The motto of the ICA-OSGeo Labs initiative is "Geo For All." By combining the potential of e-learning tools and open source geospatial software, the academic community can strengthen education in GIScience providing students with a holistic education covering open source, open standards, and open data in geospatial technology.
The widespread application of e-learning tools and open source GIS will increase access to GIS education. Free and open GI software helps make geospatial education available to students from economically poor backgrounds worldwide (removing the need for high cost proprietary GI software). The key aim of Geo for All is to make it possible for students in developing and poor countries to be also able to get geospatial education. Geo for All will be starting work on "Train the Trainer" GIS programs for school teachers all over the world.
It is very important to have open source GIS and standards (OGC, ISO TC 211) based solutions to achieve widespread application of geotools at the grassroots level especially in developing countries. Open source GIS provides accessibility, low cost solutions and lowers the entry barriers for the use of geospatial technologies for all.
Geo for All is currently comprised of 70 labs worldwide.