Since its establishment in 2006, 52°North has evolved from an initiative providing space for contributors and partners to collaborate in an open network into an applied research company with a particular focus on spatial information technology. The network has progressed to provide infrastructure and 52°North now works on a variety of research projects with well-renowned clients (DLR, EC, JRC, EUMETSAT, esa, OGC, …). Due to redefining and strengthening our focus, we have also changed our business model. We no longer promote the partnership and communities models.
Our founding institutions!
Working together to bridge the gap between research and application
The 52°North Spatial Information Research GmbH is a non-profit company bridging the gap between research and application. Its shareholders are the University of Münster, Germany (26%), the University of Twente, The Netherlands (26%), the con terra GmbH, Germany (24%) and Esri Inc, USA (24%).
52°North was founded in 2006 and evolved from an Initiative for open source software to an applied research institute. We join publicly and privately funded research and development projects and offer professional services, training and workshops.