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How to join
Interested in joining the ICA-OSGeo Labs network?
Feel free to join the mailing list to follow the discussions among the participants of this initiative.
As the lab network is expanding fast (with nearly 50 research labs estbalished in the last 2 years), we have also setup nodal contacts for each regions.
- Anne Ghisla
- Asia & Australia
- a.ghisla at gmail.com
- Helena Mitasova
- North America
- hmitaso at ncsu.edu
- Charlie Schweik
- South America
- cschweik at pubpol.umass.edu
- Suchith Anand
- Europe & Africa
- Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Email them to start the conversation and they will be happy to discuss details and guide you through the process.
The key requirements for establishing a local OSGL are:
- Both parties should work for the vision of the ICA-OSGeo MoU to develop collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organizations in open source GIS software and data in the future.
- Someone at your institution or organization should have a strong Geospatial knowledge and vision to lead this activity and build a team of people, locally.
- There should be a website established for your Open Source Geospatial Laboratory listing current research, people, and training information. This web presence will allow the other nodes in the network and others to understand and promote your local efforts around research and teaching of open source geospatial technologies and approaches.
From our end, we will promote the initiative widely through both OSGeo and ICA 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 (for example the ELOGeo platform). We will also add the info of all labs in the Open Geospatial Lab network node site within OSGeo website so that all participating labs urls are added and linked.
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.