[Live-demo] meeting of UN OpenGIS in Brindisi - and OSGeo-LIve

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Fri Mar 17 20:05:28 PDT 2017

Hi Maria, all,

I'd be interested to hear about ideas proposed to be taken into this UN 
meeting, and also to propose some ideas.

I've dug back through the UN email list and found Maria's last report 
(which was great) and copied below. Has there been any progress on ideas 
reported from that report?

Speaking as a member of the OSGeo-Live project, I think there is great 
potential to lever some of the investment we have put into OSGeo-Live to 
take into the UN and Geo4All context.

In particular, OSGeo-Live provides a stable platform from which training 
material can be built on top of, as proved by its wide use at many OSGeo 
and FOSS4G workshops.

It taps into contributors form the many OSGeo-Live projects to help 
create and maintain content.

It taps into translators for translating content.

It provides a stamp of quality.

And it provides a distribution pipeline.

I'd be keen to open a conversation within the UN context about this.

Warm regards, Cameron Shorter

On 12/3/17 11:50 pm, Maria Antonia Brovelli wrote:
> Dear All
> there will be a meeting of UN OpenGIS in Brindisi the 27 April 2017 at 
> the UNGSC and I will be invited to attend. If there are no objections 
> I plan to go there. There is a budget provided by the Board for such 
> events.
> As I want to fix the flight as soon as possible (avoiding expensive 
> flights), I ask if there are some objections, to reply as soon as 
> possible and in any case before March 17th.
> Many thanks and best regards,
> Maria

On 17/11/16 6:14 pm, Maria Antonia Brovelli wrote:
> Dear All
> I'm just back from the 2nd Workshop of UN Open GIS Initiative, which 
> was organized within a more general Symposium about Technology in 
> Peacekeeping. This choice was excellent because gave the possibility 
> of presenting OSGeo and GeoForAll to a broader audience.
> UN Open GIS proceeds speedily and some pieces of solution were 
> presented both by the Korean and Boundless teams.
> Moreover Sanghee Shin, one of our Directors,  has been nominated Chair 
> of the Technical Advisory Group.
> In few words, the Workshop was intense, tiring but very positive.
> We concluded  with a webinar which will be available within the 
> GeoForAll Series (thanks to Rafael Moreno and David Alvarez from ASPRS).
> Below a more detailed report.
> Regards,
> Maria
> *Updates on UN Open GIS Initiative*
>  From 7 to 11 November 2016 the Third International Partnership for
> Technology in Peacekeeping Symposium, hosted by the United Nations
> Department of Field Support (DFS) in cooperation with the Seoul
> Metropolitan Government, was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea at the
> Seoul City Hall.
> The Symposium brought together a wide range of actors to explore
> collaborative partnerships and projects to enhance information and
> communications technology (ICT) efforts in the following targeted areas:
> *   Geospatial Information and Situational Awareness
> *   Protection Technologies: Sensors, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
> *   Innovation in Information and Communications Technologies
> OSGeo was invited to the Symposium as one of the partners of the project
> UN Open GIS. Maria Brovelli attended the meeting on behalf both of the
> OSGeo UN Committee and GeoForAll (Educational outreach of OSGeo).
> UN Open GIS Initiative is a project aiming at identifying and developing
> open source geospatial software and services that meets the requirements
> of UN operations, taking full advantage of the expertise of mission
> partners including partner nations, technology developed by contributing
> countries, international organizations, academia, NGO’s, private sector.
> The members of the UN Open GIS Initiative are composed of:
> *   Contributors: any organization who agrees with the objectives of
> the UN Open GIS and actively contributes to the UN Open GIS Initiative
> in terms of financial, materials, solutions, technologies, or human
> resources. The Contributor membership shall be decided by the Strategic
> Board.
> *   Observers: any individual person or organization who agree with
> the objectives of the UN Open GIS and participate in the UN Open GIS
> Initiative activity. The Observer membership shall be granted by the
> Strategic Board.
> The governance structure of the UN Open GIS Initiative comprises of:
> *   Strategic Board, consisting of representatives from each
> contributor where each contributor nominates one representative to the
> Strategic Board. OSGeo and GeoForAll are part of the Strategic Board.
> Maria Brovelli represents there GeoForAll, OSGeo Educational Outreach
> and Massimiliano Cannata the OSGeo UN Committee.
> *   The Strategic Board is responsible for deciding goals, strategic
> planning, creation of new Working Groups, called “Spirals”, election of
> co-chairs, appointment of technical advisory group members, requirement
> advisory group members, and assessment team members.
> *   Three Co-Chairs (one appointed by UN and two elected among the
> Strategic Board members: ) and Secretariats
> *   Technical Advisory Group (TAG)
> *   Requirement Advisory Group (RAG)
> *   Assessment Team (AT)
> - The Spirals, i.e. the Working Groups, which at the moment are the
> following:
> *   Spiral 1 – UN Open Geo-Portal (started March 11, 2016) led by
> Anthony Calamito (Boundless)
> *   Spiral 2 – Capacity Building (started May, 2016) led by Maria
> Brovelli (OSGeo and GeoForAll)
> *   Spiral 3 – Geo-Analysis (started March 11, 2016) led by Hae Kyong
> Kang (Republic of Korea)
> *   Spiral 4 – Data Acquisition (started March 11, 2016) led by
> Ki-Joune Li (Republic of Korea)
> OSGeo and GeoForAll have been contributing to several aspects of the
> projects. The main contribution for sure has been that related to
> Capacity Building.
> Up to now people of OSGeo and GeoForAll have helped in selecting and
> revising already existing training courses about the basic geospatial
> tools of interest for the UN Staff supporting the peacekeeping mission,
> who are the staff we are in contact with. A survey provided to the UN
> staff showed that they are primarily interested in QGIS, PostGIS,
> GeoNode, Geoserver and Openlayers.
> We are therefore organising self-paced training courses, assisted by
> tutors of OSGeo, GeoForAll and other entities, like GeoAcademy and
> Boundless, and offered using the e-learning platform of Politecnico di
> Milano.
> We have been planned 4 editions of QGIS GeoAcademy (we are currently at
> the second edition) and 2 editions of PostGIS Boundless (starting from
> January, 9 2017).
> Totally around 80 staff of UN will be trained in using QGIS and around
> 30 in PostGIS. Next year we will go ahead with the other software.
> Spreading the usage of Open Source software also within organisation as
> UN is one important point for OSGeo and that is the reason why the Board
> has chosen to put a so great effort on this initiative.
> Apart from the Capacity Building OSGeo will willingly work for
> incubating the software that will be available under the umbrella of UN
> Open GIS. This will ensure its quality and will give sustainability to
> the project itself.
> *----------------------------------------------------
> *Prof. Maria Antonia Brovelli
> Vice Rector for Como Campus and GIS Professor
> Politecnico di Milano
> **
> ISPRS WG IV/4"Collaborative crowdsourced cloud mapping (C3M)";OSGeo; 
> ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS Advisory Board; NASA WorldWind Europa Challenge; SIFET
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Cameron Shorter
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