Geo UP4 is the name of the project developed within the framework of the UP4 alliance, an interactive map that facilitates open access to the full texts of articles, final projects, theses and dissertations produced in the four technical universities in Spain.
The initiative was presented in February 2018 and, at that time, it was already possible to access a Pilot Portal who showed almost 3,000 geo-located references. It is estimated that, in the medium term, the Portal will contain 20,000 reviews of theses, dissertations, final and master PROJECTS, books and articles.
“Geo UP4 responds to the commitment of technical universities to transfer to society the knowledge they generate. “With this tool, we want to project our researchers and students’ daily work and career to the world, making the RESULTS they have obtained known and accessible to citizens, institutions, companies and public entities from any country in the world”, said Francisco Mora, rector of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV).
How does it work?
The application shows an interactive world map like the one of Open Street Map, with an infinity of points indicated in the five continents. Each badge opens a window with the basic information of the study that has been done in that location. For example, clicking on the Central American city of El Salvador it is possible to access the study "Entrepreneurship in El Salvador: Citizen Insecurity as a barrier" by Pablo Pinazo (member of UPV) in 2016. In turn, the file links to the details of the publication in the repository of each university, with the document’s PDF, use rights, download statistics …
“Pools in Vardo "(Norway) is, at the moment, the study located in the most boreal end of the planet. This is the master thesis written by Enrique Soriano, from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in 2006, which analyzes the fishery crisis in the population and proposes new recreational uses of old port facilities thinking of tourists and global nomads. This work can be fully consulted and is available under "creative commons" conditions.
As is the case with these two examples, you can look up thousands of references distributed throughout the five continents. The interactive map, which has its origin in the GeoCommons project, initiated by UPC in 2016, also allows filtering references by university and by area of knowledge. At a glance, you can recognize the impact of technical universities on a specific territory, accessing those Engineering and Architecture PROJECTS by professors, students and researchers related to a specific place.
Access to Geo UP4 Portal
The UPC, the UPM, the UPV and the UPCT have the stamp of Campus of International Excellence