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Editorial 

..1
2. 
B)  6
3
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7
 7
5. 
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7. Training pr
8. Key research publications
9.
Funding opportunities
10. New free and open software,
.. 10
11.
..
10
12
. .......... 11
13. Scholarships for students
and staff 3
14. Exchange programs for
students and staff
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. 
16. 3
.......... 13
18. Social contribution
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/g
enius/documents/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/Suchit
hAnand/godan-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
New book on QGIS published by
Stamatis Kalogirou. It is a short e-
book titled "Create a thematic map
in 60 minutes: Examples with
QGIS". It will help those who have
never used QGIS before. Those
interested can find it at Amazon in
a very low price.
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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/).
Currently, nearly 800 million
people struggle with debilitating
hunger and malnutrition and can
be found in every corner of the
     
people, with the majority being
women and children. The Global
Open Data for Agriculture and
Nutrition (GODAN)
[https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/g
enius/documents/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
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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
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Alexey Kolesnikov, 
and  of Geosystems and Technologies
it-technologies@yandex.ru
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Rania Elsayed , Computers & Information Researcher, Division of
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Northumbria University, Newcastle NE1 8ST, United Kingdom.
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de Catalunya (UOC) Computer Sciences and Multimedia
Department
aperezn@uoc.edu
Italy, Malta, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, The
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North and Central America
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sergio.acostaylara@mtop.gub.uy
South America
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Codrina Ilie, PhD student at the Technical University of Civil
Engineering, Bucharest, Romania
The Balkans, Ukraine, Moldavia, Estonia,
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Suchith Anand participated at the Research Data
Alliance Geospatial IG meetings in Barcelona, April
3-7, 2017. The meeting was about building ideas
for the global research agenda for Geospatial Data
Science
(http://www.geoconnexion.com/uploads/publicati
on_pdfs/uk_v15i18-058-059-Op951AF3.pdf,
http://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijgi/special_issues/
science-applications,
https://www.devex.com/news/how-nasa-and-the-
un-are-using-location-intelligence-to-build-smart-
cities-in-developing-countries-89721). Overview
slides at https://www.rd-
alliance.org/sites/default/files/attachment/Geosp
atialIG__P9.pdf.
The full list of slides of all presentations are at
https://www.rd-alliance.org/ig-geospatial-rda-9th-
plenary-meeting .
Let's stop plastic going into the ocean.
A web-based litter-mapping game to generate
Open Data for a healthier planet.
https://openlittermap.com/   
seanlynch@umail.ucc.ie )
If you would like to become an expert litter-
mapping Citizen Scientist on the OpenLitterMap
platform, please watch this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E0c5TIYzNI
All data is free to view and download by anyone to
fix the problems of plastic pollution.
If you would like to create your own Open Litter
Maps with QGIS, you can read the methodology in
M.Sc dissertation "Open Litter Map" (2015)
GeoForAll Webinars already presented:
GRASS GIS A Point Cloud Evaluation Resource.
Practical experiences in open source point cloud
data assessment. Presented by Robert S. Dzur.
How Free/Open Source Geomatics Can be
Integrated into Rural Communities to Improve
Resilience and Quality of Life. Presented by Andrea
Giacomelli aka pibinko, Dario Canal, Simone
Sandrucci, Pietro Marini and Luigi Ciampini.
      
   
    
     
   
http://foss2serve.org/index.php/POSSE
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   -
   
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By Suchith Anand
Dear Geo4All Colleagues,
at
Laboratory of socio-geographical research
        
         

    -  
        

      


       - 
    
-    
-    
-

Suchith Anand,
Nottingham Geospatial
Institute, University of
Nottingham, UK
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
       
      

        
     


     
      
       
        

       
    
     
      


    


  -  
    
    

      
 -    
     



      
 
 
---
 citizen science   

    
     
    
    
---
-----
    

      
     
      
---
--

     
    
    

-
--
-----
       
      
      


      
       

      



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

Dr. Peter Mooney
By Suchith Anand
Nottingham Geospatial
Institute, University of
Nottingham, UK
It is my great pleasure to introduce Dr. Peter Mooney
as our GeoAmbassador.
Peter Mooney received his PhD in Computer Science
in 2004 from Maynooth University in Ireland, with the
topic of his research was being shortest path
optimisation. For the following years, he worked with
the Irish Environmental Protection Agency as a
Research Fellow. During this time, he began working
in the areas of FOSS4G, Open Data, and Volunteered
Geographic Information (VGI). Indeed, Peter has been
actively working as a researcher in the area of VGI
and Citizen Science since 2009. With the EPA he has
worked as a web developer, database administrator,
and more recently as a software developer for the
National Ambient Air Quality network.


       
        
        
 -     

      
       
         
        

       


-
- -       
    

-    -   
       

       

    -  

    

 -   
    
      
       
     
      

 
-


     
    

      
  
     


7




     
     
      
   
    

        

       
   






 --
--
 

 


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
We are pleased to announce the launch of the
SMARTIES Entrepreneurship competition [1],[2]
through the NASA Europa Challenge 2017 [3],[4].
SMARTIES will provide 5000 GBP for awards
Second Place

of the funding, the SMARTIES Entrepreneurship,
awards are specific to all UK and India students
who participate in the NASA Europa Challenge
2017. This is a contest where everyone wins just
by playing! Help your city and thereby the cities of
the world with capabilities all cities need. We are


Please share the competition link to your contacts
and students at
http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2017/03/smart
ies-entrepreneurship-competition-nasa-europa-
challenge-2017/
Details at http://eurochallenge.como.polimi.it/ and
overview video at https://youtu.be/OQEzJrEDmEI
[1]http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/11/sm
arties-are-part-of-the-uk-prime-ministers-ministerial-
delegation-to-india-for-the-tech-summit-2016/
[2]http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2016/11/ref
lections-from-uk-india-joint-network-on-sustainable-
cities-and-urbanisation-in-india-city-level-workshop-
on-chennai-urban-observatory-9th-10th-nov-2016-
chennai-india/
[3]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWuMfMMPf
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[4] https://www.devex.com/news/how-nasa-and-the-
un-are-using-location-intelligence-to-build-smart-
cities-in-developing-countries-89721

Asia
September 2017
1. -     


Africa
June 2017
2. -
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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:




     



3.-      


Europe
May 2017
4. -
- 
Netherlands.
June 2017
5.-


        


    
       
         

6-

July 2017
7. 10-14 July: XVI Biennial IASC global conference
Practicing the Commons
Venue: Utrecht, the Netherlands.
8.-July

---
   -     
       
      
      
     
     
  -  
       - 
  -   
     
      
      

       
       
      
      







September 2017
9.-

10.-





     



        


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11.- 


  

November 2017
12.-
      


North and Central America and the
Caribbean
May 2017
13.

14.-
Venue: Oakland, California, USA
July 2017
15. -  -    


16. 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
17. 14-19 August: FOSS4G Boston.
Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
September 2017
18. -    



19. -    


October 2017
20. -     


For a pdf in English please write to Sergio Acosta Y
Lara (sergio.acostaylara@mtop.gub.uy)
South America
May 2017
21. -


       


         

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
       


         
---
-

        



       
      
      
       
 http://www.pibinko.org/the-recording-of-the-
webinar-of-open-source-geomatics-environment-and-
music-from-southern-tuscany/
10

GeoForAll educational inventory system, a
place to search and share educational materials
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  -    
     




      
      

from
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    
--
--
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

  -   


-      


  -  


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
      

  -    
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
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
   

      






     - 





       





-


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Free book in Spanish about spatial analysis:
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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/
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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.
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geoinformatica-aplicada-procesos-
geoambientales/


--
-----

        
     

      

     
        

        
      

--
----
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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
AURIN: Australian Urban Research
Infrastructure Network
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
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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
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
LiDARL: 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
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
SaaS: Software as a Service
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
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 Tles Servises
WPS: Web Processing Service
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1
     

      

     

    

      
       

     
      
      
     


   
   
       
      

        

      
       
       
        

        


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http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2017/03/smarties
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   


     


       
     

       


 -
-------
--
 -
-------
--

1.
      


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2. 3rd Catedra gvSIG Contest
      

       
      
 
       
      

      
      
      


 -
--
 -
-------
----