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Laboratory description

The laboratory investigates and promotes the use of open source geoinformatics applications and freely available geodata and is designed as a flexible supplement to the standard GIS installations in the rooms of the computer centre and the faculty. It uses a central server on which the software packages and work environments for student education and research tasks are set up. For use in student teaching and practice, the existing PC rooms of the information centre are used as workstations.

The use in teaching takes place in the following courses and modules:

  • Bachelor Surveying and Geoinformatics
    Modules Information Technologies for Spatial Data, Selected Chapters of Geoinformatics, Integrated GIS Project and Theses
  • Bachelor Information Logistics
    Modelling, Technical Communication Management and Theses
  • Master Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics
    Scientific Skills and Media Competence, Customisation, Internet GIS, Visualisation, Geodata: Capture, Sources and Standards and final papers
  • Master Surveying
    Master Theses

It can also be used in modules dealing with Internet technology, image processing and the processing of GPS data. E-learning content is obtained (in English) via the ICA-OSGeo network [2].

Current focus of work and activities

  • Provision of OGC and INSPIRE compliant web services
  • Interoperable use of spatial data
  • open data
  • Implementation and provision of own geodata services


  • "GDAL/OGR in practical use", workshop, 19.05.2021
  • Pre-Conference Workshop zum Thema "Spatial data infrastructures, standards, open source and open data" (SDI-Open 2019), Tokyo, 15.07.2019
  • "OGC und Open Standards", 12. Vermessungsingenieurtag, HFT Stuttgart, 23.11.2018
  • "Quelloffene Softwarekomponenten im Bereich der raumbezogenen Datenverarbeitung", 12. Vermessungsingenieurtag, HFT Stuttgart, 23.11.2018
  • "Interoperability, Standards and OGC Web Services", UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Zimbabwe, 22.11.2018
  • "The Commons, the Open Source and the Impact of the OSGeo Foundation", AGSE 2018, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek, Namibia, 13.11.2018
  • "Interoperability, OGC Web Services and Standards", Chief Directorate: National Geospatial Information in Cape Town, South Africa, 24.10.2018
  • "Open Source as inner Habit and the Impact of the OSGeo Foundation", Department of Geography, University of Pretoria, 17.10.2018
  • "Geospatial Education and Research at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences: A personal perspective", The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Department of Geography, University of South Africa, 26.09.2018
  • "OpenStreetMap: An example for Open Technology, Open Source and Citizen Science" mit Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Behr, HFT Stuttgart. Vortrag an der Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography - MIIGAiK, 12.10.2017
  • "OGC - An overview" , Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), 19.09.2017
  • "Von den Daten zur Karte", 29.03.2017
  • "Node.js", 07.12.2016
  • "Openstreetmap Einführung", 13.04.2016
  • "OSGeoLive und Geodatenverarbeitung mit Python" , 16.12.2015
  • FOSS Gruppe an der HFT Stuttgart gegründet (FOSS@HFT). Start-up-Veranstaltung am 28.10.2015 "Overpass API". Internetseite der FOSS-Gruppe FOSS@HFT:
  • Meet Up 2015 FOSS4G EUROPE-COMO-ITALY, 14. Juli 2015
  • Mapathon zur Unterstützung der Hilfsmaßnahmen nach dem Erdbebeben in Nepal, 8. Mai 2015
  • Einführung in OpenLayers, Modul TKM, 1. Juni 2015

Cooperation with other institutions

The laboratory is part of a worldwide network of "ICA-OSGeo-Open Source Geospatial Labs" [1] with more than 50 universities worldwide, which integrate the use and promotion of open source into teaching. The basis is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGEO) on the occasion of the InterGEO in Nuremberg (September 27, 2011) [2]. It states: "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".

Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Behr represents the areas of geo web services (WMS, WFS, WCS, ...), spatial databases, data modelling and open data. Prof. Dr. Hardy Lehmkühler covers the area of web processing services and metadata.

The laboratory actively seeks collaboration with partners inside and outside the university.