Three Decades of Openness in Geospatial

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Keynote at SFScon13. Program link: A Brief History of Geospatial Open Standards, Open Source and Open Data.

Three Decades of Openness in Geospatial


The talk sets out with a really very short introduction to geospatial data and software. Then it tells the story of how Open Source GIS developers founded the geospatial standards organization OGC in the early 1990s, long before the term "Open Source" was even coined.

The story goes on to describe how Open Source geospatial activists founded OSGeo in 2006, why the current big topic is Open Data and how it all ties together.

This need for openness is intrinsic to geospatial because every single datum must be connected to other data. In geospatial, interoperability is a must.

See Also

See also the video recorded presentation at the 2nd Data Management Workshop in 2014 in Cologne which puts more emphasis on the aspect of Open Data.