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Welcome to the web site of the project "Development of webGIS platform based on big-geodata for the Tokaj Wine Region foster cross-border collaboration" (TOKAJGIS, number SKHU/1601/4.1/052) undertaken by Institute of Geography, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia and Eszterházy Károly Univerity Eger, Hungary. This project is funded by Interreg V-A Slovakia Hungary Cross Border Cooperation Programme. We present our research activities and results. The content of this web site does not necessarily represent the official position of the European Union.


Databases with different structures and nomenclature hamper the processing of the GIS data of the Tokaj wine region,  its integration and the preparation of mutually advantageous regional development concepts as well as the transparency of developmental efforts.The fundamental idea behind the creation of a joint GIS framework by Pavel Josef Safárik University Košice, Slovakia and Eszterházy Károly Univerity Eger, Hungary was to support the harmonized presentation and organic development of the wine region based on the integration of basic  territorial data and the joint handling of GIS by the two European member states.

The aim of the project is to pool the professional experience of the two institutions and to facilitate joint learning processes based on specific modular frameworks in keeping with the character of the wine region. The proposed system is capable of integrating and unifying the GIS data bases present on both sides of the border and supporting functional regional planning and development, marketing, sustainable landscape planning and management and last but not least it deepens the remote sensing skills and knowledge present at the two institutions.



We plan a press conference at the beginning of the project. At least two press releases will be isued in minimum 2 languages (HU and SK) during the life of the project. We will organize  a closing ceremony in the Tokaj region ,Hungary where the project results  will be presented.  The events are public that  will be open for everyone.

Define structure of GIS framewor
In the activity we would like to define the modules, attributes and the joint databases of the GIS system. In this activity the following actions will be carried out: overview the Slovakian and Hungarian standards, unification of data and code stuctures, definition of the data content.

Test integration of remote sensing data
During the implementation flight tests are planned in Hungarian and Slovakian model area. The remotely sensed data (multispectral images, orthophotos) will be processed in IT environment and the results will be integrated to a GIS framework.

Web based implementation
In this act the following activities will be carried out: configuration of the database (SQL), and the server-side software, client-site software development, server-side software development for serving mobile application, development of field data collector application. Test of database compatibility, server-site program, client-site web page and field data collector application (both server and client site) will also be carried out.

Workshops and meetings
Three Project meetings required to discuss professional questions. In addition the staff provides the continuous progression with on-line video conferences. The results of the project will be presented in the project closing conference.

Organizing Summer school
Within the framework of the cooperation the Webgis and remote sensing summer school will be held. The participants of the summer school will get an insight into the development of GIS databases, the creation of webGIS and the remotely sensed data acquisition and processing processes. The official language of the event is English.

Study area

Tokaj wine region

Tokaj wine region lies in the Lower Zemplín in the southeastern corner of Slovakia. It follows a wine region, most of which are located in Hungary.
This area is also the smallest and most attractive wine-growing region of Slovakia. It consists of the southern slopes of the Zemplín hills planted with vines after two millennia. Belong to her village Bara, Čerhov, Černochov, Malá Tŕňa, Slovenské nové mesto, Veľká Tŕňa and Viničky.
Tokay area is one of the few areas in the world where the grown grapes for the production of natural sweet wines. The Tokaj wine is said to be the elixir of eternal youth. Generally, the Tokaj wines claim to have medicinal properties. The beginnings of wine-growing in the field are known from the period of domination of the Romans, when the region was part of Pannonia. After the fall of the Roman Empire continued to grow grapes Slavs. Great merits in the development of viticulture in this area are attributed to Italian settlers in the 13th and 14 century, who brought new here growing experience, but also on variety Tokaji Furmint.
From the time of the Turkish wars in the 16th - 17 century comes most Tokay cellars, which were completed as shelters people and property from marauding armies. Gradually improving production technology and Tokay wines until 1560, the Latin-Hungarian dictionary Fabricius Balázs meet the deadline cibeba (raisins), which is a favorable weather and climatic conditions, specifically, are in Tokaj varieties infected by noble rot Botritis cinerea Persoon.
Tokaj first choice (from Hungarian "aszú" or "wine putňový") made for Easter in r.1650 in sepsis Sárospatak Laczko mate for the widow of George I. Rákoczi Zuzana Lórantffyovu. Already in 1655 was enacted in Hungary collecting raisins / grapes / and it was actually the base technology of the Tokaj wines.
Memorable chapter of history Tokay wine is associated with the names of famous people who consume this wine. Tokaj wine on board was not allowed to miss any monarch, king, emperor or prince. The most famous in this regard were the Russian tsars, who were in the cellars of tsar in St. Petersburg precious years old Tokay. Among the admirers of Tokaj wines were also Anatole France, Voltaire, Cromwell, Napoleon and even Louis XIV. During this period, Tokaj wine got adjective - Vinum Regumat - reg vinorum, which in the Slovak language means the wine of kings - the king of wines.On the specific and unique taste of Tokaj wine has its share of both heavy sunlight, but also land on which the vines grow. Soil forming rocks of volcanic origin, which can accumulate heat very well. Very important role of weather, long sunny autumn, which will enable aged berries attacked noble Borytris cinerea mold, and dried berries that remain cibeba - raisins, without which the Tokaj wine quality can not be manufactured. Basis for the production of Tokaj wines are by centuries tried grape varieties - Furmint, Muscat Lipovina and yellow, which must be used in a defined ratio. Other specificities include the original technological process of production and maturation of wines.
Today's world-famous Tokaj wine production continues a rich tradition of Enology and Viticulture in the Slovak part of the Tokaj region. Excellent reputation in Slovak Tokaj wine shows a large amount of gold and silver medals in major international competitions. Visiting Tokaj region, with old wine cellars where you can taste the genuine Tokay wines matured in wooden barrels for several years, is an experience to remember.