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  • Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:35:00 +0000: From Editor-in-Chief Dr Nitin Kumar Tripathi for the IJG Vol.14, No 1, January-March 2018 Special Issue on GISCA'17 - ACA*GIScience_News

  • Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:19:00 +0000: ‘GIS in Central Asia’ Conference - GISCA 2018 - ACA*GIScience_News
    The annual ‘GIS in Central Asia’ Conference - GISCA 2018 "Geoinformatics for Regional Development" has issued the Call for Papers and has opened registration for the conference scheduled for June 14-17 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The main objectives of this English language conference are to bring together GIS academics, researchers and practitioners from Central Asian and other countries and to encourage international cooperation and knowledge exchange in GIS education.

    Key themes (additional themes and sessions are welcome) of the conference are:
    • GIS for Regional Sustainable Development
    • GIS for Environmental and Ecosystem Management
    • Development of Spatial Data Infrastructures
    • GIS for Disaster and Emergency Management
    • GIS and Digital Humanities
    • GIS for Business and Logistics
    • New Trends and Technologies in Surveying, Cadastre and Land Management
    • Professional and Continuing Education in Geoinformatics
    • Remote Sensing Applications
    • GIS for Public Health
    • Geo-Information technology for natural and cultural heritage management
    • Tourism and GIS.
    GISCA 2018 is being organized locally by the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University with support from the Research Centre for Ecology and Environment of Central Asia (Almaty) and the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The GISCA conference series and its publications are managed by the Austria-Central Asia Centre for GIScience - ACA*GIScience supported by the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet and the Austrian Academy of Sciences’ Commission for GIScience. The conference looks forward to additional sponsorship from the Geoinformatics industry.

    The conference committee accepts scientific papers on the stated conference themes with a focus on the Central Asian Region. Active participation in the conference is invited via presentation of a paper or poster, or through workshop attendance. Accepted papers in English will be reviewed and published in the News of Al-Farabi KazNU. Selected papers will be recommended for publication in the International Journal of Geoinformatics (http://e-geoinfo.net).

    We request to disseminate this CFP to all interested GIS educators and professionals. The deadlines are March 31, 2018 for submission of paper abstracts and May 14, 2018 for accepted full papers by email to gisca18@aca-giscience.org. All information about GISCA 2018 registration, preliminary agenda, paper submission and visa application procedures are available at https://gisca2018.wordpress.com.

    Conference secretary: Dr. Gulnara Nyussupova, gisca2018kz@gmail.com
    Tel/Fax: +7 727 377 3335 (1227) / +7 727 221 14 88
    Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
    Al-Farabi avenue, 71
    Almaty, 050040, Kazakhstan

  • Mon, 06 Nov 2017 08:39:00 +0000: Course on Cloud-based GIS at CAS-XIEG - ACA*GIScience_News
    Working with geospatial technologies today is trending towards online applications, in many cases replacing desktop software installations with browser-based access to online functionality. Approx. 30 graduate students and faculty met at the Xinjiang Institute for Ecology and Geography (XIEG) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Urumqi from Nov 2-5 for an experience in leveraging the rich collection of services offered by global spatial data infrastructures.

    Prof Josef Strobl from Z_GIS challenged the participants to compile, design and share their first online maps, and to recognize the differences between traditional static maps vs dynamic, interactive map-based interfaces at the core of online geo-media. One full day was dedicated to creating decision-support information from available data through spatial analytics, before everyone embarked on the journey to build a web-app as well as a storymap to ‘communicate spatially’ with their respective target audiences.

    Participants from all across Central Asia (and Rwanda) accepted this challenge, built valuable skills and will implement their new competences in their thesis projects and professional as well as academic environments. Thanks are due to Prof Alishir Kurban and his team from CAS-XIEG for organizing this workshop, and for providing an excellent learning environment. Looking forward to seeing lots of shared maps, apps and storymaps online in the future!


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  • Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:39:00 +0000: GISCA'17 in Dushanbe successfully completed - ACA*GIScience_News

    The GIS in Central Asia Conference – GISCA 2017 under the motto ”GIScience for Sustainable Development" was held August 28-30, 2017 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The main objectives of this English language conference were to bring together GIS academics, researchers and practitioners from Central Asian and other countries and to encourage international cooperation and knowledge exchange in GIS education and science. GISCA 2017 was organized by and at the Institute of Water Problems, Hydropower and Ecology (IWPHE), Academy of Sciences of Republic of Tajikistan (AS RT) jointly with the Austria-Central Asia Centre for GIScience (ACA*GIScience) and the GIScience Commission, Austrian Academy of Sciences. 

    The organizers are grateful for sponsorship and support from by Trimble, the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet and the Research Centre for Ecology and Environment of Central Asia (Dushanbe). The GISCA conference series and its publications are managed by ACA*GIScience with support from Eurasia-Pacific Uninet and the ÖAW GIScience Commission. 

    A post-conference workshop on "Geo-ICT for nature-based tourism and recreationwas conducted by Dr. Sabine Hennig from Z_GISMore than 80 conference participants from European and Central Asian countries have shared scientific research presentations and discussions, experiences and findings of international initiatives on GIS education and research. 

    On the occasion of GISCA’17, ACA*GIScience will again publish a special issue on GIS (including Remote Sensing, Spatial Statistics and related geospatial applications) in Central Asia. The issue will be published in the International Journal of Geoinformatics (journals.sfu.ca/ijg). The deadline to submit complete papers for review is October 15. For any questions, please contact the editors by email . We are looking forward to a high quality journal issue representing the state of the art of geospatial methods and applications across the Central Asia region.

  • Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:23:00 +0000: 'gSmart' congratulates SelCom Chair Prof. Dr. Béla Márkus - ACA*GIScience_News
    Our warmest congratulations go to the gSmart project Selection Committee Chair  Prof. Dr. Béla Márkus. Happy 70th birthday Béla! We wish you all the best and success for the future!

    Project partners are very grateful for his tremendous support and for sharing his great experience! We are all hoping that the very kind, personal and professional collaboration will be maintained!

    See also https://unigis.net/news/congratulations-prof-dr-bela-markus/