Developing the Namibian NSDI

Integration of Location Information and Statistical Data
Namibia is establishing its National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) through the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA). It has been a deliberate decision by the government of Namibia to marry location information with statistics in order to improve evidence-based development planning and socioeconomic intervention. The approach in Namibia is not unlike that found in Europe and globally. In the European Union, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Statistics (Eurostat) is one of the three prime movers behind the pan-European Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) programme, INSPIRE. More than 20 years ago, GIS technology was introduced in Eurostat via the Geographical Information System at the Commission... (read more)
2016-04-06 09:43:36

SDI as Holistic Framework

Integrating Natural and Built Environments
Monitoring and controlling the environment requires its natural and built components to be integrated within an inclusive model. Integration of multi-sourced spatial data plays an important role here. However, fragmentation among the institutions involved results in inconsistency in data co-ordination and makes integration costly and time-consuming. The remedy is to address all the issues, institutional, legal, social and policy, within a holistic framework. The authors argue that a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) can provide this.<P> Human life affects nature through land consumption, habitat disruption and replacement of natural cover with impervious surfaces. On the other hand, nature affects social, economic,... (read more)
2007-12-08 12:00:00

FIG Congress in Kuala Lumpur: 'Surveyor Has Role in Sustainable Growth'

The 25th Congress of the International Federation of Surveyors in Kuala Lumpur has been officially opened by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the honorable Najib Razak. In his opening speech he said that the coming of the Congress to Asia was timely, because the region is growing fast and changing rapidly from an agricultural into an urban society. The pressure on the land and resources - and therefore the environment - will increase. Sustainable growth therefore will determine strategies of politics, but also for surveyors. Spatial information is vital because it shapes policy-making, surveyors are responsible for translating raw data... (read more)
2014-06-17 10:11:06

Volunteers Needed: Mapping Land Values in Latin America

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is inviting volunteers from across Latin America and the Caribbean to participate in the creation of a map of urban land values in the region. The resulting open-access database of georeferenced, systematised  land values from cities across Latin America will help urban planners develop sound urban policies. The 'Your City in 5 Facts' mapping project will be carried out between 9 February and 31 March 2016. Participating is simple and requires only the input of data on at least five current land values from a city. To do so, volunteers simply have to register and use a... (read more)
2016-02-09 09:54:05

ION GNSS+ 2013 Programme and Registration Now Available

Registration is now open for the Institute of Navigation (ION) GNSS+ 2013 to be held from 16 to 20 September 2013 (tutorials on 16 and 17 September) at the Nashville Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. ION GNSS+ 2013 is the 26th International Technical Meeting of the ION Satellite Division and the world’s largest technical meeting and showcase of GNSS technology, products and services. ION GNSS+ brings together international leaders in GNSS and related positioning, navigation and timing fields to present new research, introduce new technologies, update current policy, demonstrate products and exchange ideas. The addition of “+” to the conference... (read more)
2013-05-13 12:15:36

Chairman for Cadastre And Land Registry Specialists

Julius Ernst from Austria's Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying is the new chair of EuroGeographics' Cadastre & Land Registry Knowledge Exchange Network (C&LR KEN). Mr Ernst succeeds Professor Bengt Kjelsson who has become director general of The Swedish Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authority. The C&LR KEN is one of five knowledge exchange networks within the Association for National Cadastral, Land Registry and Mapping Authorities. Its members are working to provide services for the diverse range of users in property and land information markets. These include policy makers and those from the environmental, housing, transportation, agriculture and tourism sectors.... (read more)
2012-01-03 01:43:57

GeoCommunity '08

AGI, the Association for Geographic Information (United Kingdom), has announced that GeoCommunity '08 will take place from the 23rd to 25th September at the Holiday Inn, Stratford Upon Avon. AGI used feedback from the 2007 conference to shape the formation and content of this year's event. Over 90% of attendees polled at the 2007 conference expressed a preference for the newly introduced format of the UK's largest combined annual conference and exhibition targeted at the geographic information community. The event, which has been the flagship event of the geographic information industry for more than ten years, attracted record numbers of... (read more)
2008-03-19 03:23:13

Green Renaissance Highlighted at INSPIRE Conference

Policy-makers and hands-on professionals from all over Europe and beyond gathered last week in Florence, Italy, to discuss developments related to INSPIRE. The yearly INSPIRE conference, this time with the theme 'The Green Renaissance' was held in the Firenze Fiera, Florence's convention centre, and started out with two days of workshops, ahead of the official start on 25 Tuesday 25 June. The official start consisted of the plenary sessions in which Maria Betti, director with the EU, JRC-IES, Dr Francesco la Camera, director general of the Italian Ministry of Environment and Bernardo de Bernardinis, president of ISPRA welcomed the delegates... (read more)
2013-06-25 05:10:34

3D Solutions to View Cities from Different Angles

Due to the progress of information technology and hardware, many organisations are seeking to use advanced 3D technology to display their spatial data. In line with this trend, Supergeo has come up with a 3D solution. With SuperGIS 3D tech, users are able to simulate any viewing angles that may previously have been difficult to achieve with 2D GIS software. The SuperGIS 3D solution will help people to grasp the overall information of a particular area effectively, making policy formulation and discussion easier. Currently, Supergeo provides 3D tech in SuperGIS Desktop and SuperGIS Server respectively. Desktop GIS users can use... (read more)
2017-09-07 10:17:23

Safe Software Joins Proteus Partnership

The United Nations Environment Programme‘s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) have invited Safe Software into their Proteus Partnership, a collaboration of progressive corporate business leaders and the UNEP-WCMC. The goal of Proteus is to provide industry decision makers with access to the best possible data on location and distribution of biodiversity to support risk management and safeguard the Earth's biodiversity and ecosystems.     The UNEP-WCMC helps decision-makers to protect conservation areas and therefore ensure that future generations can enjoy the benefits of biodiversity. To accomplish this, the Centre provides critical information to aid biodiversity assessments and policy support for... (read more)
2009-09-29 08:49:52
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