[OSGeo-Discuss] Geo4All - Empowering academics and educators globally - requesting colleagues to share Geo4All ideas at Geography Awareness Week

Munich Orientation Convention volksnav at volksnav.de
Tue Aug 16 00:02:20 PDT 2016



Hi Suchith,


concerning your call for ideas: why only software? 


For the first time, a geography teacher in Brazil got last week a diploma
using imaginary clocks as final year project. 

The test school was the Joao XXIII www.volksnav.de/JoaoXXIII and the project
also called the attention to actual week points e. g. division of the
horizon into 360 directions or none, the sunside trap
www.volksnav.de/sunside (test your students ! ) etc. 

Exercises like the finding of Easter eggs, finding rooms with the help of
children-proper and clickable room numbers etc. have been performed. 

Remark: no bits nor bytes have been needed, only synapses. 


The license fee for educational purposes is symbolically EUR 1,- and in my
opinion this "iron curtain" isn't hindrance enough to cause an harem guard
or garden dog behavior: ignore the fruits but don't let others take the


I herewith offer my invention for use during the Geography Awareness Week to
the named fee. 





Von: Discuss [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] Im Auftrag von Suchith
Gesendet: Montag, 15. August 2016 12:54
An: geoforall at lists.osgeo.org; discuss at lists.osgeo.org
Betreff: [OSGeo-Discuss] Geo4All - Empowering academics and educators
globally - requesting colleagues to share Geo4All ideas at Geography
Awareness Week


Dear colleague,


20 years back academics and educators (esp. in  developing countries)
struggled to start GIS courses for thier students and had to beg to vendors
for some "free" licences .Now they dont need any "charity" from any vendors,
as they are fully empowered and can start courses as they wish without any
permissions from any vendor owners . We want academics globally to be fully
empowered  from now and   give software as they wish to thier students
education. By  making free and open software and educational resources
available for all has empowered academics and educators globally and brought
down the "Iron Curtains" that  some  vendors have tried to create in
education. Now no vendors  can dictate terms to any academic or educator or
student. We want academics to be in full control of education from now not
any vendors. 


I would like to thank the OSGeo Live community for making available Version
10.0 of the OSGeo-Live GIS software collection that has been released, ready
for the FOSS4G conference in Bonn, Germany - the annual global event of the
Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). 

OSGeo Live  is an excellent resource for academics and educators around the
world to teach geospatial science and give away the software for free to
thier students thereby empowering them in the true sense. This  excellent
resource is made  available to the global community thanks to the hardwork
and selfless dedication of hundreds of  volunteers (Developers, packagers,
documenters and translators) in addition to thousands who have been involved
in building the packaged software. Thank you all for making this possible.

OSGeo-Live is a self-contained bootable DVD, USB flash drive and Virtual
Machine, pre-installed with robust open source geospatial software, which
can be trialled without installing anything. 

OSGeo Live  includes:

*	    Over 50 quality geospatial Open Source applications installed
and pre-configured
*	    Free world maps and sample datasets
*	    Project Overview and step-by-step Quickstart for each
*	    Lightning presentation of all applications, along with speaker's
*	    Translations to multiple languages


Details at  http://live.osgeo.org 


Download details at  http://live.osgeo.org/en/download.html 


Contents overview at https://live.osgeo.org/en/overview/overview.html 


I request all colleagues globally to make use of opportunities like
Geography Awareness Week (November 13 - 19, 2016) and other important
Geography events  like OSM Week 2016, GIS Day 2016    etc to spread Geo4All
ideas and give away OSGeo Live DVD, USB   to your colleagues and  students
so they dont have to buy any properitery GIS software and truly empowering
them. By doing so, you are  gifting millions of dollars of software to your
students (if i may borrow some ideas from our properitery friends!  :-) So
go ahead and gift software for free from now at all  Geography Awareness
Week and all other key GIS events... We want all academics from now be the
owners of the software and tools . You dont have to get permission from any
properitery GIS vendor owners to start your courses or gift software to your


Geo4All is and will be always open to all projects and initiatives that
support Open Principles in Education. We have a duty and long term view on
Open Principles in education to ensure that free and open geospatial
education opportunities  are available not just to current generation but
also to our future generations...

Best wishes,


Dr. Suchith Anand


Geo for All - Building and expanding Open Geospatial Science

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