Tuesday, June 24, 2008

HUCO Newsblog attracts many top level entities worldwide

Statistics on todays' visitors were captured from the screen 
Service provider: ShinyStat

Raising the issue "NSDI and its Strategy should be emphasized in the National Strategy of Logistics

HUNAGI contribution to the closed shop Discussion Forum held yesterday by Governmental, Academic and Private Sector representatives on Strategies on Logistics as vehicle for the development of economy. The event was arranged by LEF, a platform of NGOs in  logistics.
HUNAGI was invited.
Report will be available soon.
Authentic source:
More on the event in Hungarian:

Thursday, June 19, 2008

UNSDI Stakeholder Meeting registered 15 UN Agencies and 15 Partner organisations

At UN COPUOS Meeting in Vienna UNGIWG Coordinator Mr. Suha Ulgen and Dr.Előd Both mentioned positively the efforts of UNSDI HUCO. 
Extract from the letter of Mr. Ulgen received today:
"Dear Dr. Remetey,
Thank you very much for conveying the statement of UNSDI HUCO in reference to the upcoming UNSDI Stakeholder Meeting in Geneva on 20 June 2008. We understand the reasons why you are unable to attend the meeting and very much appreciate the points you have raised in your statement which will be conveyed to the participants of the Stakeholder meeting.
I would like to take this opportunity to state that, earlier this week in Vienna, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Előd Both during the 51st Session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). I have shared with him my appreciation of your efforts to advocate for UNSDI which he acknowledged by a follow up statement he made during COPUOS deliberations. I am sure he will share his impressions of the exchange when he returns to Budapest.
Looking forward to our continued collaboration as we move the UNSDI agenda forward.
Warm regards,
T. Suha Ulgen (Mr.)
Coordinator - UN Geographic Information Working Group Secretariat (UNGIWG)
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Geneva, Switzerland..."

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

HUCO Statement dedicated to the UNSDI Stakeholders Meeting scheduled for later this week

Geneva with Mont Blanc in the background. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2003
Recently, the UNSDI Hungarian Coordination Office released a statement dedicated to the UNSDI Stakeholders Meeting hosted by the UNGIWG Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. The statement is publicly available Please click on the header  

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Digital Earth Summit 2008 in Potsdam

Einstein Tower in Potsdam Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2001
ISDE Summit on Geoinformatics as tool for Global Changes 
hosted by the German Geoscience Research Center, Potsdam
12-14 November, 2008

To arrange early registration please download the official leaflet of the event at

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Prime stakeholders's consultation on UNSDI

Representatives of MoEW, FÖMI and HUCO at a consultation hosted by Dr. Szabolcs Mihály (m) this morning. Image: Judit Szabó for HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008
The goal of the consultation was to identify the major aspects related to the HUCO  statement to be sent for UNGIWG before 16th June 

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Spirit of PSI to be applied in Geographical names

Participants of the first Thematic HUNAGI Talks. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008

Geographic names and 
e-Content services
The high profile meeting hosted by the National Digital Data Archive (NDDA) on 11 June was attended by leading representatives of the Hungarian Content Industry Federation (MATISZ), the Hungarian Committee on Geographical Names, and the hungarian Association for Geo-information.
Initiated by the Neumann Non-profit Company's  NDDA programme, the participants of the first Thematic HUNAGI Talks devoted to the subject were invited by HUNAGI. 

Summary will come asap

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hungarian Standards Institute Technical Commission 818 on Geoinformatics

Some of the participants in the Ybl Room of the HSI HQ. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008
Meeting of the TC 818 'Geoinformatics' of the Hungarian Standards Institute
Hosted by Secretary Gábor Varga of HSI/TC818 and chaired by its President Dr. Szabolcs Mihály,  the Commission had a rich agenda today covering the recent activities of the CEN/TC 287 and ISO TC 211 as well as the action plan for 2008. 
Hungary is P Member of ISO/TC 211 since March 5, 2008. The upgrade was initiated by András Osskó and Gyula Iván, Chair and Vice-Chair of  the FIG Commission 7 elaborating the Land Administration Domain Model. HUNAGI representative welcome this upgrade and urged the importance of similar membership of a Hungarian university in OGC in order to enable access for information might be useful for some dedicated tasks to be performed in Hungary. The ongoing Hungarian activities are related to the adoption of EN ISO 19128, 19131 and 19137.
Fortunately, all of the HSI/TC818 actors are members of HUNAGI and belongs to stakeholder institutions of UNSDI HUCO.
The 2nd Conference of CEN/TC287 started today at FAO HQ was shortly mentioned emphasizing the opportunities for the  Hungarian Standards Institute if the  'clone'  subregional CEN/TC 287 Conference will be decided to be hosted by Budapest in six months.
The subject will be discussed by HUNAGI Presidential Board asap, by the participation of the  President of  HSI/TC 818.  

Monday, June 09, 2008

National IYPE Committee Meeting hosted by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

The Presidential Council Room of HAS, venue of the meeting. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008
Next action under IYPE aegis: HUNGEO in late  August in Budapest hosted by the Eötvös L. University of Sciences (ELTE).
Chaired by Károly Brezsnyánszky, former Director of the Hungarian  Geological Institute, the National Committee on the International Year of the Planet Earth met Monday afternoon. Agenda topics included the evaluation of the highly successful Opening Event attracted over 6500 visitors in April and the overview of the follow-on actions with special emphasis on the IYPE-related  domestic series of events.
HUNAGI representative made two proposals (related to the ISDE Summit in Potsdam and the planned FAO/CEN Conference in Budapest) for consideration which were supported by the Committee.

GEOSS Common Infrastructure

According to the circular letter sent by GEO Secretariat Director José Achache to the GEO Member States and Participating Organisations recently, the evaluation phase of the GEOSS Common Infrastructure has been launched by three actions requested from the side of the GEOSS community:

- Evaluating the GEO Portal candidates,

- To register components such as data bases, catalogues, services and tools in the GEOSS Components and Services Registry, as well as

- To register standards, protocols and other specifications enabling the interoperability of components in the GEOSS Registry.

The three GEO portal candidates are as follow:

Friday, June 06, 2008

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

UNGIWG Meeting devoted to UNSDI in Geneva

UNSDI HUCO was invited to attend the Meeting by the Co-Chairs. The internal UN document to be discussed will be circulated among the Steering Committee members of the Hungarian UNSDI Coordination Office and a fourth meeting of the Steering Committee is foreseen before 16th June, the deadline for feedback to the UNGIWG Secretariat in Geneva.