[OSGeo-Discuss] Invitation to Geo4All Newsletter - April 2016

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Wed Apr 13 12:52:33 PDT 2016

Thanks to Nikos and all our editors for bringing another excellent edition of Geo4All Newsletter. As our community continues its rapid expansion  globally, this newsletter is an excellent way to give an overview of the depth and breadth of  amazing work done by our colleagues globally  from latest updates on research publications, awards, funding opportunities and scholarships for  students, Exchange programs for students and staff, updates on Free and open software, open data , training programs and new ideas.

Each month i have been writing the  Geo4All "lab of the month" series to expand our global research collaborations and partnerships in Open Geospatial Science.   For this month (April 2016)  we are proud to highlight  the excellent work of our colleagues at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in Nairobi, Kenya who are established under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU).

RCMRD is an inter-governmental organization and currently has 20 Contracting Member States in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regions; Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. RCMRD’s mission is to promote sustainable development in the member States through generation, application and dissemination of geo-information and allied ICT technologies, products and services. Since establishment, they have been very instrumental in capacity building in resource survey, mapping, remote sensing, GIS and natural resources assessment and management in Africa. It was also instrumental in helping different countries establish their National Mapping Agencies. Annually, RCMRD trains about 1000 technical officers from its member States and African countries in the fields of surveying and mapping, remote sensing, GIS and natural resources assessment and Management. RCMRD also implements projects on behalf of its member States and development partners. It just shows the huge impact they are making to knowledge advancement across Africa. Details at http://www.rcmrd.org/

I was especially impressed to know about their Regional Training of Trainers Programme on Integration of Land Tenure Monitoring in Development Projects Using Geo-Spatial Technologies which is a key transformation that the 2030 Development Agenda needs to achieve. Many of the poorest and food insecure groups are those with the most insecure land tenure rights, including the female headed households, orphans, migrant farm workers, peri-urban slum dwellers, and the internally displaced persons. The RCMRD is hosting the regional Training of Trainers Programme on Integration of Land Tenure Monitoring in Development Projects Using Geo-Spatial Technologies from 3rd to 13th April, 2016. The Training of Trainers workshop is set to track whether investments in land tenure interventions are effective in the framework of creating advocacy for promoting investments to strengthen tenure security. The overall objective of this Training of Trainers is to strengthen skills and knowledge related to land tenure monitoring and evaluation using Open-source geospatial technologies. The training will equip upstream change agents with relevant knowledge about land tenure monitoring data collection, storage, analysis, and reporting systems. Read more about thier excellent work at this month's article.

On behalf of the Geo4All community, i thank  Dr. Hussein Omar Farah (Director General, RCMRD) and all colleagues at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development in Nairobi for their help and for their contributions to the Geo4All initiative in Africa and globally.

Please read our newsletter for more details at http://www.geoforall.org/newsletters/   and join our community [1] and work together to help create a world that is more accessible, equitable and full of innovation and opportunities for everyone. We look forward to working with you all for making geospatial education, software and opportunities accessible to all.

Best wishes,


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From: labrinos at eled.auth.gr [labrinos at eled.auth.gr]
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 12:05 PM
To: 'Suchith Anand'; geoforall at lists.osgeo.org
Cc: labrinos at eled.auth.gr
Subject: Newsletter April 2016

Dear all,

On behalf of the Co-editors of the Newsletter I would like to inform you that the April issue has been uploaded.
I would like to apologize for the delay but I was very busy this month and not in my office for several days.
I have the feeling that this will be the situation for the next issue also due to the Greek Orthodox Easter holidays and my absence abroad.

Have a pleasant reading
Nikos Lambrinos

Dr. Nikos Lambrinos
Associate Professor
Dept. of Primary Education
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki
Greece, GR-54124
Tel. +30 2310 991201
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