“Geo for All” region wise and subject wise thematic groups established

On behalf of ”'[http://www.geoforall.org Geo for All]”’, we are pleased to inform that Region wise and Subject wise Thematic groups are now established and we welcome you to join us.

Following inputs from the “Geo for All” community we decided to have new Regional chairs to help us accommodate our expansion plans. Also this helps us to arrange meetings of the regional research labs coinciding with the FOSS4G regional conferences now fully established for accelerating research and teaching collaborations between our labs . For example [http://europe.foss4g.org/2015/ FOSS4G-Europe] for our European labs; [https://2015.foss4g-na.org FOSS4G NA] for our North American labs, [http://www.foss4g-asia.org/2014/ FOSS4G-Asia] for our Asian labs etc.

With the region wise thematic groups established, the chairs of these are now the contact points for any new labs to be established in that region to contact and the mailing list becomes the first point of contact for the new members and all regional members in the region can use the list for collaborating on regional funding calls, FOSS4G local conferences etc. This way we can make sure it is scaleable and meets local/region requirements/needs. The criteria for membership for ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS Labs are at http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Geoforall_criteria

Regions groups:

* ”’North America Region”’
** Chairs: [mailto: Helena Mitasova (USA), Charles Schweik (USA), Phillip Davis (USA)
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** Website: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/GeoForAll_North_America
** Email: cschweik@pubpol.umass.edu; hmitaso@ncsu.edu; pdavis@delmar.edu
* ”’South America Region”’
** Chairs: Sergio Acosta y Lara (Uruguay) and Silvana Camboim (Brazil)
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** Website: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/GeoForAll_South_America
** Email: sergio.acostaylara@mtop.gub.uy; silvanacamboim@gmail.com
* ”’Africa Region”’
** Chairs: Rania Elsayed Ibrahim (Egypt), Serena Coetzee (South Africa) and Bridget Fleming (South Africa)
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** Webpage at http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/GeoForAll_Africa
** Email: bridget@afrispatial.co.za; serenacoetzee@gmail.com; ranyaalsayed@gmail.com
* ”’Asia Region”’ (including Australia)
** Chairs: Tuong Thuy Vu (Malaysia/Vietnam) and Venkatesh Raghavan (Japan/India)
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** Website: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/GeoForAll_Asia
** Email: raghavan@media.osaka-cu.ac.jp; Tuongthuy.Vu@nottingham.edu.my
* ”’Europe Region”’
** Chairs: Maria Brovelli (Italy) and Anne Ghilsa (Germany)
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** Website: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/GeoForAll_Europe
** Email: maria.brovelli@polimi.it; a.ghisla@gmail.com

Thematics: Subjects/Language

* ”’Urban Science – City Analytics Thematic”’
** Theme Leaders – Chris Pettit (Australia) and Patrick Hogan (USA)
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** Website: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/GeoForAll_UrbanScience_CityAnalytics
** Email: cpettit@unimelb.edu.au; patrick.hogan@nasa.gov
* ”’Teacher Training & School Education thematic”’
** Theme Leaders – El?bieta Wo?oszy?ska-Wi?niewska (Poland) and Adrian Manning (UK)
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** Website: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/GeoForAll_TeacherTraining_SchoolEducation
** Email: j.d.w.m@btinternet.com; ela@gridw.pl
* ”’Spanish thematic”’
** Theme Leaders – Sergio Acosta y Lara (Uruguay) and Antoni Pérez Navarro (Spain)
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** Website: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/GeoForAll_Spanish
** Email: sergio.acostaylara@mtop.gub.uy; aperezn@uoc.edu

We invite all of you who are interested in different regions are ”’welcome to join”’ the specific mail list to build local collaborations and directly contact the regional chairs for new applications for establishing ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS Research labs in universities worldwide to build Open Principles in Geo Education.

Dr Suchith Anand

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