Saturday, November 24, 2012

Herbal.Mednet kick-off meeting

The kick-off meeting of a new Leonardo da Vinci project took place on November 22-23, 2012 at the premises of University of Alcala, Alcala de Henares, Spain. The consortium consists of good friends and colleagues from other EU-funded projects, like UAH (Dr. Salvador Sanchez), USAMVB (Prof. Roman and Dr. Maria Toader, long-time friends from the Organic.Edunet and Organic.Balkanet projects) and EUMMENA (Dr. Jad Najjar). The coordinating institution is Sociedad Espa├▒ola de Agricultura Ecol├│gica (SEAE / Victor Gonzalvez) and the consortium also includes Apivita, University of Thessaly, Greece and SERIFO from Italy.
Group photo of the Herbal.Mednet consortium members
I participated in the meeting as an external expert on behalf of the Organic.Lingua project, presenting an overview of the agriMoodle course management platform and how it could be applied in the case of the Herbal.Mednet project. The platform seems ideal for the purposes of the project, as each one of the user partners will have to develop a part of the training curriculum in the form of courses, which may be uploaded in agriMoodle, described with Organic.Edunet IEEE LOM metadata, enriched with additional supporting material (also described with metadata) and made available through a wide variety of portals, websites etc. A short overview of the project can be found in the IEUAH blog entry.
The Organic.Edunet Web portal will have a core role in this project as well, since it is going to provide resources for the enrichment of the courses and at a later stage provide access to the courses organized in the agriMoodle instances used by the user partners of the consortium (Apivita, Serifo and SEAE).

It was my first time in Spain and more specifically in Alcala de Henares, which is a lovely town, well-preserved to keep its medieval character. Despite the limited free time, we managed to walk around the town and see some of the beautiful monuments. The Rectorate building of the university alone was one of the best sites around! I am already looking forward for my next time in Spain - it will also help me practice my poor Spanish. :-)