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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Canadian Connection of HUNAGI - opportunities and challanges

Welcome speech of the Ambassador Mr. Pierre Guimond. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2009
On the occasion of Canada Day, the 100th anniversary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as well as the 45th Anniversary of Canadian-Hungarian diplomatic relations, the ambassador of Canada Mr. Pierre Guimond and Mrs. Louise Parent gave a reception today afternoon in the garden of the Residence in Buda. Secretary General of HUNAGI was also invited.
His relation goes back to the early 90's, when the ISPRS Commission VII held its symposium in Victoria, B.C. with Hungarian participation.
Professional links emerged via settled Hungarian geodetic surveyors as well as professionals in photogrammetry and remote sensing such as Frank Hegyi, Andrew Jánó, Victor Zsilinszky, Eugen Derényi, Dennis Bajzák and many more.
As discussed with Ms. Éva Bősze, commercial commissioner of the Embassy of Canada in Budapest, HUNAGI could play a facilitator role paving the way for building closer relations between the Canadian and Hungarian enterpreneurs in the field of geionformatics/geomatics.
Potential areas of applications and joint ventures include the sustainable agriculture and forest management, e-governmental services, renewable resources, environmental protection and nature conservation, energetics with special emphasis on alternative energy sources, thematic mapping, geoportals and location based services.
There are many novel solutions offered by Canadian companies eg. the geospatial web conference technology as announced by PCI Geomatics recently, which - integrated with spatial data accessibility - enables improved effectiveness in decision making in critical situations such as disaster response (for more information please click on the header). Mention should be made, on behalf GSDI Association HUNAGI just advised CEOS WGISS and the UN SPIDER to formulate the needs of end users in disaster response situation. Requirements on spatial data availability, accessibility, usability and quality. Needs related to technological, institutional, organizational, legal, financial matters and measures as well as education and training which all compose the spatial data infrastructure.

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