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Breaking Down Barriers: Building a GeoKnowledge Community at Mimas

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Aims and Objectives

Building a GeoKnowledge Community aims to address the geospatial community’s requirement for a national infrastructure that supports the quality assurance, development, provision and promotion of OER.

The aim is to use the Landmap and Jorum infrastructures to facilitate the sharing of OER in the spatial science community for a wide audience e.g.

  • UK researchers and UK undergraduate/postgraduate students wanting to gain knowledge on how to use satellite, airborne and other spatial datasets in their studies.
  • UK GIS and Remote Sensing lecturers seeking e-learning content to support their lectures or content to repurpose for their own lectures.
  • UK industries/local councils seeking materials for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for new members of staff or staff who have not used spatial data before in their careers.
  • European and worldwide academic institutions seeking high quality courses on image processing in leading commercial software’s such as ENVI, ERDAS, Idrisi, Definiens, and PCI Geomatica (commercially such courses can cost at least £1,000 per person to attend).

To make the above user requirements a reality the Landmap Service has negotiated with content providers of the Learning Zone and opened up 50% of the e-learning content.

In Jorum, a special GeoKnowledge Community site has been developed using the DSpace API providing access to the ELOGeo content by importing it into the Jorum database. This technological solution has provided a new and innovative way of supporting a specific user group within the already established Jorum infrastructure.

The project will have succeeded when the diversity of usage of these geospatial OER increases i.e. the audiences described above start using the materials and start to contribute new materials into both the Jorum hosted ELOGeo repository and Landmap Learning Zone. The proposed use case allows for user engagement to take place in the development process by incorporating a usability study of the proposed interfaces (Jorum hosted ELOGeo and Learning Zone OER) into Landmap’s established marketing plan at key community events such as RSPSoc 2012.

Further Information

Thomas, A. (2012) 15 Reusable Technical Solutions for OER Presentation