Core Curriculum Project

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The Core Curriculum Project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation is currently in the "definition phase". (some comments)

The project aims at creating and promoting curriculum material that supports the goals of the Foundation. The intent is to provide material that is accessible by a broad audience including academia, professionals, and the general public. Material supported through this project should directly or indirectly build and strengthen the open source geospatial user and developer communities. This can be accomplished by integrating the use of OSGeo endorsed tools in curricula that teach geospatial concepts and applications as well as the creating curricula to teach skills necessary for people to actively participate in supported OSGeo software and data projects.

Likely scenario

  • Information gathering
  • Develop list of potential participants
  • Invite people/organizations to express interest
  • Discuss potential charter and project name.
  • Present charter to OSGeo Board for approval.
    • Charter should probably have "Terms of Reference" - i.e. what the group will do
    • Charter should probably have an initial list of participants/organizations (no need for membership)
    • Charter should name a Chair, and optionally a Vice-Chair or co-Chair and some initial members.
  • Assuming project is approved, or even before it is - Get to work!

Potential Members

If you add people/orgs to this list, please indicate whether you're adding yourself/your organization or whether you are "nominating" the person/organization as a potential member.


  • Scott Emmons (added by Tyler): University of Northern British Columbia - emmons at
  • Ned Horning (added by self): American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Tyler Mitchell (added by markusN): Author of Web Mapping Illustrated [1]. Seminars at local schools: University of Northern British Columbia, Canada [2] and College of New Caledonia, Canada [3]. Email tylermitchell at
  • Helena Mitasova (added by self): North Carolina State University, [4]
  • Pericles Nacionales (added by self): University of Minnesota, naci0002 at umn dot edu
  • Matthew Perry (added by self): University of California, Santa Barbara, perrygeo at gmail dot com
  • Charlie Schweik (added by self): University of Massachusetts, Amherst, cschweik at umass dot edu
  • Ian Turton (added by self): Penn State Uni, State College, developed Open Web Mapping course at Uni of Leeds, UK [5] now modifying it for PennState. ianturton at gmail com [6] [7]



Existing Work