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 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.
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
1st Day of Spatial Data Infrastructure of Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina was held in Mostar on September 6, 2018. and gathered experts from the field of establishment and implementation of the INSPIRE directive in the EU and in the region, employees of the Federal Administration for Geodetic and Property Legal Affairs and entities of the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) of the Federation of BiH. The SDI Day was opened by the Director of the Federal Administration for Geodetic and Property Legal Affairs and Chair of the Spatial Data Infrastructure Council of the Federation of BiH, Mr. Željko Obradović, highlighting the importance of cooperation between institutions and sharing spatial data.
With presentation Erasmus + BESTSDI project – modernization and standardization of SDI teaching in the region, Prof. Željko Bačić, PhD, presented the BESTSDI project and the activities which are currently being carried out in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Program for the project partners establishment, emphasizing the need to adapt the existing formal and informal education of persons who will be active participants in the SDI.
Photos are downloaded from: http://www.fgu.com.ba/bs/novosti-pregled/dan-infrastrukture-prostornih-podataka-federacije-bosne-i-hercegovine.html.
In the World Creativity and Innovation Week, April 15-21, 2018, the President of the Republic of Albania Ilir Meta visited the Faculty of Geology and Mining in Tirana. During his visit, he visited the GIS laboratory, equipped with Erasmus+ projects GEOWEB and BESTSDI, and talked with students and staff of the Faculty.
University of Defence, Serbia (UNID) organized the second Steering Committee, Project Management Committee and Quality Assurance Committee meetings, first Special Mobility Strand meeting and Inter-project coaching meeting in Belgrade, March 07-08, 2018).
At the Inter-project coaching meeting, Emina Drežnjak Hadžić (University of Sarajevo) presented the BESTSDI Project Objectives, Expected Results and current activities.
A special edition of the Scientific Journal of Civil Engineering is published. This issue is dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the geodetic high education in the Republic of North Macedonia.
This issue of the journal is entirely devoted to topics of geodesy and geomatics and can be downloaded here. The journal features article “ANALYSIS OF MID-TERM NATIONAL SPATIAL DATA INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGIES IN THE WESTERN BALKANS” by Ž. Bačić, S. Ključanin and V. Poslončec-Petrić which presents part of the findings in the BESTSDI project.
BESTSDI team congratulate our colleagues from Faculty of Civil Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia.
During TAIEX Study Visit on National Spatial Data Infrastructure of colleagues from Agency for Land Relations and Cadastre of Moldova, Dražen Tutić presented BESTSDI project as part of visit to Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb. Visit for colleagues Stefan Crigan, Deputy General Director, Ivan Danii, Deputy Head and Maria Ovdii, Head of Department for Geodesy, Mapping &GIS, was organised by Tomislav Ciceli from State Geodetic Administration of the Republic of Croatia from December 11-13, 2017 in Zagreb. This was opportunity to initiate future collaborations with colleagues from Moldova.