Editorial
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Editorial 
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..4
2. 
B)  6
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6. .. 9
7. Training pr
8. Key research publications
9.
Funding opportunities
10. New free and open software,
1
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.
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. Articles 
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13. Scholarships for students
and staff 
14. Exchange programs for
students and staff
15. Awards
16. Web sites
.......... 14
18. Social contribution
Nikos Lambrinos
Chief Editor
Dept. of Primary Education
Aristotle Univ. of
Thessaloniki
Greece
Dear Members of the Network,
As you may have read in the previous
issue (February 2017), the Newsletter
was asking for a new co-editor to cover
part of the European region. That was
  -
    
offering her services to the Newsletter
due to a very loaded program in her
work. But, as she said, she will always
be with us, sending news and
information to the Newsletter.
From this point I would like to express
my sincere thanks to Ela for all she has
done so far for the Newsletter. She will
always be a valuable partner to the
Newsletter and to GeoForAll Action.
Her position did not stay empty for
long. We had two candidates who are
dedicated in Free and Open Source
Software, each from his/her own view.
Seraphim Alvanides
(s.alvanides@northumbria.ac.uk
) is an
urban social geographer, with expertise
in quantitative methods and
Geographical Information Systems and
Science.
He is appointed Reader with the
School of the Built and Natural
Environment at Northumbria
University, UK.
   -

     
  
  - 
    
   
   
 

     
     
  
    

     
  - 



     

    
     
     
 -   
    
    


    

       
  -  
    
-

     
     

     



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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

. of Geosystems and Technologies
Alexey Kolesnikov, Senior 
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.
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 Transporte y

sergio.acostaylara@mtop.gub.uy
South America
Co-editor
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
Production Designer
Nikos Voudrislis, MSc, PhD in geography education.
nvoudris@gmail.com
Design and final formation of the newsletter
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Chairs: Peter Mooney (Ireland) and Maria
Brovelli (Italy)
Mail list: https://lists.osgeo.org/cgi-
bin/mailman/listinfo/geoforall-geocrowd
Website:
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Geocrowdsourcing_Citi
zenScience_FOSS4G
AgriGIS
Chairs: Didier Leibovici (U.K.) and Nobusuke
Iwasaki (Japan)
Mail list: https://lists.osgeo.org/cgi-
bin/mailman/listinfo/geoforall-agrigis
Website: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Agrigis
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1. Activities of the
Network
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/OttawaOSGeo/).
Currently, nearly 800 million people struggle
with debilitating hunger and malnutrition and
can be found in every corner of the globe. That is
one in every nine people, with the majority being
women and children. The Global Open Data for
Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)
[https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/genius/docume
nts/godan-uon-intro.pdf] supports the proactive
sharing of open data to make information about
agriculture and nutrition available, accessible,
and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of
ensuring world food security. A core principle
behind GODAN is that a solution to Zero Hunger
lies within existing, but often unavailable,
agriculture and nutrition data.
The Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs,
CABI, GODAN, CTA, and Wageningen UR
partnered to organise the 3rd Workshop on
Creating Impacts with Open Data in Agriculture
and Nutrition
[https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/genius/docume
nts/godan-uon-intro.pdf]. The workshop was
hosted at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the
Hague in February, 13-15. Suchith Anand kindly
shares the ideas that he presented for the
GODAN Capacity Development WG
[http://www.godan.info/working-
groups/capacity-development] at the Hague
meeting.
Details at
https://www.slideshare.net/SuchithAnand/goda
n-working-group-on-capacity-development
Anyone interested to join the GODAN WG on
Capacity Development and contribute to
education and training on Open Data in food and
agricultural sciences is welcome. This is open and
free to all interested. Join at
https://dgroups.org/fao/godan_cd
2. A) Lab of the Month
GEOlab , Politecnico di Milano, Italy
By Suchith Anand
Dear Geo4All Colleagues,


    
    .
GEOlab   - -
      
   
    

     
    

Fig 1 – Polimappers @ GEOlab
       
        
     -
     
    -
       
       

      
    
Suchith Anand,
Nottingham Geospatial
Institute, University of
Nottingham, UK
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      

Fig 2 – FOSS4G-Europe participants
       
       

      
       
       
     
    
    
    
    
    
     
   
   -
    

       
   -   -
      
      
       
     

     
      
      
      

      -
--
GEOlab is active in many other fields. Over the last
couple of years, a number of humanitarian
mapathons were organized by the GEOlab staff
thanks to the links with HOT, e.g. for the OSM
GeoWeek 2015 and 2016 and after the earthquakes
in Nepal and Ecuador. A very special and successful
mapathon with more than 200 ten-year-old children
was held in March 2016; see this post on HOT's blog.
(see Fig 3 and 4).
Fig 3 - Kids Map Swaziland for Malaria Elimination
Fig 4 - Kids Map Swaziland for Malaria Elimination

      

       

       
      





         
       
     

 
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        


     
     
  
      
      
       
      

       






B) GeoAmbassador of the
Month
Dr. Tuong-Thuy Vu
Dear colleagues,
It is my great pleasure to introduce our excellent
colleague Dr. Tuong-Thuy Vu as our GeoAmbassador.
Dr. Tuong-Thuy Vu is an Associate Professor of the
School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences,
University of Nottingham, Malaysia campus (UNMC).
A geospatial scientist by training and research, Dr. Vu
has over 15 years research and teaching experiences
across Eurasia. He obtained his Master and PhD from
Asian Institute of Technology in 2000 and 2003,
respectively, and started exploring open-source tools
at the early stage. After his PhD, he worked as a
research scientist at Earthquake Disaster Mitigation
Research Center, Kobe, Japan, (2003-2006) before
joining Chiba University as a postdoctoral researcher
in 2006-2007. In both places, he focused on the
employment of geospatial technologies in disaster
mitigation and management. He then joined the GEO
Grid team of National Institute of Advanced Industrial
Science and Technology (AIST) Japan, to further
expand the research onto a high-performance
computing platform. In 2008, he went back to
university to develop his academic career at
Geoinformatics Division, Royal Institute of
Technology, Sweden. In early 2011, he took the
position at University of Nottingham, Malaysia
campus and assisted the establishment of the School
of Geography and new MSc programmes at the
campus.
In late 2011, he established his OSGEO research lab
(OSGEO.UNMC) [1], the first-of-its-kind in Southeast
Asia, and soon became among the first members of
GeoForAll. OSGEO.UNMC aims at promoting open-
source philosophy in education and research on
geospatial science. The team developed the material
to fully deploy OSGEO tools in teaching at the
postgraduate level and introduced them as an
alternative tool for undergraduate students doing
their final year project. In teaching and learning, the
OSGEO.UNMC team promotes not only using open-
source tools, but also instructing a new way of open
learning, including an open-mind, freedom, sharing,
and collaboration. There is a certain improvement of
geospatial knowledge and skills for students when
moving to an open-source way, especially the
confidence to try any available tools to address a
specific issue.
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Fig. 1. AgriGIS 2012
OSGEO.UNMC has been working very closely with the
Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI) team from the
beginning. Together, we organised the AgriGIS 2012
(Figure 1), bringing together researchers and
practitioners in agriculture and geospatial science. It
was the first public event to broadcast the name of
OSGEO.UNMC to the region. In addition to presenting
at many public events, conventions, and conferences
to introduce OSGEO and open geospatial science, Dr.
Vu coordinated the establishment of the OSGEO
Malaysia chapter (Figure 2). He also leads the team
organising a series of training to the public (Figure 3)
[2] [3]. In 2017, he is planning to assist the
establishment of two new OSGEO labs in Vietnam
universities.
Fig. 2 OSGeo Malaysia
OSGEO.UNMC is developing its strong research
activities on geobig data analytics. The team was
awarded good national and international funding to
work on remote sensing data fusion, change
detection, image analysis services, and crowd-sourced
data quality.
Fig. 3. Training the public
In collaboration with its partners, OSGEO.UNMC
promotes open geospatial science via collaborative
research projects like urban construction
management, urban green space, megafauna index
mapping, and agricultural management.
Geo for All is a worldwide movement that provides
immediate benefit to the world. 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 future generations. We are proud to
honour Thuy as our GeoAmbassodor, and we are
extremely grateful for his contributions to Geo for All.
Thuy is a great ambassador for Open Geospatial
Science globally.
I am grateful for this opportunity of introducing some
of our amazing colleagues from different parts of our
world each month as our GeoAmbassadors and get
inspired by their amazing work and contributions for
the wider community.



-

--

-----
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3. Events
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/Knoxfoss4g20170519
4. Conferences
Asia
March 2017
1. 20-21 March: Global Forum for Innovations in
Agriculture (GFIA)
Deadline August 31
st
. Abu Dhabi National Exhibition
Centre, UAE.
September 2017
2. -     


Africa
June 2017
3. -
The OSGeo Africa chapter and the QGIS South Africa
User Group Conference invite you to participate and
present at the first regional FOSS4G event in Africa
and the first national QGIS User Group Conference in
South Africa.

Important dates:




     



4. -      


Europe
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
May 2017
8. -
Netherlands.
June 2017
9.-


        


    
       
         

10-

July 2017
11. 10-14 July: XVI Biennial IASC global conference
Practicing the Commons
Venue: Utrecht, the Netherlands.
12.-July

---
   -     
       
9
      
      
     
     
  -  
       - 
  -   
     
      
      

       
       
      
      







September 2017
13.-
North and Central America and the
Caribbean
March 2017
14.-The World Bank Land and Poverty
Conference 2017: Responsible Land Governance -
Toward an Evidence Based Approach

May 2017
15.

16.-
Venue: Oakland, California, USA
July 2017
17. 2-7 July: 28th International Cartographic
Conference (ICC) of the International Cartographic
Association.
Washington, DC, USA

  Different Fields - One Cartography
organized within the activities before the 28th
International Cartographic Conference of the
International Cartographic Association (ICA).
August 2017
18. 14-19 August: FOSS4G Boston.
Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
September 2017
19. -    
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
October 2017
20. -     


6. Courses
       

---
----
    
     

        

       
       


     

      
     
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

    
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
      

      
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
     


   
      
    
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         
     

  
 


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
        -
    
       
        
       
     -  
       
       

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       
     - 

 

      
-



       

        

       


       
       

        
      
   
   
    


--
-----
--
Syllabus
Module 1. The global challenges around food






Module 2. Agriculture at the center of sustainable
development

--

Module 3. Food systems for nutritional security and
better health




-

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Module 4. Sustainable intensification of agricultural
systems – Part 1






Module 5. Sustainable intensification of agricultural
systems – Part 2





Module 6: Rural development for poverty alleviation






Module 7: Action for change





7. Training programs
GeoForAll educational inventory system, a
place to search and share educational materials
Over the first week of January 2017, a group
of 60 secondary school students gathered at Marian
University College, Bagamoyo, for a ground-breaking
training session, the Science Technology Engineering
and Mathematics (STEM) Youth Boot Camp,
organised by Projekt Inspire in collaboration with the
Ramani Huria team. These students, hailing from
different regions of Tanzania (Dar es Salaam, Moshi,
Arusha, Mbeya, to name a few), were there to be
introduced to GIS and web mapping.
More details at https://hotosm.org/updates/2017-01-
26_ramani_huria_trains_secondary_school_students
_during_stem_boot_camp
10. New free and open
software, open data, etc.

https://www.geospatialworld.net/google-earth-
enterprise-open-source-github/
11. Free Books,
educational materials,
etc.
Spanish free book about spatial analysis:
https://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/libro?codigo=6672
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A new free book in Spanish about dealing
with satellite images and how to orto-rectificate
them.
http://www.tysmagazine.com/ortorrectificacion-
imagenes-satelitales-landsat/
Another free book in Spanish. The book
exposes examples of the vast potential of
geoinformatics, to generate data that allow to
transform the environmental and social reality from
the trenches of classrooms and university work.
http://www.tysmagazine.com/libro-gratuito-
geoinformatica-aplicada-procesos-geoambientales/
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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
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
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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
MIGRATE an open source
application to educate and raise
awareness about migration in
Europe
Dr. Marco Minghini-


        

      
      
      
        
      
       
      
       

       
      
        
      

        
      


      
     
        



       


Figure 1. MIGRATE open source architecture.

        
  -

-       
-
        
    
      

   
        

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-
        
        
     
       





     

   










13. Scholarships for
students and staff

     

      

     

    

      
       

     
     
      
    


   
   
       
      

17. Ideas / Information
1.
      



YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL1E2akvCNWP
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2. Dr. Gaurav Aggarwal is Public Health Specialist &
Anti Malaria Officer at National Vector Borne Disease
Control Programme (NVBDCP) in India. He is doing
excellent work in HealthGIS. Gaurav has promptly
established Open Source GIS in Chandigarh and
expands capacity building in HealthGIS across India.
He and his colleagues are very welcome to GeoforAll.
3. For those who would like to do a webinar about
FOSS4G for GeoFor All, Rafael Moreno-sanchez
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(Rafael.Moreno@ucdenver.edu ) collects new
proposals.
         








      




    







       
    
     
      
     
      


      
        

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
      
    
     
    
       
  
  -    
     

   
      
     
      
   
       

 A message from Patrick Hogan
regarding the OpenCitySmart Initiative

       
-
        

     
        






   
-





       

      
      
       

       
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     

   
-----
--------
---