Q11 BESTSDI Workshop, Podgorica, July 8-10, 2019

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The Q11 BESTSDI workshop was held at the University of Montenegro in Podgorica on July 8-10, 2019. At this gathering, 50 teachers and experts from 20 academic institutions, project partners will work on the introduction of new content into university study programs in the area of spatial data infrastructure.
At the workshop opening welcome addresses have been given by prof. Nataša Kostić, PhD, Vice-Rector of University of Montenegro, Mr Dragan Kovačević, Director of Real Estate Administration Montenegro, Mr Ranko Lazović, National Erasmus Office representative, Prof. Jelena Latinović, PhD, Vice-Dean for science and international collaboration at Biotechnical Faculty and Mr Aleksandar Stijović, GDi l.t.d. Podgorica. Information about the project and its achievements have been given by Prof. Željko Bačić PhD, Project coordinator BESTSDI project.
Following the workshop, sessions were productive steering project towards its successful end. There was also time for social events prepared by our host, project partner team from Biotechnical faculty. So, we have visited vineyards and cellar of Plantaže company and later enjoyed dinner at the national restaurant “Pod voltom”.

Opening of a computer classroom equipped within the framework ERASMUS+ BESTSDI Project on the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Sarajevo

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Through implementation of the Erasmus + BESTSDI project, the Faculty of Civil Engineering Sarajevo installed a new computer classroom with ten computers worth 19,400 KM, and a total station and dron worth 29,000 KM.

The computer classroom was officially opened on 09.10.2018. together with students and professors of the Faculty of Civil Engineering.

„Given that GIS is necessary tool in all areas of designing, planning, management and analysis, the equipment is intended for all students of the Faculty of Civil Engineering having subjects of spatial data infrastructure“. – said doc.dr Suada Džebo Project Leader.


The opening was attended by the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Sarajevo doc.dr. Mirza Pozder who emphasized that the equipment obtained through the project implementation will create an active and creative learning environment and will be of great help in the teaching process and student education. The new classroom is another step forward in terms of modernizing teaching and meeting international standards in the field of higher education – said doc.dr. Mirza Pozder.

By installing the equipment the Faculty of Civil Engineering created prerequisites for strengthening the role and significance of introducing concepts of spatial data infrastructure, extending curriculum in this area, and launching new research projects.

1st Western Balkan Conference on GIS, Mine Surveying, Geodesy and Geomatics

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The 1st Western Balkan Conference on GIS, Mine Surveying, Geodesy and Geomatics was held in Tirana (Albania) on 3 and 4 October 2018. The conference has gathered many researchers, experts, scientists, professors and other people and institutions from the region and Europe for the purpose of discussing and presenting works and innovative research applications for the thematic scientific areas of GIS, remote sensing, geodesy, cartography, mining, geology and others. The conference was organized by the Faculty of Geology and Mining of the Polytechnic University of Tirana in cooperation with other national institutions and private companies.

Within the 1st Western Balkan Conference on GIS, Mine Surveying, Geodesy and Geomatics also was held Erasmus+ CBHE Modernising geodesy education in Western Balkan with focus on competences and learning outcomes (GEOWEB) final workshop.

From the Faculty of Geodesy in Zagreb, the conference was attended by: Zvonimir Nevistić, mag. who presented the paper entitled Wildfire mapping with Sentinel – 2 satellite mission data (author: Nevistić, Z, Radanović, M .; Bačić, Ž .; Župan, R.) and doc. dr. sc. Vesna Poslončec-Petrić with the paper Influence of modern spatial data concepts and data collection technologies on economic development (authors: Bačić, Ž .; Poslončec-Petrić, V.).

More about the conference is available at: https://edinkus.wixsite.com/wbconference2018/about-conference.

SDI Days 2018, Zagreb, Croatia

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SDI days 2018 were held on September 27, 2018 at the Faculty of Geodesy of the University of Zagreb organized by the State Geodetic Administration, the Croatian Cartographic Society and the Faculty of Geodesy.

This year’s jubilee 10th SDI Days gathered 250 participants, and the conference consisted of two parts. In the first part, after welcoming speeches, two invited lectures were held (Prof. V. Cetl, JRC: INSPIRE current status and future activities and P. Kane, EuroSDR: EuroSDR in a nutshell) and a round table on “NSDI; can we do better? ”

Participants of SDI Days 2018 (source: www.nipp.hr)

After the Round Table, the Director of the State Geodetic Administration Damir Šantek, PhD, awarded acknowledgments for contribution to the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure in the Republic of Croatia to prof. Željko Bačić, PhD from the Faculty of Geodesy and to Mr. sci. Ljerka Marić.

The second part of the conference was marked by seven presentations from which we highlight the presentation of the Erasmus + BESTSDI project. In the presentation Communication and Education – Essential aspects of SDI building – experiences of the BESTSDI project (authors: Prof. Ž. Bačić, PhD., J. Crompvoets, PhD., V. Poslončec Petrić, PhD) Željko Bačić, PhD. emphasized that building a fully functional NSDI implies active participation in building and using SDI capabilities by all NSDI stakeholders such as state and public administration bodies, business entities and academic-educational communities, all for the benefit of all user. He also presented the results of the requirements analysis that confirmed the need for the development and introduction of standardized study contents (curricula) from the SDI for the wide variety of study programs, as well as the need for new and much wider forms of communication to IPP stakeholders.

Beside the hosts, Faculty of Geodesy, Zagreb University, on the SDI Days 2018 also participated project partners from: Catholic University of Leuven, Faculty of civil engineering, architecture and geodesy University of Split, Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Science and Education University of Mostar, Faculty of Civil Engineering University of Sarajevo and Faculty of Mining, Geology and Civil Engineering University of Tuzla and BESTSDI Associated Partners: Republic Administration for Geodetic and Property Affairs of Republika Srpska and Federal Administration for Geodetic and Property Affairs of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

BESTSDI Newsletter No. 2-3

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The new Editorial board presents a new issue of the magazine “BESTSDI  Newsletter”. It was a great challenge for a new editor to achieve the continuity of publishing, as well as the quality achieved in the previous issue of the Newsletter. We are still gathered around the idea to disseminate project information and communicate results with a broad audience. This magazine provides information about our activities, events, results and activities tied to a project undertaken by project partners. It will be released within the frame of Dissemination and Exploitation Work Package and Task Group Communication prepared by the Editorial board.

BESTSDI Newsletter No. 2-3