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Editorial
..

2.
A) Lab of the month............ 4
B)
GeoAmbassador .
5
3
.
Events ………………………… 7
 7

6.
...
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7. Training pr
8.
Key research publications
9.
Funding opportunities
10. Free and open software,
open ..
11
. 8
12. ......... 8
13. Scholarships for students
and staff 1
14. Exchange programs for
students and staff
15. Awards
16. Web sites
17. Ideas .......... 11
18. Social contribution
   
    
      
    

 
    
    
     
     
    
    
  
    
     
     

     
    
    
    
       
   
   

    
   
   


    

-


Ottawa, Ontario, OSGeo Meetup
Group
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.
(http://www.meetup.com/Ottawa
OSGeo/).
Thanks to David Alvarez from
ASPRS for putting together this
webinar.
Friday January 27, 2017 5:00 PM
(GMT) - Open Source Statewide
Lidar Visualization in Web
Browsers. Howard Butler
Abstract:
The sophisticated 3D capabilities
of modern web browsers can
deliver visualization and
interaction of large scale point
clouds. Presenter, Howard Butler,
describes open source software
that enables browser-based
interaction of large scale point
cloud collections.
1. Activities of the
Network
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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
labrinos@eled.auth.gr
Oceania
Co-editor
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.
Co-editors


Geosystems and Technologies
Alexey Kolesnikov, 

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.
Co-editor
Rania Elsayed ,
Computers & Information Researcher,
Division of Scientific Training & Continuous Studies,
National Authority for Remote Sensing & Space Sciences,
Cairo, Egypt.
ranyaalsayed@gmail.com
Africa
Co-editor
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
Co-editor
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.
Co-editor
Emma Strong, GIS Coordinator with Southern Mississippi
Planning and Development District
eestrong118@gmail.com
North and Central America
Co-editor

 de

sergio.acostaylara@mtop.gub.uy
South America
Production Designer
Nikos Voudrislis, MSc, PhD in geography education.
nvoudris@gmail.com
Design and final formation of the newsletter
Editorial Board
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GeoForAll Regional Chairs
and Contact Information
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OpenCity Smart
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Teacher Training & School Education
  -
(Poland), Nikos Lambrinos (Greece)
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osgeo.org
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http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/GeoForAll_TeacherTrai
ning_SchoolEducation
GeoForAll (GeoParaTodos) Themes in
Spanish
Chairs: Sergio Acosta y Lara (Uruguay), Antoni

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zenScience_FOSS4G
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Iwasaki (Japan)
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2. Lab of the Month
Open Source Geospatial Lab,
Belgrade, Serbia
By Suchith Anand
Dear Geo4All Colleagues,
It is my great pleasure, to introduce 

       
     
       


       

     
       

 
     
      


        

         
        
       
      
     
      

        
     

      
      
istSOS
-
--
 
       
     
       -
       -
      
      

     
      
       
     

      
        
      
      
     
   -
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
    open source 

The purpose of the work within the Serbian research
data portal is to establish a ‘local node’ for the DRDSI
in Serbia and to explore how this approach could be
adopted by key actors in the country. This work
created a ready and sustained means to harvest
metadata using an Open Data approach, based on the
technologies used by the DRDSI platform. In addition,
it acts as a demonstrator for other organisations to
share data by documenting the approach and
experience gained, creating further content for the
DRDSI Platform.    
-
       

Suchith Anand,
Nottingham Geospatial
Institute, University of
Nottingham, UK
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     
      

    
     

 -   
    
  
Spatial Statistics
  -  
     
 


    -

OSGL Belgrade core team from left: Nemanja
Branisavljevic, Dragutin Protic, Branislav Bajat, Milan
KIlibarda, Ognjen Antonijevic, Luka Glusica, Aleksandar
Sekulic

      
       

  

       
       
      



B) GeoAmbassador of the
Month
Dr. Rafael Moreno-Sanchez
By Suchith Anand
Nottingham Geospatial
Institute, University of
Nottingham, UK
Dear colleagues,
It is my great pleasure to introduce Dr. Rafael
Moreno-Sanchez as our GeoAmbassador. Rafael is
currently working at the Department of Geography
and Environmental Sciences at the University of
Colorado Denver, USA. He has a bachelor degree in
forestry from the Chapingo Autonomous University in
Mexico. He received his Ph.D. in Natural Resources
Management from Colorado State University in the
USA. Before joining academia full time in 1996, he
was a researcher for the National Institute for Forest,
Livestock, and Agriculture Research (INIFAP) in
Mexico; Director of the National Center for
Disciplinary Research in Conservation and
Improvement of Forest Ecosystems INIFAP (Mexico);
and Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Organization of
American States, SEMARNAP, in collaboration with
the University of Western Ontario (Canada). He has
been teaching full time since 1996 in the areas of
natural resources management, sustainable
development, and geographic information science
and technology. He is currently in the Department of
Geography and Environmental Sciences at the
University of Colorado Denver.
Dr. Rafael Moreno-Sanchez
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
        
     
    
-
       

    
      
       
 
           
       
    
       
        
  


      

Activities at FOSS4G lab, UC Denver

      

  
        
       



Geo for All is a worldwide   
 

  Vision 2030 for Open Geospatial Science 
        
      
  We aim to create openness in Geo
Education for developing creative and open minds in
students which is critical for building open
innovation and contributes to building up Open
Knowledge for the benefit of the whole society and
for our future generations.
       
     
   








---------
--
[4]
http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/06/open-
consultation-on-the-vision-2030-for-open-geospatial-
science/
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3. Events
An OSGeo code sprint is going on from
February 6 through 10 in Daytona, Florida, USA.
More details available here:
https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Daytona_Beach_Co
de_Sprint_2017
There will be a Free and Open Source GIS one
day meeting happening in Knoxville, TN, USA,
on 19 May 2017 at the University of Tennessee
in Knoxville. More information available here:
https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Knoxfoss4g201705
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4. Conferences
Asia
March 2017
1. 20-21 March: Global Forum for Innovations in
Agriculture (GFIA)
Deadline August 31st. Abu Dhabi National Exhibition
Centre, UAE. More details here
Africa
June 2017
2. 27-30: OSS4G Southern Africa overlap with
GeoforAll + SAGTA conference
Venue: Johannesburg South Africa
A draft programme is at
https://qgis.org.za/events/foss4g-southern-africa-
and-qgis-user-group-conference/
Europe
March 2017
3. 21 March: 1st International Workshop on Big Geo
Data Quality and Privacy (BIGQP 2017)
Venue: Venice, Italy
http://www-etis.ensea.fr/BigGeoQ-UP/BIGQP2017
4. 21-24 March: EDBT/ICDT Joint Conference
Venue: Venice, Italy
http://edbticdt2017.unive.it/
April 2017
5. 23-28 April: European Geosciences Union General
Assembly 2017.
Venue: Vienna Austria
July 2017
6. 10-14 July: XVI Biennial IASC global conference
Practicing the Commons
Venue: Utrecht, the Netherlands.
North and Central America and the
Caribbean
February 2017
7.- North Carolina GIS Conference

March 2017
8.-The World Bank Land and Poverty
Conference 2017: Responsible Land Governance -
Toward an Evidence Based Approach

July 2017
9. 2-7 July: 28th International Cartographic
Conference (ICC) of the International Cartographic
Association.
Washington, DC, USA
August 2017
10. 14-19: FOSS4G Boston.
Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Registration and call for papers opens February 1
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6. Courses
A free course in Spanish for introduction to
cooperation to development:
https://formacion.isf.es/curso/introduccion-los-
sig-para-la-cooperacion-al-desarrollo/
7. Training programs
GeoForAll educational inventory system, a place to
search and share educational materials:
http://www.osgeo.org/educational_content
10. New free and open
software, open data, etc.
         
      


http://download.osgeo.org/postgis/source/postgis
-2.2.5.tar.gz

http://download.osgeo.org/postgis/docs/doc-
html-2.2.5.tar.gz

http://download.osgeo.org/postgis/docs/postgis-
2.2.5.pdf

http://download.osgeo.org/postgis/docs/postgis-
2.2.5.epub

https://svn.osgeo.org/postgis/tags/2.2.5/ChangeL
og
        
http://postgis.net/support
11. Free Books,
educational materials, etc.
Free PDF downloads of introductory how-to guides

available here: http://monde-geospatial.com/10-
geospatial-e-books-for-dummies-to-download/
Spanish free book about spatial analysis:
https://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/libro?codigo=66
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12. Articles
Abbreviations
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
(labrinos@eled.auth.gr).
AAG: Association of American Geographers
AGS: American Geographical Society
AM/FM: Automated Mapping/Facilities
Management
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
Surveyors
COGO: Coordinate geometry
CRS: Coordinate Reference System
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CSA: Canadian Space Agency
DAAC: Distributed Active Archive Center (of
NASA)
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
Geospatial
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
Development
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
Foundation
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
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DeepVGI Deep Learning
Volunteered Geographic Information
- Combining OpenStreetMap,
MapSwipe, and Remote Sensing
by Dr. Alexander Zepft, Professor Institute of
Geography, Chair of GIScience (Geoinformatics),
Department of Geography, Heidelberg University,
Germany
    
     
     

     
      
        
     

          
    
     
      
       
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
      

        
     
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
    


      
      
     
     
     
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
      
   -  
   -   
-



      
     

      
     

        
     


Figure 2 shows the overall Research Framework of DeepVGI


      
     
     
       

-

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
     

      
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       
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       
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1. 
      

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        
     
    


      
      
    
          
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      
      
       
      -
     -

      
        
      
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       
    
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      
 

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     
-        
-
     
    
    
 
     
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Suchith.Anand@nottingham.ac.uk
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
    
      
    
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          
     -
Rafael.Moreno@ucdenver.edu  
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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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