[Geo4All] Ideas invited from "Geo for All" community for Global Week to help demonstrate and raise awareness of "geo" in education at UNESCO

Christopher Tucker tucker at mapstory.org
Fri Aug 12 14:50:06 PDT 2016


Suchith,

Sounds good.  If small price money is considered useful, perhaps the MapStory Foundation can help that along.  Let me know what we can do.

Also, I would love to chat with your colleague and his concerns about MapStory using Cesium.  We have made no moves, and haven’t written any code, to support our aspirations of a 4D MapStory.  Patrick Hogan raised his concerns over Cesium several months ago, and I committed to investigating the issues that might raise concern with the Geo4All community, and our commitment to the Open Principles we have published.  Unfortunately, other than some quick initial inquiries, I have been distracted by higher priority issues over the past several months, and have not been able to make more progress.

I will say that after my initial inquiries, I have not yet been able to fully grasp the concerns that Patrick articulated.  But, I am happy to learn more.  Is it the policy of the Geo4All community to reject open source geo projects that are originated by commercial entities?  Or, to reject those that are commercially supported, regardless of who initiated them?  Or to reject those with commercial extensions?  Or reject those that have been packaged by commercial entities to make it easier for a broader base of users?  Or are there particular open source licenses that are frowned upon?

Perhaps I am not properly attuned to such issues, since I have worked very hard for nearly a decade to ensure that open source geo projects are commercially supported by viable commercial entities.  My personal motivation in doing this was primarily so that US government customers could include open source geo components in operational systems, which, under policy, demanded commercial support contracts.  Without this, the USG uptake of FOSS4G technologies in its various  systems was largely limited to R&D and prototype systems.  Now, with commercially supported FOSS4G technology, the USG has vastly expanded its use of FOSS4G tech in its production systems.

I have always been a big fan of WorldWind, but I have also watched it struggle with new requirements from the Community.  But, I am always interested in learning more.

Thanks!

Chris

Dr. Christopher K Tucker
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
The MapStory Foundation
@MapStory
tucker at mapstory.org <mailto:tucker at mapstory.org>
703-981-9373





> On Aug 11, 2016, at 3:32 AM, Suchith Anand <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk> wrote:
> 
> Thanks Chris. I dont think it is  prize money that is important but more providing opportunity for showing some good examples of spatial literacy etc
> 
> btw I just recieved a email query from a colleague who is concerned about that MapStory, is using Cesium, which has their ^new^ 'Pro' version ahead. Is this true? If so, i am also very concerned.
> 
> I remember, that i emailed you explictly on this   http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/geoforall/2016-February/002636.html <http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/geoforall/2016-February/002636.html>   and you said you havent made any decision yet and i expected that you will take into full consideration my request  .  I fully believed your commitment that "We fully intend to have MapStory.org be free to use for everyone on earth, forever. "  
> 
> So may i request that you please confirm MapStory's plans with Cesium asap. Geo for All has strong commitment on Open Principles, so we need to make sure we fully understand the long term plans of MapStory . If MapStory (which is a great initiative) is  going ahead with plans to build around Cesium , then we will have reconsider our support for MapStory. I hope you can understand my thinking.
> 
> It will be really disappointing for us as we were seeing this as a great opportunity to have an open alternative to properitery equivalents and expand geoeducation opportunity more faster. I really hope you will confirm that MapStory will be build fully on Open tools maybe please look for extending additional features for 3D support using current open tools ( World Wind, OpenLayers etc) which can be expanded to replace any planned dependence on Cesium. Will you be open to explore these ideas.
> 
> I really hope you and MapStory will be part of Open Principles in geoeducation.
> 
> Best wishes,
> 
> Suchith
> 
> ________________________________________
> From: Christopher Tucker <tucker at mapstory.org>
> Sent: 11 August 2016 2:53 AM
> To: Anand Suchith
> Cc: geoforall at lists.osgeo.org; marino at mapstory.org; eurogeomail at yahoo.co.uk
> Subject: Re: [Geo4All] Ideas invited from "Geo for All" community for Global Week to help demonstrate and raise awareness of "geo" in education at UNESCO
> 
> Suchith,
> 
> Great idea.  How large of a prize do you need us to put up?
> 
> Chris
> 
> Dr. Christopher K Tucker
> Chairman of the Board of Trustees
> The MapStory Foundation
> @MapStory
> tucker at mapstory.org<mailto:tucker at mapstory.org>
> <tel:703-981-9373>703-981-9373<tel:703-981-9373>
> 
> 
> On Aug 10, 2016, at 9:25 PM, Suchith Anand <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk<mailto:Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>> wrote:
> 
> Quick thought? Maybe a MapStory Challenge which might be a good and easy and low learning curve way to get   "geoinformation"  ideas to  the Media and Information Literacy community who might be new to GIS?
> 
> Chris, Jon - any ideas/suggestions for this?
> 
> Suchith
> 
> 
> 
> ________________________________________
> From: GeoForAll <geoforall-bounces at lists.osgeo.org<mailto:geoforall-bounces at lists.osgeo.org>> on behalf of Suchith Anand <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk<mailto:Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>>
> Sent: 11 August 2016 1:31 AM
> To: geoforall at lists.osgeo.org<mailto:geoforall at lists.osgeo.org>
> Cc: eurogeomail at yahoo.co.uk<mailto:eurogeomail at yahoo.co.uk>
> Subject: [Geo4All] Ideas invited from "Geo for All" community for Global Week to help demonstrate and raise awareness of "geo" in education at UNESCO
> 
> Dear colleagues,
> 
> I have been informed by Professor Karl Donert (President, EUROGEO) of this excellent opportunity. Details below.
> 
> It is a good opportunity to involve   "Geo for All" community in the Global Week to help demonstrate and raise awareness of "geo" in education at UNESCO.  I  think it is a great idea to join synergies for raising the profile of "geo" through "geo-media" and "geoinformation"  in the Media and Information Literacy community.
> 
> 
> I also see that the feature event for Global MIL Week is at  Sao Paulo Brazil from November 2nd – 5th 2016. We should make use of our Brazil network to have a strong presence at this also. Details at https://en.unesco.org/global-mil-week-2016
> 
> 
> So may i request your ideas and volunteers to lead  planning  for this to help demonstrate and raise awareness of "geo" in education at UNESCO?
> 
> Best wishes,
> 
> Suchith
> 
> 
> 
> On Wednesday, 10 August 2016, 22:04, Suchith Anand <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk<mailto:Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>> wrote:
> 
> 
> Hi Karl,
> 
> Thanks for sharing this information. I also think it is a great idea to join synergies for raising the profile of "geo" through "geo-media" and "geoinformation"  in the Media and Information Literacy community.
> 
> I also see that the feature event for Global MIL Week is at  Sao Paulo Brazil from November 2nd – 5th 2016. We should make use of our Brazil network to have a strong presence at this also.
> 
> Is it okay if i can forward your mail to the Geo4all community and invite ideas. Please let me know. Thanks.
> 
> Best wishes,
> 
> Suchith
> 
> Dr. Suchith Anand
> 
> http://www.geoforall.org/
> 
> Geo for All - Building and expanding Open Geospatial Science
> 
> ________________________________________
> From: Karl Donert <eurogeomail at yahoo.co.uk<mailto:eurogeomail at yahoo.co.uk>>
> Sent: 10 August 2016 6:43 PM
> To: Anand Suchith
> Subject: Fw: Global MIL Week 2016 - Register your event and celebrate with us!
> 
> Hi Suchith
> 
> Saw this (below)  and thought it could be of interest. As part of its advocacy work, EUROGEO has been (somewhat peripherally) involved in this group, trying to raise the profile of "geo" through "geo-media" and "geoinformation"  in the MIL (Media and Information Literacy) community.
> 
> It would seem to me that this could be quite a nice opportunity we should maybe try to take advantage of.
> 
> How about activating the "Geo for All" community in this Global Week to help demonstrate and raise awareness of "geo" in education at UNESCO? We could encourage some common "Geoforall" event names and hashtags for instance and promote through newsletters and Web sites?
> 
> Let me know what you think ?
> 
> Best Wishes
> 
> Karl
> 
> 
> Karl Donert
> President, EUROGEO  eurogeomail at yahoo.co.uk<mailto:eurogeomail at yahoo.co.uk><mailto:%20eurogeomail at yahoo.co.uk<mailto:20eurogeomail at yahoo.co.uk>>
> Director: European Centre of Excellence: digital-earth.eu<http://digital-earth.eu> (http://www.digital-earth.eu<http://www.digital-earth.eu/>)
> 
> Keep in touch with EUROGEO at www.eurogeography.eu<http://www.eurogeography.eu><http://www.eurogeography.eu/>
> Also on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com<http://www.linkedin.com><http://www.linkedin.com/>
> EUROGEO is on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_194359357259031
> The GeoCube promoting Geography can be found at www.geo-cube.eu<http://www.geo-cube.eu><http://www.geo-cube.eu/>
> Follow me at www.twitter.com/karldonert<http://www.twitter.com/karldonert><http://www.twitter.com/karldonert>
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> 
> On Wednesday, 10 August 2016, 17:34, "Xu, Jing"  wrote:
> 
> 
> Fill the map with your events <https://en.unesco.org/feedback/global-mil-week-2016-celebration-event-registration>
> and celebrate with us!<https://en.unesco.org/feedback/global-mil-week-2016-celebration-event-registration>
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> 
> Dear Partners,
> 
> We are pleased to invite you to celebrate the Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2016 with UNESCO through registering and organizing local events or initiatives in your community, region or online.
> 
> You can register your event at: https://en.unesco.org/feedback/global-mil-week-2016-celebration-event-registration. Registered events will be displayed on the interactive map on the homepage of the Global MIL Week 2016 official website<https://en.unesco.org/global-mil-week-2016>.
> 
> Please see below a news article in this regard for further information.
> 
> Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2016: Celebrate with us and register your events
> Going towards 5th Global MIL Week, UNESCO is calling all stakeholders to join the celebration of Media and Information Literacy through organization of events or initiatives in their community, region or online. Celebrate with us!
> This Global Call is open across the world, building up to the Global MIL Week celebrations that will take place from 31 October to 5 November. The feature event for Global MIL Week be held in Sao Paulo Brazil from November 2nd – 5th 2016. Local events can take place during the year leading up to Global MIL Week, or be announced as events that will occur in your country or region around the period of Global MIL Week in November.
> You can register your event HERE<https://en.unesco.org/feedback/global-mil-week-2016-celebration-event-registration>.
> 
> New Paradigms for Intercultural Dialogue
> This year the theme of Global MIL Week is New Paradigms for Intercultural Dialogue.
> Media and Information literacy (MIL) is increasingly important in the global communications environment.
> It enables users to understand how traditional and new media can be platforms to promote the values of peace and dialogue.  Media institutions themselves can do more to recognize the need to empower audiences with this knowledge.
> The role of other intermediaries such as libraries, archive, museums and Internet irrespective of technologies used is also essential for MIL.
> As it was emphasized during the Second European MIL Forum<http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/resources/news-and-in-focus-articles/all-news/news/riga_recommendations_highlight_media_and_information_literac/>, Media and Information Literacy is a discipline that enables life. It aligns with developing participatory global citizenship identities that are crucial for developing more humane and democratic societies.
> How to celebrate Global MIL Week?
> UNESCO is inviting organizations, institutions and individuals to organize a MIL Day in their communities by bringing together diverse actors committed to MIL (NGOS, MIL practitioners, local media, policy makers, students, teachers etc.).
> Many local MIL Days or activities will make an echo from the São Paulo conference. Relevant education/training institutions are invited to organize special debates, lectures, or colloquium to promote MIL around the globe.
> Communication, information and library science, and education departments can disseminate research findings on themes related to media and information literacy and intercultural dialogue.
> Organizations can use social media to raise awareness about MIL in civil society and join the Global Alliance for Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL).
> There are many more ways to mark Global MIL Week - take a look at all 10 ways to celebrate HERE<https://en.unesco.org/global-mil-week-2016/10-ways-celebrate>.
> The Global MIL Week 2016 is led by UNESCO in cooperation with General Assembly of the Global Alliance for Partnerships in Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), UNAOC and the Media and Information and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) University Network.  Global MIL Week will be celebrated from 31 October to 5 November 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil.
> 
> This article can also be found at http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/resources/news-and-in-focus-articles/all-news/news/global_media_and_information_literacy_week_2016_celebrate_w or on the Global MIL Week 2016 official website<https://en.unesco.org/global-mil-week-2016>.
> 
> Kind regards,
> 
> Xu Jing
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