(Winner of IRLOGI Space & Place Awards 2014 - Best use of Location Based Application for Mobile or Tablet)
The Department of Energy, Communications and Natural resources (DCENR) and Geological Survey Ireland (GSI) have invested hugely in the INFOMAR project devoting a large amount of time, money and resources to generate a vast databank that is of crucial importance to the development of Ireland's marine, fisheries, energy and offshore sectors.
The challenge now is to ensure that the exploitation of that data is equally impressive and that the INFOMAR project engages successfully with the widest possible audience.
They recognise that current access to this data is targeted at industry professionals rather than the general public and wish to change this.
This INFOMAR Transition year Students EODP initiative aims to provide INFOMAR with an IT Platform allowing transition year students to collect marine and geoscientific data using their Mobile phones, thus raising the profile of INFOMAR data, making it more freely available to the general public and exposing students to GIS Technology and open data concepts.
Engaging students, through their learning environment, particularly at second level, demonstrates to them how GIS can benefit society, business and the environment.
These students will act as early adopters providing the use case for wider social interaction with INFOMAR through the new technical platform provided under this project.
Esri Ireland along with GSI staff have developed an ArcGIS Online project to act as the geospatial content management system for inventorying, managing and sharing this survey data. More specifically, ArcGIS online will be used to author focused web maps that each student will individually create. They will be responsible for the look and feel of their own specific web application.
In the field, students will use the Collector for ArcGIS mobile application which they have downloaded onto their devices to collect the survey data.
Five modules have been developed for the Transition Year Students EODP.
Lesson 1 – Developing a Web Map
The students set up web maps using ESRI tools.
Download the Lesson Plans by clicking here
Download the Teacher Notes by clicking here
Download the Worksheets by clicking here
Download a pdf Presentation by clicking here
Download the ESRI Ireland Case Study PDF - Click Here
The Augmented Reality Sandbox was launched at the INFOMAR conference November 3rd 2015 in the Geological Survey of Ireland. An INFOMAR initiative this ‘AR Sandpit’ is the first of its kind in Ireland.
The AR sandbox was first developed as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project lead by visualisation collaboration, KeckCAVES, at the University of California. The augmented reality (AR) sandbox is a scientific educational tool which INFOMAR believes will help users to explore the importance in of topography, contouring, geology and hydrography.
The AR sandbox consists of a computer running simulation and visualisation software, a Kinect 3D camera which detects depth data and a projector which essentially projects the topography to match the real sand topography.
“This AR sandbox was constructed as part of the education and outreach program for INFOMAR and we believe that this will help share the story, the science and the adventure that is INFOMAR, Vera Quinlan “
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