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.

In 2011, OSGeo and the International Cartographic Association (ICA) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of developing on global basis collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organizations in open source GIS software and data, which leads to the ICA-OSGeo Lab initiative. The MoU aims to provide expertise and support for the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Laboratories and Research Centres across the world for supporting development of open-source geospatial software technologies, training and expertise.

The motto of ICA-OSGeo Lab initiative is “Geo For All”. This initiative aims at providing expertise and support for the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Laboratories and Research Centers across the world for supporting development of open-source geospatial software technologies, training and expertise. Over 40 Open Source Geospatial Labs have already been established in universities around the world. SLIIT OSGeo Lab is part of this world wide network.

Under the guidance of Prof.YannChamin, OSGeo lab of SLIIT (OSGeoSLIIT) was established in 2014. We have been using open source GIS for research & development projects since 2006 and for teaching since 2012. The establishment of the lab provide opportunities for our students to engage in collaborative research with other labs, other open source GIS projects and link with the wider world of open source GIS.