|Project name||Boost GeoKnowledge - Implementing different innovative digital and educational tools to raise awareness on geological, natural and cultural heritage.|
|Priority||Natural and cultural resources|
|Aim||Earth’s history – is everywhere and the ground source for everything. Earth history and geology are shaping landscapes and societies. The participating UNESCO Global Geoparks are aware of that and focus on geo-heritage, nature protection and cultural heritage. They established different sustainable tourism areas and show their visitors the uniqueness and activities of geology, nature and cultural history. This project faces a challenge recognized by all partners: The established structures in the field of data handling and knowledge transfer especially geology do not fit the common standards and differ between each partner. To strengthen the transfer of GeoKnowledge to various target groups especially visitors, students and pupils, the project includes the following steps to implement common quality standards for the management and digital application of GeoKnowledge.
The geology connects the partners – as the Geoparks are working together over the last 20 years within the European Geoparks Network and the Global Geoparks Network they established already a basis of networking, exchange, sharing standards or ideas. There is a lack of sharing the geology itself. This means every Geopark has data of its own geology, nature or cultural heritage. So, the point is to valorise and evaluate the “Geosites” (= geological heritage) and the information behind to implement better GeoKnowledge for various target groups.
|Results||The first step is to implement a Central Europe GeoDatabase including GIS analysis. This is the basic source for future activities with the managements of the participating Geoparks. To fit modern data handling and knowledge transfer standards the partner are using the database for common digital tools. GeoKnowledge is going to be available through various applications. The partners are testing the usage of GeoApplications for different target groups within pilot actions in the Geoparks. Within the apps users have the possibility to gain more knowledge and even can feed the Geodatabase with new information. In the course of GeoTours the partners have the possibility to gain detailed insights into the partners geological peculiarities and will contribute to the development of the individual applications through expert exchange workshops.
GeoKnowledge is not to be strengthen only by a huge amount of data. You need people and locals to spread your ideas and information. The project is going to implement GeoRangers in every territory. The partners are setting up various quality standards and guidelines. The GeoRanger can be seen as a tool for knowledge transfer for visitors, students, pupils or locals. The standards of the GeoRanger training or education are going to be implemented not only within the project. The whole European Geopark Network should benefit from the outputs of the project.
In conclusion, the whole project strengthens the management and application of data and knowledge on geology, nature protection and cultural heritage within and between the Geoparks and act as a boost into the innovative digital 21st century. Sharing experiences and new interpretative approaches should increase local inhabitants’ engagement and the partners management capacities.
|Cost||Overall: 1.400.000 €|
|Duration||01/2019 - 06/2021|
|Partners involved||- Geopark Idrija (SLOVENIJA)
- Geopark Sesia Val Grande and University of Torino (ITALY)
- Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen – Geopark Swabian Alb (GERMANY)
- University of Kosice with Geopark Novohrad-Nógrád
- Geopark Papuk (CROATIA)
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