BiographyCameron Green is a MSc Geoinformatics student in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology at the University of Pretoria and has actively been involved in OSGeo initiatives and open source technologies since 2017. In 2017, he was selected for the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Science Undergraduate Mentorship Bursary Program under Prof Serena Coetzee and Dr Victoria Rautenbach. The mentorship bursary was awarded based on academic merit and commitment. Through the program, he assisted with various administrative and technical tasks in the departments. At University, he joined the environmental society, called The Greenline Society. He served on the Executive Council for three years as the Marketing and Publications Manager (2015), Vice-Chairperson (2016) and Chairperson and Residence Director (2017). As part of the Executive Council, he had various responsibilities, such as organised and participated events and coordinating marketing. He is currently the president of the University of Pretoria YouthMappers chapter, and has been instrumental in the arrangements of various mapathons that were held at the University of Pretoria and with school learners in Pretoria.
He was a DST/NRF intern in the Centre for Geoinformation Science under the supervision of Prof Serena Coetzee in 2018. As part of his duties, he was a teaching assistant for GIS310 (Advance GIS), GMT320 (Geoinformatics project) and GIS 311 (Geoinformatics). His main task was to manage and coordinate the practical sessions for the GIS 310 group of 120 students. For GMT 320, he assisted with administration and logistical arrangements with the community of Alaska informal settlement and presents practicals to the students. Through the internship and his honour’s project, he was involved in the Frontiers of Engineering Seed Funding project with King's College London. The aim of the project was to improve the process for collecting volunteered geographic information by interacting with hackathons. For the project, he assisted with the arrangement of mapathons and the development of a wiki for reporting on the process. Additionally, he coordinated with postgraduate students at King's College London to analyse the quality of the data. During this time, he was a facilitator in a UN OpenGIS online course on QGIS and a mentor in the annual Google Code-in.
Currently, he is working as a research assistant in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology at the University of Pretoria. In the 2019 edition of Google Code-in Cameron was a mentor and administrator for OSGeo during this time where he coordinated directly with the participants, mentors and Google to ensure the smooth running of the competition. During his time at the University, he has assisted with and lead workshops where various open source geospatial topics were covered. He has also participated in a number of community outreach and engagement programs. At his university, Cameron is always assisting students with learning open source software and develops material for open source GIS applications that students use and works not only with Geoinformatics students but also students from other degrees. Later this year (2020), Cameron will again be a facilitator in a UN OpenGIS online course on PostGIS.
His current research is an international collaboration between the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Swedish STINT. The focus of this study was to build a collaborative data library for the sharing of fine-grained spatial and non-spatial data. This was achieved by building and configuring a customized GeoNode instance.