Geospatial Learning @ Primary School

Archive for April 2011

From 25.04.2011 to 29.04.2011, the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, (INPE) (Brazil) and the Institut for Geoinformatics (ifgi) (Germany) of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster held a one week workshop in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brasil. This event was organised in the context of the German-Brasilian Year of Science, Technology and Innovation. Researchers of the GI@School initiative of Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster got in touch with scientists from Brazil, all of very different professions, to present work, exchange ideas and discuss future cooperation. This workshop was divided into two parts, a scientific meeting to present and discuss ideas and concepts of the use of GI in the educational context and hands-on session, where the  GI@School-group presented concepts and software for use in education (more information).

The GeospatialLearning@PrimarySchool initiative was presented during the scientific meeting part by Thomas Bartoschek. Henning Bredel presented his work in software development for OLPC´s XO-Laptop. During this part of the workshop, many interesting topics were presented by the participants; you can find all the presentations here.

The whole week was filled with inspiring discussions, development of new ideas, also for future cooperation and the exchange of ideas. The second part of the workshop was finished by a mapping party to add the area of the INPE to openstreetmap. The results can be seen here.

Some impressions of this week:

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Today, Thomas Bartoschek presented the current state of our initiative within the GIROST workshop at the AGILE 2011 in Utrecht. The GIROST workshop, hosted by esri, covers the new reality of mixed source deployments of geospatial technology, not only in industry but in GI research and instruction as well.

The work of GL@PS combines software and frameworks, both open source as well as commercial (e.g. within the teaching activities) and was therefore choosen to serve as an example for this workshop.

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