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

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 Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Behr was honoured by the Commission VI "Education, Technology Transfer and Capacity Development" with the "Best Poster Paper Award". Prof. Behr is member of th 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.

The paper was submitted through to the Working Group "Promotion of International Collaborative Education Programs" by Prof. Behr and his co-authors, Tanzeel Ur Rehman Khan who elaborated the basic concept during his Master Thesis at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, and Prof. Phillip Davis, Director GeoAcademy, USA, also active contributor 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 conprising of  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 the Geo-For-All initiative of the ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS agreement.

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 are still seeking partnership, support and endorsement by OSGeo (or similar bodies), educators and universities worldwide. For FOSS4G 2016 in Bonn interested colleagues are again invited to a BoF meeting.

Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Behr(franz-josef.behr@hft-stuttgart.de)