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GeoForAll newsletter

News Date: 
9 Nov 2016

On behalf of GeoForAll community I am pleased to share the latest edition of our newsletter.

We would like to introduce our colleagues at Hellenic digital earth Centre of Excellence, Greece, as our “GeoForAll” lab of the month. Hellenic digital earth Centre of Excellence, Greece, has developed as a hub for fostering interactions and cross disciplinary collaborations not only between Aristotle University of Thessaloniki students and faculty, but it is also the hub of the global GeoforAll initiative. Dr. Nikos Lambrinos initiated the idea of the GeoForAll newsletter, and in just one year's time, this has become the key platform for expanding our ideas and building closer collaborations with universities and industry worldwide.

We are also happy to present Sergio Acosta Y Lara as our GeoAmbassodor. The amazing work that Sergio and colleagues in Uruguay have done through gvSIG Batovi initiative has been an inspiration for all of us. Sergio is a true global citizen who has been working toward expanding opportunities for geospatial education for all. Sergio is the leading force who took the initiative to expand GeoFotAll across South America and is the co-chair of South America.

There are some nice articles including letter from Patrick Hogan (NASA) regarding the NASA/Trentino Europa Challenge. Thanks to everyone contributing articles to our newsletter http://www.geoforall.org/newsletters/

We welcome PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh, India as our new lab. Details at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/09/kalpana-chawla-chair-on-geospatial-technology-and-our-new-osgeo-lab-at-pec...

GeoForAll’s mission is make geospatial education opportunities open to all and to make sure we all work together to create global citizens contributing to the betterment of humanity. Caring and Sharing are important values that all students should learn . Details of why this is important at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/07/sharing-is-caring-why-openness-is-key-for-true-empowerment-and-sustainabil...

Please be our GeoAmbassadors and share these ideas with all. Join the mailing list at http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/geoforall

For the freely available training materials visit http://www.geoforall.org/training/

For those wishing to learn GIS, there are free online materails produced by GeoForAll colleagues at GeoAcademy. Thier FOSS4G Academy Curriculum with comprehensive QGIS tutorials are at http://spatialquerylab.com/foss4g-academy-curriculum/

Download QGIS from http://qgis.org/en/site/ (there is also lot of documentation for learning at http://www.qgis.org/en/docs/index.html

Recording of the Open Principles in Education webinar can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmGoC6iFds4

Open principles in education (open educational resources, free and open software, open data, open standards etc) are key for true empowerment of staff and students globally and making education and opportunities accessible to all . We look forward to working and building collaborations with all interested in this education mission. Access to quality education and opportunities is key for getting rid of extreme poverty and enabling broadly shared prosperity for all.

Best wishes,


Dr. Suchith Anand

GeoForAll - Building and expanding Open Geospatial Science

GeoNode Graduation

News Date: 
9 Nov 2016

The OSGeo Foundation is pleased and proud to announce that the GeoNode project has graduated from incubation and is now a full fledged OSGeo project. Jeffrey Johnson, a long time member of the GeoNode Project Steering Committee (PSC) has been appointed as Project Officer.

GeoNode is a web-based application and platform for developing geospatial information systems (GIS) and for deploying spatial data infrastructures (SDI). It is designed to be extended and modified, and can be integrated into existing platforms. Geonode is Open Source, released under an GPL license, and runs on all major platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X).

The project powers numerous global initatives such as, WorldMao (http://worldmap.harvard.edu/), MapStory (http://www.mapstory.org/), Risiko/SAFE, UN World Food Program (http://geonode.wfp.org/), EU JRC (http://geonode.jrc.ec.europa.eu/) and more (see http://geonode.org/gallery/).

Graduating incubation includes fulfilling requirements for open community operation, a responsible project governance model, code provenance, and general good project operation. Graduation is the OSGeo seal of approval for a project and gives potential users and the community at large an added confidence in the viability and safety of the project.

The GeoNode Project Officer, Jeffrey Johnson says, "The entire GeoNode Development team is delighted to have our project join the ranks of leading Open Source GIS software and become part of the OSGeo family. We look forward to working with OSGeo to further the adoption of these tools around the world."

David Bitner, mentor of the incubation process says: "As the mentor for the GeoNode incubation process, it is exciting to welcome the entire GeoNode team as an official OSGeo project. It has been exciting to work with such a vibrant and diverse community through the incubation process. I look forward to seeing the continued growth of the project for many years to come."

OSGeo and Geonode PSC would also like to thank Jody Garnett and Angelos Tzotsos for their assistance during this incubation process.

Congratulations to the GeoNode community!

Venkatesh Raghavan
President, OSGeo Foundation

3rd annual FOSS4G Peru

News Date: 
26 Oct 2016

Dates: 27 to 28 October 2016

Location: Ciudad Universitaria Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos Lima, Perú

The aim of the Third Conference for the Software free geoespatial - III FOSS4G Peru 2016, is to consolidate the Peruvian Geomatic and academic relationship, technical, research, production and services with information technology from different fields knowledge, from a critical and reflective perspective on environmental, urban problems, rural areas, risk management, climate change and the use of geotechnologies as Geomatica- Geotechnologies-Geotics- GeoWeb - GeoApps and its application in public policies and access to information Peruvian citizens that are essential for the strategic planning of social, economic development and the pursuit of productive diversity with added value to our raw materials that we miss so much today.

The Conference III FOSS4G Peru 2016 will be a platform for professionals Peruvian Geomatic which will serve to exchange thoughts with contributions from high theoretical and methodological level, the creation of models, prototypes and open source software of the various investigations carried out the geomatics or professionals who are in the work of the technologies of the world, Latin American or Peruvian geographic information.

The OSGeo India's 1st Asia event's Abstract submission dates are extended

News Date: 
17 Oct 2016

Please visit http://www.foss4g-asia.org/2017/ and give it a wide publicity.

Students can apply for registration waiver.

Submit an Abstract by 25th October (full paper not required). There will be very informative workshop on hands on training which will be announced soon. Confirmed workshops so far:

  • Mobile-GIS an End to End solution
  • The cream of Qgis, by an expert in the field
  • Web-GIS with Open Tools

Codesprint: Participate in the code-sprint where young programmers will solve and add code.

Greetings from OSGeo India,

V.Ravi Kumar
Secretary, OSGeo India

Geospatial devroom at FOSDEM 2017 on Sunday 5/2/2017 in Brussels

News Date: 
14 Oct 2016

Call for Presentations
Please forward!

FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event bringing together about 5000 developers in Brussels, Belgium. The goal is to provide open source software developers and communities a place to meet and share thoughts. The participation is free of charge, although donations are welcome. The next edition will take place on 4 - 5 February 2017. For the third (!) time there will be a Geospatial devroom and will be happening on Sunday 5/2/2017!

Geospatial technologies and mapping used to be specialist work, but nowadays location and maps are becoming part of many projects/applications, which usually use only a small subset of the possibilities the data and software offer.

The geospatial devroom is the place to talk about open, geo-related data and software and their ecosystem. This includes standards and tools, e.g. for spatial databases, and online mapping, geospatial services, used for collecting, storing, delivering, analysing, and visualizing purposes.

We welcome submissions about:

  • Web and desktop GIS applications;
  • Collaborative editing / versioning of geodata and metadata;
  • Interoperable geospatial web services and specifications;
  • Collection of data using sensors / UAVs / satellites;
  • Geo-analytic algorithms / libraries;
  • Geospatial extensions for classical databases (indexes, operations) and dedicated databases;
  • Big geodata, scalable GIS applications;
  • Volunteered Geographic information - Crowdsourced geodata.


Are you thrilled to present your work to other open source developers? Would you like to run a discussion? Any other ideas?

Please submit your proposal at:


Make sure to select the 'Geospatial devroom' as 'Track'. If you have an account from previous years, you should be using the same.

Please specify in the notes if you prefer for your presentation either a short timeslot (lightning talks ~10 minutes) or a long timeslot (20 minutes presentation + discussion). However, note that time slots are indicative and will be assigned according to the timing of the session.

The DEADLINE for submissions is Thursday 1st December 2016.

Notification of acceptance will be sent to the Authors by 11/12/2016 at the latest.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the organisers of the devroom at fosdem-geospatial at gisky.be!

Want to know what FOSDEM geospatial is like? Check out the videos and the presentations of our previous two editions: [1,2]

The organizers:
Johan Van de Wauw
Margherita Di Leo
Anne Ghisla
Martin Hammitzsch

[1] https://archive.fosdem.org/2015/schedule/track/geospatial/

[2] https://archive.fosdem.org/2016/schedule/track/geospatial/

FOSS4G-Europe 2017: save the date!

News Date: 
11 Oct 2016

Dear OSGeo community,

we are glad to announce that the FOSS4G-Europe 2017 will be held in Marne-La-Valée in France from July 19 to 21.

The schedule is as follow:

  • July 18th: Workshops
  • July from 19th to 21th : Conference
  • July 22th: Code Sprint

In case you are willing to help in the organization, please feel free to add your name on this page.

More informations to come soon, by now make sure to save the date!

Best regards,

The FOSS4G-Europe 2017 LOC