[FOSSGIS-Talk] Fwd: Open Source Geospatial Research Centre, USA
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Do Mai 3 05:14:00 CEST 2012
es wäre doch schön, wenn wir im deutschsprachigen Raum ebenfalls eine Art OSGeo Lab mit ein paar Unis hinbekämen, so in der Art wie Suchith es angeht. Vielleicht hat jemand Ideen und Kontakte?
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From: "Suchith Anand" <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>
To: "Helena Mitasova" <hmitaso at ncsu.edu>
Cc: "Georg Gartner" <georg.gartner at tuwien.ac.at>, "arnulf at osgeo.org" <arnulf at osgeo.org>, "Suchith Anand" <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>
Subject: Open Source Geospatial Research Centre, USA
Date: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 18:07
Thanks for the info and that is excellent to know. The idea to link this centre with the NCSU Open source initiative supported by RedHat is excellent.
The aim of having Advisory Board for each lab/centre is to make sure that there is research collaboration building up for the initiative outside the university. Having government organisations, universities and industries (Triple Helix model) in this is key in building up future collaborations. For your centre having USGS, Redhat and others involved will be really good. It is fully upto and your university to decide on Advisory Board membership (max 12 nos) to give strategic direction and inputs to the Centre.
I believe you and colleagues have the two key requirements we look for already:
(1) strong Geospatial knowledge and vision to lead this activity and build a team of people to support this initiative. Your idea of establishing a fellowship for student(s) interested in open source geospatial software development is excellent. My suggestion is that we try to get organisations like USGS to also support some fellowships in FOSS4G at NCSU.
(2) You already have a solid, expanding infrastructure for the lab. Hopefully with collaboration with industry and government organisations we can aim to scale up this for the future.
The next step is to set up a website for Open Source Geospatial Laboratory and Research Centre at NCSU with all current research, people, training info etc so that we can start promoting the initiative and building research collaborations. Having the webpage linked from your program website http://gis.ncsu.edu/ will be excellent. I am also ccing Georg Gartner and Arnulf Christl for info.
We will also do a joint press release similar to the University of Pretoria OSGL initiative http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=16055&articleID=10865
Both parties should work for the vision of the ICA-OSGeo MoU http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/MOU_ICA i.e to develop collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organizations in open source GIS software and data in United States in the future.
From our end, we will promote the initiative widely through both OSGeo and ICA channels to help build up collaboration opportunities for the future. As you know , we are building up ELOGeo platform http://elogeo.nottingham.ac.uk/ for scaling up this as well and will be pleased to make this tailored for your requirements and ideas.
The larger vision should be that you should take leadership in building up research and training programs across USA in the future. For example the lab in UNMC, Malaysia is now rapidly building up research in AgriGIS http://www.nottingham.edu.my/Geography/Eventsrecords/AgriGIS-2012-workshop.aspx , plan Summer Schools for PhD students in Open Source GIS (similar to ones we are running in Europe) http://www.sigte.udg.edu/summerschool2012/ etc.
I look forward to work with you for this initiative.
From: Helena Mitasova [mailto:hmitaso at ncsu.edu]
Sent: 28 April 2012 06:03
To: Suchith Anand
Subject: Re: Open Source Geospatial Research Centre, USA
the discussion about establishment of the Open Source Geospatial Laboratory and Research Centre with our GISt faculty was very positive
and we are interested in establishing such Center. So I would like to ask about the procedure?
I see that the existing labs have an advisory board - we can put together a strong group and we will also link this center with
the NCSU Open source initiative supported by RedHat. We can certainly set up a web page on our program website
The MoU mentions providing support for the laboratories - what kind of support this would be?
We are especially interested in establishing a fellowship for student(s) interested in open source geospatial
software development. There may be interest in some technical support as well (e.g. for the OpenGeo package).
We have a solid, expanding infrastructure for the lab (we will make it part of our Center for earth Observation)
and we should be able to put together a dedicated team.
So please let us know what the next step would be,
Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences
2800 Faucette Drive, Rm. 1125 Jordan Hall
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8208
hmitaso at ncsu.edu
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On Apr 20, 2012, at 11:23 AM, Suchith Anand wrote:
> Thanks Helena for the info and this is excellent. I think that USGS and other key government organisations should strongly support you and others in this to further build upon this excellent research that you and colleagues are doing and accelerate research synergies for long term. For the long term success of this initiative there should be strong academia-government participation and that was the reason i cced in USGS colleagues to get their ideas/inputs as well.
> Lynn, Mike, it will be good to know your thoughts and ideas on this.
> It was only around 6 months back (Sep 2011) that we started on the ICA-OSGeo MoU , so this is in the initial phase and one my aims is to setup a dedicated website, maillists for lab coordinators etc in the long term for better coordination. I also think we can learn lot of ideas from the example of Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe (AGILE) http://www.agile-online.org/ model to build and promote academic teaching and research in Open Source GIS, open data and open standards globally through this initiative. I am ccing Prof Mike Jackson (who is chair of AGILE ) and will get his ideas and inputs for this as well.
> Please keep us updated on developments at NCSU.
> Best wishes,
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> From: Helena Mitasova [mailto:hmitaso at ncsu.edu]
> Sent: 20 April 2012 15:46
> To: Suchith Anand
> Cc: cschweik at pubpol.umass.edu; Rafael.Moreno at ucdenver.edu; amesdani at isu.edu; pdavis at delmar.edu; Eric Wolf; mfinn at usgs.gov; usery at usgs.gov; dvaranka at usgs.gov; mstramel at usgs.gov; mdemulder at usgs.gov; khyamamoto at usgs.gov; kcraun at usgs.gov; arnulf at osgeo.org; Georg Gartner
> Subject: Re: Open Source Geospatial Research Centre, USA
> we have a rapidly growing GIST program at NCSU with strong open source component (we teach with OpenGeo software, GRASS, Python, etc.)
> and we are expanding the program beyond applications towards development. We also have number of research laboratories in different
> disciplines that run open source software and strong connections to Oak Ridge National lab, big user of GRASS.
> So it looks like we could be a good candidate for the US based
> Open Source Geospatial Laboratory and Research Centre in the worldwide network, perhaps for the east coast research universities.
> In fact we will be adding 3 new faculty positions in near future (I will post to OSGeo list when the job descriptions become available)
> and open source will be one of the priorities
> So let me bring this up at our GIST program meeting next week and I will let you know what the other faculty think,
> whether this would be a good option for us.
> Do you have somewhere a list of existing laboratories with links to their websites so that we can get some idea about the
> research and teaching that is done at these labs?
> Thank you,
> Helena Mitasova
> Associate Professor
> Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences
> 2800 Faucette Drive, Rm. 1125 Jordan Hall
> North Carolina State University
> Raleigh, NC 27695-8208
> hmitaso at ncsu.edu
> "All electronic mail messages in connection with State business which are sent to or received by this account are subject to the NC Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties."
> On Apr 20, 2012, at 8:38 AM, Suchith Anand wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> As some of you might now , i am working for the ICA-OSGeo MoU vision http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/MOU_ICA on the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Laboratories and Research Centres across the world for supporting development of open-source geospatial software technologies, training and expertise as this is key in building a strong educational and research foundation for the future.
>> We have now established labs in Asia, Europe and the latest one in Africa at http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=16055&articleID=10865 and now I am very keen that there is a dedicated open source geospatial research centre/lab being setup in the United States as i definitely believe this will accelerate the growth and benefit universities and students across USA. I know there are many faculty members in US universities who are doing excellent research and teaching in Open Source GIS and it just needs a national level initiative that can focus the enormous talent and opportunities available.
>> The two key requirements are:
>> (1) Strong Geospatial knowledge and vision to lead this activity and build a team of people to support this initiative
>> (2) Establish dedicated research and teaching facility by making use of the existing infrastructure
>> The larger vision should be how the Open Source Geospatial Research Centre/Lab will help in training , capacity building, develop research, teaching capabilities to other universities, government departments across USA in the long term. I would like to get your ideas and inputs for this initiative.
>> Best wishes,
>> Dr Suchith Anand
>> Nottingham Geospatial Institute
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>> University of Nottingham NG7 2 TU
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