[OSGeo-Edu] Funding opportunity/proposal

cschweik at pubpol.umass.edu cschweik at pubpol.umass.edu
Tue Mar 13 10:07:47 EDT 2007

+1 from my end.

Having an open access book that could be used as a text for courses would be
very helpful. I hestitated mandating my online students to buy a text for my
current course given I was, in part, trying to reach participants in developing

It would be nice if from the start this book maybe was designed with the idea
that lecture files (e.g., slide show lectures) and hands-on exercises might
also be available to complement it.


Quoting P Kishor <punk.kish at gmail.com>:

> 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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> Nelson Inst. for Env. Studies, UW-Madison http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/
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