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The project


The project examines the use of geographic media in schools and teacher education. Geo-media is the visualisation of information from different media sources and is concerned with digital content and its processing based on place, position and location. Many geographic media are widely used for navigation and routing purposes. Cartographic communication has never been so easy to implement, therefore 21st century school education needs to include geo-media into daily work. Innovative approaches to teaching and learning are needed to study environments from local to global scale.

The network links innovative centres around Europe where geo-media use is well developed. Products, resources, experiences and ideas are shared between the centres and opened to the public wherever possible.

A infrastructure is under development. The European Centre and an accredited network of national and regional Centres of Excellence are developing an online catalogue of materials, courses, publications, links and good practice scenarios, and are publishing a series of core publications.




Digital Globes Offer a Dynamic Vision


Chip Clark/Smithsonian Institution

The six-foot-wide “Science on a Sphere” was created by NOAA as a tool to teach earth sciences.


In the main hall of the hands-on science exhibits at the Cape Town Science Center in South Africa, a lifeless, tattered globe stands under naked fluorescent bulbs, all but ignored by children passing through on school tours.

Across a sunblasted courtyard and up a dingy staircase, another globe — a digital globe — stands in a darkened room. This globe is a shining sphere of light. Children stand awe-struck; adults of a certain age may be reminded of images like Apollo 8’s Earthrise photograph, while Tolkien fans of all ages will recall the spherical, swirling “palantír” of Saruman in “The Lord of the Rings” (forged in the days when Middle Earth was still flat).

Until recently, cost and technical limitations have largely confined these modern spheres to institutional settings like science centers. But as technology improves and prices fall, it’s growing more likely that a digital orb will someday arrive in a classroom or boardroom — even a living room — near you.

As the name suggests, a digital globe is a spherically shaped display screen. Like the old-school globes once common in classrooms, digital globes vary in size, but a typical model is about 24 inches across. Unlike the globes of your childhood, the image on a digital globe can be changed with the touch of a button. Controlled by a keyboard or tablet computer, a digital globe can toggle between familiar, static images, like the world’s political boundaries, topography or vegetation. It can animate complex phenomena, like the formation of weather systems, the effect of global warming on wolverine habitats or the annual pulse of sea ice. It can display the surface of the moon, the churning azure cloudscapes of Neptune or the celestial globe — the night sky.

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Josef Strobl and Digital Earth education

As first published at the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) Website

“Real world and virtual word are related together generating information by location”, talked by  Josef Strobl during the Digital Earth forum organized by the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the International Society for Digital Earth in Beijing, 21th Jan. 2013.


“The overall concept of digital earth is generally understood as being inclusive, reaching out to citizens, facilitating participation, and providing interfaces between the real world, its virtual representations, and people. ” he said. “Geo-media” and “spatial citizens” are main characteristics which are changing the way of information generating for digital earth. It is considered the visualization of information from different media source is concerned with digital content based on geographic attribute in terms of place, position and location etc. Digital Earth education can provide handy geospatial courses and leaning for more understanding and involvement in the new digital world.

Prof. Dr. Josef Strobl, life individual member of the ISDE, academician of Austrian Academy of Sciences, head of the interfaculty department of geoinformatics of the University of Salzburg, undertakes coordinating institution of the EU Digital Earth education network. The project, under the umbrella of EU Digital Agenda 2020, examines the use of geographic media in schools and teacher education.


Report “from spatial literacy to spatial thinking

Source: ISDE Website

4th Edition of the “Open Source Opportunities in GIS Summer School: Open Web Services and Web Map Applications” (08-12 July 2013, Girona – Spain)


The GIS and Remote Sensing Centre of the University of Girona, the Nottingham Geospatial Institute of the University of Nottingham and OpenGeo welcome you to the 4th Open Source GIS Summer School which will be focused on the development and creation of Open Web Mapping Services and Web Applications.

The Open Source Opportunities in GIS Summer School of Girona is an initiative aimed to meet the GIS professional demands related to free and open solutions, and we are working on this vision from the start. The 4th Summer School will have the contribution of OpenGeo, industry leader in geospatial technology based on free software (FOSS) and recognized worldwide as one of the largest contributors to its promotion and development, and the Nottingham Geospatial Institute of the University of Nottingham as experts in Open Web Services.

If you are interested in application development and creation of web map services using the most widely used free and open source market products such as PostGIS, GeoServer, OpenLayers, then this is your opportunity. The summer school builds upon the success of previous initiatives. We look forward to welcoming you to the Open Source Opportunities in GIS Summer School 2013.

Applications to the Summer School must be submitted before 15th June. To apply for the Summer School, please send an email to the Course Secretariat of the Summer School ( indicating:

  • Personal data (name, surname(s), DNI/Passport Number,  city and country of residence and email.
  • What is your interest in attending the Summer School.
  • CV attached.



The International Space University’s 26th SSP


The International Space University 2013 Space Studies Program to Convene in Brazil

ISU is proud to announce that the 26th annual Space Studies Program (SSP) will be held at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) campus in São José dos Campos, Brazil in 2013. The dates of the session are 17 June through 16 August 2013.

Commenting on what will be ISU’s third SSP to be held in the Southern Hemisphere, ISU President Michael Simpson noted, “We expect this to be a great SSP.  The facilities are superb, the level of technical expertise is very high, and the vision of the space sector’s capacity to improve not only human knowledge but the human condition as well is evident everywhere.”

One of INPE’s strategic goals is to become a National and international reference in both space and earth environment fostering knowledge and attending and anticipating demands on Brazilian society life quality progress.

“We are delighted to hear the news of our selection! INPE and the city of São José dos Campos will do their best to fulfill ISU’s expectations. Definitely, it will be an important opportunity for the Brazilian Space Program to bring together our community of Institutions related to space, allowing for more interaction, global cooperation and to motivate our people to be always attentive to the technology frontiers for our industry” says Dr. Gilberto Câmara, Director General of INPE.

ISU provides an interdisciplinary education in the context of an intercultural and international environment to support the development of future leaders in the world space community. The SSP offers its participants a unique and comprehensive education covering all aspects of space programs and enterprises including space physical sciences, space systems engineering, policy and law, business and management, space and society, satellite applications, and space life sciences and human spaceflight.

Each summer ISU offers this intense nine-week course designed for post-graduate university students and professionals of all experience levels and disciplines. The site of the SSP changes annually, making it a unique educational concept and building on the fundamental ISU tenant of an international experience.

Professor Angie Bukley, ISU Associate Dean and SSP Director stated that, “It is exciting that the program will convene for the second time in South America and for the third time in the Southern Hemisphere. We are very impressed with the level of energy, enthusiasm, and commitment demonstrated by the INPE team. The unique scientific and research facilities and lovely campus at INPE will provide the perfect learning environment for the SSP13 participants.”

The SSP core lecture series serves as the foundation on which the more in-depth activities undertaken in the seven departments are built. The team projects provide the participants with an international and intercultural team working experience wherein they must not only refine the topic as a team, but also produce professional quality reports and final presentations, all in the span of a few weeks.

“We have already started to organize a local committee for the SSP13 in Brazil. Basically, this committee will be attended by specialists from INPE and partners who are ISU Alumni. It will also include the participation of the experienced team from INPE in organizing events of international level. It is important to emphasize that we are quite motivated and committed to welcome the ISU family and run a successful SSP in Sao Jose dos Campos” says Dr. Antonio Yukio Ueta, responsible for the local committee of SSP13.”


The National Institute for Space Research (INPE), linked to the Ministry of Science and Technology, aims to produce both science and technology related to the space and the environment, besides offering innovative products as well as services in benefit of the Brazilian society. Founded in 1961, in these 50 years INPE has been developing the research and technology in the space field activities with studies ranging from the deforestation of our forests to the origins of the universe. INPE is now a national reference in Remote Sensing, Weather, Space and Atmospheric Sciences, Engineering Space Science and Technology and Ground System. As an executor of the projects of the Brazilian Space program, INPE has been an important vector also for the industries modernization, whose performance is giving the country a prominent place in the international space scenery.


NASA’s ARSET Training Program: From the Classroom to Real-World Satellite Applications

The NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) provides technical capacity building activities to help integrate NASA Earth Science into environmental management. ARSET works directly with agencies in the public and private sector to

1) identify environmental management activities that could benefit from NASA Earth Science and

2) develop online and hands-on courses that teach the NASA imagery, data, and web tools best suited to the identified application area and their use for decision-support.

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Photogrammetric Week 2013, “From High Definition Point Clouds to 3D Virtual Reality Models”

The Institute for Photogrammetry of the University of Stuttgart and the OpenPhoWo partners would like to give notice of the

54th Photogrammetric Week in Stuttgart from Monday, September 9 to Friday, September 13, 2013.

This regular event was initiated by Carl Pulfrich as a “vacation course in photogrammetry” in 1909; since 1973 it has been held at the University of Stuttgart. Today, the Photogrammetric Week enjoys international recognition as an upgrading seminar and a platform for the exchange of experience.

Due to their close connection with photogrammetry, the aspects of geoinformatics have firmly established themselves among the topics of this event, which has been directed by Professor Dieter Fritsch, Stuttgart, since 1992.

The lectures by experts from Germany and abroad will be focused on the following topics:

  • Data Collection From Air, Space and Ground — An Update
  • Advanced Methods of Computer Vision and Photogrammetry
  • Solving the Future Mapping Problem, All About 3D Modelling

The presentations will be in English. Sufficient time will be allocated for discussions.

The program will be supplemented with demonstrations and comments on practical examples in the afternoons. The fringe events will offer sufficient opportunity for personal contacts. In addition, a tutorial on “All About 3D Modelling — From 2.5D Meshes to 3D Virtual Reality Models” will be held by the Institute for Photogrammetry (ifp) on Sunday, September 8, 2013.

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