Saturday, December 29, 2012
In May, the GIS in Central Asia (GISCA) conference was hosted at KSUCTA, and attendees shared an intensive week of workshops, training, and conference presentations. The published conference proceedings serve as a record of the level of Geoinformatics research reached in Central Asia.
Hungary and again in early December in Bishkek provided the 'brainware' for emerging education programmes, while Tempus supported lab equipment was celebrated in formal opening ceremonies in Osh, Bishkek and Almaty where the 'software and hardware' now are being put to good use in the respective Geoinformatics study programmes.
In October, at the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet Plenary conference in Shanghai, ACA*GIScience was represented with a poster display as well as with a presentation by Barbara Brunner-Maresch. This event provided the opportunity to communicate ACA*GIScience activities and successes beyond the Central Asia region, and to promote the annual GISCA conference as well as research activities.
Research was organized in several, mostly international projects. Satellite image analysis and data extraction for map updating was one recurring task in several different contexts, combined with analysis of renewable energy potentials and public health analyses. Outstanding results were achieved in some field work activities, generating ground truth and validation for geoinformatics projects.
Finally, we need to mention the second group of 18 students from the Kazakh National University coming to Salzburg for the fall semester of 2012/13, participating in a suite of Geoinformatics classes. This student mobility already is becoming a valuable tradition, and a great opportunity for KazNU students to combine a European study abroad experience with their Bachelor and Master degrees at the Faculty of Geography and Environmental Sciences.
Congratulations, and best wishes to our friends and colleagues at Central Asian partner universities to their progress and achievements in the field of Geoinformatics.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
'GISCA' since 2005 has evolved as the main regional scientific cooperation and networking event for the geospatial information science and technologies community across Central Asia. Coordinated by ACA*GIScience center at KSUCTA, the GISCA conference is annually hosted by established centers of GIScience competence in the region - 2013 returning to the outstanding Geography Department at KazNU!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
This visit supports the development and implementation of the Tempus Geoinformatics MSc study programme in Kyrgyzstan. VU Amsterdam is one of the European partners in this project, with researchers and teachers from its SPINlab contributing significantly to curriculum design, media development and in particular to teacher training. The first groups of Geoinformatics MSc students in Kyrgyzstan benefit significantly from this involvement of European teachers!
Monday, November 26, 2012
OpenStreetMap, in connection with a variety of OSM-based applications and technologies is the main focus of the seminar, with practical exercises demonstrating the mapping of the marshrutka public transport network across the city. Starting with GPS data acquisition and online editing, continuing with data model development and then exploring a variety of rendering options, participants are developing a deeper insight into the potential of OSM.
This focus topic is complemented by small group instruction in photogrammetry and orthorectification, hands-on lab exercises with Idrisi Selva, and work with metadata acquisition supporting the Central Asia Geoportal. Overall, participants will be able to 'take home' a broad range of new skills and expertise across a variety of Geoinformatics topics.
Special thanks go to the local organizers at the Austria - Central Asia Centre for GIScience = ACA*GIScience, again demonstrating their excellence as a geospatial competence centre, and working as a motivated and supportive team able to facilitate advanced trainings like this.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Enjoy the movie with their answers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODYolh5_Sjs
I hope all our partners have enjoyed GIS Day as much as we did :-)
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Geoinformatics: Managing Energy, Resources, Environment - GEM", led by the University of Salzburg's Z_GIS in cooperation with academic partners from Hungary, Netherlands, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and of course Kazakhstan.
The opening was honored by an address from Shaizada Tasbulatova from the National Tempus Office in Kazakhstan, and best wishes from the European Association of Geography Students (EGEA), conveyed by its president, Svetlana Samsonova. Leaders from several other Kazakh Universities joined in today's celebrations.
Department chairs, teachers and graduate students from the Department of Geography, Planning and Cadastre and the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics had worked hard over many months to make this teaching lab a reality, with very special thanks going to Aizhan Assylbekova for her tireless initiatives towards building this new teaching and learning resource!
Saturday, October 27, 2012
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
The main objective of the project is the assessment of human vulnerabilities in the selected 5 cities of Kyrgyzstan to climate change hazards such as flooding. High resolution satellite data for project will be supplied by the Spot Image. Satellite image processing and GIS software (e-Cognition and ArcGIS) will be provided by Trimble and ESRI.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Saturday, June 30, 2012
please find the electronic version of published GISCA-2012 Proceedings online at: http://tinyurl.com/GISCA12 or http://goo.gl/PDo7g
A paper hardcopy version will be available from the Austria-Central Asia Centre for GIScience (ACA*GIScience) at KSUCTA, tel. 0312-545602, email@example.com.
Thank you very much for your active participation in GISCA in 2012 and we look forward to meeting you at upcoming GISCA conferences.
Akylbek Chymyrov, Ph.D., M.Eng. GISCA'12 Secretary
Head of Department "Geodesy and Geoinformatics" KSUCTA
Sunday, May 13, 2012
UNIGIS Central Asia offers tutoring in Russian language, but as an international program requires profound English language skills for working with study materials, complete assignments and communicate within the worldwide network of UNIGIS students and alumni.
With a clear focus on continuing education for geospatial / GIS professionals, most candidates come from national and international organisations, the geospatial services industry, and academia. For the first time, candidates are offered the options of registering for a professional diploma or an MSc program of studies, with both qualifications awarded by the University of Salzburg, Austria.
Further information can be found at http://bishkek.unigis.net, email enquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
After a colorful and dynamic cultural welcome of songs and dances, Mr Ghielmetti offered a keynote with a range of case studies illustrating geospatial data acquisition and processing across many application domains. The conference now moves on into its scientific program of presentations, bringing together GIS specialists across the Eurasian continent. Developing a network of experts into communities of practice dedicated to excellence in Geospatial Sciences and innovation in applications and technologies is the main aim of the conference, and substantial progress is being made in this direction.
GISCA 2012 also serves as a teacher training and capacity building opportunity for the Tempus 'GEM' project aiming at developing dedicated Geoinformatics MSc programmes in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
New project "Kyrgyz Consortium for GIS Excellence" is started at KSUCTA, ACA*GIScience with financial support from U.S. Civil Research and Development Foundation (CRDF Global). Regular GIS workshops in digital mapping, spatial analysis, spatial epidemiology, ecological modeling and integration of GIS into biological, ecological, and disease surveillance studies are provided to the Consortium members - Kyrgyz institutions working mainly in Veterinary and Medical sciences. The Open Source GIS Software (Quantum GIS) is selected for trainings and project activities at that member institutions, which do not have commercial GIS SW. Five GIS workshops are conducted at KSUCTA GIS Lab and new workshops will be held within this project. More information available at: gis.net.kg
Saturday, February 25, 2012
UNIGIS students from the Central Asia study centre had an opportunity to participate as well in this event. After the lecture UNIGIS distance learning students were discussing their progress and plans for project work and Master Theses, hopefully leading to completion of their degrees soon.
It was a very good opportunity for GEM and UNIGIS Students, as well as for KSUCTA faculty to have a guest lecture by an international visitor from European partners. This provides everyone with a broader perspective on current scientific and professsional topics and helps with improving language skills.
We look forward to other visits and lectures from International partners!
Friday, February 17, 2012
The Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture is serving as a venue, supported by the Austria - Central Asia Centre for GIScience. One major topical focus will be on land and resource management, complemented by a range of applied themes and technology-centered presentations.
The entire conference week will serve as a summer school and teacher training event for the Tempus "GEM" project, supporting the development of Geoinformatics MSc programs across Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Training will include GIS software, data acquisition technologies as well as analytical methods.
GISCA 2012 invites presentations in paper, poster and tutorial formats - see gisca12.aca-giscience.org!