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Saturday, February 17, 2007

UNSDI Global Partner Meeting hosted by ESA

The masterpiece of the Dutch Cartographic School: World Atlas of Joan Blaeu.
Source: The Illustrated History of Cartography, National Geographic.

Latest News related to the UN SDI Global Partners Meeting UGPM

Extracts from the letter recently received from Jelle U. Hielkema, Consultant of UNGIWG:
Dear all,
The preparations for the UNGIWG-UNSDI Global Partners Meeting (UGPM) meeting at ESA-ESRIN in Frascati on 1 and 2 March are drawing to a close.
Attached you will find a copy of the final meeting programme which will definitely keep us busy for two days! Also attached are two versions of the list of registered participants 1) one with all participants in alphabetical order and 2) one with the differentiation of participants from UN Organizations and those representing UN Member States and we think that we have achieved a very nice balance indeed!
Furthermore attached are three key meeting documents which, in order to save the Secretariat considerable work and maybe leave a few more trees in the topics. The meeting documents are:
- "A Strategy for developing and implementing a United Nations Spatial Data Infrastructure (UNSDI) in support of Humanitarian Response, Economic Development and Environmental Protection", prepared by Franck Albinet from UNHCR, currently outposted at WFP, and Barry Henricksen, senior UNGIWG consultant. This document has been circulated in, commented on and cleared as a final draft by the UNGIWG Membership;
- A UNSDI Compendium " A UNSDI Vision, Implementation Strategy and Reference Architecture" prepared by Barry Henricksen as a follow-up to the UNGIWG-7 Plenary in Santiago de Chile in early November 2006. In view of its just over 5.5 MB size this very comprehensive 150-page UNSDI reference document, hereafter referred to as 'The UNSDI Bible', has been uploaded on the UNGIWG website, , and can be found under 'UNSDI'.
- An outline of envisaged "INSPIRE-UNSDI Technical and Institutional Cooperation" , being the result of a discussion meeting, held on 15 December 2006 at the EC Joint Research Centre (JRC) with JRC support, and subsequent formulation process between the INSPIRE and UNSDI Secretariats with the participation of SDI experts from the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Spain and The Netherlands. This cooperation includes a proposal for the establishment of an annual Joan Blaeu@Prize, an initiative of the Czech UNSDI Coordination Office (CCO) and presented in the Annex to the outline.
The good news of the European Parliament issuing the final formal approval on 12 February for the INSPIRE Directive to become law in the 27 member countries of the European Union is definitely a key and most timely milestone!
For those of you who have indicated to attend the ESA HMA-CEN open day Workshop on 28 February, I attach the programme for this day as provided by ESA.
Best regards and looking forward to seeing you all in Frascati!
Jelle U. Hielkema on behalf of the UNGIWG Co-Chairs
Jeff Tschirley (FAO) and David Kaatrud (WFP/UN-OCHA)
The following six attachments will be available soon here
FINAL UNGIWG-UNSDI Global Partners Meeting Programme 379K
UGPM PARTICIPANTS LIST-United Nations-MemberStates-- 15 February 413K
UNSDI Strategy Implementation Paper - Final Draft 1139K
ESA HMA-CEN Open Day Workshop Programme 24K

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