The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data. The foundation provides financial, organizational and legal support to the broader open source geospatial community. It also serves as an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding and other resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit. OSGeo also serves as an outreach and advocacy organization for the open source geospatial community, and provides a common forum and shared infrastructure for improving cross-project collaboration.
OSGeo is still a nascent organization and in the process of taking final shape. While the initial membership and Board of Directors has been formed, the foundation?s governance model is undergoing review and discussion. Participation in this process is open to all in the open geospatial community. To participate, please review the foundation information available on this site in order to familiarize yourself with the issues and the discussions taking place, and then sign up for our mailing lists where discussion is taking place. OSGeo will ultimately expand to support multiple projects related to digital cartography and geospatial data and analysis. Each project will be headed by a Project Steering Committee (PSC) appointed by the OSGeo Board of Directors. All of the foundation?s work is conducted in public forums among an open community of participants.