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Geo for All - Open Education Award 2015. Nominations till 28th Feb 2015

News Date: 
21 Feb 2015

Open Education Week (9-13 March 2015) is an annual opportunity to raise awareness about open education and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone. Details at http://www.openeducationweek.org/

Geo for All, will be strongly supporting and participating in the Open Education Week 2015 and build synergies with the training events, workshops, webinars etc planned.

We are pleased to welcome nominations for Geo for All - Open Education Award 2015. This is an opportunity for us to thank our colleagues for the greatest contributions to Open Education principles in the Geo domain. We greatly welcome nominations for educators who have created GIS courses from different languages and regions in developing and developed world. The nominator can send the summary details in English along with the nomination which will help the committee members to understand its impact.

We aim to announce the winner of the award during the Open Education Week 2015 and the winner will be awarded at the FOSS4G 2015- Europe Open Innovation for Europe conference at Como, Italy. The winner will also be receiving a crystal momento from NASA titled Geo for All Educator of the year (more details). We are grateful to Patrick Hogan (NASA) for this and also the excellent idea of this competition.

We will welcome nominations from everyone. Students, Colleagues or wider public can nominate any educator who they believe has contributed to Open Education in Geo domain. Anyone except those in Award Committee listed at http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Geoforall_educatoroftheyear
are eligible for the award. Award Committee members are welcome to nominate any others work they know that deserve nomination though all members of the Award Committee themselves are not eligible .

Especially this is a great opportunity for students to nominate their Teachers and Educators for their great service to Open Education Principles building upon free and open software, open data, open standards, open educational resources etc for the benefit of the wider humanity. It can be short (Summer Schools, Trainer programs etc ) or long (full semester) courses both online and class based. Please feel free to pass this call to your students and colleagues.

Anyone who wish to nominate should send the details by email to Professor Charlie Schweik - Committee Chair with the subject header - Nomination for Geo for All - Open Education Award 2015.

This should include the Course leader details with the url to the course details (or attachment with the course details). Ideally if there is website for the program it will be helpful. Please follow this template for nomination. (Thanks to Antoni Pérez Navarro for this)

  • Course Title in English
  • Language
  • Original title
  • Credits/Hours
  • Number of editions
  • Type: Virtual, face-to-face, blended
  • Target (professionals, technical students, primary school level, secondary school level, university level ,embedded in a wider program, etc.)
  • Average number of students per edition
  • Goal (maximum 150 words): what is the goal of this course in its socio-economical context and why the course was created?
  • Contents
  • Links to course, materials, contents, etc.
  • License type

All applications should be received by 28th Feb 2015 before 12:00 GMT to be considered for this award.

So please send your nominations to honour and recognise the educators who made it possible and will be an inspiration to others to build upon for future years. It will also acknowledge their excellent contributions to open knowledge and being good global citizens by helping spread the benefits of education to all. Central to Geo for All mission is the belief that knowledge is a public good and Open Principles in Education will provide great opportunities for everyone.

GeoTools 11.5 Released

News Date: 
18 Feb 2015

The GeoTools team is happy to announce the release of GeoTools 11.5 available for download.

- geotools-11.5-bin.zip
- geotools-11.5-doc.zip
- geotools-11.5-userguide.zip
- geotools-11.5-project.zip

This release is a maintenance release for the GeoTools 11 series. Check out the change log for all of the details.

Torben Barsballe
GeoTools team

OTB Users meeting and hackfest

News Date: 
12 Feb 2015

Dear all,

Thanks a lot for your participation to the poll. We are happy to announce that the first OTB users meething and hackfest will be held in Toulouse, june 3-5 2015. The event will most likely take place in La Serre, easily reachable through public transportation. We will try to set up a web conference (at least for some parts of the event) for those of you living too far to attend in person.

If you want to attend, please write your name in the "Who?" section on the wiki page.

We will try to keep this page up-to-date throughout the organisation. And if you want to volunteer (to present your feedback, suggest a topic, help organizing, sponsor the event, make cookies or coffee ...) now is the time!

Spread the word, save the date!


Happy 9th Birthday, OSGeo!

News Date: 
4 Feb 2015

9 years ago today was the first ever meeting of the OSGeo foundation, in Chicago U.S.A.

Thanks to those passionately involved back then, and the thousands contributing since, now our community has expanded and has reached many countries all over world. Congratulations to everyone for continuing to share the passion for Open Source geospatial.

Here is a glimpse at some of the exciting events happening around the world this year:

Participate in Map Competitions at FOSS4G events globally to support the International Map Year

News Date: 
2 Feb 2015

We are pleased to invite your participation for the Map competitions organised at the various FOSS4G conferences worldwide in support of the International Map Year.The International Map Year (lead by the International Cartographic Association and supported by the United Nations) is a great opportunity for making geospatial education, software and opportunities accessible to all.

For FOSS4G North America 2015 (March 9-12th , 2015) in San Francisco, California, USA the Call for Maps & Posters is now live. It is a great opportunity to share your interesting work to a global audience.

For FOSS4G Europe 2015 (July 14th-17th, 2015) at Como, Italy there is planned Map Competition (details to be announced soon).

Also as with the previous years for the main FOSS4G conference at Seoul, South Korea (Sep 14th-19th, 2015) there will be Map Competition and this year's program will be led by Professor Youngok Kang, President of KCA (Korea Cartographic Association).

FOSS4G conferences are the flagship events of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). OSGeo software and technologies are the major contributor for the global geospatial economy and used by hundreds of thousands of users in academia, governments and business worldwide and rapidly increasing.

We are also looking forward to your active participation for Openness in GeoEducation mission.

Be part of Openness in Geoeducation

News Date: 
23 Jan 2015

On behalf of Geo for All we are pleased to invite you to join our efforts in creating Openness in GeoEducation.

You are invited to register and participate in free course on "Introduction to Geospatial Technology Using QGIS". Over 1000 students have already registered for the next course starting Feb 23- Mar 29, 2015 being run by GeoAcademy.

For Educators, please note that the curriculum (lecture materials, tutorials etc) is also free for you to share and share alike under the Creative Commons BY 3.0 license. Please find all the materials at GitHub repository.

For universities and educators it is an excellent opportunity to build your own Geospatial courses using Free and Open Source Geospatial Software. OSGeo software and technologies are the major contributor for the global geospatial economy and used by hundreds of thousands of users in academia, governments and business worldwide and rapidly increasing.

GeoAcademy and OSGeo Live are going to be the two key instruments that Geo for All will be using to accelerate Openness in Geoeducation worldwide and the International Map Year 2015 (lead by the International Cartographic Association and supported by the United Nations) is the opportunity we will be using to implement this action.

GeoAcademy will not only expand geospatial education opportunities to thousands of students but more importantly by making all the lectures, tutorials available in GitHub under Creative Commons licence enables other educators globally to build up their own teaching resources to suit their requirements.

Creating openness in Geo Education is important for developing creative and open minds in students which is critical for building open innovation and contributes to building up Open Knowledge for the benefit of the whole society and for our future generations.

We look forward to your participation for Openness in Geoeducation worldwide and successful International Map Year activities.