The GLOWORM project was a consortium of 14 leading research groups from various universities, research institutes and small and medium-sized companies from across Europe, comprising a broad range of disciplines such as parasitology, epidemiology, molecular biology, farming systems and GIS.
GLOWORM – as part of the EU Seventh Framework Programme – acted to devise new, sustainable strategies for the effective control of ruminant helminthoses in the face of global change.
In the present issue the latest results of the project are being presented. They focus on the spatio-temporal modeling of parasite distribution and abundance at local, regional and area-wide scales.
The objectives of GnosisGIS are to:
- Facilitate collaboration of health scientists dedicated to development of GIS-based infectious disease forecast systems
- Publish the official journal Geospatial Health for peer-reviewed articles on health applications in the geospatial sciences for disease risk mapping and ecological niche modeling
- Offer training courses on health applications of geospatial tools through an 'International School of Geospatial Health'
- Sponsor an 'International Symposia on Geospatial Health' series at annual meetings
- Publish maps, data and metadata on the web on GIS health applications
The aim of GnosisGIS is to maintain a network of collaborating health workers and earth scientists dedicated to development of global computer-based models that can be used for improved control programs for schistosomiasis and other snail-borne diseases of medical and veterinary importance. The scope of the organization has since been expanded to include other infectious diseases of medical and veterinary importance.