[Geo4All] Update about UN OpenGIS Initiative

Maria Brovelli maria.brovelli at polimi.it
Sun Jul 10 12:50:55 PDT 2016

Dear All

I want to send you an update about the involvement of some people of G4A 
in the UN OpenGIS Initiative.

The short communicate which was prepared about this initiative is below.

I thank all G4A and OSGeo (and also WB, WFP) people who have been 
involved up to now and/or will be involved in next steps:

Alberta Albertella, Gregory Giuliani,Scott Hatcher,Ivana Ivanova,Thomas 
Mueller, Rick Smith, Mike Pumphrey, Vivien Deparday, Ariel Núñez ,Paolo 
Corti,Francesco Stompanato, Dimitris Karakostis

and my students:

Dilek Emanetoglu, Arun Kumar Muthusamy, Andres Felipe Poveda Sanchez, 
Stanly Shaji

I'll keep you informed. Please, if there are other people who want to be 
part of this initiative, contact me.

Have a nice week!



The Geospatial Information Section (or UNGIS), Information and 
Communications Technology Division (ICTD) of the United Nations 
Department of Field Support (DFS) decided to pursue efforts, nicknamed 
as UN OpenGIS Initiative, in order to identify the role of open source 
geospatial technologies that could be substantial supported for UN Peace 
Operations. The UN OpenGIS Initiative aims at developing an enterprise 
GIS system using free and open source geospatial solutions in support of 
UN Peace Operations. For more information on UN OpenGIS Initiative, 
please contact Mr. Kyoung-Soo Eom, of UN and Prof. Ki-Joune Li of Pusan 
National University.

Within the initiative, there is a working group on Capacity Building, 
led by Prof. Maria Brovelli (Politecnico di Milano), as the Chair, as 
well as Mr. Diego Gonzales (UN) and Mr. Juan Hurtado (US South Command), 
as vice Chairs.

The team is composed by a list of volunteers of GeoForAll (G4A, a joint 
initiative between OSGeo, ICA and ISPRS) in providing suitable training 
packages for UN staff on open source geospatial technologies.

As the first step, it was decided to conduct training program as a 
virtual class for UN Staff, which is an on-line course as self-training 
with the help of G4A tutors, using some free and open source selected 
tutorials. The virtual class training courses will cover various 
subjects such as QGIS, PostGIS, GeoNode, GeoServer and OpenLayers. UN 
Staff will directly access training material through the free and open 
source ‘Beep Platform’ of Politecnico di Milano and could also be 
communicated with Tutors. The first course for the virtual class is 
chosen for QGIS GeoAcademy. The virtual class will be started in the 
second half of September 2016.


Prof. Maria Antonia Brovelli
Vice Rector for Como Campus and GIS Professor
Politecnico di Milano

ISPRS WG IV/5 "Web and Cloud Based Geospatial Services and Applications"; OSGeo; ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS AB; NASA WorldWind Europa Challenge; SIFET
Sol Katz Award 2015
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