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Sunday, August 30, 2009

HUNAGI/HUCO blog topics attracts visitors from all over the world

Recent visitor distribution map shows worldwide interest on topics addressed by the HUNAGI/HUCO blog

European Address Infrastructure National Workshop in Hungary

The poster compiled for the awareness raising of the wider range of the Hungarian stake-holders and user commu-nities can be downloaded from the website of the EURADIN National Workshop by clicking on the header.

Friday, August 28, 2009

HUNAGI promotes IJDE which has been included into the Science Citation Index Expended and the Social Science Citation Index Expended

Prof. Dr. Wang Changlin informed the members of the ExCom of ISDE and the Editorial Board of the International Journal on Digital Earth today :
" ... IJDE (an official publication of ISDE) has been just accepted for inclusion into the Science Citation Index Expended and Social Science Citation Index Expended..."

HUNAGI promotes this excellent journal by encouraging its members and partners (even from the international community) to write papers to IJDE.
HUNAGI representative will attend the ISDE EC meeting at Beijing International Convention Center scheduled for 9th of Sept. Abstracts of high quality level, original contributing papers are welcomed to be considered to recommend to publish.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

On-line access to the preliminary program of the 6th ISDE

International Convention Center, the venue of the 6th Digital Earth Symposium. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008
From our daily mail. Prof. Wang Changlin wrote this morning:

"The final program of the 6th International Symposium on Digital Earth (Preliminary Agenda) is available online at www.ISDE6.org."





Access to the Beijing Declaration on the Digital Earth: http://www.ISDE6.org/bdde.html

In the session devoted to SDI, Prof. Max Craglia and Alessandro Annoni, two of the prominent authors of the
Discussion paper of the Vespucci Initiative will deliver a lecture entitled From Today's SDIto the Next Generation Digital Earth(s). The original study, published in the IJSDR is downloadable here:
http://ijsdir.jrc.ec.europa.eu/index.php/ijsdir/article/viewFile/119/99

Next-Generation Digital Earth

A position paper from the Vespucci Initiative for the Advancement of

Geographic Information Science (Max Craglia1, Michael F. Goodchild2, Alessandro Annoni1, Gilberto Camara3,

Michael Gould4, Werner Kuhn5, David Mark6, Ian Masser7, David Maguire8, Steve Liang9, Ed Parsons10)

1 European Commission Joint Research Centre

[massimo.craglia@jrc.it; alessandro.annoni@jrc.it]

2 University of California at Santa Barbara [good@geog.ucsb.edu]

3 National Institute for Space Research, Brasil [gilberto.camara@inpe.br]

4 University Jaume I, Castellon [gould@uji.es]

5 University of Münster [kuhn@uni-muenster.de]

6 State University of New York at Buffalo [dmark@buffalo.edu]

7 University College London [masser@onetel.com]

8 ESRI, Redlands [dmaguire@esri.com]

9 University of Calgary [steve.liang@ucalgary.ca]

10 Google [eparsons@google.com]


In the same session HUNAGI-eSDI-NET+ representatives Joachim Rix and SG of HUNAGI will present the SDIs evaluation methodology elaborated by the eSDI-NET+ project entitled International Networking and Exchange of Best Practices in SDIs

HUNAGI in nutshell - The newest flyer on HUNAGI incl. UNSDI HUCO


The most important information on the mission goals, objectives, activities and members of the Hungarian Association for Geo-information. For members listings please click on the header.
Flyer side A http://www.fomi.hu/hunagi/pdf/2004/Flyer9aug25a.pdf
Flyer side B http://www.fomi.hu/hunagi/pdf/2004/Flyer9aug25b.pdf
The flyer was compiled recently for the visit of the Deputy-Director of EU SATCEN Mr. Tomas Lovrancic arranged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hungarian value-added e-content service supports awareness raising in space research

Live broadcast of the launch of the STS-128 provided by Galileo Webcast
(http://www.galileowebcast.hu)
The announced date and time (local time in Budapest) of the lift-off is 5:59 am on 29
August 2009. In Galileo Webcast's virtual studio experts Gábor Zsombok
and Gábor Pál Vizi will follow the event and explain the details between
4:30 am and 6:30 am on 29 August.
Source: http://www.galileowebcast.hu/kozvetites.html. For link and more
up-to-date information please click on the header.
A NASA forráshely: http://www.nasa.gov

Monday, August 24, 2009

CEOS 33rd Newsletter published by JAxA


From our daily mail. Ms. Martha E. Maiden of NASA HQ, Chair of the CEOS WGISS attached the newest CEOS Newsletter to her mail today. The 33rd issue gives an overview on the GEOSS 2009 priorities and trends too. To read the Newsletter, please click on the header.

Next week in Budapest: National Workshop on the European Address Infrastructure EURADIN

On 2nd October 2009 the first EURADIN National Workshop will be hosted by FÖMI in Budapest. The latest news: The event will be participated by the Vice-President of the National Office of Research and Technology (NKTH) dr. Tivadar Lippényi too. For more information, please click on the header.
Downtown of Budapest. Images: HUNAGI Visuals Resource, 2009

State Audit Office and HUNAGI cooperation under preparation.


A contract to be signed has been prepared with the aim to provide consultancy and support for the State Audit Office of Hungary related to the use of GI in specific application.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Geosciences in action: Reducing Human Losses to Natural Hazards

Prominent speakers of the special session devoted to the subject during the GEO V Plenary held in Bucarest last November, including the director of the Scripps Institute, La Jolla. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008
From our daily mail. Claudia Mengelt, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer , Ocean Studies Board , The National Academies (500 Fifth Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20001) wrote yesterday:
"Please forward this message to your colleagues and consider submitting your abstracts to the following session:
NH06: Reducing Human Losses to Natural Hazards
Sponsor: Natural Hazards
CoSponsor: Public Affairs
Conveners:
Brian F Atwater (atwater@u.washington.edu) U.S. Geological Survey at Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington
John Orcutt (jorcutt@ucsd.edu) Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego
Kevin T M Johnson (kjohnso2@hawaii.edu) Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Ester Sztein (esztein@nas.edu) Board on International Scientific Organizations, National Academy of Sciences
Description: Worldwide losses to floods, droughts, landslides, earthquakes, and tsunamis depend to a large extent on population density, standard of living, governance, and preservation of natural environments, as shown most recently in the 2009 report from the UN’s International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat. The losses mount despite advances in science and engineering that have improved the detection, forecasting, and mitigation of natural hazards.
This special session provides a forum on how geophysics, in the broad sense of AGU’s vision, succeeds and fails in disaster reduction. Assessments from social and behavioral sciences are encouraged, as are presentations on geophysics and engineering that focus on applications to loss reduction."

Further readings: http://www.unisdr.org
  1. International Conference on ‘Building a Local Government Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction’, 11-13 August, Incheon, Republic of Korea

    The international conference on ‘Building a Local Government Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction’ is co-organized by Incheon Metropolitan City and UNISDR and will bring together 200 participants.
    The gathering will address common concerns and challenges faced by local governments in preventing disasters and minimizing their impacts. Moreover, it will help to frame the scope and objectives of the UNISDR’s next World Disaster Reduction Campaign focusing on “Safer Cities”.
    Plenary sessions will set the stage and will stimulate a constructive debate on the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action at the local level. Thematic sessions will complement the plenaries, allowing participants to share views, expertise and experience on the following topics in an interactive manner:
    1) Making Cities Safer – Mobilizing Local Actions toward Urban Disaster Risk Reduction
    2) Localizing the Hyogo Framework for Action
    3) Capacity Building for Local Governments in Disaster Risk Reduction
    4) Information and Communication Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction
    More information: http://www.buildinglgadrr2009.org/html/main/main.asp

  2. IPCC Special Report 'Managing the risks of extreme events..
    http://www.preventionweb.net/english/themes/climate/ipcc/?pid:50
  3. Global assessment report on disaster risk reduction (2009)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

20th Anniversary of the Pan European Picnic - A Historical Breaktrough

Call for the historical event 20 years ago... Images: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008

Below: Memorial Forest settled for the 175th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences next to the Historical Pan European Picnic Site. For more pictures please click on the header.

IAGA 2009 Conference in Sopron attracts over 900 participants from 59 countries.

Statue of the Statesman Szécheny in Sopron Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008
International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy
IAGA 11th Scientific Assembly,
Sopron, August 23-30, 2009
Further information: www.iaga2009sopron.hu
The scientific event will be attended smong others by the Presidents of IAGA and IUGG (International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics), the Minister of environment and Water as well as the President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Host institution is the Research Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (a HUNAGI member) .

Extract from the official Press Release

"Our Earth: A Flying Magnet

2009.07.03.

"Our magnetic planet in space"

The IAGA 11th Scientific Assembly in Sopron

The International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) is a non-governmental organization founded to promote and coordinate studies of the electrical and magnetic properties of the Earth’s core, mantle and crust, of the middle and upper atmosphere, of the ionosphere and magnetosphere, and of the Sun, the solar wind, the planets and interplanetary bodies. The IAGA 11th Scientific Assembly (www.iaga2009sopron.hu, after the 10th Assembly in Toulouse, 2005) is held in Sopron from 24 to 29 August 2009 with the motto: “Our Magnetic Planet Moving in Space”.

The 53 symposia of five Divisions (I: Internal Magnetic Field, II: Aeronomic Phenomena, III: Magnetospheric Phenomena, IV: Solar Wind and Interplanetary Field, V: Geomagnetic Observatories, Surveys and Analyses) and two Interdivisional commissions (on History and on Developing Countries) attracted 1222 abstracts, submitted from 59 countries. In Sopron approximately 700 oral talks and 500 posters will be presented in the developing “Sopron Downtown Conference Centre”, with the Liszt Ferenc Congress and Cultural Centre as its focal point. The oral talks will run in nine session halls, and the posters (first time at such international meetings) will be on show for the whole week. Approximately 170 scientists received some partial support to attend the Assembly: about 120 people directly from IAGA and 50 from various Hungarian and international sources.

The Sopron Assembly is an outstanding event of the ending year of the IYPE (International Year of Planet Earth) triennium 2007-2009, and also of accompanying international years (Heliophysical Year, Polar Year and Electronic Geophysical Year). IYPE will be represented at the Sopron Assembly Exhibition. The Springer Science+Business Media (which will publish the official IAGA Special Sopron Book Series as a sub-series to the IYPE series as a legacy to the Year), INTERMAGNET and further commercial exhibitors (Bartington, AGICO, Akadémiai Kiadó, etc.) will be represented, too. The Assembly will be held under the patronage of József Pálinkás, President of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Imre Szabó, Minister of Environment and Water and Tamás Fodor, Mayor of Sopron. The Opening Ceremony is fully organized by the City of Sopron. Hungarian Oil Company (MOL) is the sponsor of a major cultural event; National Office for Science and Technology supported more than 40 scientists to attend the meeting.

As we have realized, there is a quite significant public interest toward the mysteries of geomagnetic field: among others toward its pole reversals. It is our responsibility to bring all IAGA sciences closer to Society. An especially important societal contribution of the Sopron Assembly might be expected in the field of climate change. As it has been recently underlined by the President of IAGA (see IAGA News 45), the scientific debate about the climate change has not ended. It will and must continue with open exchange of ideas. It will continue among others in Sopron, too.

The Local Organizing Committee and the Hungarian National Committee of IUGG are pleased to welcome you to the IAGA 11th Scientific Assembly in Hungary.

László Szarka, IAGA 2009 LOC Chair

József Ádám, Chair of Hungarian National Committee of IUGG"



Pictures taken in the historical core of Sopron.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Latest stage of the EURADIN National Workshop in Budapest devoted to address infrastructure

The Hungarian Parliament. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2009
EURADIN National Workshop will take place in Budapest on 2nd September. Despite the high season for holidays, so far 38 of the 40 seats available have been registered by experts and decision makers from the government, public sector, academia and NGOs among others the Ministry of Environment and Water, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, FÖMI, Central Office of Public Administration and Electronic Public Services (KEKKH), Central Statistical Office (KSH), VÁTI Public Benefit Ltd, Geox Ltd, Intermap Ltd, Budapest University of Technology and Economics Hungarian Post Shareholding Co and the Hungarian Society of Purchase, Logistics and Inventory (MLBKT) respectively.
The Workshop will be participated by representative of the potential user State Audit Office of Hungary (SAO) as well.
Places are reserved for experts of Ministry of Self-governments and Regional Development, Ministry of Energy and Transport, and Arcanum Ltd.
The event is organised by HUNAGI in conjuction with FÖMI and Geox Ltd. The workshop will be hosted by FÖMI. International participation will be provided by EUROGI (EURADIN WP9 Chair Ing.Corrado Iannucci) and Stefan Klotz of BEV, Austria.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

June 2009 Issue of the CEODE Newsletter


From our daily surface mail. Just received from Beijing.
The June Issue covers
- special report on experimental studies on RS-based earthquake monitoring,
- news coverages on a roadmap for space and technology development to 2050 in 18 priority fields, strategic partnership with the National Commission of Man an the Biosphere,
- news on scientific research advancements and
- highlights of international cooperation and exchange including Australia-Brazil-Canada-China program on comparative studies of environmental change via EO,
participation at the EARSeL, as well as
- construction of the large CEODE research facility north of Beijing.
The News Roundup publishes news on the coming ISDE6 -related joint session of the symposium committees attended by 50 professionals including seven academicians. The ISDE 6 Symposium scheduled for 9-12 September has attracted more than 900 papers and reports from more than 40 countries, including Hungary. (The eSDI-Net+ SDI evaluation methodology will be introduced by the EU project coordinator and the representative of the Hungarian consortium partner HUNAGI.)
For further details, please click on the header.

IIASA Geo-Bene Team looks for references, studies on societal-economic benefits of EO

From our daily mail. Letter from the IAASA Geo-Bene Team from Laxemburg bei Wien.
"Dear Expert/Madam/Sir,
In the course of the www.geo-bene.eu Project (EU FP6) on Earth Observation (EO), the IIASA Forestry Program is performing a meta-study to collect GEOSS-related benefit assessments. We are looking for literature and studies measuring socio-economic benefits (qualitative/quantitative) related to EO. We welcome studies from all societal benefit areas illustrating the potential of EO.
This state-of-the-art Meta Study on EO-related benefit assessments will be published on www.geo-bene.eu. This site will evolve into a reviewed public domain database of all GEOSS related benefit studies, open for your own scientific purposes.
Please submit your contribution at:
http://www.geo-bene.eu/?q=node/add/biblio
OR
Send your reference files (RIS, EndNote, BibTex format) to: geo-bene@iiasa.ac.at
You may also be interested in another Geo-Bene activity: the Geo-Wiki Project. This global land cover validation tool has reached maturity, allowing for evaluating and improving of current global land cover products. Visit: www.geo-wiki.org for further information.
Thank you for your valuable contribution - feel free to forward this mail to your colleagues!
The Geo-Bene Team at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Forestry Program"

Thursday, August 13, 2009

So far 35 registered participants for the 1st EURADIN National Workshop in Budapest

Ing.Corrado Iannucci, WP9 Leader on behalf EUROGI in the EURADIN project. Images: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2009
The First Hungarian EURADIN National Workshop will take place in Budapest on 2nd September. Despite the high season for holidays, so far 35 of the 40 seats available have been reserved for experts and decision makers from the government, public sector, academia and NGOs among others the Ministry of Environment and Water, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Central Office of Public Administration and Electronic Public Services (KEKKH), Central Statistical Office (KSH), VÁTI, Intermap Ltd, Budapest University of Technology and Economics and MLBKT respectively. Places are reserved for experts of Ministry of Self-governments and Regional Development, Ministry of Energy and Transport, MoD Mapping Public Company, Hungarian Post, the field of logistics and Arcanum Ltd.
The event is organised by HUNAGI in conjuction with FÖMI and Geox Ltd. The workshop will be hosted by FÖMI. International participation will be provided by EUROGI (EURADIN WP9 Chair Ing.Corrado Iannucci) and Stefan Klotz of BEV, Austria.
INSPIRE data specification and the addresses - topic of the EURADIN session chaired by Morten Lind during the GSDI11 Conference

The EURADIN network members listening Vanda Nunes de Lima of DG JRC

Sunday, August 09, 2009

A Global Agenda: Issues Before the United Nations 2009-2010

The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) announced recently the publication of the 2009-2010 edition of its highly respected “A GLOBAL AGENDA: Issues Before the United Nations. The topics in this new edition, released in May, tackle climate change, international security, peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance and development aid, human rights, international justice and UN reform.
The book is now available online at Barnes & Noble.com, Amazon and Powell’s Books.
A Global Agenda: Issues Before the United Nations 2009-2010
Publisher: United Nations Association of the USA
ISBN-10: 0615297196, Paperback, 260pp

Source: UNA-USA Circular, August 7.

UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop: “Disaster Management and Space Technology - From Concepts to Application”

From our daily mail. Dr. Ahmed Osman of the Vienna-based UNOOSA SPIDER sent the latest information in the subject yesterday:
"Dear Colleagues,
We are resending below the July 2009 Updates as the PDF file we sent out yesterday didn’t have the proper hyperlinks. We did want to remind everyone that the deadline for applying to the
upcoming “Third United Nations International UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop: “Disaster Management and Space Technology - From Concepts to Application” is 31 August 2009. We do have limited funding support available for those that need travel support so we do suggest that if you need funding support you do try to secure such support with your institution. Information on the Bonn Workshop can be found on:
http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/unspider/workshops.html
For those planning to join us in Bonn please note that we are also organising a very important UN inter-agency meeting which is the UN Geographic Information Working Group (UNGIWG) 10th (Anniversary) Plenary",
which will also take place in Bonn between 19 and 21 October 2009. For further information on the UNGIWG Plenary please contact Mr. Lorant Czaran (E-mail: lorant.czaran[at]
unoosa.org)
Please find attached the UN-SPIDER July 2009 Updates. Please do forward this information to colleagues who might benefit from receiving the information. This publication is also accessible at:
http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/unspider/docs.html. ....
Regards,
Ahmed Osman
Team Assistant, UN-SPIDER
UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
United Nations Office at Vienna
E-Mail:
ahmed.osman@unoosa.org
http://www.unspider.org "

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Final program of the 1st National EURADIN Workshop in Hungary








EURADIN Magyar Nap
EURADIN National Workshop, Budapest




September 2, 2009
By invitation only
1149 Budapest, Bosnyák tér 5, FÖMI Discussion Room (First floor)

Introduction of the European Address Infrastructure (EURADIN)
by participation of the Hungarian consortium members of the project

Program

Morning Session

Chaired by Mikus, Dezső, Deputy Member, European INSPIRE Committee, Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW)

10:00

Welcome, setting the scene

Dr. Mihály, Szabolcs (FÖMI)

10:10

EURADIN overview (history, global goals, achievements...)

Ing. Iannucci, Corrado (EUROGI)

10:20

Importance of the EURADIN project from the Hungarian perspective

Palya, Tamás (FÖMI)

10:40

Introduction of GeoX 1 in the context

Prajczer, Tamás (GeoX)

11:00

GeoX- EURADIN

Csemez, Gábor (GeoX)

11:20

FÖMI geodatabases + INSPIRE

Lévai, Pál (FÖMI)

11:40

BEV‘s address data base

Klotz, Stefan (BEV - Austria)

12:10

Lunch

Afternoon Session

Chaired by Tóth, Sándor, Deputy Head, Department f Land Administration and Geoinformation, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MoARD)

13:00

The Digital Land Office Project

Doroszlai, Tamás (FÖMI)

13:20

Central Office for Administrative and Electronic Public Services‘ address data base

Dr. Hackspacher, Andrea (KEKKH)

13:40

Dissemination activities of the project and the European Address Forum

Ing. Iannucci, Corrado (EUROGI)

14:00

Discussion

Moderated by Zsolt Barkóczi (HUNAGI)

15:00

Wrap-up the Workshop

Target audience includes stakeholders and primary user representatives such as:

Central Statistical Office, Magyar Posta Zrt, major utility companies, Hung. Society of Purchase, Inventory and Logistics, Arcanum Ltd and others

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

EURADIN Magyar Nap - EURADIN National Workshop in Budapest

Title

National EURADIN Workshop "EURADIN Magyar Nap"

Location

Budapest (HU)

Start Time

02/Sept/2009 10:00

End Time

02/Sept/2009 15:00

Description

European Address Infrastructure (EURADIN) and the Hungarian context.
Supported by the European Umbrella Organisation for Geographical Information (EUROGI), the event is organized by the National GI Association (HUNAGI) in conjuction with EURADIN consortium members FÖMI and Geox Ltd.
The website of the "EURADIN Magyar Nap" is
http://EURADINHU.blogspot.com
Venue: FÖMI Budapest xIV. Bosnyak ter 5
Host contact: palya.tamas@fomi.hu