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  1. GeoSpatial Technology: The role of the University Dr. Oualid (Walid) Ben Ali Founder and Director of the GIS center H.o.D of the MIS Department University of Sharjah UAE

  2. Introduction • Maps are everywhere.

  3. GeoSpatial Driven economy: Personal experience • Real time Patrol car allocation: Save time, money, and lives • Early fog notification system using GeoSpatial technology and mobile technology • Sustainable development: Save the environment and the planet • Etc.

  4. GeoSpatial Driven economy • We save time • We save money • We save lives • We save the whole planet • GeoSpayial in everything • GeoSpatial technology is a REVOLUTION • A competitive advantage before is becoming a necessity now.

  5. Hurdles on the road • Lack of awareness • Lack of capacity • Lack of trained staff • Lack of cooperation • Etc.

  6. Current situation Community Community entities

  7. Current situation GeoSpatial need Community Community entities

  8. Current situation GeoSpatial need Community Community entities University Training Recruitment Nothing

  9. What we have done? • In order to tackle the hurdles : • Lack of awareness • Lack of capacity

  10. What we have done? • In order to tackle the hurdles : • Lack of awareness • Lack of capacity

  11. The starting point • The University, or even before

  12. GeoSpatial technology Awareness • Free lectures about GIS and GeoSpatial technology • Injection of GIS and GeoSpatial study cases in the courses’ content

  13. Seminar sessions and invited guests in the GIS Field • Experts talking about GeoSpatial technology

  14. Establishing a GIS Center at the University • The GIS center of the University of Sharjah • Website and online marketing

  15. Attending GIS events • Attending GeoSpatial events and making contacts

  16. What we have done? • In order to tackle the hurdles : • Lack of awareness • Lack of capacity

  17. Free tools and trainings • Free GIS tools • Free training sessions: Basic concepts about GeoSpatial technology

  18. The development of a website and a GeoSpatial portal • A one-shop stop portal about GeoSpatial Technology

  19. Organizing GeoSpatial Job fair and Career day • Organizing GeoSpatial Job fair and Career day

  20. The role of the University : University-Community relationship GeoSpatial need Community Community entities University

  21. Organizing a GeoSpatial events • Organizing GeoSpatial events such as workshops, symposiums, workshops, conferences, etc.

  22. Recruitment and placement • Arrange the recruitment between the University and the GeoSpatial Community

  23. Contacting the GeoSpatial community • We are working on the creation of a GeoBook (like facebook) which collect and put in contact hundred of experts in GeoSpatial Technology: Online forums and conferences about GeoSpatial Technology

  24. University-Community relationship GeoSpatial need Community Community entities University

  25. Another role of the Academia • The research, in order to tackle the future challenges of the GeoSpatial Technology

  26. Another role of the Academia

  27. Conclusion • It start from the University, or even before

  28. Thank you • Contact: • Dr. Oualid (Walid) Ben Ali: Head of the Management Information Systems (MIS) Department, University of Sharjah • Founder and Director of the GIS Center of the University of Sharjah • Email: Oali@sharjah.ac.ae • Email: ali.walid@gmail.com • Website: www.walidali.net