Geographical Information Systems (GIS) - from Daily use to Professional Training and Master Courses

Ebba Ossiannilsson, Hilding Sponberg

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GIS competence is increasing and GIS applications are nowadays used in nearly
every area of society. In the perspectives of lifelong learning the needs for GIS
knowledge vary widely among target groups depending on previous knowledge,
interests, profession, language, age, ability, economic resources and employability.
GIS allows us to view, understand, interpret, request, and visualize data in many
ways that reveal relationships, patterns and trends in the form of maps, globes,
charts and reports. Geography plays a role in nearly every decision we make. For
the future there are many issues such as: How can GIS competence development be
accomplished at reasonable cost? How can groups with GIS competence needs be
targeted, with flexibility in time and space? How can GIS courses be adapted to
people who are employed or, for some reason, require high levels of flexibility in
time, location and study pace? How can children and new groups be persuaded to
become interested in GIS? These challenges have been addressed by the eGIS+
project (2007 – 2009), which is a pilot project within the Leonardo da Vinci
Program (LdV). The eGIS+ partnership develops, disseminates and valorizes results
from the former E-GIS project (2002 – 2006). E-GIS was most successful, and
experience has suggested new possibilities and needs for satisfying even a broader
range of interested user groups. eGIS+ aims to develop new applications and
practical approaches for accomplishing information and competence development. is a web portal for GIS resources developed through eGIS+.
Expected results will be to generate a better awareness of GIS applications and
usability, and to spread GIS knowledge to wider audiences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovations 2009, the iNEER Special Volume
EditorsWin Aung
VolumeVol 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

VolumeVol 2009

Bibliographical note

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Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Educational Sciences


  • Geographical Information Systems
  • elearning
  • Open educational resourses
  • online learning
  • Micro-training


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