A new ERASMUS+ Capacity Building project proposal submitted in 2017 by the GE-UZ consortium extended with Samarkand State Architectural and Civil Engineering Institute.
The wider aim of the DSinGIS project is to support Uzbekistan in sustainable development by GISc. The objectives envisaged with the project is to establish a missing puzzle from the Uzbek educational system after the MSc level has been completed and before the DSc is targeted. The proposal offers a programme and methods to bridge the gap.
Geoinformation Science (GISc) is a new science, however, has its roots thousands of years. It integrates three traditional geosciences (firstly, geodesy as the science of precise spatial data acquisition; secondly, geography as the science of studying human and physical aspects; finally, cartography as the science of making maps. The integration of these sciences is based on the rapidly evolving computer science. The methods of GISc are widely applied in other sciences, essential in decision making for sustainable development.
The expected outputs of DSinGIS are as follows:
– an international network in GISc;
– an accredited Doctoral Programme;
– education capacity at HEIs to deal with the above mentioned problems;
– e-learning platform with a joint, co-operative knowledge pool;
– glossary of geospatial terms, containing definitions in Uzbek, helping interdisciplinary communications;
– research capacity: research labs, and a Joint Research Centre for the interdisciplinary applications in UZ;
– annual GI conferences aiming multiplier effects.
There are several challenges in UZ, where GISc may efficiently support solutions, for such issues as climate change, land degradation, heavy use of agro-chemicals, diversion of huge amounts of irrigation water from the two main rivers of the region, water scarcity, the chronic lack of water treatment, e.g. Aral Sea, or the growing threat to air quality.
The picture shows the ‘Graveyard of ships’ at the Aral Sea
UZ society will benefit from DSinGIS innovations to enhance quality, performance and interactivity of public services, to reduce costs and resource consumption and to improve contact between citizens and government.