The Role of UN-GGIM Americas Academic Network in shaping geospatial strategies with Dr Rosario Casanova

The Role of UN-GGIM Americas Academic Network in shaping geospatial strategies with Dr Rosario Casanova

In this stimulating episode of Mapping the Conversations, host Valrie Grant is joined by Dr Rosario Casanova, a recognized authority in the field of geospatial science and education. Dr Casanova sheds light on the transformative impact of geospatial technology and the critical role of the UN-GGIM Americas Academic Network in advancing location intelligence. The conversation delves into the various hats Rosario wears, particularly focusing on her influential contributions as the president of the UN-GGIM Academic Network for the Americas.

Through the insightful discussion with Dr Casanova, we uncover the diverse goals and initiatives of the Academic Network, which plays a fundamental role in supporting UN-GGIM Americas through education, research, and collaboration among academia. With a comprehensive view, Rosario illustrates how academia shapes strategies and policies, addresses unique challenges and opportunities in the Americas, and embarks on significant projects to empower geospatial communities.

About the guest

Dr Rosario Casanova is a passionate educator and an influential figure in the geospatial industry. With a rich academic background, she currently presides as the President of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Academic Network for the Americas. Her journey began with an inclination towards maps and spatial thinking, which led her to embrace a career in geospatial engineering and academia. Rosario holds expertise in photogrammetry, GIS, geomatics, and urban planning. She's actively involved in fostering knowledge-sharing among research centers and universities across the Americas, and she's also engaged with professional bodies like the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG).

Key takeaways

  • UN-GGIM Americas Academic Network is pivotal in fostering geospatial technology knowledge and professional development, influencing policies and strategies across the Americas.
  • The UN-GGIM Academic Network for the Americas serves as an interdisciplinary platform, promoting education, sharing research, and enhancing collaboration among academic institutions.
  • Key projects include exploring the ethical use of geographic information, integration of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into educational curricula, and nurturing partnerships between academia and the private sector.
  • Encouraging diversity, inclusion, and continuous education in geospatial professions is imperative for developing a robust and relevant workforce.
  • Emerging trends in the geospatial industry, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Cubes, and Digital Twins, are shaping the future of the field.


  • "Knowledge is the key for the success or failure of our society." – Dr Rosario Casanova
  • "For me, our [task] should be including education on ethical, soft skills... and also continuing education." – Dr Rosario Casanova
  • "The geographical science world is something that you just have to start going and then it will catch you." – Dr Rosario Casanova
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