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Below are the goals we've discussed for the year between FOSS4Geo Victoria and FOSS4Geo South Africa. What I'm trying to do is keep us organized and on task. I'm listing tasks we have completed at the bottom of the page so we have a history of what we've achieved. -- Charlie
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'''GOAL A. DEVELOP EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL INVENTORY AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. CURRENT TASKS:'''
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# '''Develop a suggested tutorial creation standard for group review'''
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## Deadline: December 1, 2007
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## Subcommittee members: Charlie Schweik, Ned Horning, Alexander Stepanov
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## Current status: Looking at the possibility of using DocBook and/or Open Office as the recommended file format.
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# '''Implement a versioning system strategy for tutorials hosted with OSGeo'''
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## Subcommittee members: Charlie Schweik, others?
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## Current status: Awaiting completion of #1 above. Considering using the OSGeo established Wiki/Moodle strategy. I (Charlie) am thinking we'll try and implement something using the tutorials we have created.
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# '''Contact various software projects''' who have not chimed in yet to see if they have tutorials to inventory
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## Volunteers to take this on?
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# '''Do we try and organize the [[Educational_Content_Inventory]] content more?'''
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## Perhaps after task 2 is completed.
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'''GOAL B. DEVELOP A FREEGIS BOOK. CURRENT TASKS:'''
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# '''Victor, what are the current tasks here? '''
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## Subcommittee members: Victor Olaya (lead), Landon Blake, who else?
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## Deadline: Ongoing
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'''GOAL C. DEVELOP OSGEO EDU COURSES? CURRENT TASKS:'''
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# '''This was suggested by Venka, and he proposed two:'''
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## Intro to OSGeo Desktop GIS Software and
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## Introduction to OSGeo Webmapping software.
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## Subcommittee members? Are there people who want collaborate on these?
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'''COMPLETED TASKS FOR 2007-08'''
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# '''Establish a wiki page with an initial inventory of available educational content and commitments for new material'''
 
# '''Establish a wiki page with an initial inventory of available educational content and commitments for new material'''
## Deadline: October 31, 2007
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## Deadline: October 31, 2007;
## Subcommittee members: Schweik, Horning to oversee; all committee members to enter in their information if possible on the [[Educational_Content_Inventory]] page.
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## Outcome: '''Completed with 16 entries listed on the [[Educational_Content_Inventory]] page.'''
 
## [[Commitments_for_New_Material_Development]]
 
## [[Commitments_for_New_Material_Development]]
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# '''Investigate, vote on, and recommend a content management system for educational ''modules'''''
 
# '''Investigate, vote on, and recommend a content management system for educational ''modules'''''
## Deadline: October 31, 2007
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## Deadline: October 31, 2007.
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## Outcome: '''Task deferred and focus on develop tutorial using Wiki/Moodle strategy.''' We had a series of discussions on various approaches toward this over the group email list, but really reached no consensus. I (Charlie Schweik) concluded that given we have an existing wiki and also a Moodle site established, we should try to move toward establishing a recommended digital format and structure for future tutorials and where possible we try to convert old tutorials to this format (I intend to do so with my tutorials). For this reason, I took this item off the current to-do list.
 
## Subcommittee members: Ben Alden; Victor Olaya; Charlie Schweik; Scott Mitchell; Venka; Maria Brovelli; Rob Braswell
 
## Subcommittee members: Ben Alden; Victor Olaya; Charlie Schweik; Scott Mitchell; Venka; Maria Brovelli; Rob Braswell
 
## [[Edu Concent Management Platform Decision]]
 
## [[Edu Concent Management Platform Decision]]
 
## More detail: coming soon. But this task is for people to investigate various options that have been identified. These include (1) the Moodle example presented by Arnulf [http://test.osgeo.net/moodle]; (2) the use of the wiki system (Tyler showed me some additional functionality after our BOF meeting); (3) Rice connexions [http://cnx.org]; (4)  [http://www.eoearth.org/ Encyclopedia of Earth]; (4) [http://lulu.com lulu.com]; (5) [http://cosl.usu.edu/projects/educommons/ EduCommons]. The group agreed that at this juncture we need to be inclusive and work with the needs of various content providers. So some material may be stored on an OSGeo platform with the capability for new derivative works, or it may just be links to external resources we are aware of. This subcommittee task is to figure out a recommended strategy within the next month (or less).  
 
## More detail: coming soon. But this task is for people to investigate various options that have been identified. These include (1) the Moodle example presented by Arnulf [http://test.osgeo.net/moodle]; (2) the use of the wiki system (Tyler showed me some additional functionality after our BOF meeting); (3) Rice connexions [http://cnx.org]; (4)  [http://www.eoearth.org/ Encyclopedia of Earth]; (4) [http://lulu.com lulu.com]; (5) [http://cosl.usu.edu/projects/educommons/ EduCommons]. The group agreed that at this juncture we need to be inclusive and work with the needs of various content providers. So some material may be stored on an OSGeo platform with the capability for new derivative works, or it may just be links to external resources we are aware of. This subcommittee task is to figure out a recommended strategy within the next month (or less).  
# '''Implement recommended system in task 2 and develop instructions for new authors'''
 
## Deadline: December 1, 2007
 
## Subcommittee members: To be determined
 
# '''Assist with FreeGIS book effort'''
 
## Subcommittee members: Victor Olaya, who else?
 
## Deadline: Ongoing
 
## More detail: Work with Victor and others in Spain in their efforts to get a FreeGIS book written. Victor perhaps should refresh the group where they are on this project and we have some mailing list discussions or an IRC to try and figure out where we go from here on this. One idea I (Schweik) have is to try something similar to the effort on the [http://http://www.eoearth.org/ Encyclopedia of Earth] effort to write a book on Ecological Economics. This requires a "call for contributions" to be sent out. Perhaps an announcement can be added to the next OSGeo journal?
 
# '''Post regular reminders to OSGeo lists'''
 
## Deadline: Ongoing
 
## Subcommittee members: Schweik, Horning
 
## More detail: (a) encourage educational-related submissions to OSGeo journal; and (b) encourage submissions of new educational material (or links) through the initial inventory page (task 1) or the content management system established (task 3).
 
 
(Note: This list was established in OSGeo education committee meetings during FOSS4Geo 2007. With permission from OSGeo Charter Members at FOSS4G 2007, this page was edited '''substantially''' by edu committee member Charlie Schweik in an attempt to simplify and keep the committee focused on tangible tasks.)
 
  
 
[[Category:Education]]
 
[[Category:Education]]

Revision as of 18:03, 3 November 2007

Below are the goals we've discussed for the year between FOSS4Geo Victoria and FOSS4Geo South Africa. What I'm trying to do is keep us organized and on task. I'm listing tasks we have completed at the bottom of the page so we have a history of what we've achieved. -- Charlie

GOAL A. DEVELOP EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL INVENTORY AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. CURRENT TASKS:

  1. Develop a suggested tutorial creation standard for group review
    1. Deadline: December 1, 2007
    2. Subcommittee members: Charlie Schweik, Ned Horning, Alexander Stepanov
    3. Current status: Looking at the possibility of using DocBook and/or Open Office as the recommended file format.
  2. Implement a versioning system strategy for tutorials hosted with OSGeo
    1. Subcommittee members: Charlie Schweik, others?
    2. Current status: Awaiting completion of #1 above. Considering using the OSGeo established Wiki/Moodle strategy. I (Charlie) am thinking we'll try and implement something using the tutorials we have created.
  3. Contact various software projects who have not chimed in yet to see if they have tutorials to inventory
    1. Volunteers to take this on?
  4. Do we try and organize the Educational_Content_Inventory content more?
    1. Perhaps after task 2 is completed.

GOAL B. DEVELOP A FREEGIS BOOK. CURRENT TASKS:

  1. Victor, what are the current tasks here?
    1. Subcommittee members: Victor Olaya (lead), Landon Blake, who else?
    2. Deadline: Ongoing

GOAL C. DEVELOP OSGEO EDU COURSES? CURRENT TASKS:

  1. This was suggested by Venka, and he proposed two:
    1. Intro to OSGeo Desktop GIS Software and
    2. Introduction to OSGeo Webmapping software.
    3. Subcommittee members? Are there people who want collaborate on these?




COMPLETED TASKS FOR 2007-08

  1. Establish a wiki page with an initial inventory of available educational content and commitments for new material
    1. Deadline: October 31, 2007;
    2. Outcome: Completed with 16 entries listed on the Educational_Content_Inventory page.
    3. Commitments_for_New_Material_Development
  1. Investigate, vote on, and recommend a content management system for educational modules
    1. Deadline: October 31, 2007.
    2. Outcome: Task deferred and focus on develop tutorial using Wiki/Moodle strategy. We had a series of discussions on various approaches toward this over the group email list, but really reached no consensus. I (Charlie Schweik) concluded that given we have an existing wiki and also a Moodle site established, we should try to move toward establishing a recommended digital format and structure for future tutorials and where possible we try to convert old tutorials to this format (I intend to do so with my tutorials). For this reason, I took this item off the current to-do list.
    3. Subcommittee members: Ben Alden; Victor Olaya; Charlie Schweik; Scott Mitchell; Venka; Maria Brovelli; Rob Braswell
    4. Edu Concent Management Platform Decision
    5. More detail: coming soon. But this task is for people to investigate various options that have been identified. These include (1) the Moodle example presented by Arnulf [1]; (2) the use of the wiki system (Tyler showed me some additional functionality after our BOF meeting); (3) Rice connexions [2]; (4) Encyclopedia of Earth; (4) lulu.com; (5) EduCommons. The group agreed that at this juncture we need to be inclusive and work with the needs of various content providers. So some material may be stored on an OSGeo platform with the capability for new derivative works, or it may just be links to external resources we are aware of. This subcommittee task is to figure out a recommended strategy within the next month (or less).