Geo for all

OSGeo education and research outreach:

How it works and how to join

Helena Mitasova

NCSU OSGeoREL at Center for Geospatial Analytics

with contributions by Suchith Anand, Venkatesh Raghavan, Maria Brovelli and the Geo for all community

Who we are

Global network of academic research and education laboratories and government/industry partners

What is our mission

Making geospatial education and opportunities accessible to all

What are our goals

  • Create research and teaching opportunities in open geospatial science
  • Build global open access teaching and research infrastructure
  • Establish collaborations between academia, government and industry around open geospatial science and education

How it started

Founded in 2011: MoU between OSGeo and the International Cartographic Association (ICA)


Georg Gartner and Arnulf Christl, renewal in 2015 with Jeff McKenna

More MoUs coming

International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) MoU signed in 2014.


Georg Gartner, Jeff McKenna and Chen Jun

University Consortium for GIScience (UCGIS) to be signed in 2016

Map of the labs 2012

10 labs in 2012

Map of the labs 2016

over 100 labs globaly in 2016


Global chair: Suchith Anand

  • regional chairs for each continent:
    contact persons for new members
  • advisory board: OSGeo, ICA, ISPRS presidents,
    and academic leaders
  • 100+ lab directors



  • chief editor Nikos Lambrinos,
    Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • monthly highlights of activities, lab of the month
  • events, conferences, webinars, courses, workshops
  • funding, scholarships, exchange programs
  • ideas, social contributions

Education and research

  • develop open access shared educational material based on FOSS4G (not limited to OSGeo projects)
  • develop/contribute to open geospatial software, data
  • organize/participate in community sprints

Educator of the year award: Geoacademy team,

OSGeo Educational Content Inventory


Interested to present? Contact


  • academic sessions at the global FOSS4G
  • contribute to open geospatial sessions at major scientific conferences (ISPRS, AGU, EGU, ...)
  • best student paper awards by OSGeo, ICA, ISPRS

More activities

  • Thematic initiatives:
    • OpenCity smart
    • AgriGIS
    • CitizenScience
    • K-12 education, colaboration with
  • NASA World-Wind Europa challenge

2015 winner: Trillium Learning, Kodiak Island Borough School District, Alaska

Google Summer of Code

  • OSGeo umbrella for OSGeo software and guest geospatial projects
  • 22 students accepted in 2016

Google Summer of Code

Project by Anna Petrasova, at CTU, Prague in 2011
  • now PhD student at NCSU lab
  • lead developer of Tangible Landscape
  • GSoC student in 2014 and mentor in 2016


Geospatial FOSS at NCSU

NCSU OSGeo Research and Education Laboratory:
  • course development using Geospatial FOSS
  • research projects
  • active participation in OSGeo projects

Course material

  • Freely and openly available online
  • Managed in GitHub for revision control and collaboration
  • Format: HTML/HTML5, License: CC BY-SA
  • registered in OSGeo Educational Content Inventory

Tangible Landscape

Tangible interface for GRASS GIS

Book: Petrasova, A., Harmon, B., Petras, V., Mitasova, H. Tangible Modeling with Open Source GIS, Springer International Publishing, 2015.

Tangible Landscape

see more videos at NCSU OSGeo REL YouTube channel

Where to find more info


Mailing lists: Global and regional

Where to find member labs


  • member table with links to labs
  • Newsletter: lab of the month
  • education and research topics
  • one slide lab info in geo for all presentations
    • see slides #33-53

How to participate

Three types of participation:

  • members of the global network: academic labs
  • partners from industry/government/nonprofit partner
  • international professional organizations through MoUs

How to join

  • read the criteria
  • if you fulfill the criteria, contact a regional chair, describe your open source geospatial activities
  • if invited:
    • register at OSGeo wiki
    • create entry for your lab in the wiki table
    • join the mailing list
    • list your research and edu interests
    • participate - see

How to become a partner

  • read the criteria for the labs
  • contact a regional chair, describe your interests in partnering with geo for all labs
  • if invited:
    • register at OSGeo wiki
    • create entry for your instituition in the wiki table
    • join the mailing list
    • list your research and edu interests
    • participate - see

What are the benefits of joining Geo for All?

You are asking the wrong question, your should ask

How can I contribute?

Thank you !