Welcome to PBL-based geocommunication. How to make efficient geo-information, maps, diagrams based on geodata, etc.

Today we see a vast amount of spatial data, maps, geo-visualisations and many more around us; open street maps, Google, Microsoft etc. It seems there are an endless number of possibilities in creating project-specific thematic or statistical maps/visualisations. And yet, one often wonders why the quality of these constructed maps/visualisations does not increase at the same rate. One of the reasons might be that it is difficult to make intelligent, efficient and attractive maps.

Many PhD-projects in almost any domain use maps, diagrams based on geodata and similar visualisations based on geodata. The creation of these visualisations is unfortunately often 'controlled' by the software in use and not by the PhD-students conscious work in this particular matter.

The point of departure for the PhD-student's map making process will be guided by the Principles of Problem Based learning as outlined in http://www.pbl.aau.dk/digitalAssets/33/33124_pbl_aalborg_modellen.pdf

This course will focus both on theoretical processes of geo-communication, and practical aspects of making statistical and thematic maps, geo-visualisations, diagrams etc.

The scope of the course is to bring the PhD-student in a position to understand the nature of ‘geo-communication’ and to use that knowledge in a problem-based manner to facilitate the making of better maps, visualisations etc.

The course consists of two parts. Part one where the students define the purpose of their maps, and Part two is the construction of the visualisations, geo-diagrams etc. with both technical and theoretical supervision.

Organizer: Ass.professor, ph.d., Jan Kloster Staunstrup, jks@land.aau.dk
Ass.professor, dr.scient, Lars Brodersen, lars@land.aau.dk

Lecturers: Ass.professor, ph.d., Jan Kloster Staunstrup, Department of Development and Planning.
Ass.professor, dr.scient, Lars Brodersen, Department of Development and Planning.


Part one: November 18, 2013
Part two: November 25, 2013

Place: Web-based course

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Number of seats: 16

Deadline: October 20, 2013

Important information concerning PhD courses

We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.