in the region can use the list for collaborating on regional funding calls, FOSS4G local conferences etc. They will also be the administrators of the mailing lists and they will use the wiki pages to develop their ideas with inputs from all members in their groups. This way we can make sure it is scalable and meets local/region requirements/needs. The nodal contact will make the decision on approval as now, but the whole process will be more efficient.

For Global/Strategic level enquirers please contact the GeoforAll mailing list [email –]

3. Regional Chairs and Contact Information

Africa Region
Chair: Msilikale Msilanga (Tanzania)
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Asia Region (including Australia)
Chairs: Tuong Thuy Vu (Malaysia/Vietnam) and Venkatesh Raghavan (Japan/India)
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Europe Region
Chairs: Maria Brovelli (Italy) and Peter Mooney (Ireland)
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Chairs: Sergio Acosta y Lara (Uruguay), Silvana Camboim (Brazil) and Antoni Pérez Navarro (Spain)
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North America Region
Chairs: Helena Mitasova (USA), Charles Schweik (USA), Phillip Davis (USA)
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