[Gfoss] Protocollo d'Intesa ICA-OSGeo MoU

G. Allegri giohappy a gmail.com
Mar 18 Ott 2011 17:57:25 CEST

Giro dalla mailing-list di Osgeo il Protocollo s'Intesa siglato tra l'ICA,
l'Associazione Cartografica Internazionale e OSGeo.
Mi sembra un'iniziativa interessante e promettente.


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*The Open Source Geospatial Foundation and the International Cartographic
Association (ICA) Memorandum of Understanding*
Nuremberg, Germany****
September 27, 2011****
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The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International
Cartographic Association (ICA) have signed a Memorandum of  Understanding
with the aim of developing on a global basis collaboration opportunities for
academia, industry and government organizations in open source GIS software
and data.****
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The MoU aims to  provide expertise and support for the establishment of Open
Source Geospatial Laboratories and Research Centres across the world for
supporting development of open-source geospatial software technologies,
training and expertise. In the first phase five laboratories will be
established, one each in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas and Australasia
which will act as nodes for future  expansion. It also aims to provide
support for building-up and supporting development of open source GIS
teaching and training materials, joint organization of open source GIS
events, workshops through the ICA network for wider participation globally
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Professor Georg Gartner, President of the ICA, said "The International
Cartographic Association (ICA) is committed to  supporting society and
governments by collaboratively facilitating initiatives and programmes that
establish and grow the capacity to deliver timely, comprehensive and useful
geospatial information. This MoU responds to the challenges and issues
related to the use of open source cartographic and GI software and data.  In
considering this response, it is pertinent to note that ICA is interested in
contributing to this initiative, and will champion the advancement of the
initiative through their various individual and collaborative efforts.”****
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Arnulf Christl, President of OSGeo, said  "The Open Source Geospatial
Foundation (OSGeo) is committed to support and build the highest level Open
Source geospatial technology. It is our pleasure to be able to serve as a
platform and multiplier for the cartographic domain, an area which needs
creativity beyond pure technology. This MoU intends to bridge the gap
between technology and cartographic requirements and we very much look
forward to work with members of the International Cartographic Association
to improve this. A very much hands-on objective of this MoU is to jointly
organize walk-in events where cartographic professionals can access and use
a set of software unencumbered by proprietary restrictions and vendor
lock-in. Both organizations are also interested in supporting young
academics by lowering the barrier to good cartography through collaborative
efforts on both sides."****
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OSGeo http://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.****
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ICA http://icaci.org/   is the world authoritative body for cartography, the
discipline dealing with the conception, production, dissemination and study
of maps.****
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On behalf of the ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies we
strongly welcome this excellent initiative. This will be landmark
opportunity for both OSGeo and ICA in building up synergies and bringing
opportunities for lots of people worldwide to learn and benefit from
geospatial technologies especially in developing countries. This will build
upon the Open Source Geospatial Lab UK initiative started at the University
of Nottingham. ****
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We are also pleased to announce that Open Source Geospatial Lab Malaysia is
now being established by Dr. Tuong Thuy Vu in UNMC. Once fully established
this will be the first such facility in Malaysia and will act as focus for
building research and development there. It aims to help create
collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government
organisations in open source GIS which will help to create and develop
opportunities for open source GIS in Malaysia.****
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We are pleased to see many Universities are rapidly following this example
(such as University of Girona in Spain). Over the next few months we will be
building collaborations with key Universities and research organisations
worldwide  for the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Research
Laboratories and Research Centres for development of open-source geospatial
software technologies, training, expertise and building up momentum in Open
Source GIS education and research worldwide.****
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If you are interested in building research collaboration in Open Source GIS
please contact me.****
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Best wishes,****
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Dr Suchith Anand**
Nottingham Geospatial Institute
Nottingham Geospatial Building****
University of Nottingham  NG7 2 TU
Tel: (0)115 82 32750****

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