[OSGeo-Discuss] "Geo for All" Heros 2014

Jorge Sanz jsanz at osgeo.org
Tue Dec 16 23:54:53 PST 2014

I want to join this praise thread. That list is full of passion (well
and also Suchith). Working on to the education of new geospatial and
open minded professionals deserve that Hero tag.


2014-12-17 1:37 GMT+01:00 Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>:
> Thank you to all the Heroes of the community; Sergio, Maria, Lluis, and
> Rafael all deserve tons of praise, as well as Suchith himself for all his
> tireless work promoting GeoForAll.  I like this award idea, in this busy
> crazy world, it's nice to be thanked for doing the little things. Maybe a
> section of the GeoForAll site could be dedicated to the current GeoForAll
> heroes.
> -jeff
> On 2014-12-16 5:17 AM, Suchith Anand wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> <http://2013.foss4g.org/>When i look back at 2014 and see the amazing
>> work that all of you have done for , it gives me great inspiration for
>> working hard for this mission in 2015 and  each and every one of you who
>> have been contributing your efforts are *"Geo for All" Heros*.  But i
>> thought it will be appropriate to acknowledge some of our amazing people
>> whose work and efforts has inspired all of us a lot.
>> *Sergio Acosta y Lara and colleague*s at gvSIG BatovĂ­ initiative in
>> Uruguay who have done amazing contribution for widening high quality
>> education opportunities for students all across Uruguay through
>> the  wider CEIBAL Initiative http://www.ceibal.org.uy/   by developing
>> excellent educational tools that enables primary and secondary education
>> students to understand space, to easily interpret maps and to learn free
>> technologies. The video link (with English translation)
>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orwN9K07XPo
>>   speaks for itself the contribution of  CEIBAL and i hope this will
>> inspire other developing and poor countries to invest in free and open
>> technologies in primary and secondary school education, so that the
>> students (esp. from poor backgrounds) will also get access to high
>> quality educational resources and opportunities.
>> *Professor Maria Brovelli* who is  respected by everyone in the FOSS4G
>> community for not only her great research contributions but also for her
>> kindness and compassion. Her background support and work on many
>> initiatives from NASA Worldwind Europa Challenge to various Summer
>> Schools and now working hard to host the FOSS4G-Europe in 2015, clearly
>> shows her commitment for widening education opportunities in Geospatial
>> for everyone.
>> *Jason Sadler* from University of Southampton has worked hard to develop
>> and maintain our Geo for All http://www.geoforall.org
>> <http://www.geoforall.org/> website. We all are grateful for his and
>> other colleagues at Southampton's efforts and contributions for this.
>> Also *Luca Delucchi *and *Vaclav Petras* who helped create the dynamic
>> map for Geo for All labs.
>> *Lluis Vicens* of SIGTE , University of Girona is the driving force
>> behind the very successful Open Source GIS Summer School Initiative
>> http://www.sigte.udg.edu/summerschool2014/
>>   which is now in its fifth year. By making available all the teaching
>> materials for the Summer School to everyone through the website , its
>> impact is not only for students who attend the summer school  but for
>> everyone.
>> *Dr Rafael Moreno* of University of Colarado, Denver, USA who has not
>> only the driving force for the FOSS4G lab at University of Colarado
>> http://geospatial.ucdenver.edu/foss4g/
>>   but also been working hard to provide geo education opportunities to
>> more staff and students in other countries.
>> So big thank you for all of you for your  contributions to Open
>> Education and your work and contributions will keep inspiring all of us
>> for the future. The fundamental principle of "Geo for All" is to  enable
>> education opportunities for everyone and Openness in Education (Free and
>> Open software, open standards, open data, open access to research
>> publications)  provide great opportunities for widening education
>> opportunities.
>> Best wishes,
>> Suchith
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