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"Geo for All" Newsletter - March 2016 now published

News Date: 
9 Mar 2016
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Geo for All is the Open Source Geospatial Foundation's Open Educational outreach with our mission for making geospatial education and opportunities accessible to all. Our monthly newsletters are key to reach out our ideas with the wider community and build new collaborations. We request all OSGeo members to share any updates/developments as short reports for next issue of Geo4All newsletter.

Also we want to highlight OSGeo SMEs and service providers in our future editions of our newsletter. The aim is to get the wider community know about the excellent companies and startups that make the OSGeo ecosystem and encourage more collaborations and startups . So please email our chief editor [email- labrinos@eled.auth.gr ] a short article about your company and how OSGeo software has been empowering you and enabling your growth . We also welcome usecases and implementation examples of how OSGeo software and open principles in education are empowering universities, government organisations, NGOs etc. We will get your articles published in our newsletter in forthcoming issues. Please make sure you send your articles before 24th of every month to get it published in the next month's edition.

We will also be highlighting one OSGeo software project /community every month [from the OSGeo live DVD] .Volunteers to lead this section are welcome. We request the OSGeo community to please send any reports, articles on OSGeo activities happening (events, new software releases, summer schools, new courses, training events etc) to the newsletter editors.

We are pleased share our newsletter at http://www.geoforall.org/newsletters/ to the wider geo community.

Editorial - March 2016

Dear members of the Network/ readers of the Newsletter,

As you may find out, this issue has almost twice as much material from the previous issues, thanks to the great job of all the co-editors and the members of our network. You can find very interesting articles, based on discussions done in February, about AgriGIS, Global School Network, the Open City Smart project, and NASA World Wind.

From these four, the newest one is the beginning of the discussion about the formation of a Global School Network. As the discussion has just started, I would like to share with you why I think there is a need of a Global Network. First of all, this would put an order to the situation we face of many people doing things with no coordination; no “Central Instructions;” no “basic ideas” of what, when and how to do it. Most of us work at a university or a research centre, and whatever we do is for the students of higher education.

In my opinion, we have to focus on the base of the educational system. It is very easy to teach university students. They know a lot of things, and it is easy to teach them, using complicated words and concepts, about spatial science. But what about the students in primary and secondary education? How can we make them understand how spatial the world in which they live is, and how can they use the tools we have constructed in order to manipulate the spatiality of our world?

We can't do this if we don't get all the help we can from their teachers. But even the teachers have different ideas about the way they can teach about this world. In fact, everything has to do with the pedagogical part of the spatial tools we use and the curriculum of each level in each country. This is why we have to work with the teachers, as they work with their students, so they can let us know what their needs are. In some cases we do have some information from published articles, but it has to be more organized and, why not, more guided.

Finally, there was an interesting telemeeting with Christopher Tucker, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The MapStory Foundation, in which Chris let us know more about MapStory and what it can do for the teachers and students. We all hope that Chris will share with us an article on MapStory, and we will have the pleasure to publish it in a future issue.

Have a nice reading.

Dr.Nikos Lambrinos, Chief Editor.

Swiss PGDay 2016

News Date: 
22 Feb 2016
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Dear OSGeo Community

The Swiss PGDay 2016 is a conference on PostgreSQL and PostGIS. It takes place at the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil (Switzerland) on Fri. June 24, 2016.

The conference includes presentations on business and technical aspects of this emerging open source database system. The event offers something for everyone, from beginners to experts to decision-makers and is also a great opportunity for networking and socializing.

We are also looking forward to interesting talk proposals, particularly in the field of PostGIS! The Call for Speakers (CfS) will ends at March 31, 2016! The main conference language is German but we explicitly welcome contributions in English.

Stefan Keller
Member of the organizing committee

More info is available at www.pgday.ch

GeoPython 2016 - the Python Conference for the Geo-Community

News Date: 
19 Feb 2016
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Dear Geo&Python community

I’m pleased to announce the upcoming GeoPython conference, which takes place in Basel, Switzerland June 22 to 24, 2016.

The conference is about Geo&Python. The call for talks/workshops is open until March 10, 2016.

The event is organised by the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland and PyBasel - the local Python User Group.

More info is available at http://www.geopython.net

Conference topics are:

  • GIS / Mapping
  • Geography / Geophysics / Geodesy / Geomatics
  • Earth Sciences / Environmental Sciences
  • Geovisualization
  • Smart Cities
  • Spatial Data / Geodata
  • Geospatial Webservices
  • Big Data
  • Data Processing
  • (Spatial) Databases
  • Computer Vision
  • Remote Sensing
  • Image Processing
  • Machine Learning
  • Python in General

Kind regards,
Martin Christen

OSGeo Joins Geospatial World Forum (GWF) as Supporting Organization

News Date: 
15 Feb 2016
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In line with OSGeo's renewed vision to "Empower everyone with open source geospatial", we seek to promote our activity not only though the hosting of events such as the FOSS4G, but also proactively engage with the broader Geospatial Community in various forums.

Our mission is foster global adoption of open geospatial technology by being an inclusive software foundation devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development.

Our partnership with GWF goes back to 2007 when OSGeo organized a well attended OSGeo session at Map World Forum (former avatar of GWF) in Hyderabad, India. OSGeo was an Institutional Partner at the first GWF held in Hyderabad, India in 2011 and also at GWF 2012 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It is a great pleasure to renew our partnership as Supporting Organization for GWF 2016 and organize a special OSGeo Session at the event.

The conference will take place in Rotterdam 23 - 26, May 2016. As OSGeo we will have the chance to present our multifaceted activities and initiatives we support. We are very exited to have this opportunity showcase OSGeo projects to the participants of GWF. As an inclusive software foundation, we attach great important to be present at tech events like GWF and enhance our global impact and reach.

OSGeo will organise a full day event on May 24 and wishes to initiate a call for presenters promote our products and core values. Volunteers can contact Dirk Frigne, Vice-President, OSGeo Foundation to help organise the session. OSGeo will also be have a booth at the exhibition special 1 day pass for access to the exhibition area and OSGeo Session will be 25Euros.

More information to come on the wikipage

Look forward to meeting you all at GWF and wish the event a great success.

Dirk Fringe
VP, OSGeo Foundation

About the Open Source Geospatial Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster global adoption of open geospatial technology by being an inclusive software foundation devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development. The foundation provides financial, organizational and legal support to the broader open source geospatial community. It provides an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding and other resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit.

OSGeo also serves as an outreach and advocacy organization for the open source geospatial community, and provides a common forum and shared infrastructure for improving cross-project collaboration. The Foundation's projects are all freely available and usable under an OSI-certified open source license.

Welcome to the University of Trento to GeoForAll

News Date: 
10 Feb 2016
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We are pleased to welcome University of Trento, in Italy to the GeoForAll initiative as an Open Source Geospatial Laboratory and Research Center.

The UTn-FOSS Lab was born from the synergy of two existing labs at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Trento i.e Geodesy and Geomatics and Ecology which have been working togheter since 1993 on various FOSS4G research and education projects, especially with the GRASS GIS software.

The point of contact for the lab is Clara Tattoni.

Below the description of the main activities.

RESEARCH:

The Geodesy and Geomatics lab investigates innovative positioning and survey systems, such as GPS, laser scanning techniques and digital photogrammetry, which are nowadays pivotal for the description of the environment as well as for proactive mobility management. Geographic Information Systems represent a further researches topic, especially with reference to geometric and topologic, 2D and 3D, modelling and to the development, test and implementation of innovative techniques for data processing and analysis.

The Ecology lab research areas are the ecology and planning of forests with special attention to the mountain areas and the issues arisen in the last decades due both to the abandonment of the traditional agricultural, woodland and shepherd activities and to the tourism development at high altitude sites.

The group works on the development and validation of research methodologies for land analysis and on the identification of new strategies for the sustainable management of the mountain territory.

EDUCATION:

Beside their research topics, all carried out in FOSS4G environment the group devoted a lot of effort in education by developing and updating self training tutorials in the Italian and English languages. Details at
http://www.ing.unitn.it/~grass/documents.html for GRASS and QGIS and by training student and professional with specific courses.

At the University of Trento the following courses are based on FOSS4G software:

  • Numerical carthography and GIS (III year under graduate)
  • Land survey (III year under graduate)
  • Applied Ecology, 6 European credits, 60 hours Master degree course
  • Doctoral course Environmental data management and analysis
  • Doctoral School in Environmental Engineering

Plus the International Summer School on "Tropical Rainforest Biodiversity modelling and mapping" organised in cooperation with the Science Museum of Trento (Italy) and the Danish Natural History Museum and Tanzania National Park. Details at http://www.muse.it/it/la-ricerca/biodiversita-tropicale/proposte-formative/pagine/summer-school-2015.aspx

CONFERENCES AND MISCELLANEA:

They organized the first Open Source Free Software GIS - GRASS users conference in September 2002, in Trento.

Some of the people in this group are active within the OSGEO Education committee and they held workshops at various FOSS4G conferences

Various scripts and gass modules http://www.ing.unitn.it/~grass/software.html

Recent FOSS4G related projects include:

PRIN "Interoperability and cooperative management of geographic, dynamic, multidimentional and distributed data with Free and Open Source GIS"

European project Recharge GREEN http://www.recharge-green.eu/

We are warmly welcoming more universities to join us and expand research and teaching collaborations in Geospatial Science. Please contact our Regional chairs for more details http://www.geoforall.org/how_to_join/

Prof. Maria Brovelli and Dr. Peter Mooney
GeoForAll Europe Chairs
http://www.geoforall.org/

Welcome to the University of Heidelberg to GeoForAll

News Date: 
10 Feb 2016
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We are pleased to welcome the GIScience Research Group at the University of Heidelberg to the GeoForAll initiative and network as an Open Source Geospatial Laboratory and Research Center.

GIScience Heidelberg is supporting free and open GI software, open GI standards (OGC), open Geo-Data (e.g. OpenStreetMap and other VGI), open access publication and GIS education in many ways.This is demonstrated already in numerous examples, such as the development and provision of free GI services and open source tools as well as the usage, improvement and advocating of open spatial data in education and through development and research as well as through the organization of related workshops and events (e.g. OSM mappathons). Further detailed information about available services, tools, publications and open data related activities and teaching can be found on http://uni-heidelberg.de/gis/

Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial Applications has now made it possible for a large number of private and government agencies and academics in both developed and developing countries to make use of geospatial software for applications in GIS, spatial database management, and remote sensing in many application domains. GIS without spatial data is not useful. Therefore we do advocate and support the availability of free and open Geographical Information from different sources, including Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) such as OpenStreetMap (OSM) in multiple ways through education and research, as well as the development of relevant tools and services.

The Lab is very active in many fields, as you can see from their website http://uni-heidelberg.de/gis . Moreover they are going to add and improve further related info (e.g. https://github.com/GIScience and further open source developments such as XNavigator etc. ), therefore be tuned.

The points of contact for the Lab are Prof. Alexander Zipf and Prof. Bernhard Hofle.

We are warmly welcoming more universities to join us and expand research and teaching collaborations in Geospatial Science. Please contact our Regional chairs for more details http://www.geoforall.org/how_to_join/

Prof. Maria Brovelli and Dr. Peter Mooney
GeoForAll Europe Chairs
http://www.geoforall.org/