[OSGeo-Discuss] [Ica-osgeo-labs] "Geo for All" education mission is now launched

Carlos Rivas carlosrsuazo at gmail.com
Sat Oct 5 16:45:34 PDT 2013

Hello everybody !
I am also interested in the train the trainers program for latinamerican
I have organized two workshops for gis applied in tourism and other on risk
and disaster management using qgis
warm regards from Nicaragua
Carlos Rivas S.
 El 25/09/2013 08:25, "Suchith Anand" <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>

> Hi Sergio,
> That is excellent. We definitely want to get your expertise and inputs for
> the "Train the trainer" GIS program for school teachers. As you know ,
> thanks to some volunteers we are now translating gvSIG Batovi documentation
> from Spanish-English and will make it available in ELOGeo to benifit other
> GIS educators . Once the documents are available in English more people
> will benefit from your excellent work.
> OSGeo Live will be important part of our Training program. I will invite
> Angelos, Astrid and other interested members from the OSGeo Live community
> to join our next monthly  ICA-OSGeo labs telemeeting (I had been busy
> catching up with many workloads after FOSS4G - so will send the meeting
> time etc in Oct beginning)  where we will be discussing more ideas and
> plans to take this forward.
> Our new website of the ICA-OSGeo labs initiative "Geo4All.org" will be
> active in one month (colleagues from University of Southampton are working
> on it), and having the new website is important so we  build up momentum
> for our education efforts. Thanks again for your support and contribution.
> Suchith
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sergio Acosta y Lara [mailto:sacosta at dntopografia.gub.uy]
> Sent: 25 September 2013 14:01
> To: Suchith Anand
> Cc: ica-osgeo-labs at lists.osgeo.org; discuss at lists.osgeo.org; edu discuss;
> ica-opensource at lists.nottingham.ac.uk
> Subject: Re: [Ica-osgeo-labs] "Geo for All" education mission is now
> launched
> Hi Suchith. I will like to have some feedback from that "Train the
> Trainer" GIS program for school teachers as I'll probably be organizing a
> workshop on gvSIG Batoví for teachers' trainers soon and I would like to be
> in harmony with it.
> Regards,
> Sergio Acosta y Lara
> Sección Sistemas de Información Geográfica Dirección Nacional de
> Topografía Ministerio de Transporte y Obras Públicas URUGUAY
> ----- Mensaje original -----
> De: "Suchith Anand" <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>
> Para: ica-osgeo-labs at lists.osgeo.org, discuss at lists.osgeo.org, "edu
> discuss" <edu_discuss at lists.osgeo.org>,
> ica-opensource at lists.nottingham.ac.uk
> Enviados: Domingo, 22 de Septiembre 2013 19:37:57
> Asunto: [Ica-osgeo-labs] "Geo for All" education mission is now launched
> Dear All,
> FOSS4G 2013 has been a great success (28 Workshops, 180 Presentations.,
> 833 delegates  ) thanks to the countless hours of efforts put in by our
> dedicated volunteers. Special thanks to our team members Abi, Addy, Antony,
> Barend, Barry, Claire, Franz-Josef, Jeremy, Jo, IanH, IanE, Mark, Matt,
> Rollo and Steven who not only made FOSS4G 2013
> http://2013.foss4g.org/about-foss4g/committee/  a great success  but also
> has given firm foundation for the "Geo for All" Education initiative .  We
> also launched OSGeo Live 7.0 at FOSS4G 2013 in  Nottingham. Thanks to the
> selfless efforts and dedication of hundreds of volunteers worldwide that
> help make this excellent resource possible for the benefit of the wider
> community . Details at http://live.osgeo.org/en/index.html  Having free
> and open GI software is key for making possible for students in developing
> and poor countries  to be also able to get geospatial education (without
> the need for high cost  proprietary GI software ) and OSGeo Liv  e is cen
>  tral to our education efforts. Our Education Team will now with full
> dedication and focus will carry on the "Geo for All" initiative to all
> across the world. Our key aim is to make it possible for students in
> developing and poor countries  to be also able to get geospatial education.
> By 2015, we will  have 50 Open Source Geospatial Labs established in
> universities in Africa alone and they will all be  teaching GIS courses to
> hundreds of students. We also will be starting work on "Train the Trainer"
> GIS program for school teachers all over the world.
> We also launched our latest ICA-OSGeo research lab in Switzerland at  ETH
> Zurich at FOSS4G 2013 . The Open Source Geospatial Laboratory at ETH Zurich
> is part is part of the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation, chair
> of Cartography . Details at http://www.ikg.ethz.ch/karto/index_EN
> The preceding Institute of Cartography was founded in 1925 by Professor
> Eduard Imhof, one of the main founders of modern academic cartography. It
> is therefore the oldest university institute in cartography world-wide. In
> 2011, with the establishment of the new chair of Geoinformation
> Engineering, the scope of activities of the institute was expanded and its
> name was adapted. In cartography, the institute strives to maintain its
> leading position in topographic cartography (relief representation),
> thematic cartography, and atlas cartography (school atlases, national
> atlases) by exploiting and further developing cartographic knowledge and
> adapting it to new interactive technologies and application domains.
> Geoinformation Engineering aims at analyzing, representing, modelling, and
> visualizing spatio-temporal decision processes and integrates such models
> in mobile geoinformation services and spatial information technologies.It
> also aims to provide support for increasing the number
>   and qua
>  lity of open source teaching and training materials for Cartography and
> GIS. As a proud member of the ICA-OSGeo Network , the ETH Zurich OSGL is
> focusing on Education, Open Geodata and on Cartographic and Geospatial
> Research. The lab website at http://karlinapp.ethz.ch/osgl/index.html
> Thanks to the momentum build by FOSS4G 2013, we have got many new
> applications from  universities in this week alone for establishing
> research labs, so we are well in track to keep bringing investment for
> staff and infrastructure to  establish over 100 research labs in
> universities world wide by Sep 2014 (the time of the next  FOSS4G
> conference ).  We  will be  now working to setup a brand new website for
> our rapidly  expanding education initiative and take this to the next level.
> Once again many thanks to all of you who helped for making FOSS4G 2013 a
> great success. Without all of your help, we would not have been able to
> make this possible. Also thanks to all volunteers who made and kept their
> pledges at FOSS4G 2013  http://2013.foss4g.org/conf/pledge/
> Best wishes,
> Suchith (on behalf of "Geo for All" Team of FOSS4G 2013
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