The Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposium is a meeting dedicated to exchanging ideas on and results from development and use of open source geospatial software in both research and education.
Motivated by the success of the two earlier symposiums in Nantes, France, and Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, OGRS'2014 has been held from 10th June Noon to 13th June Noon, 2014 in Greater Helsinki, Finland on the Otaniemi Campus of Aalto University. The symposium was hosted and organized by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, a part of Aalto University School of Engineering, in partnership with other academic institutions from Finland, Switzerland, and France.
The symposium offers several opportunities for discussing, learning, and presenting results, principles, methods and practices while supporting a primary theme: how to carry out research and perform education projects using, contributing to, and launching open source geospatial initiatives.
Participating in open source initiatives can potentially boost innovation as a value creating process requiring joint collaborations between academia, foundations, associations, developer communities and industry. Additionally, open source software can improve the efficiency and impact of university education by introducing open and freely usable tools and research results to students, and encouraging them to get involved in projects. This may eventually lead to new community projects and businesses.
The symposium contributes to the validation of the open source model in research and education using geospatial tools and methods.
In summary, OGRS'2014 is a place for you to share your open source geospatial experience, knowledge and expertise or learn from others. The main goals of the symposium are:
- to continue building new scientific research and education practices that use and contribute to open source initiatives in the geospatial field and fields benefitting from it;
- to discuss and highlight the rationale of using open source geospatial technology for research and education;
- to provide a platform and opportunity to network and develop ideas for future collaboration between and with the members of the academia; linking research to education, and both of them to other actors of the field (including associations, foundations, authorities, and industry).