Latvia’s Geospatial Information Technology Conference and EUROGI Members Meeting II 2018

Latvia’s Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) conference organized by Latvia’s GIS Association is the largest event dedicated to geospatial information technologies in the Baltics. This year EUROGI Members Meeting is incorporated in the conference and all members are invited to participate!   The goal of the event is to introduce professionals and policymakers with the latest trends in the industry, geospatial data access, and usage, international and interdisciplinary projects as well as public and professional education opportunities.   Amongst others, this year on the stage you will be able to hear the keynote speech from the Google’s Geospatial Technologist Ed Parsons. The topics of the conference this year will focus on: Open source data & technologies Remote sensing Interdisciplinary geospatial solutions The conference will be held on December 7th at the Academic Center for Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia. The number of attendees is planned up to 400. For more information and registration visit https://www.latgis.eu/en/ and follow the information in Latvia’s GIS Associations Facebook page @latgisassociation. All EUROGI Members Meeting participants in the registration form should indicate EUROGI as the main or secondary organization represented. The conference is organized by Latvia’s GIS Association in cooperation with Autentica Ltd, Jāņa […]

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New EUROGI Vice-President

Due to the new job position of EUROGI past Vice-President Pascal Lory, AFIGEO, France, on 1 January 2018, he was not able any more to continue representing AFIGEO in EUROGI and holding any other function within EUROGI. Therefore he stepped back as a member of EUROGI Executive Committe and EUROGI Vice-President. At last meeting of EUROGI Executive Committee on 26 January 2018 new EUROGI Vice-President has been elected: Andreas Wytzisk, DDGI, Germany. We congratulate Andreas Wytzisk for being elected. At this occasion, we would like to express gratitude to Pascal Lory for all the support and work done as a member of EUROGI Executive Committee and as a EUROGI Vice-President.      

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Open European gazetteer and associated location data survey

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) in collaboration with Eurogeographics is undertaking a ‘Open European gazetteer and associated location data survey’ as part of the five-year European Location Interoperability Solutions for e-Government (ELISE) action, which is supported by the ISA2 programme. The results will be used to implement relevant ‘gazetteer’ solutions, starting with a pilot informed by the survey. Data user or applications developers are kindly asked to share their views on what applications and functionality would be of value from an open pan-European service, for example cross-border or multinational applications, or national applications that may benefit from a pan-European and multi-lingual service. Data suppliers, on the other hand, are kindly asked to share their views on what open data and services are provided by their organisations, whether it is authoritative or non-authoritative (e.g. community-sourced) and what cross-border or multi-national applications they already support or they envisage will benefit from such a service. For taking part, please follow the link to Open European gazetteer and associated location data survey

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News from EUROGI Members – AFIGEO: Workshop on Open Data Access and Harmonisation by a Virtual Hub

4th September 2017 In the frame of the INSPIRE Conference 2017, The ENERGIC OD Project Team (AFIGEO and fourteen other partners) organized their final conference in Kehl (Germany), on the 4th of September 2017. This Workshop on “Open Data Access and Harmonisation by a Virtual Hub” allowed, for a fifty participants, to discover these HV: a pan-European HV, integrating five national HV, his objectives, features, spatial data… An overview of ten experimental applications showed the diversity of the possible scopes of this solution. A zoom on the application NoiseCapture, developed within the framework of ENERGIC OD by the CNRS and the Ifsttar and widely mediatized, provided proof of concept… More information:
https://www.energic-od.eu  

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News from EUROGI Members – AFIGEO: Francophone Conference on Geographic Information

4th & 5th September 2017 Organized by AFIGEO and CNIG, in partnership with the Greater East Region, the ” Francophone Conference on Geographic Information” took place in Strasbourg (House of the Region) the 4th and 5th of September. Entitled “Which governances for the geographical information?”, this conference gathered on 2 days more than 250 actors of the geographical information sector: decision-makers and agents of diverse territorial levels, national or local experts, persons in institutions and users of spatial data infrastructures, researchers and industrialists of the sector, students… of France (metropolis and overseas territories) but also of bordering countries (Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland).

On opportunity to understand the strategic, technological and legal news of the geographical information ; to exchange on operational practices ; to show the capacities of publics and private actors to create a coordination around production and distribution of geospatial data and services… More information:
http://www.afigeo.asso.fr    

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News from EUROGI Members – IRLOGI: Invitation to Webinar “State of OpenStreetMap Ireland”

The webinar will take place on Wednesday 11th October at 14.00 CEST and will be presented by Ciaran Staunton, who will be speaking in his private capacity but is an Administrative Officer in Fingal County Council.  Ciarán will provide background information about OpenStreetMap, the state of play for Ireland and will mention an initiative to put OSM Ireland on a sound administrative footing.  He will also highlight ways in which citizens can become involved in developing OSM Ireland. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1607469892935293443

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News from EUROGI Members – EARSC: Results EO Industry Survey, September 2017

The survey was conducted during the 1st quarter of 2017; figures are for the Financial Year (FY) 2016. EARSC first conducted this survey in 2013 (FY2012) with a second one in 2015 (FY2014). The series of data is allowing a good indication of trends to be developed. A survey was also conducted by others in 2006 and this data is also used to develop longer time series of data. For more information see the EARSC surveys at the following page. The responses show that the EO services industry is employing over 7800 highly skilled staff and turns over some 1247m Euro per annum. These and many more results are explained in the documents. This is the third survey performed by EARSC. This brochure is a summary of the survey results. Download the PDF Industry Survey

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News from EUROGI Members – AMFM-GIS Belux: Invitation to Seminar “GEOBUSINESS : WHO PAYS / WILL PAY FOR WHAT?”

Whether public or private, geographical data are nowadays increasingly freely available and at no cost to the user. On July 12th 2017, the Walloon Government adopted a decree on the reuse of public sector information aimed at establishing an open data policy. Take for instance the COPERNICUS Sentinel satellite data that are freely accessible to all and for all uses. Another example: OpenStreetMap, a collaborative project initiated in 2004, offers a global geographical database free of charge which is very comprehensive and of high quality. However, the value of geodata has never been more important, whether it is to increase public administrations’ efficiency, to generate economic growth in the private sector or to speed up the creation of jobs and also, more generally, to contribute to social welfare in the broad sense. The value chain is changing and new business models are emerging.Data are free and available by download and web services or through online applications or services, sometimes chargeable. GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon) goes even further.In addition to their offer of costless geographic information, they also provide services and applications such as Google maps, Google Earth,Bing Maps, StreetView, … and many applications using geolocation. The value and […]

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