A collaboration with great benefits
This year's FOSS4G North America (NA) conference is yet another collaborative effort involving OSGeo, LocationTech, and other great communities with much common interest.. These communities make up the FOSS4G community.
FOSS4G NA Governance
FOSS4G NA is governed under a process created by, and ratified by the community in 2015. It is led by a core committee which consists of the three most recent FOSS4G NA chairs and a representative from each of the organizations with continuous standing. OSGeo and LocationTech are the two organizations with continuous standing in 2015. Additional communities participate in the FOSS4G community and at the annual FOSS4G NA conference.
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support the collaborative development of open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use. The foundation provides financial, organizational, and legal support to the broader open source geospatial community.
LocationTech is a community for individuals and organizations who wish to collaborate on commercially-friendly open source software and data that is location aware.
LocationTech is a working group hosted by the Eclipse Foundation which supports it with a number of services.
About The Eclipse Foundation
The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that helps cultivate both an R&D community of open source projects and an ecosystem of complementary products and services. It is governed by a board consisting of project and member representatives.
In general, the Eclipse Foundation provides five services to the community: 1) IT Infrastructure, 2) legal services, 3) Development Process, 4) Ecosystem Development, and 5) Event Organization. Full-time staff are associated with each of these areas to support the community.