We are pleased to announce the launch of the Open Source Geospatial Lab  at thePete Fisher Laboratory for Geocomputation at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom during the26th annual GIScience Research UK conference (which will be held at the University of Leicester on17-20 April 2018).
The laboratory is dedicated to the memory of Professor Peter Fisher, who held a personal chair in the Department of Geography, University of Leicester. Pete’s career was truly exceptional for many reasons not least because he was one of the people at the helm of what became known as Geographical Information Science (GIScience) as it emerged out of a diverse range of disciplines such as computational and automated cartography in the early 1990s. Pete’s research is best known for his extensive work on uncertainty, especially fuzzy sets. Pete was also editor of the disciplinary journal, the International Journal of Geographical Information Science, from 1994 to 2007.
The Fisher Laboratory is a centre of excellence for multi-disciplinary research focused on the development, teaching, use, and critique of GIScience and geographic Data Science methods. Members are drawn from both the Critical and Creative Geographies and the Environmental Science research groups to provide a vibrant, open, and reflective environment for collaboration and discussion. Core research topics include: Uncertainty in GIS, Spatio-temporal modelling, Spatial statistics, GeoComputation, Geographic Information Visualization. Volunteered Geographic Information and Pedagogies of GIScience.
The Pete Fisher Laboratory for Geocomputation will become part of the global network of over 100 GeoForAll research laboratories world-wide (more details at the initiative’s website http://www.geoforall.org/ ). This is in recognition of the lab’s on-going use and development of Free and Open Source GIS technology, open data in teaching, research and consultancy. The lead academic for the Lab will beDr Stefano De Sabbata. Please email Stefano [log in to unmask] for collaborations.
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The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data.
The Open Source Geospatial Lab at thePete Fisher Laboratory for Geocomputation will be a guiding light for Open Principles in Geo education and research globally…
PS: I am planning to be at GISRUK on 18th April and looking forward to meet and discuss more new ideas with the GIS UK research community.