Impact of free bundled GIS software on education




                                  Alex Mandel
                       ...
History of Handouts
●   Code in Publications(magazines,journals, books)
●   Shareware Floppies
●   AOL Trial Subscription ...
OSGeo Live Project
●   Collection of Free and
    Open Source
    geospatial software
●   Ready to use
●   No installation...
Formats
●   Live DVD or USB         ●   Works on
    ●   “Bootable” media        ●   5+ old computers
●   Virtual Machine ...
Included Software




 More than 30 applications and libraries
Potential
●   Run a GIS lab
●   Demonstrate GIS on the road
●   GIS for developing nations
●   Community groups
●   Hobbyi...
Distribution so far
Percent   Country
14.58%    Unresolved/Unknown
12.69%    Colombia
12.67%
12.53%
          Mexico
     ...
Educational Opportunities
●   Course Materials
    ●   Integration with OpenStreetMap, kml ...
●   Outreach
    ●   It's n...
In the College Classroom
●   “Freedom to explore”
●   A standard platform for material development
●   Easy to update & ma...
Assessing Value
Potential Questions?                    Possible Methods
●   Increase a students toolbox?
●   Lead to bett...
Acknowledgements
●   Information Center for the Environment
    ●   http://ice.ucdavis.edu
●   Open Source Geospatial Foun...
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The OSGeo Live project, sponsored by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), is a collection of free GIS and related software, data sets and documentation that runs from a DVD, virtual machine, or flash-drive on almost any computer without the need to install software. It provides an opportunity for education and outreach, introducing GIS tools of all levels, with a low level of knowledge needed to get started. While there are many potential uses of this tool, this research will focus on educational uses where this tool might increase accessibility and usability of GIS. The goal is to determine whether tools such as OSGeo Live lead to greater education and adoption of geospatial concepts and technologies.

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Impact of free bundled GIS software on education

  1. 1. Impact of free bundled GIS software on education Alex Mandel University of California, Davis Attribution Share Alike
  2. 2. History of Handouts ● Code in Publications(magazines,journals, books) ● Shareware Floppies ● AOL Trial Subscription CDs ● Freeware Downloads (ie: cnet.com, tucows.com) ● Live Linux Image from Wikipedia, Copyright AOL TimeWarner
  3. 3. OSGeo Live Project ● Collection of Free and Open Source geospatial software ● Ready to use ● No installation required ● Few hardware requirements
  4. 4. Formats ● Live DVD or USB ● Works on ● “Bootable” media ● 5+ old computers ● Virtual Machine ● Netbooks ● A computer within a computer
  5. 5. Included Software More than 30 applications and libraries
  6. 6. Potential ● Run a GIS lab ● Demonstrate GIS on the road ● GIS for developing nations ● Community groups ● Hobbyists ● Everything is Customizable ● Test software before you decide what to install/use
  7. 7. Distribution so far Percent Country 14.58% Unresolved/Unknown 12.69% Colombia 12.67% 12.53% Mexico Iran ● Total downloads April 2010 ~ 1000+ 12.13% Philippines 5.34% Australia 5.05% United States 3.76% Portugal 3.19% 2.78% Italy France ● Physical Handouts 1.46% 1.39% 1.34% Indonesia Poland Ukraine ~500 1.08% Japan 1.05% Germany 0.94% Greece 0.86% Thailand 0.77% New Zealand 0.66% China 0.56% Venezuela 0.49% Canada 0.45% Austria 0.35% Israel 0.34% Viet Nam 0.33% Brazil 0.32% Spain 0.28% India 0.25% Uruguay 0.19% Pakistan 0.13% Tunisia
  8. 8. Educational Opportunities ● Course Materials ● Integration with OpenStreetMap, kml ... ● Outreach ● It's not all business – Marble, GPS Drive ... ● Lowering Barriers ● Multilingual, mailable, world wide community support (OSGeo local Chapters http://www.osgeo.org/content/chapters/) ● Accessibility ● Every student can take a copy home
  9. 9. In the College Classroom ● “Freedom to explore” ● A standard platform for material development ● Easy to update & manage ● Collaborative community ● http://www.osgeo.org/education ● Comparing Multiple implementations
  10. 10. Assessing Value Potential Questions? Possible Methods ● Increase a students toolbox? ● Lead to better conceptual ● Focus Groups understanding? ● Usability Study ● Engage more students? ● Lower cost of operation for a ● Feedback Survey GIS Lab? ● Use case interviews ● Increased flexibility in the lab?
  11. 11. Acknowledgements ● Information Center for the Environment ● http://ice.ucdavis.edu ● Open Source Geospatial Foundation ● http://www.osgeo.org ● OSGeo Live - Project Team ● http://download.osgeo.org/livedvd/ Content of this presentation licensed under Creative Commons: Attribution Share Alike

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