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Markus Neteler moved that a "Education and Curriculum Committee" be designated to create and promote educational and curriculum material. This motion was accepted at the [[Fifth Board Meeting]]. See [[Education Contributors]] page for a list of contributors.
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The education committee was formed to inventory, organize and coordinate the development of educational and curriculum material that supports open source geospatial-related education. Intended to '''work collaboratively''' providing [[Appropriately Licensed Material]] accessible to a broad audience including academia, professionals, and the general public.
  
== Mission ==
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The education committee began around 2006 and evolved into the broader [[GeoForAll]] initiative.
  
The project aims at creating and promoting educational and curriculum material that supports the goals of the Foundation. The intent is to provide appropriately licensed 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. The committee seeks strong cooperation with academic research projects.
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[[GeoForAll]] formally took over the responsibilities of the the education committee in 2016, opperating as an OSGeo committee with a healthy, diverse representation of initiative participants.  
  
The [[Education Working Groups]] page lists focus areas for the committee.
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== Our Educational Inventory Pages ==
  
The [[Educational Resources]] page will list and describe materials for educators.
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If you are someone looking for educational materials developed by our community, or if you want to let others know about material you have developed, see:
  
The [[OSGeo in Research]] page discusses the research outreach.
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* [http://www.osgeo.org/educational_content Our '''searchable''' database of educational material]
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* [https://www.osgeo.org/node/add/edu-content Our '''submit educational material form'''] -- Share your educational content with the community! (you need to login to the OSGeo system to submit)
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* [[University_courses_using_OSGeo_related_material]]
  
The [[Core Curriculum Project]] page contains the initial brainstorming data.
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== GeoForAll Meeting Notes ==
  
== Work program ==
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FOSS4G Europe Como, July 2015
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* [http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_EU_Como_2015_Preconference_meeting Pre-Conference meeting summary]
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* [http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_EU_Como_2015_BOF1 BOF1 summary]
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* [http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_EU_Como_2015_BOF2 BOF2 summary - school education]
  
=== Do ===
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[[Category:Education]]
* Promote the free and open source alternatives in education. Communicate educational needs to other OSGeo groups, such as [[Public Geospatial Data Committee]]
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[[Category:Committees]]
* Develop the appropriate pages in [http://www.wikipedia.org Wikipedia].
 
* Develop an "Intro to open source GIS" course that could be offered as a distance-learning class.
 
* Collect links to free educational materials that advance the goals of OSGeo.
 
* Create installation packages for class-room teaching and distance learning courses. Work with [[Distribution Special Interest Groups]]
 
* Develop free educational geospatial datasets. Work with [[Geodata Packaging Working Group]].
 
* Develop teaching materials (labs, tutorials, datasets, self-learning packages) that are aligned with existing curricula and courses.
 
* Develop HOWTO's for educators and students, e.g., "This task can be performed with GRASS this way, this one with mapserver this way", etc.
 
* Get involved in existing initiatives to make sure that they fairly consider open source solutions.
 
* Develop pre-prepared curricula utilizing open coursework and tools that could be used by teachers in their own classes.
 
* Compile a FAQ with answers for educators.
 
 
 
=== Possibly Do ===
 
* Develop required know-how for an OSGEO-CE (OSGEO Certified Engineer).  Note the work being done by [http://www.gisci.org/ The GIS Certification Institute]. Work with [[Certification_Committee]]
 
* Develop phased coursework (short, medium, and long term).
 
 
 
== Collaboration ==
 
 
 
Need input from commercial organizations, such as [http://www.geo-consortium.de Geo-Consortium], as some of them may have already developed curriculum material.
 
 
 
== Existing materials ==
 
 
 
[http://www.ncgia.ucsb.edu/giscc/ The NCGIA Core Curriculum in GIScience]
 

Latest revision as of 13:23, 6 March 2016

The education committee was formed to inventory, organize and coordinate the development of educational and curriculum material that supports open source geospatial-related education. Intended to work collaboratively providing Appropriately Licensed Material accessible to a broad audience including academia, professionals, and the general public.

The education committee began around 2006 and evolved into the broader GeoForAll initiative.

GeoForAll formally took over the responsibilities of the the education committee in 2016, opperating as an OSGeo committee with a healthy, diverse representation of initiative participants.

Our Educational Inventory Pages

If you are someone looking for educational materials developed by our community, or if you want to let others know about material you have developed, see:

GeoForAll Meeting Notes

FOSS4G Europe Como, July 2015