[Open-education] GeoForAll contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Wed Oct 2 10:31:54 UTC 2019

Dear colleagues,

GeoForAll community are pleased to announce webinar mini-conference on  GeoForAll contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals during World Commons Week 2019.

An important element of World Commons Week 2019 are establishing coordinated local events all over the world on commons related issues and practice. As part of the  World Commons Week 2019,  there are a multitude of local events organized in different parts of the world all dedicated to raising awareness about the scholarship and practice of the Commons in many thematic areas, including water, forests, fisheries and marine settings; the global atmosphere; infrastructure, urban and rural areas; technology and software; and knowledge sharing and co-production.

Open source software and open educational resources are forms of Internet-based “commons”  and that’s what the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) organization is trying to promote. A link between GeoForAll  and the IASC community is a natural one. The Second Annual Global World Commons Week will take place 6-12 October 2019. Details at https://wcw2019.iasc-commons.org

Last year’s website is at http://worldcommonsweek.org<http://worldcommonsweek.org/> . We thank Prof. Charles Schweik<https://eco.umass.edu/people/faculty/schweik-charles-m/> (UMass Amherst) who is lead organiser of the WCW2019 for inviting GeoForAll community to share ideas. Dr. Victoria Rautenbach (GeoForAll chair) will welcome all participants to the mini-conference. The GeoForAll webinar mini-conference details are below. All are welcome.

GeoForAll contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

October 10th 2019 (Thursday) at 1:00-3:00 PM GMT

Access to quality education and digital economy opportunities is key for getting rid of extreme poverty and enable broadly shared prosperity for all. “GeoForAll” is the Open Source Geospatial Foundation’s Education initiative and works in close collaboration with ICA, ISPRS, UN-GIS, AGILE, UCGIS , IGU and other partners worldwide in our mission for making geospatial education and digital economy opportunities accessible to all [1].  By combining the potential of free and open geospatial software, open data, open standards and open access to research publications will enable the creation of a sustainable innovation ecosystem for helping solve global cross disciplinary societal challenges from climate change mitigation to zero hunger. Service for the benefit and betterment of humanity is a key fundamental principle of GeoForAll and we want to contribute and focus our efforts for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial has now made it possible for a large number of  government organisations, private companies and academics in both developed and developing countries to make use of geospatial software in many application domains. This will ensure that geo education and geo digital economy opportunities are also available to economically poor countries and economically poor people worldwide.  Central to “Geo for All” mission is the belief that knowledge is a public good and Open Principles in Education will enable broadly shared prosperity for all.

Program schedule and how to join at  https://www.osgeo.org/foundation-news/geoforall-contributions-to-the-united-nations-sustainable-development-goals/

We thank Dr. Rafael Moreno and colleagues at the Open Source Geospatial Lab at University of Colorado, USA for hosting the GeoForAll mini-conference in support of World Commons Week 2019. The recordings will be made available at the GeoForAll webinar channel at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL1E2akvCNWP_nC0p5CpB8g/videos

 We wish everyone a very productive week of celebrating the commons scholarship and practice.

Best wishes,


[1] https://www.osgeo.org/foundation-news/please-share-geoforall-teaching-research-resources-colleagues-students/

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