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Down below we'll list a couple of question asked most frequent by interested people. Hopefully they will help you to get an better idea what FabSpace 2.0 is all about. If you still have questions in mind just use the contact form or visit us directly

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About the term and definition of FabSpace 2.0

1.     Local FabSpaces

Q: What is the point of a local FabSpace?

Local FabSpaces are open-access entry points to the use of geospatial data, in particular satellite images. They are animated by a local team and run by a FabSpace Manager, who can help you in:

  • Learning how to use geospatial data;
  • Finding resources to create applications from them;
  • Getting in touch with local experts or companies;
  • Creating a team to run a project on spatial applications;

Q: Do you accompany us on our projects?

Absolutely, project management is part of the local FabSpace jobs, whether your project is part of your training, or it is your own idea. We have several resources available to help you stepping into the shoes of an entrepreneur and turning your idea into a start-up!

2.     FabSpace Moodle

Q: What does Moodle stand for?

A: Moodle (acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment)

Q: What is FabSpace Moodle?

A: FabSpace Moodle is the online learning platform used at FabSpace 2.0. Moodle courses contain activities such as quizzes, communication tools, resources such as audio and video files, lecture slides, links to recordings of lectures and reading lists.

Q: How do I access the FabSpace Moodle’s material?

A: Go to https://www.fabspace.eu/learning-resources/. Typically, there is no need for credentials. However, in case some material requires username/password, then please sign up through the proper link (https://www.fabspace.eu/forum/).

Q: Log into FabSpace’s Moodle Servers

A: Anyone with a valid account can access password protected material and post to the FabSpace’s forum. In order to register for a password, you have to visit the sign-up at the Forum page (https://www.fabspace.eu/forum/)

Q: Forgot password?

A: Login details are personal. You may go to the FabSpace’s form login webpage (https://www.fabspace.eu/forum/) and use the "Forgot password" at the top of the page.

Q: How should I behave in a forum?

A: Forums are useful places for receiving information, discussing topics with peers and for asking questions relating to material found in Moodle. As with any form of communication, written, spoken or otherwise, it is important that you show respect to those you are conversing with. Also remember that it is more difficult to “take something back” in written communication. Contributions are in the public domain and “committed to posterity”. So, you should not flinch from being honest, controversial and passionate, but keep your comments on topic and avoid making personal remarks.

Q: Is FabSpace Moodle just for online learning?

A: It can be. However, in most cases Moodle is used to support and combine face-to-face interaction with e-learning, m-learning and other forms of learning.

Q: Where can I get some tutorials or presentations about FabSpace Moodle?

A: There are numerous online material about how to get familiarized with the Moodle’s concept. For instance, you might refer to the official material from Moodle.org, where you can find the comprehensive free documentation and the published Moodle books. Additionally, you can search through a list of other manuals and resources, a selection of video tutorials and general presentations.

Q: Are there any provisions in FabSpace Moodle for people with disabilities?

A: Certainly. The Moodle used within the FabSpace project supports many assistive technologies such as screen-readers, screen-magnifiers, alternative mouse and key use, disabling of AJAX and Javascript, and more. Upon request to the local FabSpace Μanager, the consortium will provide all the necessary software infrastructure in the website.

Q: How do I get around Moodle?

A: Use the Navigation block on the side of your page. From there you can go directly to any part of Moodle you have access to.

Q: What is the best way to use the FabSpace Moodle?

A: There is no one best way to use Moodle. Use of Moodle depends a lot on one's own educational philosophy, the context where Moodle is used and willingness to experiment and create a little (or a lot!). Moodle can be used by a strict controller using trusted material of 30 years or a free-loving e-hippie exploring new ways of teaching and learning alike.

Q: How can I use the Moodle’s concept to stimulate students think harder and ask good questions?

A: By asking and encouraging good questions students can wrestle with and explore through and with the help of activities, resources in a course. For example, open a forum discussion with a provocative question, start a wiki where groups collaboratively build a solution... and more!

Q: How can I communicate with students by using FabSpace Moodle?

A: Many ways are available. Some examples include: Forums are great for extended conversations over time, Messages for private channels, Comments for quick notices and remarks. You can also exchange online feedback with comments to Blog posts... and more!

Q: How can we share resources with FabSpace Moodle?

A: Moodle offers a number of ways to share content: making files and folders available to course participants, collecting resources of any kind with a Database, attaching files to Forum posts, importing and linking resources to and from external repositories/ portfolios... and more!

Q: How can FabSpace Moodle help people collaborate?

A: Use different activities like Wikis to create content together, Forums and Comments to exchange ideas, Database to collectively gather resources, Glossary to create shared understanding of concepts... and more! You can group students in any of these activities to promote collaboration.

Q: Is “social constructionist” approach necessary when using Moodle?

A: Moodle has continuously been built with a particular, social constructionist philosophy in mind. This of course does not prevent people from using Moodle in line with their own preferred view of learning and the purpose they use it for.

Q: How long does it take students to learn to use FabSpace Moodle infrastructure?

A: It really does not take a great deal of skill or computer knowledge to use Moodle. With basic web browsing and editing skills, students (and teachers) can use Moodle - instantly!

Q: What do my students need to know before using FabSpace Moodle?

A: They need to know how login into the site and course, and have some basic web browsing and computer skills. For example, they need to how a mouse and keyboard works, what a link is, maybe how to attach, upload or download a file.

Q: Do students have to be online all the time to use the Moodle infrastructure?

A: Moodle is an online learning management system and at some point you and your students will have to spend some time in front of a computer. How much time depends on what you use Moodle for. Most Moodle sites are used to mix offline and online learning activities.

Q: What do I do if I am stuck?

A: Get some help at fabspace.eu in a forum. If you cannot find a proper answer to your question, then contact local FabSpace manager in order to resolve it.

Q: What if I have a specific question about a tool, where can I find out more?

A: Research it in FabSpace documentation by using the search box on the top-right of every page in FabSpace webpage.

Q: Where can I get training on how to use FabSpace online platform?

A: Visit a local fablab and ask the person in charge to help you with the online platform.

Q: What is a Course?

A: A course is the basic learning area on Moodle where a teacher displays materials for their students.

Q: What is a Resource?

A: Resources are items that a teacher can use to support learning, such as a file or a link. A standard Moodle comes with 6 resource types that can be added to a course.

Q: How secure is FabSpace Moodle infrastructure?

A: Moodle is designed to be very secure. However, a lot depends upon the webserver, the way Moodle is setup and regular updates of the package by the Moodle Administrator.

Q: Can Moodle get hacked into and user data stolen?

A: Highly unlikely since local Fab lab administrator maintain the system’ up-to-date security. Anything is possible on any website, but Moodle makes it difficult for nasty people to cause havoc.

Q: Does it matter what computer type or browser I use for accessing FabSpace Moodle?

A: Moodle works well in all standard, modern browsers and different operating systems. As with any web based application, you should be aware of your audience, their typical bandwidth and web browsers.

Q: Can you use FabSpace Moodle from anywhere?

A: Yes, if it is on a web server attached to the internet and you have a computer, mobile device or tablet. Or if it is on a web server attached to the same intranet (internal network) as a computers or tablets which need to work it.

Q: Is this e-Learning Programme free?

A: Yes, this programme is absolutely free. You do not have to pay anything. You just need access to a computer with an Internet connection to attend.

3.     FabSpace Platform

Q: How can I view data on the Platform’s web map?

A: On the home page you can press “Add Layers” then in the pop-up window you go on OGC server tab, where you can choose a local FabSpace (for example “FabSpace_Athens”) and see all the open-access layers that can be visualized on the web map.

Q: Can I add my own layer to the platform? How to do it?

Yes, however, for this you must contact your local FabSpace.

Q: Is it necessary to sign-up in the Platform?

A: It is recommended. A lot of services, data and metadata are offered for authorized users. Furthermore for the championships, hackathons and trainings the data are organized in specific workspaces, where you can work co-operating with other FabSpace users.

Q: Can I Download the layes that are viewed on the platform? How?

A: Yes, you can go to services -> Layer Preview and select a format to download the desired layer. A lot of formats are available such as geo tiff, jpeg, kml, openlayers, pdf, png, svg etc for raster data or csv, GeoJSON, excel etc for vector data.

Q: Can I map the data to GIS programs or websites using the platform?

A: Yes, the platform offers web services capabilities in order to serve map images or geographic features and visualize them directly in GIS or web pages. You can easily use them by services->layer preview->OpenLayers.

4.     Basic EO knowledge

Q: Where I can download Sentinel-1 and Senitnel-2 data?

A: You can download Sentinel-1 and Senitnel-2 data for free from the service: https://scihub.copernicus.eu/dhus/#/home

Q: Which courses would you recommend for using Sentinel-1 for beginners?

A: The course that we consider the best to understand the principles of operation of radar satellites as well as their application and processing steps is the one made available by ESA: https://eo-college.org/courses/echoes-in-space/

Q: Do you give access to experts in satellite images?

A: Yes, each FabSpace is in contact with local experts in satellite images (researchers or partner companies). In addition, the FabSpace managers help you identify the resources of interest and learn how to manipulate them.

 

5.     EO Software

Q: Are there any free Sentinel and Landsat data processing programs?

Yes, you can use the SNAP program for this, dedicated to Sentinel data, you can also use it for other data such as Landsat, RapidEye, SPOT, MODI.

Another program integrating GIS and EO is QGIS and a SCP - Semi-Automatic Classification Plugin installed on it. This plugin is assigned only to Sentinel and Landsat.

Partner network

 

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EarthObservation Lab

TU Darmstadt
Institut of Geodesy
Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Franziska-Braun-Straße 7
Building L5-1 | room 244
D-64287 Darmstadt

Opening Hours:
Week Days 9:00 to 17:00

Lab can be used in the weekend only after consultation.

Technology Office

TU Darmstadt
Institute of Geodesy
Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Franziska-Braun-Straße 7
Building L5-1 | Room-452b
D-64287 Darmstadt

phone: Tel. +49(0)6151 16-22604

Business Office

ESA Business Incubation Centre
managed by cesah GmbH
FabSpace office

Robert-Bosch-Straße 7 (TIZ)
building C, 3rd floor
D-64293 Darmstadt

phone: +49 (0) 6151 392 156 10
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 FABSPACE 2.0 RECEIVED FUNDING FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION'S HORIZON 2020 RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PROGRAMME UNDER THE GRANT AGREEMENT NO. 693210

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