Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Professor Henk Scholten (UNIGIS Amsterdam) honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Geospatial Media and Communications

Prof Henk Scholten, CEO, Geodan, Director, SPINlab, Vrije Universiteit, has been honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by Geospatial Media and Communications for the year 2015. The award shall be presented during Geospatial World Forum on May 25, 2016 at World Trade Centre, Rotterdam. The jury, comprising of renowned professionals representing industry, academia, government and multilateral organizations, met in December ‘15 to select this year’s Geospatial World Leadership Awardees.

While recognizing Scholten’s contribution as a teacher, entrepreneur and advocate of geospatial technologies ranging over 4 decades, the jury feels privileged to have chosen him for Lifetime Achievement Award. Scholten has been passionate about providing new perspective to geography through combining mathematics and geography opened a new era of modeling, predicting enhancing overall understanding of the world we live in. Having very unique social characteristics and instincts, he has immensely contributed in overall development of GIS/geospatial community worldwide.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Online U_Lecture May 31st by Dr Elias Symeonakis

Tuesday 31 May 2016, 6-7 PM (CET)
Dr Elias Symeonakis, Senior Lecturer - Manchester Metropolitan University & UNIGIS UK

Assessing Land Degradation and Desertification using Vegetation Index Data: Current Frameworks and Future Directions 

Land degradation and desertification has been ranked as a major environmental and social issue for the coming decades. Thus, the observation and early detection of degradation is a primary objective for a number of scientific and policy organisations, with remote sensing methods being a candidate choice for the development of monitoring systems.

This webinar reviews the statistical and ecological frameworks of assessing land degradation and desertification using vegetation index data. The development of multi-temporal analysis as a desertification assessment technique is reviewed, with a focus on how current practice has been shaped by controversy and dispute within the literature. The statistical techniques commonly employed are examined from both a statistical as well as ecological point of view, and recommendations are made for future research directions. The scientific requirements for degradation and desertification monitoring systems identified here are: (I) the validation of methodologies in a robust and comparable manner; and (II) the detection of degradation at minor intensities and magnitudes. It is also established that the multi-temporal analysis of vegetation index data can provide a sophisticated measure of ecosystem health and variation, and that, over the last 30 years, considerable progress has been made in the respective research.

Geospatial Competency Lifecycle

Published article in Geospatial World Magazine May 2016
By Professor Josef Strobl

The definition of geospatial career pathways, offering professional growth opportunities following a geospatial paradigm with associated competencies, will enhance the appeal of starting positions and draw smart young people into our field.

The‚ ‘brainware’ behind managing and operating spatial data infrastructures, generating information from geospatial sensors and data, and effective geovisual communications increasingly is considered the main critical success factor for leveraging geospatial technologies across its application domains. Education and training on various levels are supposed to develop these competences. Even though educational programs proliferate, student numbers often stay below expectations and industry is struggling to hire qualified staff. After decades as an established discipline, (too) many geospatial positions in public administration and businesses are still being filled by people “trained on the job”.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

U_lecture April 25 6-7pm CET: Mapping Wilderness by Dr Steve Carver

GIS approaches to mapping wilderness: quantifying the qualitative 
Monday 25 April 2016, 6-7 PM (CET)
Dr Steve Carver, Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds
Free web lecture Register here

Throughout early human history, wilderness has been a place of fear and dread, of wild beast and wilder people, often shown on old maps as “Parts Unknown” or “Hic Svnt Dracones” (Here be dragons). More recently these blank spots have acquired a certain romance and the word wilderness has become more closely associated with unspoilt nature and the sublime. In the modern world there are no remaining blank spots on our maps as satellites have surveyed every last inch of the earth’s surface so that all is now “known”. 

This webinar will consider the questions of what is wilderness and how we can map this largely qualitative concept to ensure its protection from the worst excesses of human development, and even identify areas that may be returned to the wild through habitat restoration and reintroductions of missing species. 

This is a journey that takes us from “parts unknown” through to modern high resolution datasets and complex spatial modelling tools informing policy development and the physical and ethical challenges of rewilding. Examples will be given from global to local including institutional mapping exercises in Scotland, Europe and the US followed by some thoughts on where we go next.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

2nd International QGIS User and Developer Conference Girona (Spain) 24-29 May

This year, the Spanish FOSS4G (Jornadas de SIG Libre) organized by SIGTE (University of Girona) will held the 2nd edition of the International QGIS User and Developer Conference, as well as a QGIS Hack Fest. The conference will take place in May 2016 (24th-29th). During a whole week Girona (Spain) will be the capital of the Free and Open Source Geospatial Technologies.

The International QGIS User and Developer Conference wants to be the referential conference, and a meeting point for the family of users and developers orbiting around the QGIS project, in order to gather experiences and sharing knowledge about QGIS. The language of the Conference is English. 

The Spanish FOSS4G (Jornadas de SIG Libre) is an event of reference in the field of the free and open source technologies in the geospatial domain. They are a meeting point where to share knowledge, experiences and create synergies. The language of the Conference is Spanish.

During the weekend, the event will held a QGIS Hackfest where QGIS developers, translators, documentation writers, testers and enthusiasts can share ideas about the project.

This is the general program of the event:
  • May, 24th: Jornadas SIG Libre - Keynotes and presentations (Spanish)
  • May, 25th: Jornadas SIG Libre workshops (spanish) and QGIS Workshops (English) 
  • May, 26th: Internacional QGIS Conference (English)
  • May, 27th-29th: QGIS Hackfest (English)