Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Open Source Geospatial Lab [1] at 
the Pete Fisher Laboratory for Geocomputation at the  University of Leicester, 
United Kingdom during the 26th annual GIScience Research UK conference  (which 
will be held at the University of Leicester on 17-20 April 2018).

The laboratory is dedicated to the memory of Professor Peter 
 who held a personal chair in the Department of Geography, University of 
Leicester. Pete’s career was truly exceptional for many reasons not least 
because he was one of the people at the helm of what became known as 
Geographical Information Science (GIScience) as it emerged out of a diverse 
range of disciplines such as computational and automated cartography in the 
early 1990s. Pete’s research is best known for his extensive work on 
uncertainty, especially fuzzy sets. Pete was also editor of the disciplinary 
journal, the International Journal of Geographical Information Science, from 
1994 to 2007.

The Fisher Laboratory is a centre of excellence for multi-disciplinary research 
focused on the development, teaching, use, and critique of GIScience and 
geographic Data Science methods. Members are drawn from both the Critical and 
Creative Geographies and the Environmental Science research groups to provide a 
vibrant, open, and reflective environment for collaboration and discussion. 
Core research topics include: Uncertainty in GIS, Spatio-temporal modelling, 
Spatial statistics, GeoComputation, Geographic Information Visualization. 
Volunteered Geographic Information and Pedagogies of GIScience.

The  Pete Fisher Laboratory for Geocomputation will become part of the global 
network of over 100 GeoForAll research laboratories world-wide (more details at 
the initiative’s website ). This is in recognition of 
the lab’s on-going use and development of Free and Open Source GIS technology, 
open data in teaching, research and consultancy.  The lead academic for the Lab 
will be Dr Stefano De Sabbata. Please email Stefano at<> for collaborations.

More details will be published at

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a not-for-profit organisation 
founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative 
development of open source geospatial technologies and data.

The Open Source Geospatial Lab  at the Pete Fisher Laboratory for 
Geocomputation will be a guiding light for Open Principles in Geo education and 
research globally…

Best wishes,


PS: I am planning to be at GISRUK on 18th April and looking forward to meet and 
discuss more new ideas with the GIS UK research community.


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