[CODATA-international] "GeoForAll contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals" webinar recording available

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Sun Oct 13 20:50:55 EDT 2019

The  "GeoForAll contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals" webinar  recording link at https://youtu.be/Bd8Oe1Z-p3E

Thank you Victoria, Rafael and Charlie.

The presentation from Sergio Y Lara (Uruguay) on 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 with high quality teaching and learning tools.

                            (Video with English translation)

The presentation from Victor Sunday  (Unique Mappers Team) shares the work on  youth and women empowerment that they are doing in Africa . Their contributions to quality education, climate action is inspiring. GeoForAll is working closely with YouthMappers and other partners worldwide to help provide geoeducation opportunities for all students.

The presentation from Cameron Green (University of Pretoria, South Africa) highlighted the importance of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) and the fundamental link of SDI to all 17 UN SDGs. Many developing countries lack Spatial Data infrastructures which is key for evaluating and monitoring SDG progress.  He showed GeoNode http://geonode.org     an open source Content Management System for GIS. There are many examples of Geonode implementations for example the World Food Program https://geonode.wfp.org that might be of wider interest.

I want to thank all speakers for sharing their experiences and ideas.

As our next step, we to want learn from successful initiatives like gvSIG Batovi, GIS at School etc to scale our teacher training programs for schools  to provide geoeducation and STEM education opportunities to millions of students globally and welcome ideas. Spatial Education is key for tackling Climate Change. One of our GeoForAll labs established at the 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

btw it is nearly 25 years  (in 1994)  since 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 geoeducation and digital economy opportunities available for everyone.

Best wishes,


From: GeoForAll <geoforall-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> on behalf of Moreno-Sanchez, Rafael <Rafael.Moreno at ucdenver.edu>
Sent: 13 October 2019 01:41
To: OsGeo, GeoForAll <geoforall at lists.osgeo.org>
Subject: [Geo4All] Video recording posted GeoForAll lab webinar "mini-conference" Oct 10,

Hi everyone,

Thank you again to Charlie and Suchith for leadership and motivation to put this mini-conference together.

Thank you to all the presenters for participating and your great presentations.

The video recording is posted in the GeoForAll YouTube Channel.


In the description of the video is that table of contents of the presentations and the corresponding timeline in the video.

Please pass the word. I will forward to several mailing lists on Monday.

Have a nice weekend.


From: Charlie Schweik <cschweik at pubpol.umass.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 6:49 AM
To: OsGeo, GeoForAll <geoforall at lists.osgeo.org>
Subject: Reminder! A first GeoForAll lab webinar "mini-conference" tomorrow Oct 10, 1:00-3:00 GMT, on "GeoForAll contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals"

Dear GeoForAll colleagues,

A reminder that a first GeoForAll webinar "mini-conference" will take place tomorrow!

  *   Topic: "GeoForAll contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals"
  *   Date/time:  Thursday, October 10th from 1-3:00 pm GMT.
  *   What time is it for you? Use this link to find out: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20191010T130000&p1=tz_gmt
  *   Participating GeoForAll labs/members and mini-conference program:

     *   Suchith Anand (Chief Scientist, GODAN)  – Introduction
     *   Victoria Rautenbach (GeoForAll chair) – Welcome to GeoForAll
     *   Sergio Acosta y Lara (Dirección Nacional de Topografía,Ministerio de Transporte y Obras Públicas, Uruguay) -Experiences from the 3rd edition of the course-contest Projects with students and gvSIG Batoví
     *   Victor Sunday (Director, Unique Mappers Team) – Open Source and Open Data for All
     *   Cameron Green (University of Pretoria)-GeoNode for data management and sharing
     *   Paulo Cesar Coronado Sanchez (Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Colombia)- SIG con herramientas OSGeo (GIS with OSGeo tools)
     *   Suchith Anand (Chief Scientist, GODAN) – Open Principles in Science and Education
     *   Q& A and Discussions

  *   Join the Zoom-based webinar at: https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/470742725. (Thanks to Rafael Moreno at UC Denver for hosting the mini-conference).

Full details can be found at https://www.osgeo.org/foundation-news/geoforall-contributions-to-the-united-nations-sustainable-development-goals/.

Thanks to all the participants for their preparation efforts and time!

This event is a part of a larger global event called "World Commons Week<https://wcw2019.iasc-commons.org/>" which hopefully is helping to draw attention to GeoForAll and OSGeo from others who may not know about these communities.  And hopefully, this is the start of perhaps more regular cross-GeoForAll lab dialog using virtual conferencing technology that will reduce our community's carbon footprint on the global atmospheric commons. In other words, perhaps the start of something like a FOSS4G conference that complements -- not replaces -- the in-person event, but takes advantage of our global access to webinar technology to allow more frequent community interaction.


Charlie Schweik

Organizer, World Commons Week <https://wcw2019.iasc-commons.org/> 2019


Charlie Schweik


Department of Environmental Conservation & School of Public Policy

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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