OSGeo Educational Project

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There is a possibility to get funding for an OSGeo educational project. This page is for brainstorming and developing the proposal. The proposal should be only few pages, describe the general idea of the project and contain a set of separate but coordinated components. From each of these component projects we should be able to produce a more detailed, but also only a few pages long, description, if asked.

The General Idea

Develop open geospatial courseware for universities, which build on free and open source geospatial software and on free data sets.

The courseware consists of

  • installation packages of selected software that are readily usable in typical university settings
  • two kind of data sets
    • those that are usable over the internet using standard protocols
    • those that are downloadable from the internet
  • teaching and self-study kits that can be used in courses


The project needs have one coordinator, who is the leader and responsible for whole project.

Component projects

From each component: the general idea, the responsible partner, deliverables


General idea: Software used: Target audience: Responsible partner: Deliverables:

Introduction to scripting in geospatial tasks

General idea: Introductory course to using a scripting language for geospatial data management and simple analysis tasks Software used: GDAL/OGR with scripting language bindings, scripting language (Ruby, Python or Perl) Target audience: Graduate students in geoinformatics or related subject Responsible partner: Prof. Ari Jolma/Helsinki University of Technology Deliverables: 5~7 workbooks on the web (getting started, querying, measurements, transformations, ...)