[OSGeoLive] [OSGeo-Discuss] [Geo4All] GeoForAll teaching and research resources

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Mon Jan 29 13:23:02 PST 2018

Hello GeoForAll educators,

In our OSGeoLive meeting today it was pointed out the OSGeoLive is being 
used within some GeoForAll training courses. This is really exciting for 
us as OSGeoLive's value add and mission is very closely aligned with 

What we have is a proven documentation, translation, and software 
development and distribution pipeline.

And GeoForAll has access to passionate and dedicated teachers.

It would be awesome if we could combine the two of these communities and 
bring both together. I think that the next step to supercharge such an 
alliance is to have a person or a few people, probably from the 
education space, step forward and weld these two communities together.

Does this align with the agendas of any of you folk in the education 
space? Would there be an opportunity for you to spend time in a 
practical outreach role?

Cheers, Cameron

On 28/1/18 1:14 am, Charlie Schweik wrote:
> Hi,
> Just wanted to say -- these pages in the below email are a really 
> great start, in my humble opinion. Nice work!
> I'd like to circle back to what I was trying to jumpstart when I did 
> my GeoForAll webinar on Commons-based Peer Production [0]. *What we 
> need to do is self-identify GeoForAll labs, willing to collaborate on 
> some educational topic (or research agenda), and start collaborating.*
> For example, my colleagues and I at UMass are working on a set of 
> exercises for an Applications in Unmanned Aerial Systems class for 
> higher education. As we get initial exercises done, we will plan to 
> make them available, somehow, under "In your classroom" [1] with 
> Creative Commons licenses that allow sharing and permit new 
> derivatives. We're in dialog with Michael Starek and Phil Davis about 
> this with the goal of collaboration between our two GeoForAll labs.
> Version control is still a question.
> GeoAcademy uses Github to store their content which is great. I just 
> worry that for some that might be too technical for some. There are a 
> number of other options. GitBook [2] is one, Rice U's OpenStax [3], or 
> even something as simple as shared, read only, Google Drive folders. 
> I'm going to take this collaboration opportunity to work on this more. 
> What we want, I believe, is something very simple, with few rules or 
> standards that be a negative force slowing down collaboration.
> In short:
> I encourage other Geoforall labs working in education to identify 
> two-lab collaboration opportunities to develop and share GeoForAll 
> educational content in some area that _you need for your own 
> teaching_, and let's try and build a content library moving toward 
> open access to educational "source" and version control, as a 
> community. Let's see what new stuff we can have under [1] by the end 
> of summer 2018!
> If anyone takes up this challenge -- let us know!
> Cheers,
> Charlie
> [0] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVCDME7cxUA&t=994s
> [1] https://www.osgeo.org/initiatives/geo-for-all/in-your-classroom/ 
> <https://www.osgeo.org/initiatives/geo-for-all/in-your-classroom/>
> [2] https://www.gitbook.com/ <https://www.gitbook.com/>
> [3] https://cnx.org/
> On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 6:02 AM, Suchith Anand 
> <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk 
> <mailto:Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>> wrote:
>     Dear colleague,
>     We now have a new website for GeoForAll [1] and we are happy to
>     share the teaching and research resources we have with everyone.
>     It is work in progress and we will be adding more resources over time.
>     We are also inviting feedbacks to help us improve.
>     Please check the resources available at
>     *For your Teaching*
>     https://www.osgeo.org/initiatives/geo-for-all/in-your-classroom/
>     <https://www.osgeo.org/initiatives/geo-for-all/in-your-classroom/>
>     *For your Research*
>     https://www.osgeo.org/initiatives/geo-for-all/in-your-research/
>     <https://www.osgeo.org/initiatives/geo-for-all/in-your-research/>
>     *For your class projects*
>     https://www.osgeo.org/initiatives/geo-for-all/for-your-class-project/
>     <https://www.osgeo.org/initiatives/geo-for-all/for-your-class-project/>
>     We have democratized  GIS so everyone and our future generations
>     are now owners of these resources. Every one of you are also the
>     owners of all these software and you have full freedom  to use  as
>     you wish for your education needs and also donate it to your
>     students as you wish without any vendor  permissions!
>     We thank all colleagues for their selfless efforts over many years
>     which has helped us to make this possible. I will always be
>     grateful to every one of them.
>     Best wishes,
>     Suchith
>     [1] https://www.osgeo.org/initiatives/geo-for-all/
>     <https://www.osgeo.org/initiatives/geo-for-all/>
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> Professor
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> School of Public Policy
> University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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Cameron Shorter
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Open Technologies Consultant

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