Kyrgyzstan: Forth GIS in Central Asia Conference (GISCA 2010) held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. The conference brought together speakers from Central Asian and surrounding countries addressing the main theme of the conference: Water for life, Water posing a risk, Water for renewable energy and Water as the key resource controlling regional landuse. The conference was opened by Rector Abdykalykov from the Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transportation and Architecture in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. He was assisted by the Austrian ambassador to Central Asia, HE Ursula Fahringer and the representative of the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet, Prof. Alfred Pitterle.
The opening keynote on ‘Perspectives of Cartographic Design‘ by Prof. Karel Kriz from the University of Vienna illustrated the importance of using effective cartographic communication as a key success factor for geospatial methods and technologies. The main conference was preceded by four workshops, with the Kyrgyz National Agrarian University focusing on the topic of GIS for Environment Management, and one-day events dedicated to Data Modeling with FME, Open Source software options and the development of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for Central Asia.
Functionality of a regional geoportal, available at geoportal.aca-giscience.org, was demonstrated during the conference. It will serve as a platform for collaboration and significantly lower the entry hurdle into GIS-based analyses and applications. This service is supported by the newly created Kyrgyz GIS Association, which can now be contacted at [email protected]
Conference participants received a copy of the conference proceedings at registration (jointly published by KSUCTA and Salzburg University’s Centre for Geoinformatics), this volume and further information are available from the conference website at gisca10.aca-giscience.org. GISCA 2010 was made possible through generous support from the Austria-based Eurasia-Pacific Uninet (www.eurasiapacific.net).