Tuesday, December 06, 2011

[JAI] Journal of Agricultural Informatics, Vol.2, No 1 (2011) - online

From our daily mail. Chair of the Editorial Board Dr. Kálmán Rajkai and President of the HAAI Dr. Miklós Herdon wrote earlier today:
"We inform you that the latest issue of the Journal of Agricultural
Informatics' ( ) has been published. The journal
is backed by an international editorial board and the Hungarian Association
of Agricultural Informatics (HAAI). It publishes 2-4 issues per year. We
hope the articles find your interest and are looking forward to receiving
your suggestions, and publication interests.
Journal articles of Vol 2, No 1 (2011)
The issue of Vol. 2. No 1. in PDF.
HUNAGI encourages authors to contribute with original scientific papers in the subject of research and application-oriented development of GIS and related technologies from sensor webs to SDIs. In case of interest simply write to

Monday, November 07, 2011

Agricultural Informatics 2011 Conference in Debrecen

Up-to-date details (registration, program) in English: here
Topics include RS/GIS.
HAAI - Hungarian Association of Agricultural Informatics
UD - University of Debrecen, Faculty of Applied Economics and Rural Development
HAS Regional Committee in Debrecen, Agrarian-economy Committee
EFITA - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Friday, October 07, 2011

HUNAGI contribution to the National Report for the Eurogeographics Annual General Assembly

Participants of the EUROGI Member's Day and Annual General Assembly hosted by the Irish Institute for Europe in Leuven (March, 2011) Illustration: HUNAGI visual resources, 2011.
By the kind invitation of Ms. Viktória Gál (FÖMI), editor of the National Report, the following short HUNAGI report has been submitted for inclusion:

"The Hungarian Association for Geo-information (HUNAGI) is a non-for-profit umbrella organisation serving the spatial data interest community in Hungary since 1994. Its major objectives are to encourage and facilitate the availability, accessibility and usability of geographic information. To achieve these goals, using its European and global relations emphasis is given to awareness raising, dissemination of knowledge and best practices in association with EU directives INSPIRE and PSI.
Having 88 member institutions and organisations, HUNAGI’s multidisciplinary community includes governmental agencies, NGOs, academic and private sectors. The Hungarian Mapping and Cadastral Agencies are full members of HUNAGI since the beginning. HUNAGI keeps extensive horizontal links and interdisciplinary partnerships with MFTTT (Hungarian Society of Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing), ITS Hungary (navigation), MLBKT (Hungarian Society of Logistics, Purchase and Inventory), MATISZ (Hungarian Society of e-Content Industry), CASCADOSS Hungary Association (opensource and open data), Hungarian Space Research Cluster (HUNSPACE), MAGISZ (Hungarian Federation on  Agroinformatics), MUT (Hungarian Urbanistic Knowledge Center) as well as the SZVT (Hungarian Society of Management and Organisation).
In the context international activities of HUNAGI four entities should be mentioned: EUROGI (European Umbrella Organisation of Geographic Information), GSDI (Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association, ISDE (International Society of Digital Earth) and UNGIWG (United Nations Geographic Information Working Group). It has also links with GEO and CEOS WGISS via GSDI as well as UNGGIM via EUROGI. HUNAGI is SDIC (spatial data interest community) partner of the DG JRC Spatial Data Infrastructure Unit. HUNAGI is member of the Genova-based GISIG since 1996.
Partnership with Governmental Agencies includes Ministry of National Development, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Audit Office)
Some of the major actions since August 2010 are as follow:
  • Participation of the SDI Conference in Skopje, Macedonia (with presentation, September 2010)
  • Participating the 12th GSDI World Conference in Singapore (with presentation, October 2010)
  • Taking part on the GEO Plenary and Ministerial Summit held in Beijing as member of the GSDI delegation (with intervention, November 2010),
  • EUROGI Plan4all supported second HUNAGI Conference on Digital Spatial Planning Using Geospatial Data (March, 2011). This officially approved professional event of the Hungarian EU Presidency, attracted more than 200 participants,
  • Playing active role in the elaboration of Digital Earth Vision 2020 in a ISDE ad-hoc working group hosted by CEODE in Beijing (March 2011),
  • Participated the Member’s Day and Annual General Assembly of EUROGI in Leuven (March 2011)
  • Participating the EU project Legal Aspects of Public Sector Information and Re-use (LAPSI) First Open Conference held in Milan (May, 2011),
  • Participation in EU workshops on Future Emerging Technologies, Conference on the European Common Strategy Framework on Research and Innovation, Conference on Internet of Things (all in May 2011)
  • Participating the 2nd Annual Geospatial Summit of Fleming Europe in Budapest (June, 2011),
  • Participating the Sub-regional Conference of CASCADOS Association devoted to FOSS and SDIs in the South-East European Countries in Szeged (June, 2011)
  • Participation of PCC Conference hosted by the Department of Land Management, Ministry of Rural Development (June, 2011)
  • Participation on Rural Development Strategy Parliament, Workshop on Open Government Data in Europe/Hungary, Information Society Parliament (June, 2011)
  • Representing GSDI/HUNAGI at the CEOS WG on Information Systems and Services hosted by USGS EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls (June, 2011)
  • Participating the INSPIRE 2011 Conference held in Edinburgh (June/July, 2011),
  • Participating the 7th ISDE Symposium hosted by WALIS (Western Australia Land Information Service) in Perth (August 2011),
  • Hosting the 32nd CEOS WGISS Meeting in Budapest and organising the Session devoted to Hungarian achievements in Earth Observation and GIS (September 2011),
  • Assigned member of the GSDI Delegation attending the GEO-VIII Plenary in Istanbul besides directors of FGDC and Eurogeographics (September 2011).
HUNAGI maintains a set of blogs devoted to topics related to SDI strategy themes. The most frequently visited sites include:
HUNAGI newsblog in Hungarian (with translation facility): (over 2000 posts published in the past 5 years.)
HUNAGI  newsblog in English:
HUNAGI Calendar of events:
HUNAGI made contribution to the National Rural Development Strategy, the National Space Strategy as well as the Information Society Parliament.
HUNAGI participated the meetings of the National Space Council and delivered a presentation of the role and activities of HUNAGI as SDIC on the meeting of the Scientific Committee on Geodesy and Geophysics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences."

Some selected visual highlights of the past 12 months mentioned in the HUNAGI contribution:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

GSDI Delegation at the GEO VIII Plenary

According the assignment announced by GSDI Executive Director Prof. Harlan Onsrud, the 
GSDI Delegation at the GEO VIII Plenary held in Istanbul will consist:
Ivan DeLoatch, Executive Director, FGDC
Dave Lovell, Executive Director, Eurogeographics
Gabor Remetey, Secretary-general, HUNAGI (Head of the Delegation)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Signature ceremony of the 3D Ethics at the World Telecom in Geneva. HUNAGI joined to the Charta via EUROGI in last November.

Mai postánkból: 
Dans le cadre prestigieux du salon World Telecom 2011 à Geneva Palexpo, Mercredi 26 octobre 2011, les nouveaux adhérents auront l'occasion de procéder à la signature de la Charte d'éthique de la 3D, lors d'une cérémonie officielle organisée au Pavillon Suisse.
Pour en savoir plus et pour s'annoncer, contacter l'Info Service: +41 (0) 22 546 76 00; 
par mail:

Thursday, August 04, 2011

United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Management

From our daily mail. David Stevens, Head of UN SPIDER at UN OOSA wrote yesterday:
"...United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Management
 to be held in Beijing, China from 22-25 November 2011 I am pleased to inform you that we are now 
accepting applications from interested professionals, experts and decision-makers. 
Please visit the Conference webpage and click on the "Apply for this event" button to register for this 

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

UN Economic and Social Council sets up committee on global geospatial information

Mai postánkból. Rogern Longhorn írja levelében:
"27 July 2011 – The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today voted to establish a committee of experts on global geospatial information management to coordinate international dialogue on spatial data infrastructures and enhance cooperation in that field.
According to the latest report of the Secretary-General on global geospatial information management, the rapid technological advances in geospatial information and related technologies have made this kind of information readily available.
Geospatial information has application in many fields including humanitarian, peace and security, environmental and development challenges facing the world, such as climate change, natural disasters, pandemics, famines, population displacement and food and economic crises, according to the report.

Building the infrastructure for the gathering, validation, compilation and dissemination of geospatial information is therefore as important for countries as the building of roads and telecommunications networks.
However, there is currently no global multilateral or intergovernmental mechanism that can play the important leadership role of setting the agenda for the development of global geospatial information and promote its use to address key global challenges. 
The Secretary-General proposed that the UN take the lead role and serve as the coordinating entity of the global geospatial information community, hence the decision to create the committee.
The committee is mandated, among other tasks, with providing a platform for the development of effective strategies on how to build and strengthen national capacity on geospatial information, especially in developing countries.
It will also compile and disseminate best practices and experiences of national, regional and international bodies on geospatial information related to legal instruments, management models and technical standards, thus contributing to the establishment of spatial data infrastructures.
The committee will comprise experts from all Member States, as well as from and international organizations, who will serve as observers."
Further reading (thanks to Prof. Mauro Salvemini of EUROGI, who will represent the European NGO community at the GGIM Forum held in Seoul in October:

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

International SDI Workshop in Szeged, Hungary - Report for GSDI

For details please click on the header providing link to the GSDI website. The state of the art of the SDI and FOSS were presented and discussed by experts of SEE Countries. The Workshop has been organised by HUNAGI member Hungarian CASCADOSS Association (HCA). The report was prepared by Géza Juhász, President, HCA.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hungarian National Plan4all Workshop Reports ready for download

 23-page detailed report of the Workshop held in Budapest 
 with link to the annotated Picasa album.

The Closing Plan4all Project Workshop will be held in   Brussels between 1 -13 October 2011.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Video Archives of Presentation of Internet of Things Conference

According to the latest communication of the  IoT 2011 Secretariat the video archives of the presentations of the Conference devoted to Internet of Things are available on the conference webpage:

Saturday, May 21, 2011

International Conference on Emergency Management Technology - ICEMT 2011 conferences and exhibition in Hungary

Development of European Union public administrative procedures for the reduction and management of environmental hazards
Recovery of the red sludge disaster as experienced by the Hungarian public administration, civil protection, science, media and economy
23-25 May, 2011 Budapest-Veszprém-Szekszárd
Organiser:  ÖKOPolisz Cluster with stakeholders from the government. 
Working languages: English and Hungarian
Source: website of ÖKOPolisz Cluster:
HUNAGI member institution Károly Róbert college will deliver 3 presentations (dr. T. Biró, Dr.P. Burai as well as Dr. J. Berke in the session topics remote sensing mainly dealing with thei applied hyperspectral survey)
Press release on the red sludge disaster in Hungary: PressReleaseNDGDM (10.5 MB)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

HUNAGI's Chinese links - a short overview

HUNAGI’s links with P.R. China in the field of  EO/SDI and Digital Earth

FÖMI is member of HUNAGI, the nonprofit interdisciplinary Hungarian Association for Geo-information ( .

Established in 1994, HUNAGI is an umbrella organization of learned societies, governmental agencies, private companies and academic institutions including universities. Today it has 88 member organisations and institutions, many of them from the Land Administration-related areas.

The Hungarian Society of Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing is its founder member, while the Hungarian flagship core geospatial data provider FÖMI,  the Institute of Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing joined HUNAGI in 1997.

HUNAGI has extensive international affiliations including EUROGI (Leuven, Belgium) since 1994, GSDI (Reston, USA) since 1996 and ISDE (Beijing) since 2003. In GSDI Association representatives of the Chinese State Bureau of Surveying & Mapping and HUNAGI were sitting together at the GSDI-5 Conference in Cartagena.

HUNAGI is a registered Spatial Data Interest Community of the DG JRC of the European Commission for INSPIRE and takes part in PSI/SDI related EU projects since many years.

HUNAGI arranged the Meeting of the Hungarian UNSDI Board with the Chinese SDI delegation hosted by FÖMI in 2007.

Secretary-general of HUNAGI and Dr. Jang Jie of the National Geomatics Centre shared the chair in the ISPRS Commission IV/1 Working Group of SDI after the Istanbul Congress and worked together during the ISPRS Congress in Beijing in 2008.

HUNAGI representative served as deputy head of the GSDI Association at the GEO-VII Plenary and Ministerial Summit held in Beijing in 2010.

HUNAGI participated the Conference on the Progress Report for the Center of Earth Observation and Digital Earth in Spring 2011 hosted by CAS CEODE (where Mr.  Li Pengde, Deputy Director of NBSM delivered a presentation) and took part the WG  Meeting on the Digital Earth Vision 2020 in Beijing.

HUNAGI has a seat in the Executive Committee of ISDE since 2008 and takes part also in the Editorial Board of the Int’l Journal of Digital Earth listed in the extended Scientific Citation Index.

Now HUNAGI will submit a bid to the secretariat of ISDE hosted by CEODE in Beijing offering a proposal to host the ISDE-8 Symposium in Budapest, early November 2013.  Digital Earth -8 topics cover among others EO/SDI/Internet of Things/Cloud computing and promising new technologies developed for the benefit of the communities and citizens.
Director-general of FÖMI was tentatively approached recently to serve as one of the three contact persons of the local organizer. 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

2nd Geospatial Intelligence Summit in Budapest on 1-2 June, 2011 - substantial discounts for last minute places

From our daily mail. Representative our partner Fleming Europe, Ms. Andrea Krizsák marketing manager wrote in her open letter to members of HUNAGI's spatial data interest communities:
"Dear Geospatial Professionals!
We are delighted to inform you that due to our co-operation with HUNAGI we are in the position to offer HUNAGIi members a substantial discount for last minute places at the conference. For further information and prices please do not hesitate to contact Andrea Krizsak on or call 00 36 1 411 1842 "
For additional details please visit the official website by clicking on the header.

Logistics: the Future of the Supply Chains - an MLBKT Conference

Image : MLBKT website, 2011
Next Practice - the Future of  Supply Chains
An event of our partner organisation MLBKT with international participation
For details including date, venue, program please click on the header.
For additional information please contact
Ms. Szilvia Holics
communications and marketing
Hungarian Association of Logistics, Purchasing and Inventory Management
Office: 1061 Budapest, Király u. 12.
Phone/Fax: +36 1 267 8740
+36 20 529 2323

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Workshop for Building Network Related to the South Eastern European Spatial Data Infrastructure

A Workshop for Building Network Related to the South Eastern European Spatial Data Infrastructure

June 2-3, 2011, Szeged, Hungary

Click here for details in English:

Description of the event in Hungarian (please use the automatic translation service provided):

 2011 június 2-án és 3-án nyilvános hálózatépítési workshop lesz Szegeden, tagszervezetünk a CASCADOSS Magyarország Egyesület szervezésében. A téma térbeli adat-infrastruktúra és nyílt forráskód Délkelet-Európában. A rendezvény célja, hogy az érintett országok érdeklődőiből egy olyan közösséget formáljon, mely jó eséllyel, a témához kapcsolódó kutatás-fejlesztési programokban működhet közre. A rendezvény tervezett programjának megtekintése, ill. regisztráció az alábbi weboldalon lehetséges:

The text ill be replaced by the translation in English asap.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Future and Emerging Technologies Conference ('Science Beyond Fiction')'

Speech by Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda at the "Future and Emerging Technologies Conference ('Science Beyond Fiction')" conference
 © European Union, 2011
A 3-day conference devoted to promising future European technologies has been successfully completed in Budapest this week.  Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission announced the six selected technologies which will receive significant support in the coming years:
The conference and exhibition was official event under the Hungarian Presidency of the European Council. Tamás Fellegi, Minister of National Development and József Pálinkás, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences made presentations too.
One of the flagship technology FuturICT was already introduced by HUNAGI on its blog devoted to the future
Notice: the implementation of such initiatives could be excellent European contributions to the developments related to the  Digital Earth vision (

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Space-based information for Crowdsource Mapping - UN Conference on Disaster Management and Emergency Response

From our daily mail. David Stevens, Head of  the Vienna based UN-SPIDER sent the following circular letter:

"Dear Colleagues,
The "United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response - UN-SPIDER" was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2006 with the following mission statement: "Ensure that all countries and international and regional organizations have access to and develop the capacity to use all types of space-based information to support the full disaster management cycle". Our ultimate aim is to help disaster management organisations access and use space-based information to support their work.
One of the core activities of the UN-SPIDER programme is the provision of technical advisory support to countries, including carrying out technical advisory missions. During these missions a team of experts meets with key disaster management authorities in the Government, UN agencies, regional and international organizations/initiatives and private entrepreneurs to discuss, make recommendations and develop guidelines to enhance the use of space-based information in disaster management. The purpose is to assess the current use of space-based technology and information for disaster management and emergency response, identify potential areas where space-based technology and information could play a greater role and contribute to improving the access to space-based technology and information.
The following Technical Advisory Missions are planned for the next 4 months:
    - Technical Advisory Mission to Sudan from 22-26 May 2011  - Technical Advisory Mission to Cameroon from 7-10 June 2011 - Technical Advisory Mission to Nigeria from 13-17 June 2011  - Technical Advisory Mission to Bangladesh from 20-24 June 2011 - Technical Advisory Mission to Sri Lanka from 8-12 August 2011
If your organisation is interested in providing support by joining one or more of these missions please do send an e-mail to us ( stating which country and the name of the expert being recommended to join the mission. 
Then as part of the one-year project “Space-based information for Crowdsource Mapping” we are organising a UN-SPIDER International Expert Meeting: Crowdsource Mapping for Preparedness and Emergency Response in Vienna, Austria from 5-6 July 2011. I am attaching the First Announcement of the Expert Meeting. If you are interested in participating we would welcome receiving an application from you. Please see the information and registration details at:
Thank-you for the support provided. Thank-you for your interest in the activities we organise. Please check regularly our knowledge portal for additional activities and news (
(See attached file: UN-SPIDER Expert Meeting Vienna 5-6JUL2011.pdf)
Programme Coordinator
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Vienna - Beijing - Bonn
Latest UN-SPIDER Newsletter -"

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hungarian development: 4D Interactive Anatomy Atlas

Illustration: screenshot of the demo video of 4DAA

Interactive 4D Anatomy Atlas based on thousands of photographs taken by a special image capture system called NeuroArc™ imaging system and software.
For more information please click on the header. After 5 years of R+D the release of the Head and Neck editions have been announced.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

HUNAGI at the Board Meeting of the Hungarian Space Research Council

The Board Members have been informed by HUNAGI representative on five topics:
1. HUNAGI supports the initiative to establish MSc courses in Hungary in Geoinformatics. 
2. HUNAGI/GSDI at the CEOS WGISS-31 hosted by USGS EROS Data Center
3. HUNAGI will host the CEOS WGISS-32 in Budapest in September 2011 with embedded Hungarian Session
4. Planned Geocarto International special issue devoted to Hungarian achievements in RS/GIS/SDI 
5. HUNAGI and the ISDE. Involvement in the formulation of the Digital Earth Vision 2020 and the opportunity to host the ISDE-8 in Hungary in 2013.
The Meeting was partly participated by Dr. Éva Menyhárt Deputy State secretary of the Ministry of National Development who expressed her interest on the activities of HUNAGI in the field of Earth Observation and Spatial Data Infrastructure. 

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

New face for HUNAGI

The new logo for HUNAGI has been designed and produced by Ms. Réka Sajó, a young artist in graphics.
The logo can be downloaded from HUNAGI's Picasa album or in case if printing office quality is required it is also available by written request.
The first appearance of the new logo was actually at the 2nd HUNAGI Conference hosted by Hotel Gellért and even the international feedback was positive.
HUNAGI members and partners (including ITS Hungary, MLBKT, HUNSPACE, MATISZ) have been informed on the new logo yesterday by eNewsletter.
Our international partners such as  GISIG, EUROGI, GSDI, UNGIWG, ISDE, CEOS WGISS and other institutional links (including LAPSI, Plan4all, AGISEE, ) will be informed by the usual communication. The old logo might be used as banner.

News posted on the HUNAGI blog of carefully selected events

11th Geospatial Technologies Conference, Balatonalmádi
GIS and Local Governments, Debrecen
FP7 - Space , Budapest
Promoting Open Knowledge in a Digital Era, Berlin
2nd Geospatial Summit, Budapest
PCC Conference and Plenary, Budapest
Cloud Computing, London
ISPRS WG 4.1 SDI, Guilin
SDI in Agriculture and Environment, Prague
1st LAPSI Conference, Milano
INSPIRE, Edinburgh
ISDE-7, Perth 
GEO-VIII Plenary, Istanbul and many more...
In order to access to the information click on the header and use the translation service if necessary.
New entries will be posted soon:
Plan4all WS, Ljubljana
Open Government Data in Europe, Budapest
Plan4all WS, Prague
3rd Geospatial Summit, Doha
WGISS-31, Sioux Falls
WGISS-32, Budapest