Well-Grounded Specialised Generalists

GIM International Interviews FIG President Holger Magel
Two months before his term of office ends in December, FIG president Holger Magel will arrive at its highlight: FIG XXIII Congress, 'Shaping the Change', to be held in his hometown of Munich, Germany in October 2006. A previous interview headlined ‘An obligation to say what we think’ (GIM International August 2003) mentioned Professor Magel’s many public pronouncements and international visits to professional and political organisations including the United Nations. It revealed a man very active in creating opportunities to share his ideas with others. We asked him to update us as to achievements so far and how he felt... (read more)
2006-09-21 12:00:00

Well-Grounded Specialised Generalists

GIM International Interviews FIG President Holger Magel
Two months before his term of office ends in December, FIG president Holger Magel will arrive at its highlight: FIG XXIII Congress, 'Shaping the Change', to be held in his hometown of Munich, Germany in October 2006. A previous interview headlined ‘An obligation to say what we think’ (GIM International August 2003) mentioned Professor Magel’s many public pronouncements and international visits to professional and political organisations including the United Nations. It revealed a man very active in creating opportunities to share his ideas with others. We asked him to update us as to achievements so far and how he felt... (read more)
2006-09-21 12:00:00

Fair Treatment of Property Rights

Stop Land Theft: Abolish Article 34(6)
How is it possible that so many poor, vulnerable people and small farmers are the ones to suffer when their land is grabbed by the state, large investors or local elites? Doesn’t the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (1948) state in Article 17 that “everyone has the right to property and no one shall arbitrarily be deprived of it”? Doesn’t the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (1981) state in Article 14 that “the right of property shall be guaranteed, upon which only may be encroached in the interest of the public need”? Read on for an article that... (read more)
2017-01-03 02:16:40

Linking Geospatial Database with GIS

GIM International Interviews Dr Jayant Sharma, Technical Director Spatial Products, Oracle
The database vendor Oracle Corporation has for a long time shown a strong interest in geospatial data storage. For a fuller picture of the spatial aspects of their latest product, Oracle 10g, GIM International interviewed Dr Jayant Sharma, technical director of Oracle Spatial Products, in New Delhi, India. Biography of Dr Sharma Dr Jayant Sharma is technical director, spatial products at Oracle's New England Development Center and has over a decade experience in databases and spatial information systems. He was responsible for building the spatial product team when he joined Oracle Corporation in 1996. He also represents Oracle at Open... (read more)
2005-06-09 12:00:00

Fit-for-purpose Land Administration for Sustainable Development

The 2030 Global Agenda
Sound land governance is fundamental to achieving the 2030 Global Agenda as set by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by all the world’s leaders at the UN Summit in September 2015. This Global Agenda calls for a “data revolution” for sustainable development to empower people with information on the progress towards meeting the targets. During the assessment of technology and investment choices, especially in developing countries, the focus should be on a fit-for-purpose approach that will meet the current societal needs and can be incrementally improved over time. (By Prof Stig Enemark, Denmark) Good land governance and administration should... (read more)
2016-08-22 05:07:05

Frankfurt: Lack of Open Data Frustrates Researchers

The words of Chancellor Angela Merkel, welcoming victims of armed conflict to her country, led to over a million refugees arriving in Germany. The city of Frankfurt (more than 700,000 inhabitants) has taken its share. The Department of Geoinformation and Public Works at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences launched a project to find housing for the thousands of migrants, but the scientists found many barriers standing in the way of them obtaining the spatial data they needed. As a lawyer and geographer, Professor Fabian Thiel is frustrated by the lack of use of spatial data for land management issues in... (read more)
2016-12-08 10:20:42

Linking Geospatial Database with GIS

GIM International Interviews Dr Jayant Sharma, Technical Director Spatial Products, Oracle
The database vendor Oracle Corporation has for a long time shown a strong interest in geospatial data storage. For a fuller picture of the spatial aspects of their latest product, Oracle 10g, GIM International interviewed Dr Jayant Sharma, technical director of Oracle Spatial Products, in New Delhi, India. Biography of Dr Sharma Dr Jayant Sharma is technical director, spatial products at Oracle's New England Development Center and has over a decade experience in databases and spatial information systems. He was responsible for building the spatial product team when he joined Oracle Corporation in 1996. He also represents Oracle at Open... (read more)
2005-06-09 12:00:00

A New Age (I)

GIM International Interviews David Schell, Chairman and CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium
On 23rd October 2007, at the annual Geoint Symposium, the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc (OGC) announced that Microsoft Corporation had joined the organisation as a Principal Member. This important milestone was reason for us to approach David Schell, OGC chairman and CEO, and to ask him about the background to, benefits and consequences of Microsoft membership. Mr Schell touched on so many interesting issues that we are publishing this extended interview in two parts, this first focusing on the new Microsoft membership. The second part, to be published in GIM February, will focus on topics including benefits of standards implementation,... (read more)
2007-12-08 12:00:00

Galileo: Commercial Hopes Unrealistic

GIM Interviews Owen M. Goodman, Chief Operating Officer, Fugro N.V.
It is likely to be 2012 before the Galileo system itself is fully operational on a stand-alone basis, says this month’s interviewee Owen Goodman, and Galileo will never be a commercially viable service as long as GPS and Glonass are free. Given current plans, Galileo is heading inevitably towards a funding crisis. National security and defence agencies could make a substantial financial contribution, but this at the expense of Galileo’s status as a civilian system. The EU should leave the fulfilment of specialist civilian needs to commercial GNSS augmentation service providers and the makers of ‘RTK-type’ GNSS equipment, so that... (read more)
2006-02-23 12:00:00

Galileo: Commercial Hopes Unrealistic

GIM Interviews Owen M. Goodman, Chief Operating Officer, Fugro N.V.
It is likely to be 2012 before the Galileo system itself is fully operational on a stand-alone basis, says this month’s interviewee Owen Goodman, and Galileo will never be a commercially viable service as long as GPS and Glonass are free. Given current plans, Galileo is heading inevitably towards a funding crisis. National security and defence agencies could make a substantial financial contribution, but this at the expense of Galileo’s status as a civilian system. The EU should leave the fulfilment of specialist civilian needs to commercial GNSS augmentation service providers and the makers of ‘RTK-type’ GNSS equipment, so that... (read more)
2006-02-23 12:00:00
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