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Study to understand the scale of Racial Injustice in GIS/EO Education and Research

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    Suchith Anand

    Dear colleagues,
    I came across this article on ”Use of Proprietary Software in the Aid Sector Perpetuates Racial Injustice “ at… 
    It is disappointing to read that African colleagues are not able to participate as equals in humanitarian and development work in their own continent. 
    I would like to learn and understand more the scale of Racial Injustice in Geographic Information Science / Earth Observation Research and Education . Could I request you to share any information on this topic so I can learn more as I am writing an article on this topic.
    I co-founded GeoForAll  for bridging the geospatial digital divide. GeoForAll was established with a vision to make geospatial education and digital economy opportunities accessible to all, enabling a better future for everyone. Access to quality education and opportunities is key for getting rid of extreme poverty and enable broadly shared prosperity for all. 
    Why GeoForAll?
    GeoForAll is committed to making geospatial education and opportunities accessible to all. This will help enable widening STEM education opportunities for all. You can find details at
    I really hope more academic colleagues will support GeoForAll to help reduce Racial Injustice in Geospatial Science Education and Research.
    Thank you to all colleagues who already expressed interest to be co-authors for this study and article. I will be contacting you after 5th Sep 2022.
    If you are interested to be a co-author for this study and article please email me at ***@***.*** by 5th Sep 2022.
    I will appreciate information on the following queries
    If you are doing teaching and research in Geospatial Science or Earth Observation,  please share ideas on how you are addressing Racial Injustice in GIS/EO in your teaching and research?  Please provide details. 
    Does the current Geographic Information Science curriculum  – Masters, Undergraduate courses at your University also include Free and Open Source GIS?  If not, why? Please provide details.
    It is important that all colleagues who contributed their inputs and worked on research papers, grant applications etc are acknowledged for their efforts and their names included according to their contributions. Are there any examples of  sidelining of staff or students from co-authoring a paper of their work that they have contributed.  If so, why?
    Are there any examples of racial discrimination in GIS/EO Academic jobs recruitment process including promotions at any universities.  For example,  qualified candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds being sidelined in academic appointments or promotions and  those without a PhD getting appointed or promoted as an academic in any UK University when there are suitable candidates with PhD from ethnic minority backgrounds etc.
    Are there any barriers for participation of economically poor colleagues and students in any GIS/EO Initiatives, projects , educational courses etc that you are aware of? If so, please provide details?
    How can we replace the cycle of exclusion with a virtuous cycle of inclusion and human development?
    Please email me your ideas and suggestions at ***@***.***
    Every day, each and every one of us can stand up against racial prejudice and disrespectful attitudes.
    Let’s build a world beyond racism and discrimination, where we all exercise our human rights. Be a human rights champion! 
    Best wishes
    Dr Suchith Anand
    Senior Adviser to Governments and International Organisations | Scientist | Board member | Governance | Policy | Consultant in Data Science and Data Ethics | Global Citizen | SDG Volunteer and Advocate
    Email – ***@***.***

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