Monday, January 29, 2007

eFarmer International Conference

Budapest HUNGEXPO Fair Center as seen from the space.
Image: Google Earth, 2007

Introduction of the tools of CAP implementation including IACS, the Hungarian LPIS called MEPAR and FAO web-based information services on the Conference Programme

Budapest HUNGEXPO Fair Center,

January 31 - February 1, 2007

Organised and arranged with active participation of HUNAGI member institutions including the Szent István University, Gödöllő. The call on this event was made by Mr.Michal Demes of FAO SEUR at the 2nd UNSDI HUCO Stakeholders' Meeting held four days ago.

More information: , registration:

Saturday, January 27, 2007

UNSDI Global Partner Meeting

Winter scene near to downtown Rome.
Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2003

INSPIRE LMO FÖMI and SDIC HUNAGI will participate representing the UN SDI Hungarian Coordination Office and its Steering Board.

Preliminary programme as of 26th January
other related important documents available include:
INSPIRE-UNSDI Cooperation (draft) as of 26th January

these and another documents will be uploaded 28th January 2007 onward

Thursday, January 25, 2007

2nd UN SDI HUCO Stakeholders' Meeting

Co-chairs Dr.Zoltán Dunkel, President of the Met Service just awarded by a Certificate of Recognition of HUNAGI (right) and Zsolt Sikolya, President of HUNAGI Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

On the Agenda: Introduction of the main elements of the proposed Action Plan

Discussion were generated on the hot issues of financing and how to raise political awareness. A Welcome Address was given on behalf of Ms. Maria Kadlecikova, FAO Representative at FAO SEUR in Budapest read by Dr.Michal Demes, Information Systems Officer at FAO SEUR.

A summary in Hungarian with associated documents are available under the Meetings side chapter. A Report for the UNGIWG in English will be produced and uploaded soon.

Snapshots taken on the spot and presentation slides of the agenda and proposed action plan can be found at ... Photo collection.... Events in 2007

Shortly after announced this spot documented visitors incuded the United Nations in New York, the European Commission in Brussels, the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and different Hungarian governmental bodies. Please note, the joint News subchapter of UNSDI HUCO and HUNAGI was visited from 67 countries in January, 2007.

All the documents available related to this meeting you can find and download at the Meetings subchapter on the right column.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Announcement of the 13th EC GI/GIS Workshop

The announcement of the Annual European Commission GI/GIS Workshop and Call for Paper

We have just received from several sources the same announcement issued by the Unit SDI of the DG JRC in Ispra. To illustrate the efficiency of the international network of GISIG (where HUNAGI is one of the about 100 valued members since 1998), we share the incoming letter of Mr.Giorgio Saio, Head of the Genova based Geographical Information System International Group in the subject:

Dear Members,
First of all we wish you a successful 2007 :-)
We are pleased to start this year by forwarding the announcement of the 13th EC GI&GIS workshop, the annual meeting of the European GI Community.
As you will see, this year the Workshop will be particular interesting, following the approval of the INSPIRE Directive.
As in the previous years we will ask the possibility to convene a GISIG meeting beside the workshop in order to have the opportunity to meet the Members attending the Workshop and presenting and discussing opportunities for new initiatives of the Association within INSPIRE and in the 7th Framework Programme.
Looking forward to meeting all of you in Porto next July.
Kind Regards
Giorgio Saio

( - Geographical Information Systems International GroupVia Piacenza, 54 - 16138 Genova ItalyTel. +39 010 8355588, Fax. +39 010,

Original message:

Dear Colleagues,
I am pleased to announce that the 13th edition of the EC GI & GIS Workshops will take place in Porto, Portugal, 4 - 6 July 2007.
With the agreement on the text of the INSPIRE directive the focus of this year's workshop is on contribution of SDIs on environmental analyses and modelling.
The objectives of this year's workshop are to:
Identify the contribution of SDIs for environmental analysis, monitoring, and modelling; environmental protection, natural hazards prediction and mitigation, and other applications areas including water, soil, land use and land cover change, forestry, and atmospheric pollution;
Review the current state of progress of the INSPIRE legislation,
Offer an opportunity to the INSPIRE Drafting Teams to report on the development of the INSPIRE Implementing Rules
Further our understanding of the implementation challenges, costs, and benefits of SDIs at national, regional, and local level
Identify key issues and opportunities for European SDI projects. The Workshop will be organised through a series of plenary sessions addressing common policy issues, and parallel sessions focusing in particular on applications / implementations of SDIs, and research issues With this in mind this call for papers envisages submissions for the following topic areas
SDIs for environmental analysis, monitoring, and modelling; environmental protection, natural hazards prediction and mitigation, and other applications areas including water, soil, land use and land cover change, forestry, and atmospheric pollution;
SDI Implementations: We are particularly interested in models for coordinating multiple stakeholders (public/private sector)
European funded projects: Lessons learnt and opportunities. We will hold a round table discussion on the synergies between the projects and opportunities ahead
Social and economic impacts of implementing SDIs We are particularly interested in accounts of what works, and what does not work, what are perceived benefits for policy, public administration, citizens and the private sector.

Proposals will be evaluated by the programme committee and those accepted will be included in the on-line conference proceedings.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is the 3rd March 2007.
Full papers can be submitted for peer review to the International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research (IJSDIR) for publication in a special EC GI & GIS Workshop issue.
Best regards,
Karen Fullerton

Preliminary Program of the UN SDI Global Partner Meeting available

Participants of the Kick-off Meeting to establish the UNSDI Hungarian Coordination Office on September 28, 2006 hosted by FÖMI

The UNGPM will be hosted by ESA ESRIN in Frascati, Italy

Preliminary program as of January 10, 2007 compiled by J.U.Hielkema can be found here: