In the period from September 25 to November 4, 2021, the first cycle of workshops was held for representatives of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, which aimed to improve the capacity of employees in the Ministry to use the Geographic Information System (GIS) to monitor the state in substandard Roma settlements in Serbia. The workshops were prepared in accordance with the previously conducted analysis of the capacity of employees in the Ministry to use this tool.
GIS database enables the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure to monitor key indicators of the situation in substandard settlements, easily search and analyze data on living conditions in these settlements, in order to make appropriate strategic decisions and create strategies to improve living conditions of Roma community at national and local level.
The GIS database contains the exact location of each substandard Roma settlement on an orthoimage with delineated boundaries, as well as data on the approximate number of residential buildings and inhabitants in the settlement, age of the settlement, location, materials from which the buildings were made, status of infrastructure networks in settlement (water supply, sewerage, electrical network, public lighting, street network, heating), planning documentation and the degree of legalization of facilities in the settlement.
Going through the characteristics of the GIS database, its geographical and cartographic basis, registration data, ways of collecting and integrating data using GIS technology, the participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the contents and functionalities of this database.
The next cycle of workshops will be held in the second half of November 2021.