Monday, January 25, 2016

UNIGIS 2016: Info-Webinar zur Studienberatung

Sie haben einen Beruf und wollen trotzdem an der Universität studieren? Sie arbeiten vielleicht sogar schon mit GIS Werkzeugen und wollen die 'Konzepte dahinter' besser verstehen? Sie haben berufliche Pläne oder sind einfach nur neugierig auf Neues? Die Anmeldefrist für den UNIGIS MSc Jahrgang 2016 endet in Kürze!

Zur Orientierung, für Studienberatung und zu Ihren Fragen zum UNIGIS Fernstudium an der Universität Salzburg steht das Lehrgangsteam im Rahmen eines Webinars zur Verfügung!

Dienstag, 2. Februar 2016, 17:30 - 19:00 MEZ


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Running ArcGIS 10 on Windows 10

There are a lot of complaints on web fora from people trying to run ArcGIS 10.x on a Windows 10 OS. One complaint that frequently can be read is the fact that the menu bar and/or toolbar and/or ArcToolbox window items are displayed way too small on high-resolution displays (e.g. 3200x1800 HD).

I experienced the same problems when I installed ArcGIS 10.1 on my new Windows 10 laptop: the toolbar items and my ArcToolbox window items were not readable. I've been experimenting with different solutions and found this combination to be working for me. I hope that it will help you as well:
  1. Go to the Start menu > All apps > ArcGIS. Then right-click ArcMap 10.1 > More > Open file location.
    This action opens the ArcMap 10.1 start item in Windows Explorer. 
  2. Right-click the ArcMap 10.1 start item in Windows Explorer > Compatibility-tab > Select Disable display scaling on high DPI settings. Click OK.
    It is not necessary to enable compatibility mode for an older version of Windows, e.g. Windows 7 or even Vista (SP 2).
  3. Now open ArcMap 10.1.You should now observe that part of your problem has been solved, but not yet entirely. So do the following: In the menu bar, select Customize > Customize mode > tab Options, select Large icons.
This combination of actions should have changed the size of your menu bars and window items to a readable size. The only icons that still are small in my case, are the icons in the top of my Table of Contents, but I can live with that.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Board UNIGIS International Association installed

UIA Board members 2016:
Jasper Dekkers, Gemma Boix,
Graham Smith, Jacek Kozak,
Josef Strobl
The UNIGIS International Association has a new composition of its board. Dr. Jasper Dekkers, already a board member in his role as treasurer, is the new chair of the UNIGIS International Association (UIA). Jasper is affiliated with UIA through UNIGIS Amsterdam, offered by VU University Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

Former Chair Professor Josef Strobl (UNIGIS Salzburg) is now general board member, responsible for partnerships within UIA. Professor Jacek Kozak (UNIGIS Krakow) is UIA's new treasurer. Gemma Boix (UNIGIS Girona) is responsible for all UIA marketing matters and Graham Smith (UNIGIS UK) is also a general board member.

The focus for this year's board activities will be to strengthen and update UIA's online presence and to encourage exchange of the body of knowledge present within the UNIGIS partner network. UIA is the coordinating body for all 13 member universities and 12 study centers. UIA facilitates cooperation among its members in research, curriculum developments, promotion and partnerships.

More information

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sign up for tomorrow's free U_Lecture about Minecraft in Schools (5-6PM CET)

Is Minecraft a useful teaching tool? Researchers at SPINlab (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) are trying to find the answer to this question. Their focus group are teachers who use Minecraft in the classroom in three Dutch schools in Lelystad, Zaandam and Amsterdam. These teachers can provide valuable feedback about whether Minecraft is an effective teaching tool. 

Parallel to this, the project GeoCraft NL is developed: a Minecraft world with the whole of the Netherlands on a scale 1:1. The project, initiated by the Dutch Geo Science Center GeoFort, delivers a map with all the trees, roads, rivers and buildings in the Netherlands. In this project, many public and private stakeholders participate: the 3D Minecraft objects are generated by the company Geodan using maps and public data from Kadaster and Rijkswaterstaat. 3000 Dutch Minecraft players were asked to help finish the Netherlands in GeoCraft NL. 

In this webinar we invited Willemijn Simon van Leeuwen (Director GeoFort) and Mark Opmeer (PhD Student Digital Humanities at SPINLab Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) to reflect on the GeoCraftNL project. Mark focusses his story on enriching secondary education with geo-information tools and provides useful lessons learned while implementing these tools in the school curriculum. Willemijn shares her experiences in acquainting children, parents and teachers with the fascinating world of geo and the importance and succes factors of stakeholder involvement. 

This webinar is moderated by Dr. Niels van Manen, Coordinator UNIGIS Amsterdam. Although there is a geo-ict focus in every webinar topic, you don’t necessarily have to be familiar with geo-ict. These webinars target a broad audience. The webinars are free to attend.

Register here