Prof. Dr. Andreas Wytzisk is Professor for Geoinformatics and Computer Science and head of the Geodesy Department at the Bochum University for Applied Science. He is Managing Director of the 52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software and represents the German Umbrella Organisation for Geo-Information (DGGI) on the European level.For the last decade he has specialised on technical and organisational aspects of spatial data infrastructures and has delivered a number of European key projects with this focus, whilst working with senior management to create vision and thought leadership.Andreas started his career in 1996 as project manager for agricultural and environmental IT projects at pro_Plant GmbH. In 1999 he joined the Institute for Geoinformatics (Münster, Germany) as a research associate, finished his PhD thesis in 2003 and became an assistant professor for SDI at ITC (Enschede, The Netherlands) in 2004. In September 2006 he joined con terra GmbH as senior consultant for spatial data infrastructures and managing director for 52°North. Since April 2013 Andreas holds a professorship at Bochum University of Applied Science.