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Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG). Bob Maher Senior Research Scientist Middleton, Nova Scotia First Presented at the Pines Rural Knowledge Cluster (RKC) workshop in October 2005. Revised September 2006. What is Community?. Geographic

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Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG)

Bob Maher

Senior Research Scientist

Middleton, Nova Scotia

First Presented at the Pines Rural Knowledge Cluster (RKC) workshop in October 2005.

Revised September 2006.


What is Community?

Geographic

  • Southwest Nova Scotia, e.g., the Rural Knowledge Cluster

  • Canada, e.g., Network Centre of Excellence

  • Global, e.g., climate change agenda

    Thematic

  • Geographic service

  • Geomatics industry

  • Post-secondary education (universities, community colleges, industry training)


What is the role of Applied Research in Community Development ?

  • Economic – create jobs, $$$ into the community

  • Social – involvement in ideas/research tasks

  • Technology – access to equipment

  • Science – the ‘geographic view of the world’

  • Informatics – shared understanding of our environment and its processes


What is the current model at AGRG ?

  • History - started in January 2000

  • Six Research Scientists

  • Covers Hydrology, Climate, Biology, Health Science, Agriculture, Software Development, Geomatics

  • Six internships

  • 2 Outreach Officers; 1 Business incubation Manager

  • Total: 25 staff and students


AGRG

Senior Research Scientist

Bob Maher

Chris Hopkinson

Heather Stewart

Roger Mosher

Tim Webster

David Colville

Hydrology LiDAR

Botany Wetlands

Software Development

Earth Sciences Remote Sensing

Climate & Landscape GIS

Jeff Wentzell

Randy Cochrane

Martin O’Hara

Sandra Kaiser

Environmental Health CIHR with Dal

NSERC Coordinator

Rural Knowledge Cluster

Laura Chasmer

Darren MacKinnon

Hydro-meteorology, LiDAR

Meteorological Instrumentation GIS


Annapolis Valley Campus

Jim Stanley

Principal

VP Business

Development

Digby

Lawrencetown

Middleton

Director

Applied Research

David Woolnough

AGRG


Key Questions

  • How does AGRG relate to a rural knowledge cluster in the western valley ?

  • What are we trying to achieve here today ?

    • Awareness

    • Feedback

    • Future network


Rural Secretariat project

  • NSCC – Applied Geomatics

  • College Boreal – value added forestry

  • College of the Rockies – Tourism

    • Funded by Rural Secretariat

    • Started in July 2005

    • 2 ½ years

    • Bilingual

    • Focus is the western valley


Participatory Action Research

  • Standard research model

    • Group of university/government scientists determine the research agenda

    • Receive funding

    • Conduct research

    • Publish papers

    • Build expertise of the group


Participatory Action Research

  • PAR model

    • Research group meets the community

    • Identify needs

    • Develop proposal for funding

    • Conduct research with community involvement

    • Report back to the community

    • Publish papers, reports, newspaper articles

    • Build expertise at institution and in the community


Issues/Concerns

  • Who defines the applied research agenda for the educational institution ?

    • Academics

    • Community

    • Business

  • Who writes the proposals ?

    • Academics

    • Community

    • Business


How do we define Applied Research ?

  • Solve problems that are raised by the community ?

  • Analysis of existing circumstances

  • Advising on policy directions

  • Is part of the solution:

    • Empowering the public

    • Empowering government


Questions for this audience ?

  • Listen to the SIX presentations:

    • Are there technology opportunities ?

    • Are you interested in the applications ?

    • Are you interested in the science ?

  • Can you see innovations to our current model ?

    • Change the definition of Applied Research

    • Change the role of the Community College in the community

  • Suggestions for specific events or processes

    • Workshops

    • Demonstrations

    • Business opportunities

    • Books


Update September 2006

  • New Learning Model at AGRG

    - focus on internship

    - focus on joint MSc. Degree

    - less emphasis on Advanced Dipolma in Applied Geomatics Research

  • New Proposals

    - GEOIDE: Air Quality and Rural Health

    - GeoConnections: Online regional atlas for Sustainable Development

    - CFS: Forestry Communities Program


Update September 2006

  • New Activities within RKC

    - workshop at Université Sainte-Anne

    - Community GIS

    - involvement in Geo Connections proposal

  • Future Opportunities

    - SSHRC Knowledge Cluster on Rural Community Research Network

    - LIDAR university consortiums


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