1. Activities of the
Network
Table of Contents
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
..1
2.

B) 
3
. 4
4. Conferen5
5.

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. 
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. Training pr
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8. 
9.

10. New free and open software,
....... 6
11.
...
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. ........
6
13. Scholarships for students
and staff .......... 8
14. Exchange programs for
students and staff
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. 
16.

.......... 10
18. Social contribution
2. B) GeoAmbassador
of the Month
Professor Charlie Schweik
   


   





   
 
 


   
   
     
    
   





Geospatial
Institute, University of
Nottingham, UK

    

    
   

    
   
  


    
     
   
     

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Please refer to the appropriate person according to the following table:
Nikos Lambrinos, Professor, Dept. of Primary Education,
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
President of the Hellenic digital earth Centre of Excellence
labrinos@eled.auth.gr
Oceania
Rizwan Bulbul, Assistant Professor of GIScience
Head of Geospatial Research and Education Lab
Department of Space Science, Institute of Space Technology,
Islamabad, Pakistan
bulbul@grel.ist.edu.pk
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.
Pavel Kikin, Senio
. of Geosystems and Technologies
Alexey Kolesnikov, 
and  of Geosystems and Technologies
it-technologies@yandex.ru
Russia, Mongolia, China, Japan, S. Korea,
Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar,
Cambodia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia,
Philippines, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan
and Kyrgyzstan.
Rania Elsayed , Computers & Information Researcher, Division of
Scientific Training & Continuous Studies, National Authority for
Remote Sensing & Space Sciences, Cairo, Egypt.
ranyaalsayed@gmail.com
Africa
Seraphim Alvanides, Reader (Geographical Information Science)
Northumbria University, Newcastle NE1 8ST, United Kingdom.
s.alvanides@gmail.com
Scandinavian countries, Denmark, Germany,
Austria, Switzerland, UK, Ireland, Iceland
Antoni Perez Navaro, Associate Professor at Universitat Oberta
de Catalunya (UOC) Computer Sciences and Multimedia
Department
aperezn@uoc.edu
Italy, Malta, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, The
Netherlands, Luxemburg.
Emma Strong, Planner with the City of Gulfport, Mississippi
eestrong118@gmail.com
North and Central America
Sergio Acosta Y L


sergio.acostaylara@mtop.gub.uy
South America
Codrina Ilie, PhD student at the Technical University of Civil
Engineering, Bucharest, Romania
The Balkans, Ukraine, Moldavia, Estonia,
Lithuania, Belarus, Latvia, Hungary, Czech
Republic, Slovakia
Nikos Voudrislis, MSc, PhD in geography education.
nvoudris@gmail.com
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Editorial Board
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Camboim (Brazil) 
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  -
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        
     
     
    


  --   
--   -
       
     



       

  

-
        
      
       

      
       
     
      


 
       
        
-
        
     

      
        
-     
      

      


      
      
         
--


      


        
       



       




 -     




3. Events


-
     

      
    
        


       


 

     
5
-

        

   
      
      
        
     

     
       


--
------

4. Conferences
Asia
December 2017
1.     
     


Europe
February 2018
2.--

April 2018
3.- - 


        

June 2018
4. -     


October 2018
5.-

North and Central America and the
Caribbean
March 2018
6. -     




May 2018
7. - 

  :    
      

Africa
April 2018
8.-



     

August 2018
9.-
-








September 2018
10. -


6
October 2018
11. -     


5. Webinars
-



-


         

7. Training programs
GeoForAll educational inventory system, a place to
search and share educational materials
10. New free and open
software, open data, etc.

     


   
  

    
 


   

---

   
   

-   
     

       


       
       


 
       
       
     
        

gvSIG Mobile:      
       

12. Articles
Abbreviations
by Nikos Lambrinos, Chief Editor, and Michael
Finn.
For those who would like to support this effort,
please send any abbreviations to the Chief Editor
(labrinos@eled.auth.gr).
3DEP: 3-D Elevation Program
AAG: Association of American Geographers
AGS: American Geographical Society
AM/FM: Automated Mapping/Facilities
Management
ASPRS: American Society for Photogrammetry
and Remote Sensing
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AURIN: Australian Urban Research
Infrastructure Network
BBSRC: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences
Research Council
BIM: Building Information Modelling
CAADP: Comprehensive African Agricultural
Development Programme
CAD: Computer Aided Design
CaGIS: Cartograhy and Geographic Information
Society
CEGIS: Center of Excellence for Geospatial
Information Science
CEOS: Committee on Earth Observation Satellites
CI: CyberInfrastructure
CLGE: The Council of European Geodetic
Surveyors
CODATA: Committee on Data for Science and
Technology
COGO: Coordinate geometry
CRS: Coordinate Reference System
CSA: Canadian Space Agency
CUDA: Compute Unified Device Architecture
DAAC: Distributed Active Archive Center (of
NASA)
DEM: Digital Elevation Model
DSM: Digital Surface Models
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
EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
EPSG: European Petrol Survey Group (used in
projection IDs)
ESA: European Space Agency
ESERO: European Space Education Resource
Office
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
Geospatial
GCP: Ground Control Point
GloFAS: Global Flood Awareness System
GNSS: Global Navigational Satellite System
GPS: Global Positioning System
GPX: GPS Exchange Format
GRASPgfs: Geospatial Resource for Agricultural
Species and Pests and Pathogens with
workflow integrated modeling to support
Global Food Security
HOT: Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
-

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
LiDAR: Light Detection and Ranging
LOC: Local Organizing Committee
LOD: Level Of Detail

MoU: Memorandum of Understanding
NAD: North American Datum
NCSA: National Center for Supercomputing
Applications
NED: National Elevation Dataset
NEPAD: NEw Partnership for African
Development
NGA: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
NHD: National Hydrologic Dataset
NLCD: National Land Cover Dataset
NSDI: National Spatial Data Infrastructure
NSF: National Science Foundation
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OER: Open Educational Resources
OGC: Open Geospatial Consortium
OSGeo: Open Source Geospatial Foundation
OSM: OpenStreetMap
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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
SaaS: Software as a Service
SDI: Spatial Data Infrastructure
SIGTE: The GIS and Remote Sensing Service of
the University of Girona, Spain
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
UN-GGIM: United Nations Global Geospatial
Information Management
USGS: U.S. Geological Survey
USGIF: United States Geospatial Intelligence
Foundation
VGI: Volunteered Geographic Information
XSEDE: Extreme Science and Engineering
Discovery Environment
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 Tiles Services
WOIS: Water Observation Information System
WPS: Web Processing Service
13. Scholarships for
students and staff
     

   

 -    
 -  
     
    
 
    
 
  
        
    
    

     

  

     
    
    
      
     

      
     
   
       
     
     
     
    -
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    
     
     
-
 
    
    
    
-  
      
  
  -- 


-
      
     
      
     
 
       
       
    

       

       
 
     
       

      
         
        
    
       

   
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       
    
       
      
    

-  
      
       
      
   

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      
      


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
      

    
     -
 -   
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


    
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      
     
    




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17. Ideas / Information
1. 
   

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2.      
-



       
 -     
      

    
    
       
   
    

     
     

     
       
     
        


      
     

     

       





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
   



-
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-

      

     

       
     
      

     
       
      
     

     


     -  

    
-
     

      - 

      

      

    

      

     

      
        
      
      
       
    


     
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
here
3.   gvSIG Mobile    

4.UniversityDays of gvSIG

        


        




       
    
        

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        
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        
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5.        

6.       
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        
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
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      
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  
   
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
      
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7. Dear colleagues,
On behalf of the Global Open Data for Agriculture and
Nutrition (GODAN) , I would like share the webinar


at https://youtu.be/u3t5HRBM7fw
Thanks to Chipo Jane Msengezi , Chris Addison and all
CTA colleagues for hosting GODAN webinars. I want
to thank Dr. Kenneth Mubea for his excellent
presentation and sharing ideas. 
to promote sustainable development using earth
-
governmental organization established in 1975
(Nairobi, Kenya) and currently has 20 Contracting
Member States in the Eastern and Southern Africa
Regions.
I had the opportunity to visit and share ideas
at RCMRD last year when RCMRD hosted the GODAN
AgriGIS ThinkTank and I was impressed to see their
excellent work and ideas making impact across Africa.
I was especially impressed by the initiative of RCMRD
for serving geospatial data to the Eastern and
Southern Africa region. SERVIR-Eastern and Southern
Africa developed a geoportal based on an open
source Content Management System for GIS
(GeoNode http://geonode.org ). The geoportal is
intended to be used as a regional Spatial Data
Infrastructure portal for Eastern and Southern Africa,
serving all RCMRD member states. It will be linked to
other regional and country GIS data portals to
publicize it and enhance its usefulness within the
region.
Details at http://www.rcmrd.org/rcmrd-serving-
geospatial-data-to-the-eastern-and-southern-africa-
region
Best wishes,
Suchith