Debian GIS Project

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What is Debian GIS?

Debian GIS is a “Debian Pure Blend” with the aim to develop Debian into the best distribution for Geographical Information System applications and users.

A good deal of GIS related software and libraries (e.g. GRASS GIS, GDAL, and PROJ.4) are already present in Debian.

Thanks to efforts of the Debian GIS team, we currently have many exciting GIS packages in Debian's main archives. Other programs are well along their way to being included in the archive.

The Debian source packages maintained by the Debian GIS team are also used by efforts to support current GIS software on Debian derivatives such as UbuntuGIS, which provides backports of GIS packages for Ubuntu, and OSGeo-Live for their Ubuntu based distribution.

The Debian GIS team collaboration infrastructure on Alioth originates from the initial team effort to maintain the grass package. It has since grown to collaboratively maintain most GIS and OpenStreetMap source packages, but still uses the pkg-grass group name on Alioth.

Contact Information:

We use:
for group management, git repositories, and this webspace
for storing of and working on our packages
for bugtracking of our packages
for internal communication as well as the contact place for others;
mailing list subscription and archives are on
#debian-gis channel on (webchat)
for real-time communication
for the Maintainer field and the automatic mails related to that;
mailing list subscription and archives are on

Various useful links:

Debian GIS Blends Tasks page (long listing)
Debian GIS Blends Bugs page
Debian GIS Blends Package Thermometer
Debian GIS DDPO page
Debian GIS DMD page
Debian GIS page on
Debian GIS page on

A note on joining:

If you want to join the group you need to register an account on alioth and ask for being added to the pkg-grass group, preferrably by sending a short introduction mail to
Please don't forget to read the documents below! (Specifically the Debian GIS Policy)

[ICO]NameLast modifiedDescription

[   ]Makefile07-Jul-2016 19:41 Debian GIS Policy - Build script
[TXT]announcement.txt19-Aug-2015 12:13 The DebianGis Manifesto -- first announcement of the DebianGis Project
[DIR]attic/24-Apr-2015 19:58 Old website content
[DIR]icons/16-Dec-2004 13:32  
[   ]josmredir.php19-Jan-2017 19:29 JOSM Redirector for uscan.
[TXT]policy.html19-Aug-2015 12:13 Debian GIS Policy - HTML version
[   ]policy.xml14-Dec-2017 17:00 Debian GIS Policy - DocBook XML source
[DIR]policy/14-Dec-2017 17:00 Debian GIS Policy - Multi-page HTML version

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