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This is an initial landing page for the Location Industry Working Group (IWG) at Eclipse. A proper web site will replace this page in the future.

This industry working group is governed by the Eclipse Foundation Industry Working Group Process document. You can also read more about the Eclipse Foundation.

Location Industry Working Group

The Location Industry Working Group (IWG) is a partnership between companies with a strong interest in location technologies.

Location technology is technology for tracking, analysing, and visualizing data expressing relative location measured in some dimensions.

The IWG is currently forming and is expected to formally launch Q3-2012. This date may change due to strong interest.

Initiative Goals

This IWG exists to enable organizations to:

  1. Collaborate on location related research
  2. Share costs, risks, and benefits to develop and sustain reusable commodity & innovative location technology
  3. Drive increased adoption of location technology, and adoption of reference implementation standards based technology
  4. Nurture a vibrant ecosystem of organizations consuming and providing location based technology, services, data, and related.

Expected output

  1. A software forge & build farm including discussion forums and mailing lists
  2. A platform, released annually, providing reusable, modular, and "IP Clean" software components
  3. Joint marketing materials, events

Get Involved

Next meetings

Washington D.C. - Face to face meeting May 22 @ 1pm EDT - See the agenda, bridge numbers, etc.

Conference call in June

Participate in the Discussions

Join the discussion list

View the discussion list archives

Participate in IWG calls (see the Roadmap below for call dates and times)

Edit this wiki

Register for an Eclipse account and contribute to this wiki page


If you know others that would be interested, invite them to this page and the discussion list.

Areas of Interest

  • Main stream adoption of location-aware technologies
  • Software/libraries for mobile and web based applications/services
  • Software/libraries for processing big data/ very high performance location data processing
    • Images
    • Geocoding and routing
    • Analytics
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Evolution of the spatial database
  • Data exchange standards

Lead projects

One product of this IWG will be new projects. See a guide on creating a new project at Eclipse.

The Location IWG will provide a forge (code repository, bug tracker, build farm, etc.) for related technology. The following are projects that plan to host in this facility.

We are interested in new projects. If you have some R&D that would benefit from more eyes & developers to advance it, or some useful technology you need to have but it isn't a source of competitive advantage, consider releasing it.


The following is tentative roadmap.

Past meetings

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