COST Action TD1202 - Mapping and the Citizen Sensor

Training School "FOSS4VGI - Using Free and Open Source Software with VGI: integration, analysis and visualisation"

Politecnico di MilanoComo Campus will host a Training School sponsored by COST Action TD1202 “Mapping and the Citizen Sensor” from July 12 to 14, 2015. This event will run immediately before the FOSS4G Europe international conference that Politecnico di Milano is organizing on July 15-17 at the same venue.


The Training School (TS) has two key goals which are consistent with the goal of the COST Action involving “Mapping and the Citizen Sensor”:
1. Provide attendees with skills to use FOSS4G to create and manipulate Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI)
2. Demonstrate how to use, manipulate and visualize VGI data and how it can be integrated with other geospatial datasets

Description of the TS and how it will serve the identified goal(s)

The TS will be a mixture of lectures and practical hands-on workshop sessions which will enable interaction, experimentation and learning. A web archive will be created and made openly accessible providing online access to the workshop materials for the future benefit of both the participants in the TS and the wider geospatial community.

The TS will focus on educating attendees about the processes of mapping in VGI. This in turn will greatly help the various work-packages within the Action in understanding:
1. How mapping and GI data collection happens in VGI projects
2. The potential for errors such as accuracy errors, uncertainty etc due to the methods by which mapping and GI data collection is performed and
3. The types of FOSS4G which are the most useful to support the citizens in mapping and GI data collection for VGI projects

Specific Outputs and Outcomes

The TS will:
1. Provide free and open access to all workshop materials which will be of educational value to the wider geospatial community
2. Provide participants with a comfortable learning environment within which they can learn to use FOSS4G tools and work with VGI
3. Assist participants in gaining a deeper appreciation and understanding of the issues surrounding the integration of VGI and other sources of geographical data

How to apply

Participation to the Training School is opened to students (including PhD students) and Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in any discipline related to Geographic Information Science. Participants do not need to possess programming expertise, but may be advantaged by previous experience with open source software. Similarly, familiarity with VGI and VGI projects (from both a theoretical and a practical perspective) is not required but constitutes a plus.

COST Action TD1202 “Mapping and the Citizen Sensor” will cover the expenses (travel, accomodation and meals) of 25 students and ESRs. Participation of female students and ESRs as well as students and ESRs from inclusiveness countries is highly encouraged and will be prioritized. Inclusiveness countries include Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, FYR Macedonia, Republic of Serbia, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg and Portugal.

The selection process will be based on the applicant's motivation letter and previous experience with GIS software and VGI, including applications, projects and scientific publications. The application must be done exclusively online by filling the form available here. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 10 2015 and the outcome of the selection will be announced on Wednesday, June 17. Participants will receive an official invitation from COST that they have to accept in order to be reimbursed. The official program of the Training School will be published soon together with the names of the Trainers.

For any additional information about the Training School you can send an e-mail to Dr. Marco Minghini (marco.minghini AT and Eng. Carolina Arias Muñoz (carolina.arias AT

Final Report

The final report of the Training School, which includes the detailed description of the lectures, the links to the materials, the list of trainers and trainees and the trainees' feedbacks, can be accessed here.

The Training School will take place at Politecnico di MilanoComo Campus at two different locations: on Sunday, July 12 at Palazzo Natta, a charming historic building in the city centre of Como; on Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14 at the building located in via Castelnuovo, 7.

Jeff McKenna

In 2009 Jeff McKenna was named to the Board of Directors of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), subsequently was named as the President of OSGeo in 2012, and was reelected in 2014. After helping organize a small event in Ottawa, Canada in 2004 for geospatial free software, Jeff attended FOSS4G 2004 in Bangkok, and would discuss with Markus Neteler and Venkatesh Raghavan about joining the MapServer and GRASS community events into a global FOSS4G event. Jeff is very active in the MapServer community, and is a member of its Project Steering Committee. Jeff operates a consulting company, Gateway Geomatics, along the beautiful coast in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Peter Mooney

Peter Mooney has been carrying out research into Open Data, Open Source Software, Spatial Data Management, VGI and Citizen Science for over a decade. He is involved in a number of important collaborative European initiatives in this space including several EU COST Actions. Peter has a PhD in Computer Science and a BSc in Mathematical Physics. Peter brings great hands on experience and enthusiasm for the use of open source software for processing, analyzing and visualizing spatial data in many different thematic domains.

Daniel Kastl

Daniel Kastl is geographer, software developer, FOSS advocate and founder and CEO of Georepublic, working in Germany and Japan. He is moderating and promoting the pgRouting community and development since the beginning of the project. Since 2009 he is mentor for the Google Summer of Code program. Also he’s an early contributor to the OpenStreetMap project in Japan and founding member of OSM Foundation Japan.

Marco Minghini

Dr. Marco Minghini obtained a Bachelor degree, a Masters degree and a PhD at Politecnico di Milano. Since 2014, he is a temporary research fellow at the GEOlab of the Como Campus of Politecnico di Milano. Driven by the use of open source software, his current research focuses on geoWeb applications, citizen science and VGI. He is an active member of COST Action TD1202 "Mapping and the Citizen Sensor". He is the Secretary of FOSS4G Europe 2015 conference.

Andrea Antonello

Andrea Antonello works on GFOSS development since his degree in environmental engineering. He is co-founder of HydroloGIS, a company that makes use as well as develops GFOSS software for environmental analyses. Andrea is lead of the JGrasstools and Geopaparazzi projects and is part of the project steering committee of uDig. He has a PhD about GFOSS development for digital field mapping and currently holds a researcher position at the Free University of Bolzano. Andrea does training courses on a regular basis.

28 trainees participated in the Training School. The list of the trainees and their affiliation countries is given below:
1. BICU Elena-Andreea (RO)
2. CALAFIORE Alessia (IT)
3. CERUTTI Valentina (NL)
4. CHORBEV Ivan (MK)
7. DAVIDOVIC Nikola (RS)
8. DIERICKX Florian (EL)
9. ENCALADA ABARCA Luis Vicente (PT)
10. FILCHEV Lachezar (BG)
12. GARCIA CHAPETON Gustavo Adolfe (NL)
13. GASPAR José (PT)
14. ILIE Codrina Maria (RO)
15. IVANOVIC Stefan (FR)
17. MALISAN Petra (IT)
18. MARJANOVIĆ Jelena (RS)
19. MOLTENI Miriam (IT)
20. MURA Sara (IT)
21. NEZIRI Radife (MK)
22. OXOLI Daniele (IT)
23. POLÁČEK Patrik (SK)
24. ROSALES Cristina (ES)
26. VENKATACHALAM Vijay Charan (IT)
27. VISNJEVAC Nenad (RS)
28. FOLEY Michael (IE)

July 12, 2015

Time Trainer Subject
9:00 - 13:00 Jeff McKenna FOSS4VGI: An Introduction to the Open Source Geospatial Community [pdf1, pdf2, pdf3, pdf4, videos]
13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 18:00 Marco Minghini Managing your own data collection with Open Data Kit [pdf]

July 13, 2015

Time Trainer Subject
9:00 - 13:00 Peter Mooney & Marco Minghini Working with OpenStreetMap data [webpage]
13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 18:00 Andrea Antonello Geopaparazzi for sustainable development in mapping small communities' needs [manual]

July 14, 2015

Time Trainer Subject
9:00 - 13:00 Daniel Kastl Opening up the network data of OpenStreetMap with pgRouting [webpage]
13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 18:00 Peter Mooney Visualising VGI data with Leaflet [webpage]

*Coffee breaks everyday between 10:45 - 11:45 & 15:45 - 16:15