From OSGeo-Announce: New German, Spanish and Québécois OSGeo Local Chapters Approved

The OSGeo ticker reports:

The OSGeo board has formally approved three new local chapters. OSGeo local chapters provide a venue to support local users and developers, as well as a mechanism to further OSGeo’s mission and goals in a linguistic, or geographic area.

FOSSGIS e.V. has been approved as a local chapter for the german speaking countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland with Dr. Georg Lösel as representative. FOSSGIS e.V. has existed since the year 2000 at which time is was incorporated as GRASS-Anwender-Vereinigung (GAV). It was recently renamed FOSSGIS e.V. FOSSGIS e.V is responsible for maintaining the FreeGIS Portal. Since 2006 it has held the FOSSGIS conference promoting FOSS4G software, with 500 participants in 2008. FOSSGIS e.V. also plays an important role in supporting a FOSS4G role in other tradeshows such as InterGeo and AGIT.

The OSGeo Spanish Local Chapter has been approved for spanish speaking areas of all continents with Pedro-Juan Ferrer Matoses as representative. Since it’s formation in 2007 the chapter has established a members list, and elected a board of directors. Key activities include work on the Free GIS Book, Spanish Localization and events including Jornadas de SIG Libre and the Jornadas gvSIG.

The Comité de direction du chapitre québécois de l’OSGeo has been approved for the region of Quebec (Canada) with Daniel Morissette as representative. This chapter seeks to provide a channel for communication, exchange and cooperation to facilitate the development of the Quebec community around OSGeo products and Open Source Geospatial topics in general. With a primary focus on local community development, it also plans to cooperate with the Francophone Chapter on French translations, and with other nearby chapters on some events. The chapter has approximately 90 members, and has formed a steering committee.

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About Markus

Markus Neteler , a founding member of (D-A-CH), (Italy) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), was head of the GIS and Remote Sensing Unit at the Research and Innovation Centre of the Fondazione Edmund Mach, Trento, Italy from 2008 to 2016. In 2015 he co-founded the company mundialis (Bonn, Germany), a start-up specialised in open source development and massive data processing. He is the author of several books and chapters on GRASS and various papers on GIS applications. Passionate about open source GIS, he became a GRASS GIS user in 1993 and a developer in 1997, and has been coordinating its development ever since.