On November 13-14, 2019, Croatia’s National Spatial Data Infrastructure conference was held in the city of Split. It covered multiple topics related to spatial data, from open data policies, used technology to education and capacity building. One of the lectures presented at the conference was related to recent involvement of Faculty of Geodesy of the University of Zagreb (GEOD) in two major European projects, TODO and SPIDER. Both projects are international involving specialists from universities across Europe. The submission prepared by D. Tutić, B. van Loenen, G. Vancauwenberghe, U. Klein, A. Mansourian and K. Kević titled Capacity Building on Open Spatial Data and Open Spatial Data Infrastructures at Universities, was presented by GEOD PhD student Karlo Kević.

The main purpose of the presentation was to raise awareness of the importance of the academic capacity building as a key role in the open data ecosystem. The presentation stressed out main outputs of the projects and its benefits to wider public, from public to private sector, explaining that the results of both projects will improve the quality of academic education and research in Croatia and beyond. This way, GEOD showed will to improve its excellence in open spatial data and confirm its leadership in spatial data education in South-Eastern Europe. This conference, primarily directed to stakeholders in the field of geoinformatics, was the perfect opportunity to introduce projects as the newest research activity at the UNIZG to about 200 participants of the conference.

Karlo Kević