Saturday, December 16, 2006

Adopt/Use Hungarian UN SDI CO as Example

The INSPIRE - UN SDI meeting held on 15th December at the premises of the SI Unit of DG JRC in Ispra, Italy was a success.
Meeting participants were welcomed by Unit Head Alessandro Annoni. Image: HUNAGI Visuals Resource, 2006

This slide shows only a part of the findings compiled interactively during the final discussion. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2006

Heads of the UNSDI NCO and CCO Messrs. Jan Cees Venema (l) and Karel Charvat (r)Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2006

Meeting participants during the lunch break. In the forefront left to right Jeroen Ticheler (FAO), Alessandro Annoni (DG JRC), Jelle Hielkema (FAO-UNGIWG consultant) and Martin Lenk (IMAGI, Germany). Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2006

It is a great honour for the Hungarian Spatial Data Interest Community that the approach of the Hungarian UN SDI Coordination Office (HUCO) was proposed to be adopted/used as example at the Meeting of the Global Partner Conference of UNGIWG on SDI will be held at ESA-ESRIN in Frascati in Early March next year. It was one of the findings of the recent consultation meeting arranged by FAO and DG JRC and hosted by the Unit Spatial Data Infrastructures at the IES of DG Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission.

Details to follow soon. Additional information in the News subchapter soon.
The presentation of the Hungarian Coordination Office is downloadable here:

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Reform of the UN : UNSDI is potential enabling tool for strengthen interagency collaboration

Interviews in Hungary for Independent External Evaluation - the establishment of UN SDI HUCO was also mentioned

The interviews in Hungary arranged by MoARD were part of the follow-on actions of the critical document published by UN officially on November 17 entitled "United Nations Business UNusual". In the interview UN SDI HUCO representative called - among the land management related topics - the recent developments related to the UN SDI initiative, in the context of the United Nations Geographic Information Working Group (UNGIWG), currently co-chaired by FAO and WFP, as a good example, how the inter-UN agency cooperation using harmonised, standardised advanced technologies in the field SDI, EO and SatPos/Nav can provide direct benefits via the use of these enabling technologies to the daily operation of the UN specialised agencies, agency-member states bidirectional data/information flow and the knowledge dissemination especially for the interest of the developing countries. TheUN stakeholders in UNGIWG were mentioned including the positive feedbacks from acknowledged entities such as the NASA, CEOS WGISS, GSDI Association, EUROGI and Unit SDI of DG JRC in the INSPIRE Directive context.
The planned Frascati interagency meeting and the planned UN SDI- DG JRC meeting arranged by Alessandro Annoni was also mentioned. It is anticipated, these actions are convincing relevance how the harmonised use of advanced technologies can assist to go further strengthen interdisciplinary partnership around the spatial data interest community. Arranged by the Department of EU and International Relations the interviews taken including Dr. Károly Pintér, chief fisheries officer of MoARD and Professor József Kiss of the Szent István University, Department of Plant Protection. The 2-member UN delegation was lead by Mr. Leif E. Christoffersen Team Leader of the Independent External Evaluation of FAO in Rome.
The document is available at (size over 2MB)

UN SDI awareness at the EFITA WCCA 2007

UNSDI HUCO submitted abstract to the EFITA/WCCA 2007 Conference

The conference of EFITA will be a joint event with the World Congress on Computers in Agriculture. Participants from all over the world are expected.
The abstract can be downloaded here:

More on EFITA, the European Federation of IT in Agriculture:

Note, the President of EFITA ic Karel Charvat, Coordinator of the Czech Coordination Office of the UN SDI!
The world is small...

Friday, December 01, 2006

Dissemination information on UN SDI HUCO

Awareness raising on international level

During the past several weeks information on UN SDI and UN SDI HUCO was disseminated - among others - on the following international events:

eContentplus Expert consultation meeting, Luxembourg October
GSDI9 Conference, Santiago de Chile, November
EUROGI Extended Member Meeting and Open ExCom Meeting, Prague, November
UN Independent Experts Evaluation Hearing, Budapest, November

More news on the HUNAGI-UNSDI HU newsblog at
In November this newsblog had visitors from 41 countries. The total number and the geographical distribution of the visitors since Mid-July is shown here:

The has been succesfully registered for UNSDI HUCO in November 2006.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Welcome to UNSDI HUCO !

Welcome to the interactive blogs of the UNSDI Hungarian Coordination Office (HUCO)
Establishment of HUCO was agreed by the following stakeholders forming the Hungarian Coordination Board at the Kick-off Meeting hosted by FÖMI on September 28, 2006:
Regional Development and Town Planning Public Benefit Co.
Hungarian Space Research Agency, MoEW
Hungarian Geological Institute
Mapping Service, MoD
Department of Land Administration and Geoinformation
Hungarian Meteorological Service
Faculty of Geoinformation, West Hungary University
Institute of Geodesy Cartography and Remote Sensing
Research institute of Soil Science and Agrochemistry
Hungarian Association for Geo-information
Mapping Service of the hungarian Defense Forces
National Directorate for Disaster Management
Three other presented entities formulate their support after the kick-off meeting:
Department of Natural Resources, MoARD
Ministry of Economy and Transport
Ministry of Environment and Water


Interactive blogsite for UNSDI HUCO opened on 23rd October 2006
The domain registration is underway and will be available soon. Temporarily, this blog serves as voice of the United Nations Spatial Data Infrastructure (UNSDI) Hungarian Coordination Office (HUCO).