Current Initiatives

Initiative reports

Because of the varied nature of initiatives, their outputs are similarly diverse. Pre-conference Workshops usually yield proceedings, that can be found through their respective conference pages. Others result in a formal report, and those can be found here:

Persistent Testbed (PTB)

At the 2007 AGILE conference it was proposed to establish a persistent geospatial test-bed within the European research community. The initiative is now a joint effort of AGILE, EuroSDR and OGC. It acts as a platform for collaborative European research in geospatial interoperability: 1) To aid the assessment of current standards for geospatial interoperability in terms of research compatibility, completeness, consistency and ease of use and extensibility; 2) To provide an environment for teaching standards and techniques for geospatial interoperability; and 3) To provide a resource to AGILE/EuroSDR/OGC for the coordination of research requirements as well as definition, testing, validation and development of open standards. (further information)

Council: Lars Bernard, Lead: Johannes Brauner, Member 1: TU Dresden, Other Members: Nottingham, EDINA, [ITC, Minho (Braga), Jaume I]


Body of Knowledge 2 (BoK2)

The Body of Knowledge (BoK) was published in 2006. It consists of a Model Curricula. The Model Curricula is a vision of how higher education should prepare students for success in the variety of professions that rely upon geospatial technologies. The BoK specifies what aspiring geospatial professionals need to know and be able to do. The BoK is intended to serve as a reference work for curriculum planners working at all levels of higher and continuing education. Currently a new version is being prepared (BoK 2) including an online repository to support curriculum development. AGILE follows the developments and is involved in the discussions with the US counterparts and with sister organisations that also expressed their interest (e.g. ISPRS). (further information)

Council: Bénédicte bucher, Lead: Wolfgang Reinhardt, Member 1: Universität der Bundeswehr München, Other Members: Utrecht, Lisboa, KU Leuven


Education Mapping (EduMapping)

The objective of this Initiative is to map GI-education in Europe. This is a long term goal. The focus of the initiative is on the introduction of a new method (EduMapping) to characterize GI-teaching courses. EduMapping is based on the GI Science and Technology Body of Knowledge (BoK). It results in a label, showing the distribution of study load (ECTS) across 10 Knowledge Areas. Such labels will make GI-courses better comparable between organizations and across national borders. This should help GI-employers to evaluate job applicants. International professional organizations (i.e. ICA, ISPRS, AGILE) are interested to collaboration. One of the possible outcomes would be a software tool to query a repository of GI teaching labels. (further information)

Council: Bénédicte Bucher, Lead: Frans Rip (Wageningen University), Member 1: University Groningen, Other Member: Universidade Nova Lisboa, UniBw Munich, KU Leuven


Crowdsourcing in National Mapping

AGILE and EuroSDR decided in 2011 to initiate and fund together a pilot research project on the use of crowd-sourcing (CS) in a national mapping context. The project will be carried out through university student internships in the summers of 2012 and 2013. The intention is to pair a national mapping or cadaster agency (NMCA) with an academic partner(s). In order to set an agenda for the internships the project coordinators, Jeremy Morley (University of Nottingham, UK) and Peter Mooney (National University of Ireland) organized a workshop that was held at the University of Nottingham on January 2012. The outcome will be in the form of research reports and papers. (further information)

Council: Mike Jackson, Lead: Peter Mooney, Jeremy Morley, Member 1: Nottingham, Other Members: Maynooth, TU Dresden


GIScience Publication Rating

A plenary discussion at the AGILE 2010 Conference in Guimarães has led to the Association’s backing of an effort to develop a rating scheme for publication outlets in Geographic Information Science. A short paper at AGILE 2011 sketched the idea and led to constructive discussions and the backing from the AGILE Council for a broader international project. The initiative began officially in early 2012, led by the University of Münster (Werner Kuhn and Christoph Brox) with assistance from Karen Kemp (University of Southern California). A paper discussing this Initiative to a greater length was presented at AGILE 2012 in Avignon. The results of the initiative were presented and discussed at AGILE 2013 in Leuven. Follow-up activities are currently being planned, with a tendency toward seeking consensus on rating criteria rather than ratings. 

Detailed information about the initiative can be found here.

The results of the survey are summarized as PDF document and can be downloaded here. 

Council: Martin Raubal, Lead: Werner Kuhn, Karen Kemp, Christoph Brox, Member 1: Universität Münster, Other Members: ETH-Zürich


Access to spatial data for Research & Education 1

Access to core geospatial data sets (topographic, administrative, hydrography, etc.) is critical for academic research in almost every discipline. It can however be difficult for researchers to gain access to these sorts of data. With an initial focus on the data products of National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies, this initiative aims, in the first instance, to persuade NCMA’s within each member state to make available their data products to the researchers within their own country. Following on from this, we would hope that reciprocal arrangements could be made for access to data between member states across the European Academic Community.

Council: David Scott, Lead: David Scott, Member 1: EDINA, Other Members: KU Leuven


Methods for Multidisciplinary SDI Research

Council: Danny Vandenbroucke, Lead: Yola Giorgiadou, Member 1: KU Leuven, Other Members: ITC, TU Delft, Wageningen, University of Amsterdam

Research Map

Council: Lars Bernard, Lead: Lars Bernard, Member 1: TU Dresden