Call for: Training School in Coimbra, Portugal


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Organized by the COST Action - CA15212 Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy and innovation throughout Europe

Preliminary Program: Quality Control of OpenStreetMap Data

Citizen Science Training School | Preliminary Programm

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Dates: 17 - 19 Jun 2019
Host: Institute for Systems Engineering and Computers at Coimbra
Location:  Departamento de Matemática da FCTUC, Largo D. Dinis, 3001 - 501 Coimbra, Portugal
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Deadline for application: 30th of April 2019


The proposed training school aims to prepare the trainees to:

  1. Understand the main aspects of spatial data quality;
  2. Experience the pros and cons of the available tools to collect and edit OSM data (by using both image interpretation and in the field experience);
  3. Use available tools to help identify data quality issues and errors in existing OSM data and subsequently how to fix these problems,
  4. Learn how to organize and structure OSM mapping events which supports the collection of high quality data.

The participants will learn to contribute to the creation of high-quality OSM data, but also to disseminate this knowledge by organizing training events in their own communities. This will contribute to the enrichment of OSM data and also to enlarge the community that contributes to OSM, which is important for the development of this valuable collaborative initiative. Adding to these main objectives, the trainees will also become acquainted to participants from other regions of Europe, with different perspectives on the needs regarding OSM data quality, as participants with different backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to participate in the training school. This will also enable the establishment of contacts to initiate additional future collaborations within the COST action and the OSM project, but also in research areas and applications related to the use of OSM data for diverse applications.

Call for applications

We are inviting applications from young researchers, who are at an early stage of their careers, either doing their PhD or having their MSc or MA just completed, to contribute in a substantial manner to the planned activities together with the Environmental Health Clinic. Applicants must be based in COST Member and Cooperating States or from Near-Neighboring Countries, whose participation has been approved by the Action Management Committee of this Action.  At present, only applicants from Albania are eligible to apply, among the Near-Neighboring Countries. About 10-15 participants will be selected to participate to the training school with financial support from the Action.

Candidates are requested to:

  • Fill out the application form
  • Prepare and upload a 300-word motivation letter explaining their interest
  • Prepare and upload a short CV - max 2 pages
  • Fluent English is required and gender and cultural diversity will guarantee a wide variety of inputs and perspectives
    CV and motivation letter can be uploaded in the application form!

Deadline for submissions

  • April 30, 2019 | Candidates accepted will be covering a wide range of disciplines.

School format

The School is free of charge and accommodation and travel expenses will be covered. The school will be grounded on the basis of a mutual learning process where candidates will also teach.
We will invite several actors including some local residents to provide all perspectives in the actions being developed. We have invited Marco Minghini, who works at the JRC, to be one of the trainers (lectures).
Last day (Wednesday) will have public presentation of the results of the school.  
We will focus on:
The text is still in the editorial editing stage.

The school plans to have a publication as an outcome to be submitted to a journal during the months after the end of the school.

For more information please contact
cfonte [at] mat [dot] uc [dot] pt (subject: Training%20School%20Coimbra, body: Dear%20Prof.%20C%C3%ADdalia%20Fonte%2C%0A) (Prof. Cídalia Fonte) Coordinator | Institute for Systems Engineering and Computers at Coimbra

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The text is still in the editorial editing stage.

Please check this event for updated information about times, location, etc. again. We are working on it step by step :)

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 00:00 to Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 23:45
Departamento de Matemática da FCTUC
Largo D. Dinis
3001-501 Coimbra