Training Corner

  European Location Framework Webinar

October 31st, 2014

The Webinar was organized by GeoSUR, MundoGEO and Eurogeographics and its subject was the European Location Framework project.

This initiative is working to provide up-to-date, authoritative, interoperable, cross-border, reference geo-information for use by the European public and private sectors. This versatile cloud-based and cascade-supporting architecture provides a platform of INSPIRE compliant geo-information, harmonised at a cross-border and pan-European level. The three-year project is supported by a consortium of 30 partners across Europe, whose work is co-funded by the European Commission. It will foster the wider use of geo-information and enable the creation of innovative value-added services.

The Speaker was Antti Jakobsson, Technical Co-ordinator of the ELF project and Chief Engineer at the National Land Survey of Finland.

More than 220 participants from 48 countries joined the Webinar. Click here to view the Webinar recording.

  Webinar on flood mapping and river flow measurements in Latin America and the Caribbean

October 3rd, 2014

This Webinar, organized by GeoSUR, Mundo Geo and the Darmouth Flood Observatory (DFO) of the University of Colorado, dealt on a joint project carried out by GeoSUR and DFO to map floods in near-real-time and to estimate daily river flow using remote sensing techniques in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). DFO specialists presented recent maps depicting recent flood events in Bolivia and Paraguay in early 2014, composite yearly flood maps for LAC and the River Watch system for flow estimations. They also explained how to access most of these datasets from the GeoSUR Regional Map Viewer.

The Webinar was conducted by Robert Brakenridge (DFO´s Director) and Albert Kettner (DFO´s Co-director).

200 specialists from 40 countries participated in this Webinar. You can watch the Webinar here.

Virtual workshop on geoservices and envionmental indicators on The Cloud

June 21st, 2014

The training was offered by the National Center for Geographic Information (CNIG) of the Spanish Geographic Institute to 67 geospatial specialists from Latin America and the Caribbean. The workshop consisted of 40 hours of training distributed over a period of six weeks in May and June, 2014. The agenda included an introduction to environmental indicators and their display in geoservices, the implementation of basic map services and the staging of indicators and geographic data on the Cloud.

The training was sponsored by the Environmental Agency of Abu Dhabi (AGEDI) – thought the Eye on Earth Initiative, CAF and PAIGH.

The funds provided by AGEDI to the GeoSUR Program will also be used to facilitate the migration of data and services to the Cloud by a selected group of spatial data producers from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Introduction to the Spanish SDI - IDEE

June 12th, 2014

The Webinar was sponsored by MundoGeo, the GeoSUR Program and the National Center for Geographic Information (CNIG) of the Spanish Geographic Institute.

The objective of IDEE is to integrate and share on the Internet data, metadata, services and geographic information produced in Spain at the local, regional and national levels under basic interoperability conditions (i.e., norms, protocols and specifications) and under accepted legal frameworks. IDEE comprises SDIs under the aegis of official data producers as well as private and thematic SDIs. The Webinar was presented by Antonio Rodriguez, CNIG’s Associate Director.

More than 450 specialists from 52 countries participated in this Webinar. Click here to view the Webinar (available only in Spanish).

The US National Map

March 12th, 2014

MundoGEO, the GeoSUR Program and the USGS organized this webinar about the United States Geological Survey's Digital National Map. The USGS is the national mapping agency of the United States and produces a range of digital geospatial products and services, from GIS-ready water data to GeoPDF topographic maps. During the Webinar it was explained how the USGS produces more than 18,000 new detailed topo maps every year.

The speaker was Mark DeMulder, Director of the USGS National Geospatial Program and US Representative to the Cartography Commission of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History. 420 specialists from 61 countries participated in this Webinar.

Click here to view the Webinar.

IDECA, The Bogota SDI

February 19th, 2014

The seminar was organized by MundoGeo, GeoSUR and Bogotá Municipality to present to the Latin American geospatial community the advances and best practices achieved by IDECA, the SDI for Colombia´s Capital (Bogota). This SDI was started in 2004 and is coordinated by the Municipality of Bogota.

The presentation was provided by Jasmith Tamayo, IDECA´s Director, who reviewed the main components of the initiative and its achievements in information policy, highlighting the geoservices in operation and the alliances that make this SDI a success.

More than 350 specialists from 42 countries participated. Click here to view the Webinar (available only in Spanish).

Terra-I, Internet system for monitoring habitat change in Latin America and the Caribbean (Webinar)

January 29th, 2014

Terra-I is the first regional system capable of monitoring in near-real-time the changes in vegetation cover in Latin America and the Caribbean, and it has been doing so since 2004. The system leverages remote sensing data (MODIS and TRMM) and uses data mining techniques and artificial intelligence to produce its data results. Output data is freely available and can be viewed and downloaded at www.terra-i-org.

The webinar was organized by MundoGeo, CAF and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) under the aegis of the GeoSUR Program and it was taught by CIAT¨s specialists.

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River Watch system to remotely monitor the flow of rivers (Webinar)

November 13th, 2013

The River Watch system was presented during the web seminar as part of the project currently led by the GeoSUR Program and the University of Colorado, to remotely monitor the flow of rivers in Latin America and the Caribbean. The system has global coverage twice a day at a spatial resolution of 250 meters, and offers the following products and services: visualize and download flood maps in near real time, remotely estimate the flows at selected points, and access to a geo-referenced registry of historical floods. During the seminar the institutions were invited to participate in the program to add more measurement points in the region.

The presentation was carried out by G. Robert Brakenridge, Director of the Dartmouth Flood Observatory.

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A brief introduction to the GeoSUR Topographic Processing Service and its new functionality and scope

May 20th, 2013

The Webinar provided and opportunity to present the GeoSUR Topographic Processing Service and its latest developments.

In order to provide advanced capabilities for analyzing and processing Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) of Latin America and the Caribbean, the GeoSUR Program developed a suite of topographic processing tools available from its Regional Map Viewer (RMV). This suite of tools, called the Topographic Processing Service (TPS), expands access to the SRTM level-2 DEM (1 arc-second, ~30m resolution). Derivative products can also be generated from coarser resolution DEMs available in the TPS. Designed and implemented for GeoSUR at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, the TPS now offers the following derivative products and services: data extraction, aspect, shaded relief, color shaded relief, slope, slope classification, raindrop trace, watershed delineation, and viewshed analysis.

The Webinar was produced in collaboration with MundoGeo, CAF and the USGS and was presented by Matthew Cushing, the creator of the TPS.

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IDECA, the Bogota SDI, shows the way forward for developing urban SDIs in Latin America and the Caribbean

May 2nd, 2013

The seminar centered on urban SDIs and their potential in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Bogota SDI (IDECA) was presented as a model that could be replicated in other cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. The initiative is coordinated by the Special Administrative Unit for Cadastre of the Bogota Municipality, and it articulates the production, access, and use of geospatial information for the city. IDECA also promotes cooperation between geospatial producers and research on SDI-related topics. We wish to thank Jasmith A. Tamayo, the IDECA coordinator, for its support for conducting the seminar and Ana Alexandra Morales, IDECA´s GIS coordinator, for doing the presentation.

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Application of the Colombian SDI (ICDE) to manage natural disasters

December 6th, 2012

During the recent flooding events that took place in Colombia during the Winter of 2011, decision makers became aware of the great possibilities offered by the ICDE (The Colombian National SDI) to manage natural disasters. A properly functioning SDI offers access to spatial information useful for evaluating the magnitude of a disaster, the extend of the areas affected, the amount of population and infrastructure affected and the environmental and social impacts. In this Webinar, specialists from the Agustin Codazzi Geographic Institute of Colombia offered examples of how ICDE was leveraged during the recent floods to obtain spatial information, map flooded areas and disseminate data to local decision makers on the ground, among several other benefits of the Colombian SDI.

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Virtual Campus Training Opportunities

November 26th, 2012

The GeoSUR Program offers the possibility to specialists from Latin America and the Caribbean to take advantage of training courses offered by ESRI on its Virtual Campus. Nominees should submit an email with the following information

  • Name of course
  • Cost
  • Name and coordinates of nominee
  • Institution
  • Role in institution (to judge relationship with GeoSUR)
  • Justification (how the person plans to use the skills acquired)

Nominations should be send to:
Eric van Praag
Coordinator, GeoSUR Program
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Click here to more information about the Virtual Campus.

Metadata Virtual Workshop

September 17th, 2012

The GeoSUR Program conducted a virtual workshop on medatata administration. The workshop took place from September 17th through October 21st, 2012 and it covered 40 hours of effective training. The workshop agenda included topics such as the use of metadata standards, introduction to SDI concepts, metadata creation and editing, implementation of metadata catalogs and registration with the GeoSUR Portal. 40 participants from 35 national entities from 20 countries participated. The workshop was offered in Spanish, we hope to organize a similar workshop in English in the near future.

The training was made possible thanks to the financial support of CAF - the Latin American Development Bank, the administrative support of PAIGH - the Pan American Institute of Geography and History and the technical support of the Spanish Geographic Institute (SGI) and IGAC - the Colombian Geographic Institute. The SGI offered the trainers, the teaching material and the technological platform that made this training possible.

Introduction to OpenGeoSuite (Webinar)

January 26th, 2012

Specialists from Geomatico, a Spanish company that provides support in open source geospatial platforms offered an introduction to the OpenGeoSuite platform on January of 2012. The OpenGeo Suite is a complete web mapping platform built on powerful, cutting-edge, open source geospatial components that include, among others, PostGIS, GeoServer, GeoWebCache, OpenLayers and GeoExt. The Webinar is only available in Spanish.

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Decision Support Tools, by ITC (Webinar)

January 17th, 2012

Professor Luc Boerboom from the University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), offered a Webinar on the use of decision-support tools on January of 2012. Dr. Boerboom showcased a distributed and open-source platform developed by ICT to assist planners and decision makers to undertake development decisions using geo-information. Prof. Boerboom explained how the platform has been put to use in Asia for planning road development and in Europe for informing forest policy. Participants showed interest in the potential use of the tool in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Introduction to (Webinar)

November 7th, 2011

Specialists from ESRI offered a brief introduction to the platform and explained its main components in November of 2011. ArcGIS online is a cloud-based, collaborative content management system for maps, apps, data and other geographic information. Participants discussed how the platform could be used in Latin America and the Caribbean and how partner agencies could upload selected datasets to it. The ESRI presenter mentioned that the company is building a version of ArcGIS online for enterprises, to be released in the second quarter of 2012.

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GeoSUR Workshop 2011

August 15th, 2011

The GeoSUR Program organized a training workshop on the development of map services at the USGS EROS Center in Sioux Falls in August of 2011. During the training participants learned how to create web map services using both open source and proprietary software, with support from trainers from ESRI and the Geographic Institute of Spain. 24 participants from Mesoamerica and the Caribbean attended.