Research campaign at archaeological site Honduras
Britt Lonneville (CartoGIS), Cornelis Stal (3DDA) and Jotka Verlee (Ma student) have left for a one-month field campaign at an archaeological site in Honduras. They will focus on acquiring 3D data through several acquisition techniques, e.g. UAV with NIR camera and total station. Afterwards, these data will among others be used to create 3D models and orthophotos. Follow Britt on twitter.
Prof. Alishir Kurban
At the cartoGIS cluster, we welcomed Prof. Alishir Kurban from the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography (XIEG) of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). Due to the cooperation agreement between UGent and XIEG, he will stay in Ghent untill early August to discuss and develop an apporach for analysing long term time series data of ecosystem dynamics in the lower reach of the Tarim River (China) and 3D archaeological GIS in Turpan region. More information on the collaboration here.
For over 150 years the Society of Antiquaries of the Land van Waas (Koninklijke Oudheidkundige Kring van het Land van Waas, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, or KOKW) has been in the possession of a so-called 'Lafreri'-atlas. Recognized since 2012 as one of Flanders's masterpieces, the society is exhibiting the individual maps in the Mercator Museum until 19 July 2015. Ghent University (Department of Geography) took care of the publication: Lafreri. Italian Cartography in the Renaissance. More information can be found on these sites: http://www.lafreri.ugent.be and http://www.kokw.be.
Signed agreement with China
UGent, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography and Turpan Bureau of Cultural Heritage sign agreement. XIEG and the UGent are already collaborating since 2005 and have since 2007 a collaborative agreement to exchange staff and students. This collaborative agreement has now been extended with a MoU with the Turpan Bureau of Cultural Heritage as a new partner. More information: http://www.ugent.be/nl/actueel/nieuws/memory-understanding-xinjiang-turpan-ugent.htm
International Map Year
International Map Year (IMY) is a worldwide celebration of maps and their unique role in our world. Supported by the United Nations, IMY provides opportunities to demonstrate, follow, and get involved in the art, science and technology of making and using maps and geographic information. Visit these site to find out what is happening in Belgium (http://internationalmapyear.be/) and internationally (http://mapyear.org/).
GeoMobiel offers do-activities to the third grade of secondary education. In the academic year 2014-2015, the GeoMobiel staff visited the schools. Starting from 2015-2016, all the educational material will be made available online to the teachers. More information can be found at the website of GeoMobiel: http://www.geomobiel.be/