Table of Contents
Editorial 
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..1
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B)  6
3. 
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We...
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7. Training pr.
8. Key research publications
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Funding opportunities
10. New free and open software,
....... 9
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. ......... 9
13. Scholarships for students
and staff 
14. Exchange programs for
students and staff
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.......... 11
18. Social contribution
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
GODAN is that a solution to Zero
Hunger lies within existing, but
often unavailable, agriculture and
nutrition data.
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
Recently HeiGIT @
GIScience
Heidelberg
released a dedicated
stable disaster version
of
OpenRouteService
to support
humanitarian logistics within
specific regions of catastrophes.
Since its start in 2008,
OpenRouteServivce has already
been sporadically applied for
specific real world disaster cases
numerous times, for instance
during the earthquakes in Haiti
in
2008 and 2010, in Nepal
in 2015,
and in Ecuador
in 2016. Yet this
always involved manual effort to
set the system up for the specific
disaster, which cost time and
manpower. For this reason it was
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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/).
From November 20 to 22, the 7th
National Meeting of Open GIS of
Portugal will take place in Porto.
The official language of the
meeting will be Portuguese.
Interested people can contact Dr.
Jorge Gustavo Rocha
(jgr@di.uminho.pt).
Abstracts for communications
can be sent until July 28.
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
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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

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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only manageable for specific larger disasters. In order
to provide this tool with the most recent data to
humanitarian organisations and affected people in a
more stable, reliable, and automated way that also
covers smaller disasters without manual intervention,
the routing and disaster teams at HeiGIT jointly
developed this new dedicated disaster ORS.
Basically the Disaster OpenRouteService is an
adjusted version of the OpenRouteService which
specifically serves the cause of routing considering
specific meta information about passable ways from
OpenStreetMap. It is constantly running on three
individual and interchangeable regions in a
distributed cloud environment. For the moment and
first version these three instances cover Africa, South
America, and Indonesia.
The system has the exceptional ability to navigate on
the most up-to-date OSM data added by disaster
mappers as data and graph updates are currently
computed daily for the entire regions covered. This
allows to account for a high user activity and data
adjustment rate in OSM during disaster situations,
where both the real world situation and the data in
OSM are changing in very a dynamic way. We are
working on providing even more frequent update
circles in the future in order to provide the best and
most recent available OSM data to the disaster relief
organisations, our partner the Humanitarian
OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and affected people as
fast as possible in a fully automated manner.
Moreover, similar to the conventional ORS the
Disaster OpenRouteService also provides an
accessibility analysis service (calculating fast
isochrones) for a given location, the possibility to
export GPS tracks to be used offline in mobile devices,
and of course the interactive avoid area tool. The
latter allows the user to interactively draw polygons
into the map which mark severely affected, not
accessible, or impassable regions or road sections
which should be avoided for navigation, or are
potentially valuable for Search and Rescue (SAR)
units.
Similar to the OpenRouteService, the web application
and the directions are already fully available in 7
languages, namely English, German, French, Spanish,
Portuguese, Russian, and Chinese. Other languages,
such as Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Dutch, Polish,
Czech, and Nepali are partially available as well
(mostly directions).
There are four (4) days of gvSIG in Mexico. Get
more of this at:
http://geodesia.uas.edu.mx/gvsig/
http://geodesia.uas.edu.mx/gvsig/presentacion-
de-trabajos/
http://geodesia.uas.edu.mx/gvsig/registro/
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   
  
    

By Suchith Anand
Dear Geo4All Colleagues,
It is my great pleasure, to introduce our colleagues at
the Department of Civil, Environmental and
Mechanical Engineering of the University of Trento,
Italy, as the GeoForAll Lab of the month. The
laboratory (http://www.ing.unitn.it/~grass/ ) aims to
support research in the spatial information field, the
development of FOSS4G systems, and education using
FOSS.   
     
       
       

Suchith Anand,
Nottingham Geospatial
Institute, University of
Nottingham, UK
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
        
      

       
     
   -  
      
      
     
       
      

      

       
      -
     
   
      
     
 

-  
        

       


       
      

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
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Prof. Dr. Josef Strobl
By Suchith Anand
Nottingham Geospatial
Institute, University of
Nottingham, UK
        

        
      

    
    

         
       
   -
    
       
-

       
       
       
       
  
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     
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

      
       

     
     
     
     
     
     
   -  

      

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       
        
      
--
      
       


       
    

     
-      
    
    
-
       



       

  

          
      

 
-
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
Asia
September 2017
1. -     


Europe
July 2017
2. -

3. 10-14 July: XVI Biennial IASC global conference
Practicing the Commons
Venue: Utrecht, the Netherlands.
4.-July

---
   -     
       
      
      
     
     
  -  
       - 
  -   
     
      
      

       
       
      
      




September 2017
5.-

6.-






7.-     


November 2017
8.-




     


9.-
      


North and Central America and the
Caribbean
July 2017
10. -  -    


11. 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).
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August 2017
12. 14-19 August: FOSS4G Boston.
Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
September 2017
13. -   



14. -    


October 2017
15. -     


For a pdf in English please write to Sergio Acosta Y
Lara (sergio.acostaylara@mtop.gub.uy)



-



     




GIS online courses in spanish about QGIS,
drones, Postgis, etc.
http://geografosdeandalucia.org/index.php/f
ormacion

GeoForAll educational inventory system, a place to
search and share educational materials
The 6th Space App Camp is coming closer: The
European Space Agency (ESA) will again invite 20
developers to their ESA ESRIN location in Frascati -
including travel expenses and accommodation.
Register now (http://www.app-
camp.eu/appcamp-registration2017.php) until 24
July 2017 for the Space App Camp
(http://www.app-camp.eu/)! Use this opportunity
to spend one week with like-minded people,
gaining insight into the European Space
Programmes, and learning how to enrich mobile
applications with satellite data. Especially with the
recently launched radar and high-res image
satellites from the Sentinel fleet, the Copernicus
(http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the
_Earth/Copernicus) programme doors will be open
to countless potential mobile applications. The
winning team will be rewarded with great prizes.
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

   OSM Tools Plugin QGIS had
been developed by Nils Nolde. It replaces the
original OSMroute plugin for QGIS by Riccardo
Klinger, which is now deprecated, as he
unfortunately lacks the time to maintain it. Thanks
a lot to Riccardo and Nils for their wonderful
efforts and contributions so far!
The new “OSM Tools” Plugin is compatible with
the recently introduced new ORS API. The plugin
provides some of the most relevant functions of
the ORS API for QGIS users, such as
geocoding/reverse gecoding, routing, as well as
accessibility analysis (i.e. creating an isochrone
map). The ORS API is continuing to grow with
many further options that can be integrated into
the open source plugin.
Here you can find a short overview and intro with
some screenshots.
Have some fun with using ORS from your favourite
GIS System.
http://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/OSMtools/
https://github.com/nilsnolde/ORStools
https://openrouteservice.org
The PostGIS development team is pleased to
announce the release of PostGIS
2.3.3. As befits a patch release, the focus is on
bugs and breakages. Best served
with PostgreSQL 9.6.3+ and pgRouting 2.4.1.
Source:
http://download.osgeo.org/postgis/source/postgis
-2.3.3.tar.gz
html doc:
http://download.osgeo.org/postgis/docs/doc-
html-2.3.3.tar.gz
pdf doc:
http://download.osgeo.org/postgis/docs/postgis-
2.3.3.pdf
epub doc:
http://download.osgeo.org/postgis/docs/postgis-
2.3.3.epu
ChangeLog:
https://git.osgeo.org/gogs/postgis/postgis/raw/2.
3.3/ChangeLog
Please report bugs that you find in this release:
http://postgis.net/support/
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
Fisher, R., Hobgen, S., Mandaya, I., Kaho, N.R. and
Zulkarnain (2017): Satellite Image Analysis and
Terrain Modelling A practical manual for natural
resource management, disaster risk and
development planning using free geospatial data
and software. Available online at
https://sagatutorials.files.wordpress.com/2016/02
/saga_manual_english_cdu_june-2017.pdf
A didactic guide, in spanish, of environment and
teledetection. Available at
http://www.tysmagazine.com/guia-didactica-de-
teledeteccion-y-medio-ambiente/
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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
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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
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
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ROSHYDROMET: Russian Federal Service for
Hydrometeorologyand Enviromental Monitoring
RUFORUM: Regional Universities Forum for
capacity building in agriculture
SaaS: Software as a Service
SDI: Spatial Data Infrastructure
SIGTE: The GIS and Remote Sensing Service of
the University of Girona, Spain
SQL: Structured Query Language
STISA 2024: Science Technology Innovation
Strategy for Africa
STSM: Short Term Scientific Missions
TIN: Triangulated Irregular Network
UAV: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
UN-GGIM: United Nations Global Geospatial
Information Management
USGS: U.S. Geological Survey
USGIF: United States Geospatial Intelligence
Foundation
VGI: Volunteered Geographic Information
XSEDE: Extreme Science and Engineering
Discovery Environment
WCS: Web Coverage Service
WFS: Web Feature Service
WGCapD: Working Group on Capacity Building
and Data Democracy
WGS: World Geodetic System
WISERD: Wales Institute of Social & Economic
Research, Data & Methods
WMO: World Meteorological Organization
WMS: Web Map Service
WMTS: Web Map Tles Servises
WPS: Web Processing Service
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1.
      



YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL1E2akvCNWP
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2. 

    
          

https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Sol_Katz_Award 
        
 
     
      
     
       
         
         

        
      
      
       
      

       -
        
       

     


     
      
  --   
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 



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