Ivan DeLoatch Announced as Keynote Speaker at GSDI 15

The latest keynote speaker to be added to the 15th Global Spatial Data Infrastructure World Conference (GSDI 15) is Ivan DeLoatch, executive director of the Federal Geographic Data Committee Secretariat (FGDC) in the USA. DeLoatch will be speaking on the topic of “A Spatial Framework for Governance and Policy Development - Advancing Place-Based Understanding for a connected world through the US National Spatial Data Infrastructure.” The FGDC leads and supports the National Spatial Data Infrastructure Strategy and spatial data policy development in the United States. The FGDC also coordinates with international organisations having an interest in spatial data infrastructures. DeLoatch has... (read more)
2016-08-08 09:19:03

First the Proper Questions

GIM International Interviews Drs Yola Georgiadou and Jantien Stoter, ITC, Enschede, The Netherlands
Geo-information infrastructures (GII) are widely promoted as the geographic realm of public electronic governance (e-governance). Although GIIs have been hailed as a resounding success, researchers and others seem to agree that 85% of e-governance initiatives in developing countries are either a complete or partial failure. So it is pertinent to challenge the use of geo-ICT in public-governance processes. We asked this month’s interviewees to reflect on this and received in return clarification on the open issues. Much effort has been invested over the past decade in establishing geo-information infrastructures (GII) at (inter-)national, regional and local level to support processes of... (read more)
2007-07-07 12:00:00

State and Public Land Management

A widespread feature of national land-tenure structures is the vesting of owner­ship of substantial national land in state/public sector ownership and management. The management of these areas is commonly problematic; for example, lacking considered, rational, equitable and transparently implemented policy, suffering frequent administrative corruption involving such assets, and lack of adequate management capacity. Land Tenure Study These problems are widespread globally and found in both developing and more developed economies . The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is preparing to publish a Land Tenure Study in this area, and as a part of the process is disseminating its... (read more)
2008-06-07 12:00:00

OGC Policies

The OGC Technical Committee recently approved four Naming Authority policies, an OGC Compliance Test Language (CTL) Best Practice, and a policy for writing and publishing OGC Standards.     The OGC has an officially registered Uniform Resource Name (URN) as defined in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) RFC 5165 and as registered with IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority). The OGC members have approved a set of policies and procedures for submitting URN proposals, reviewing such proposals, and providing the infrastructure for maintaining an OGC registry of resources, including URNs. These policies and procedures are set forth in the following... (read more)
2009-07-23 10:00:13

Impact of Privacy Laws on Geomatics

GIM International Interviews Kevin Pomfret
In the past the only people who knew where we were at any given time, were the people who saw us there and the people we told. This is changing due to geo-information and it makes some people very uncomfortable. It is to be expected that this change will result in some fundamental amendments to privacy laws, says Kevin Pomfret, executive director of the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy. He shares his thoughts on developments in these privacy regulations and their potential impact on the geospatial community with GIM International. Can you tell us more about the main focus... (read more)
2013-04-03 01:51:18

EuroGeographics Pledges Support for UN-GGIM Focus on Authoritative Geospatial Data

EuroGeographics has welcomed the intention of the UN-GGIM to focus on issues concerning authority, custodianship and legal issues for data for the public good. The association, which represents Europe’s National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authorities, has pledged to support the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Working Group on Legal and Policy Frameworks in its aim to better understand the definition and importance of authoritative data. It is also offering access to its extensive network to help gather examples of best practice and to facilitate information sharing. Awareness of the importance of good quality... (read more)
2020-09-09 09:23:08

INSPIRE Conference: Call for Papers

The INSPIRE Conference 2016 will take place in Barcelona, Spain from 26-30 September 2016. The event will be organised through a series of plenary sessions addressing common policy issues, and parallel sessions focusing in particular on applications and implementations of INSPIRE, interoperability challenges and solutions, research issues and new and evolving technologies and applications and poster presentations. You are invited to submit proposals for abstracts of presentations which will be delivered in thematic sessions or for workshops. The organising committee is particularly interested in accounts of what works, and what does not work, what are perceived benefits for policy, public... (read more)
2016-06-06 11:42:10

Stepping Beyond the Bounds of Protectionism

India is emerging as an important player in today’s global economy, particularly in the field of Information Technology (IT). Her base of highly skilled IT professionals attracts to her shores a substantial portion of the service sector from all over the world; today the service sector constitutes no less than half of India’s GDP. The other half of the subcontinent’s wealth is generated by the manufacturing sector (30% of GDP)and agriculture and rural industry, which contribute 20% to GDP; this whilst two-thirds of the population resides in rural areas. Simple statistical analysis of these figures reveals that 80% of the... (read more)
2005-07-20 12:00:00

Nigeria Inaugurates NGDI Committee

On 9th September 2004, a 27-member Committee took charge of the implementation of the Geo-Information (GI) Policy and National Geospatial Data Infrastructure (NGDI) in Nigeria. During the inauguration ceremony, the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Turner T. Isoun, said that the availability of NigeriaSat-1 has been one of the driving forces to adopt policies for promoting greater awareness and public access to standard and co-ordinated geospatial data production, management and dissemination. He further reiterated that the Nigerian government "is determined to build infrastructure for geo-information to make it as important as the building of roads and telecommunication networks".... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

Open Science Matters!

The second day of the ISPRS Congress in Prague kicked off with a highly relevant keynote presentation by Ms Heide Hackmann of the International Council for Science (ICSU). She told the audience passionately about the urgency of open science.  The world faces great challenges and the society expects science to solve these problems. On the other hand, science itself is under pressure to reinvent itself and to re-energize its contact with the society. Hackmann calls for a global response and a significantly enriched collaboration within and between the scientific community. And beyond that, as the world of policy and business,... (read more)
2016-07-13 12:59:51
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