The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the American
Geophysical Union (AGU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
during the European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna on
April 9 2018.
The aim of the agreement is to develop coordinated activities and share
expertise by promoting sustainable open science through reliable open
source geospatial software, open datasets and related resources,
especially for early career scientists. Specifically both organizations
through the MOU will work together to:
- improve scientific recognition for open software and open
resource-related efforts by suitable citation standards and
- hold joint international workshops and conference sessions on open
geo-datasets and open source geospatial software for the geophysical
Both organizations will establish a liaison to ensure good information
flow and cooperation.
Peter Löwe, Vice President of the Open GeoScience Committee at Open
Geospatial Foundation said: “this is an important step forward for the
recognition of open source software as a pilar of reproducible open
science, which will set standards for the next generation of
Brooks Hanson, Director at American Geophysical Union said: “The AGU
values scientific research integrity, transparency, and reproducibility.
The software used in scientific research is an important research output
that needs to be managed and as open as possible. OSGeo’s role in
supporting open source software is an important service to our
researchers and to further science”.
The American Geophysical Union (https://sites.agu.org/) is dedicated to
advancing the Earth and space sciences for the benefit of humanity
through its scholarly publications, conferences, and outreach programs.
AGU is a not-for-profit, professional, scientific organization
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OSGeo (https://www.osgeo.org/) is a not-for-profit organization founded
in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative
development of open source geospatial technologies and data. The
Foundation provides financial, organizational and legal support to the
broader open source geospatial community. It also 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. In 2018 OSGeo is
the home for over 30 geospatial open source projects, and the OSGeo
foundation has over 30,000 members. Since 2006 OSGeo has also hosted the
widely popular international FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for
Geospatial) conference, rotating it all over the globe each year.