[OSGeo-Discuss] The Pledge – I support Open Principles for Science and Education for building a better world for everyone

Hogan, Patrick (ARC-PX) patrick.hogan at nasa.gov
Sun Jul 16 06:08:51 PDT 2017


I heartily agree with ‘officially’ signing up with the Open Science and Education principles. These words will help to orient and guide us.

Formally recognizing them certainly strengthens our commitment to the noble GeoForAll cause of helping this world become a more welcome place for life. Making these principles a living reality is beautiful and so very important. I hope we are doing that. Officially going on the record as supporting these principles seems an excellent idea.

The words are a little longer than the NASA motto ‘for the benefit of all’ but they speak loud and clear, ‘we are here for everybody!’


From: GeoForAll [mailto:geoforall-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Suchith Anand
Sent: Sunday, July 16, 2017 4:28 AM
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Subject: [Geo4All] The Pledge – I support Open Principles for Science and Education for building a better world for everyone

Dear colleagues,

Thanks for all ideas and inputs for our pledge for Open Science and Education principles [1]. As promised, we will be launching this at FOSS4G-Europe 2017 . We look forward to work with all on this.

Best wishes,


[1] http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/geoforall/2017-June/003825.html

The Pledge – I support Open Principles for Science and Education for building a better world for everyone

I believe Science is a public good and quality education opportunities should be open and accessible for everyone.

I will work to eliminate the digital divide and contribute to building up Open Knowledge for the benefit of all humanity, with special effort to enlighten future generations.

I contribute my service for the betterment of all humanity using the guiding principles of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in building a better world for everyone.

I will work to advance and increase Open Knowledge for the benefit of all humanity with special consideration of those less fortunate.

I will be a voice for Open Principles in Science and Education and promote this pledge through my networks.

2017-07-15 11:49 GMT+02:00 Suchith Anand <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk<mailto:Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>>:
> Hi Andrea,
> Thank you for your inputs. I meant Openness in the broadest  sense not just
> software or data. I put “Geo” to have the emphasis on people and our planet
> . I am interested in the philosophy of openness in education and science.
> We are living  at a time when our planet is struggling with major obstacles
> such as climate change, deforestation, land degradation and loss of
> agricultural land. While there is lot of technological advancements
> happening, we still have not solved very basic fundamental problems . Even
> today  hundreds of millions of families are struggling from hunger and
> malnutrition.  It is not  that we do not have the resources to solve this
> but we still are not able to bring full focus and determination for solve
> this . Wealth inequalities are rising at a large pace. Wealth is
> concentrated on few billionares while Billions of families are struggling
> for basic human needs everyday and do not have access to basic facilities
> (access to clean water, sanitation , electricity , quality education
> opportunities etc) .
> In some developing countries , it is a sad fact that  corruption is a big
> problem and  the biggest sufferers are the poorest people. Corruption cannot
> be fully solved by technology , or new laws or regulations (as the corrupt
> and greedy will always find loopholes)  but it needs spiritual awakening at
> all levels and everyone should take a moral pledge to not to do any
> unethical business practices either directly or indirectly. This is key to
> end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and
> prosperity.
> Openness means being open to different perspectives ,ideas, viewpoints,
> cultures  and learning and improving to be a better human every day. We need
> to be open to make the right choices now to protect our planet and improve
> life in a sustainable way for our future generations.
> Best wishes,
> Suchith
> ________________________________________
> From: Andrea Giacomelli <pibinko at gmail.com<mailto:pibinko at gmail.com>>
> Sent: 15 July 2017 8:41 AM
> To: Anand Suchith; geoforall at lists.osgeo.org<mailto:geoforall at lists.osgeo.org>; discuss at lists.osgeo.org<mailto:discuss at lists.osgeo.org>
> Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] The future of Geo is Open
> Hi Suchit -
> It is very unlikely that I will make it to FOSS4G-Europe, as we will be
> quite busy during the Summer with projects here in Southern Tuscany...but in
> relation to the the issue you would like to discuss I would like to ask if,
> in addition to openness of Software and data you have been considering the
> openness of the people who are in any case part of the system.
> With our team we have been monitoring these aspects, and we have oftern
> recorded the fact that the bottleneck towards progress in the open direction
> comes from people (individuals, even before organizations).
> I was hinting to this towards the end of our Apr 7 Geoforall/APSRS
> webinar<http://www.pibinko.org/the-recording-of-the-webinar-of-open-source-geomatics-environment-and-music-from-southern-tuscany/ >
> .
> I will be glad to further elaborate on the topic if you think this is of
> interest, and I would also be interested to learn if other teams have been
> considering this aspect.
> Best regards
> Andrea Giacomelli
> http://www.pibinko.org<http://www.pibinko.org/<http://www.pibinko.org%3chttp:/www.pibinko.org/>>
> info at pibinko.org<mailto:info at pibinko.org<mailto:info at pibinko.org%3cmailto:info at pibinko.org>>
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> P. IVA: 01582480537
> 2017-07-06 10:24 GMT+02:00 Suchith Anand
> <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk<mailto:Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk<mailto:Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk%3cmailto:Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>>>:
> Dear colleagues,
> This is a request for help as I need inputs from the wider community to get
> more ideas for my presentation at FOSS4G-Europe 2017 later this month.
> My keynote presentation will be on “The future of Geo is Open” and I would
> like to invite ideas/inputs for this. It is also an good time to reflect on
> the developments in Open Geospatial Science [1],[2],[3] as it is over a
> decade now since we started working on the philosophy of Openness in
> Geospatial Science  and Education.
> I am looking forward to discussing new ideas with you all at FOSS4G-Europe
> 2017.
> Best wishes,
> Suchith
> [1] http://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijgi/special_issues/science-applications

> [2]
> http://www.springer.com/earth+sciences+and+geography/geography/journal/40965

> [3]
> http://www.geoconnexion.com/uploads/publication_pdfs/uk_v15i18-058-059-Op951AF3.pdf
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