The Eastern-European GI-N2K plugfest was held in Debrecen (26 May 2016) in the frame of the Seventh Geoinformatics Conference and Exhibition. At the opening ceremony Prof. Bela Markus introduced briefly the history and perspectives of Core Curriculum / Body of Knowledge development projects as stepping stones of GI-N2K project. After the present status and results of GI-N2K, the concepts, structure and tools of VirLaBoK were detailed.
The first working session of the conference was dedicated to GI-N2K, where the project team (Bela Markus and Andrea Podor) demonstrated the new GI-N2K Curriculum Development Tool from practical point-of-view for teachers, students and other stakeholders.
Andrea Podor introduced a use-case on preparation of a Geoinformation Science and Technology post-graduate programme, where a Geovisualization course was described in detailed level.
Prof. Laszlo Zentai (head of Department of Cartography and Geo-informatics at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapesty) Secretary-General of International Cartographic Association gave a presentation on connections of Body of Knowledge and Cartography. He highlighted the benefits of GI-N2K in international cooperation.
Ilhom Abdurahmanov (ERASMUS MUNDUS MSc student sponsored by gSMART project) introduced a GIS&T BoK real life use case from a student perspective based on his experiences. Gulden Ormanova (gSMART MSc student) shared her experiences about using VirLaBoK in learning Geography. Shukhrat Shokirov from Uzbekistan (author of a Remote Sensing textbook within TEMPUS GE-UZ project) gave a presentation on Development of an MSc programme in Geomatics. Finally Erik Zheentaev demonstrated how GIS&T BoK supports planning capacity building in an Environmental Agency. Prof. Jozsef Loki (chairman of the Conference Organizing Committee) emphasized the strengths of the Curriculum Development Tool is sharing experiences.
Following the interesting workshop, the results of GI-N2K project were also demonstrated at the exhibition where visitors had the opportunity to try the new features of VirLaBok application. The GI-N2K booth was supported by a tutorial video of Imran Hossain (University of the Bundeswehr, Munich).