The workshop was attended by 40 professionals and young students interested in the world of Open Data, willing to learn new skills and discover the importance and contributions of the Digital Geography in multi-disciplinary professional sectors such as communication, marketing, international relations and cooperation, water and environment, land management, sustainable development and the list goes on. “Digital Mapping & Active Citizenship”
The social media campaign #WATERMANIFESTO is online!
The #WaterManifesto is an experimental scientific communication tool prepared by experts from various scientific and professional disciplines with the aim to identify key concepts in the fields of water management and environmental sustainability in order to be shared through social media campaigns to trigger the active participation, discussions and involvement of citizens in these sectors.
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On march 15th, 2017 WARREDOC with Alta Scuola, the Italian government mission #Italiasicura and the Istituto Nazionale di Urbanistica (INU) organized a workshop and launched a series of initiatives focused on the topic “Digital Mapping & Active Citizenship”.
The outcomes of the working day will be disseminated with a social media campaign #WATERMANIFESTO that will be launched on March 22nd for the #WorldWaterDay2017, characterized by the dissemination of key messages in social networks on the importance of digital media, innovation and ICT for water science, environmental sustainability and scientific communication.
On 29th November, the WARREDOC “The Digital Mapping as a way to develop and protect culture and environment” presented the outcomes of the 1° GIS Crowdmapping Competition and new activities in the regard of mapping cultural heritage, risk and social media experience. We thank TeamDev for the invitation and we look forward for mutual cooperation through the initiative GISAction!
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Professor Fernando Nardi discusses details of a one-year hydrological and hydraulic study into the Tor di Valle area where AS Roma’s new stadium will be built.
The UNESCO HERITAGE SITE CROWDMAPPING COMPETITION awardee ceremony took place during the presentation of the United Nations World Water Development Report 2016 on “Water and Jobs” at the prestigious Sala di Notari in Perugia. Over 32 participants compete to map not only the beauty and cultural heritage of a recognize UNESCO heritage site but also the inherited risks caused by natural or human-related activity and the social media experience. The best three projects received a Special Professional Certificate together with a 1-year professional license of ESRI ArcGIS Software.
On May the 25th and 26th of 2016, Università per Stranieri di Perugia hosted the 1st GIS Crowdmapping Workshop. The initiative stems from the involvement of a large group of students and young researchers whom have embraced the idea of the Water Resource Research & Documentation Center (WARREDOC) to produce a digital map of the Italian UNESCO cultural and heritage. The project was conceived in the last few months during which the WARREDOC – with the support of the Orientation and Communication Office of UNISTRAPG – was committed in a series of meetings to introduce the youths to the scientific and professional potential value represented by the increasing availability and easily using of Open Data and GIS technologies, with the aim to produce thematic maps drawing from the collective commitment of new aspiring digital mappers.
In the two days, over 130 people were involved in the Workshop which allowed to map almost all of the 51 UNESCO sites that from north to south characterize the Italian territory, enriching it with architecture, culture and history. The digital mappers created, individually or in groups, not only digital cartographies, but also Story Maps taking advantage from the ESRI GIS technology in order to recount the sites of our cultural heritage through a personal vision, transforming the User Experience in a map.
The main goal of the Workshop was to create a Digital Map of all the UNESCO sites in Italy, specifying their location and the extension, since many of the UNESCO sites in Italy are represented by whole cities, like Rome, Venice or Urbino, or from large areas, such as the Costiera Amalfitana or the Sacri Monti di Piemonte e Lombardia. For a future use of the collective map, it is even more important to identify potential risks from which these assets would be affected, which derive both from natural characteristics and human behavior. A careful analysis of the territory, its morphology, and the activities that characterize the site, has been very important for an efficient completion of the map. Not only that, the new ArcGIS Pro capabilities allow the integration with information from social media features that, through the analysis of public contents, accede to see the conditions in which the site is and, in case of disasters, a real-time up-to-date.
Several studies were developed over the years above the UNESCO sites, in addition to the official UNESCO documentation, but this experiment to create, thanks to the GIS, a digital map from the User Experience implementing informal data with Open Data and Social Media, is one of a kind. A further goal is to innovate through the involvement and the scientific dissemination for the environmental management and protection of our cultural heritage.
The community of young participants, coming from diverse professional backgrounds and geographical origins, motivated the WARREDOC to continue the activity by selecting a group of volunteers to continue the work for the creation of an Italian cultural heritage’s collective map, but not only. Because of several foreign research centers contacted us being interested in replicating the event format, the initiative is evolving in order to create a website dedicated to the publication of a Digital Map at international level.
Thanks to the support and collaboration of the UNESCO Chair on Water Resources Management and Culture, the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme, ESRI Italy, the Umbria Region and InnLabs, the Workshop represented the starting point for a project that will culminate in October 2016 when, again in the city of Perugia, the final version of the Digital Map will be officially presented to the jury of experts that will reward the best three projects.
The 1st Crowdmapping Workshop and the Digital Mapping Course was a great success with 130 new strongly motivated Digital Mappers.
This event was the first step of an ambitious project, which aims to create a virtual volunteering community of GIS students, young professionals and faculties willing to share their passion and motivation with international colleagues for producing digital maps and story maps of UNESCO natural and cultural heritage sites.
During the Career Day at the University for Foreigners of Perugia, young professionals and students stop by the WARREDOC stand to express their passion and interest in the fields of water, environment and sustainable development by signing up to the 1st GIS Crowdmapping workshop & Digital Mapping Course.
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The University of Foreigners of Perugia had the privilege of having Prof. Paolo Gull, professor at University of Salento and scientific manager of ESRI Italia, the world leader in Geographic Information Systems to present the potential application of GIS and Digital Maps as an opportunity for students and young professionals to develop new skills and knowledge in this exciting field.