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Labs and Facilities

Laboratory for interoperable, and open-source Geospatial Software, Data and Standards (HFT ICA-OSGeo-Lab)<<

Head of the Laboratory:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Behr
Telefon +49 (0)711 8926 2693
Telefax +49 (0)711 8926 2556
Skype / Twitter: fjbehr



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.


  • Pre-conference workshop on spatial data infrastructures, standards, open source and open data for geospatial (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" with Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Behr, HFT Stuttgart. Presentation at the Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography – MIIGAiK, October 12, 2017
  • "OGC - An overview", Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). September 19, 2017
  • "From Data to a map", March 29, 2017
  • "Node.js", December 07, 2016
  • Introduction into Openstreetmap", April 13, 2016
  • "OSGeoLive and Geodata-processing with Python", December 16, 2015
  • Foundation of a FOSS group at the HFT Stuttgart (FOSS@HFT). Start-up-event October 28, 2015 "Overpass API".
    Website of the FOSS-group FOSS@HFT: www.fossgis.de/wiki/FOSS@HFT
  • Meet Up 2015 FOSS4G EUROPE-COMO-ITALY, 14. Juli 2015
  • Introduction in OpenLayers, Module CIV, 19 June 2015
  • Mapathon for Nepal to support disaster relief, 22 May 2015

Collaboration with other institutions

The Laboratory is part of the international „ICA-OSGeo-Open Source Geospatial Labs Network“ [1]. 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 [2].

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.

  • [1] http://www.geoforall.org/ >>
  • [2] http://www.osgeo.org/node/1230 >>