Geo4All - Empowering academics and educators globally

20 years ago academics and educators (especially in developing countries) struggled to start GIS courses for their students and had to beg to vendors for some "free" licences. Now they don’t need any charity from any vendors, as they are fully empowered and can start courses as they wish without any permissions from any vendor owners.

We want academics globally to be fully empowered from now and give software as they wish to their students’ education. By making free and open software and educational resources available for all has empowered academics and educators globally and brought down the "Iron Curtains" that some vendors have tried to create in education. Now no vendors can dictate terms to any academic or educator or student. We want academics to be in full control of education from now not any vendors.

I would like to thank the OSGeo Live community for making available Version 10.0 of the OSGeo-Live GIS software collection that has been released, ready for the FOSS4G conference in Bonn, Germany - the annual global event of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).

OSGeo Live is an excellent resource for academics and educators around the world to teach geospatial science and give away the software for free to their students thereby empowering them in the true sense. This excellent resource is made available to the global community thanks to the hard work and selfless dedication of hundreds of volunteers (Developers, packagers, documenters and translators) in addition to thousands who have been involved in building the packaged software. Thank you all for making this possible.

OSGeo-Live is a self-contained bootable DVD, USB flash drive and Virtual Machine, pre-installed with robust open source geospatial software, which can be trialled without installing anything.

OSGeo Live includes:

* Over 50 quality geospatial Open Source applications installed and pre-configured
* Free world maps and sample datasets
* Project Overview and step-by-step Quickstart for each application
* Lightning presentation of all applications, along with speaker's script
* Translations to multiple languages

Details at http://live.osgeo.org

Download details at http://live.osgeo.org/en/download.html

Contents overview at https://live.osgeo.org/en/overview/overview.html

I request all colleagues globally to make use of opportunities like Geography Awareness Week (November 13 - 19, 2016) and other important Geography events like OSM Week 2016, GIS Day 2016 etc. to spread Geo4All ideas and give away OSGeo Live DVD, USB to your colleagues and students. By doing so, you are gifting millions of dollars of software to your students. So go ahead and gift software for free from now at all Geography Awareness Week and all other key GIS events. We want all academics from now to be the owners of the software and tools.

Geo4All is and will be always open to all projects and initiatives that support Open Principles in Education. We have a duty and long term view on Open Principles in education to ensure that free and open geospatial education opportunities are available not just to current generation but also to our future generations...

Source: Dr Suchith Anand - http://www.geoforall.org/