Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XXXIX-B6, 45-51, 2012
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19 Jul 2012
S. Oeldenberger and K. B. Khaled 3G-Tunisia, 2080 Ariana, Tunisia
Keywords: AGSI, NGO, North Africa, Geospatial Qualification, Capacity Building, Certification, Cooperation Abstract. The African Geospatial Sciences Institute (AGSI) is currently being established in Tunisia as a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO). Its objective is to accelerate the geospatial capacity development in North-Africa, providing the facilities for geospatial project and management training to regional government employees, university graduates, private individuals and companies. With typical course durations between one and six months, including part-time programs and long-term mentoring, its focus is on practical training, providing actual project execution experience. The AGSI will complement formal university education and will work closely with geospatial certification organizations and the geospatial industry.

In the context of closer cooperation between neighboring North Africa and the European Community, the AGSI will be embedded in a network of several participating European and African universities, e. g. the ITC, and international organizations, such as the ISPRS, the ICA and the OGC. Through a close cooperation with African organizations, such as the AARSE, the RCMRD and RECTAS, the network and exchange of ideas, experiences, technology and capabilities will be extended to Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa. A board of trustees will be steering the AGSI operations and will ensure that practical training concepts and contents are certifiable and can be applied within a credit system to graduate and post-graduate education at European and African universities.

The geospatial training activities of the AGSI are centered on a facility with approximately 30 part- and full-time general staff and lecturers in Tunis during the first year. The AGSI will operate a small aircraft with a medium-format aerial camera and compact LIDAR instrument for local, community-scale data capture. Surveying training, the photogrammetric processing of aerial images, GIS data capture and remote sensing training will be the main components of the practical training courses offered, to build geospatial capacity and ensure that AGSI graduates will have the appropriate skill-sets required for employment in the geospatial industry. Geospatial management courses and high-level seminars will be targeted at decision makers in government and industry to build awareness for geospatial applications and benefits. Online education will be developed together with international partners and internet-based activities will involve the public to familiarize them with geospatial data and its many applications.

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Citation: Oeldenberger, S. and Khaled, K. B.: THE AFRICAN GEOSPATIAL SCIENCES INSTITUTE (AGSI): A NEW APPROACH TO GEOSPATIAL TRAINING IN NORTH AFRICA, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XXXIX-B6, 45-51,, 2012.

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