[Geo4All] Expanding GeoForAll collaborations with YouthMappers

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Mon Jan 22 10:05:05 PST 2018


Thank you Patricia.  

The specific initial frame of collaboration that YouthMappers and GeoForAll  can work on are:

1.  Formalize the already existing informal activities between our communities.  Though we have many of our colleagues working for YouthMappers, it will be great impact if we can mobilise  the whole GeoForAll academic community to set up YouthMapper chapters and mentor them for global impact. This will also ensure that the YouthMappers will always have the opportunity to contribute  to  not only use but the power to give away the open software and data (without the need for any vendor permissions) as they wish for thier communities, universities, local schools, local industry and local governments. Esp. for students in developing countries , this empowerment is fundamental for them to build thier own  digital economic opportunities and be equal global citizens.
 

2. Make use of FOSS4G local events, regional and global events to promote YouthMappers and activities to rapidly expand ideas.


3. The individual labs in  GeoForAll which are lead by  faculty to encourage their students to set up YouthMapper chapters and provide them mentoring. 
 
4.  Encourage YouthMappers to take part in Google OSGeo Summer of Code and other student competitions.


I believe GeoForAll community joining forces with YouthMappers will also help accelerate ideas and actions for capacity building staff  in the developing world  by providing the free and open geospatial tools and open data to the municipal authorities for their infrastructure upgradation programs etc ( which in the long term will result in providing clean water, proper sanitation and hygiene facilities, electricity etc) will help in improving the living standards of the people.

The bigger aim of GeoForAll is working for being good global citizens and  work together to help create a world that is more accessible, equitable and full of innovation and opportunities for everyone. So there are so many amazing possibilities that we all can work on. I welcome all  colleagues to please add your ideas as we keep moving forward.

Best wishes,

Suchith






From: Solis, Patricia <Patricia.Solis at ttu.edu>
Sent: 22 January 2018 16:42
To: Suchith Anand; geoforall at lists.osgeo.org
Subject: Re: Expanding GeoForAll collaborations with YouthMappers
  


Thank you for the kind welcome and it also was for me a great experience to talk to this community about YouthMappers. We can follow up on specifics soon, but in general terms let me immediately say we would welcome exploring a closer relationship including  logo swapping. To do so, we will need to identify and establish some specific tangible frame of collaboration that our steering committee could give their approval on. I am looking forward to your thoughts about how you might suggest this looks with our network  of student-led, faculty-mentored chapters. Ideas welcomed from all.


Patricia






Patricia Solís, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Center for Geospatial Technology, College of Arts & Sciences
Research Associate Professor of Geography, Department of Geosciences
Contributing Faculty, Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University
Director and Co-Founder, YouthMappers
President, Geography Commission, PanAmerican Institute of  Geography and History, Organization of  American States
Fulbright Specialist, Roster of Experts

 



    
  

 

 
From: Suchith Anand <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>
Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 2:53 AM
To: Patricia Solis <patricia.solis at ttu.edu>, "geoforall at lists.osgeo.org" <geoforall at lists.osgeo.org>
Subject: Expanding GeoForAll collaborations with YouthMappers





Patricia, as YouthMappers are working to building Mappers it is fundamental  that they are fully empowered to own and give away the mapping data and tools as they wish to their communities without the need for any payment to any vendors in the future. So it is great that you are using QGIS and  other free and open tools also for YouthMappers. We are also keen to further expand our collaborations with YouthMappers to help provide startup opportunities in geospatial technologies to all. Please provide the link of OSGeo in YouthMappers website, so from  now you have all the free and open mapping resources at your disposal forever. Please also add adding OSGeo logo in the YouthMappers website and presentations to acknowledge the contributions  of all the volunteers who help make available all free and open software. GeoForAll will be actively promoting YouthMappers activities through our networks.

Let us all work together to give all YouthMappers the power to empower themselves and empower their communities. We are looking forward to work with you for this.

Best wishes,


Suchith




From: GeoForAll <geoforall-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> on behalf of Suchith Anand <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>
Sent: 19 January 2018 20:38
To: geoforall at lists.osgeo.org
Subject: Re: [Geo4All] Invitation to Webinar on "Get to know the YouthMappers"
  

Dear Patricia,

Thank you for your excellent presentation today. The work YouthMappers are doing is directly in line with our mission for providing geospatial education opportunities for all , so we will be very happy to further join  ideas and expand synergies. I know that many of GeoforAll colleagues in various universities are already supporting YouthMappers chapters etc, so it important that we keep expanding our collaborations for open geo. We  already have strong synergies with open  communities (open data, open education, open science ) and also work closely with OSM community, so this is great to further expand our collaborations in geoeducation for the future. We look forward to work with you.

Best wishes,

Suchith













From: GeoForAll <geoforall-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> on behalf of Moreno-sanchez,  Rafael <Rafael.Moreno at ucdenver.edu>
Sent: 12 January 2018 00:34
To: geoforall at lists.osgeo.org; list at giscolorado.org;  all_members at ucgis.org
Subject: [Geo4All] Geo4All Webinar Fri Jan 19 12:00 PM Central Mountain Time (7:00 PM GMT)
  

Hi everyone, 
Happy New Year!
 
We are starting the year with the following great webinar.
As usual, we will record in post in the Geo4All YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL1E2akvCNWP_nC0p5CpB8g/videos
 
Get to know the YouthMappers
(www.youthmappers.org) 
Dr. Patricia Solis
Texas Tech University
Friday January 19th 
12:00 PM Central Mountain Time (7:00 PM GMT)
Join URL:  https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/550112761

 
 
Abstract
Capitalizing on web-based open geospatial technologies, YouthMappers seeks to cultivate a generation of young leaders to create resilient communities and  to define their world by mapping it. Uniting a global network of student-led  chapters, now on 100 university campuses in 30 countries, we promote the creation and use of open data on open platforms in ways that directly address development challenges, both in the local community and around the world through remote collaborations. Mapping  applications focus on a range of significant issues like food insecurity, public health, natural disasters, and peaceful development. The program supports university efforts to offer meaningful global learning experiences, build a socially engaged citizenry,  enhance long-term scientific capacity around the world, and foster university student leadership. The program is supported by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development’s GeoCenter and co-founded by Texas Tech University, George Washington  University and West Virginia University.    www.youthmappers.org 
 
 
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Rafael Moreno, Ph.D.
Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences
University of Colorado Denver
Office: North Classroom 3524, Auraria Campus
Campus Box 172
1200 Larimer Street NC 3524
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-315-7556
Fax 303-556-6197
Website:  https://clas.ucdenver.edu/directory/faculty-staff/Rafael-Moreno 

 
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