[OSGeo-Edu] Education committee/ BoF meeting/workshop in FOSS4G2006
tylermitchell at shaw.ca
Mon Aug 14 15:18:19 EDT 2006
Just a quick note as well. I also won't be at FOSS4G. And I've also
spoken with 1-2 others who have had some sort of contact with Mellon
foundation staff and who have talked about following up with them. I
have also emailed a fair bit with Chris and come to similar
conclusions as you have below. It would be good if we could have a
single point of contact for them, since soon we will start to drive
them crazy. If someone is closer to them than others, please let me
know. I just don't want them to see us a too disorganised :) If I
had more time I'd volunteer to pursue this and have drive it. I
think Ned mentioned he (and you?) was too close to the fire because
you have past proposals, etc. Or perhaps that was only relating to
the award nomination?
But I think we should pursue a proposal and from the Edu angle it
might be the easiest. I'm also interested in what kinds of other
proposals (from OSGeo) that might be valuable.
On 14-Aug-06, at 12:04 PM, Charlie Schweik wrote:
> On Mon, 2006-08-14 at 10:28 +0300, Ari Jolma wrote:
>> In the last edu committee meeting I suggested to have a real life
>> meeting in Lausanne. At least Markus agreed that Tuesday, after the
>> workshops would work.
>> So this is a suggestion and a call for participation in such a
>> The room has to be decided later. Topics to discuss:
>> - Cooperation to develop educational materials
>> - Should we prepare a grant application for Andrew W. Mellon
> Unfortunately I can't make it to the meeting in Lausanne... :-(
> (Note: The below is coming from both me and Ned Horning.)
> But regarding the Mellon Foundation. Ned Horning and I had a short
> discussion with Chris Mackie, Associate Program Officer for the
> Information Technology program of Mellon, as we were reflecting on a
> recent call for nominations they had sent out that was due last month.
> In this discussion, we mentioned the OSGEO.edu idea and appeared to be
> willing to read a short proposal related to OSGeo education. Two if
> things I think we learned were:
> 1) They'd prefer to support individual institutions.
> 2) The proposal needs to fall within their program areas - meaning the
> list of areas found here: http://www.mellon.org/grant_programs.html.
> The efforts under edu.osgeo probably fit under two: Scholarly
> Communication (I've met Donald Waters, the Program chair but don't
> how well he remembers me), and Research in Information Technology
> (Chris's Mackie's program).
> So, if this group wanted to go for a Mellon grant via Chris' program,
> the first step might be to send him a general ~2-3 page proposal
> from the edu.OSGEO group on this initial discussion around OSGeo
> education that describes the general idea and what components it might
> have in it and what organizations are active in it. In it it might say
> that the group wants to submit a series of *separate* but somehow
> coordinated set of proposals to Mellon and then have maybe a short
> paragraph for each sub-component to see if he'd be interested in
> receiving a set of 2-page descriptions for each sub-component. This
> might give him an opportunity to select subcomponents he sees most
> interesting to Mellon.
> Hope this is helpful.
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