The meeting was held on two days in Riga, the fascinating capital of Latvia. It was attended by colleagues from each of the partner institutions: Turiba University (Latvia), Ekonomska šola Murska Sobota (Slovenia), IPSSA Nino Bergese (Italy), Universitatea Sapientia din Cluj-Napoca (Romania),) Tourism & Catering School Dubrovnik (Croatia), Primrose Publishing (UK)
Although only a short period had elapsed since the project meeting in January in Vilnius, there was still a lot to be discussed.
As always at these meetings, lively discussions were held on many subjects. There was still concern about the case studies. Some of the subjects chosen by partners had been downloaded from the Internet with the inevitable result that much of the language was of doubtful quality.
I reported on the additions and modifications that I have completed on the digital maps. I have added the names of the additional languages now included in the new project, inserted a lot of photographs to make the maps appear more real, and corrected a number of items where the text needed to be improved.
I explained that the maps should ideally be used on a PC or laptop, because it is rarely possible to access the photos on a smartphone, and the text can only be read comfortably by enlarging small sections of the screen. On a good-sized tablet the results are rather better, but are still not ideal.
I gave an account of the real interest generated by the series of disseminations that I gave in Italy in March, especially in the four smartphone apps.
The visit was rounded off by a long walk through a lovely area of countryside but it rained so persistently that much of the pleasure was lost.
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This took place in the beautiful and tranquil setting of a small bay on the Dubrovnik Riviera about 15 km south of the city. This is where the hotel was situated It consisted of a number of villas separated by wooded areas leading down to a rocky beach with views across to nearby islands.
It was the culmination of the present project and included a multiplier event in which all partners brought their stakeholders so that everyone taking an active part in the project could see the results, share their views, form their opinions and make their comments.
The event itself included detailed reports on what the project had sought to do and what had so far been achieved, and individual presentations by some of the partners on their particular contributions.
Having been responsible in this project and the previous project for creating and maintaining the digital maps and the four smartphone apps I was asked to summarize the work done and give an assessment of the reactions they had generated amongst the key users of the materials created by the project. This included a description of how the smartphone apps are used along with screenshots on a large display.
During the event it was a special pleasure to make the acquaintance of many of the stakeholders and to renew friendships with others that we had previously worked with. I was asked to introduce the Italian stakeholder who gave a report on the detailed involvement that she had had with the project.
The event itself was on the Monday. This was followed by the final meeting of partners to check the results so far and agree the work that still had to be completed before the project ends on 31st August. A highlight of the trip was a guided tour of the old city of Ragusa/Dubrovnik and a visit to an ancient water-mill producing olive-oil, situated over a small river in a pretty village.
The meeting itself ended with an excellent lunch prepared by the students, in the Croatian partner’s school situated high up on a hill giving a wonderful view over Dubrovnik’s harbour. It was a fitting culmination of a fascinating get-together, splendidly organized by the Croatian partner.
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