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The "Geo for All" and the University of Colorado, Denver, USA are now pleased to inform the schedule of "Open Geospatial Science & Applications" webinar series. Thank you to all of you who have volunteered their webinars. These webinars (and recordings) are viewed by hundreds of people around the world. The webinars will be in English and open and free to all on first come register basis.

Rafael Moreno is the main coordinator of the webinar series. Please contact him at if you wish to know more details.

For more details, you can also contact University of Colorado Denver FOSS4G Lab at .

Recordings of previous webinars are available in:

Geo4all Webinars YouTube Channel

Upcoming webinars

Upcoming Webinars will be announced soon

Past webinars

Friday January 19, 2018 12:00 PM Central Mountain Time (7:00 PM GMT) -Get to know the YouthMappers. Presented by Dr. Patricia Solis

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Capitalizing on web-based open geospatial technologies, YouthMappers seeks to cultivate a generation of young leaders to create resilient communities and to define their world by mapping it. Uniting a global network of student-led chapters, now on 100 university campuses in 30 countries, we promote the creation and use of open data on open platforms in ways that directly address development challenges, both in the local community and around the world through remote collaborations. Mapping applications focus on a range of significant issues like food insecurity, public health, natural disasters, and peaceful development. The program supports university efforts to offer meaningful global learning experiences, build a socially engaged citizenry, enhance long-term scientific capacity around the world, and foster university student leadership. The program is supported by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development’s GeoCenter and co-founded by Texas Tech University, George Washington University and West Virginia University.

Friday December 1, 2017 12:00 PM Central Mountain Time (7:00 PM GMT) - How we teach tools for open geospatial science. Presented by Vaclav Petras, Helena Mitasova, and Anna Petrasova

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Open science is much needed method to achieve more transparent and efficient research and its applications. The course we teach at North Carolina State University covers this emerging field of open science and deals with reproducibility and replicability challenges of geospatial research. The students gain a hands-on experience with tools used by scientists to conduct geospatial research which can be validated and applied by the wider geospatial community. Several geospatial open source tools are discussed in connection with general-purpose and text authoring tools such as interactive documents and revision control tools. Although the focus of the course is open science, many of the tools used in the course are used in industry, so that students pursuing various carriers can benefit from the course. The course further covers how open source communities and software development process work and how to apply this to research workflows in a lab group.

Friday November 10, 2017 12:00 PM Mountain Time (7:00 PM GMT) - A participatory discussion webinar: Can we initiate and incubate some GeoForAll collaborative research or educational projects? Presented by Charlie Schweik

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We undoubtedly agree: The GeoForAll network is terrific. We have ~120 labs scattered throughout the world, we’ve identified some collaborative research and education areas (e.g., OpenCitySmart, GeoAgriculture), and there are some significant collaboration going on across nodes, such as the NASA Europa Challenge. But we may have only scratched the surface on what we can, collectively, accomplish. Can we do even better?

In this participatory webinar, Charlie Schweik of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will be posing the question to the GeoForAll community: Can we initiate and “incubate” some GeoForAll collaborative research or educational projects? After presenting this idea in more detail, we will open the webinar to community discussion and how to possibly move, collectively, forward.

Friday September 29, 2017 12:00 PM Central Mountain Time (6:00 PM GMT) - Using FOSS and FOSS4G to analyze and provide access to large spatio-temporal data sets at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA. Presented by Ricardo Oliveira

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Large spatio-temporal data sets are a common aspect of the geospatial work carried out at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golder Colorado USA. Currently, a stack of FOSS/FOSS4G tools is being used to perform analyses on such data sets. This presentation will explain how a combination of Python and PostgreSQL-PostGIS is allowing researchers to perform complex analyses on terabytes of spatio-temporal data and is also allowing the general public to access and explore such data sets over the Web.

Friday May 12, 2017 6:00 PM GMT (12:00 PM Central Mountain Time) - The Launch of Open Litter Map Presented by Seán Lynch

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Plastic inputs from land to sea are expected to increase from 8-20 MTA (million metric tonnes annually) in 2010 to ~70 MTA by 2025 assuming current trends continue (Jambeck et al. 2015). In order to challenge this destructive paradigm, basic geospatial data needs to become readily available to educate the masses and to instruct improved decision-making. By crowdsourcing data on the geospatial distribution of terrestrial litter, citizen scientists can collect unprecedented levels of data in "hyper-spatio-temporal" resolution ("hyper data") right across the globe. Open Litter Map is a platform in its infancy that enables you with the skills to contribute to + download this data to solve these problems. By contributing to OLM you can gain experience points, unlock awards, compete in the leaderboard and stop plastic going into the oceans of our only habitable planet. Do you want to participate in the geospatial revolution?

Jambeck et al.

Friday April 14, 2017 12:00 PM EDT - GRASS GIS – A Point Cloud Evaluation Resource. Practical experiences in open source point cloud data assessment. Presented by Robert S. Dzur

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Point clouds are flourishing today as a primary source of geospatial data content. The size or volume of these point cloud datasets, however, often constitute a real big data challenge for many users. As a result, the practical use, evaluation and visualization of point cloud data can be limited, difficult, and/or time consuming. Fortunately, GRASS GIS offers a powerful open source pathway to facilitate access and analysis on large stores of point cloud data. This presentation will concentrate on demonstrating some practical use cases of GRASS GIS for typical point cloud data integrity and quality control analyses. Typical tests that evaluate point cloud quality characteristics such as spatial density, coverage, regularity and vertical agreement will be covered. Practical demonstrations will be shared using a variety of point cloud data derived from both LiDAR and photogrammetry sources. The key to these open source processing capabilities lies primarily in a single GRASS function ( that reads and simultaneously examines the point cloud data statistically in the raster domain. When paired with other GRASS and FOSS4G tools, a compelling case can be made for the use of open source software as an efficient basis for handling diverse point cloud data analysis and spatial data exploration tasks.

Friday April 7, 2017 4:00 PM GMT (10:00 AM Mountain Time) - 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

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The presentation will provide a showcase on ten years of projects undertaken primarily in the metalliferous hills of Tuscany, about 100 km South of Florence, exposing how free/open source geomatics, integrated with other skills, systematically helps to make our day and, with a little help from our friends (mainly, but not exclusively, residents of the area), might also provide one of the assets to develop the area. Key highlights will be represented by initiatives related to ancient hand ball games, light pollution, community maps, and biodiversity. We will also give some outlook on our plans for the current year, and make an invitation.
Andrea Giacomelli aka pibinko - MS Environmental Engineering Politecnico di Milano, PhD Politecnico di Milano, has been working with GIS since 1993 and with free/open-source geomatics since 1994, being in the first generation of Italian users of GRASS. He is a documented contributor to Shapelib, and in 1998 was the author of the apr2html extension for ArcView (basically allowing a read- only but "open" access to ArcView projects). He has been working in numerous GIS projects applied to environment, tourism, industrial sites, utility management and more, dealing with all aspects of a system's life cycle. In 2006 he started proposing his own project related to protection and promotion of lesser known assets in the fields of culture, environment, and open innovation. Since 2011 he runs his operations from two small villages in Southern Tuscany (Torniella and Tatti), travelling when necessary and often hosting projects and events.

Friday January 27, 2017 5:00 PM (GMT) - Open Source Statewide Lidar Visualization in Web Browsers. Howard Butler

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The sophisticated 3D capabilities of modern web browsers can deliver visualization and interaction of large scale point clouds. Presenter, Howard Butler, will describe open source software that enables browser-based interaction of large scale point cloud collections. He will describe software and techniques for making point cloud data available on the web, and he will discuss challenges of point cloud data organization, compression, and access.
Howard Butler is the owner of Hobu, Inc., a software consultancy located in Iowa City, Iowa, that focuses on open source software for lidar and point clouds. He leads development of PDAL, the Point Data Abstraction Library, an open source library that provides a common data content API for various point cloud data formats and services. He has been an ASPRS and ASPRS LAS Committee member since 2009, and he has been involved in open source software development in the GIS and geospatial domain for more than 15 years. He is a leader in numerous open source projects including GDAL, MapServer , Rtree, libLAS and libspatialindex, and he is a contributing author to the GeoJSON specification , a widely used simple data format/transport for geospatial data.

Friday December 2 2016 7:00 PM (GMT) - FOSS4G tools for geospatial analysis at the National Renewable Energy Lab. Nick Grue

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The proliferation of geospatial analysis tools and methods means that no matter what your analysis goals, there are likely several options for running analysis, generating data, and visualizing your results. With a wide selection of tools to choose from, you are also presented with the question of which tool is most useful, has highest performance and efficiency, and easiest to use for your case.
Here at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Golden Colorado, we had the unique opportunity to start fresh with building a new analysis model, and had to decide which technologies would be most useful. We eventually ended up primarily using Python for analysis, and PostGIS and Geoserver for visualization. Deciding on those tools took a fair amount of testing and comparison. This webinar will discuss the different tests we ran, our findings, and why some tools appeared to be better suited for our case than others.
Analysis tools discussed in this webinar will include PostGIS vector analysis, PostGIS raster analysis, Python analysis of vector datasets, Python vectorized analysis of raster datasets, Python multiprocessing, and Geoserver visualization.

Friday November 11 2016 (Friday) 3:00 PM (GMT) - UN Open GIS Initiative – Open Source Geospatial S/W for the UN. MKi-Joune Li and Maria Brovelli

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As the open source geospatial software becomes a fundamental basis of GIS applications, there is a strong demand from the UN for many peace keeping operations. In order to respond to this demand, we have launched the UN Open GIS initiative since March 2016. The objective of the initiative is to identify and develop open source geospatial software and services that meets the requirements of UN operations, taking full advantage of the expertise of mission partners including partner nations, technology developed by contributing countries, international organizations, academia, NGO’s, private sector. Three teams (called Spirals) have been actively working to achieve this objective. The first team (Spiral I) aims at developing and deploying an open source geospatial information infrastructure for the UN as well as a geo-portal. The second team (Spiral II) provides the capacity building programs on open source geospatial software to the UN staffs. The third team (Spiral III) intends to implement open source geospatial analysis tools for divers UN operations. We are also planning Spiral IV for geospatial data collection task. In this webinar, the background, motivations, visions, and roadmap of the initiative will be presented as well as the activities and technical aspects of each spirals. The UN Open GIS Initiative is open, your contributions are always very much welcome.

September 29 2016 (Thursday) 5:00 PM (GMT) - State of the use of FOSS and FOSS4G in Mexico. Manuel Haro, Laboratory for Open Source Software (LABSOL), Government of the State of Zacatecas, Mexico.

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This webinar will present an overview of the state of initiatives and use of FOSS and FOSS4G in Mexico. There are several efforts in the country to promote the use of FOSS/FOSS4G in government, education, and private companies. There are several experiences that provide a set of best practices for large FOSS deployments and use such as in the case of the federal ministry for social development SEDESOL that has migrated all their servers to Linux Red Hat. The federally funded INFOTEC research center is working on several FOSS developments and deployments in large federal government agencies and large universities. Mexico City is working on the Smart Cities initiative including the use of FOSS and FOSS4G technologies. The state of Zacatecas in central Mexico created through a legal decree a FOSS Lab (LABSOL) for research, development, and education in the area of FOSS (LABSOL). This lab is part of the government of the state of Zacatecas. The LABSOL has established collaboration agreement with 39 universities around the country to assist them in their FOSS/FOSS4G education, research and development efforts. So far 120 FOSS-based join projects with LABSOL have been carried out by students and faculty from these universities. The LABSOL is developing components of geospatial information systems based on the i3Geo Suite from Brazil. These developments will be demonstrated.

August 31 2016 (Wednesday) 6 PM (GMT) - Tangible Landscape: open source environment for geospatial learning, science, and community engagement. Presented by Helena Mitasova, Anna Petrasova, Brendan Harmon, Vaclav Petras, Payam Tabrizian, Ross Meentemeyer Center for Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University

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In this webinar we introduce Tangible Landscape - a new type of modeling environment for interacting with geospatial data, analyses and simulations using maleable 3D physical models. We will describe the concept, show various options for hardware set-ups in a laboratory or at outreach events,and discuss technologies for creating 3D landscape models. The system is powered by open source GRASS GIS and it is designed as a platform for developing new applications. We will illustrate its capabilities using case studies in which we have explored how dune breaches affect the extent of coastal flooding,the impact of different building configurations on cast shadows and solar energy potential,and the effectiveness of various landscape designs for controlling runoff and erosion.We will present different types of interaction including molding polymeric sand, placing markers,and drawing with laser pointer. We will demonstrate how these tangible interactions can be used for collaborative decision making or engaging geogames. The most recent (and exciting) development includes coupling tangible landscape with an immersive virtual environment, which allows users to virtually step into the modeled landscape. We will show Tangible Landscape in various settings such as outreach events and conferences engaging diverse audiences such as children, scientists, and software developers.We will conclude by introducing the Tangible Landscape on-line community and inviting everyone to join and share their own ideas about hardware set-ups, new applications, software development and modes of interaction.

May 5 (Thursday) 1 PM (GMT) 2016 - Humanitarian Mapathons for Children Presented by Maria Antonia Brovelli, Marco Minghini, Aldo Torrebruno (Politecnico di Milano), and Tyler Radford (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT))

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This webinar will provide an introduction on humanitarian mapathons for children, which represent a remarkable educational experience as they combine geography and awareness about our world, technology and humanitarian aspects. Following the successful experiences of Politecnico di Milano (Italy), the most important educational and technical aspects of humanitarian mapathons with children will be outlined. The purpose is to provide the GeoForAll community, and specially the teachers involved (at all levels), with some practical instructions on how to set up and run their own mapathons. The webinar is organized in collaboration with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) under the umbrella of the UNOGeo initiative of which GeoForAll and OSGeo are partners.

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March 29 (Tuesday) 6 PM (GMT) 2016 - FOSS/FOSS4G Urban Forestry Applications in the USA Presented by Ian Hanou (Plan-it GEO)

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This presentation will introduce the use of FOSS/FOSS4G applications for urban forest management, outreach and planning. Case studies will highlight web/mobile apps from municipal, private and nonprofit sectors across the country. The first examples will focus on mobile field data collection, data management, maintenance tracking and reporting for urban tree inventories of parks, streets and private property planting projects. The second half will take a big picture view of the entire urban forest at a landscape scale using urban tree canopy assessment data in interactive online mapping applications. These tools will show how progressive organizations can view, plan, and grow their urban forest without knowledge of GIS software or training in data management.

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26th January 2015 - (Q)GIS Trainings: Functionality Vs. Application

This webinar will be based on more than twenty years of experience in geospatial education gathered by UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre. We will discuss ‘functionality vs. application’ methods applied in our geotrainings, based mainly on QGIS. Example of the ‘INSPIRE Academy’ will be used to show specific approach to development of complex geotraining programs. Webinar will include short live presentation of QGIS online course developed as a part of geospatial education program.

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5th September 2014 - Introducing the QGIS Academy Project

The Geo for All Lab Network and MundoGEO are now pleased to inform the ninth webinar of the ”Open Geospatial Science & Applications” webinar series. This webinar will be open and free to all on first come register basis.

The QGIS Academy is an effort to establish a national GIS education infrastructure focusing on Free & Open Source Software for GIS (FOSS4G). The Academy is a consortium of two year community colleges and four year universities committed to bringing GIS technical education to students and educators worldwide. We are one of the many projects under the OSGeo "Geo for All" initiative, a collection of 84 college & universities worldwide dedicated to promoting open source geospatial software. The Academy is now offering a new Workforce Certificate in Geospatial Technology based upon a series of five online courses, all based on QGIS software. This presentation will focus on the content, delivery, costs and purpose of this new online course offering.

This event is suitable for secondary school educators and students, two and four year college educators and students, students in need of GIS skills, workers seeking to broaden technology skills and anyone desiring QGIS and open source knowledge and skills.

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11th June 2014 - gvSIG Batovi (Sergio Acosta y Lara, MTOP, Uruguay)

gvSIG Educa/Batoví: an educational tool for teaching GIS in schools

Dirección Nacional de Topografía (MTOP, Uruguay); gvSIG Association; Centro Ceibal

gvSIG Educa/Batoví is a customization of the gvSIG Desktop Open Source GIS, adapted as a tool for the education of issues that have a geographic component.

It is based on gvSIG and it was originally developed to promote the use of GIS in educational settings around the PlanCeibal initiative (Uruguay).

The aim of gvSIG Educa/Batoví is to provide educators with a tool that helps students to analyse and understand space, and which can be adapted to different levels or education systems.

gvSIG Educa/Batoví is not only useful for the teaching of geographic material, but can also be used for learning any subject that contains a spatial component such as history, economics, natural science, sociology...

gvSIG Educa/Batoví facilitates learning by letting students interact with the information, by adding a spatial component to the study of the material, and by facilitating the assimilation of concepts through visual tools such as thematic maps.

15th May 2014 - MapStory - The Atlas of Change that Everyone Can Edit

This webinar will be on MapStory, the Atlas of Change that everyone can edit. This presentation - by Christopher Tucker - is about the MapStory Foundation's investment in the open source GeoNode, its use to enable crowdsourcing of open spatio-temporal data, and how people can use it to tell their stories to a global audience. Will be talking about the GeoGit/GeoNode integration that is happening this Summer and how that will open participation widely to users who have as little as a single edit to contribute.

28th April 2014 - First approach to the OpenStreetMap universe

Lluis Vicens (SIGTE), University of Girona

This webinar will be on OpenStreetMap (OSM), a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world.

OpenStreetMap is much more than a set of data. In this webinar, we would like to show a good portion of the possibilities that OSM offers.

6th March 2014 - AURIN

Chris Pettit (University of Melbourne, Australia)

The Australian Urban and Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) is building a geospatial open source online platform to support the urban research and policy and decision-making community in Australia. AURIN is a nationally funded project through the Department of Education^1s Super Science initiative. An open source geoportal has been built (currently in Beta 3) which provides secure access to a large array of datasets from across Australia using a federated data architecture. The portal also provides a suite of spatial- statistics, workflow and visualization tools to support urban researchers, policy and decision-making in planning for sustainable cities. This webinar will introduce the AURIN project, discuss the various e-infrastructure components of the portal and federated data hubs and will give a demonstration of its capability.

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13th February 2014 - NASA World Wind Virtual Globe Technology

Patrick Hogan (NASA) and MAria Antonia Broelli (Politecnico di Milano, Italy).

Thursday, February 13, 2014 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PST

10th December 2013, @14:00 UTC - Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial Applications (FOSS4G): A mature alternative in the geospatial technologies arena ( Maria Brovelli and Rafael Moreno)

7th November 2013, @14:00 UTC - Open Geo Science

Patrick Bell and Gerry Wildman (British Geological Survey)

18th October 2013, @14:00 UTC - OSGeo Live for Education (Jeremy Morley, University of Nottingham)

This first webinar will address the theme "OSGeo Live for Education". With free registration, this event is appropriate for all who are interested in knowing more about the Geo for All Lab Network and its education activities. In addition to giving an overview of OSGeo Live , Jeremy will be sharing his experiences of using the OSGeo Live system for his MSc teaching in GIS at the University of Nottingham.

OSGeo Live 7.0 features more than fifty open source, standards compliant geospatial desktop applications, web applications and frameworks. A complete installation kit and high-quality sample data in multiple industry standard formats are included. It is composed entirely of free software, allowing it to be freely distributed, duplicated and passed around. Details at

Attendees will be able to interact with the speakers by sending their comments and questions through chat. All attendees of this web seminar will receive certificates for their participation.

Reserve your Webinar place now at: m/register/529291674