In September 2011, the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the objective of creating collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organizations in open source GIS software and data.The long term vision is the creation of a sustainable ecosystem for open source GIS globally.
Among other things the MOU provides for the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Laboratories and Research Centers (ICA-OSGeo Labs) across the world for supporting development of open-source geospatial software technologies, training and expertise.
The motto of the ICA-OSGeo Lab initiative is "Geo For All". It is intended that the combination of e-learning tools and open source GIS will increase access to GIS education. Free and open GIS software helps make geospatial education available to students from economically poor backgrounds and students in developing and poor countries.
Today the ICA-OSGEO Lab initiative announced that the University of Geneva Institute for Environmental Sciences has become the 64th organization to join the "Geo for All" initiative.