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VESTA-GIS a networking training frame for Geo-Information

(Giorgio Saio, Geographical Information Systems International Group)

VESTA-GISVocational Education and Sectoral Training network on GIS & GI Application domainsLIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAMME 2007 - 2013

Leonardo Da Vinci Network

Duration: 01/11/2007 - 31/10/2010

The VESTA-GIS background

The thematic Network approach


The Leonardo GI-INDEED project

The Thematic Network Approach

Thematic Networks are promoted in order to create frameworks of common interest among the GISIG members and to establish linkages and partnership with various GIS applications domains, users groups and professional operators.

The following networks have been started:

  • ICAM-GISGIS for Integrated Coastal Area Management, jointly promoted by ICCOPS and GISIG

  • NATURE-GISGIS for protected areas and nature conservation

  • WATER-GISGIS for Water Environment, jointly promoted by Techware and GISIG

VESTA-GIS (Leonardo da Vinci project)

Registered organisations

About 360

About 350

About 350

GI for

Coastal Management

Nature Conservation

Water Resources


Water Thematic Network (TECHWARE)




Leonardo DaVinci


HUMBOLDT (leadership WP Training)


Protected Areas Scenarios


(Marie Curie)




(Marie Curie)



Nature-GIS (IST)

Stakeholders and User Communities


INSPIRE Principles

  • Information should be managed as closely as possible to its source;

  • Information is provided once and shared with others for many purposes;

  • Information should be accessible to enable clients to make comparisons at the appropriate geopgraphical scale (e.g. countries, cities, catchment areas);

  • Information should be made available to the puplic after due consideration of the appropriate level of aggregation, given possible confidentiality constraints, and at national level in the national language(s);

In parallel with the definition of the INSPIRE Directive:

IST Nature-GIS project A European thematic network for Protected Areas / Nature Preservation and Geographical Information

The nature gis guidelines
The Nature-GIS Guidelines

What are they for?

To provide in a single volume

the salient findings of the project and to draw “best practice” indications for the discovery, access and use of geo-spatial data on protected areas

They are divided into three parts

- Nature-GIS context

- Nature-GIS Survey

- Nature-GIS Architecture

They are available on Internet as well (

Registration to

The GI-INDEED Project


Geo-Information in the Implementation of Net-based Distance Education for Environmental Decision-making

Leonardo Pilot Project 2005-S/05/B/F/PP-161012

October 2005 – October 2007

New training challenge to support the INSPIRE process

  • Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI)

  • Web Services

  • Practice on real cases

The GI-INDEED Training Package

The GI-INDEED Training material has been categorised as follows:

Course: a set of modules and/or components provided by a training provider to single trainees or to organisations;

Module: a set of components combined each other

Training component: an independent training unit

GI-INDEED exploitation

  • Possibility to access the GI-INDEED Training Package

  • Definition of new use cases (Coastal Areas Module)

  • The GI-INDEED Modules will be part of VESTA-GIS (included in the VESTA-GIS course catalogue)

  • E-learning platform (tools) and approach for training material organisation (including the course selector), useful for other initiatives.

VESTA-GISVocational Education and Sectoral Training network on GIS & GI Application domainsLIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAMME 2007 - 2013

Leonardo Da Vinci Network

Duration: 01/11/2007 - 31/10/2010


Three main pillars

  • A Training Framework for GI courses

  • A Mobility Framework

  • The Network (Leonardo Thematic Network)

VESTA-GIS at a glance

The aim is to to pool knowledge in the GIS domain (technology, applications), to share experience and foster innovation in vocational training by bringing together experts, organisations and users of GI and its application domains, as well as to identify the trends and skills requirements in this area and to improve the anticipated benefit of vocational training initiatives.

The following main activities are foreseen:

  • Network Building and sharing knowledge

  • Analysis of training course offer and demand

  • Implementation of the Network training framework

  • Implementation of an e-learning platform

  • Training course catalogue building.

  • Promotion of people mobility

  • Exploitation and dissemination actions

VESTA-GIS at a glance

The network will be developed in the favourable framework of the new European Directives for environment and territory, which are dealing with problems that have reached a new European dimension (such as the INSPIRE Directive recently approved by the European Parliament).

The project focuses in particular on these application domains:

  • Water Resource Management

  • Natural Environment Protection

  • Coastal Management and Landscape

VESTA-GIS target group

  • GI potential and actual users in the different EU Countries;

  • providers of GIS training (both professional operators and GI experts and Academy);

  • officers of Administrations (main users of geo-information);

  • environmental operators;

  • companies providing GI services;

  • fresh graduates approaching the labour market;

VESTA-GIS Training Framework

  • Metadata for Training Courses

  • Training course catalogue

  • A flexible organisation on the training material

  • A course builder

  • Links to courses organised or hosted by the partners

  • Some courses hosted in the VESTA-GIS e-Learning platform

VESTA-GIS Certificate

  • Based on ECVET - European Credit system for Vocational and Educational Training – principles, now under discussion at the EU level

  • It is based upon the EUROPASS system

  • Link with European Computer Driving Licence

The Mobility Framework

  • Definition of a Template Agreement for the VESTA-GIS Mobilities

  • Organisation of mobility demand (offers for hosting)

  • CVs organisation into an on-line database (protected)

  • Matching placement offers-demand

VESTA-GIS Tasks and WPs

  • WP1: Management

  • 1.1 Project set-up

  • 1.2 Monitoring progress and coordination of tasks

  • 1.3 Preparation of LdV report

  • WP2: Analysis of training demand and supply

  • 2.1 Questionnaire for training need and training offer

  • 2.2 Survey

  • 2.3 Analysis of results

  • 2.4 Metadata for training courses

VESTA-GIS Tasks and WPs

  • WP3: The VESTA-GIS Training Framework

  • 3.1 VESTA-GIS platform and tools

  • 3.2 Metadata and training material organisation

  • 3.3 Catalogue building

  • 3.4 Material validation

  • WP4: Mobility promotion

  • 4.1 –Set-up and maintain the mobility framework

  • 4.2 – Definition of standards for mobility

  • 4.3 – Mobility promotion and monitoring

VESTA-GIS Tasks and WPs

  • WP5: Network building and awareness

  • 5.1 VESTA-GIS Network

  • 5.2 WATER-GIS sub-network

  • 5.3 NATURE-GIS sub-network

  • 5.4 ICAM-GIS sub-network

  • 5.5 Web site and promotional material

  • WP6: Quality and Evaluation Plan

  • 6.1 Quality and evaluation Plan

  • 6.2 Reports on quality management

  • 6.3 Monitoring and testing

  • 6.4 External review

VESTA-GIS Tasks and WPs

  • WP7 Dissemination

  • 7.1 – Dissemination Plan

  • 7.2 – Production and diffusion of material

  • 7.3 – Organisation of seminars & final conference

  • WP8: Exploitation

  • 8.1 Exploitation Plan

  • 8.2 Demo material

  • 8.3 VESTA-GIS certification

The VESTA-GIS parntership

  • Around 60 partners from 17 EU Countries

  • 7 Core partners

  • 52 Associated partners

  • Open Network (already 9 new members)

  • All the organisations interested to share their experience are welcome in VESTA-GIS

The VESTA-GIS Core Partners

  • GISIG - Geographical Information Systems International Group (Project Coordinator)

  • GIS Institute at the University of Gävle

  • Centre for GeoInformatics at Salzburg University

  • LabSITA at the University of Rome La Sapienza

  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Spatial Applications Division Leuven


  • ICCOPS - Landscape, Natural and Cultural Heritage Observatory

The VESTA-GIS Associated Partners

  • Aalborg University

  • AGISEE – Association for Geospatial Information in South-East Europe

  • Aristotle University Thessaloniki

  • Autorità di Bacino del Fiume Po

  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics


  • Central European University

  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

  • CSI Piemonte

  • Ege (Aegean) University

  • ENEA

  • Epsilon International SA

  • Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei (FEEM)

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research

  • German Aerospace Center (DLR)

  • Grad Rijeka

  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research

  • IGN France International

  • IH Cantabria

  • INI-GraphicsNet Stiftung

  • Instituto Geografico Portugues

  • IRENAV – Institut de Recherche de l'Ecole navale

  • ISEGI – Universidad Nova de Lisboa

  • Macedonian Ecological Society

  • Masaryk University

  • National Technical University of Athens

  • Pamukkale University

The VESTA-GIS Associated Partners

  • PAP/RAC – UNEP-MAP Priority Action Programme / Regional Activity Centre

  • Politechnika Opolska (Opole University of Technology)

  • Provincia di Vercelli

  • Regione Piemonte

  • Research Institute of Geodesy, Topography and Cartography (VGTK)


  • Technical University of Denmark

  • UNEP/GRID Warsaw

  • UNESCO IHE, Institute for Water Education

  • Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

  • Università Ca' Foscari – Interdepartemental Centre IDEAS

  • Università degli Studi di Cagliari – Dipartimento di Ingegneria del Territorio (DIT), Sezione Urbanistica (SU)

  • Università degli Studi di Cagliari – Dipartimento Scienze della Terra

  • Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca

  • Università degli Studi di Pavia

  • University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy

  • University of Girona

  • University of Munster

  • University of Nice – Sophia Antipolis

  • University of Seville

  • University of West Hungary

  • USRIEP Ukrainian Scientific and Research Institute of Ecological Problems

  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel

  • VSB Technical University of Ostrava

The VESTA-GIS New Members

  • Intergraph Italia LLC

  • Provincia di Bologna

  • Distance Learning University - Portugal

  • Institute of Water Problems - BAS

  • Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti

  • University of Trieste

  • Technical University of Sofia


  • Università Ca Foscari

Training Modules already proposed

GIS Technology and related sciences

Training Modules already proposed

GI application domains

Associated members contributions
Associated Members contributions

  • Provision of training material and GIS expertise

  • Participation in mobility schemes

  • Analysis of skills and training needs

  • Dissemination and Workshops organisation

  • Networking activities

Associated partners benefit (and role)

  • Promotion of their own training offer

  • Possibility to access the VESTA-GIS Training Catalogue and Training Courses

  • Share training experiences

  • Improve training offer

> Partnership for new training initiatives

  • Hosting placements (mainly enterprises, but not only)

  • Sending placements (mainly Universities, but not only)


  • Contact with all the partners for checking their field of interest in a operational level within the Network

  • Collection for new adhesion to VESTA-GIS

  • all of you are welcome

  • Circulation of the questionnaire for training needs-training offer analysis

  • Many Thanks for your contribution

  • (and for your interest in VESTA-GIS)