Implementation and Management Approach
The competition is divided into 3 parts:
1.Informational part. Within this part an information campaign is conducted from January to June every year. Candidates have the opportunity to learn what the geographic information systems is and in particular to what the competition brings them - how to use GIS and how to work in team for developing projects. Promotion of the "GIS-EXPERT competition" is mainly supported by the Internet. All necessary information are described in detail on the "GIS-EXPERT competition" website.
2.Educational part. Within this part the actual information on geographic information systems is brought to people. For better awareness of what the geographic information systems is we organise for the candidates as well as for general public specially tuned training how to work effectively with GIS. Training is devided into basic and advanced. Training events are held in the period January to October.
3.Competitive part. The phase of competition is organised on two levels - local (city) and regional (the ÃšstÃ region). In the regional round of competition the teams present their projects in the form of large posters (A0 format). The posters are evaluated by professional jury consisting of experts in geographic information systems and representatives of the town Most/regional institutions.
The regional round of competition is similar to the county round. Authors of the projects present their works in the form of a poster of A0 format size and by light public presentation using multimedia tools (e.g. Power Point presentation etc.)The local round is organised on a date fixed by local organisers usually 14 days befor the regional round. The date of regional competition is always adapted to the world day "GISDAY".
Publication of winners. Cups and small prices are given to the winners. The winnerÂ´s team get themark "GIS EXPERT" and they can use it for one year. Prices are financially supported by the city of Most and ÃšstÃ Region.
Number of participating students in 2007 : approx. 100
Number of participating students in 2008 : approx. 150
Competition system "GIS-EXPERT"Â and adequate geographic information systems needed work using software freely available from a number of Open Source Programmes. The participants use above all such an Open Source products as Quantum GIS or Open Jump, UDig etc..