Thursday, April 30, 2009

PLAN4ALL eContetplus project (2008) approved by the European Commission

Partners of the approved project introduced at the EUROGI Member's Day in Brussels. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2009
Joao Geirinhas, Secretary General of EUROGI wrote this afternoon:
"We are pleased to inform that the project Plan4all - European Network of Best Practices for Interoperability of Spatial Planning Information; has been approved by the European Commission (EC) for co funding under the eContentplus Programme (call 2008).
The Plan4all (ECP‑2008‑GEO‑318007) is a Best Practice Network (BPN) .. EUROGI is a partner of the Plan4all project having a foreseen active participation on some of the work packages.
The project is led by the University of West Bohemia (UWB). It officially starts on May 1st, 2009 and will run for 30 months. The kick off meeting is scheduled for May 14 in Prague, being preceded by a public workshop on May 13 in the afternoon. The event is tightly connected with the INSPIREd CEE-SDI Conference ( within which organisation EUROGI is actively engaged."

Swine flu map

For updated distribution map of BBCNews click on the header or visit
A wide selection of non-official case distribution maps are available on the Internet based on direct civil reporting using tools as sms, call and electronic mails. Good example:

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

GINNT EXPO - HUNAGI partnership

The partnership was initiated by Zsolt Barkóczi, President of HUNAGI and launched on the meeting participated by GINNT ExPO marketing director Mr. Tamás Loschinger and the Secretary-general of HUNAGI. The outcomes of the talks held in Café Miro, Budapest will provide mutual benefits for both sides. At the GINNT ExPO scheduled for June 10-11 among others, a panel discussion will be arranged by HUNAGI on two tentative topics:
1) value and role of spatial data - availability, accessibility and useability
2) eSDI-Net+ evaluation of SDI services
GINNT Expo supported by the National Office for Research and Technology will provide surface for the six HUNAGI eSDI-Net+ thematic SDI services (INVATER, KOMVR, MÉTA, PIR, TeIR, VINGIS) free of charge and all HUNAGI Members will receive significant reduction on the listed booth prices.

Academician Ádám visited FÖMI to address the Digital Earth issue as recommended by HUNAGI

Chairman and Secretary of the Geosciences Department of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences paid a visit this morning to talk on the challenging Digital Earth issues with host Szabolcs Mihály, DG of FÖMI and the Secretary General of HUNAGI.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Swine flu epidemic spread and geographical distribution - as visualised by CNN and Ushahidi

The latest news of the scientific and operational center CDC you can find here: Source of the spread map of the first 3 days:
Follow-on spread maps May 3 onward:
Source for information of international actions recommended by WHO:
Global mobility and high degree of connectivity could facilitate that the outbrake become a pandemic. GIS/GI technology including visualisation e.g. spatial and temporal monitoring of the world air transport is tool for planning measures and quick responses required. Image source: Internet.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

SemSensWeb 2009

Heraklion. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007
1st International Workshop on the Semantic Sensor Web
Collocated with the 6th European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2009)
Heraklion, Crete (Greece)
1 Jun 09
The Semantic Sensor Web unifies the real and the virtual world by integrating sensor technologies and Semantic Web technologies.
Source: AGILE website: or simply click on the header

Practical guidelines to type European Personal and Geographical names correctly

Based on a recent inquiry of GSDI Association I found an excellent source which can support the daily communication and visualisation of GI by know how on how to type correctly personal and geographical names containing special European characters. The URL is (to be linked, simply click on the header).
On one hand the sitecan be used as an effective guide how to type Western European languages on a computer having UK keyboard with sections
ANSI codes
Shortcuts / combined keys
Alternative keyboards
HTML code
On the other hand it provides useful links for people from countries in Central, Eastern, South-Eastern Europe, as well as some countries even in Central Asia as follow:
Bosnia Herzegovina
Czech Republic

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day - April 22

To join the Earth Day Social Network simply click on the header

For information on Earth Day activities in Hungary please visit

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Launch of the UNESCO's World Digital Library

Image source:
The announcement was made today by Director John van Oudenaren as reported by EuroNews at 11:30 pm

Call for eSDI-Net+ SDI posters to the International Poster Exhibition in Prague

For details please contact the national eSDI-Net+consortium members or liaison officers.
Further details: Jiri Hiess of CAGI (

Friday, April 17, 2009

CEE SDI and ICT for Rural - Conferences in Prague, May 12-13, 2009

For details please click on the header.

GIS Defence & Security Strategies For Central & Eastern Europe: DGI CEE - HUNAGI co-operation launched

First Announcement! To read about the aim and scope of the event and to have an overview on the preliminary program please visit the authentic homepage by clicking on the header above. Another partners of the World Business Research include AGI and OGC.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Virtual Mars Globe

Hungarian Virtual Mars Globe - as broadcasted this morning on the MR1-Kossuth with an introduction of Henrik Hargitai of ELTE, Budapest
For details please click on the headings


Friday, April 10, 2009

Meeting of the Hungarian Space Research Council (HSRC) of the Hungarian Space Research Office (HSO)

Arranged by HSO Director dr. Előd Both, HSR Council Meeting Chaired by Dr. Károly Molnár Minister without portfolio, responsible for Research and Technology. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2009
Among the Council members some institutions and organisations are member of HUNAGI too (e.g. Hungarian Space Research Office, Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing, Hungarian Meteorological service). HUNAGI as interdisciplinary civil organisation is represented also directly via its Secretary-general.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Abstracts Wanted! 6th ISDE Symposium, Beijing

Introduction to ISDE,
the International Society of Digital Earth
Presentation of Secretary-general Prof. Guo Huadong, Director-general of CEODE in Potsdam at the ISDE ExCom Meeting
By courtesy of the ISDE Secretariat

Response from the Spatial Data Infrastructure Research community:
A position paper entitled "The next Generation Digital Earth" was prepared by the Vespucci initiative and published by the Int.J. of Spatial Data Research edited by Prof. Max Craglia of DG JRC

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

HUNAGI Presidential Board Meeting approved to join an ICT PSP tender consortium

Participants of the HUNAGO PBD today, hosted by Colonel László Buga, Director of the Mapping Company of the Ministry of Home Defense

Saturday, April 04, 2009

GI 2009 Dresden

For details please click on the header which provides a link to the authentic blog maintained by Prof Dr Frank Hoffmann.

SDI Regional Newsletters for April 2009

From our daily mail. Prof. Harlan Onsrud, Executive Director of GSDI Association wrote earlier today:
"The SDI Regional Newsletters for April 2009 are now posted on the GSDI home page at
You may also download them directly as follows:
SDI-Latin America and Caribbean Newsletter (Spanish) (English)
Portuguese translations of the newsletter are posted as they arrive and may be downloaded at
SDI-Africa Newsletter (English)
SDI-Asia Pacific Newsletter (English)
Chinese translations of the newsletter are posted as they arrive and may be downloaded at
Past and current SDI Regional newsletters are also accessible in the archives at
Also posted here are the SALB Newsletter and EIS-Africa Newsletter.
Please forward the newsletters to others that may be interested.
If you want to be kept up to date on announcements in your region of the world throughout the month or want to contribute announcements to others in your region, subscribe to the appropriate SDI discussion lists at Among the several discussion list offerings include:
SDI-Africa Discussion List
SDI-AP (Asia-Pacific) Discussion List
SDI-LAC (Latin America and Caribbean) Discussion List
If a friend or colleague would like to sign up for the GSDI News List,
direct them to"

Friday, April 03, 2009

GMES Space Component - New information on GMES Space Component Best Practice ITTs

From our daily mail. Secretariat of the Hungarian Space Research Office submitted the following letter of the European Commission:
"Dear colleague:
The European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) have concluded an agreement on the delegation of budget implementation tasks to ESA for the GMES Space Component within the FP7 specific programme “Cooperation” and its theme “Space”. ITTs co-funded by EC and ESA are open to all FP7 participating countries.
Please be informed that the ITT(s) listed in the attached table have recently been announced in this framework by ESA. (Further information as well as a consolidated list of the ITTs published so far can be found on the CORDIS space page:
We kindly ask you to take the necessary measures to ensure that your industry is made aware of this opportunity.
Best regards
Space Research and Development
European Commission"
For more information please click on the header.