OpenGeoSys Community Meeting 2012 Invitation

OpenGeoSys Community Meeting 2012 Invitation

    Dear Ladies and Gentleman,

    it is our pleasure to invite you to the OGS community meeting 2012 in Leipzig. The workshop will be held on **11.10.2012**
    at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ on the Science Campus. More information concerning the venue will be provided later on.

    Please send an e-mail to until **03.09.2012**
    if you to participate the OGS community meeting. If you want to give a talk please provide us the title and a short abstract.

    We are looking forward seeing you in Leipzig in October

    With best regards

    Olaf Kolditz

    On behalf of the OGS board
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Hi there,

you are probably aware of the fact that we plan to make the next version of OpenGeoSys, i.e. ogs6, available as an open source project under BSD-Lisence. I assume that this is also one of the things that might be discussed on the next OGS Community Meeting in october.

I recently discovered a journal paper about software licensing for scientific/academic programmes and would like to recommend it to everyone to better understand why we actually want to go open-source and what it means that we chose BSD License.
(there is also a link to a pdf on this page)

The article compares open- and closed source lisences, explains many concepts such as "copyleft", "permissive software", etc. and explains why an open-source license doesn't preclude commercial use of a software.

The article also makes a strong argument for open-source licensing of academic software and gives a number of very good reasons for that.

Take care,



Dr. Karsten Rink
Department of Environmental Informatics
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstrasse 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
Tel: +49(0)-341-235-1067