[OSGeo-Edu] Funding opportunity/proposal

P Kishor punk.kish at gmail.com
Tue Mar 13 09:39:44 EDT 2007

Dear Tyler, Franck, everyone else,

This is a wonderful opportunity for OSGeo to partner with and support.
A very big +1 to the project.

On the note of authors, I guess I have forsaken my right to be seen as
"being from the Asia/Pacific region" but would have definitely wanted
to be involved in an author-capacity (first, I have never quite
understood why the rest of the world considers South Asia to be
separate from Asia -- its like saying there is the United States and
then there is the Midwest!). Nevertheless, scanning through IOSN, I
see many opportunities that can be explored, many besides education.
IOSN itself is something I wasn't aware of, and now see as a critical
partner in many facets of open source.

Please keep us posted on how edu-OSGeo can assist in furthering this activity.

Many thanks,

On 3/12/07, Tyler Mitchell <tylermitchell at shaw.ca> wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> Franck Martin is writing a proposal that could turn into an
> opportunity to get (indirectly) a small bit of funding for a FOSS GIS/
> RS book.  It is still only a proposal and there are some geographic
> constraints on who can use the funding - in this case it would need
> to be authors from the Asia/Pacific region.
> Franck would oversee the production/editing of the work and all the
> contractual side of the work and funding (Franck, correct me if I'm
> wrong).  We could help him make a call for authors to find
> contributors and also help monitor the work or suggest improvements
> as the writing develops.  Authors would receive a small remuneration
> (scale of remuneration still being considered but likely around
> $1,000) for their work on a chapter.  Each chapter would cover a
> theme like GIS, Remote Sensing, Web Mapping, etc.
> The results will be available through creative commons attribution
> license, so there will be a way we could copy/reuse in the future
> toward any OSGeo volume.  The final work will also be printed in book
> form (as well as online), which is also a real encouragement for
> future contributors and updates.  I would like to see Franck be able
> to say that he has OSGeo support to put in the proposal and having
> support from this committee would ensure that he can say this.
> Personally, I strongly support this idea.  I see any funding as a
> critical step to getting the curriculum started and bringing FOSS GIS/
> RS to a larger audience.
> Could others on this list and others on this committee give a thumbs
> up (or +1) to the general idea so he could put OSGeo's name as a
> partner in the proposal?
> ------
> Franck works as an ICT Specialist at http://www.sopac.org/tiki/tiki-
> index.php, leading development (GeoCMS), training and application of
> open source technologies.
> Below are details about the organisation he is proposing to:
> http://www.iosn.net/
> "Welcome to the International Open Source Network an initiative of
> the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Asia Pacific
> Development Information Programme (APDIP) and supported by the
> International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada."
> It will fall into the FOSS Primer category:
> http://www.iosn.net/publications/foss-primers
> That also has a list of other primers that have been produced.
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Puneet Kishor http://punkish.eidesis.org/
Nelson Inst. for Env. Studies, UW-Madison http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/
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