The GeoForAll Research and

Education Workshop

at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Charlie Schweik, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation and Center for Public Policy and Administration.
Dr. Schweik is the chair of the’s Education and Curriculum Committee and one of the four leads in the creation of the GeoForAll global network.

He has taught an online Introduction to Open Source GIS class, and is currently awaiting the results of a collaborative grant proposal (with four other US higher education institutions) to the US National Science Foundation to develop, over the course of the next three years, a set of courses with accompanying exercises that use open source geospatial technologies.

Schweik is also the lead author on the book Internet Success: A Study of Open Source Software Commons (MIT Press, 2012).

Robert English, Daystar Computing and Research Services (
Bob is the co-author of Internet Success: A Study of Open Source Software Commons (MIT Press, 2012), and a developer of open source geospatial applications. Most recently, he developed the “Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System (CAPS) Scenario Builder” ( that is an extension of the open source system Quantum GIS.

Sandra Haire of the Haire Laboratory for Landscape Ecology -
Dr. Haire studies questions related to how disturbance creates spatial patterns and ecological processes. Much of her work utilizes the open source software “R” to investigate these questions.

Joseph P. Kopera, Senior Research Fellow, Massachusetts Geological Survey and Dept. of Geosciences (

Joe is the geologic mapping and GIS coordinator at the Massachusetts Geological Survey.  Trained as a field geologist, his present focus is on shifting the workflow of geologic mapmaking from proprietary solutions to a  silo-averse process that engages the communities being mapped and uses FOSS at every step, from boots-on-the-ground data collection to publication and distribution in forms that are readily accessible to non-geologists, especially those in municipal and regional government, and can be easily maintained and updated over time.

Joe is co-author of the essay Overcoming the momentum of anachronism: American geologic mapping in a twenty-first-century world (in USGS Special Paper 502) along with Kyle House (USGS) and Ryan Clark (MapBox).  You can follow him on Twitter at @GeoJoek.

Walter Jaslanek. PhD Student, UMass Amherst and IGERT Wind Energy Fellow.
Walt has over a decade of professional GIS experience and is now working on a GIS-based decision support system to support broad-scale placement of wind farm systems taking into account ecological and human aspects.

Alexander “Sasha” Stepanov (GIS Architect, UMass Amherst Facilities Planning).

Dr. Stepanov is currently developing course material on spatial databases with attention to PostResSQL and PostGIS.