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GeoForAll: a successful OSGeo Initiative


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Presentation of GeoForAll at the Technical Workshop in support of the UN OpenGIS Initiative

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GeoForAll: a successful OSGeo Initiative

  1. 1. GeoForAll: a successful OSGeo Initiative Maria Antonia Brovelli and Venkatesh Raghavan, Brindisi, 9th March 2016 GeoSHAPE/Arbiter and OpenGDS Technical Workshop in support of the UN OpenGIS Initiative
  2. 2. GeoForAll: 109 Labs!
  3. 3. Mission Making Geospatial education and opportunities accessible to all Dimensions to “Openess” Open source software. Open data. Open standards. Open access to research publications. Open education resources. F r e e
  4. 4. 2010 - Open Source Geospatial Lab founding meeting at University of Nottingham Aim: Build research and teaching infrastructure worldwide Problem: No funding! Biggest Strength: amazing support from colleagues and students
  5. 5. 2011 Memorandum of Understanding between OSGeo and ICA
  6. 6. 2014 Memorandum of Understanding among OSGeo, ICA and ISPRS
  7. 7. Regional Groups North America Chairs: Helena Mitasova (VP), Charles Schweik, Phillip Davis South America Chairs: Sergio Acosta y Lara and Silvana Camboim southamerica
  8. 8. Regional Groups Africa Chairs: Rania Elsayed Ibrahim, Serena Coetzee and Bridget Fleming Asia (including Australia) Chairs: Tuong Thuy Vu and Venkatesh Raghavan
  9. 9. Regional Groups Europe Chairs: Maria Antonia Brovelli and Peter Mooney Language Groups Spanish Chairs: Sergio Acosta y Lara and Antoni Pérez Navarro
  10. 10. GeoForAll Overall aims ● Establishing research and teaching opportunities in ‘Open Geospatial Science ● Build global open access teaching and research infrastructure ● Provide worldwide learning platforms and training opportunities ● Establish collaborations between Academia, Schools, Government and Industry around Open Geospatial Science and Education
  11. 11. Why is GeoEducation important? ● Knowing the world around us: be aware about the reasons of problems of access to water, sanitation, traffic congestions, economic sustainability, citizens’ health, impact on environment, etc. ● Mapping is a critical component to help create solutions for sustainable development and Future Earth. THE POWER OF THE MAPS! Kibera , Kenya Dharavi, Mumbai
  12. 12. GeoEducation for Kids Making resources including software and data openly available offers an opportunity for knowledge to be shared widely so as to increase learning opportunities. For more details:
  13. 13. GeoEducation for Kids For more details:
  14. 14. Mapathons for kids = Mini-Mapathons For more details:
  15. 15. Thematic Groups Teacher Training & School Education Thematic Chairs: El bieta Wołoszy ska-Wi niewskaż ń ś and Adrian Manning bin/mailman/listinfo/geoforall-teachertraining Collaboration with Mapstory
  16. 16. ● Mapathons for Kids involving OSM, HOT, Missing Maps. – Preparation of material (short course) – Coordination of G4A Labs in building the network of humanitarian mini-mappers and teachers – Organisation of one/more MiniMapathons Day(s). Possible interactions OSGeo/G4A UN
  17. 17. GeoEducation for Adults Webinars
  18. 18. GeoEducation for Adults Webinars For more details:
  19. 19. OSGeo Live: fundamenal resource for Education
  20. 20. Summer Schools Training School "FOSS4VGI - Using Free and Open Source Software with VGI: integration, analysis and visualisation", Como 12-14 July 2015. Supported by: COST Action TD1202 - Mapping and the Citizen Sensor
  21. 21. Courses and Hackathons European Center for Medium range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF), GLOFASS (GLObal Flood AwarnesS System)hackathon 16 and 17 January 2016. nge Format ian OpenStreetMap Team al Cartographic Association national Council for Science – World ructure for Spatial Information in onal Society for Photogrammetry and arkup Language tection and Ranging nizing Committee etail dum of Understanding erican Datum eospatial Intelligence Agency ational Resources spatial Consortium urce Geospatial Foundation etMap al Centre for Mapping of Resources t Infrastructure Data Analyst at ECMWF on the EarthServer-2 project. Dear all, First-ever hackathon of ECMWF took place on the weekend 16 and 17 January 2016. The event brought together participants from ECMWF, universities, environmental consultancies, and software development companies. Their goal was to explore ways of making the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS) more user-friendly for its end-users. GloFAS already provides pre-operational global forecasts of extreme flood events. The hackathon saw about 50 volunteers working day and night to c software prototypes using data from the GloFAS system. 12 friendly way with key statistics which could help decision- making. FloodIT Provides more intuitive information based on the GloFAS output to help local users understand their situation. Interception A Flood Awareness Education Platform An educational game/online interactive platform to help inform people about what they should be doing when a flood watch/warning alert is issued in their region. Also, the game/platform will educate them on what to do during and after a flood event. People at ECMWF are truly impressed with what solutions all the teams came up with in only one and half days. They got very good inspirations in order to improve GloFAS, which will be essential for a better flood prediction and a faster emergency response. OpenCitySmart - The Open platform for Smart Cities by Suchith Anand, Nottingham GeospatialInstitute, University of Nottingham, UK Dear colleagues, Inspite of all the technological advancements, it is a sad fact that majority of the world's poorest living in urban areas do not still have access to basic facilities (clean water, proper sanitation and hygiene facilities , good quality education opportunities etc). In order to achieve UN Millennium Development Goals it is essential to develop infrastructure facilities, strengthen the muncipal authorities and local city government organisations (reduce corruption etc) in the developing world for helping improving the living standards of the people. Photo by Florian Rathgeber Photo by Florian Rathgeber
  22. 22. Challenges for students and SMEs NASA World Wind Europa Challenge The crystal bull The Alaska high school team, winners in 2015
  23. 23. ● Webinars: – Exigences of UN within geospatial information – GeoSHAPE – OpenGDS – … ● OSGeo Live: free/open source products adopted by UN ● Summer School: G4A/UN Summer School ● Osgeo/UN Challenge for the best student's project of the year Possible OSGeo/G4A UN interactions
  24. 24. Thematic Groups Urban Science - City Analytics Chris Pettit and Patrick Hogan bin/mailman/listinfo/geoforall-urbanscience
  25. 25. Thematic Groups AgriGIS Didier Leibovici and Nobusuke Iwasaki
  26. 26. Thematic Groups GeoCrowd - VGI, Crowd Sourcing and Citizen Science Maria Antonia Brovelli and Peter Mooney bin/mailman/listinfo/geoforall-geocrowd
  27. 27. Main topics of Geocrowds/G4A ● Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI): OpenStreetMap, WikiMapia, Google Mapmaker, Geograph project, etc and then many smaller less well known examples. ● Passive, Ambient, Involunteered Geographic Information, Geocrowdsourcing: systems and services where the citizen or a group are not actively or physically involved in the task of generating, collecting, managing geographical data. ● Citizen Science: This is where citizens or groups of citizens are involved in scientific research usually with authoritative scientific organisations.
  28. 28. ● Geocrowdsourcing Apps and Software developed by Labs ● Datathons coordinated by UN and G4A Labs all over the world (collection/analyses of open data by means of OSGeo products) Possible OSGeo/G4A UN interactions
  29. 29. Monthly Newsletter Table of Contents Editorial ..…..............…............. 1 1. Activities …………………………… 1 Editorial Board ………………....…. 2 2. Lab of the month..…............. 4 3. Events ……………….….…....…... 5 4. Conferences ……………… 5, 6, 7 5. Webinars 6. Courses …………….……………... 7 7. Training programs …..…...... 8 8. Key research publications 9. Funding opportunities 10. Free and open software.. 8, 9 11. Free Books ……………….. 9, 10 12. Articles ….. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 13. Scholarships for students and staff 14. Exchange programs for students and staff 15. Awards 16. Web sites 17. Ideas ………………………..…… 14 18. Social contribution Volume 2, No. 2 February 2016 1. Activities of the Network Siberian State University of Geosystem and Technologies has announced opening of business incubator for students based on Siberian OpenSource Geospatial Lab. More information at of-the-workshop-projects-shuga/ Editorial Nikos Lambrinos Chief Editor Dept. of Primary Education Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki Greece Dear members of the Network/ readers of the Newsletter, In this issue you can read two very interesting articles: one for the European Center for Medium range Weather Forecasting and the second about the OpenCitySmart – the Open City Platform. The first one has to do with the Global Flood Awarness System while the second for the improvement of the living standards of the people living, mainly, in the cities of poor countries. In fact, both articles show how volunteerism can help and upgrade the living standards of the people and how much the efforts or our Network can upgrade the quality of life. It is important to know that our ideas, however bizarre they may seem at first place, can become true when we share with others and work together. Along with the articles, you can find all the other topics like conferences, courses, free software, etc. Have a nice reading Nikos Lambrinos, Chief Editor. NEWSLETTER: issued every month
  30. 30. 2 February 2 0 1 6Volume 2, N o. 2 Please refer to the appropriate person according to the following table: Chief Editor Nikos Lambrinos, Associate Professor, Dept. of Primary Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. President of the Hellenic digital earth Centre of Excellence Oceania Co-editor Rizwan Bulbul, Assistant Professor of GIScience Head of Geospatial Research and Education Lab Department of Space Science, Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Burma, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Islands of S. Pacific. Co-editors Pavel Kikin, Senior Lecturer “Department of applied informatics and IT”, Siberian State University of Geosystems and Technologies Alexey Kolesnikov, Senior Lecturer “Department of cartography and GIS”, Siberian State University of Geosystems and Technologies Russia, Mongolia, China, Japan, S. Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Co-editor Rania Elsayed , Computers & Information Researcher, Division of Scientific Training & Continuous Studies, National Authority for Remote Sensing & Space Sciences, Cairo, Egypt. Africa Co-editor Elżbieta Wołoszyńska-Wiśniewska (Ela), Head of Education Unit UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre Scandinavian countries, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia. Co-editor Antoni Perez Navaro, Associate Professor at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) Computer Sciences and Multimedia Department Portugal, Spain, France, U.K., Ireland, Iceland, Luxemburg, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, The Balkans. Co-editor Emma Strong, GIS Coordinator with Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District North and Central America Co-editor Sergio Acosta Y Lara, Departamento de Geomática Dirección, Nacional de Topografía, Ministerio de Transporte y Obras Públicas, URUGUAY South America Production Designer Nikos Voudrislis, Principal of the 1st Primary School of Asvestochori, Thessaloniki, Greece, MSc, PhD candidate in geography education. Design and final formation of the newsletter Editorial Board
  31. 31. ● G4A Newsletter: – a special UN session every month ● OSGeo/G4A - UN book about activities of OSGeo/G4A relevant to UN (starting from the description of the activities of the Labs) Possible OSGeo/G4A UN interactions
  32. 32. OSGeo/G4A Labs interested in collaboration with UN
  33. 33. GEOlab – Politecnico di Milano, Como Campus ● Website: ● Point of Contact: Dr. Marco Minghini, ● Research: development of FOSS4G-based GIS processing tools, WebGIS, Web geoservices & Virtual Globes; VGI & Citizen Science, VGI & open data quality, open source software ● Teaching: courses, workshops and training materials on FOSS4G; 1st Italian MSc in Geoinformatics Engineering (from Sept. 2016) ● Affiliations: OSGeo, ISPRS, AGILE, ICA, IAG, RDA, GIT, SIFET ● Recent Activities: humanitarian mapathons (with HOT & Missing Maps), NASA World Wind Europa Challenge, FOSS4G Europe 2015
  34. 34. We ● promote the open source geospatial software and geodata for sustainable environmental management ● develop map applications based on the free and open geospatial components ● implement projects promoting crowdsourced spatial data collection ● provide expert support, for example in the field of INSPIRE directive implementation ● organise seminars, trainings, workshops, online courses and webinars working in particular with and for public administration as well as teachers and educators in cooperation with many national and international organisations and institutions, incl. UNEP Headquarter itself. Open Source Geospatial Lab at UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre Contact: Mrs. El bieta Wołoszy ska-Wi niewskaż ń ś UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre website: mailto:
  35. 35. Laboratório Espacial Livre (Geo4all Lab 16) Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) – Curitiba, Brazil Contact: Prof. Dr. Silvana Camboim (in portuguese) Academic SDI QGIS plugin Boundaries managemen t Web map – Road accidents Mapathon – OSMGeoWeek •Developing a Spatial Database Infrastructure to publish research geographic data to the academic community and society. •Promoting the use of open source software in the GIS disciplines at UFPR, and publishing tutorials. •Promoting mapathons and the research on the use of Open Data and VGI in cartography, mainly focusing in developing countries with lack of official data. •Developing many applications on: environmental analysis, security, health management, food security, routing, administrative boundaries management, cadastral systems, sustainable tourism, urban mobility and others. •
  36. 36. Institute of Earth Sciences ● GIS courses in Civil engineering and Architecture curricula (QGIS) ● Survey courses in Civil engineering (CloudCompare, VisualSFM) ● OSM MapParty ● Research projects (H2020 FREEWAT, SNSF 4ONSE, EU VIA REGINA, etc.) ● OSGeo incubating project (istSOS)
  37. 37. Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering Application of FOSS to environmental studies, forestry, landscape change, future scenarios, image classification, GPS, laser scanning and more. Recent activities: ● Education and training for academic and for professionals – GRASS tutorial – Summer school Tropical rainforest biodiversity, Tanzania ● Renewable energies and stakeholders involvement – GRASS module – ● Cooperation projects – Indoor pollution monitoring with open source sensors (Tanzania, Vietnam) – Environmental emergencies management for the poor settlements (Nepal) Clara Tattoni, Laboratorio di Ecologia clara.tattoni AT
  38. 38. GIScience Heidelberg University ● Crowdsourced Geographic Information – VGI Quality evaluation, analysis & enrichment e.g. OSM & Social Media – core topic in many research and development projects ● Several OGC SDI developments (2D & 3D) and GIS tool development – e.g. with examples to disaster etc., deployed for real world usage – e.g. ● e.g. used in real disasters (Haiti, Nepal) – emergency routing based on OSM & OGC, accessibility analysis etc. ● Teaching activites & workshops on disaster management, VGI, OpenSource GIS, Spatial Analysis, mapping etc. – Regularily Mapathons (Member of Missing Maps Project) – Disastermappers heidelberg (active group) contact: Alexander Zipf,
  39. 39. NCSU OSGeoREL Dr. Helena Mitasova, MEAS and Center for Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA ● Development of open source GIS­-based tools to map, analyze and model landscape processes ● Development of open source visualization and tangible modeling environments to engage stakeholders in community driven decision making ● Open Courses and workshops in Geospatial temporal modeling and visualization
  40. 40. The GeoForAll Research and Education Collaboration … between Umass Amherst, Amherst College and Smith College Charlie Schweik, UMass Andy Anderson, Amherst College Jon Caris, Smith College Collaborator: Ron Fortunato, Trillium Learning, GeoForAll node ● New Web-GIS course using open source software stack ● Research/teaching collaboration with Trillium Learning GeoForAll node on Unmanned Aerial Systems for Invasive Species Management ● Grant proposal effort to support the GeoForAll network ● Participating in the planning of FOSS4G Global in Boston, 2017
  41. 41. OSGEO.UNMC research lab ● Geospatial (remote sensing & crowd-sourcing) computation ● Sustainable urban environment ● Disaster management ● Public health Dr. Tuong-Thuy Vu School of Geography, University of Nottingham, Malaysia campus Email:
  42. 42. Lab for Spatial Informatics Dr. K. S. Rajan, Head & Associate Professor Lab for Spatial Informatics, IIIT Hyderabad Gachibowli, Hyderabad 500032 India E-mail: website: Major Activities / Contributions ● Hosts OSGeo-India Chapter ● Range of Trainings – Technology development to ToTs to Thematic (eg. UNDP/CapNet training on IWRM) ● Technology Development- ● Largest contributor to OSGeo GsoC Projects. Eg. PgRouting, QGIS, etc ● LSIViewer 2.0 – an Online enterprise level data viewer ● Thematic Areas ● Land Use and Land Cover Modelling ● Climate change & Agri Crop Impacts ● Wetland Mapping & Biodiversity Conservation
  43. 43. Centre for Geoinformation Science University of Pretoria, South Africa Products used in teaching and research projects GeoDa, GeoServer, OpenLayers, OpenStreetMap, PostGIS, QGIS, SAGA Short courses PostGIS, QGIS Recent activities • Geospatial Tech Camp where school learners hear about geoinformatics as a career choice • Student team participation in the Open Data Day 2015 •International Map Year celebrations Contact: Serena Coetzee Website:
  44. 44. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Dr. Antoni Pérez-Navarro Estudis d'Informàtica, Multimèdia i Telecomunicació Universitat Oberta de Catalunya mailto: Teaching: • Subject introductory to GIS in technological studies: telecommunication and computer science • One year of postgraduate studies using GIS technologies (prepared, but nowadays not offered) • Business Intelligence combined with GIS subject • Final degree projects Research • Context Aware Recommender Systems • Location Based Systems • Indoor positioning • Smart Logistics • GIS applied to health monitoring and prevention • Integrating Semantics in GIS
  45. 45. GeoForAll – ISE ● Website: ● We are closely collaborating with UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva.GRID-Geneva as a “Partnership Agreement” between UNEP, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, and the University of Geneva. ● Contact: Dr. Gregory Giuliani, ● Activities: promote applied interdisciplinary research based on spatially explicit information and indicators on the past, present and future state of changing and complex environment. Building several Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) to improve data sharing and processing. Fill the gap between scientific information on one hand and decision making on the other hand ● Products: Bringing GEOSS services into practice workshop that is aiming at teaching how to configure, deploy and use a set of Open Source Software (GeoServer, GeoNetwork, PyWPS, OpenLayers) to set up a Spatial Data Infrastructure
  46. 46. TSNUK OSGeo Research and Education Lab Dr. Daria Svidzinska Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine mailto: website: ● Development of the open geodata on protected areas and Ramsar sites in Ukraine ● Support and promotion of the open source geospatial software and geodata adoption for sustainable landscape and natural resource management ● Partnership in HORIZON 2020 FREEWAT project: FREE and open source tools for WATer resource management ● Courses, workshops, and training materials on geospatial analysis for research and practice
  47. 47. University of Colorado Denver FOSS4G Lab
  48. 48. MTOP – gvSIG Batoví ● Developement of open source tool for education of issues that have a geographic component, and to be used around the Plan Ceibal (OneLaptopPerChild initiative for Uruguay) ● Open courses and workshops for students, teachers and future teachers ● Worlwide spreading of the project/new strategy: gvSIG Educa ● ● ●
  49. 49. ● Research Automatic monitoring & sensor data processing GNSS/GPS QGIS plugin development ● Education QGIS, GRASS, MapServer, OpenLayers, Octave, PostGIS courses and tutorials ● Contact Zoltan Siki, Budapest University of Technology & Economics ● OSGeo Organizing local FOSS4G.HU FOSS4G software localization QGIS GUI & Web, OSGeo Live Laboratory Department of Geodesy and Surveying at BME
  50. 50. World Wind • Not just one app, any app you want! • Use any data format. • Run on any platform. • Open source, free and unencumbered. • Europa Challenge, providing solutions for a sustainable world. • Education partner with Politecnico di Milano at Como and AWorldBridge. World Wind • Not just one app, any app you want! • Use any data format. • Run on any platform. • Open source, free and unencumbered. • Europa Challenge, providing solutions for a sustainable world. • Education partner with Politecnico di Milano at Como and AWorldBridge. Trillium Learning Ron Fortunato
  51. 51. Geo4All Lab 103 GET-IT Build your Spatial Data Infrastructure components, quickly. Share sensors, maps and data, easily. Semantic enablement. Create OGC standard services (SOS, WMS, WFS, WCS, and CSW.) Free and open source. On GitHub - Ritmare/starterkit EDI Metadata Editor. Template driven. Customizable. Free and open source. On GitHub - NG_client Main activities: Development of free and open software to enable storage, management, view and access to sensors and geodata. Methodologies and techniques for sharing data from sensors on the www. Semantic qualification of spatial data infrastructures. Contact:
  52. 52. Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat Remote Sensing & GIS School of Engineering and Technology Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) - Development of open source solution for geospatial data sharing - Developing the Smart Phone application and Web GIS for Sugar Cane Productivity Monitoring - Development of Location Based Service application using FOSS4G - Organize Courses and workshops in Geospatial data sharing and application development - Geospatial Analysis using Free Open Sources Software - PyQGIS for QGIS plugins development - GNSS & Crowdsourcing for Geospatial Data using OSM OSGeoLab@AIT
  53. 53. Contact Person: Prof. Kalum Udagepola Geographic Information Science and Systems Research Group American University of Nigeria Address: 98 Lamido Zubairu Way Yola By-Pass P.M.B. 2250, Yola Adamawa State, Nigeria Description: Open-source Web mapping, participatory Geoweb, and spatial multi- criteria decision analysis tools; research, teaching, and consulting using QGIS and other OSGeo software
  54. 54. Thanks to All Friends of Geo4All, especially those providing us information about their labs and thank you for your attention Questions?