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How to become a Bilko author

Do you use remote sensing in your work?
Do you have examples of how images from satellites or aircraft can contribute to better understanding in your area of science?
Do you want to share your experience and expertise with others?

If so, we would welcome your contribution as a Bilko author. Bilko lessons are produced by volunteers around the world. Most Bilko authors started by using Bilko in their own teaching, building on the existing lessons and perhaps adding a little extra material. After a while they decided to share these resources more widely by making them available on the Bilko web site.

Writing for a world audience

Writing for Bilko can bring your remote sensing work to a world-wide audience. Bilko users range from secondary schools to university students, teachers and researchers. Increasingly Bilko is also used by professionals outside the formal education system - people who do not consider themselves remote sensing experts, but still wish to use Earth observation data in their work.

Since the first Bilko distance-learning module was published by UNESCO in 1989, the Bilko project has been growing steadily. By now Bilko has more than 7500 registered users in 174 countries worldwide. Each year around 1600 copies of different lessons are downloaded from the Bilko web site for use in courses and workshops, or as self-teaching material. If you become a Bilko author, your lesson could become one of these.

How to become a Bilko author

Think about what you want to teach. There are many applications for remote sensing; only a few are covered by current Bilko lessons. Perhaps you can fill one of the many gaps? Image data from a different sensor, a new application area, a new region of the world. . .

Find a good example to work with. Writing a good lesson is easiest when you have good images to illustrate your point. A case study that would work as illustrations in a scientific paper, could also work well as the foundation for a Bilko lesson.

Build on existing research. The methods, results and interpretation carried out in a scientific study, could be suitable steps to include in a Bilko lesson. During the research you may already have found good example images - one of the hardest tasks if you start a Bilko lesson completely form scratch.

Next steps

Download the lesson creator documents:

And, of course, make sure you are familiar with the Bilko software and what it can do.

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