[CODATA-international] Open Foris - free and open source software tools for environmental monitoring

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Thu Dec 13 05:17:46 EST 2018

Dear colleagues,

During these days of COP24 in Katowice, I came across updates on Open Foris which is a set of free and open-source software tools that facilitates flexible and efficient data collection, analysis and reporting for environmental monitoring. Details at http://openforis.org

<http://openforis.org>Collect Earth provides augmented visual interpretation for land monitoring http://www.openforis.org/tools/collect-earth.html

<http://www.openforis.org/tools/collect-earth.html>Collect Mobile provides intuitive data collection and validation in the field http://www.openforis.org/tools/collect-mobile.html

<http://www.openforis.org/tools/collect-mobile.html>Yesterday, NASA and FAO has launched next-generation geospatial tool to to track land-use and landscape changes anywhere at Katowice, Poland. Details at  http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/1173756/icode/

GIS is key for  understanding and protecting natural resource commons  (forests, water resources etc). Geotechnologies and open data will play a key role to guide policy and improve conservation efforts around the world. Spatial Education is key for tackling Global Warming. We also need to build more synergies with initiatives like UNCBD, UNFCC [1] [2] especially on the education and capacity development aspects [2].

Best wishes,


[1] https://www.osgeo.org/foundation-news/we-need-to-speak-for-the-voiceless-to-improve-conservation-efforts-around-the-world/

[2] https://www.osgeo.org/foundation-news/gis-at-schools/

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