Glosgeolab belongs to a growing global network of organisations formed under the umbrella of a memorandum of understanding between the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).
The motto of ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS Labs initiative is “Geo For All.” The creativity, dynamism and high-profile success stories of the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial applications (FOSS4G) movement are attracting increasing attention from end users, developers, businesses, governments, educators and researchers around the world.
Glosgeolab is developing, and will continue to develop, strong links with other organisations and individuals from both within and outside of the University. Furthermore, we encourage anyone with an interest in this initiative to get in touch.
For Universities and educational institutions, open-source GIS software and data is especially important as it helps empower staff and students, and contributes to building up ‘open knowledge’ for the benefit of society and future generations. We recognise that, in the spirit of the memorandum of understanding on which this initiative was built, that there is an onus on us to contribute open knowledge and open educational resources back to the global community, and we will be offering resources on this site in the near future.
What is Open Data?
Freely available data which requires less stricter licensing to use, modify and publish the data. In the UK open data can be downloaded from sources such as Natural England with an Open Government License (OGL).
What is Open-source Software?
Representing software which the original source code is made freely available to end users and may be redistributed and modified. An example is QGIS, which is free open-source software which users and developers can access and modify the application code.