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BESTSDI Newsletter No.1

It is our intention to disseminate project information and communicate results with a broad audience. To achieve this, we are launching e-Newsletter. It should deliver information about our activities, events, results and activities tied to the project undertaken by project partners.

We hope that BESTSDI Newsletter will encourage broader discussion about teaching SDI at the institu-tions of higher education, and therefore, we are also open to reader’s opinions and discussion.

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BESTSDI Summer School, July 3-7, 2017, Split, Croatia


Summer school for the project “Western Balkans Academic Education Evolution and Professional’s Sustainable Training for Spatial Data Infrastructures – BESTSDI” will take place in Split, Croatia on July 3-7. We are honored to invite you to participate at this summer school, which will take place at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy, University of Split.

Here you can find final program of the BESTSDI Summer School.

BESTSDI visited Agency for Real Estate Cadastre of the Republic of Macedonia

Agency for Real Estate Cadastre (AREC) of the Republic of Macedonia hosted BESTSDI workshop in Skopje on March 28, 2017. AREC is an associated partner of BESTSDI project and its role is to provide expert opinions for defining the spatial data infrastructure (SDI) curriculum, its evaluation and to support the promotion of the SDI curricula.

(Photo © AREC)

The Agency for Real Estate Cadastre is responsible for establishing, maintaining and providing public access to the NSDI Geoportal. Participation of AREC in the BESTSDI project is very important for sharing its experiences as SDI authority in the public sector.

AREC director, Slavche Trpeski gave a warm welcome and emphasized AREC mission and dedication to support SDI development. Lidija Krstevska presented implemented and ongoing NSDI projects in AREC, Sonja Dimova presented development of the National spatial data infrastructure in Macedonia and Tatjana Arangelova presented National Geoportal of the Republic of Macedonia. Igorche Karafilovski from Crisis Management Center demonstrated application of SDI for Macedonian Forest Fire Information System- MKFFIS.

Zlatko Srbinoski (left), Slavche Trpeski (center), Željko Bačić (right) (Photo © AREC)

3rd BESTSDI Workshop was organized by Faculty of Civil Engineering of Ss. Cyril and Methodius University whose project team is lead by Prof. Zlatko Srbinoski.

BESTSDI project selected for funding

Project application „Western Balkans Academic Education Evolution and Professional’s Sustainable Training for Spatial Data Infrastructures“ – BESTSDI has been selected for funding in frame of ERASMUS+ KA2 Capacity Building in Higher Education call 2015. Project is worth 978.166,66 € and is one of 147 selected among 736 submitted applications.

Project applicant is Faculty of Geodesy at University of Zagreb and project partners are Catholic University Leuven (B), University of Split (HR), Ss. Cyril and Methodius University Skopje (MK), Bochum University of Applied Sciences (D), Polytechnic University of Tirana (AL), Agricultural University of Tirana (AL), University of Banja Luka (BiH), University of Mostar (BiH), University of Sarajevo (BiH), University of Tuzla (BiH), University for Business and Technology Prishtina (XK), University of Montenegro (MN), University of Belgrade (RS), University of Novi Sad (RS) and University of Prizren „Ukshin Hoti“ (XK), as well as associated partners Federal Administration for Geodetic and Real Property Affairs of FBIH (BiH), Republic Administration for Geodetic and Real Property Affairs of RS (BiH) i Real Estate Cadastre Agency of Republic of Macedonia (MK).

Objective of BESTSDI project is to improve the curricula at the partner universities by introducing the concepts of spatial data infrastructures (SDI) and e-government as well as extended concepts like smart cities, smart environment, digital single market, etc. based on SDI. The project courses will address two types of students, namely students having a specialisation on fundamental geospatial data management (for instance in geodesy, geoinformatics etc.) and students at other faculties utilizing the SDI concepts, for instance urban planners, environmental engineers and students in forestry, geography or agriculture.

Project duration is three years and project start is foreseen for October 15th 2016.