SOGI, the Swiss Organisation for Geoinformation (SOGI) starts a series of online webinars packed with inspiring talks

There are many important issues where geoinformation plays a major role and where reliable geodata is urgently needed. SOGI  will be starting conversations about these issues and sharing its members’ knowledge through a series of online webinars which will build on the experience and expertise of well selected speakers.  First Webinar SOGI’s first webinar series is entitled “Digital Underground” and the first webinar in this series will deal with the issue ‘Underground Space’. Reliable information on what exists underground is […]

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Beyond Spatial Data Infrastructures

EUROGI has invited a number of geospatial thought leaders to provide a statement on ‘Beyond SDI’, with the below quoted paragraphs as stimuli.  The position statements received are herewith published by EUROGI as starters for online discussion threads and will lead to a perspectives document to be discussed at the EUROGI session at the Geospatial World Forum conference in Amsterdam on 8 April 2020 – https://geospatialworldforum.org/. The past decades have witnessed the conceptualization and implementation of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) […]

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Professor Ian Masser

It is with sadness that we note the passing of Professor Ian Masser. Over many decades Ian was a tireless communicator of the undoubted benefits of collecting, organising and using geospatial information.  As an excellent educator, author, innovator, colleague and inspiration to both students and many others in the geospatial information community and beyond, he stands out as a truly great role model.  From 1999 to 2003 Ian was the President of EUROGI.  During his time as President one of […]

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Join Hexagon Geospatial and Port Technology International for a live Maritime webinar on 25 March

To protect people, infrastructure, and cargo at ports and sea, port authorities and vessel owners need access to real-time data. Having a clear view and understanding of a port’s surroundings and activities is critical to ensuring safer and more efficient ship movements. With better situational awareness and location intelligence of maritime interests, port authorities and companies can increase safety and efficiency and optimize their operations. In this webinar, maritime experts will discuss: Data analysis and visualization to assist with understanding […]

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LÍSA Organises its Spring Conference on 11 March 2021

LÍSA will have a whole day Conference online on March 11th. There will be 16 presentations, about various subjects like: Use of GI and Covid-19; Service Maps for Municipalities; Sustainable Land Use; Digital Planning; Real Time Data in Reykjavik; Geoinformation in Municipalities; Orienteering Mapping; Use of data about Scooters in Reykjavik; Change in Travel behaviour; Access to Data and Maps about Nature Conservations and Geo Data for Decision Making. More information available soon on LISA web

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“Women in GI”, a EUROGI seminar hosted by IRLOGI

25 February 2021 starting at 14:00 CETRegister here At the start of the webinar Monica Sebillo will briefly present background information regarding the EUROGI ‘Women in GI’ Focus Group, and then she and the other three presenters will give their views on the Women in GI topic. Marion Murphy will discuss the visibility of women in senior decision-making roles, why it is important to build equality and representation at a senior level and how we can make it happen. Ulla […]

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DDGI News

8th German GeoForum – a digital success! On November 25, 2020 the German Umbrella Organization for Geo-Information (DDGI) organized its yearly conference – the German GeoForum – the first time in a digital format. Although the new virtual format could not replace the social contacts of a face-to-face event, this year’s GeoForum was again a great success. To ease the switch to a digital location, the new conference format offered a virtual “conference hotel” including a reception, a foyer, a […]

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Digital Earth Services by Geograma

Geograma has recently launched its new Digital Earth Services. The Digital Earth initiative aims to create a digital replica of the world which can facilitate the establishment of a shared understanding of the multiple relationships between the physical and natural environments, and society. Geograma’s Digital Earth Services helps to create apps accessible globally from multiple platforms, to adapt the data visualization to meet the needs of multiple audiences (the public, decision-makers, scientists), and to integrate data from several sources, such […]

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Successful BEGEO 2020

On 27 October 2020, AM/FM-GIS Belux participated in THE annual national GI event in Belgium, called ‘BEGEO: The Ultimate Connection’. In this troubled year, the base line was very relevant, people need to connect and when live encounters are difficult, the online events offer an appreciable alternative, although they can of course not replace the real life face-to-face experiences. Despite the difficult conditions, we had a nice celebration of our annual GeoSpatial Awards, an event that AM/FM-GIS has run for […]

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Focus Group ‘Women in GI’

Dear EUROGI members and sympathizers, Women in GI is a Policy Focus Group in EUROGI, the European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information (www.eurogi.eu), which has two main goals: Firstly, to provide an opportunity for women currently in the European geospatial sector to network and make contacts, and to share experiences; Secondly, to develop policy positions which can be used by EUROGI and possibly other organisations if they wish to promote gender equality within their own organisations, the European Union, Europe […]

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GeoHive – Ireland’s Hub for Authoritative Spatial Data

GeoHive is a National Online Platform, enabled by Ordnance Survey Ireland, to provide easy access to publicly available Spatial Data. GeoHive offers unrestricted web based access, to Ordnance Survey Ireland Geospatial Information alongside Authoritative Datasets from multiple sources across Ireland. Enhancing access to Location Based information, GeoHive allows the user to make better, more informed decisions. The General Public, Private Sector and Government Bodies can all benefit from this web portal by gaining a more complete understanding of any location […]

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Brugstedet.dk – a catalogue of inspiration

The GI domain is packed with examples on how spatial data can add and create value. We are, however, not always that good at communicating this – we tend to talk a lot about the “what” and the “how” and not so much about the “why”. Experience shows that outside our GI domain people are not that interested in projections, the noble art of geo coding or other technical sophistry – but they love and can relate to a good […]

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EUROGI Strategic Framework 2020-2024

>>> Access / download document! The EUROGI Executive Committee (January 2019) and subsequently EUROGI’s General Board (April 2019) agreed to initiate a major re-orientation and reframing of EUROGI in order to substantially increase its value for its members and for the overall European geospatial community. It was agreed that this process would be based on goals accepted by the members and would follow a well-structured process developed by a dedicated task team established by the Executive Committee. The strategy development […]

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New EUROGI Vice President

Due to additional university work responsibilities Prof Andreas Wytzisk had to resign as EUROGI Vice President.  On 16 June the EUROGI Executive Committee elected Bruce McCormack, the current President of Irish Organisation for Geographic Information (IRLOGI), as the new Vice President for the remaining office period.  The President and members of the Executive Committee would like to thank Prof Wytzisk for the excellent work which he has put into EUROGI since his appointment as Vice President and in particular the leading […]

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Beyond SDI – Serena Coetzee (University of Pretoria)

The paradox of a good infrastructure is that once it works, it becomes invisible to the user. Do you ever think about the infrastructure behind the water running out of a tap in your house or the distribution network that makes it possible to plug the charger of your mobile phone into a wall socket? Probably not, because in most developed countries, those infrastructures are well maintained and provide the facilities and services required for the functioning of society. Are […]

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Beyond SDI – Bart de Lathouwer (OGC)

Before we talk about “Beyond SDI’s”, let’s recognize what the SDI’s (SDI-Proper, where the objective is to support a wide variety of spatial data themes) have brought us the past 20 years! Albeit the OGC never published a document with SDI (GSDI association provided the key concepts) in the title, OGC’s OWS is in the core of the SDI. https://geoseer.net reports over 1.7 million distinct spatial GIS datasets hosted on over 210.000 live services. The world relies on these operational […]

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Beyond SDI – Greg Scott (UN GGIM)

Towards an Integrated Geospatial Information Paradigm The first iterations of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) development emerged in the mid-1980s, designed to promote economic development through supporting the objectives of governments and supporting environmental sustainability. However, SDI’s took a substantial step forward in the early 1990s when the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) established an interagency Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) to coordinate the ‘development, use, sharing, and dissemination of surveying, mapping, and related spatial data’. OMB Circular […]

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Beyond SDI – Mariana Belgiu (ITC)

Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) have gradually changed from a pool of authoritative data shared using standardized web services to a pool where the authoritative data co-exist with data collected by volunteers and different sensors. Many efforts were dedicated to data documentation, to improving the catalogues searching techniques by means of, for example, thesauri and to sharing these data using standardized web services such as Web Map Service, Web Feature Service or Web Coverage Service. Cloud computing technologies played an important […]

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Beyond SDI – Rob Atkinson (Web Mapping Pioneer)

SDIs deliver authoritative foundation spatial data, but in the same way that transport infrastructure supports transport networks (delivering value to transport users, the economy, and society),  the next step is to use SDIs to create effective data networks to support better analyses, monitoring, evaluation, and decision-making. Standardisation of technical interfaces was an enabling driver, but the real value of today’s SDIs is vested in improved governance, and standardisation of identifiers and data models.  Tomorrow’s SDIs should provide relationships between objects […]

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Beyond SDI – Michael Gould (Esri, Univ Jaume I)

When I started working seriously in the field of SDI, around 2001, and then got involved in the drafting of the INSPIRE Implementation Rules for Metadata, I stated publicly that the end result of INSPIRE was not going to be an operational, single SDI: an information system.  We were not building a bridge or the electricity grid (even though we used that metaphor to describe our new infrastructure). Just like the digital libraries we were copying, where there was not […]

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