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2013-2014 OSGeo Education and Curriculum Current Initiatives

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1) Continue to build up our educational material federated content databases

OSGeo edu's educational content metadatabase -- a place for metadata and links to external material we are posting on our own websites
University of Nottingham's educational content database (ELOGeo) -- a place for us to store education content (the source code) to share

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2) Continue to expand the ICA-OSGeo Network

This effort is led by Suchith Anand at the University of Nottingham, UK.

In September 2011, the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of developing on a global basis collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organizations in open source GIS software and data. The MoU aims to provide expertise and support for the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Laboratories and Research Centres across the world for supporting development of open-source geospatial software technologies, training and expertise. It also aims to provide support for building-up and supporting development of open source GIS teaching and training materials, joint organization of open source GIS events, workshops through the ICA network for wider participation globally etc. Details at MOU_ICA.

It is really good to see our rapidly expanding global spread.

Feel free to join the mailing list to follow the discussions among the participants of this initiative.

The current members of the ICA-OSGeo Network are (please add WGS84 decimal coordinates longitude,latitude, if you don't add the coordinate following this simple rules your institution will not show on the ICA-OSGeo Map) :

Laboratory name and institution City Country Continent Coordinates (longitude, latitude) Application recieved / Announced Notes (collaborations, etc) Contact name Contact email
1. University of Nottingham Nottingham UK Europe -1.250296, 52.831497 Jeremy Morley Jeremy dot Morley at
2. University of Girona Girona Spain Europe 2.837305, 41.967426 2012-09-10 Lluís Vicens lluis at
3. University of Southampton Southampton UK Europe -1.396873, 50.936974 2013-04-30 Jason Sadler osgl at
4. Czech Technical University in Prague Prague Czech Republic Europe 14.390363, 50.10183 2012-11-23 Martin Landa
5. Newcastle University Newcastle UK Europe -1.611536, 54.980656 2013-01-17 Philip James philip.james at (please use subject: OSGeoLab)
6. Politecnico di Milano - Polo Territoriale di Como Como Italy Europe 9.095939, 45.803516 2013-02-25 Maria Brovelli geowb at
7. University of Warwick Warwick UK Europe -1.56273, 52.380531 2013-03-23 Nataliya Tkachenko geolab at
8. UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre Warsaw Poland Europe 21.039473, 52.198849 2013-03-18 Ela Woloszynska-Wisniewska ela at
9. University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) Lugano Switzerland Europe 8.961098, 46.028362 2013-09-03 Massimiliano Cannata geomatica at
10. ETH Zurich Zurich Switzerland Europe 8.5481, 47.3764 2013-09-20 Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation, ETH Zurich Ionuț Iosifescu iosifescu at
11. University of Molise Molise Italy Europe 14.493651, 41.630815 in process of being established Rosella Nocera
12. Institute of Geodesy and Cartography (IGiK) Warsaw Poland Europe 21.012229, 52.229676 in process of being established Agata Ciołkosz-Styk
13. Faculty of Geography, University of Bucharest Bucharest Romania Europe 26.103889, 44.432500 in process of being established; new website under development Andreea Marin
14. Faculty of Geoinformatics,University of West Hungary Székesfehérvár Hungary Europe 18.418833, 47.188778 in process of being established Andrea Pődör
15. Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart Germany Europe 9.17370, 48.77996 2013-10-14 in process of being established Franz-Josef Behr franz-josef.behr at
16. Federal University of Paraná Paraná Brazil South America -49.26141, -25.427074 2012-05-23 Silvana Camboim
17. São Paulo State University (UNESP) São Paulo Brazil South America -46.654129, -23.576574
18. National Amazonian University of Madre de Dios (UNAMAD) Puerto Maldonado Peru South America -73.245789, -3.745845 2013-02-01 in process of being established Andrea Birgit Chavez
19. Universidad de la República Montevideo Uruguay South America -56.176441, -34.902405 2013-03-01 new website under development Virginia Fernandez
20. University of Campinas Campinas Brazil South America -47.063239, -22.907105 in process of being established
21. Federal University of Alagoas Maceió Brazil South America -35.735098, -9.666251 in process of being established
22. Center for Earth Observation, North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC USA North America -78.66468, 35.789413 2012-10-18 Helena Mitasova hmitaso at
23. University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst USA North America -72.524696, 42.393578 2012-10-18 website: coming soon Charlie Schweik
24. University of Kansas Lawrence, KS USA North America -95.251311, 38.958578 2013-08-23 in process of being established Xingong Li
25. University of California, Davis Davis USA North America -121.766945, 38.548801 2013-02-04 in process of being established Alex Mandel
26. Laboratorio de Software Libre Zacatecas Mexico North America -102.5791, 22.7608 2013-04-05 in process of being established Manual Haro
27. Kent State University Kent, Ohio USA North America -81.357886,41.153667 2013-08-30 Xinyue Ye
28. Center for Applied GIScience, University of North Carolina, Charlotte Charlotte, NC USA North America -80.730000, 35.306944 2013-09-05 Wenwu Tang WenwuTang at
29. University of Nottingham, Malaysia campus Semenyih Malaysia Asia 101.721298, 3.172932 2012-01-09 website in development Tuong Thuy Vu
30. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Johor Bahru Malaysia Asia 101.874222, 2.943748 in process of being established
31. National College of Public Administration and Governance(NCPAG), University of the Philippines Manila Philippines Asia 121.059875, 14.656005 in process of being established Noriel Christopher Tiglao
32. Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) Quezon City Philippines Asia 121.062241, 14.64372 in process of being established Maning Sambale
33. Lab for Spatial Informatics, IIIT Hyderabad Hyderabad India Asia 78.3503, 17.4454 2011-08-22 Dr K S Rajan
34. Geospatial Research and Education Lab(GREL), Institute of Space Technology (IST) Islamabad Pakistan Asia 73.175045, 33.520060 Rizwan Bulbul bulbul(dot)rizwan(at)gmail(dot)com
35. University of Pretoria Pretoria South Africa Africa 28.22847, -25.75429 2012-05-15 Serena Coetzee serena dot coetzee at up dot ac dot za
36. Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) Nairobi Kenya Africa 36.858574, -1.249038 in process of being established Hussein Farah
37. University of Ghana Accra Ghana Africa -0.191617, 5.650366 in process of being established Foster Mensah
38. The University of Melbourne Melbourne Australia Australia 144.962006, -37.797932 2013-07-22 Chris Pettit
39. Texas A&M University Corpus Christi USA North America -97.328799, 27.714506 2013-09-09 in process of being established Rick Smith Richard.Smith at
40. CEPT University Ahmedabad India Asia 72.566004,23.039568 2012-07-18 in process of being established Prof. Anjana Vyas
41. National University of San Juan San Juan Argentina South America -68.521408, -31.527273 2012-06-15 in process of being established Agustin Arroqui
42. Arizona State University Tempe, AZ USA North America -111.940005, 33.425510 2013-09-27 in process of being established
43. National Technical University of Athens Athens Greece Europe 23.729310, 37.983716 2013-09-26 in process of being established
44. IGN- France Paris France Europe 2.352222, 48.856614 2013-09-26 in process of being established Benedicte Bucher
45. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Barcelona Spain Europe 2.173403, 41.385064 2013-09-27 in process of being established Dr. Antoni Pérez Navarro aperezn at
46. ISRIC - World Soil Information foundation Wageningen The Netherlands Europe 5.665662,51.9875 2013-10-02 website in construction Jorge de Jesus jorge.mendesdejesus at
47. Universidade da Coruña A Coruña (España) Spain Europe -8.411540, 43.362344 2013-10-15 in process of being established Alberto Varela García
48. Universiti Sains Malaysia Penang Malaysia Asia 100.484623, 5.263234 2013-10-16 in process of being established Ruslan Rainis
49. Kathmandu University Dhulikhel Nepal Asia 85.550000, 27.616667 2012-12-24 in process of being established Shashish Maharjan
50 GIS and Remote Sensing Unit, Fondazione Edmund Mach San Michele all'Adige (Trento) Italy Europe 11.133042,46.187865 2013-10-16 Luca Delucchi luca.delucchi at
51. University of South Wales Cardiff United Kingdom Europe -3.179090,51.481581 2013-10-31 Dr Mark Ware mark.ware at
52. Portland State University Portland, Oregon USA North America -122.676207,45.523452 2013-10-22 In process of being established David Percy percy at
53. IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Center Nairobi Kenya Africa 36.821946,-1.292066 2013-10-29 In process of being established Muyambi Fortunate fbenda at
54. Federal University of Ceará Ceará Brazil South America -38.543395,-3.718394 2013-10-29 In process of being established Prof. Dr. Adryane Gorayeb adryanegorayeb at yahoo dot com dot br

Interested in adding your own node into the ICA-OSGeo Labs network?

As the lab network is expanding fast ,we have also setup nodal contacts for each regions

  1. Anne Ghisla - Asia & Australia
  2. Helena Mitasova - North America
  3. Charlie Schweik - South America
  4. Suchith Anand - Europe & Africa

Email Suchith.Anand at and cc Helena Mitasova ‎[hmitaso at]‎, Charlie Schweik ‎[cschweik at]‎, Anne Ghisla [a.ghisla at] to start the conversation and they will be happy to discuss details and guide you through the process.

The key requirements for establishing a local OSGL are:

(A) Both parties should work for the vision of the ICA-OSGeo MoU to develop collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organizations in open source GIS software and data in the future.

(B) Someone at your institution or organization should have a strong Geospatial knowledge and vision to lead this activity and build a team of people, locally.

(C) There should be a website established for your Open Source Geospatial Laboratory listing current research, people, and training information. This web presence will allow the other nodes in the network and others to understand and promote your local efforts around research and teaching of open source geospatial technologies and approaches.

From our end, we will promote the initiative widely through both OSGeo and ICA channels to help build up collaboration opportunities for the future. We will also do a joint press release to announce the initiative and start building collaborations. A primary collaborative initiative continues to be the creation and maintenance of shared open access educational resources (for example the ELOGeo platform). We will also add the info of all labs in the Open Geospatial Lab network node site within OSGeo website so that all participating labs urls are added and linked.

We especially welcome applications from universities, educational institutes, government organisations in developing countries to help develop capacity building in geospatial education by establishing Open Source Geo Labs.


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