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)