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
BESTSDI 2016 978166.66 574150-2016 3 years Regional on-going
Eligibility period start Eligibility period end Extended until Website Facebook
October 15, 2016 October 14, 2019

Project summary

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

Subject areas

  • Environmental protection


University of Zagreb, HRV Project coordinator
Zeljko Bacic (Željko Bačić) Contact person
University of Novi Sad, SRB
Miro Govedarica (Миро Говедарица) Contact person
University of Belgrade, SRB
  • Faculty of Forestry
Dragomir Grujovic (Драгомир Грујовић) Team Member, Ratko Ristic (Ратко Ристић) Team Member, Aleksandar Andjelkovic (Александар Анђелковић) Team Member, Katarina Lazic (Катарина Лазић) Team Member, and Milorad Janic (Милорад Јанић) Contact person
Federal Geodetic Administration, BIH
Zeljko Obradovic (Željko Obradović) Contact person
Republic administration for geodetic and property affairs, BIH
Milos Komljenovic (Miloš Komljenović) Contact person
University of Prizren "UKSHIN HOTI",
Rame Vataj Contact person
University of Montenegro, MNE
Goran Barovic (Goran Barović) Contact person
International University for Business and Technology,
Edmond Hajrizi Contact person
University of Tuzla, BIH
Snjezana Maric (Snježana Marić) Contact person
University of Sarajevo, BIH
Slobodanka Kljucanin (Slobodanka Ključanin) Contact person
University of Mostar, BIH
Mario Vasilj Contact person
University of Banja Luka, BIH
Stanko Stanic (Stanko Stanić) Contact person
Agricultural University of Tirana, ALB
Spiro Grazhdani Contact person
Polytechnic University of Tirana , ALB
Eleni Gjani Contact person
Hochschule Bochum, DE
Andreas Wytzisk Contact person
Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, MK
Velimir Stojkovski Contact person
University of Split, HRV
Zeljko Hecimovic (Željko Hećimović) Contact person
University of Leuven - KU Leuven, BEL
Danny Vandenbroucke Contact person
Agency for Real Estate Cadastre, MK
Slavce Trpeski (Slavče Trpeski) Contact person


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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
D3.2.1 – D3.2.3 Due date: M12, M24, M34
3.3 Project Monitoring Reports Report October 14, 2019
D3.3.1 – 3.3.6 Due date: from M6 semi-annually
4.1 Communication plan Report October 14, 2017
4.2 Life-long learning courses for professionals Training courses/LLL courses October 14, 2019
Due date: M25-M36
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
D5.3.1-6 Due date: From M6 (each 6 months)
5.4 Minutes from project management meetings Report October 14, 2019
D5.4.1-6 Due date: From M6 (each 6 months)
5.5 National Progress Reports Report October 14, 2019
D5.5.1-6 Due date: From M6 (each 6 months)
5.6 Submission of reports to EU + Final Conference Report October 14, 2019
D5.6.1-3 Due date: Mid-term Report – M19 Final Report + Final Conference – M36