Welcome to GECO, the Geospatial Enablement and Community Outreach blog.
Note: this is a draft of a proposal that is taking shape. Please use tag #jiscGECO to comment…
Aims, Objectives and Final Output from GECO
The overarching purpose of GECO is to foster a community(ies) of users of geospatial resources (data, services, support). Geospatial, taken in its broadest sense underpins a vast array of academic endeavour – geography represents a fundamental organising axis for information. Space (and time) are fundamental aspects of most resources and activities and the purpose of GECO is to help:
- foster self-help within identifiable communities of interest that emerge form the recent JISC 15/10 funding call (in the Call itself this is referred to as ‘Community Synthesis’;
- increase the use of geospatial tools, infrastructure (data and services) and information for the wider benefit of the teaching, learning and research communities;
- to collate exemplars of use and to establish a trajectory for the future embedding of geospatial resources within research, teaching and learning landscapes;
- to identify and promote best practice (such as standards, interoperability, machine interfaces) and to provide a means for knowledge transfer from specialist to less spatially literate users and domains;
- assist with the maturation of the UK academic Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and ensure
that location (space/geography) is championed across sectoral domains.
- Promote the JISC Geospatial Working Group’s (GWG) Vision for geospatial resources in UK higher and further education.
- Champion awareness raising of INSPIRE (summary 2 pager here), ensuring that the sector is cognisant of the obligations and opportunities that this gives rise to.
- Promote good data management principles, including data curation and stewardship ensuring transparency and reuse where practicable.
At the conclusion of the project we anticipate:
- The establishment of a nexus of (largely) self-sustaining communities that exploit geospatial information within a particular domain.
- Greater awareness of existing JISC investment in geospatial resources and a higher degree of awareness of key policy areas such as INSPIRE.
- Additional services and data with exemplar usage and best practice guidance.