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Saturday, May 31, 2008

HUCO blogsitee was visited from 67 countries in this month

Number of visitors in May 2008:   358 
Breakdown by countries:
 Hungary21.55 %
 United States of America17.13 %
 Italy6.63 %
 United Kingdom5.52 %
 Spain3.87 %
 Other   45.30 %                                
Number of  visitors linked from another URL:   91

FAO launched website on Climate Change

As Jelle U. Hielkema raised the attention of the NCOs in a circular message today, the new website of FAO devoted to Climate Change has the following URL:

Forthcoming events listed in the website include conferences on topics
Food security and poverty reduction in the face of climate change and energy security, FAO, Rome, 3-5 June, 2008
Climate change and the cost of mitigation and price for inaction OECD Paris, 3-5 June, 2008, as well as 
Climate change and forestry management (Umea, Sweden, late August)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Success of the Hungarian Digital Cadastre - Conference hosted by MoARD

Gyula Biró, Director General of Geodezia Shareholding Company delivered lecture on the role of the private sector in the process. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008
A Press Conference was held on the topics Digital Cadastral Maps and e-Land Offices by Assistant Deputy State Secretary Ferenc Sirman of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sándor Simon, Director of  the National Cadastral Programme Non-profit Public Benefit Company as well as dr. Szabolcs Mihály, President of the Hungarian Society of Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing
CADASTRAL MAPS OF THE 21ST CENTURY
CONFERENCE PROGRAM


29 May 2008 MoARD

10.05 - 10.20 Opening Address

Gráf, József Minister, MoARD

10.20 – 10.35 State of the art of the National Land Fund and its role in the land tenure policy

Benedek, Fülöp  Deputy Director General, Agraian portfolio, MNV Zrt.

10.35 – 10.50 Implementation strategy of the digital Land Offices

Sirman, Ferenc Assistant Deputy State Secretary, MoARD

10.50 – 11.05  The role of the location in the Information Society

Dr. Detrekői ,Ákos academician, Chair of the National Council for Informatics and Communication

11.30 – 11.45 The role of the digital maps for the land and property registry

Horváth, Gábor Director General, MoARD

11.45 – 12.00 Digital processing of the cadastral maps of Hungary in the framework of the National Cadastral Programme

Simon, Sándor Director, NKP Kht.

12.00 – 12.15 Paradigma change in data policy in light of the digital data service

Dr. Mihály, Szabolcs, Director General of FÖMI, President of the Hung. Soc of Surv. Mapp. and Remote Sensing

12.15 – 12.30 National Cadastral Programme a half-time flashback

Tóth, Sándor  Deputy Director General, MoARD

13.40 – 14.00 Our cadastral maps in international comparison

Osskó, András, Chair, FIG Commission 7 Cadastre

14.00-14.20  Importance of vocational training in projects in the surveying

Dr. Szepes, András Deputy Dean, Faculty Geoinformatics, West Hungary University 

14.20-14.40 A historical overview of the digital maps and systems of the Capital.

Szilvay, Gergely Head of Department of Surveying, Budapest Land Office

14.40-15.00 Experiences with the digital maps n the Land Offices of the County Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg

Oros, László Head of the County Land Office SzSzB

15.20-15.40 The Hungarian Digital Orthophoto Program (MADOP) and the renewal of the vectorized maps f te outskirts

Peter, Winkler, Advisor of the Director General, FÖMI

15.40 – 16.00 Adatszolgáltatási lehetőségek a digitális adatállományokból

Dr. Vass, Tamás Head of  Department, FÖMI

16.00-16.20 Service of the cadastral map data on TAKARNET network

Weninger, Zoltán Head of Department, FÖMI

16.20-16.40 Role of the enterpreneurs in the acceleration of the National Cadastral Programme

Biró, Gyula Director General GT Zrt, President of the Hung Society of  Enterpreneurs in Surveying and Geoinformatics

30 May 2008 FÖMI HQ.

9.00-9.20 Work completed but only for the first phase!

Bartos, Ferenc Deputy Director, NKP Kht.

9.20-9.40 Experiences with  data service of extensive areas

Dr. Váczy, Attila theme leader, NKP Kht.

9.40-10.00 The role of cadastral maps in the Agricultural Land Parcell MePAR service

Forner, Miklós counsellor, FÖMI

10.00-10.20 Digital Cadastral Map based urban management system in Zalaegerszeg

Takács, Ferenc, Head of Section Informaticső, Zalaegerszeg County Level Municipality

Purger, Zoltán Head of the Dept of Surveying, Zala County Land Office 


Members of the Umbrella GI Association HUNAGI are highlighted with bold characters.

Courtesy translation by RFG, not an official version!

Source: http://www.fvm.hu/main.php?folderID=1227&articleID=12658&ctag=articlelist&iid=1


Friday, May 23, 2008

ISPRS Hungarian National Committee Meeting

Chaired by Miklós Gross, the new composition of the ISPRS Hungarian National Committee was nominated and discussed at a meeting hosted by the Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing this morning. New board includes the Chair (Miklós Gross of EUROSENSE Ltd), Secretary (Gergő Maucha of FÖMI RSC) the National Correspondents assigned to the 8 Technical Commissions of ISPRS as well as about 10 invited members including experts coming from academia, private sector and NGO such as HUNAGI. The list will be announced if the ExCom of the supervisory MFTTT will approve the nominees.
Miklós Gross, Chair (rightmost) and the participants of the meeting. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008

Contributing to the activities of the ISPRS HNC, HUNAGI SG circulated a short survey with requested feedback and expressed interest to take part of the planned UN Workshop to be held in Budapest in October, to contribute to the HUNAGI presentation a the ISPRS Congress, to take part in the eSDI-Net+ related evaluation methodology actions, as well as to publish in international media e.g. GIM ( the Global Magazine for Geomatics),
Geo: (Geoconnexion International Magazine), IJSDIR (International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research) and IJDE (International Journal of Digital Earth).

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Newsletter of the UNSDI National Office of The Netherlands

By the courtesy of Mr. Jan Cees Venema, Head of the UNSDI NCO in The Netherlands, please find below the second issue of the Newsletter of our Sister NCO just received:

2008 - Issue 2

Dear Gabor Remetey,

In this issue:

  • Status UNGIWG/UNSDI developments
  • UNSDI activities in the Netherlands
  • GeoNetwork graduates from OSGeo incubation
  • 2nd Mediterranean Workshop Rome 10-11 June 2008

New subscriptions can be made at the www.unsdi.nl/news page. So if you have colleagues or know any other interested parties, this is the place for them to go.

Jan Cees Venema



Status UNGIWG/UNSDI developments

On 5 & 6 February 2008 the UNGIWG Secretariat organized a workshop, hosted by WFP in Rome in order to formulate the so called "UNSDI Deliverables", being data sets which the UNGIWG members consider to be the "core geo-data sets" for an initial UNSDI, needed by the UN bodies as a comon baseline for their work. Additional deliverables identified are capacity building activities, both within the UN bodies as in developing countries, the latter being dubbed "indigenous capacity building". Other Deliverables are on interoperability and tools.

In March/April the Interim UNSDI Deliverables List and 1st draft of the UNSDI Framework Project Document were finalized and circulated to the members for comments. For the rest of the year the following major milestones are foreseen: in May/June the Interim UNSDI Board and the Interim Technical Advisory Body (TAG) will be established. In July the UNSDI Project will be established with UNOPS and the UNSDI Project Team will be formed. In early November, at the UNGIWG-9 meeting, hosted by UNOOSA in Vienna, the UNSDI Board and TAG will be formed and the UNSDI Project Team recognized. In December the UNSDI Project and the Deliverables List will be adopted by the UNSDI Board.

Next steps are to:

  • Finalize the Deliverables, work plans, budgets, issue donor appeal document
  • Set-up UNSDI structures: institutional and technical
  • Dialogue with major external stakeholders (UN reform bodies, governments, etc.)
  • Mobilize resources
  • Sustain UNGIWG Secretariat, set-up UNSDI Project Team

Here you can find the new UNSDI Technical Governance Framework documents:

More documents at http://www.ungiwg.org/documents.htm.


UNSDI activities in the Netherlands

The Netherlands Coordination Office (NCO) of UNSDI assisted the UNGIWG-UNSDI members with the formulation of the “UNSDI Deliverables”, in particular the translation of functional requirements into products and services, assisted by UNSDI-NCO partners the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) and SarVision on the issues of indigenous capacity building and land cover mapping in tropical regions respectively.

The Netherlands' Permanent Representative to FAO, WFP and IFAD, Mrs. Agnes van Ardenne, forwarded a comprehensive note concerning possible participation in UNSDI and FAO SDI development to the Netherlands' Government. The note, which was prepared with inputs rom FAO and the NCO, is presently being processed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, since UNSDI covers relevant MDGs, environmental protection, food security, humanitarian response, economic development and peace and safety issues. UNSDI-NCO is providing the necessary input in this process.

Our National UNSDI-NCO GeoNetwork portal (www.geonetwork.nl) is now operational for almost a year and contains over 17.800 database items. In this period some 6880 geo-information downloads have taken place by users from 117 countries! The portal is still powered by GeoNetwork 2.0.3, but will be upgraded to version 2.2.0 in the second half of this year and will have it's full functionality by then.


GeoNetwork graduates from OSGeo incubation

Over the past year the GeoNetwork team, led by Jeroen Ticheler, worked on making GeoNetwork opensource a full OSGeo project. A few weeks ago GeoNetwork was vetted by the OSGeo board as 'graduated' from the OSGeo incubation process. This makes GeoNetwork an official OSGeo project and should help to ensure the long-term sustainability of the project. Congratulations Jeroen and team!

Jeroen recently wrote an article that has been published in the May issue of Geoconnexion International magazine as part of a series on OSGeo columns on open source geospatial software. The link to the article online: http://www.geoconnexion.com/uploads/opensource_intv7i5.pdf.


2nd Mediterranean Workshop Rome 10-11 June 2008

On 10-11 June 2008 FAO will host an important event on climate change issues and spatial data infrastructure: the 2nd Mediterranean workshop. The workshop is held under the aegis of the European Standardization Committee for Geographic Information, CEN/TC 287. Day chair will be Prof. Arnold Bregt (Wageningen University and Research Center). It is the second of a series of Mediterranean Workshops, the first of which was held in Athens on 14 March.

Full information about the workshop, including its programme, registration and logistics details can be found on this website http://www.gistandards.eu

The workshop will bring together a wide variety of experts, representing geographic information standards, SDI, interoperability, ontologies and applications. On both days the programme features an excellent keynote speaker and moreover the Chair of ISO/TC 211 will participate in the workshop. Participation in the meeting, which will be held in FAO's Green Room with ample seating capacity, is free of charge and on the evening of the first day a reception will be offered on the FAO Terrace overlooking ancient Rome.

If it fits your agenda you are all encouraged to come to Rome for this event which is occurring at an important point in time in, among others, the UNSDI development process. Furthermore the workshop is being held immediately following the global food security, climate and bioenergy conference the week before and about which full details in this link http://www.fao.org/foodclimate/

The registration is now open for the workshop. More information will be added to the site but you can see the full agenda and register now. The agenda speaks for itself, the high calibre speakers working towards harmonisation will make this a most educational and productive workshop.

Due to the high interest received for this event we urge you to register as early as possible. Without registration, entry to the workshop will not be possible. Please make sure you register as soon as possible.


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Announcement for 33rd ISRSE Symposium: Stresa, Italy; 4-9 May 2009

Waterfront look at Stresa, Northern Italy. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 1999
A Joint ISPRS - ISRSE - DG JRC Event
devoted to Remote Sensing R+D and Applications
Stresa, 4-9 May 2009
From our evening mail. Mr. Jelle U. Hielkema, FAO SDI expert wrote today:
Dear all,
As a member of the Programme Committee for the above Symposium I should like to ask you if you could distribute this first announcement, received today through your respective mailing lists. I saw that Mike already had an early announcement for the Symposium on his unsdi.es website and can update accordingly. A Call for Papers with more backgound information is to follow soon.
Many thanks for your action on this which promises to be an outstanding issue of this longstanding global event!
Jelle
33ISRSE-MARKYOURCALENDAR.pdf
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GI at the heart of Europe -two days in Budapest

Robin Waters (l) was received by Sándor Tóth (r), Deputy Director General of Dept of Land Administration and Geoinforation at MoARD. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008
SDI/INSPIRE expert Robin Waters will publish his report on his personal impressions gathered during his recent short visit in the Hungarian capital and the merit of interviews with GI actors from the governmental and private sectors. He paid a visit in the HUNAGI/UNSDI HUCO Office at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development too. The reference of his publication will be given here as soon as it will be published.

EUROGI and Central & Eastern Europe referred at the GSDI-World Bank Seminar

Roger Longhorn (l) and Bruce McCormack (r) with the host at The World bank HQ. Image courtesy by Bruce McCormack, 2008
At the occasion of the GSDI.World Bank Seminar on SDI completed on 1st of May, EUROGI experts Roger Longhorn and Vice-President Bruce McCormack paid a visit in the office of the World Bank desk officer for GDSI related actions Mr. David Gray (m). Mr. Gray delivered the World Bank expert's message at the GSDI-10 in St. Augustine earlier this year.
The EUROGI short report will be disseminated here asap.

New Members of the National GI Association HUNAGI

Unanimously elected new members of the Hungarian Association for Geo-informations are as follows:



Municipality of Zalaegerszeg  Representative: Takács, Ferenc 

Central Directorate of Water Management and Environment Representative: Ms.Gödér, Györgyi 

TEKIRÉ Informatics Ltd. Representative: Husza, György managing director

Daten-KontorLtd. Representative: Blénessy László managing director

GEOlevel Geoinformatics and Service Ltd. Representative: Szabó, Richárd managing director

Budapesti Corvinus University Faculty on Horticultural Science, Department of Mathematics and Informatics Representative: Dr.Gaál, Márta 


Friday, May 16, 2008

General Assembly of HUNAGI completed

Some participants of HUNAGI's 18th General Assembly. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008
Evolution of HUNAGI supported by the wide diversity of disciplines. HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Free and Open Source Softwares in Geoinformatics

Harbour scene in Cape Town with Table Mountain in the background. HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007
From our daily mail:
Free and Open Source Geospatial 2008,
Cape Town, South Africa.
September 29 - Oct 3 2008

incorporating GISSA 2008.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENSION! 23 May
Due to demand, the Where 2.0 conference starting on our previous deadline and a website glitch with the original cut-off date, we are pleased to announce the EXTENSION of the deadline for Paper, Presentation and Poster abstracts AND the deadline for Workshop proposals to the *** 23 MAY ***. Go to http://www.foss4g2008.org and click on 'Call for Papers'.
You can also view the Call for Papers at: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G2008_Call_for_papers
and the Call for Workshop proposals at: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G2008_Call_for_workshops
Thanks to those of you who have submitted so far. As of 14 May we already have an exciting selection of Workshops and Labs (32), Academic Papers (50), Presentations (85) and Posters (10). The previous Announcement gave you a taste of the Workshops. As far as papers and presentations go, a small sampling gives us ‘An Integrated Water Resource Decision Support System built from OSS tools’, ‘Characterisation of tsunami affected areas using remote sensing and GIS’, ‘Modus Operandi of a FOSS GIS project in India’, ‘Challenges in GIS education and training’, ‘Using Python and wxWidgets to build custom GIS applications’, ‘Using KML and Google Earth to interact with SA water resource data’, ‘Easing Transition to Open Source Geo-Spatial Data Manipulation in GML’, ‘A Free GIS Book’, ‘Open-source based market information systems - one option for Developing Nations’,’ A year of full-speed FOSS- winning the hearts, minds, and business case’, ‘Senegalese land register modernization through OpenSource software’, ‘BeeGis: digital field mapping that just works’,’ The use of FOSS GIS in Integrated GIS in Local Government in South Africa’,’ GIS in the Geography Curriculum: Teacher Training’.’ Topology support in FOSS4G solutions’, ‘TerraLib as an Open Source Platform for Public Health Applications’,’ Google Earth Powered by MapGuide Open Source’,’ GDAL/OGR Project Status Report’ and this list goes on.
Remember: Early-bird registration now closes on 20th June and hotel specials will be released soon after, so register soon!
Submit your abstract or proposal soon. Come and have a bash in Cape Town.
Gavin Fleming
FOSS4G 2008 Conference Chair
www.foss4g2008.org
PS: Please distribute this notice widely, blog about FOSS4G 2008, add a banner to your website, add FOSS4G2008 to your website calendar...

Friday, May 09, 2008

Officers of NGIAs from the Visegrád Countries Met in Bratislava

Representatives of the National GI Associations of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary SAGI, CAGI and HUNAGI respectively met in Bratislava today hosted by ITAPA the organizer of the Annual ITAPA Awards on Information Technology in the Public Administration. More news soon.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

New President and Secretary General elected for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Academician Németh at the Hungarian Opening Event of IYPE. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008
Academicians József Pálinkás and Tamás Németh have been elected as President and Secretary General of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences respectively.  Both are involved in the Hungarian events devoted to the International Year of the Planet Earth.
Academician Németh personally attended the inaguration meeting of UNSDI HUCO hosted by FÖMI in September 2006. His Institute of the Soil Sciences and Agrochemistry became one of the founding stakeholder of UNSDI HUCO.

INSPIRE expert Robin Waters in Budapest

Robin Waters, chair of AGI's INSPIRE Committee was received by Sándor Tóth, Deputy Director General of the Department of Land Administration and Geoinformatics of MoARD (right). Left Ms. Mária Tóth, senior counsellor of DLAG. Image: HUNAGI Visual resource, 2008
Hisaccomplished program during his two day visit arranged by HUNAGI was the following:
Visit at
Eötvös L. University, Chair of Cartography and Geoinformatics
HUNAGI/UNSDI HUCO at MoARD
Department of Land Administration and Geoinformatics of MoARD
FÖMI Remote Sensing Centre
Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing
Hungarian Member of the EU INSPIRE Committee at MoEW
Nav N Go ( a short visit only)
Digiterra Ltd

Monday, May 05, 2008

Workshop on Standardization hosted by FAO

From our evening mails: Jelle U. Hielkema sent this message today:
2nd CEN/TC 287 Mediterrenean Workshop; FAO HQ; Rome; 10-11 June
"Dear UNGIWG Members,
FAO will host the above workshop which is held under the aegis of the European Standardization Committee for Geographic Information, CEN/TC 287. It is the second of a series of Mediterrenean Workshops, the first of which was held in Athens on 14 March. Full information about the workshop, including its programme, registration and logistics details can be found on this website
http://www.gistandards.eu/MWS/The workshop will bring together a wide variety of experts, representing geographic information standards, SDI, interoperability, ontologies and applications. On both days the programme features an excellent keynote speaker and moreover the Chair of ISO/TC 211 will participate in the workshop. Participation in the meeting, which will be held in FAO's Green Room with ample seating capacity, is free of charge and on the evening of the first day a reception will be offered on the FAO Terrace overlooking ancient Rome. If it fits your agenda you are all encouraged to come to Rome for this event which is occurring at an important point in time in, among others, the UNSDI development process. Furthermore the workshop is being held immediately following the global food security, climate and bioenergy conference the week before and about which full details in this link
http://www.fao.org/foodclimate/
Best regards.Jelle U.Hielkema
on behalf of Martin Ford "
President Italian Commission for Geographic Information
CIG-UNINFO, Workshop Convenor

Thursday, May 01, 2008

GSDI - CEOS WGISS liaisonship

A phone telecommunication has been arranged for May 7 in the subject initiated by Ms. Martha E. Maiden, Chair of the Working Group on Information Systems and Services of the Earth Observation Group. She is Program Executive of the Earth Science Data Systems at the Science Mission Directorate of the NASA Headquarters. GSDI Association and the CEOS WGISS keep liasionship since the WGISS-22 Meeting held in Budapest hosted by HUNAGI/EOGEO Hungary in Spring 2006. The basic idea is to provide exchange of  views and information on achievements in the two community strengthen the links between the Earth Observation' ground segment information systems and services with the emerging spatial data infrastructures. The improved interoperability based capabilities could contribute to the societal benefits area of the GEOSS, in frame of the implementation of its 10-year program. More on the liasionship and WGISS at: http://wgiss.ceos.org/liaisons.html
More on GSDI Association: www.gsdi.org

Internal Seminar on SDI arranged by GSDI and The World Bank

The meeting at The World Bank Headquarters was scheduled for today. Program of the seminar, GSDI participants and final outcome will be reported asap. HUNAGI was involved in the preparation and gave acknowledged contribution to the presentation of the European core of the GSDI delegation represented by Bruce McCormack and Roger Longhorn.