At the XXIII Congress of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS, 12th – 19th July 2016, Prague) the contribution „A Framework for an Open Source Geospatial Certification Model“ of Franz-Josef Behr was honoured by the Commission VI „Education, Technology Transfer and Capacity Development“ with the „Best Poster Paper Award“. Franz-Josef is member of our ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies and co-chair of the ICA Commission on SDI and Standards. As well he is part of the Geo4All initiative and head of the Laboratory for interoperable, and open-source Geospatial Software, Data and Standards (HFT ICA-OSGeo-Lab) at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences.

Franz-Josef Behr with Prof. Shunji Murai, Prag 2016
Franz-Josef Behr with Prof. Shunji Murai, Prag 2016

The Open Source Certification Paper was submitted through to the Working Group „Promotion of International Collaborative Education Programs“ by him and his co-authors, Tanzeel Ur Rehman Khan who elaborated the basic concept during his Master Thesis at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, and Phillip Davis, Director GeoAcademy, USA, also active contributors to the Geo4All comunity.

Inspired by a talk given by Arnulf Christl at FOSS4G 2014, Portland, and a BoF meeting at FOSS4G Europe 2015 in Como, the paper presents a certification framework comprising three main categories with eleven sub-categories, as well as a business case for open source certification and a corresponding SWOT model to support the goals of our Geo-For-All initiative.

Each certification is described by pre-conditions, scope and objectives, course content, recommended software packages, target group, expected benefits, and the methods of examination. Examinations can be flanked by proofs of professional career paths and achievements which need a peer qualification evaluation and a recertification after a couple of years.

The authors hope that this certification approach will contribute to the quality of education and to the acceptance of our tools and skills in the Geospatial business field. They are still seeking partnership, support and endorsement by OSGeo (or Geo4All or similar bodies), educators and universities worldwide. For FOSS4G 2016 in Bonn interested colleagues are again invited to a BoF meeting.

Best Poster Paper Award for „A Framework for an Open Source Geospatial Certification Model“
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