Friday, October 30, 2009

IGARSS 2010 co-organised by Paul Smits of DG JRC

The 30th anniversary International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium will be hosted by the USA next year. The event will be co-organised by Paul Smits of the SDI Unit at DG JRC IES. The news appeared on the LinkedIn action list and was read this afternoon. For details please click on the header.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Innovation in orientation: the MunichConvention

From our daily mail: Mr.Henrique (Henry) Koehler of the Munich Orientation Convention wrote about the

Munich Orientation Convention


As a german-brazilian inventor, I've developed a natural orientation system which can simplify and harmonize indoor and street signage, cartography, postal codes, navigation devices and verbal expressions all over the world.

The gigantic market gap was:

- a simple answer to the simple question “where?”

e. g. where is Bonn? where is Hermann-Ehlers-Str.? Where is 53113? Where is room 1916?

Please confirm yourself: according to

, touristic points in Manaus/Brazil are addressed with this Munich Orientation Convention. Just using the imagination power and knowing instructions like it is possible to deduce HERE where these points THERE are. This is not a “nice to have” but a quantum jump, a better life quality which also makes smarter and helps to reduce the signage, road accidents and panic in buildings.

Searching for "turismo" in within a specified area, the same attractions described on ManausOnline will be listed.

Concerning cartography, this innovation can be realized by a simple change of the location grid: from a square to a quasipolar one, see

According to this system allows to build natural world co-ordinates and international City Codes, in harmony with the cartography, electronics and to a numbering of road exits, bridges etc.see

All position codes can be converted from geographical co-ordinates, see . You’re invited to test the features of the converter with a pocketPC or smartphone with/without GPS through a download from



Presentation Google Zürich

Please google:




„mns m6:2 r8“



Maybe the UN Volunteers Campus, the Langen Eugen will be the world's first building with natural orientation

The four topics UN and multilateral efforts should focus

From our daily mail.

In his speech to the World Affairs Council on Oct. 26 in Seattle, the Secretary General of UN spoke about four major areas where the UN and multilateral efforts could make a difference:
climate change,
nuclear nonproliferation,
poverty, human rights and
peace and security.
At the 10th UNGIWG Meeting held in Bonn last week, also representatives of the UN agencies addressing these topics using GI/GIS were assembled. A prerecorded video message of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was also presented from the webpage of the UN SG using Internet connection. For details, please click on the header.

Members of HUNAGI from the Academia and Education sector

Indicating the year of enrollment
College of Geoinformatics, University of West-Hungary
ATC Agroinformatics and Applied Mathematics Department, University of Debrecen
Dept of Physical Geography, József Attila University of Sciences
Institute for Environmental and Landscape Management, Szent István University, Gödöllő
Chair of Landscape Planning and Regional Development, Budapest
University of Economics and Public Administration
Research Institute of Soil Sciences and Agrochemistry of the Hungarian Academy of
Sciences (MTA TAKI)
Chair of Surveying and Remote Sensing, Institute of Geomatics and Engineering Faculty of
Forestry, University of West-Hungary
Chair of Water- and Environment Management, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Debrecen
Department of Cartographic Science and Geoinformatics, L.Eötvös University
Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Kaposvár
Institute for Ecology and Botany of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Department of Surveying and Geodesy Budapest Univ of Technology and Economics
Pollack Mihály College of Engineering, Department of Public Utilities, Geodesy and
Environmental Protection,
University of Pécs Regional Research Centre Alföld of the Hungarian Academy of
Sciences (MTA RKK)
Zsigmondy Vilmos and Széchenyi István School for Vocational Training, Nagykanizsa
Chair of Automation, Veszprém University
Research Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics of the Hungarian Academy of
Sciences (MTA GGKI)
Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Public Administration Department for Public
Management and Urban Studies
BCE Department of Mathematics & Informatics

Some Chairs left HUNAGI mainly due to financial reasons since 2008 including:
Chair of Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics, Budapest Technical and Economics
University of Veszprém at Keszthely and University of Miskolc. They are served now in the Partners category.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

SDI Best Practice Awards 2009 - EUROGI Extended Member Meeting in Turin, Italy

European SDI Best Practice Awards 2009

Learning from Best Practices

Turin, Italy

26th and 27th November 2009

AGENDA – 26th November 2009

27th November 2009

Conference venue

Centro Incontri della Regione Piemonte, corso Stati Uniti 23 – 10128 Torino

Gala dinner 26th Nov 20:00

Mole Antonelliana - Museo Nazionale del Cinema, via Montebello, 20 – 10124 Torino


Regione Piemonte, Ms.Patrizia Nazio

Direzione Programmazione Strategica, Politiche Territoriali ed Edilizia, phone: +

Arianna Ros, Direzione Ambiente,, phone: +

Project: eSDI-Net+

Project web site:

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Oct 24 - Climate Change Action Day

For more details in Hungarian, please see the spot of the same date at the HUNAGI Napló by clicking the header

FÖMI RSC contribution to the SAR Workshop of EU SATCEN

A SAR Workshop will be arranged by SATCEN originally foreseen in late November but just rescheduled in 2010. The offered contribution of FÖMI RSC researcher Ms. Gizella Nádor was submitted by HUNAGI (in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affair) to the organisers on the day of the deadline yesterday. The presentation deals with polarimetric SAR application in plant health assessments.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Telecon of the Int'l Organising Com members of the Digital Earth Summit

The 3rd Digital Earth Summit will be hosted by Bulgaria in Nessebar. The telecon participants included Prof. Dr. Temenoujka Bandrova host of the event Prof.Dr. Milan Konecny, Vice President of ISDE, Dr. Alessandro Annoni, Head of the DG JRC IES SDI , Prof. dr. Manfred Ehlers, host of the 2nd Digital Earth Summit held in Potsdamas well as SG of HUNAGI, all members of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Digital Earth and members of the International Organizing Committee of the Nessebar Summit. ExCom Secretary Prof. Wang Changlin apologized but will contribute by post telecon action.

Digital Earth and Europe - telecon arranged by DG JRC

This afternoon between 14:00 and 15:00 CET, a discussion telecon was arranged and moderated by Dr. Alessandro Annoni, Head of the DG JRC IES SDI Unit inviting Prof.Dr. Milan Konecny Vice-President of ISDE, Prof. dr. Manfred Ehlers, President of the German Society for Geoinformatics (GfGI) host of the 2nd ISDE Summit held in Potsdam last year and SG of HUNAGI, all European members of the Executive Committee of ISDE.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Third UN International UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop

Disaster Management and Space Technology - From Concepts to Application
This is the title of the three-day Workshop organised by UN OOSA and DLR with the support of UNCCD at the UN Campus in Bonn.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

HUNAGI provided information on GSDI L&SE Com and FP7 LAPSI project as contribution to the discussion related to UNSDI

On the second day of the 10th UNSDI Plenary Meeting, HUNAGI representative made the following intervention: "The GSDI Legal & Socio-economics Committee lead by Roger Longhorn is building up a repository on socio-economic impact analysis of SDIs elaborated anywhere on the world which might be for the interest of the UN SDI experts as well.
Similarly as Mr. Lorant Czaran addressed the licencing issue, it should be mentioned, a new FP7 project of the European Commission will be launched soon devoted to the Legal Aspects of Public Sector Information called LAPSI shortly."

Monday, October 19, 2009

10th UNGIWG Meeting started - contribution on behalf HUNAGI and EUROGI so far

On the opening day HUNAGI contribution was expressed by generating a question and made three interventions as reported to HUNAGI, EUROGI and eSDI-NETplus project coordinator as follows:
"As observer, representing HUNAGI, the Hungarian Association for Geo-information and the European Organisation of Geographical Information I would like to share my opinion. The availability, accessibility and usability of spatial data is crucial for GIVAS. Taking into account the regional expertise and lessons learned is highly recommended for GIVAS in the SDI context. In case of Europe, SDI is more institutional arrangements and legislation framework. Main point is the share of geospatial data in the European case f the INSPIRE directive as it was highlighted by Prof. Mauro Salvemini, President of EUROGI during the UN Regional Cartographic Conference held in New York last August (EUROGI as leader international NGO in Europe in this field) met together with other regional representatives as PC IDEA and PCGIAP with UN HQ staff members and he will emphasize to build on lessons learned in SDI at the next regional UN conference in Bangkok next week."
I made two other interventions yesterday one related to the presentation given by John Latham of FAO asking him to summarize shortly the potentials of use of SDI/GI/EO to facilitate the fight against the poverty and hunger worldwide. The fact is the number of people suffering from hunger is reached the one billion and the trend is controversial with the UN Millenium Goals.
Other intervention emhasized to consider to taken into account the best practices gained on local to national SDI service solutions e.g. in Europe, where a project called eSDI-NETplus is underway. This project gathered over 160 subnational thematic SDIs and analysed according to an elaborated methodology under EUROGI leadership and the ranking of the best practices will be happen at the conference in Torino next month which is recommended also for UN experts to attend.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Achieving food security in times of crisis - 29th World Food Day October 16, 2009

Detailed report of the 29th World Food Day event hosted by the Agricultural Museum in Vajdahunyadvár in Budapest can be found at in Hungarian.
Photographic portfolio of the event will be soon at

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

HUNAGI at the Meeting of the Hungarian Space Research Council

The building of the National Office of Research and Technology (NKTH) in Budapest. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2009
Today, the Meeting was opened by Dr. Gyula Csopaki, President of the National Office of Research and Technology. The geospatial and earth observation disciplines were represented by among others the Director general of FÖMI Dr. Szabolcs Mihály and the Secretary-general of HUNAGI. This latter explained among others three proposals: 1) to host the ISDE-8 in Hungary in 2013 in conjuction with the World Science Forum, 2)to activate Hungary's role in GEO/GEOSS and 3) to consider offering venue for one of the next GEO parallel and joint committee meetings in Budapest.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

HUNAGI invited to the 29th World Food Day Conference held in Budapest

Achieving food security in the times of crisis will be the issue addressed by the 29th World Food Supply Day organised by MoARD, FAO National Committee, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia as well as the Hungarian Scientific Society of Food Industry.
FAO SEUR is member of HUNAGI, and FAO itself is one of the most active UN specialized organisation which develops and uses GI/GIS for facilitate its daily work worldwide.
FAO is also active in promoting open source softwares and use of standards. Scheduled for early November this year, a Winter Course will be devoted to federate learning repositories for agriculture, food and environment. The event organised by Michal Demes of FAO ROECA will be held in Budapest. More info by clicking on the header.
Illustration: President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Directors of the FAO Subregional and Regional Centers hosted by Budapest, Prof. Tamás Németh, Fernanda Guerrieri and Mária Kadleciková respectively. (Photo taken at the 28th WFD in Budapest).

HUNAGI study for the State Audit Office completed

The HUNAGI study related to GI support of the fight against corruption was approved by the State Audit Office.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

ESRI Award presented to Hungarian Organisation for its Special Achievement in GIS

The ceremony and press conference was held in Ramada Plaza this afternoon.
Representatives of the Coordination Center for Transport Development Mr. Attila Kerékgyártó General Director, and Ms. Veronika Hernádi-Forrai, Head of the Department Informatics received the Award and a certificate signed by Jack Dangermond.

ESRI since 1989 in Hungary - the ESRIHU User Conference 2009

Participants of the ESRI Hungary User Conference 2009. Images: HUNAGI Visuals resource

Monday, October 05, 2009

HUNAGI SG invited to Plan4all Project Meeting

Participants of the project and the goal to be achieved Source: Plan4all Newsletter No.1 September, 2009

The Meeting takes places in Rome hosted by LABSITA and AM/FM Italia
Details in the Hungarian newsblog HUNAGI Napló or click on the header

Friday, October 02, 2009

HUNAGI President Zsolt Barkóczi welcomes EUROGI ExCom in Budapest

Meeting started at 2 PM today hosted by HUNAGI Member VÁTI Nonprofit Company of Town Planning and Regional Development.

International Geospatial Society (IGS) as individual membership arm of the GSDI Association

There is a new look for the GSDI Association web site at
This portal is entry point not only for members and visitors to the GSDI Association" website but also for members of and interested visitors in GSDI's new individual membership arm, the International Geospatial Society as well.

European Commission registered HUNAGI as public legal entity eligible to participate FP7 programs

The confirmation of the successful registration was received from the European Commission yesterday.