OSGeo and TIB intensify their cooperation

Memorandum of Understanding: Partners want to improve open access and discoverability of information

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology in Hannover signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a two-year cooperation from 2018 to 2020.

Both partners express the common goal of improving open access and the discoverability of information. OSGeo is a non-profit organization that promotes the development and use of free and open source geoinformation systems (GIS). The goals of the foundation include the promotion of open source software related to geoinformation systems. Beyond software development, OSGeo also advocates more open access to government produced geodata and completely free geodata as created and maintained by the OpenStreetMap project.

The Memorandum of Understanding of the two partners includes the following points:

  • Development of an open archive for the discovery of FOSS4G event materials
  • Archiving of scientific documents and materials within the framework of OSGeo foundation projects
  • Collaboration with existing initiatives such as GeoForAll for archiving geo research
  • Improving the discoverability of OSGeo-related content through research and development activities (including automated metadata enrichment, linked open data and ontology-based approaches)

TIB and OSGeo have been cooperating for some time, particularly in the area of conference recordings. Video recordings of national (FOSSGIS) and international (FOSS4G) conferences are available on the TIB AV-Portal. With this memorandum, OSGeo and TIB are actively expanding their cooperation.