OSGeo Lab

SMART open source geospatial laboratory

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The SMART Infrastructure Facility has officially become a member of the ICA-OSGeo Labs network. A joint initiative of the International Cartographic Association and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), who in 2011, signed a memorandum of understanding to support the foundation of the ICA-OSGeo labs network to support the development of open-source geospatial software technologies, training and expertise under the motto "Geo for all".

The worldwide network of 85 ICA-OSGeo Labs exists to support and promote the application of open source geospatial data and development of open geo-data software. ICA-OSGeo Lab status is the industry benchmark for institutions which are actively engaged in creation, use, and teaching around open source geospatial software and data. ICA-OSGeo Lab accreditation is a recognition of SMART's contribution to the open geospatial community through SMART's development and use of open source geospatial technologies in research and industry, to help solve the infrastructure challenges of the 21st century.

SMART's OSGeo Lab is undertaking a number of research projects that are centred on the use and development of free and Open Source Geospatial software to assist governments, business and the community in responding to infrastructure problems and creating solutions for the future. 

In addition to its research, the SMART OSGeo Lab takes an active role in mentoring and providing hands on experience for UOW students, to assist them in gaining key skills in using open geospatial technologies. This summer, SMART's OSGeo lab will be taking 20 UOW students on a study tour to Jakarta. Selected students will gain valuable experience, training and education by working directly with the Jakarta Emergency Management Agency and the PetaJakarta team, as well as participating in workshops with the United Nations Pulse Lab Jakarta, the Humanitarian Open Street Map team, the Jakarta office of Twitter, as well as a number of community organisations and local institutions.

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Last reviewed: 16 November, 2016