This presentation gives an insight to the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. Read more to view the video. The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of open source geospatial software, community collaboration and spatial data access. OSGeo is a community of communities reaching into all areas of interest to the global spatial infrastructure. Millions of end users and web developers unknowingly use Open Source Geospatial software in a daily manner. The investment into the core software goes into the tens of millions of US$. Several 10 thousand GIS professionals use Open Source geospatial software an a daily basis. Thousands of active members in more than 40 local chapter initiatives continuously build the global OSGeo community. Activities can be grouped into three areas: * Software Projects * Spatial Data Projects * Education and Research In order to be able to provide a reliable technical infrastructure and protect its software projects OSGeo has a legal body. It is a non-profit organization incorporated in Delaware, USA and is supported by 73 individual charter members from 20 nations. These vote for the board of directors who in turn employ the CEO. This way an organization has been created that can also take on copyright ownership for code. OSGeo operates and maintains development environments for its software projects with code repositories, tracking systems, mailing lists, web sites, wikis, build bots, download space and so on. To be able to focus its efforts on viable projects these are first vetted by the incubation process. Any geospatial Open Source project can apply for incubation by submitting an application form. During incubation several aspects of the project and its governance are evaluated. Many of these processes have been gleaned from larger organizations like the Apache Foundation, for example the code provenance review that each project has to go through or the list of accepted licenses that comes from the Open Source Initiative. Projects are expected to provide well documented working code and documentation as well as a functioning community and communication infrastructure. OSGeo provides for a forum of users, service and data providers and developers. It cooperates with existing communities from all realms rather than trying to do all on its own. One example is the memorandum of understanding between OGC and OSGeo allowing for quicker development and deployment of standards and leveraging OGC’s integration potential with proprietary software vendors. One issue that is of mutual interest to all communities is the availability of spatial data justifying a meta level project of its own, the Geospatial Data Committee. Initially thought to become a place where to upload global spatial data it quickly became evident that this would not make much sense due to the great amount of data and the need for a high frequency of updates. Other issues were also found to be much more pressing, for example the need for a clear policy on copyright and licensing and usage of spatial data and most of all a usable meta data policy and repository of resources. In summary OSGeo has developed into a natural global repository of spatial data services, providers and users.