TM9 | OSGeo and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Earth and Planetary Geosciences.
OSGeo and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Earth and Planetary Geosciences.
Convener: Alessandro Frigeri | Co-conveners: Peter Löwe, Martina Stockhause, Massimiliano Cannata
Tue, 25 Apr, 19:00–20:00 (CEST)
Room 1.34
Tue, 19:00
The paradigm of Open Science is based on the tiers of Open Access, Open Data, and Free Open Source Software (FOSS). However, the interconnections between the tiers remain to be improved. This is a critical factor in enabling Open Science as a context where researchers, especially the younger ones, can express their potential thanks to a scientifically healthy practice.

This townhall meeting focuses on discussing best practices not only on using Free Open Source for geospatial but its developments and support, and how extra efforts required to publish not only the results can be recognized as part of the work of a scientist.

At this townhall, we will touchdown on the most up-to-date topics related to Free Open-Source for Geospatial software and Open Science practices.   

Alessandro Frigeri from Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica of Italy (INAF) will introduce the session and briefly overview the latest developments of FOSS tools interoperable with geospatial data coming from missions from Mars, the Moon, and other bodies of the Solar System.  

Kevin Murphy (NASA HQ, Washington) will present the Transform to Open Science (TOPS) initiative aimed at transforming agencies, organizations, and communities to an inclusive culture of open science. 

Peter Loewe will report how Persistent Identifiers (PID) like Digital Object Identifiers can be used to improve indexing not only our scientific papers but also software projects and geospatial data.

The session will keep 20 minutes for open discussion about the topics touched at the session.



  • Alessandro Frigeri, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), Italy
  • Kevin Murphy, NASA HQ, United States of America
  • Peter Löwe, WZB Berlin, Germany