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FOSSGIS stands for Free and Open Source Software for Geographical Information Systems. It is:

  • the name of a non-profit organization (Verein) in Germany promoting Free and Open Source Software and Free Geodata
  • the name of a yearly conference about the subject organized by said organization

FOSSGIS 2020 was held in March 2020 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.


FOSSGIS e.V is a German association supporting free and open source software and free geospatial data. The organization has informally represented OSM in Germany for years, and was accepted as the German local chapter of the OSM Foundation in 2018. In adddition, it is the local chapter of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Many members of the German OpenStreetMap community are members of FOSSGIS. OpenStreetMappers who are members of FOSSGIS e.V. can add themselves to the category FOSSGIS-Mitglied (Member of FOSSGIS).



  • owns the domain and administrates it in cooperation with the OSM community in Germany
  • runs some core OSM services such as Overpass API, a public worldwide OSRM server and its own tile servers – some of these services are included in the main OSM website
  • offers a microgrant programme to support operation costs for servers and to run smaller events
  • hack weekends (usually in Essen)
  • organizes the FOSSGIS conference (see below)
  • can act as a representative for the collection of donations, sponsoring and similar activities


The FOSSGIS e.V. runs a server, called Toolserver or to offer hosting for small project related to OSM which have limited resource requirements.



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The FOSSGIS conference is an annual conference regarding open source GIS software and open geodata (including OpenStreetMap) in Germany. See further information (in German) on the conference website or on the website of the FOSSGIS e.V.. Since FOSSGIS 2010 in Osnabrück OpenStreetMap is participating.

The FOSSGIS conferences edit
2008 Germany · 2009 Germany · 2010 Germany · 2011 Germany · 2012 Germany · 2013 Switzerland · 2014 Germany · 2015 Germany · 2016 Austria · 2017 Germany · 2018 Germany · 2019 Germany · 2020 Germany · 2021 Switzerland 2022 Germany · 2023 Germany · 2024 Germany

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