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Jeff Wentzell, Research Associate, AGRG


On Tuesday,February 19th, 2008 the Applied Geomatics Research gave a workshop to students and faculty at the Kingstec Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College as part of their “Wellness Week” activities.  Ashley Lawrence, Meredith Roik, and Jeff Wentzell instructed participants on using the Garmin 76SC GPS technology for geocaching and collecting GIS data.  Since doing is a great way to learn, the group were given GPS units to navigate a geocaching exercise and instructed to collect data of features as they went on their trek.  The group finished by learning about displaying their spatial data in Google Earth.


These materials and presentations are part of Ashley’s and Meredith’s Directed Studies course at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in support of the Community Mapping initiative at AGRG.   The HP tablets provided us the ability to take the technology to the users.  The tablets have the software (DNR Garmin and Google Earth) and connectivity so we can concentrate on learning how to use the tools

01 April 2008 @ 09:05 am
The Coastal CURA initiative consists of an association of academic and community groups, including a number of aboriginal  associations, and fisher organizations who are concerned with giving local communities more of an understanding of, input into the decisions affecting, and control over the coastal and adjacent offshore regions in their area.COASTAL CURA Workshop 1

On March 6th and 7th, under our Community Mapping initiative and with the support of the mobile geomatics lab of tablets provided by HP, we mounted a 2 day workshop.  This workshop included an introduction to data collection with GPS, mapping with Google, and information sharing using a Moodle workspace on a site hosted by the Nova Scotia Community College.  The workshop was attended by about 20 people over the two days, including representatives from 3 aboriginal groups in the region, local fisheries organizations, as well as environmental NGO's. 

This workshop was conceived of as a first in a series of workshops to give the Coastal CURA member groups more familiarity with GIS technologies and capabilities, and to increase the skill levels and capabilities of these groups.  One of our main goals for the workshop was to lay the foundation for future events.  We spent considerable time trying to understand the needs and interests of the participant groups.  Discussions and planning for future events are ongoing.