By Ahmet Abdulaziz ….

The “missing persons”, issue is one of the most important humanitarian problems of Cyprus. There are many dead Greek and Turkish Cypriots, supposedly killed during the period ranging from 1963 to 1974, whose remains have not yet been found. 

The Committee on Missing Persons, has been working on this very tough issue for a long period of time. However the more the time passes, the more difficult the work has become. However, this Committee is working hard, with the help of the latest technology, to find the maximum number of remains of missing persons.

According to the information provided by The Eastern Mediterranean University, the Continuing Education Center (EMU-CEC), EMU School of Computing and Technology (BTYO) of the university  is holding a workshop for the Committee on Missing Persons staff.

Prof. Dr. Mustafa İlkan, Director of EMU – BTYO, stated that the training is being provided by Kamyar Fuladlu (academic staff member at EMU – BTYO, and Urban and Geological Sciences researcher) for the first time. He stated that the training provides an extensive education about Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Prof. Dr. İlkan mentioned the importance of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in understanding and managing resources and stated that the training provides effective tools and concepts for detecting and solving problems. Prof. Dr. İlkan expressed that the training is an opportunity for developing computer based GIS skills essential for creating, arranging and visualising geographical data. In this scope, he said that by using ESRI’s ArcGIS software, the participants are trained on theory, creating data, data entry, creating features, data processing, visualisation, analyse and presenting geographical information.