Monday, March 26, 2007


Delegates from Slovakia, Georgia, Norway and the Chair of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management Ms. Doris Andoni in the Panel. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007
FIG COM3 an UNECE CHLM-WPLA Workshop attracted more than 120 experts from 45 countries worldwide

Detailed report will be uploaded here soon.
EUROGI-UN SDI HUCO keynote presentation on "Multi-level Networking in SDI implementation" at the Opening session is downloadable (2.1 MB) here:
Further information on the FIG Com 3 activities:
FIG COMM 3 Workshop agenda:
FIG COMM 3 WorkPlan:
The FIG Hong Kong event details:

On the Hong Kong event please see the coming spot in later April.

The FIG Commission 3 chaired by Dr. Chryssy Poutsiou has a Working Group devoted to Spatial Data Infrastructure.
The Working Plan has been been drafted and discussed. The Hungarian participant of the workshop accepted the invitation to take part in the activities lead by Paul Kelly from Australia and the Professor of the Mainz University Dr. Helmut . Dr Szabolcs Mihaly was also invited to the actions drafted by Robin McLaren

Photographic coverages on the event and people:

and cultural, natural themes are available here:
on Cape Sounio and its envvironment:
or on the natural colours of the springflowers in the Attica Peninsula:

Celebration of the Establishment of the FAO Regional Center in Budapest

FAO Director General Mr. Jacques Diouf held its welcome address. Image by Zsolt Sikolya for HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007
FAO Regional Center for Europe and Central Asia established in Budapest

HUNAGI/UN SDI HUCO invited to the reception given by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
More on FAO:

Friday, March 23, 2007

EUMETNET's meteoalarm portal introduced in Hungary

The Celebration of the World Met Day 2007 was welcomed by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Water. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Alerting Europe for Extreme Weather - meteoalarm portal of EUMETNET announced

At the occasion of the celebration of the World Met Day 2007, President of the Hungarian Met Service Dr. Zoltán Dunkel announced the establishment and operation of the web portal "meteoalarm" ( ) ,which was initiated by more than 20 European National Met Services.

The participants received a set of press releases containing also the message of WMO Secretary General Michel Jarraud.

WMO hosts the GEO Secretariat in Geneva.

Having experience in the international collaboration since 1873 providing and exchanging data, the Hungarian Met Service ( ) is one of the major stakeholder of the UN SDI Hungarian Coordination Office.

Time window for the visite of the Chinese Delegation announced

Coming Visit of the Chinese SDI Coordination Committee representatives in Hungary
According to a recent communication of Mr. Xue of the administration of the Agriculture and Environment Branch at the Institute of Remote Sensing Applications, Chinese Academy of Sciences, they appreciate the readiness of HUNAGI/UNSDI HUCO to arrange technical programme for the Chinese Delegation. They have the intention to take a 12-day technical tour in Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary starting from May 14 to May 25, 2007.
More news asap

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

ePSIplus portal on UNSDI Global Partner Meeting referred the Hungarian contribution

From our today's mailbox (sent by Jelle U. Hielkema from Rome)
The UNSDI Strategy document the basic findings and the contributions provided by the three pilot countries including Hungary were referred by this European Public Sector Information Directive related portal of the DG Information Society.
For further details please visit:

Monday, March 19, 2007

Keynote Speech at the FIG Conference

The presentation will cover national, cross-border, regional and inter-regional as well as global level networking examples and its economic and societal dimension
FIG Commission 3 and Joint FIG-UNECE WPLA Workshops
Athens, 28-31 March 2007

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Preparation of the visit of a Chinese SDI Delegation in Hungary

Preparation of the planned visit of the Delegation of the Chinese Intergovernmental Committee on Spatial Data Coordination
Two-way communication is underway, details will be announced asap

Thursday, March 15, 2007

National Office for Research and Technology as Stakeholder of HCO

The Research Park of Lágymányos. Image: HUNAGI Visuals Resource, 2007
General Deputy President Dr. Ilona Vass in action at the FP7 Open Day.
Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Geospatial informatics related activities of UNSDI HUCO is now supervised also by the Research and Technology Agency of the Hungarian Government
General Deputy President Dr. Ilona Vass of the National Office for Research and Technology nominated the representative of the Office for the Steering Committee of UNSDI HUCO in her letter dated March 8, 2007.
The liasion officer is Mrs. Gabriella Mihály-Csaba. The Office is located in the new Research Park of Lágymányos: 1117 Budapest, Neumann Jánosu. 1/c.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

GIS Open 2007 opened

The 11th Annual GIS Open in Székesfehérvár opened
between 12-14 March, 2007
Detailed preliminary program is at the official website
of the Geoinformatics Faculty of the West Hungary University:
The activities of HUNAGI since the last GIS Open event were highlighted emphasizing also the UN SDI HUCO and UGPM related actions
Photographic records of the opening day:

Other relevant news (also in English: at )

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Joan Blaeu @ Prize Competition Started

The Prize recommended by the Czech Coordination Office of the UN SDI initiative is devoted to the Spatial Data Infrastructure developments, services and applications
Full text of the Call for Participation is on the HUNAGI Newsblog
Hungary has the option to offer the Prize in the next year!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Chilean Minister shown interest on TeIR

Chilean Minister Mrs.Romy Schmidt Cmosija and her expert took a visit at the VÁTI poster.
Image taken by Pál Lévai of FÖMI for HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Territorial information systems from Chile and Hungary were introduced

Dr. Volker Liebig , Head of ESA-ESRIN and H.E. Mrs. Romy Schmidt, Minister of National Goods, President of the Council of Ministers for the National System for Coordination of Territorial Information (SNIT) held the Welcome addresses at the 1st UN SDI Global Partner Meeting held in Frascati between 1-2 March 2007.

In Chile, a degree of standardisation and interoperability was achieved in the context of SNIT and the definition of the following core data components is beeing developed: reference system, hydrography, infrastructure, relief, political administrative bounderies, toponimy and ortho imageries. For the SNIT Metadata Catalogue the ISO 19115 metadata standard has been adopted. A complete set of information on SNIT has been collected for VATI and FÖMI. More on SNIT:
VÁTI, core stakeholder of UNSDI HUCO, provided an A0 size poster devoted to TeIR, the Hungarian Territorial Information System. The poster was frequently visited by the participants and even the Chilean Minister shown interest listening the summary of the system given by the Head of HUCO in front of the poster.
TeIR and its three features related to SDI were introduced also in the formal presentation of HUCO in the plenary session. The flyers prepared by Térinformatika Journal and HUNAGI were partly disseminated to selected participants, partly were displayed for take-away. The HUCO presentation is available at All presentations of the 2-day Meeting are available on the website under