Thursday, 30 June 2011

ELOGeo Repository Launched at OSGIS 2011

ELOGeo project team launched the ELOGeo repository at the Third Open Source GIS Conference on 21-22nd June, 2011. Around 150 delegates from all over the world attended the event and was live webcasted also. This is a key event to promote collaboration with the target audience and ELOGeo recieved good feedback from the delegates.

Now many of the key people in the target community (OSGeo in particular) are aware of this project and we hope this can help firstly more contribution to courses upload and secondly specifying the target audiences and evaluators.

In the coming posts I will update about the new contributors and collaborators to the project repository.

Project extension

I have recently requested for a no-cost extension of the project till end of year 2011. This was mainly because of justification of attending the final close of Programme Meeting on November 28th and 29th 2011. David has kindly reponded positively to our request. His notes are:

"Your request for a no-cost extension to your project has been approved because of the following reasons:

- ·         Allocated time for finalising the budget and allowing for any additional expenses to be accounted for prior to close
- ·         To note: project product will still be delivered to the review panel at the end of November for the end of Programme Meeting.

The new completion date of your project is: 30 December 2011"

The Repository is now Live

Following my recent works on the server setup and thanks to the local IT team, the project repository is now up and running. The new project website URL is now and the repository is available by clicking on the "Open Courses Repository" link. This is where I invite all open geospatial community to share their materials on this. 

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Site Visit and changes to the work plan

Last Wednesday we were pleased to have David Flanders from JISC in CGS, as well as Kamie from Manchester. The highlights of the discussion were:

1) To narrow down  and limit the goals: The learning materials to be something around 15 topics and the framework to be more focused on one product (the repository).
2) To be more specific about the users and those who can provide feedbacks on this.
according to his advices, I decided to change the workplan

I will post more details of David's view once I received his feedbacks. 

According to this, I have rewrite the workplan to cover these issues (the MS Project file can be found here: . 

So the plan from now till the end of October in general will be:
Task 3: Infrastructure Development: Developing the repository will be the main focus of the project infrastructure. Mimas will start the hosting the project repository from now. The development will be started by Amir in collaboration with Mimas and will be shifted gradually to Mimas till end of August.

Task 4: Preparing the materials: This shall be narrowed down to specific titles for specific users. The study on this and collecting/composing the courses is a task from now till end of July lead by UofN in collaboration with Mimas. The OSGIS conference will be the best opportunity to identify the title, who does what and who are users. This is going to be the most indefinable task and may depend on the links that each of you may have. I cannot specifically say who is doing what. I certainly have less contacts than you in this regard so please update me on what each of you can do.

Task 5: Reprocessing the framework: In August Mimas will finalize the courses according to internal and external consultations and makes them ready to feed into the system. UofN will finalize the framework development and will leave the maintenance to Mimas. UofN will make the framework development report.

Task 6 and 7: September till mid October the user trials and feedback collections shall be done by both sides. Final reports after users trials will be prepared by the end of October.