Špela Kumelj; Geological Survey of Slovenia
PanAfGeo (Pan-African Support to the EuroGeoSurveys-Organisation of African Geological Surveys (EGS-OAGS) Partnership) is an ongoing project which supports the training of geoscientific staff from African Geological Surveys through the development of an innovative training programme.
It aims to increase African-owned geological knowledge and skills, with the emphasis on cost-efficiency by using open source software.
Among all trainings planned in the project under the umbrella of Geoscience Information Management work package contemporary methods and techniques were introduced in three modules: Spatial Data Infrastructure, Using GIS and spatial databases and 3D Geological Modelling.
Geological Survey of Slovenia with assistance of the African Minerals & Geosciences Centre (Tanzania, November 2017) and Geological Survey of Botswana (Botswana, May 2019) organized two trainings on Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), focused on how to make geological data interoperable and available to a wide range of stakeholders and end users. The interactive mode of learning through a systematic lecturing approach and practical exercises on computers facilitated a quick learning process in gaining new skills to use open source software.