LINKVIT is based upon the results of several European initiatives in the field of Geographical Information and the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive.
At first, LINKVIT is based upon results of the Leonardo da Vinci project VESTA-GIS (www.vesta-gis.eu). VESTA-GIS developed a cooperative framework for sharing experiences about training and eLearning in GI, a catalogue of training modules (with standard metadata) and the possibility to group different modules to build up “training paths”, according to needs of trainees target groups. The modules have been developed by well recognized European Universities and companies.
The project is focused on harmonization and adaptation of training material to answer the needs and demands of the professionals of geo-information (GI) about the new EU legal framework defined principally by INSPIRE and by other Directives for regulation of GI and environment. The main expectations to be matched are: easy access to training and ancillary content, as ensured only by eLearning tools; assessment and validation of standard professional profiles for efficient exploitation of contents; definition of clear flexible training paths, to be provided by a comprehensive training framework. The approach will be practical, to offer tutorials in order to understand the concepts and to show the way how the new INSPIRE framework can be implemented in daily activities. Training be based on eLearning, with an eLearning platform available to this purpose. This material is shaped with reference to 3 profiles of users:
- Technicians in Public administrations and Companies, for a daily use of learnt techniques and tools
- Decision makers, for a vision of what a sound use of techniques and tools can lead to
- Postgraduates, for faster access to work opportunities
The knowledge transfer will have a multifarious and fertilizing impact because it acts in different directions and levels, namely:
- Geographical: transferring to a national, regional and local audience the results of European projects achieved by “pathfinders” stakeholders
- Thematic: transferring the approach already adopted by pilot projects addressed to specific clusters of INSPIRE data themes to other sectors and disciplines (consequently to other data themes) and to new stakeholders
- Functional: fitting meaningful training content designed for a context of “EU-aware” stakeholders to a wider audience of local actors (typically people in local administration with an intra-institutional lifelong learning effect) not accustomed to the INSPIRE approach for data sharing and use
- Accessibility: shaping into a more friendly version important material about standards, usually of difficult access and exploitability by small organizations at local level (included administrations)
- Audience: making the training package exploitable to professional operators (with impact on continuous training of employed people) and to Higher Education (with impact on post-graduate curricular training).
The project has been divided into 6 Work Packages: