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Open Geospatial Education

Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics-Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Schillerstrasse 30, Salzburg 5020, Austria
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Academic Editors: Barend Kobben, Serena Coetzee and Wolfgang Kainz
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4(2), 697-710;
Received: 5 February 2015 / Revised: 3 April 2015 / Accepted: 20 April 2015 / Published: 24 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Open Geospatial Science and Applications)
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The advances in open data, free and open source software solutions and open access to research publications have influenced the emergence of open educational resources (OER) initiatives. These initiatives permit access to openly licensed learning resources including courses, webinars, training materials and textbooks. Thereby, an increasing number of users has the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and gain new skills. The goal of this paper is to evaluate open education initiatives in the geospatial domain and its synergies with open spatial data and software movements. The paper is focusing on the Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs) movement. The advantages and challenges of open geospatial education will be thoroughly discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: open education; MOOC; geospatial; GIS; GIScience; GIS&T open education; MOOC; geospatial; GIS; GIScience; GIS&T

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Belgiu, M.; Strobl, J.; Wallentin, G. Open Geospatial Education. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4, 697-710.

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