In 2014, EUROGEO (the European Association of Geographers) completed 35 years of operation. This is the second of a series of blog posts celebrating this anniversary by looking back at 2014 from the posts in the association monthly newsletter. Subscribe to the EUROGEO newsletter
EUROGEO News Highlights 2014 (January-April)
In January EUROGEO joined the “Open Geo foe All” initiative. Its goal, by combining the potential of e-learning tools and open source geospatial software, is to strengthen education in GIScience by covering open source, open standards, and open data in geospatial technology. You can find out more about how to participate at http://www.geoforall.org/
EUROGEO also started a new EU funded, careers-based project called GeoSkills Plus. This vocational education and training (VET) project supported as a Transfer of Innovation project under the Leonardo programme aims transfer geospatial VET innovation and expertise from Dutch institutions to meet labour market needs in three other countries (Belgium, Bulgaria and Lithuania).
Our role in the project has been to to raise awareness, promote and disseminate the outcomes of GeoSkills Plus. Attendance at a number of expert meetings, events and conferences has led to interest and involvement of varied stakeholders. You can find out more by visiting the GeoSkills Plus Web site and following the project on Facebook or via Twitter. We have since developed a GeoSkills Plus blog with latest news, information and products.
The February newsletter contained information about the involvement of EUROGEO as a stakeholder in the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) initiative called “EyeonEarth”. Stakeholder organisations from around the world are examining the importance of open data and geoinformation issues concerning themes like disaster reduction, environmental education, oceans and blue carbon. A series of pilot projects have been supported to raise awareness of the critical role of geoinformation. The next summit for EyeonEarth will take place in November 2015. Find out more at http://www.eoesummit.org/
In March and April the newsletter reported on activities with the International Geographic Union (IGU) following the publication of a Rome Declaration on geographical education signed by EUGEO, the Association of European Geographical Societies, AIIG, the Italian Association of Geography Teachers, EUROGEO, the association of European Geographers, and the IGU. Meetings were then held to initiate a discussion developing a “roadmap” for Geography and geographical education. This would be undertaken by jointly develop projects to increase the profile of the discipline among important stakeholders, improve the connection between academic geography and geographical education, exchange good practices, develop a research agenda for geographical education, to establish guidelines and recommendations for ‘geographical literacy’ and build a strong professional networking structure.
The 2014 EUROGEO newsletters are available at http://www.eurogeography.eu/eurogeo-newsletters-2014/