[OSGeo-Discuss] [Geo4All] GeoAmbassador of the month – Victoria Rautenbach

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Thu Nov 3 12:34:52 PDT 2016

Hi Suchith,

It is great to see Geo Ambassador's getting called our and recognised 
for their good work.

I suggest inviting them to join the OSGeo-Advocates page [1]

A Geo Ambassador concept was originally discussed in 2012 [1], and after 
discussion about what criteria should be used to select Ambassadors, the 
concept of OSGeo Advocate was created and then put into practice. (We 
decided that anyone who wished to stand up and champion OSGeo could self 
nominate themselves as an Advocate. We additionally provided the 
facility to show badges such as "Charter Member" to show the experience 
of each member, which would help conference organisors to select 
appropriate presenters).

[1] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Advocate

[2] https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail//discuss/2012-April/thread.html#10267

On 3/11/2016 11:33 PM, 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/ 
> <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
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Cameron Shorter
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