Invitation to Capacity Development WG

Currently, nearly 800 million people struggle with debilitating hunger and malnutrition and can be found in every corner of the globe. That’s one in every nine people, with the majority being women and children. The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) [1] supports the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security. A core principle behind GODAN is that a solution to Zero Hunger lies within existing, but often unavailable, agriculture and nutrition data.

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The Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, CABI, GODAN, CTA and Wageningen UR  partnered to organise the 3rd Workshop on Creating Impacts with Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition[1] . The workshop was hosted at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Hague earlier this week. I am happy to share the ideas that i  presented for the GODAN  Capacity Development WG [3] at the Hague meeting.

Details at https://www.slideshare.net/SuchithAnand/godan-working-group-on-capacity-development

I would like to welcome all interested to join the GODAN WG on Capacity Development and contribute to education and training on Open Data in food and agricultural sciences. This is open and free to all interested. Join at https://dgroups.org/fao/godan_cd

Best wishes,

Suchith

Dr. Suchith Anand
http://www.geoforall.org/
http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org

GeoForAll – Building and expanding Open Geospatial Science

[1] https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/genius/documents/godan-uon-intro.pdf

[2] http://g4aw.spaceoffice.nl/en/News/Agenda/68/3rd-International-Workshop-Creating-Impact-with-Open-Data-in-Agriculture-and-Nutrition.html

[3] http://www.godan.info/working-groups/capacity-development

Greetings to everyone as we celebrate our 11th Anniversary

Dear colleagues,

Today, The Open Source Geospatial Foundation celebrates our 11th Anniversary. I would like to  send our greetings to everyone on the happy occassion of 11th Anniversary of when our  Foundation was founded (4th Feb 2006) [1] .The Open Source Geospatial Foundation has come a long way . The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is now the world’s largest Geospatial ecosystem , so we welcome you to the huge network of our partners and collaborators globally from governments, industry , universities, NGOs worldwide that you can connect to expand your ideas rapidly. Open innovation is key in driving Digital Economy opportunities and we are determined to make sure that everyone benefits.

On this happy occassion, i am pleased to honour Dr. Rafael Moreno-Sanchez as our GeoAmbassador. Rafael established GeoForAll lab at the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver, USA. Details at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2017/02/geoambassador-dr-rafael-moreno-sanchez/

It is also my great pleasure to introduce our colleagues at the Open Source Geospatial Lab [2] of The Department of Geodesy and Geoinformatics of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade as our “GeoForAll” lab of the month. Details at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2017/02/geoforall-lab-of-the-month-open-source-geospatial-lab-belgrade-serbia/

On behalf of the GeoForAll community, we thank Dr. Milan KIlibarda and all colleagues from the University of Belgrade and for their contributions to the GeoForAll initiative and look forward to working and building more collaborations with all interested on this education mission.

Happy birthday to OSGeo Foundation and may God’s grace and blessings be with all of us and OSGeo for our efforts to empower everyone with open geo principles  to help create a world that is more accessible, equitable and full of innovation and opportunities for everyone.

May the FOSS be with everyone…

Best wishes,

Suchith

Dr. Suchith Anand
http://www.geoforall.org/
http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org

GeoForAll – Building and expanding Open Geospatial Science

Invitation to NASA Europa Challenge 2017 – Solutions For Sustainable Cities

On behalf of GeoForAll, we would like to welcome strong global participation for the fifth edition of the NASA 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.

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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 Patrick Hogan (NASA) and Professor Maria Brovelli (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) and  for their efforts for this initiative which adds great momentum to our efforts to promote openness in education and research worldwide. The Europa Challenge has always had Europe’s INSPIRE Directive to guide project development. This year we continue to have INSPIRE guide us and more specifically, we are looking for solutions specific to urban management. The CitySmart Europa Challenge is challenging the world’s *best and brightest* to deliver sustainable solutions serving city needs.

Almost every city needs the same data management tools as every other city. How can we help cities work together to be more sustainable, more livable and more resilient? If cities were able to share their solutions with each other, this would multiply their investment by the number of cities participating. Each city could develop different functionalities and then ‘share’ these with each other, massively increasing our planet’s collective productivity.

Simply build a great application that serves some aspect of the OpenCitySmart (1, 2) design and uses NASA’s open source virtual globe technology, WebWorldWind. Whether you win or not, you will advance a platform that allows every city to win! This challenge is open to all on our home planet. See the 2015 Projects, 2014 Projects and 2013 Projects. China had top teams these past two years, India had an excellent team in previous year and Italy every year! A USA High School team from Alaska won First Place in 2015! So students and SMEs are welcome to join the competition this year.

This year’s Europa Challenge is an excellent opportunity for the global community to begin working in collaboration and prepare for the increasing climate change scenarios in cities context. Students are our future and looking at previous year’s contributions from Global Earthquake forecasts systems (developed by some high school students from Alaska who went on to win the first prize in 2015 and 2016!) to Urban Traffic Visual Analytics Simulator , it just shows the amazing contributions of these students and SMEs made for the global good and for the benefit of all.

Details at http://eurochallenge.como.polimi.it/ and overview video at https://youtu.be/OQEzJrEDmEI

Those interested in being part of this global enterprise, please subscribe here http://lists.osgeo.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/opencitysmart . Your participation is very welcome.

We look forward to your strong participation for the NASA CitySmart Challenge 2017 and joining our mission to make geospatial education and opportunities available for all.

Best wishes,

Suchith Anand

http://www.geoforall.org

[1] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Opencitysmart

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWuMfMMPfPw

Happy Year of Open 2017

Happy New Year 2017.  On behalf of GeoForAll community , we are very excited to support the Year of Open  2017 and looking forward to work with you all on expanding Open Education worldwide.

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15 years ago the term “Open Educational Resources” was created, the Budapest Open Access Initiative was launched, and the first Creative Commons licenses were released;

10 years ago the Cape Town Open Education Declaration was written;

5 years ago the first Open Education Week took place and the first OER World Congress was held, resulting in the Paris OER Declaration.

2017 is a great year to celebrate our achievements while making even more people aware of the benefits of openness. That’s why we’re calling 2017 the Year of Open, and we want the global open community to lead the way. Here’s how:

*   Use promotional materials https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/0B-2iwGe3GdicVWZpVG9jOExoVDQ . The more people see the Year of Open logo, the more they will want to find out what it’s about.

*   Get the word out about open. Write blog posts, op-eds, articles; make videos; hold discussions with new audiences. Let everyone know you support open by using the #yearofopen hashtag.

*   Participate in Open Education Week https://www.openeducationweek.org – let’s make this the biggest and best one yet. Open Education Week is one of the key activities for open education globally, with online and locally hosted events around the world.  Get ideas on the website, and let us know what you’re doing so it will appear on the Open Education Week events calendar.

The Year of Open is not just for open education; we encourage our colleagues working in other areas of open to join with us. Look for more information in the coming few weeks, and the official launch on 1.17.17.

Access to quality education opportunities is everyone’s birthright. Open principles  in education (open educational resources , open standards, free and open software, open access to research publications) are key to lower entry barriers and make sure there is no digital divide etc. Open principles  in education are key for breaking down the artificial barriers and rapidly bringing down the walls of digital divide.  Caring and sharing are important values in education  .

Education and empowerment are key for getting rid of extreme poverty and help create digital economy opportunities also for billions of our economically poor brothers and sisters across our planet .  Education and empowerment of students are also key 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.So let us all  join efforts and  work together to enable open principles in education to help create a world that is more accessible, equitable and full of innovation and opportunities for everyone.

Details of why this is important at

http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/07/sharing-is-caring-why-openness-is-key-for-true-empowerment-and-sustainability/

Wishing everyone  Happy New Year 2017…

Best wishes,

Suchith

Dr. Suchith Anand
http://www.geoforall.org/
http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/

GeoForAll – Building and expanding Open Geospatial Science

Summary of AgriGIS ThinkTank and Workshop 2016, Nairobi, Kenya

We are pleased to report on the success of AgriGIS Workshop & Think Tank meetings in Nairobi organised jointly by the The University of Nottingham, the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) and Crops for the Future (CFF) on October 27-28, 2016.

The objective of the event was to provide a forum for stakeholders in agricultural research organizations in Africa to share knowledge and propose strategies on improving the use of  open data, open educational resources , free and open geospatial software with the aim to expand Capacity Building and Training in AgriGIS to support Global Food Security.

The slides of the event  are at  http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/grace/events/agrigis-kenya-slides.aspx

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We thank all the participants for their inputs and contributions for the Think-Tank discussions which covered the following themes (details to the summary of each theme are available at the event website)

*   Big challenges for Agriculture in the African context
*   Tools (known & wish list) used for agri using satellite/remote data collection
*   Existing or potential data sets we would like to use
*   Practical, technical, policy, impementation obstacles to Location aspects/geotechnologies for agri
*   Data and Modelling

There was interest and support from  participants for the need for Open Data in Agriculture and  initiatives like GODAN [1].

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Some of the key themes that emerged  from the Think Tank discussions were  the following

*   Importance of the need of an organisation locally to facilitate and ensure sustainability of AgriGIS
*   Spearheading open data and free and open software use for cost savings, expanding innovation and sustainability
*   Need for Capacity building among stakeholders

We are getting lot of emails of interest lot of colleagues in Africa expressing interest in follow up activities. We are pleased to inform that Center for Agricultural Networking and Information Sharing (CANIS) , Kenya has volunteered to  host the secretariat for the Think Tank  for developing as a focal point for interaction with other stakeholders on Open GIS and open data and keep building the ideas from the ThinkTank. We thank Kiringai Kamau and colleagues at CANIS for their support.  Please contact Kiringai (email  – kiringai@gmail.com  ) for expanding AgriGIS momentum in Kenya. We are also pleased to welcome CANIS as our new GeoforAll lab in Kenya.

It is good to see many blogposts from participants of the workshop such as the one at GEOSYMP  http://geosymp.com/2016/10/what-happened-at-the-agrigis-workshop-and-think-tank/

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We would like to specifically thank our hosts RCMRD ( Dr Hussein Farah and all colleagues) for their excellent organisation and arrangements including the hands on workshop .  We need to also make use of the community and momentum build by the ThinkTank for expanding future collaborations and make sure the community is kept  updated. Please make use of the  Twitter  created  to share your ideas https://twitter.com/hashtag/agrigisnr2016?f=tweets&vertical=default&src=hash

We  shared some examples of research at Nottingham at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/genius/documents/egrasp-nairobi.pdf

More photos of the event at https://www.flickr.com/photos/148880137@N06/

We are hoping to keep building the collaborations in AgriGIS to  support Global Food Security.

Best wishes,

Suchith Anand

[1] http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/genius/documents/godan-uon-intro.pdf

FOSS4G-ASIA 2017 – Empowering Communities through Open Geospatial Innovation

OSGeo-India is glad to announce the second edition of FOSS4G-Asia organized on 26th-29th January, 2017 at IIIT-Hyderabad, India. The FOSS4G conference series are designed to foster the development and promote the widespread use of open source geospatial technologies.Thanks to our Geo4All colleagues at IIIT-Hyderabad  for hosting the event.

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FOSS4G-Asia extends this movement in Asia and welcomes all GIS communities . The FOSS4G-ASIA 2017 conference aims to provide a forum during three days for wide-ranging discussions on open source geospatial themes and topics. Please consider to submit a presentation proposal. Details at  http://www.foss4g-asia.org/2017/

Students can apply for registration waiver.Submit an Abstract by 25th October . There will be very informative workshop on hands on training which will be announced soon.

It is also good to see the event is close to Geospatial World Forum http://geospatialworldforum.org/ that is taking place in 22-25 January, 2017 at Hyderabad, India, so international speakers can aim to plan both events.

Survey of India will be celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2017, so it is good timing.

Open Principles in Education

I would like to thank the Open Education SIG for the giving me opportunity to share our experiences on building Open Geospatial Science for the benefit of all to support Open Principles in Education.

Webinar recording available at

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Abstract at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/09/open-principles-in-education-building-bridges-empowering-communities/

Slides at http://www.slideshare.net/SuchithAnand/

 

 

 

 

 

AgriGIS workshop and Think Tank meetings in Nairobi

The University of Nottingham, the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) and Crops for the Future (CFF) are pleased to announce the AgriGIS Workshop and Think Tank meetings to be held at RCMRD, Nairobi, Kenya on  October 27-28, 2016..
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Join 
professionals, policy makers and scientists from around the world to discuss and collaborate on how Geospatial technologies and open data  can enhance agriculture and ‘End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture’ (UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG2)).
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We will also share some of the research we did at the University of Nottingham through the BBSRC funded GRASP https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ngi/research/geospatial-science/projects/grasp-gfs.aspx 
Kenya is one of the main visionary countries of GODAN initiative , so it is a great pleasure for us to have this event in Nairobi and we thank Dr Hussein Farah and RCMRD for hosting the event. We are looking forward to  productive meetings and collaborations. Those interested can register  at  http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/grace/events/eventsarticles/agrigis-workshop-and-think-tank-kenya.aspx

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) Nairobi, Kenya

Dear  Colleagues,

We started the New year with University of Pretoria (South Africa) as the lab of the month (Jan 2016) and we had a new year wish that we are hopeful that the momentum created by our colleagues in Pretoria will spread across Africa and benefit hundreds of students in the future. So it is also my great pleasure to introduce our colleagues at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in Nairobi, Kenya as our “Geo4All” Lab of the Month in April 2016 who are exactly doing this great contribution by helping spread geoeducation opportunities not only for Kenya but throughout Africa.

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) was established in Nairobi, Kenya in 1975 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU). RCMRD is an inter-governmental organization and currently has 20 Contracting Member States in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regions; Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. RCMRD’s mission is to promote sustainable development in the member States through generation, application and dissemination of geo-information and allied ICT technologies, products and services. Since establishment, they have been very instrumental in capacity building in resource survey, mapping, remote sensing, GIS and natural resources assessment and management in Africa. It was also instrumental in helping different countries establish their National Mapping Agencies.

Annually, RCMRD trains about 1000 technical officers from its member States and African countries in the fields of surveying and mapping, remote sensing, GIS and natural resources assessment and Management. RCMRD also implements projects on behalf of its member States and development partners. It just shows the huge impact they are making to knowledge advancement across Africa. I was especially impressed to know about their Regional Training of Trainers Programme on Integration of Land Tenure Monitoring in Development Projects Using Geo-Spatial Technologies which is a key transformation that the 2030 Development Agenda needs to achieve. Many of the poorest and food insecure groups are those with the most insecure land tenure rights, including the female headed households, orphans, migrant farm workers, peri-urban slum dwellers, and the internally displaced persons. The Training of Trainers workshop is set to track whether investments in land tenure interventions are effective in the framework of creating advocacy for promoting investments to strengthen tenure security (see details below).

I would like to thank Gerald Omondi who emailed me a summary of their activities which I am including in this article, so you get the big picture of their various training and development activities.

 

RCMRD holds Thematic Training for Forest Monitoring and Land Degradation

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) within the framework of the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) held a two-week thematic training for forest monitoring and land degradation assessment from 29th February to 11th March, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. The participants were drawn from 10 African countries in the Eastern African region. The forest monitoring and land degradation assessment training covered the development of the forest monitoring and land degradation services and products using satellite data and is incorporating the use of Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing Opensource software applications in developing the MESA forest monitoring services and products.

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Read more about MESA here http://www.rcmrd.org/mesa/

RCMRD becomes the 1st Organization in Africa to Provide Sentinel 2 Data for 10 Countries

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) within the framework of the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) is holding a two-week thematic training for forest monitoring and land degradation assessment. In this context, participants from 10 countries got the opportunity to process Sentinel 2 data for their own regions. The Sentinel 2 satellite is financed by the European Union and launched and operated by the European Space Agency. The Sentinel 2 satellite mission provides data at 10m and 20m for land cover mapping in different spectral channels, 13 in all. It currently has a revisit period of 10 days. When Sentinel 2 satellite will be joined by Sentinel 2b in 2017, the revisit period will be every 5 days.

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), with whom RCMRD has a long standing cooperation and a Memorandum of Understanding, provided the technical support to process the data. JRC provided training on their open-source image processing software, IMPACT. The software, originally designed to provide a rapid processing of Landsat data, has been modified to process Sentinel 2 data from the raw data files provided on the ESA web site, through to classified images, which can be used in GIS. Given the restrictions of data download in a number of countries, Sentinel data is difficult to access, with data files of close to 6 Gb. JRC aims to set up an online user interface where partner countries can select images and order a ‘light’ version so as to reduce downloading time. The interface will contain data held both at JRC and RCMRD.

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http://www.rcmrd.org/rcmrd-becomes-the-1st-organization-in-africa-to-provide-sentinel-2-data-for-10-countries/

Regional Training of Trainers Programme on Integration of Land Tenure Monitoring in Development Projects Using Geo-Spatial Technologies

There is an inextricable link between land access, tenure security on one hand, and investment, income/food security on the other. This is one key transformation that the 2030 Development Agenda needs to achieve. Many of the poorest and food insecure groups are those with the most insecure land tenure rights, including the female headed households, orphans, migrant farm workers, peri-urban slum dwellers, and the internally displaced persons.

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) will host the regional Training of Trainers Programme on Integration of Land Tenure Monitoring in Development Projects Using Geo-Spatial Technologies from 3rd to 13th April, 2016. The Training of Trainers workshop is set to track whether investments in land tenure interventions are effective in the framework of creating advocacy for promoting investments to strengthen tenure security.

The overall objective of this Training of Trainers is to strengthen skills and knowledge land tenure monitoring and evaluation using Opensource geo-spatial technologies. The training will equip up stream change agents with relevant knowledge about land tenure monitoring data collection, storage, analysis and reporting systems.

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RCMRD Hosts the Open Source Geospatial Data Processing For REDD+ Applications Workshop

The “Open source Geospatial data processing for REDD+ Applications” workshop began at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and was officially opened by Dr. Hussein Farah, the Director General of RCMRD.

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The technical training workshop is being conducted as part of a NASA-SERVIR funded project “Forest carbon assessment for REDD+ in the East Africa SERVIR region.” The participants will be introduced to data processing with the “R” software package, focusing on processing spatial data for forest and carbon monitoring and mapping in the context of REDD+.Recently, “R” has been important in providing many spatial data processing functions that allows for the access of advanced data processing algorithms often unavailable in any other software.At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will know the importance of using “R” and many of the spatial data processing functions, and will be able to learn more as new capabilities are added to the changing “R” data processing archive.

Kibuga Dominic and Asiimwe Eden Sarah, participants representing Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), are expecting to have the capacity to use “R” for Statistical analysis and geospatial data processing after the workshop. On the other hand, Abel Siampale from the Forestry Department, Zambia, is looking forward to learning the application of “R”, interacting with participants from different areas, and sharing the gained skills.

Open principles in geoeducation (open educational resources, free and open software, open data, open standards, etc.) are key for true empowerment of staff and students globally and for making geospatial education and opportunities accessible to all. Access to quality education and opportunities is key for getting rid of extreme poverty and enabling broadly shared prosperity for all. It is very important to have open source GIS and standards-based solutions (OGC, ISO TC 211) to achieve widespread application of geotools at a grassroots level, especially in developing countries. Open source GIS provides accessibility, low cost solutions, and lowers the entry barriers for the use of geospatial technologies for all.

AgriGIS Workshop and Think Tank

The University of Nottingham, the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) , the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) [3] and Crops for the Future (CFF)  are pleased to announce the  AgriGIS Workshop and Think Tank meetings to be held RCMRD, Nairobi, October 27-28, 2016.

Details at https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/grace/events/eventsarticles/agrigis-workshop-and-think-tank-kenya.aspx 

 

On behalf of the Geo4All community, we thank  Dr. Hussein Omar Farah (Director General, RCMRD )and all colleagues at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development in Nairobi for their help and for their contributions to the Geo4All initiative globally.

Best wishes,

Suchith Anand

Inviting ideas to expand “GeoStudents for GeoFuture”.

Our colleagues at the Open Source Geospatial Lab [1] at the University of Zagreb, Croatia have  an excellent international seminar series  called “GeoStudents for GeoFuture”.

As part of this initiative, two year’s back, i was invited to deliver a  lecture series for students of the University of Zagreb  entitled “Roles of geodesy and geoinformatic in sustainable development”, along with  Prof. Dr. Yerach Doytsher (Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Technion, Israel, the President of the FIG Comission 3) and Prof. Dr. Vladimir Tikunov ( Faculty of Geography, University of M.V. Lomonosov, Moscow, Russia, the President of the ICA Commission “GIS and Sustainable Development” .Details at http://www.geof.unizg.hr/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=335

 

zagrebFig 1 – Me with Prof. Dr. Yerach Doytsher (Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Technion, Israel) and Prof. Dr. Vladimir Tikunov and his wife (  University of M.V. Lomonosov, Moscow, Russia ) .

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I really liked the focus of thier international seminar series on “GeoStudents for GeoFuture” and i am welcoming ideas from the wider geocommunity of how we can extend this “GeoStudents for GeoFuture” ideas to support  the International Map Year (IMY) by bringing together key scientists and students globally to work for contributing thier knowledge and skills for the UN sustainable development goals . Openness is key for true empowerment and sustainability [2].

One of the important things i learnt during  my lectures to students in universities worldwide (from USA to India), is that the digital natives are very smart. They have a very global outlook and are keen to contribute to building a better world for everyone . I remember talking to a student and asking her what GIS software she uses and her reply was “We use all different platforms to learn GIS but noone can trick us to  pay to buy GIS software when there is lot of free and open software now available” . I really liked this reply. This empowerment of students is exactly what we want. It is now not possible for any properitery GIS vendor to put “Iron Curtains” on freedom on  education tools.

“Geo for All” aims to create openness in Geo Education 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.

Best wishes,

Suchith

Dr. Suchith Anand

http://www.geoforall.org/
Geo for All – Building and expanding Open Geospatial Science