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Winners of the UNIGIS Academic Excellence Prize 2016

The UNIGIS International Association (UIA) announces the winners of its Academic Excellence Prize 2016. The Prize, initiated in 2008, is presented to the students submitting the best (English language) MSc thesis during the academic year and are nominated by their UNIGIS sites. This year the competition was extremely tight with seven excellent high quality MSc theses being shortlisted by the Review Panel. In the end the panel decided to make three awards. The winner of the Academic Excellence Prize for 2016 is Tim Hernon (UNIGIS UK). His thesis Map section used by winner Tim Hernon for his case study in Nottingham, UK.  …

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u_Lecture Nov 9: Smart City Information Modeling and Interoperability

Upcoming: u_Lecture ‘Smart City Information Modelling and Interoperability’ Dr Martin Huber, Condesys Consulting Wed, Nov 9, 2016 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM CET Using a tool called ‘Geographic Information System’ one would expect to get support to model, analyse and control the dynamic phenomena of a geographic region like a city or a country. The mainstream GIS technology delivered in the last 20 years, however, does hardly live up to this expectation. The information concept of GIS is map-centric and maps are static by nature. Information, on the other hand, is a dynamic piece of knowledge exchanged between different actors …

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Workshop: Geo-Entrepreneurship – Using Location to Enhance Your Competitive Advantage

Build up your skills to bring your Geo-idea to the market!  In this 1.5 day workshop you will be introduced to a range of techniques used by ‘startups’ to help develop your own geo-enabled business idea. You will learn the steps you need to take to identify and develop your idea, secure customers, and find market opportunities. The participants of this workshop will be GI professionals, UNIGIS/Geo- students and alumni who want to bring their own GI-project to life, or get a new business idea off the ground. These are not only skills for new entrepreneurs, they will help you …

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Future GIS Professionals Meeting in Salzburg

Professor Strobl and the UNIGIS Professional team had the pleasure to welcome future GIS professionals in Salzburg last weekend. The highly motivated group gathered primarily to get to know each other and the UNIGIS team, but also to get in touch with the study materials and to learn about the various opportunities for specialisation in their UNIGIS professional study program. Once again it became obvious that GIS skills are required in a vast number of disciplines. The diversity of domains that were represented in the introductory workshop was large: from GIS professionals in a military context to urbanists and from …

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Welcome UNIGIS Turkey!

Dr. Deniz Gerçek Turkish language ‘lifelong learning’ students are now supported through a local UNIGIS Turkey contact point that is coordinated by Dr. Deniz Gerçek. Dr Gerçek received her PhD from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara and conducted part of her PhD studies at the University of Salzburg. Since 2010 she is affiliated with Kocaeli University in İzmit. Her research focus is on Remote Sensing and Object-Based Image Analysis connecting with other fields of GIScience including Spatial Statistics, and Application Development. The first cohort of Turkish students will be welcomed for the next student intake in autumn. …

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Top award for UNIGIS América Latina Director Richard Resl

Jack Dangermond with Richard and Domingo on stage During the plenary session of this year’s Esri User Conference (see link at bottom for bilingual slides), Richard Resl and Domingo Ankuash received the ‘Making a Difference’ award from Esri’s Jack Dangermond. This distinction highlights their work towards preserving Amazonian Indians’ land rights and livelihoods. Domingo’s present to Jack Dangermond: ‘maps serving as our spears’ Through the AmazonGISnet initiative the territories of indigenous groups are documented to preserve this native and pristine environment for their next generations. After being applauded by the 15000 strong audience for their impressive talk, Domingo presented a ceremonial …

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50th workshop at UNIGIS Kraków, Poland

In the middle of June students of intake 2015 together with the organizers celebrated  the 50th workshop in the history of Postgraduate Studies in Geographic Information Systems UNIGIS at Jagiellonian University in Kraków. After regular classes on GPS data collection in laboratories and in the field, students and teachers gathered in the social room of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management JU. A speech of the programme director prof. Jacek Kozak opened the meeting, then students and teachers tasted cake and strawberries, that accompanied informal consultations.   With this significant anniversary we started next enrolment of candidates for the …

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Meet UNIGIS at the Esri conferences

Meet UNIGIS at the biggest GIS event of the year, the Esri User Conference in San Diego. From June 25th until June 30th, you can find UNIGIS in the different exhibition areas during the Esri User Conference: June 25 and 26 at the Esri Education GIS Conference table #E202 June 27 at the Esri Academic GIS Program Fair table #A105 June 28, 29 and 30 at the Esri User Conference booth #2401 We look forward to an exciting event together with you! More information about the different UNIGIS programmes: www.unigis.net.

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UNIGIS accredited by AQ Austria

Through systematic evaluation, feedback and international cooperation, UNIGIS Salzburg has always strived for top national and international quality standards in terms of content, structure and organisation of the two distance learning study programmes UNIGIS professional and UNIGIS MSc. National regulations in Austria, however, do not provide a legal framework for external evaluation of study programmes at federal universities by the official national accreditation agency AQ Austria. Therefore guidelines for a voluntary accreditation first had to be established. Today we can proudly state that UNIGIS is the first continuing education programme (‘Universitätslehrgang’) at a national university in Austria reviewed and successfully accredited …

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Summer school opportunities 2016

Cabot Institute Summer School on risk and uncertainty in natural hazards 2016 11 – 17 July 2016 at University of Bristol, UK http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cabot/events/2016/cabot-summer-school-2016.html Smart Cities: Designing Places and U rban Mentalities – Vienna Summer School 2016 21 – 29 August 2016 at TU Wien, Austria http://summerschool2016-smartcity.tuwien.ac.at/ N.B. Upon the successful completion of summer schools, ECTS could be awarded towards the Elective subject, both for MSc and UNIGIS professional study programmes.

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