Project: Western Balkans Academic Education Evolution and Professional’s Sustainable Training for Spatial Data Infrastructures
|Acronym||Application year||Grant||Reference number||Duration||Scope||Project status|
|Eligibility period start||Eligibility period end||Extended until||Website|
|October 15, 2016||October 14, 2019||http://bestsdi.eu/|
A Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) is a framework to share and re-use spatial data amongst public authorities, private sector and citizens. The BESTSDI project will raise knowledge level and awareness about SDI on the level of higher education and public and private sector. It will provide students with new knowledge to emerging labour market needed to implement EU Directives and policies on national levels. Moreover, it will attune curricula to equip the students with transversal skills, such as entrepreneurship and general digital skills, but it will also improve their ability to work with other people.BESTSDI is based on the results of the EU IPA2010 project “INSPIRATION – Spatial Data Infrastructure in the Western Balkans” (2012-2013) and the project “Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the region of Western Balkan” (IMPULS), being under execution. The BESTSDI project refines and extends these developments in three ways:
1) A successful SDI requires an active participation by all national and local governments within a country, its private sector and citizens. This active participation is impossible without appropriate SDI knowledge and skills. Thus, education on SDI must be properly introduced in higher education study programs for future professionals and life-long learning courses for present professionals.
2) An SDI comes to life, if published geospatial data is widely being (re-)used. BESTSDI covers both spatial data provision as well as its (re-)usage. Data (re-)usage scenarios cover requirements arising in the regional priority domains agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
3) All BESTSDI partner countries are either candidate or potential candidate countries of joining the European Union and have the obligation to implement EU Directives and policies.
The BESTSDI project will provide curricula to support development in the field of SDI improving and modernizing higher educational system since SDI are at the heart of technological developments that has a huge impact on the way our societies evolve. It will provide students going to the labour market with new knowledge and skills that are necessary to implement EU Directives and policies (EU INSPIRE, EU Common Agriculture Policy, EU Water Framework Directive or Open data Strategy, etc.).
The BESTSDI project is targeting development, testing and implementing new higher educational curricula within the field of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI). The project partner countries are still not EU member countries, and SDI knowledge is needed to be able to fulfil obligations of implementing EU Directives and policies on national level. The common goal to implement EU policies on the national level is basis for future joined development and research projects in the region. Positive influence on labour market is expected employing more students with new knowledge and speeder development of this part of economy can be expected. Positive effects are expected in development of the collaboration among the project partners. Generally, strengthening SDI sector on national level will support regional and EU level development.
- Capacity Building in Higher Education
- Environmental protection
|1.1 Specification of current SDI status at partner universities||Report||January 14, 2017|
|1.2 Specification of SDI learning material at program universities and external open sources||Report||February 14, 2017|
|1.3 Requirements analysis||Report||April 14, 2017|
|1.4 Project curriculum in Spatial Data Infrastructures||Report||June 14, 2017|
|1.5 Adapted curriculum||Report||August 14, 2017|
|2.1 Development of project curriculum||Teaching material||April 14, 2018|
|2.2 LLL courses||Training courses/LLL courses||June 14, 2018|
|2.3 Equipment specification and installation||Service/Product||March 14, 2018|
|2.4 Summer school for teachers||Events: Conferences and Seminars||May 14, 2018|
|2.5 Localised curricula||Teaching material||July 14, 2018|
|2.6 Local curriculum||Service/Product||August 14, 2018|
|2.7 Trained students||Events: Conferences and Seminars||April 14, 2019|
|2.8 Course evaluations||Report||May 14, 2019|
|2.9 Updated project curricula||Teaching material||August 14, 2019|
|3.1 Quality Plan||Report||March 14, 2017|
|3.2 Quality evaluation reports||Report||August 14, 2019|
|3.3 Project Monitoring Reports||Report||October 14, 2019|
|4.1 Communication plan||Report||October 14, 2017|
|4.2 Life-long learning courses for professionals||Training courses/LLL courses||October 14, 2019|
|4.3 Dissemination material production||Service/Product||April 14, 2018|
|4.4 Dissemination and Exploitation of Results plan||Other products||June 14, 2018|
|4.5 Dissemination and Exploitation execution||Other products||April 14, 2019|
|5.1 Kick-off meeting decisions||Report||November 14, 2016|
|5.2 Project Management Plan||Report||November 14, 2016|
|5.3 Project Progress Reports||Report||October 14, 2019|
|5.4 Minutes from project management meetings||Report||October 14, 2019|
|5.5 National Progress Reports||Report||October 14, 2019|
|5.6 Submission of reports to EU + Final Conference||Report||October 14, 2019|