geOrchestra’s guidelines are: free and opensource, modularity, interoperability.
The geOrchestra project started back in 2009 when the Brittany spatial data infrastructure was under construction. Users and developers decided to place the source code under an open licence. An independant project steering committee was appointed to drive the project, address the emerging community, and vote changes.
Subsequently, many people studied, adapted, and translated geOrchestra modules for their own needs.
Initially hosted on a Brittany-hosted software repository, the source code finally moved to GitHub in 2012. This greatly improved code accessibility and obviously made contributions easier. The commit rates grew up dramatically.
Every year, users and developers from the community meet in a different place to share experiences, sum up good practices and elaborate the roadmap.
Previous events took place:
- at CampToCamp, Chambéry, France, in 2017,
- at the “Maison de l’Agriculture et de la Forêt d’Aquitaine” (location of the PIGMA partnership), Bordeaux, France, in 2016,
- at the “Maison de la Région” (partnership CIGAL - Coopération pour l’information géographique en Alsace), Strasbourg, France, in 2015,
- at “Centre Régional Auvergnat de l’Information Géographique” (CRAIG), Clermont-Ferrand, France for 2014,
- at Agrocampus Ouest, Rennes, France, for 2013.
The steering committee features 13 members:
- Fabrice Phung, SDI operator at DREAL, French State
- François Van Der Biest, developer & release manager at Camptocamp
- Pierre Mauduit, developer & sysadmin at Camptocamp
- Sylvain Lesage, SDI operator & developer at ADSIB
- Rod Béra, researcher & teacher at Agrocampus Ouest
- Landry Breuil, SDI operator & sysadmin at CRAIG,
- Louca Lerch, geographer at GeoBolivia and Université de Genève
- Nicolas Chavent, geographer, OpenStreetMap, IDS Francophone Libre (IFL)
- Stéphane Mével-Viannay, project manager at GéoBretagne
- Ernest Chiarello, SDI operator & sysadmin at UMR ThéMA
- Hervé Squividant, researcher & teacher at Agrocampus Ouest
- Maël Reboux, geographer, project manager at Rennes Métropole
- Jean-Pascal Klipfel, SDI operator at CIGAL