Open Source Geospatial Laboratory: Fostering Open Source Research

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Taking Open Source Technology to the next stage

The University of South-Hampton, considered to be one of the leading research universities in UK has established an Open Source Geospatial Laboratory.

I am sure this space is going to keep all Open Source GEO enthusiasts interested. I wasn’t able to find a link where we could register ourselves as volunteers though. Considering the fact that its an Open Source Lab, that day cant be far away. Until then, we just have to wait in excitement.

Exciting times for open source enthusiasts.

The lab will engage in open source research and development for geospatial software and tools besides contributing to development of open source standards.

The laboratory is one of the members of a worldwide network developed under the auspices of the ICA-OSGeo Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The Lab is currently working on 25 projects including development for the Ordinance Survey, Space – Time specific population modelling and more. There’s the link to view the complete list and descriptions. Besides development of applications and software, the lab also offers professional courses and training.

In the current environment where the commercial GEO software are limited in their functionality and vision, it is really exciting to see a dedicated lab to foster and develop new open source software that will help undertake advanced research and analysis.


I am one of those passionate "Geo-geeks" and "Geo-people" who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.


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