Tuesday, February 28, 2012

CRDF Project activities at ACA*GIScience

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

Tempus GEM Startup lecture for Cartography class

On 25th of February Prof. J.Strobl visited the ACA*GIScience centre. During his visit he was giving the initial lectures for the Cartography and Geovisualisation class to the first group of Geoinfomatics MSc students at KSUCTA, Bishkek.

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

GISCA 2012 - Call for contributions open!

This year's GIS-in-Central-Asia conference is returning to Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan: on May 2/3 the Central Asian Geoinformatics community again will get together for this annual conference, which has become a  regional must-attend event since its inception in 2005.

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!