Forget your Nike and Adidas, this year’s cool geobrand is Open

Open or Closed or a bit of both? Thanks to wiccked

Open Source Geo and Open Geospatial Consortium Standards have been active for over a decade, OpenStreetMap since 2004 and OpenData is the new kid on the block. But something seems to have shifted, it seems that you can barely go for a day in the UK geoworld without stumbling on an event, an article, a vendor or consultant talking about Open something. Why has Open become the badge that everyone wants to flaunt?

Not everyone who claims to be Open actually is but with loads of different connotations to the Open badge there is plenty of room for interpretation and argument.

I am going to be exploring whether Open Source, Standards, Data and StreetMap achieved critical mass and their interdependence.  at the AGI’s Northern Geoconference on the 3rd of May at the Manchester Museum which sounds like a fun venue.

Hopefully I will stir up some debate about being Open, if you have any thoughts before the 3rd share them with me here and in the spirit of openness I will give you a shout out at the event.

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