Agreement to promote open science

April 12th, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) have signed a memorandum of understanding during the European Geoscience Union General Assembly in Vienna on 9 April 2018. The aim of the agreement is to develop coordinated activities and share expertise by promoting sustainable open science through reliable open source geospatial software, open datasets and related resources, especially for early career scientists. Through the organisation both organisations will work together to improve scientific recognition for open software and open resource-related efforts by suitable citation standards and best-practices. They will also hold joint international workshops and conference sessions on open geo-datasets and open source geospatial software for the geophysical sciences. The organisations will further establish a liaison to ensure good information flow and cooperation. Peter Löwe, vice president of the Open GeoScience Committee at Open Geospatial Foundation said that this is an important step forward for the recognition of open source software as a pilar of reproducible open science, which will set standards for the next generation of scientists.

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