Jeroen Ticheler

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Jeroen Ticheler studied Tropical Forestry at the Wageningen University with specialization in GIS and Remote Sensing. Upon graduation in 1997 he worked on Participatory Soil Fertility Management in Africa at the Royal Institute for the Tropics of The Netherlands (also: Tropenmuseum) until he joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN FAO in 1999.

He initiated the GeoNetwork opensource project in 2000 as the foundation for the spatial data management in FAO: FAO GeoNetwork.

He has been promoting the use of international standards and Free and Open Source Software for geographic data and information ever since he started working on GeoNetwork opensource.

Other initiatives:

  • The OpenSDI to start discussions on development of a FOSS based SDI software stack.
  • The United Nations Spatial Data Infrastructure UNSDI process (see also UNGIWG UNSDI). It started with a small workshop named the UNSDI Workshop, although it was better known as the first GeoNetwork workshop in FAO in 2005.

He participated in writing the UNSDI Reference Architecture document that can be downloaded from the UNGIWG website.

He's a fan, supporter and member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation board that has been created to support and build the highest-quality open source geospatial software.

Jeroen Ticheler on Wikipedia