ICA-OSGeo-Lab: Laboratory for interoperable, and open-source Geospatial Software, Data and Standards


The laboratory aims the evaluation, usage and dissemination of open-source IT and geospatial software technologies, open data, and open standards by intergration of these resources in teaching and research.

Objectives of the lab are to provide

  • an understanding and knowledge about Open Source in general and in the field of geospatial information technology
  • the appraisal of capabilities and limitations of products of the Open Source Geospatial domain, also in combination with Closed Source solutions
  • an understanding about Open Data and the value of Geospatial Data
  • training and expertise on open-source geospatial software
  • the ability to implement scalable, multi-tier client-server architectures
  • support for the development and documentation of open-source geospatial software
  • a contribution to disaster mapping and management by open tools and open data.

The Laboratory is part of the international ICA-OSGeo-Open Source Geospatial Labs Network.
The aim of this worldwide network is to provide on a global basis collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organizations in open source GIS software and data based on a
Memorandum of Understanding
which was signed In September 2011, by the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) in Nuremberg, Germany.

Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Behr is resonsible for open-source webservices (WMS, WFS, WCS, …), spatial database management systems, data modelling and Open Data and standards. Prof. Dr. Hardy Lehmkühler is responsbible for Web Processing Services and Metadata.

We start with expertise in the following open source (geospatial) software and technologies: OpenLayers, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, GeoServer, QGIS, Deegree, and Apache HTTPD. Additional tools and projects will be added as required.

The HFT Stuttgart OSGeo Lab is open for all HFT members and seeks actively collaborations with the industry and partners outside the University.