Open geospatial info as part of the record of science

July 4th, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which aims to foster access, sharing and discoverability of geo-information, including software, data, conference abstracts, and conference video recordings.

The agreement results from previous collaborations since 2014 regarding the preservation of open geospatial as part of the record of science: since 2006, OSGeo hosts a range of annual open geospatial conferences at the regional, national, and global levels, commonly referred to as Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G). Conference video recordings from these conferences have become a valuable source for state-of-the-art geo-information which are used in research, industry and education. FOSS4G conference videos, and other video content related to the OSGeo software communities require easy access, long term preservation and reliable scientific citation.

TIB recognises the FOSS4G conference recordings as significant scientific content, by including these as indexed records in the TIB Video Portal “AV-Portal”, a web-based platform for quality-tested scientific videos. The portal already contains all available video recordings from past FOSS4G conferences on the global scale, plus regional conferences for North-America, and the German speaking nations Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Historical recordings from earlier open geospatial events are also available in the AV-Portal dating back until 2001. OSGeo volunteers and TIB staff collaborate closely to ensure that new conference videos from recently held conferences will be available in the TIB AV-Portal as soon as possible.

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