Monday, October 28, 2013

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

GDI Forum 2013 Budapest, 17-18 November 2013

HUNAGI member Esri Hungary Ltd. shared the information below with the HUNAGI blog readers earlier today:

"The GDi GISDATA Group and Esri Hungary announce and warmly welcome you to the regional GDi FORUM 2013 and XVIII. Esri Hungary User Conference,
This is your opportunity to join the entire GIS community to explore and exploit the power of GIS. The GDi FORUM 2013 is much more than any other user conference - it is a gathering of the people who shape our region.
In this year’s conference the focus will be on business and goverment solutions, innovations in the field of research and development and presentation of technology trends.
You will be able to learn about:
  • innovations of the ArcGIS version 10.2
  • GIS cloud and mobile applications
  • new ArcGIS products
  • new data sources
In the technical session you can learn the latest and best practices and user cases from our GIS professionals that can help you in your professional GIS tasks.
Share your experiences with other users, register for being presenter or poster exhibitor!
We believe you can find those GIS professionals and topics that can assist you achieving your professional goals.
We wish you all the best and successful participation and GDi FORUM 2013 and XVIII. Esri Hungary User Conference!"

Thursday, May 16, 2013



Hosted by: Lechner Lajos Tudásközpont (LLTK)
Budapest XI Budafoki út 59 E/3
Date: 2013. május 22-23
Program and details:
Please take a short break and complete the following 3-min questionnaire to assist the organizers to have a more comprehensive view on the views of the interested experts of this domain.
The results will be available for the contributors if requested.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Latest issue of the J of Agricultura Informatics: ICT & E-learning: the case of Organic Agriculture

From our daily mail (by the way please consider to submit developments supported by GI/GIS/SDI):
"We inform you that the latest issue of the Journal of Agricultural
Informatics ( as a Special Issue has been

The Special Issue - Vol 4, No 1 (2013):
Topic: ICT & E-learning: the case of Organic Agriculture
Co-Editors: Professor Alexander B. Sideridis & Dr. Elias Pimenidis

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 4, No 1 (2013)

The issue of Vol. 4. No 1. (2013) in PDF.


Bernard Dumont:
Co-operation between Europe and some Southern and Eastern Mediterranean
Countries on the use of ICT in Education: constrains and opportunities
learnt from several European projects

Constantina Costopoulou, Maria Ntaliani, Alexander Sideridis:
Driving Web 2.0 Tool Adoption in Agricultural Education

George Papadopoulos, Iro Voulgari:
Design, Implementation and Assessment of Videoconferencing Sessions in Earth
and Life Sciences: The Case of the Agricultural University of Athens

Maria Ntaliani, Constantina Costopoulou:
Adopting E-training and Living Labs for Collaborative Learning for Rural
Public Agencies

Thomas Zschocke, Jan Beniest,  Aissétou Dramé Yayé, Sebastian Chakeredza:
Readiness to use e-learning for agricultural higher education in Sub-Saharan
Africa. Results from a survey of faculty members

László Radics, Péter Pusztai, László Csambalik, Zita Szalai, Andrea
Organic Edunet – Call for a Worldwide Platform in Organic Agriculture

Best regards,

Kálmán Rajkai
(Chair of the Editorial Board)
Miklós Herdon
(President of HAAI)
Call for Papers

Agrárinformatika Folyóirat / Journal of Agricultural Informatics "

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Disaster Management Conference and Workshop building network for the Visegrad Countries

Building V4 Network 
Researching Spatial and Social Aspects of Disaster Management
22-23 May 2013 in Budapest
Call for Presenters 

Mr. JUHÁSZ, Géza Péter, President of the Society of Cascadoss Hungary formulated the following Call for distribution:
The "Conference and Workshop for Building V4 Network Researching Spatial and Social Aspects of Disaster Management"  takes place on 22-23 May 2013 in Budapest. ( On the first day, 22 May presenters from Visegrád countries will report about natural disasters of various length, analysing the reasons for and the effects of damage, next to elaborating possibilities for handling – possibly forecasting – disasters, as well as their wider effects upon society. Floods, inundations, droughts and deflation are being considered with a particular emphasis upon geoinformatics, including the possibilities and applicability of distant detection. Conference languages are English and Hungarian.
We are still waiting for new presentations.
Please register here and mail your draft presentation (500 characters at least) to no later than 29 April:"

HUNAGI ask its partners in the V4 Countries and beyond the region to disseminate this information as widely as possible among the potential interested institutions and experts.

HUNAGI at the European Data Forum in Dublin

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HUNAGI Conference attracted SMEs, academia and governmental sectors as well.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Ready to go: 4th HUNAGI Conference

Hotel Gellért
April 4, 2013
Between 9:00-18:00 hours
Preliminary registration is required
There is no registration fee, already
transfered reg fees will be returned.
On-line Registration
Conference website

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

United Nations/Germany Expert Meeting on the Use of Space-based Information in Early Warning Systems

From our daily mail.

Dear colleagues,

Taking into consideration the role of early warning systems in minimizing damages and losses in case of disasters, UN-SPIDER is organizing the United Nations/Germany Expert Meeting on the Use of Space-based Information in Early Warning Systems with the financial support from the Government of Germany. 

The main objectives of the expert meeting are to raise awareness concerning the most recent advances regarding the use of space-based information in early warning systems and disaster preparedness; to identify and systematize areas where space-based information can improve the functionality of existing early warning systems; to identify knowledge management strategies that can facilitate access to and use of space-based information in early warning and preparedness; and to bridge the space and the early warning communities. 

Date: 26-27 June 2013
Place: Bonn, Germany
Participants: The expert meeting is expected to bring together a selected number of participants from national, regional, and international public and private organizations representing the space as well as the disaster-risk and emergency response communities.
Financial Support: A number of qualified applicants from developing countries, who have expressed the need for financial support, will be offered financial support to attend the expert meeting.
Application Deadlines: 
For funded participation: 31 March 2013
For non-funded participation: 15 May 2013

For more information and to apply online, visit the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal:
Download the flyer (355 KB):

If you have questions about the event, feel free to get in touch with Ms Antje HECHELTJEN: or tel (0049) 228 815 0677

Kind regards,

the UN-SPIDER team

UNSPIDER mailing list

Monday, March 04, 2013

Product list of GiziMap, a Hungarian Map Design & Publishing attracted some of the UNGIWG-13 participants

GiziMap's product list of 56 different countries, majority of them covering developing countries raised interest in many UN experts who attended the 13th UNGIWG Plenary meeting held in Istanbul last week including
Mr. Matjaz Prah, OSI coordinator, Office of the Director O-site Inspection Division, CTBTO, Vienna
Mr. T. Suha Ulgen, Senior advisor, Office of the Information and Communication, UN HQ, New York
Mr. John S. Latham, Senior Land and Water Officer (Geospatial Systems) Natural Resources Management and Environmental Department FAO, Rome 
Mr. David B. Kaatrud, Director of Emergencies, Operations Department World Food Programme, Rome
Mr. Kashif Rashid, GIS Operations Coordinator, Department of Emergency Operations, WFO, Rome
Hwa Saup Lee Geographic Information Management Officer of UNDSS (UN Dept. Safety and Security, Field Support Services 
Mr. Jeroen Ticheler, Director, GeoCAT, The Netherlands 
Mr. Patrick Florance, Manager, Geopatial Technology Services, University Information Technology Tufts University, Boston
Mr. György Zsiga, Cultural Routes in Turkey, Antalaya
For further information about GiziMap product please contact or
Note: GiziMap became member of HUNAGI in 2013.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

NASA World Wind Europa Challenge presented by HUNAGI at the 13th UNGIWG Plenary Meeting

By invitation of UNGIWG Co-Chairs Matjaz Prah (CTBTO) and T.Suha Ulgen (OICT), HUNAGI delivered a presentation today on the NASA World Wind. The presentation has been compiled by the team of NASA World Wind Europa Challenge Team as shown on the cover slide.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

HUNAGI's Calendar of Events - continuously updated 
Launched yesterday, the continuously updated Calendar of Events.
Domestic, Regional and Global conferences, Symposia and Workshops which might be interesting for the readers of the blog. Special attention is paid for events organised by HUNAGI members and organisations such as GISIG, EUROGI, GSDI Association, ISDE or UNGIWG, for which HUNAGI keeps istitutional relations. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Story of the world's most detailed aerial image

Written exclusively for the HUNAGI blog by Gábor Bakó PhD student, Interspect Research Group, Hungary:

How the world’s most detailed aerial image was made

The world’s most detailed aerial image mosaic has been made. Aerial photos have been used for mapping in Hungary since 1916. The unique feature of the ortho image map made in 2012 is its amazingly high resolution. A pixel is suitable for displaying units of half a centimeter width. No one has managed to reach such a high level of detail covering such a big area from a fast moving aircraft.
Not only specially modified aircraft and specially designed sensors are needed for the purpose, but it also requires thorough planning and careful implementation. This method is suitable for various ecological and climate research investigations which also contribute to the significance of the Hungarian world record. The key feature of the new technology is high spatial resolution. The resolution of the best black and white satellite images is 40 times lower while the resolution of infra-red images is three hundred times lower. Images of five times lower resolution have been made from aircraft in other countries.

Four specially calibrated aerial cameras were built during this period, making possible detailed environmental surveys that had been completely impossible previously. The photographers were inspired primarily by these applications. This is the main focus of the research work.

Not only laboratory preparations were involved; the equipment was also tested in various aircraft. Tests were conducted in the years preceding development of the sensors; as a result the first Hungarian digital aerial cameras were built. After modification of the aircraft and planning the flight, the crew had to wait for the most suitable time. The right weather is crucial, as even the shadows of clouds can be disturbing if they are visible on the image.

The flight was planned by the owners of the idea: the ortho photo operator Gábor Bakó, András Arady first pilot and Zsolt Molnár.

Although detailed high resolution aerial images had been made before from helicopter and ultra light slow flying craft the basic idea of ortho image mapping is to make economical and quick flights covering large areas. The aircraft moves fast, covering the paths of the area, while the aerial camera looking downwards makes shots of the Earth’s surface. The map is made from these continuous overlapping shootings. Ortho images are generated by processing the digital photos. These orthophotos are cartographic projection-matched images, with geographical coordinates assigned to every pixel. Harmonization of the partially overlapped orthphotos results in a photo map. It is a photo which displays the surface of the Earth in the map coordinate system. This also requires field measurements, and clearly set control points on the ortho-photo. The measurements are made by high-precision geodetic GPS. These coordinates assisted the cartographic projection and synchronization of the image with the earth surface displayed. The digital image generated conveys a great deal of information about soil types and humidity content of open areas, about the composition and extent of any pollution. Vegetation can be mapped, and the state of natural treasures can be recorded in space.
The Military Memorial Park of Pákozd was declared a National Memorial Place by the Hungarian Parliament in an act of 1 January 2012. The Memorial Park is designed to present the heroism of the Hungarian soldiers witnessed in the past 165 years, starting from the first winning battle of the fight for liberty, for protection of the achievements of the 1848-year revolution. The Memorial Park is the most frequented exhibition site of the region which receives visitors from March to November.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Academician Prof. Ákos Detrekői passed away

Megdöbbentő hír érkezett: 74 éves korában elhunyt Detrekői Ákos akadémikus, geodéta, a BME volt rektora, akinek nagy szerepe volt a HUNAGI megalakulásában is. Az MTA hivatalos közleménye itt olvasható: Generációk egyetemi tanára volt, mindíg előre tekintő, nemrégen támogatója a Digitális Föld szimpózium remélt budapesti megrendezésének. Életpályája a Wikipédián.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

HUNAGI Board made important decisions

The second annual Presidential Board Meeting was held at the VÁTI premises yesterday. The Board made some important decisions. Announcement will come soon.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

HUNAGI contributions to the GSDI/IGS Newsletter

By request of Roger Longhorn, Editor of SDI Mag and the GSDI/IGS Newsletter, HUNAGI compiled short reports on some recent global events participated including Cyberspace Conference 2012, ICSU 23rd CODATA Conference and GEO-IX Plenary Meeting. Here you are the unedited row draft text submitted to Roger Longhorn, Chair, Communication and Outreach Committee, GSDI Association:

'Cyberspace Conference, Budapest

The Cyberspace Conference started in London in 2011 was hosted by the Hungarian Government between 3-5 October this year with the slogan “With trust and security for freedom and prosperity”.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán with VIPs just before the Opening session

 The high profile event with 600 participants from 60 countries was opened by the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and attended by the high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, Vice President of the European Commission and many ministers from all over the world.  The Budapest Conference was welcomed in a videobroadcasted message by US State Secretary  Hillary Clinton as well.  Among the  invited participants representative of the Hungarian GI Association HUNAGI was present. Gabor Remetey, member of GSDI Legal and Socioecon Committee made intervention in the discussion Social Benefits and Human Rights with the subject how the privacy will be ensured in an era, where the development and applications of new technologies in data and information gathering growths with unprecedented speed as it is anticipated 50 bn wireless mobile devices will be connected to the Internet in 2020. Acknowledged IoT (Internet of Things) experts of the panel including Prof. Wolfgang Kleinwaechter discussed the issue addressed. 

    According to the talks, concensus was found
  • -       Internet especially mobile Internet is a major driver
  • -       everybody is stakeholder in the Cyberspace
  • -       broadband is a key for the society and economy
  • -       there is a need for confidence and trust
  • -       openess, transparency, responsibility and accountability are essential
  • -       international cooperation and use of standards is vital
  • -       dialogs should be continued
  • -       call the next generation to be involved
  • -       connectivity, innovation and communication are crutial
  • -       ability to transform and flexibility is needed
  • -       sharing skill and knowledge, best practices and lessons learned is important
  • -       sharing digital content, open access and use of data
  • -       crutial role of the government, industry, academia and NGOs
  • -       balancing between security and freedom is a delicate task – they are not incompatible.
Further readings: 
     The next Cyberspace Conference will be in Seoul, South-Korea in 2013.

ICSU 23rd CODATA Conference, Taipei
Hosted by the Academica Sinica Campus in Taipei, the 23rd CODATA  Conference of the International Council of  Scientific Unions (ICSU) was opened by Prof. Yuan-Tsai Lee, President of ICSU and Academician Guo Huadong, President of CODATA (CEODE, Beijing China).  CODATA was established in 1966 by ICSU.
GSDI  SocioEcon Impact Com Co-chair Jeremy Shen (Taipei, Taiwan) and several Legal & SocioEcon Com (LSE) members took actively part on the international event. Prof. Anne Fitzgerald (QUT Law School, Brisbane, Australia) delivered a lecture on the use of social media to collect and disseminate emergency information highlighting the case study  of the Queensland Police Service in the theme disaster management and social media.
In a parallel session organised by the International Society of Digital Earth (ISDE) under the theme “ Digital Earth in Data Intensive Era” Gabor Remetey (HUNAGI, Budapest, Hungary) had a presentation entitled  “Shared and open data – European efforts and practice from an NGO perspective “. With Co-authors Katleen Janssen (KU Leuven, Belgium, Co Chair of GSDI LSE) and Catherina Bamps (EUROGI) the talk gave an overview from European data policies (INSPIRE, PSI, ODP) to projects such as LAPSI and LAPSI 2.0 making emphasis on relevant activities of GSDI as well. This ISDE Session had further speakers from University of Osnabrück, USGCRP, NASA HQ, NASA ARC, NSF-George Mason University in the subjects beyond the next generation Digital Earth, open data, Big Data, NEX, cloud computing. The Annual ICSU CODATA Award was given to Prof. Mike Goodchild this year.

GEO-IX Plenary Meeting, Foz Do Iguacu
Established in 2005, the Geneva–based Group on Earth Observation (hosted by WMO)  held its 9th Plenary Meeting first time in South America.  Supported by INPE, the Brazil Space Research Institution, The World Bank and the Brazil Ministry of Science and Technology, the event was chaired by Manuela Suarez of the European Commission. Other ExCom members from South Africa, China and the USA as well as the new Director-general of INPE Leonel Perondi gave welcome addresses. Under the Secretary leadership of Ms. Barbara J. Ryan and with the new membership applications recognised by the plenary (Ivory Coast, ICA,  The UN Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD and the World Data System) GEO has 88 member countries + the European Commission and 67 participating organisations. Highlights of the presentations include
-       1st Assessment of Progress against the GEOSS 2015 Strategic Targets with special emphasis on the nine societal benefit areas
-       Thematic evaluation and providing conclusions, findings and recommendations in the context
o   large cooperative initiatives, which are major accomplishments for GEOrecognized by G20 and UN,
o   gaps and gap analysis,
o   ecosystems,
o   user engagement,
o   challenges:resources and participation
GEOSS Common Infrastructure (EC, Italy, Japan, USA, ESA, IEEE, OGC)
-       Access to GEOSS Resources (430 components: datasets, systems and portals registered)
-       GEOSS Data CORE (Data Sharing Working Group) So far over 14700 Data-CORE resources are visible and accessible via GEO Portal
-       Rapid and Open Disasters Information (Germany, Italy, Japan, Turkey, USA, CEOS, EPOS, ESA)
-       Global and Local Urban Footprints (China, EC, Germany, Greece, Italy, Pakistan, USA) 35 year evolution of 26 mega-cities, global night-time lights for 2012, urban hat island patterns, over 3700 cities mapped using ASTER with 15 m resolution
-       New Energy Tools and Services (Austria, EC, France, Germny, Italy, Netherlands, Pakistan, USA, CEOS, IRENA)
-       Tools for Health Decision-Making (Brazil, EC, France, India, Germany, USA, ACMAD, WHO, WMO) mobile phone Apps, high-risk zones, etc.
Additional topics covered include Bridging Ocean Communities,  More Water Information, Cold Region Monitoring,  Extreme Wether Early Warning,  Climate Change Detection and Adaptation, Carbon Assessments and Budgets,  Global Forest Information System,  Advanced Land-cover Products,  Crop Information for Decision-Making, GEO Biodiversity Observation Network, More Capacity to Use GEOSS,  GEONETCast Expanded, Meeting User Needs, Engaging Users
-       Universal Access to the international Charter “space and major disasters”
-       Oceans and Society: the Blue Planet (an integrating Oceans Task of GEO)
-       AfriGEOSS: stablishing Africa’s Participation and Contribution to the Global Vision
Discussion points addressed include wether GEO should continue post 2015 and why. Strategic Direction options, Societal Benefit Area options, Governance options.
-       GEOGLAM Initiative taking into account the G20 Agriculture priorities
-       The GEO-wiki Project presented by IIASA
-       GEO Post-2015 Working Group findings (interim report)

The exhibition was dominated by the booths of CEOS, China, USA: GEOSS in the Americas, Japan (JAMSTEC), South Africa (SAGEO), IEEE, and by Russian, Austrian, German institutions, international  and EU projects such as GEONETCast, COBWEB and others. The European Commission organised intensive side Events with introductions of GEOSS-related actions, projects and international achievements
GSDI Association made intervention in the plenary discusion of the AfriGEOSS initiative, announcing the venue, date, co-organisers and objectives of the 14th GSDI World Conference held in Addis Abbaba next November.  On the second day among 12 other participating organisations such as WMO, IEEE, CEOS, GSDI delegate Gabor Remetey presented a GSDI statement highlighting the mutual benefits for the Earth Observation and the geospatial data infratructure communities. IGS, GIKNet, involvement in GEOSS task force, GEO participating organisations’ actions in case of CEOS WGISS, ICSU CODATA and ISDE activities only a few to mention.
The GEO X will be hosted by the Swiss Government.

Further photos will be uploaded to