GIS Education News Weekly: gvSIG, Abu Dhabi and a GEOINT MOOC

gvSIG Tutorial

This Master’s thesis is dedicated to the development of a complete tutorial to introduce gvSIG.

gvSIG Webinar June 11

The ICA-OSGeo Lab Network and MundoGEO announced the eighth webinar of the ”Open Geospatial Science & Applications” webinar series on June 11th. The free online event introduced gvSIG Educa/Batoví, a customization of the gvSIG Desktop Open Source GIS. It is based on gvSIG and it was originally developed to promote the use of GIS in educational settings around the Plan Ceibal initiative (Uruguay). At this point, you'll need ot find the replay.

GIS Education Coming to All Grade 6s in Abu Dhabi

The programme [using sophisticated electronic mapping] has been tested in 12 schools for a year, and will be extended to every Grade 6 pupil in the next academic year.

Project manager Ahmed Al Hammadi said such schemes were exciting for pupils, and without them it would be more difficult to make education enjoyable and attractive.

The programme is managed in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre and Esri, which provides ArcGIS no charge.

Maps for Nationalism

In its bid to help foster nationalism among the young generation, Gadjah Mada University (UGM), in cooperation with the Indonesian Geography Association (IGI) and the Geographical Information Agency (BIG), released an NKRI ["The map is of the unitary state of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI)"] map on Friday.

Some 5000 maps will be distributed to schools in the coming years.

Pete Fisher Passes

Pete Fisher who held a chair at the Department of Geography at the University of Leicester passed away earlier this year. He was one of the early academics in GIS and edited the International Journal of Geographical Information Systems and then Science from 1994 to 2007 (volumes 8 to 21) and helped establish GIS as field within the wider arena of information sciences. The university has a remembrance.

Penn State Announces GEOINT MOOC for 2015

Penn State's Todd Bacastow will teach the course which begins January 14, 2015. It's titled Geospatial Intelligence & the Geospatial Revolution. (APB coverage) 

Published Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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