GeoSpatial Summer School 2018 (G3S Open 2018)

27 June – 3 July 2018

Olomouc, Czechia

Recent progress in (geo)sciences in the field of open source and free geospatial software and data has increased demands on knowledge and skills about data collection and quality, geospatial analyses, geovisualisation, and dissemination. The GeoSpatial Summer School (G3S) primary focus is to provide and transfer new geosciences skills, techniques and knowledge from scholars/experts to the students. Building on the successful first G3S organised by the Department of Geoinformatics (Palacký University Olomouc, Czechia) in 2017, in cooperation with three other departments from Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland, we have decided to maintain continuity and hold the event in 2018.

The G3S Open 2018 offers a unique opportunity for the encounter of students, scholars, and experts in the field of geospatial open source technologies and data. The summer school is designed to guide students through the entire process of geoinformation project workflow – from data collection, data management, spatial analyses, geovisualisation, to modern presentation of the results. Moreover, G3S Open 2018 strives to establish a platform for participants to bring their experiences, ideas, data and projects to share, work, present and discuss it.

The concept

The idea is to follow the geoinformation project workflow – from data collection, data management, through data analyses and visualisation to presentation of the results. All with the use of free and open source software and data (with the use of OSGeo-live compact package). There is one lecture each day and two exercises – one guided and one self-guided practice. Lectures are conducted by renowned experts in the field, and are connected with the day specification (i.e. data collection, management, analyses, visualisation). Lectures will be held  in one classroom and for all participants. Then the students will be divided into two groups (intermediate and advanced) for guided exercises. This exercises will be under the experts’ supervision and guidance. During self-guided practice, students will work hands-on on their project within the group of 4 people, which will be set at beginning of the summerschool. During the self-guided practice, experts responsible for the day will be available for consultations. At the end of the day, all participants will convene to discuss and reflect the day.