Greece, Chania, Crete island

Open GIS Symposium and Summer School 2015

when 20 July 2015 - 24 July 2015
duration 1 week
fee EUR 300

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are becoming a standard tool for any application dealing with spatial data, whether used for planning purposes by administrations or the private sector, or for research purposes. In particular, GIS support a large range of environmental applications, involving vegetation, soil and water.

This summer school offers an introduction to the concepts behind GIS, the types of data used, the manner in which they are structured and analysed, projection and geographic coordinate systems and data representation, as well as basic data analysis. These theoretical concepts are followed by specific applications focusing on topics such as agriculture, forestry, water and coastal zone management. In addition to the theoretical background, the course focuses strongly on hands-on practical applications, employing open source software. We start this initiative focusing on the advantages of using Free and Open Source Software for GIS.

The Summer School is opening with one day symposium on Open Source software (Monday, July 20, 2015), Open Data and coastal environment-driven Open innovation research. Key issues will be discussed on Open research-data-software applications to ecosystems resilience in relation to water resources, climate change, management and protection of coastal zones. Significant key – note speakers are expected in the oral presentation session and “OPENGIS” participants are encouraged to contribute in the special organized for them poster session and in the abstract proceedings e-book of the symposium.

Course leader

OURANIA, TZORAKI, Assistant Professor, at the Department of Marine Sciences, University of the Aegean.

Target group

young professionals, scientists, public employees, researchers, educators, PhD students. The selection of the thirty (30) participants will be based on responses to essay questions regarding motivation as well as past and future involvement in issues to be tackled during the Summer school. In addition, participants professional and educational background should ensure the implementation and dissemination of the knowledge acquired during the Summer School and Symposium.

Course aim

The OPENGIS Summer School consists of four days of demonstrations and hands-on experience on using Open Source GIS software in a number of applications. It offers an introduction to the concepts behind GIS, as well as basic data analysis. These theoretical concepts are followed by specific applications focusing on topics such as coastal agriculture, coastal forestry, water and coastal zone management. OPENGIS based models are demonstrated e.g. QSWAT, LOICZ, InVest, XBeach models.
More info at https://opengis2015.pns.aegean.gr/

Fee info

EUR 300: Registration fee includes tuition fees, course materials, symposium e-proceedings. A number of students will receive full scholarship by UNESCO for attending the program.

Scholarships

yes