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EUROGEO News: 50 Human Geography Stories from 2014

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50 Human Geography News Stories from 2014

In 2014, EUROGEO (the European Association of Geographers) completed 35 years of operation. This is the latest of a series of blog posts celebrating this anniversary by looking back at 2014 from the posts in the monthly newsletter of the association. Subscribe to the EUROGEO newsletter

Mega cities was a theme featured in the article on the era of the ‘endless city‘, a blog about sustainable cities from the Innovative Metropolis conference, reflecting on the importance of infrastructure, the social implications of such urban sprawl are commented on together with visions and planning for the future.

In Europe, the new Social Atlas of Europe was launched in August, with new visualizations on a range of topics, including values, culture, education, employment, well-being, social inequalities and cohesion. You can browse through the map collection at http://www.worldmapper.org/europemapper/.human geography map

The Climate for Culture Project came to a close, looking at the potential impact of climate change on Europe’s cultural heritage assets – particularly on historic buildings and their interiors. It examined adaptation to preserve these cultural and heritage assets in Europe.

Research concerning the important role of maps and mapping was outlined in the Cartography Of Geopolitical Chaos with concerns raised over Who Owns the Arctic and modern-day land grabbing described in the New Scramble for Africa.

Several  articles provided glimpses into the future, for example in Thanet Earth the farm of the future, modernisation of agriculture is taken to an extreme, though critics question its sustainability.

Africa land grabbing Cities, smart and less smart were a frequent theme of news items throughout the year with analyses on technology potential and entrepreneurial capability featured in the Directions Magazine Blog. The Future Cities: Pocket Drones,

Bioinspired Designs & Smart Citizens reviewed the Future Cities conference and examined some of the possible breakthrough innovations that might impact on creating sustainable, intelligent and efficient future cities.

All 50 selected Human Geography stories are  available at http://eurogeography.eu/eurogeo-newsletter/news-2014-humangeo.html

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Geo-publications 2014

At the annual conference in Malta (May 2014), EUROGEO (the European Association of Geographers) celebrated 35 years of operation. This is the first of a series of blog posts for the EUROGEO logoanniversary looking at 2014 from the perspective of the association monthly newsletter.  In this blog some of the publications featured in the newsletter are highlighted .Subscribe to the newsletter

Open access to data, research and publications has become very significant in Europe. The Digital Agenda for Europe aims to disseminate the results of publicly-funded research for the benefit of researchers, innovative industry and citizens. Open access is part of the strategy to boost the visibility and therefore citation of European research. Through its monthly monthly newsletter, EUROGEO has been promoting open access, free to download scientific publications for the past three years. Full list of publications from 2014

Geo-Publications: some highlights from 2014

This blog highlights some of those publications included in the EUROGEO newsletter that stood out in 2014. A full list of publications can be accessed here.Visualisation graphic

Visual Analysis Best Practices http://t.co/lIaCl7P0M6

If you need to use analytics and visualisations then this guide may help you take advantage of the tools available. This publication is a compilation of techniques from Tableau Software.

Global Change magazine http://tinyurl.com/kt7nsl2

An excellent news briefing from IGBP (International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme) . It is well worth subscribing to. This issue has  great features on deltas discussing the severe threats faced and the urgent action that needs to be taken to protect them and the rise coastal megacities.

wimbledon imageA history of Wimbledon in maps http://t.co/Qw5NL7OHd

In summer 2014, during the Wimbledon tennis championship, the UK Ordnance Survey published an interesting article on the history of Wimbledon in
maps. It illustrates the growth of the championship and includes some recent imagery.

Climate Legislation Study http://t.co/kS1StmNtg5

Globe International published the 4th edition of the GLOBE Climate Legislation Study. This is the most comprehensive audit of climate legislation across 66 countries. The report is critical of the limited progress made so far in limiting the rise in global average temperature.

Mid-term evaluation report on INSPIRE implementation http://t.co/thNrYcKRIx

This report presents the highlights of the open evaluation undertaken by the European Commission of the INSPIRE Directive. It is highly critical of public access to data and the lack of coordinated interfaces as well as the level of training and education implemented.Global Change

Earth Negotiations Bulletin COP 20 Lima http://www.iisd.ca/download/pdf/enb12609e.pdf

In December,  climate discussions took place in Lima Peru at the COP 20, the international political response to climate change. The event is organised by Climate Action, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) This publication was released in advance
of the debate and sought to initiate positive actions for the future.

The EUROGEO journal (European Journal of Geography) has been open access since its origin in 2010. The three issues in 2014 published 18 peer-reviewed articles on different aspects of geography.

Many other reports, analyses, papers and books are available online for free download promoted in the EUROGEO monthly newsletter.

The full list of publications featured in 2014 EUROGEO Newsletters is available at http://eurogeography.eu/eurogeo-newsletter/news-2014-publications.html

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Education struggles to respond to the potential of Cloud computing

How vital is Cloud computing to 21st century education?Cloud computing, education, Digital Agenda

What really prevents educational organisations from implementing Cloud solutions and limits its integration in learning and teaching?

These were some of the topics discussed at the latest School on the Cloud iManager workshop held in Šiauliai, Lithuania December 15-17 2015. The meeting brought 11 partners of the School on the Cloud project from 10 countries together to examine the important role of inspirational leadership in education in bypassing the many barriers to the transition of education organisations into the Cloud.

Participants heard, via the Cloud, from Danny VanderVeken, a head master from Geel, Belgium, how imperative it was enable learning, teaching and administration through the Cloud, but that the challenges faced by his schools urgently needed to be addressed. The issues related not only to infrastructure and security but also to the training needs of his staff. He explained how the issues were very complex and many leaders were facing them right now. Participants confirmed that guidance and support were needed and a blueprint for leaders and managers would be useful.

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Discussing Cloud issues in education

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Dealing with leadership and management

European policy under the Digital Agenda and Europe 2020 is committed to innovation and change through the use of open access to education through new technologies. The Cloud offers huge potential for this. However despite huge investment and major developments in business, education continues to lag behind. There are many reasons for this but particularly policy remains weak at European level and fragmented at national, regional and organisational scales. Major funding support for training is missing and pilot projects fail to be scaled up despite obvious benefits to productivity.

The activities of the iManager working group has identified specific roles for leaders in the process of inspiring Cloud-based education. Organisations need to ensure the development of integrative management plans to make the most of the immense opportunities for learning teaching and administering education. Visit and contribute to the workshop activities on the Cloud at: http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/imanagerworkshop

About School on the Cloud

School on the Cloud – Connecting Education to the Cloud for Digital Citizenship (SoC) is an ICT network. It explores new dynamic ways in education that align with the way we think, share, learn and collaborate, across various sectors, by exploiting the opportunities arising from the Cloud.

School on the Cloud has created a learning network consisting of 57 European partners from 18 countries, distributed widely across Europe and includes most types of educational stakeholder and all sectors of education. More specifically, there are 21 Universities and teacher training departments, 9 NGOs, 8 schools, SMEs, research institutes, adult education and VET providers, a European professional association and a library.

The coordinating organization is The Doukas School in Athens Greece The Network is funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme, Key Activity 3 – ICT Networks, with a duration of 3 years (01/01/2014 – 31/12/2016).

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GeoCapabilities Teacher Survey

I am working with EUROGEO on the EU-funded GeoCapabilities 2 Project. The European Association of Geographers is a core partner in this project.

GeoCapabilities 2 seeks to encourage high quality teaching about complex issues in geography. The focus for teachers is on sound content knowledge, pedagogic awareness and recognition of the needs of students they teach. The project focuses on the need for teachers to be effective ‘curriculum makers’. Subscribe to the GeoCapabilities Newsletter

As part of the project we are looking to to identify where Geography teachers go to for Geography support. Please complete and submit this form.

GeoCapabilities teacher survey

“Thinking geographically means to think and finally also to act from different perspectives.”