[OGC Press Release] Attendees from 67 countries converge at 12th GSDI Conference

OGC Press announce at opengeospatial.org
Fri Oct 29 16:13:46 EDT 2010



Steven Ramage
Executive Director, Marketing and Communications, Open Geospatial 
Consortium (OGC)
and Chair of the GSDI Association Outreach Committee
Bergen, Norway
sramage at opengeospatial.org
Phone: +47 9862 6865

October 29, 2010. The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure - GSDI 12 World 
Conference took place in Singapore from 19 to 22 October 2010. The 
partners organizing this conference included the GSDI Association, the 
Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia & the Pacific 
(PCGIAP) and the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).  The Open Geospatial 
Consortium (OGC®) is also a founding member of the GSDI Association and 
was a GSDI 12 World Conference collaborator.

"Governments at all levels in all countries depend on information about 
location and place," noted Abbas Rajabifard, President of the GSDI 
Association, "and the rapid advance of technology makes such information 
much easier to collect, use, and distribute. This creates opportunities 
and challenges for all countries. Technical innovation creates a need 
for policy innovation and for collaboration among government, the 
private sector and academia. GSDI World Conferences provide a unique 
forum for representatives of all these sectors to network and learn 
about the technical, societal, legal and policy issues concerning 
spatial data infrastructures."

The theme for GSDI 12 was "Realizing Spatially Enabled Societies."  The 
conference organizers set out to encourage collaboration to help create 
an enabling environment that enhances outcomes in societies, economies 
and the global environment. A peer-reviewed book on this topic was 
launched during the conference. It focuses on research, emerging trends 
and critical assessment and it showcases examples of spatial enablement 
serving societal needs. More than 100 countries are actively developing 
spatial data infrastructures, and with over 650 attendees, GSDI 12 
proved to be a very successful event. Participants listened to experts 
speak on a wide range of topics including technology, standards, and 
spatial law and policy. A session at the conference presented by World 
Bank personnel focused on development of a guide for 'How to get started 
with SDIs for developing nations.' Participants listened to speakers 
from around the world, shared knowledge and traded experiences.

The 12th GSDI Conference was conducted jointly with the 16th annual 
meeting of the Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia & the 
Pacific (PCGIAP), representing 56 nations in the region. There was also 
an inaugural meeting of the International Geospatial Society, a member 
arm of the GSDI Association for individuals.

GSDI 12 Conference proceedings are available at www.gsdi.org/gsdi12.

The GSDI 13 Conference will take place in Quebec City Canada in May 2012.

The GSDI Association (www.gsdi.org/) is an inclusive group of 
organizations, agencies, firms, and individuals from around the world. 
The purpose of the organization is to promote international cooperation 
and collaboration in support of local, national and international 
spatial data infrastructure developments that allow nations to better 
address social, economic, and environmental issues of pressing 
importance. As well as delivering these successful conferences for 
networking and knowledge transfer relating to SDIs, the GSDI Association 
also provides a small grants program for SDI initiatives in developing 
nations, supports several regional newsletters for the global geospatial 
community, and is actively developing a Geographic Information Knowledge 
Network. A presentation on the developing network indicates that the 
site at http://giknet.org will be a unique industry resource where SDI 
experts can be found throughout the world according to their specific 
domains or areas of expertise, such as metadata, data quality or spatial 
law and policy.  For information regarding individual or organizational 
membership in the GSDI Association see http://www.gsdi.org/joinGSDI .

The Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia & the Pacific 
(www.pcgiap.org) (PCGIAP) was established pursuant to resolution 16 of 
the 13th United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and 
the Pacific (Beijing 1994). It operates under the purview of the United 
Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific 
(UNRCC-AP). The aims of the Committee are to maximize the economic, 
social and environmental benefits of geographic information in 
accordance with Agenda 21 by providing a forum for nations from Asia and 
the Pacific to cooperate in the development of a regional geographic 
information infrastructure.

Singapore Land Authority (www.sla.gov.sg/htm/hom/index.htm) (SLA) is a 
statutory board under Singapore's Ministry of Law. The SLA's focus is on 
land resource optimisation. The SLA is responsible for the management of 
State land and buildings, land sales, leases, acquisitions and 
allocation, developing and marketing land-related information and 
maintaining the national land information database. The SLA is also the 
national land registration authority and is responsible for the 
management and maintenance of the national land survey system.

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 400 companies, 
government agencies, research organizations, and universities 
participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available 
geospatial standards. OGC Standards empower technology developers to 
make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any 
application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website 
at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact.

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