Subject: [OSGeo-Edu] American Association of Geographers April
Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
tmitchell at osgeo.org
Sat Nov 3 12:22:20 EDT 2007
On 3-Nov-07, at 4:39 AM, Charlie Schweik wrote:
>> I'm still debating about presenting about OSGeo in general, or
>> perhaps on this topic:
>> http://mapguild.org/professionals - think it suits the audience?
> Looking at last years program, there was a number of education-related
> AbstractTopics.cfm?AbstractTopic=Geography%20Education&mtgID=52 .
> And when I went to the keyword search there were a number around
> GIS "collaboration" and about 6 that had "open source" as a keyword.
> If panels are being accepted and there are others from this group
> submitting, I think it would be useful to propose a panel around open
> source GIS with you presenting on OSGeo in general. I'm thinking of
> academic geographers I know who aren't familiar with this effort.
Okay, if we think we can get a full enough group, then I will plan to
come too. I can't get my abstract in until after the 16th though.
> Finally, the mapguild idea is great. Do you see connections between
> you are trying to do there and our OSGeo edu efforts? Or are they
> totally separate efforts?
I had been thinking about the idea for a few years, and its need was
particularly underscored when I was in GIS management and had new
staff needing to get up to speed on open source technology. Map
Guild is more about building a professional mentoring network - a
little more formally than casual emails on a list can do. There is a
definite connection between it and OSGeo edu efforts - it could use
open curriculum to help educate, but wouldn't necessary be building
I don't see a 100% overlap with OSGeo because, at some point, I hope
Map Guild could certify individuals and professional certification
isn't high on the OSGeo priority list. Also, I want to find a few
"Masters" to help start the programme and we could get stuck in a
chicken-egg loop as in OSGeo we might find it hard to be perfectly
"fair" is selecting them.
In short, I don't want it to compete with OSGeo, but to build on and
implement its values. And I want the freedom to debate its purpose
and structure without having to consider all the dynamics within an
OSGeo context - does that make sense?
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