Registration open for SDI-Open 2015

Registration for the  pre-conference workshop on Spatial data infrastructures, standards, open source and open data for geospatial (SDI-Open 2015) jointly organized by the ICA Commission on Geoinformation Infrastructures and Standards, the Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) on 20 and 21 August 2014 at Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) in Rio de Janeiro is now open at

Places are limited and available on a first come first served basis. Registration will be confirmed by e-mail

Any information please contact the local organisors:

Prof. Silvana Camboim ,  Head of ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS lab at Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR)  –
Dr Julia Celia Mercedes Strauch –

On behalf of the International Cartographic Association (ICA)  and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) , we look forward to welcome you to Rio.


Next steps for “Geo for All” expansion

On behalf of “Geo for All” we are pleased to welcome you to FOSS4G India -2015 in Dehradun , India (June 9-10th, 2015). It is great pleasure that colleagues in our first OSGeo lab to be established in India at IIIT Hyderabad  have played key role for this. Details at

Keeping pace with our global geo education growth plans , it is important that in addition to the regional conferences , for example FOSS4G-Europe  for our European labs; FOSS4G NA  for our North American labs, FOSS4G-Asia  for our Asian labs etc., we need to have country specific FOSS4G conferences established as this helps us to arrange meetings of the national research labs coinciding with the FOSS4G national conferences  for accelerating research and teaching collaborations between our labs in each country. So i call upon all colleagues globally to start planning FOSS4G conferences in your country to meet local needs.

We will also arrange presentation for “Geo for All” at any conferences/events globally to share the Geo4All vision to all .Any one interested are welcome to download the presentation slides available at (link below the map) , translate etc and present it to spread the Open education message strongly to all universities. Combining the potential of  Free and Open Source software, Open Standards, Open Data, Open Education Resources, we are now offering education opportunities to nurture and develop Open Minds in students globally for a better planet and better future for all…

Best wishes,


GeoForAll – Global Educator of the Year Award 2015

On the occasion of Open Education Week 2015 , “Geo for All” community would to like to thank all educators worldwide who have made contributions to open education efforts and being good global citizens by helping spread the benefits of education to all.

We are very happy to announce the nominees for the GeoForAll – Global Educator of the Year Award 2015. This is an opportunity for us to thank our colleagues for their excellent contributions to Openness in Education principles in the Geo domain.

Congratulations to the following individuals or teams who received one or more nominations for the 2015 GeoForAll Global Educator of the Year Award

In no particular order, the nominees are:


– Daniel Baldwin, Costa Rica International Academy, Costa Rica, for his course on “Mapping the Mangroves” [1]

– Phil Davis, DelMar College, Texas, USA for his ongoing leadership and tireless efforts leading the creation of the GeoAcademy [2]

– Genovevea Laurente, Consultora Calixto, Uruguay and gvSIG Batovi for the course “Sistemas de Información Geográfica con uso de datos abiertos orientado a la educación,” or in English, “Geographic Information Systems for Education using Open Data” [3]

– Kurt Menke, Bird’s Eye View GIS, Alburquerque, NM, USA, for his Introduction to Open Source and Web Mapping course he developed for Central New Mexico Community College [4]

– Sterling Quinn, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA, for his course on “Open Web Mapping” [5]

– Giorgio Zamboni, Politecnico di Milano, Como campus, Italy for his “PoliCrowd: A Social Network App with NASA World Wind. [6]


– Environmental Information Centre GRID-Warsaw; UNEP/GRID Warsaw for their EduGIS Academy [7]

– Open Source Geospatial Laboratory team at ETH Zurich, Switzerland for their Interactive Web Maps course [8]

– Shashi Shekhar and Brent Hecht, Computer Science, University of Minnesota, USA for their Massive Open Online Course “From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing” [9]

– Lluis Vicens (SIGTE,Spain), Toni Hernandez (SIGTE, Spain), Jeremy Morley (University of Nottingham,UK), Alberto Romeu (Prodevelop) and Jorge Sanz (Prodevelop) for their GIS Open Source Summer School at the University of Girona in Spain [10]

– Ricardo Olivira, Raphael Moreno – FOSS4G lab, University of Colorado, Denver USA for their PostgreSQL/PostGIS course materials [11]

– Raquel Sosa, Rosario Casanova and Jorge Franco, for their gvSIG Educa/Batovi effort in Uruguay [12]

– Kurt Menke – Brids Eye View, Nate Jennings Urbandale Spatial, Jon Van Hoesen Green Mtn College, Rick Smith Texas A&M, and Phil Davis, Delmar College (all in USA) for their GeoAcademy development efforts [13]

All of these individuals and teams should be celebrated for their efforts. Just being nominated is an honour.

The award committee now has the very difficult task of selecting the GeoForAll Educator of the Year out of this well deserving list of nominees. This year’s selections (possibly an individual and a team award) will be announced at the FOSS4G 2015- Europe “Open Innovation for Europe” conference at Como, Italy in July . Details at

Congratulations again to all the nominees and we encourage you to list this nomination honour in your CVs.
Happy Open Education Week 2015 everyone…

Prof. Charlie Schweik,

on behalf of the GeoForAll Educator Award Selection Committee:

Prof. Georg Gartner (President, ICA)

Jeff McKenna (President, OSGeo)

Chen Jun (President, ISPRS)

Prof. Maria Antonia Brovelli (Italy)

Dr. Xinyue Ye (USA)

Dr. Luciene Delazari (Brazil)

Dr. Tuong-Thuy Vu (Malaysia)

Prof. Venkatesh Raghavan (Japan/India)

Prof. Ivana Ivánová (Brazil)

Jeroen Ticheler (The Netherlands)

Dr. Serena Coetzee (South Africa)

Prof. Helena Mitasova (USA)

Anne Ghisla (Germany)

Patrick Hogan (USA)

Dr Suchith Anand (UK/India)















ICC Pre-conference workshop on Spatial data infrastructures, standards, open source and open data for geospatial (SDI-Open 2015)

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Call for extended abstracts:
27th International Cartographic Conference
Pre-conference workshop on

Spatial data infrastructures, standards, open source and open data for geospatial (SDI-Open 2015)

jointly organized by the
Commission on Geoinformation Infrastructures and Standards, the Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

Date: Thursday, 20 August and Friday, 21 August 2015
Venue: Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), Rio de Jaineiro, Brazil

The discovery, access, exchange and sharing of geographic information and services among stakeholders from different levels in the spatial data community is facilitated through a spatial data infrastructure (SDI). Standards are key for the quality and development of interoperable geographic information and geospatial software. The drive for access to geographic information has led to its publication as open data, i.e. freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. According to a report by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), the use of opensource solutions is likely to increase significantly in the future as a viable alternative to proprietary suppliers. Open source software for geospatial, geographic information standards and open data policies are therefore significant for SDI development and implementation. This workshop aims to record examples of current SDI practice with an aim to identify benefits and challenges to implementing free and open source software for geospatial, geographic information standards and open (spatial) data in an SDI.

SDI resarchers and practitioners are invited to submit extended abstracts of 1,000-1,500 words that describe SDI case studies where

  • open source software for geospatial is used in the technical implementation; and/or
  • geospatial standards are implemented; and/or
  • geographic information is accessible as open data.

The case studies shall include the following:

  • Background information about the SDI, including the relevant policies.
  • A description of how open source, standards and/or open data are implemented in the SDI.
  • An evaluation of the motivatorsbenefits, barriers and challenges concerning implementation of open source software, standards and/or open data.
  • Based on the evaluation, provide recommendations for improvements and/or further work.
  • Conclusions.

Extended abstracts have to be written in English. Contributions must be original and previously unpublished. Author guidelines are available here. Abstracts have to be submitted through the online submission system, available at Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the organizing ICA Commissions. Upon acceptance, a revised abstract has to be submitted for inclusion in the workshop proceedings. At least one of the authors of an accepted abstract must register for the workshop and make an oral presentation at the workshop.

Accepted abstracts will be published in the online workshop proceedings with an ISBN number and will be openly archived on the ICA website under a Creative Commons Attribution License, which allows others to freely access, use, and share the work, with an acknowledgment of the work’s authorship and its initial publication in the online workshop proceedings. Authors of a selected number of high quality abstracts may be invited to submit an extended paper to a peer-reviewed journal.

Important dates

Important dates

Call for abstracts opens: 1 September 2014
Abstract submission: 2 March 2015
Notification of acceptance: 1 June 2015
Submission of revised abstracts: 6 July 2015
Full workshop registration payment for presenters: 6 July 2015
27th ICC 2015 Conference: 23-28 August 2015

If you have any questions, please contact Antony Cooper, Serena Coetzee, Suchith Anand, Silvana Camboim or Trevor Taylor

“Geo for All” Open Education Award


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

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 . Details at The winner will also be receiving a crystal momento from NASA ( see at ) titled “Geo for All Educator of the year”. 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 at
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 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 [email – [log in to unmask] ] 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.

Best wishes,


Join our “Train the Trainer” opportunity

The MOOC program on “Introduction to Geospatial Technology Using QGIS” is starting in just 2 weeks (23rd Feb 2015), so if you have not registered yet (over 2000 students have already registered), please register asap at

This is part of our “Train the Trainer” objectives and we especially encourage educators who wish to build upon Open Principles in GeoEducation to be part of the program and then build upon the course materials for their requirements at

We thank the whole MOOC team and the ICA-OSGeo Lab at Texas A&M University who have done a great contribution to our geoeducation efforts by giving away all the course materials under CC licence for the benefit of the wider community. This in one masterstroke has now changed geoeducation landscape forever. From lecturers in Brazil who now can translate this into Portuguese to educators in Africa and Asia who can customise this for their teaching requirements this opens a whole new dimension to our geoeducation efforts.

We are fully confident that with the dedication and efforts of you all in the future through our various instruments (OSGeo Live, MOOCs, various university programs, and more importantly a great network of best minds) , this will create educational opportunities for hundreds of thousands of students globally. We look forward to working with you all for making geospatial education, software and opportunities accessible to all. Thanks to all of your efforts which make this possible.

We encourage educators globally to make use of this opportunity.

Best wishes,

Suchith Anand

Invitation to NASA Worldwind Europa challenge

On behalf of “Geo for All” , we would like to welcome strong global participation for the third edition of the NASA Worldwind Europa challenge. The aim of this challenge is to inspire ideas for building great applications that serves the INSPIRE Directive and uses NASA’s open source virtual globe technology World Wind. Details at

This NASA challenge attracts the best minds to develop their ideas covering a broad range of domains from transportation to air quality to linked data. The previous competition winners work is available at

We thank Professor Maria Brovelli (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) and Patrick Hogan (NASA) for their efforts for this initiative which adds great momentum to our efforts to promote openness in education and research worldwide.

It is also our great pleasure to announce the inaugural ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS Awards for Open Geospatial Science for the winning student teams at this competition. We thank the ICA, OSGeo and ISPRS for the generous support for the student awards. The awards will be given at the FOSS4G-Europe 2015 in Como, Italy (July 2015).

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data. OSGeo software and technologies are the major contributor for the global geospatial economy and used by millions of users in academia, governments and business worldwide and rapidly increasing.

International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) is a non-governmental organisation devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications.

International Cartographic Association (ICA) is the world authoritative body for cartography, the discipline dealing with the conception, production, dissemination and study of maps.

We look forward to your strong participation for the NASA Worldwind Europa Challenge 2015 and joining our mission to make geospatial education and opportunities available for all.

Joint session of IG Geospatial & IG Big Data Analytics

Research Data Alliance is pleased to announce that the United States will be hosting its Fifth Plenary Meeting in San Diego, California from March 9 -11, 2015. For those unfamiliar with RDA, the Plenaries are multi-day meetings held twice a year in various locations worldwide to provide the RDA community an opportunity to network and collaborate with peers in various disciplines, and hear from industry experts and world leaders on topics related to research data sharing and exchange.

Celebrating its second year as an international organization, RDA will highlight the accomplishments of its membership. With the theme, “Adopt-a-Deliverable”, focus will be on the outputs from the initial set of RDA Working Groups, and on ensuring lasting impact in the research data sharing community through adoption by other organizations.

We are pleased to confirm details of the Joint session of IG Geospatial & IG Big Data Analytics

Monday 9 March 2015 (Time – 11:30-13:00)

The joint meeting will be chaired and led by Prof. Chris Pettit (University of Melbourne, Australia) and draft agenda below

* Updates on Geospatial IG
* Updates on Big Data Analytics IG
* 2- 3 short presentations to be finalised on both Geo and Big Data
* Ideas for specific actions in Geospatial IG and Big Data Analytics IG

If any of you wish to make short (unto 10 minutes) presentations of your research on this theme please inform by 28th Feb 2015. More details at

It will be also a good opportunity to plan ideas to put a joint proposal for the RDA Data Share Fellow program through our US research labs (the Fellow will be based in US university) for building upon Urban Science research.

New proposed chair of the commission – Dr Silvana Comboim

It gives me great pleasure  to inform you all the good news that aspart of the succession plan for the ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies, Dr Silvana Comboim (Universidade Federal de Paraná ,Brazil) will be nominated as the proposed new chair of the commission for 2015-2019. As per the ICA statutes the nomination of chair should be done through National member states only and i expect Brazil to support this nomination  at the next General Assembly at ICC 2015 and take this forward with the new Terms of Reference for the commission for the period 2015-2019.

It is very important that we have a strong leadership in place for this commission to support and expand all of the initiatives that was started and i have full confidence in Dr Silvana Comboim's dedication and abilities to take us to higher levels. I had the pleasure to work closely with her over the last 4 years  and  she was the main person who took the initiative to establish the first OSGeo lab in South America at the Federal University of Parana, Brazil.  I believe that Silvana will be the right person to chair and lead this commission for the next term (2015-2019 ) and build upon the activities that we have done and take this to higher level.  I also had the opportunity to see the amazing work she and her colleagues are doing when i visited Brazil in May 2014 and i see the work she is doing in Brazil having a great momentum for our global activities of "Geo for All" mission.

Silvana will also be leading the ICC Pre-conference workshop on Spatial data infrastructures, standards, open source and open data for geospatial (SDI-Open 2015) in Rio, 2015 and the Conference itself  will be great opportunity to strengthen the "Geo for All" initiative and to reinforce the key projects and research links for the future.

It had been my great pleasure  to get the opportunity to chair this commission in the last 4 years and i thank each and everyone of you for the support and help that you all provided for the initiatives we that have undertaken. Also special thanks to Prof. Thierry Badard (Canada) who was the cochair of this commission during this period for all his help provided to me.  I also thank the ICA President (Professor Georg Gartner) and the Executive Committee of the ICA for the strong support they all provided for all our activities including "Geo for All" and i am sure they will continue their strong support to Silvana for the future to take this to higher levels.

I will  be working closely with Silvana from now  for the smooth transition  of the commission at ICC 2015.  I request all of you to support Silvana in her new role and provide her all help to expand our mission. Thanks again to you all for your help and support.

Best wishes,

Suchith Anand


Google – OSGeo Summer of Code program 2014

Thanks to all the mentors, students and especially to OSGeo GSoC Administrators 2014(Anne Ghisla, Hamish Bowman and Dustan Adkins) for another successful organisation of OSGeo Google Summer of Code 2014

All the projects done are excellent but i would to highlight one project which we did this year with the aim to build ideas for collaborative research for ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS labs for the future .

We have strong automated map generalization/schematization research in some of our research labs and thanks to Dr Luciene Delazari (Federal University of Parana, Brazil),  Piotr Pociask (GIS Support Sp, Warsaw) and Dr Mark Ware (University of South Wales) for supervising this excellent work on building the Schematization Plugin for QGIS and student Nishith Maheshwari (IIIT Hyderabad, India) for building this. This will now  enable more collaborative research ideas for the map generalization research community for extending this as an open schematization platform which other students in future can use to build upon. It is an excellent example of how we can build ideas for collaborative research for ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS labs for the future.

This will also help us build ideas for next year’s GSoC by having members of ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS labs network collaborate on other interesting ideas.

Great work all  and thanks for your contributions which help build the momentum for sharing knowledge for the benefit of all.