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4BsHive - Collaborational Green Mapping across Europe

The '4BsHive' is a transnational project between four river cities: Bristol (UK), Berlin (Germany), Budapest (Hungary) and Bistrita (Romania). The project set in motion a collaborative, green map-making process within and among these four European partners:

The 4BsHive project started right after a Grundtvig Preparatory Visit in early 2009. After two years of numerous adult learners mobilities and green mapping workshops, the 4BsHive project ended in July 2011. You may learn about all common and local results at the European Shared Treasure database.

One of our greatest result is a documentary video, which highlights scenes from the study visits and the workshops in each of the cities involved. We also created an electronic booklet entitled “The 4Bs’ Green Mapping Guide” (find the Chinese edition here!)read more »

The 4BsHive in Bistrita under a Grundtvig Preparatory Visit

The 4BsHive in Bistrita

Asociatia Ascendent from Bistrita hosted representatives from three European countries (Germany, UK and Hungary) during a Gruntdvig preparatory visit under the European Commission Education and Training programme. The meeting took place at the town youth center in the historical center of Bistrita town in the period 15-20 January 2009.

The Grundtvig programme focuses on the teaching and study needs of those in adult education and alternative education streams, as well as the institutions and organisations delivering these services.

The four European Green Mapmakers, Ciprian Samoila (Bistrita), Steve Parry (Bristol), Gergo Horvath (Budapest) and Pit van de Loo (Berlin) met to discuss a transnational collaboration under the Grundtvig partnership programme with an application deadline on 20 February 2009.read more »

PDA databases - input your data directly in the field

Continuing another blog where I announced a more powerful portable computer, Trimble Nomad, I will present you some of the software that can be used on such a PDA (applicable for other PDAs such as Dell Axim or HP Ipaq etc.)

In the process of starting collecting greenmap data, I preferred choosing a new methodology (in my case) other than carrying tens of paper forms with me.
So, having my HP Ipaq hw6900 series already in my office, a search for the proper database software that can help me input the data properly was needed.

Here are some choices:

FAST - The data collection application costs US$49.00 for each PDA and US$200.00 for the software to move the records from PDA to computer. It exports into access, geodatabases,shapefiles and csv files and will also auto associate images. The main cost comes in if you want to design the survey forms in house...the forms designer application is around US$2000.00 http://www.geoage.com/fast.htmlread more »

A new mapmaking tool in the field - Trimble Nomad

A new, powerful, rugged mobile device recently hit the shelves thanks to Trimble... enter the Nomad. This sporty work horse provides your mobile workforce with a powerful 806 MHz Processor, VGA Display, Integrated GPS, Wireless, Optical Capabilities, Integrated Bar Code Scanner, Digital Camera Options and Up to 1 GB Flash Memory... Sweet! The Nomad's design and features make it a powerful mobile computing solution for public safety, land surveying, field service, engineering and construction, utilities, mapping, military and other outdoor or service-related applications.

The Nomad is ideally suited for those seeking a rugged and waterproof device, long battery life, fast computer processing, integrated Bluetooth, built-in GPS, and Windows Mobile 6 OS all in a compact and lightweight package.read more »

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