20 Jan 2012

Edinburgh Research Week January 2012

Posted by AndrewJ

The research week (16-20th January) held in Edinburgh has proven very constructive. Peder and Andrew visited Arne at Edinburgh University, where they experimented with visualisation and tried out software such as Wikitude, Squork Maps and Google Fusion. They also attended 3 important meetings – 1. with Doreen Waugh at the Scottish Place-name Survey, 2. with EDINA (a UK national academic data centre, designated by JISC on behalf of UK funding bodies to support the activity of universities, colleges and research institutes in the UK, by delivering access to a range of online data services through a UK academic infrastructure, as well as supporting knowledge exchange and ICT capacity building, nationally and internationally), where they met Conor Smyth and James Reid and 3. with Andrew Dugmore, Professor of Geo-Sciences. Doreen would like to have the Scottish place-name collection digitised. Conor and James were keen on the Hjaltland Network and offered concrete help. It is clear EDINA could be a vital partner and resource. Professor Dugmore was excited by the proposed project and suggested there was scope for post-graduate involvement. He said we should consider making the data available to MSc ArcGIS students for their final projects. He also said we should join GHEA (Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance an organization of social scientists, natural scientists, historians, educators, students, policy makers, and others interested in promoting cutting-edge research, education, and application of the socioecological dynamics of coupled human and natural systems across scales of space and time).

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