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EUROGEO News Highlights 2014 – part 1

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Happy 2015.

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).GeoSlills Plus Project

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/eyeonearth initiative image

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/

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Is Geo- really important?

Is geo- really important?

Why has President Obama put his name behind a $1 billion programme in the US? http://tinyurl.com/nfpb826

Why are there plans to integrate geospatial education in every school in India? Indian National Task force in Geospatial Education

Why is geospatial compulsory in Finnish schools? http://www.oph.fi/english

GeoSlills Plus Project

GeoSlills Plus Project

This post is about the GeoSkills Plus Blog, raising awareness of the education gap between the needs of the European geo-industry and education and training policy and perspectives. In 2011 EUROGEO estimated more than 50,000 geo-jobs remained unfilled across Europe (http://www.abc.es/agencias/noticia.asp?noticia=1300333).

Geo- is not recognised in Europe. The GeoSkills Plus Project tries to make a start on putting that right. It is an ambitious attempt to transfer innovation in geo-vocational training, geo-jobs and geo-skills development from one country (The Netherlands) to others around Europe. It is based on establishing a professional community in the geo-sector – something I have been working on for the past 10 years through innovative projects and networks like HERODOT (http://www.herodot .net) and digital-earth.eu: geo-media for education (http://www.digital-earth.eu).

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HERODOT network

The GeoSkills Plus Project is a Transfer of Innovation Project funded by the European Commission. The Project has its own GeoSkillsPlus Blog sharing news and ideas on geoskills and geo-jobs. You can register at http://www.geoskillsplus.eu/press/blog.

The challenge is to raise awareness of the importance of the geospatial sector in policy and among decision makers in education and training.  There is a greta need for quality education to feed the rapidly growing geospatial industry sector. Three areas need to be focused on: careers, skills and qualifications. Sign up for the GeoSkills blog and help us on social media to raise awareness of the issue.

So what are GeoSkills? Find out more at http://www.geoskillsplus.eu/press/blog