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 Lehmk�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.


  • Rupert Allan: "Humanitarian Mapping and Spatial Analysis", 21.06.2021
  • Jakob Miksch: "GDAL/OGR in practical use", workshop, 19.05.2021
  • Pre-Conference Workshop zum Thema "Spatial data infrastructures, standards, open source and open data" (SDI-Open 2019), Tokyo, 15.07.2019
  • "OGC und Open Standards", 12. Vermessungsingenieurtag, HFT Stuttgart, 23.11.2018
  • "Quelloffene Softwarekomponenten im Bereich der raumbezogenen Datenverarbeitung", 12. Vermessungsingenieurtag, HFT Stuttgart, 23.11.2018
  • "Interoperability, Standards and OGC Web Services", UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Zimbabwe, 22.11.2018
  • "The Commons, the Open Source and the Impact of the OSGeo Foundation", AGSE 2018, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek, Namibia, 13.11.2018
  • "Interoperability, OGC Web Services and Standards", Chief Directorate: National Geospatial Information in Cape Town, South Africa, 24.10.2018
  • "Open Source as inner Habit and the Impact of the OSGeo Foundation", Department of Geography, University of Pretoria, 17.10.2018
  • "Geospatial Education and Research at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences: A personal perspective", The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Department of Geography, University of South Africa, 26.09.2018
  • "OpenStreetMap: An example for Open Technology, Open Source and Citizen Science" mit Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Behr, HFT Stuttgart. Vortrag an der Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography - MIIGAiK, 12.10.2017
  • "OGC - An overview" , Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), 19.09.2017
  • "Von den Daten zur Karte", 29.03.2017
  • "Node.js", 07.12.2016
  • "Openstreetmap Einführung", 13.04.2016
  • "OSGeoLive und Geodatenverarbeitung mit Python" , 16.12.2015
  • FOSS Gruppe an der HFT Stuttgart gegründet (FOSS@HFT). Start-up-Veranstaltung am 28.10.2015 "Overpass API". Internetseite der FOSS-Gruppe FOSS@HFT: www.fossgis.de/wiki/FOSS@HFT
  • Meet Up 2015 FOSS4G EUROPE-COMO-ITALY, 14. Juli 2015
  • Mapathon zur Unterstützung der Hilfsmaßnahmen nach dem Erdbebeben in Nepal, 8. Mai 2015
  • Einführung in OpenLayers, Modul TKM, 1. Juni 2015

Cooperation with other institutions

The laboratory is part of a worldwide network of "ICA-OSGeo-Open Source Geospatial Labs" [1] with more than 50 universities worldwide, which integrate the use and promotion of open source into teaching. The basis is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGEO) on the occasion of the InterGEO in Nuremberg (September 27, 2011) [2]. It states: "The MoU aims to provide expertise and support for the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Laboratories and Research Centres across the world for supporting development of open-source geospatial software technologies, training and expertise".

Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Behr represents the areas of geo web services (WMS, WFS, WCS, ...), spatial databases, data modelling and open data. Prof. Dr. Hardy Lehmkühler covers the area of web processing services and metadata.

The laboratory actively seeks collaboration with partners inside and outside the university.