Joint development of a GRASS 7 course (manual, tutorial) for NARS etc?

Hello fellow agricultural geographers, geographical agronomists, modelers, crime scene investigators, etc,

As it seems that GRASS is finally running satisfyingly under Windows, something I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years but didn’t want to get into due to the need to have Linux running to fully use the potential of GRASS now seems finally possible. The idea would be to use GRASS 7 and future versions for our training efforts with NARS and other collaborators that can’t afford to use ESRI products. In our training courses here with scientists and technicians from all over the world interest in GIS is always very high. We have been using free alternatives like DIVA, GEODA and GVSIG, which work quite well for some things but don’t cover all needed functions and it would be better to have everything under one platform. GRASS on the other hand is basically capable of everything that ARCGIS can do with maybe a steeper learning curve and not as user friendly. It would give us the opportunity to properly train people and give them a free powerful tool to incorporate GIS in daily work in institutions. Having said that would it make sense to the CSI community to do this as a joint effort and maybe a product towards our annual meeting? CIMMYT eg would look at modules, functions and data sets relevant to breeders, conservation agric in English and Spanish.

Let me know what you think?



4 Responses to “Joint development of a GRASS 7 course (manual, tutorial) for NARS etc?”

  1. Glenn March 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    great idea! I think we should do it… when and where is annual meeting?

  2. Jawoo Koo March 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Re. the annual meeting, we’re still talking about it with few options, but not yet concrete. Just vaguely speaking, sometime between October and November and somewhere in Africa… Will let you all updated once things get firmed. Or, I still think it’d be great to have a global teleconference – but still struggling to find a convenient (least interrupting) time window.

  3. Jawoo Koo March 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    By the way, cool initiative, Kai! I think it’d be a great product.At IFPRI, FYI, GRASS64 has been a part of Global Futures’ regional/global-scale crop modeling platform on Linux cluster. Still too geeky for me to use in daily work, but I agree it is a super powerful tool, especially you’re skillful in bash scripting (on Linux) – you can do lots of magical things!

  4. Andy March 8, 2011 at 2:19 am #

    We’re certainly interested in open source spatial analysis. We’ve gone down the R route though and invested a lot of time in that rather than GRASS. I’d like to see how this develops though, especially now GRASS has a nice interface and python scripting support.