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Introduction to the Bilko Project
The UNESCO Bilko project was initiated in 1987 under UNESCO's then Marine Sciences Training and Education Programme (TREDMAR) to develop training capability in coastal and marine remote sensing through a series of computer-based learning (CBL) modules. Using a specially commissioned educational image-processing software package (Bilko) which was designed to operate on personal computers, the project has provided seven modules of computer-based lessons to over 500 marine science laboratories and educational establishments and over 600 individual users in over 70 countries around the world.
Each module is a self-contained package of:
The original objective of the project was to facilitate "hands-on" training in coastal and marine remote sensing for those traditionally excluded from such training by the:
As the project progressed, a global network of users developed with many of these users themselves becoming authors of lessons in subsequent modules, such that lessons have now been published from scientists in over 15 countries around the world.
Year 2000 compliance: The authors of Bilko believe that it is Y2K-compliant, as long as the underlying operating system is. The software makes no calls to any date routines and on that basis the software must itself be compliant.
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