HOT’s 2018 Microgrants Program

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The Microgrants 2018 Application form of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is now live. The deadline for submissions is 28th February. Please share to any communities you think might be interested to apply: Open mapping-focused organizations and individuals in places vulnerable to disasters or sudden onset crises in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Latin America/Caribbean and […]

Submitting abstracts to the Academic Track of FOSS4G 2018

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I was co-chairing the Academic Track in three FOSS4G conferences and encourage researchers to use this opportunity in a location which can contribute to the usage of FOSS in African countries! However AGSE 2018 is still in the pipeline! The deadline for submitting abstracts to this year’s FOSS4G Academic Track ( is approaching (15 February […]

Nepal Earthquake USGS map

OGC Announces Disasters Interoperability Concept Development Study

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The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has announced the Disasters Interoperability Concept Development Study (CDS). The CDS will assess the current state of data and product exchange technologies as used in disaster planning, response, and recovery. The information gained in the CDS will aid in developing a series of future pilots that will in turn advance […]

EarthServer: More than 1 Petabyte Analysis-ready Datacubes

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EarthServer, the European Union big data initiative, has reached the next milestone: in the second phase extending through April 2018, the Italian data provider MEEO S.R.L. exceeds 1 Petabyte of spatio-temporal, analysis-ready data processed through its operational Earth Observation Data Service (Source: GIM International). The intercontinental EarthServer initiative unites Europe, the USA and Australia in […]

SDSC 2017 – A short update

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As you might know the earthquake that occurred on September 19th, 2017, affected central Mexico including the City of Puebla. The damages in Puebla are in some specific locations and in general the City is in good conditions, and rapidly recovering to normality. After consulting with the International Scientific Committee we confirm that the conference […]

Moving to Innovation Quotient

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I’d like to share some interesting ideas from my colleague, Dr. Raghunathan Nair Jaishanker, IIITM-K, a former keynote speaker at AGSE conference in Johoer Bahru. I like his innovative and uncommon way of thinking. Humanity has moved from Anthropocene to Diktyocene where Innovation Quotient (InQ) is more important than Intelligence Quotient (IQ). Innovation Quotient is […]

New Disaster OpenRouteService for Africa, South America and Indonesia released

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For the members of the AGSE community this announcement might be interesting (as well in the context of our conference): Recently HeiGIT @ GIScience Heidelberg released a dedicated stable disaster versionof OpenRouteService to support humanitarian logistics within specific regions of catastrophes. Since his start in 2008 OpenRouteServivce had been spontaneously applied for specific real world […]