• Act as a platform for Free and Open Source Geospatial (FOSS) teaching, learning and collaboration.
  • Provide practical experience to the participants in the use of Free and Open Source Geospatial Software
  • Enable participants to understand concepts of cartographic representation, spatial data integration, spatial analysis, designing spatial databases, web mapping,  etc.
  • Show the key stages of a GIS project using FOSS
  • Enable the participants to implement a full GIS stack based on FOSS Geospatial technologies
  • To develop expertise in using Geospatial Free and Open Source technologies


  1. Provide a space for discovery and collaboration while training in new techniques and methods using Free and Open Source GIS development tools.
  2. Show the alternative and potential of Free and Open Source Software for GIS, while increase the number of users and developers of FOSS for GIS.
  3. Provide the necessary experience on the use of Free and Open Source Software to have a critical vision and a real knowledge about all the possibilities that FOSS for GIS offers nowadays.

The beneficiaries of the programme are graduates and professionals interested in applying  FOSS in the geomatic field. Participants will complete the Summer School with a certificate of attendance showing the number of hours of postgraduate study represented by the course. Considering the workload, the full Summer School (8 days course) can be credited with ECTS credit points.

It should be noted that apart from the direct beneficiaries, the program aims to have an impact beyond from the following:
- To enable participants to gain relevant skills to undertake FOSS for Geospatial research and development in collaboration with international partners to ensure world-class and globally relevant outcomes.
- Engage in outreach activities to ensure early and broad dissemination of results and encourage wide engagement between Summer School outcomes and community up-take.
- To develop teamwork skills which will help the students in the development of their research and future career.

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