[OSGeo-Discuss] GeoAmbassador of the month – Victoria Rautenbach

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Thu Nov 3 11:27:55 PDT 2016

It is my honour to second this thank you to Victoria.  I'm sure many out 
there haven't had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Victoria 
yet, who along with Serena share their FOSS4G passion through their work 
throughout Africa, from their Geo4All lab at the University of Pretoria. 
  I can tell you that Victoria has that rare character that makes being 
a part of this global community so special; she's energetic, passionate 
and is a leader, who's absolutely ready to burst onto the world scene - 
yet she'll be sure to give you a good laugh as well ha.  The last time I 
saw her at an event, right after the event finished we went on a 
rollercoaster ride together, in the spur of the moment, ha!  It's those 
moments of fun and sharing, that we all cherish in this community so 
much, and can never forget.  Thanks Victoria, from all of OSGeo, for 
being you! :)


Jeff McKenna
President Emeritus, OSGeo Foundation

On 2016-11-03 9:33 AM, Suchith Anand wrote:
> Dear colleagues,
> It is my great pleasure to introduce Victoria Rautenbach from the Centre
> of Geoinformation Science (CGIS) at the University of Pretoria (UP) in
> South Africa. as our GeoAmbassador . It is even more great pleasure to
> have another GeoAmbassodor Dr. Serena Coetzee (the GeoForAll chair of
> Africa and who all of our colleagues will already know) who nominated
> Victoria for us. I have been always amazed and inspired by the work that
> Serena and colleagues have been doing in South Africa. I first met
> Serena at ICC Dresden in 2013 where she also presented her ideas at the
> ICA Commission meeting of Open Source Geospatial Technologies . I have
> not yet got the opportunity to meet Victoria but I am aware of her great
> work and contributions to Open Principles in Geo Education. I want to
> thank Serena for introducing to us a great colleague as our
> GeoAmbassodor of the month and sending us all the details of her
> excellent work and contributions.
> Victoria is an enthusiastic contributor to open source / open data /
> open education work at University of Pretoria. She uses open source
> software, such as QGIS, GeoServer and PostGIS, in the modules that she
> teaches and is the first port of call for open source software support
> for students. She engages students in open data events and has arranged
> a number of events to introduce geoinformatics to school children. More
> details of her excellent work at
> http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/11/geoambassador-of-the-month-victoria-rautenbach/
> More details will be published at our newsletter later this month at
> http://www.geoforall.org/newsletters/
> GeoForAll is a worldwide movement that provides immediate benefit to the
> world. We aim to create openness in Geo Education for developing
> creative and open minds in students which is critical for building open
> innovation and contributes to building up Open Knowledge for the benefit
> of the whole society and for our future generations.
> I am truly inspired to understand more about the amazing work done by
> Victoria and colleagues at the University of Pretoria. We are proud to
> honour Victoria as our GeoAmbassodor and we are extremely grateful for
> her contributions to Geo for All.
> Best wishes,
> Suchith
> Dr. Suchith Anand
> http://www.geoforall.org/
> http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org
> GeoForAll - Building and expanding Open Geospatial Science

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