[OSGeo-Announce] 2021 OSGeo UN Committee Educational Challenge

Astrid Emde (OSGeo) astrid_emde at osgeo.org
Wed Apr 14 12:56:12 PDT 2021


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Proposals are invited for developing open geospatial educational
material for two challenges with a prize money of USD 3,000 each,
sponsored by OSGeo.

Winners will be guided by mentors from the UN Open GIS Initiative [2]
and OSGeo [3] to ensure that the material meets the requirements of the
target audience. Winning material should be published on the OSGeo Wiki

The challenge supports the objectives of the OSGeo UN Committee, i.e.
promoting the development and use of open source software that meets UN
needs and supports the aims of the UN. 

In the last few years, the Committee has mainly worked on the UN Open
GIS Initiative, a project "._.. to identify and develop an Open Source
GIS bundle that meets the requirements of UN operations, taking full
advantage of the expertise of mission partners (partner nations,
technology contributing countries, international organizations,
academia, NGOs, private sector). The strategic approach shall be
developed with best and shared principles, standards and ownership, in a
prioritized manner that addresses capability gaps and needs without
duplicating efforts of other Member States or entities. The UN Open GIS
Initiative strategy shall collaboratively and cooperatively develop,
validate, assess, migrate, and implement sound technical capabilities
with all the appropriate documentation and training that in the end
provides a united effort to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of
utilizing Open Source GIS around the world._" 

The challenge is also a career development opportunity for early career
scientists and practitioners in the open geospatial industry. 


Satellite imagery is becoming fundamental in all processing workflows
related to generating geospatial information due to the growing
availability of many open data sources (for instance the
Copernicus/Landsat products). The aim of this challenge is to prepare a
tutorial about the new functionalities made available in the QGIS [4]
platform, extended by its plugins for processing satellite data. Among
all the core and dedicated raster and satellite processing
functionalities, QGIS supports various machine learning ones that were
recently developed. The training material has to provide exercises based
also on these machine learning and satellite data processing tools. The
training material is meant as an advanced one and therefore basic QGIS
procedures are not required to be explained. 

_Requirements: _To be considered for the Satellite_QGIS challenge,
applicants have to: 

 	* Demonstrate experience in using QGIS
 	* Demonstrate experience in Satellite Data Processing
 	* Demonstrate experience in using QGIS plugins and expanding QGIS with
Image Processing functionalities (e.g.: SCP, dzetsaka, GEE Timeseries
Explorer, Google Earth Engine Data Catalog, PolSAR tools, ENMAP-Box3,
DeepLearning Tools, FORCE4Q, SAGA interface etc.)

For applying to this challenge, you have to submit a proposal to create
a new tutorial with guided exercises related to the topic of the
challenge. Keep in mind that it is a tutorial that can be used to teach
oneself, therefore extensive details are important. The tutorial must be
developed in Sphinx [5]. 

_Target audience_: QGIS and Earth Observation users. 

_Mentors_: Maria A. Brovelli (Politecnico di Milano); Cristina Vrinceanu
(University of Nottingham); Cung Thang (UN); Zhongxin Chen (UN FAO). 


The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) involve
many topics, including no hunger, clean water and sanitation, decent
work and economic growth. All 17 goals are worth mentioning, and all are
equally important. OSGeo, as an organization of open source projects for
geospatial, indirectly provides tools for people around the world to
search for a decent work in a geospatial context. pgRouting [6] is
growing faster than the development of the official workshop material.
pgRouting is not only useful for routing cars and other vehicles on
roads, it can also be used to analyse river flows, the connectivity of
an electricity network or to determine where to add a new street to
connect two unconnected locations. The aim of this challenge is to
expand the pgRouting workshop to cover at least three UN SDGs. 

_Requirements: _To be considered for the pgRouting challenge, applicants
have to: 

 	* Demonstrate experience using PostgreSQL, PostGIS and pgRouting
 	* Demonstrate that the complete workshop for FOSS4G Bucharest was
practiced and understood.
 	* Demonstrate understanding of the OpenStreetMap tags, and the
relation with osm2pgrouting to be able to obtain information other than

	* Demonstrate research skills by finding information about the

 	* the UN SDGs
 	* the pgRouting's Bucharest workshop
 	* the pgRouting's documentation pages
 	* the pgRouting workshop repository

Instructions for how and where evidence of the above have to be
demonstrated is available at
https://github.com/pgRouting/pgrouting/wiki/UN-challenge-2021 [7]. 

For applying to this challenge, you have to submit a proposal to expand
the pgRouting workshop for Bucharest to include the following: 

 	* A link to a page with evidence that you completed the pgRouting
application requirements at
https://github.com/pgRouting/pgrouting/wiki/UN-challenge-2021 [7].

	* Learning objectives involving three SDGs and a proposed example to
use pgRouting for each SDG. 

 	* Each example should be added in the form of a chapter(s) and it will
work with fixed data, i.e. it will not depend on data provided in
 	* If the solution for an example involves more than one function, it
can be broken into several chapters.

 	* Explain how a new target objective for the "advanced" sections will
be provided, to understand that pgRouting can help in applications other
than "routing cars or vehicles", to foment social awareness and in
particular, to focus on the UN SDGs.

Keep in mind that this tutorial or workshop can be used to teach
oneself, therefore details are important. Also remember that pgRouting
provides results in tables in the database, and people expect to
visualize what they are doing. QGIS can be used for a quick
visualization. The tutorial must be developed in Sphinx [5], and you
will also have to use github [8]. 

_Target audience: _The pgRouting workshop is aimed at a target audience
of people who have some knowledge of PostGIS and PostgreSQL, and want to
teach themselves how to use pgRouting. 

_Mentors: _Vicky Vergara (pgRouting), Rajat Shinde (pgRouting), Timur
Obukhov (UN) and Serena Coetzee (University of Pretoria) 


Proposals (in English) must be submitted in the 2021 UN OSGeo Challenge
Application Form (ODT in ZIP file [9] or PDF [10]). You can submit
proposals for more than one challenge. However, one proposal should be
for one challenge only. Only proposals by individuals will be accepted
(no proposals by teams). 

Examples of educational material developed by winners of previous
challenges can be found on the OSGeo wiki site, for example, a tutorial
to show how one can use QGIS and OpenStreetMap to calculate the Rural
Access Index for Tabora county in Tanzania [1] [11] and training
material for using QField to collect geospatial data in the field [2


Criteria for evaluation: 

 	* Proposer is an OSGeo Charter Member: 10 (max)
 	* Proposer's documented experience in education and training: 20 (max)
 	* Proposer's age (20 if <= 40 years old; 0 if >40 years old): 20 (max)
 	* Experience with respect to what is proposed by the specific
challenge: 10 (max)
 	* Proposal: 40 (max)

Proposals will be evaluated by the OSGeo UN Committee Educational
Challenge Judging Panel comprising representatives from OSGeo and UN
Open GIS. The proposal will be shortlisted and its content reviewed only
if the sum of the first four criteria is at least 25. Evaluation
criteria for the content include the suitability of the proposed
material for the target audience and requirements, feasibility of the
proposal, as well as the gender, relevant experience, qualifications and
language proficiency of the proposer. 


 	* 14 April 2021: Announcement of the OSGeo Educational Challenge
 	* 14 June 2021: Deadline for submission of proposals
 	* 12 July 2021: Announcement of the winners
 	* 14 July 2021: Winners receive first third (USD 1,000) of the prize
 	* 13 September 2021: Submission of educational material by the winners
 	* 18 October 2021: Evaluation of the educational material by mentors

Subsequent to a positive evaluation, winners receive the remaining prize
money (USD 2,000). Prize money will be transferred in one of two ways: 

 	* Winners provide their IBAN/Swift info and OSGeo deposits the money
directly into their bank account via Wire Transfer.
 	* Winners provide their PayPal info and OSGeo transfers the money into
their PayPal account.


Any queries can be addressed to un.osgeo at gmail.com. 

[2] http://unopengis.org/unopengis/main/main.php
[3] https://www.osgeo.org/
[4] https://qgis.org/en/site/
[5] https://www.sphinx-doc.org/en/master/usage/quickstart.html
[6] https://pgrouting.org/
[7] https://github.com/pgRouting/pgrouting/wiki/UN-challenge-2021
[8] https://github.com/pgRouting
[9] https://www.osgeo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021-Challenge_Form.odt.zip
[10] https://www.osgeo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021-Challenge_Form.pdf
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