Way to go Barend, congratulations!
On 2/3/18 1:17 PM, Suchith Anand wrote:
On behalf of the GeoForAll community, it is my great pleasure to
honour Barend Köbbenas our GeoAmbassador. Barend holds an MSc in
Geography, specialising in Cartography, from Utrecht University in The
Netherlands. Heworked for 9 years as a Lecturer in cartography at that
university and then moved to the International Institute for
Geo-Information Sciences and Earth Observation (ITC) in 1997. The ITC
is an international school providing courses on GIS and Remote Sensing
to students from all around the world, ranging from short courses,
through 18 month MSc degree courses, as well as a PhD programmes.
Since 1 January 2010, ITC is a Faculty of the University of Twente.
Barend is at present Senior Lecturer in GIS and cartographic
visualisation in the Department of Geo-Information Processing (GIP).
Histeaching subjects include Cartographic Theory, WebCartography and
WebGIS, Geo-webservices, web application building and 3D
visualization. Outside ITC, Barend isinvolved in teaching short
courses and workshops in Open Source GIS & WebMapping, promoting the
use of the Open Source geospatial applications and data. The
Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies of the International
Cartographic Association (ICA) organised a series of short courses and
workshops on Open Source GIS & Webmapping, for which they at ITC have
developed course materials and provide teaching staff and
resources.These are mostly hands-on practical workshops, intended to
introduce the possibilities of using Open Source applications for GIS
and webmapping to people who are interested in this technology, but
that do not yet have much experience in the actual practical use of
Barend used a set of exercises that guide the participants in setting
up a webmapping site using OpenStreetMap data, adding their own data
using the desktop QGIS application, serving that data as a Web Map
Service using Geoserver and/or Mapserver, and finally bringing it all
together on a interactive “slippy map” website using OpenLayers.
Barend is using in general the free and open source GIS and webmapping
applications from the OSGeo LiveDVD. Barend teach and have taught
these workshops and courses in many forms: From very short (2 hours)
to long (2/3 weeks), either face-to-face or using Distance Learning
*Some examples of the Past courses & workshops that he contributed
·Hands-on Open Source GIS & WebMapping for UN staff
<http://kartoweb.itc.nl/kobben/SOMAP-OSGEO-workshop/>-- 24 & 25
November 2014 -- Vienna (Austria) -- 2-day workshop organized
especially for members of staff of United Nations (UN) bodies and
·Hands-on Workshop Cartography in a Web World
<http://kartoweb.itc.nl/kobben/visualisation-hands-on/>-- 3 October
2013 -- Amsterdam (Netherlands) -- Intro to OpenStreetmap, OpenLayers
·EuroSDR EduServ11 <http://www.eurosdr.net/eduserv11/>Open Standards &
Open Source WebMapping
<http://www.eurosdr.net/eduserv11/><http://eurosdr.net/>-- 8-19 April
2013 -- On-line course (organised by 3rd party)
Concepts and tools for Spatial Data Visualization
<http://kartoweb.itc.nl/kobben/SENSE-PhD-day/>-- 13 December 2012 --
Amsterdam (Netherlands) -- Intro to OpenStreetmap, OpenLayers and CartoDB
·Hands-on Workshop Open Source GIS & WebMapping for UN staff
<http://kartoweb.itc.nl/kobben/SOMAP-OSGEO-workshop/> -- 20 & 21
November 2012 -- Vienna (Austria)
·EuroSDR EduServ10 <http://www.eurosdr.net/eduserv10/index.htm>Open
Standards & Open Source WebMapping
<http://www.eurosdr.net/eduserv10/index.htm> -- 7-18 May 2012 --
On-line course (organised by 3rd party)
·Workshop Open Source GIS & WebCartography
<http://kartoweb.itc.nl/kobben/AGILE-OSGEO-workshop/> -- 24 April 2012
-- Avignon (France)
·Walk-in Workshop Open Source GIS & WebCartography
<http://kartoweb.itc.nl/kobben/ICA-OSGEO-workshop/> -- 5th, 6th & 7th
July -- Paris (France)
· You can also kob...@itc.nl <mailto:kob...@itc.nl> to request a
course to be organised for your organization.
Barend participate in the research activities of the departmental
Research Theme STAMP (Spatio–Temporal Analytics, Maps and Processing).
His main research interests are:
- Automated mapping in a services environment, with middleware
services and Open Web clients (using the D3 library).
- Animated vector map services, using among others the RIMapper WMS
Open Source platform that he developed.
- The SDIlight concept. The term SDI for Spatial Data Infrastructure
may be usually connected with (very) large regional or national
spatial data warehouses, but the principles of SDI can also be applied
in more simple and cost–effective ways. The down–to–earth approach of
SDIlight provides students and researchers with a platform for
relatively simple, low–cost, yet powerful ways of sharing data amongst
various distributed offices and institutions as well as the general
public. To achieve this, he used open standards whenever available and
open source solutions where possible.Barend have been involved in
various consultancy projects in The Netherlands, India, Iran, Italy,
Malaysia, Namibia, South Africa, Thailand and Zambia.
Barend isMap Editor and member of the Editorial Board of Geografie
(Journal of KNAG - Koninklijk Nederlands Aardrijkskundig Genootschap,
ISSN 0926-3837); Charter Member of the Open Source Geospatial
Foundation; Member and Publications Chair of the ICA Commission on
Open Source Geospatial Technologies.
We are proud to honour Barend Köbben as our GeoAmbassodor and we are
extremely grateful for his contributions to GeoForAll and for his
selfless contributions for expanding geoeducation opportunities for all.
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