March 1, 2016, by khgzttv
GIS information workshop
On 26 February 2016, OSGEO.UNMC lab organised “GIS information workshop”, a full-day event open to public to promote open-source geospatial tools, data, and standards. Over 30 participants from public organisations, universities, and industry attended. The workshop was funded by GRACE (GNSS Research Applications Centre of Excellence), Nottingham Geospatial Institute, University of Nottingham, UK.
Prof. Christine Ennew, CEO and Provost of University of Nottingham, Malaysia campus (UNMC), in her opening speech, highlighted the great opportunities that open-source technologies may bring to all organisations and emphasised the full support of University of Nottingham to promote open-source. On behalf of the organising team, Dr. Tuong-Thuy Vu introduced the development of open-source researches and promotion activities across University of Nottingham campuses and the aims of the workshop. He provided an overview of GeoForAll and introduced the first 3 labs in Malaysia, followed by short presentations by the representatives of the 3 labs including Prof. Alias Abdul Rahman (UTM), Prof. Ruslan Rainis (USM) and Dr. Tuong-Thuy Vu (UNMC).
The training started with a lecture on “Geographic Information System and Science” by Dr. Salvatore Virdis, another member of OSGEO.UNMC team. The lecture was not only vital for GIS beginners but also useful for GIS experts to recall and reshape their basic understandings. The practical session occupied the whole afternoon with interesting hand-on experiences on QGIS and OpenStreetMap data. Lots of fund in spite of various levels of understandings and technical experiences.
The workshop is ended with a short discussion session, to summary the points taken from the workshop and see beyond how it would be applicable in real works. 3 main discussion points were identified: open-source learning curve, integration of open-source technologies in current working environment and pratice, and open license in data and GIS-product dissemination. In addition, the first 3 OSGEO labs agreed on promotion of OSGEO track in coming geoinformation conference in 2016, more activities and discussions on OSGEO facebook group, and 3 labs will lead 3 special interest group (3D GIS, Remote Sensing, Socio-Economic applications) to attract more researcher’s participation. The participants expressed the interest to attend future events, especially to learn more and master the skills of using open-source tools.