Past three weeks I had the opportunity to realize project titled GIS in development cooperation – Teachers mobility, financed through the Norway Grants. The planned mobility was focused on increasing my capacity as well as sharing best practices in the areas of Geoinformatics (GIS) and Development Studies. Both me as well as hosting institute (NTNU Trondheim) are active in fields of Geography, Geoinformatics and Development Studies. Especially the combination of GIScience and Development Studies is very rare and therefore we all saw quite a lot of potential in starting the cooperation.
As I have already mentioned in my previous post, Department of Geography at NTNU does a lot of interesting research and I am looking forward to see more of our cooperation in the future. In case you are interested in participatory mapping I would recommend one of the papers written by my host – Jan Ketil Rød, who published paper titled “An agenda for democratising cartographic visualisation“. The paper was written together with Ferjan Ormeling and Corné van Elzakker and published in Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift – Norwegian Journal of Geography (IF – 0,698) – based in Trondheim.
Ferdinand Jan Ormeling comes from the Netherlands. He teaches cartography as a part of BSc and MSc programmes at the Utrecht University. He plays an important role in cartographic research which is a part of the URU Research School. From 1985 to 1999 Dr. Ormeling was a member of the National and Regional Atlases Commission of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and since 1980 a member of the ICA Standing Commission on Education and Training (CET) which he chaired from 1987. As a President of the Netherlands Cartographic Society he has represented his country in the general assemblies of the ICA.
Corné van Elzakker comes also from the Netherlands. He is employed by the University of Twente, Faculty ITC, where he is executing a great variety of tasks in scientific education, research and advisory services. His main research interests are in the field of use and user issues in geo-information processing and dissemination, including cartography and geovisualization. Current research spearheads are the usability of geo-mobile applications and the application of methods and techniques of use and user research and user-centred design in the geo domain. Finally, he chairs the Commission on Use and User Issues of the International Cartographic Association (ICA).
The GIS in development cooperation – Teachers mobility (my project) benefits from a 2.000 € grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the Norway Grants. The aim of the project is to to create a suitable background for establishing successful partnerships at the bilateral and international level between institutions and individuals involved in the educational sphere in the Czech Republic and the Donor States – in this case Norway.