Table of Contents
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Key research publications
Funding opportunities
10. Free and open software,
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13. Scholarships for students
and staff
14. Exchange programs for
students and staff
15. Awards
16. Web sites
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18. Social contribution
Dear Geo4All Colleagues,
On behalf of GeoForAll and the Open
Source Geospatial Foundation, let me
take this opportunity to wish you and
your families a very Happy New Year
2017 [1] and a successful year ahead.
It is also my great pleasure to
introduce our colleagues at Texas
A&M University - Corpus Christi, USA,
      
in the New Year.
The Spatial {Query} Lab [2] at Texas
A&M University - Corpus Christi [3]
has a mission of making spatial
technology, education, and
information accessible to everyone. A
large part of meeting this mission is
the continued development and
maintenance of the GeoAcademy
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Ottawa, Ontario, OSGeo Meetup
meets on the third Thursday
of each month. If you are located
in the area, go to the link to sign
up to the group and get updates
about future events.
The Geography Department of
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad,
Iran (member 108 of the Network)
announced that their web page
) and Email:
are ready and
asking for new members to join.
Also, they did a presentation of
GeoForAll on GIS Day and had the
Logo of GeoForAll on their cake of
the event!
1. Activities of the
2. Lab of the Month
Texas A&M University -
Corpus Christi, USA
By Suchith Anand
Suchith Anand,
Nottingham Geospatial
Institute, University of
Nottingham, UK
Please refer to the appropriate person according to the following table:
Chief Editor
Nikos Lambrinos, Professor, Dept. of Primary Education,
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
President of the Hellenic digital earth Centre of Excellence
Rizwan Bulbul, Assistant Professor of GIScience
Head of Geospatial Research and Education Lab
Department of Space Science, Institute of Space
Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan
India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal,
Burma, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Israel, Lebanon,
Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, United Arab
Emirates, Kuwait and Islands of S. Pacific.
Geosystems and Technologies
Alexey Kolesnikov, 
Geosystems and Technologies
Russia, Mongolia, China, Japan, S. Korea, Vietnam,
Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia,
Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines,
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and
Rania Elsayed ,
Computers & Information Researcher,
Division of Scientific Training & Continuous Studies,
National Authority for Remote Sensing & Space Sciences,
Cairo, Egypt.
Unit UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre
Scandinavian countries, Denmark, Germany,
Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Latvia,
Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Czech Republic,
Antoni Perez Navaro, Associate Professor at Universitat
Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) Computer Sciences and
Multimedia Department
Portugal, Spain, France, U.K., Ireland, Iceland,
Luxemburg, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary,
The Balkans.
Emma Strong, GIS Coordinator with Southern Mississippi
Planning and Development District
North and Central America
South America
Production Designer
Nikos Voudrislis, MSc, PhD in geography education.
Design and final formation of the newsletter
Editorial Board
GeoForAll Regional Chairs
and Contact Information
North America Region
Chairs: Helena Mitasova (USA), Charles Schweik
(USA), Phillip Davis (USA) Subscribe at mail list
Email: na.gfa.chair@osgeo.org
South America Region
Chairs: Sergio Acosta y Lara (Uruguay) and Silvana
Camboim (Brazil) Subscribe at mail list
Email: sa.gfa.chair@osgeo.org
Africa Region
Chairs: Rania Elsayed Ibrahim (Egypt), Serena
Coetzee (South Africa) and Bridget Fleming (South
Africa) Subscribe at mail list
Email: africa.gfa.chair@osgeo.org
Asia Region (including Australia)
Chairs: Tuong Thuy Vu (Malaysia/Vietnam) and
Venkatesh Raghavan (Japan/India) Subscribe at
maillist http://lists.osgeo.org/cgi-
Email: asia.gfa.chair@osgeo.org
Europe Region
Chairs: Maria Brovelli (Italy) and Peter Mooney
(Ireland) Subscribe at mail list
Email: eu.gfa.chair@osgeo.org
GeoForAll Themes
OpenCity Smart
Chairs: Chris Pettit (Australia), Patrick Hogan
Mail list: http://lists.osgeo.org/cgi-bin/
Teacher Training & School Education
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(Poland), Nikos Lambrinos (Greece)
Mail list: geoforall-teachertraining@lists.
GeoForAll (GeoParaTodos) Themes in
Chairs: Sergio Acosta y Lara (Uruguay), Antoni
Mail list: Spanish : geoforall-spanish@
Chairs: Peter Mooney (Ireland) and Maria
Brovelli (Italy)
Mail list: https://lists.osgeo.org/cgi-
Chairs: Didier Leibovici (U.K.) and Nobusuke
Iwasaki (Japan)
Mail list: https://lists.osgeo.org/cgi-
Website: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Agrigis
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Richard Smith (Assistant Professor and Program
Coordinator of GISc/GSEN) said:
to update the labs to match the latest versions of
QGIS, GRASS, and Inkscape, as well as releasing
related lecture materials. Combined, the
GeoAcademy curriculum offers five college-level
courses of content, all Creative Commons licensed
and freely available to all who wish to use it. As an
example of recent use, the GeoAcademy curriculum is
being used as the inaugural curriculum for the UN
Open GIS Initiative where we are currently teaching
our third cohort of students and will be teaching the
fourth and final cohort starting in December.
Students at the Spatial {Query} Lab worked hard to
get the curriculum updated to QGIS 2.14 for the
course and are thrilled that their work is having an
immediate benefit and being used by the UN Open
GIS Initiative. The beauty of maintaining this type of
open curriculum is seeing its adoption, use, and
collaborations that are taking place. Another project
we are working on at the Spatial {Query} Lab is our
map scanning project
where we are scanning, cataloging, transcribing, and
rectifying tens of thousands of historic maps from
South Texas (we occasionally blog about interesting
things we find as we scan them at:
public, for free, starting in Spring 2017. Something we
are particularly proud of is the software we wrote to
operationalize our scanning project, BandoCat, has
been so useful to us, and, as we have demonstrated it
to others, looks to be potentially useful for them, we
are going to be open sourcing the BandoCat software
beginning in Spring 2017 in the hopes that it can be
useful to others who are looking at digitizing hard
Thank you Richard for these excellent updates from
your lab. This is truly amazing work you and
colleagues are doing.
On behalf of the GeoForAll community, we thank
Richard Smith and all colleagues the Texas A&M
University - Corpus Christi, USA, for their help and for
their contributions to the GeoForAll initiative, and we
look forward to working and building more
collaborations with all interested on this education
mission. We believe in empowering people with
spatial decision making tools to help build a better
society for all of humanity. Open principles in
geoeducation (open educational resources, free and
open software, open data, open standards, etc.) are
key for true empowerment of staff and students
globally and making geospatial education and
opportunities accessible to all. Access to quality
education and opportunities is key for getting rid of
extreme poverty and enabling broadly shared
prosperity for all.
Millions of globally connected minds working
together on the common mission of enabling Open
Education opportunities for everyone will be key for
making these developments possible. An idea whose
time has come is the most powerful force in the
universe, and the time for "Access to quality
education opportunities for everyone" has arrived.
We look forward to working and building
collaborations with all interested in this education
Happy Year of Open 2017.
Best wishes,
Suchith Anand
[2] http://www.spatialquerylab.com
[3] http://gisc.tamucc.edu
B) GeoAmbassador of the
Dr. Mark Ware
By Suchith Anand
Nottingham Geospatial
Institute, University of
Nottingham, UK
Dear colleagues,
It is my great pleasure to introduce Dr. Mark Ware of
the University of South Wales, UK, as our
GeoAmbassador of the month. Mark is a Reader in
GIS at the University of South Wales. His research
interests include
automated map
generalization, GIS-based
optimization algorithms,
GIS for disaster
management, spatial data
structures, and Open
Source GIS. He has
studied, researched, and
worked in GIS since 1989.
During that time, he has been involved in many GIS
teaching, research, and consultancy projects with
partners that include BECTA, Ordnance Survey, BGS,
MULRI, Environment Agency, West Coast Energy, and
Admiral. Mark regularly presents research results in
the academic literature and enjoys attending and
presenting at conferences.
University of South Wales (previously the University
of Glamorgan) has been active in the fields of GIS
education and research for over 30 years. Most of this
activity is carried ou
Unit (http://gis.research.southwales.ac.uk/), which is
currently led by Prof Gary Higgs. The unit has always
been based in a computing department; it is currently
part of the School of Computing and Mathematics.
This has meant that much of its teaching and research
has looked at GIS from a computing perspective.
Mark was key lead in helping establish the first Open
Source Geospatial lab in Wales when in November
2013 the unit joined GeoForAll, and it became the
first Open Source Geospatial lab in Wales.
Mark Ware provided the following updates on FOSS
GIS and Teaching at USW
GIS is taught at both undergraduate and post-
graduate level; USW is proud to have delivered one of
       
GIS. Traditionally, our teaching has made extensive
use of proprietary software. While still using this
software on some of our modules, in recent years
FOSS has played a significant role in our delivery. At
undergraduate level, QGIS is used extensively as a
means of introducing first-year mainstream
computing students to the world of GIS. The fact that
the software is readily and freely available for
download and installation make it an attractive
option. Students almost always like the subject we
try our best to make their studies as interesting and
relevant as possible. This is achieved by emphasising
the computing aspects (such as discussing underlying
algorithms, talking about and demonstrating the
ability to create plugins, and emphasising good data
modelling and design) and by the use of data sets and
example applications that are local (this is facilitated
to a large extent by access to open data products
such as OSM and https://data.police.uk/). Second
and third year students have dedicated modules in
which they can learn about spatial databases
(PostgresSQL/PostGIS) and web mapping (GeoServer,
OpenLayers, and Leaflet); the emphasis here is on the
design, implementation, deployment, and
administration of systems, rather than simply their
use and application. Our post-graduate teaching
places more importance on the applications of GIS,
with modules often being taken by students from
courses in other academic subject areas (including
geography, environmental studies, and BIM); QGIS is
again the primary software used. The group also has
experience of delivering short courses in GIS to local
businesses and organisations. The most recent of
these, which took place at USW in June 2016, was a
free Introduction to GIS course. This was organised
and sponsored by WISERD
(http://www.wiserd.ac.uk/) and focused on the use of
QGIS and freely available socio-economic data sets.
-track record in GIS research, with
notable success in various areas, including:
automated cartographic design (map generalization
and label placement), terrain modelling, data
compression, accessibility modelling, and population
estimation modelling. Here are some examples of
some of our more recent projects, each of which
involves the development or application of open-
source solutions:
        
involved the design and implementation of an online
geoportal, the main function of which is to enhance
the ability of researchers to search for and find socio-
economic research data relating to Wales. The aim is
to encourage collaborative research and re-use of
data. This work was carried out as part of our
involvement with The Wales Institute of Socio-
Economic Research, Data and Methods
(http://www.wiserd.ac.uk/). The portal was built
using various open-source technologies, including
PostgresSQL, PostGIS, GeoServer, Apache,
OpenLayers and GeoExt. It was developed by Dr
Richard Fry (now at Swansea University, UK) and Dr
Rob Berry (now at the Countryside and Community
Research Institute, UK).
   
has considered ways
of improving crowdsourced mapping in developing
countries (particularly in East Africa) for the purposes
of disaster preparedness. In many developing
countries, maps of vulnerable region tend to be low
resolution and/or not up to date. There are many
examples of crowdsourced mapping initiatives that
have taken place after a disaster has occured, but the
geographic information becomes available perhaps
days or weeks later. By populating digitals map before
a potential disaster, various advantages may be
gained, including the information being available at
the outset of disaster response. The project focused
specifically on the Mbale region of Uganda, with
which USW has close links. At the beginning of the
study, the region was poorly mapped. Early in the
project, its main investigator, Dr Dave Farthing, ran
several courses in Mbale to train locals in the use of
GIS and GPS for data gathering and data analysis (see
image below). The project identified competing
factors that either inspire/discourage communities
to/from adopting and using mapping technologies.
The main output from the project is a new model
(called the TASUT model) for encouraging technology
acceptance and sustained use in the context of digital
mapping in developing countries, together with an
accompanying set of detailed guidelines for its
application. These guidelines suggest (along with
many other things) that appropriate training, the use
of free open-source GIS, the adoption of standard
data formats and making GI available under an open
or Creative Commons license are all key to promoting
the initial acceptance and then sustained use of
mapping technologies. The hope is that we can make
apply, and further develop, the TASUT model and its
guidelines in future mapping/GIS projects please get
in touch if you are interested in collaborating!
       
undertaken by Jon Britton and supervised by Dave
Kidner) has considered the problem of spatial data
processing on the web using open standards and
open source software. To date the work has produced
a detailed specification for a generic web-based GIS
client application able to access data and processes
provided by standard geospatial services. This
specification has been used to develop a prototype
browser-based GIS application based on existing
open-source software. The prototype, named
SmartWPS, can integrate data from standard sources,
such as WFS, WCS and WMS, and process this data
Geo for All is committed to working toward the
vision of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development for building a better world
for everyone [1]. Open Education is the simple and
  
good and that technology in general and the internet
in particular provide an extraordinary opportunity for
everyone to share, use, and reuse knowledge.
Openness is key for true empowerment and
sustainability [2].
We are proud to honor Mark as our GeoAmbassodor
and we are extremely grateful for his contributions to
Geo For All.
Best wishes,
Suchith Anand
[1] http://icaci.org/maps-and-sustainable-
4. Conferences
January 2017
1. 22-25 January. Geospatial World Forum conference
at Hyderabad, India
2. 26-29 . FOSS4G-ASIA 2017 conference at
IIIT-Hyderabad, India.. Details at http://www.foss4g-
March 2017
3. 20-21 March: Global Forum for Innovations in
Agriculture (GFIA)
Deadline August 31st. Abu Dhabi National Exhibition
Centre, UAE. More details here
June 2017
4. 27-30: OSS4G Southern Africa overlap with
GeoforAll + SAGTA conference
Venue: Johannesburg South Africa
A draft programme is at
March 2017
5. 21 March: 1st International Workshop on Big Geo
Data Quality and Privacy (BIGQP 2017)
Venue: Venice, Italy
6. 21-24 March: EDBT/ICDT Joint Conference
Venue: Venice, Italy
April 2017
7. 23-28 April: European Geosciences Union General
Assembly 2017.
Venue: Vienna Austria
Important deadlines:
January 11, 2017 (13:00 CET): Deadline for Abstract
July 2017
8. 10-14 July: XVI Biennial IASC global conference
Practicing the Commons
Venue: Utrecht, the Netherlands.
North and Central America and the
February 2017
9.- North Carolina GIS Conference
March 2017
11.-The World Bank Land and Poverty
Conference 2017: Responsible Land Governance -
Toward an Evidence Based Approach
July 2017
11. 2-7 July: 28th International Cartographic
Conference (ICC) of the International Cartographic
Washington, DC, USA
August 2017
12. 14-19: FOSS4G Boston.
Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Registration and call for papers opens February 1
7. Training programs
GeoForAll educational inventory system, a place to
search and share educational materials:
10. New free and open
software, open data, etc.
1. Version 10.0 of the OSGeo-Live GIS software
collection has been released and can be downloaded
from: https://sourceforge.net/projects/osgeo-
Picking the right image for you:
osgeo-live iso: 3.9 GB
A Lubuntu based bootable image, which can be copied
to an 8 Gig USB thumb drive (faster and
recommended) or DVD (cheaper). It can also be used
to build a virtual machine from scratch.
osgeo-live-vm: 3.3 GB
This is a pre-made virtual machine (.vmdk), based on
osgeo-live, suitable for use in VirtualBox, VMWare,
KVM and other virtual machine applications. It has
been compressed using 7-Zip.
amd64 or i386 architecture
ISO images are available for recent amd64 hardware
(recommended) as well as older i386 hardware.
md5 checksum
You can use the md5 checksum to verify the image
downloaded successfully.
System Requirements
Minimum suggested system resources: 1 GB RAM (2
GB are better for trying Java based applications),
1GHz i386 or amd64 compatible CPU. No hard drive
required. Mac users will benefit from a 3-button USB
2. gvSIG 2.3 RC2 is now available:
3.       
MD5: 55de5fdf075c608d2d7b9348179ee649
4. SIG Open Source to edit in the web geographic
information, map.geowe.org
5. GeoServer 2.10.0: The GeoServer team is
delighted to announce the release of GeoServer 2.10.0
(http://geoserver.org/release/2.10.0/), which includes a
security fix, so please consider upgrading to 2.10.0 or
2.9.2 as soon as possible.
6. pgRouting Version 2.3.1
Bug fixes
Leaks on proposed max_flow functions
Regression error on pgr_trsp
Types discrepancy on pgr_createVerticesTable
Read the documentation of this release at
To see the full list of changes check the list of Git
commits on Github.
To see the issues closed by this release see the Git
closed issues on Github.
7. PostGIS2.3.1: The PostGIS development team is
happy to release PostGIS 2.3.1. This is best served
with pgRouting 2.3.1. As befits a patch release, the
focus is on bugs and breakages.
Docs PDF:
Doc Html:
11. Free Books,
educational materials, etc.
FOSS4G 2016: gvSIG Video recordings:
Free gvSIG Tutorial in English: Analyzing skatepark
location in New York city in relation with graffiti
cleaning complaints using gvSIG
        
     -
        
        
      
       
   
        
 
        
      
  -
      
    http://blog-
       
       
      
    
   
      
 
      
  -    
        
     
     
Free PDF downloads of introductory how-to guides
available here: http://monde-geospatial.com/10-
12. Articles
by Nikos Lambrinos, Chief Editor
Department of Primary Education, Aristotle
University of Thessaloniki, Greece
For those who would like to support this effort,
please send any abbreviations to the Chief Editor
AAG: Association of American Geographers
AGS: American Geographical Society
AM/FM: Automated Mapping/Facilities
ASPRS: American Society for Photogrammetry
and Remote Sensing
AURIN: Australian Urban Research
Infrastructure Network
BIM: Building Information Modelling
CAADP: Comprehensive African Agricultural
Development Programme
CAD: Computer Aided Design
CEOS: Committee on Earth Observation Satellites
CLGE: The Council of European Geodetic
COGO: Coordinate geometry
CRS: Coordinate Reference System
CSA: Canadian Space Agency
DAAC: Distributed Active Archive Center (of
DEM: Digital Elevation Model
DWG: Design file format
DXF: Drawing Interchange File
ECMWF: European Center for Medium range
Weather Forecasting
EOS: Earth Observation Science
EOSDIS: Earth Observing System and Data
Information System
EPSG: European Petrol Survey Group (used in
projection IDs)
ESA: European Space Agency
EUROGI: European Umbrella Organisation for
Geographic Information
EuroSDR: European Spatial Data Research
FOSS: Free and Open Source Software
FOSS4G: Free and Open Source Software For
GCP: Ground Control Point
GloFAS: Global Flood Awareness System
GNSS: Global Navigational Satellite System
GPS: Global Positioning System
GPX: GPS Exchange Format
HOT: Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
ICA: International Cartographic Association
ICSU-WDS: International Council for Science
World Data System
INSPIRE: Infrastructure for Spatial Information
in Europe
ISPRS: International Society for
Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
JAXA: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
KML: Keyhole Markup Language
LiDARL: Light Detection and Ranging
LOC: Local Organizing Committee
LOD: Level Of Detail
MoU: Memorandum of Understanding
NAD: North American Datum
NEPAD: NEw Partnership for African
NGA: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
OER: Open Educational Resources
OGC: Open Geospatial Consortium
OSGeo: Open Source Geospatial Foundation
OSM: OpenStreetMap
RCMRD: Regional Centre for Mapping of
Resources for Development
ROSHYDROMET: Russian Federal Service for
Hydrometeorologyand Enviromental Monitoring
RUFORUM: Regional Universities Forum for
capacity building in agriculture
SDI: Spatial Data Infrastructure
SQL: Structured Query Language
STISA 2024: Science Technology Innovation
Strategy for Africa
STSM: Short Term Scientific Missions
TIN: Triangulated Irregular Network
UAV: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
USGIF: United States Geospatial Intelligence
WCS: Web Coverage Service
WFS: Web Feature Service
WGCapD: Working Group on Capacity Building
and Data Democracy
WGS: World Geodetic System
WISERD: Wales Institute of Social & Economic
Research, Data & Methods
WMO: World Meteorological Organization
WMS: Web Map Service
WMTS: Web Map Tles Servises
WPS: Web Processing Service
17. Ideas / Information
1.  
      
2. We would like to welcome Center for Agricultural
Networking and Information Sharing, Nairobi, Kenya,
as our 114
member. Contact person is Kiringai
Kamau (kiringai@gmail.com).
3. On behalf of "GeoForAll", we would like to
welcome strong global participation for the fifth
edition of the NASA Europa challenge 2017. The aim
of this challenge is to inspire ideas for building great
applications that serves the INSPIRE Directive and
      
World Wind. Details at
This NASA challenge attracts the best minds to
develop their ideas covering a broad range of
domains from transportation to air quality to linked
data. Your challenge, simply build a great application
that serves some aspect of the OpenCitySmart design
w) and uses NASA's open source virtual globe
technology, WebWorldWind. By doing this you will
advance a platform that allows every city to win! This
challenge is open to all on our home planet. Details at
4. "Geo4All is now represented on twitter:
Twitter is a great tool to reach a wide audience to
spread the great work of the initiative. Please follow
us on Twitter"