[CODATA-international] The World Science Day for Peace and Development 2019 - "Open Science, leaving no one behind"

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Wed Nov 6 04:34:21 EST 2019

Hi Julius,

Happy to hear this excellent updates from Botswana.  I think this strategy will help expand STEM education opportunities for the economically poor students worldwide.

There are many examples from GeoForAll community that might be of interest. For example,  gvSIG Batovi is an excellent example of a successful initiative in Open Principles in Education and helps us to understand why scalability and costs for scaling is fundamental . Through their focus on Open Principles in Education they have now provided high quality spatial education to students in all schools across Uruguay . Thanks to the Plan Ceibal they also have free laptops for all Primary and Secondary students in the country so they truly have the opportunity to reach every student no matter they are rich or poor with high quality teaching and learning tools.

                            (Video with English translation)

Spatial Education is key for tackling Climate Change. Some years back, I had the opportunity to visit GeoForAll lab at the UNEP/GRID in Warsaw and learn about the amazing work colleagues are doing there.  UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre in Poland<https://www.gridw.pl/en/opensourcegeolab> has been doing pioneering work on Environmental Management, Active Education over many years. Details at https://www.gridw.pl/en/opensourcegeolab

One of the inspiring work that they are involved is the GIS at School  http://www.edugis.pl/en/images/stories/guide/gis-at-school.pdf

I am hoping to expand ideas for Teacher Training programs in Climate education and provide geoeducation and STEM education opportunities to millions of students globally and welcome ideas.

It is nearly 25 years ago (in 1994) that I first came across the amazing “geo world” by pure chance. I was able to learn GIS thanks to the help from many kind people who I will always be grateful for their kindness to me.   So it is now my duty to help open the doors of geoeducation and geodigital economy opportunities to everyone. Details at https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/geospatial-ig/post/please-share-open-principles-science-and-education-ideas-and-philosophy

I am grateful to everyone working to make education and digital economy opportunities available for everyone.

Best wishes,


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Subject: RE: The World Science Day for Peace and Development 2019 - "Open Science, leaving no one behind"

Dear all,

Thanks a lot Suchith for your reflections on the theme for the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2019. In addition to your observations, we have decided, here in Botswana to link up Botswana Open Data Open Science, with the SDGs i.e. what role science has played or could play to ‘leave no one behind’ as per the SDGs key message. Awareness, participation, and deliberate/intentional strategies or initiatives to open science and open society to its multiple benefits, including skills for the future (what roadmaps should be developed etc.).



From: CODATA-international [mailto:codata-international-bounces at lists.codata.org] On Behalf Of Suchith Anand
Sent: Friday, October 25, 2019 11:33 AM
To: CODATA International
Subject: [CODATA-international] The World Science Day for Peace and Development 2019 - "Open Science, leaving no one behind"

Dear all,

The World Science Day for Peace and Development 2019 will be devoted to the theme of "Open Science, leaving no one behind".  Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the important role of science in society and  underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

Open Science is not only an issue of science being open to the research community, as in “open access” and “open data”, but refers to a science open to society.  In spite of the progress made in recent years, we are still witnessing great disparities across and within different regions and different countries when it comes to accessing science, technology and innovation (STI) and enjoying their benefits. To address these disparities and close the existing STI gaps, Open Science is an important step in the right direction. Details at https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/worldscienceday

Scientists can play a key role in helping advance this. I can give one small example. 6 years ago  (November 2013), I was invited to join the  European Union scientific delegation to Australia for meetings and workshop at the Australian Academy of Science [1] in Canberra.

One of the key official outcomes of the EU-Australia meeting was the establishment an Open Source Geoscience  Laboratory at the  University of Melbourne with linked laboratories across Australia and New Zealand. Details at


That was the humble start of the first Open Source Geospatial Lab at the University of Melbourne. I am grateful to colleagues at the University of Melbourne for making this possible   Details at http://spatial.unimelb.edu.au/engagement/ica-osgeo-laboratory/

I am requesting  all colleagues who are part of key international scientific organisations like the International Science Council  to support Open Science and use the opportunity to work for establishing dedicated Research Centres for Open Science (with focus on geoeducation ) globally, so we ensure geoeducation and digital economy opportunities for all.

Let us embrace open science as a tool for making science more accessible, scientific process more inclusive and the outputs of science more readily available for all.

The best gift to give is a gift of useful knowledge.

Best wishes,


Dr. Suchith Anand

Chief Scientist

Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition


[1] https://docs.education.gov.au/node/35299

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