Friday, September 29, 2006

UNGIWG representative received by top National Committee officers of FAO and UNESCO

Ms.Evelin Lantos, Secretary General, Hungaruian FAO Committee, Mr. Jelle U. Hielkema of UNGIWG and Mrs. Mariann Kovács, Deputy Director General, International Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Image: HUNAGI Visuals Resource, 2006

Jelle U. Hielkema of UNGIWG was received by the National FAO Committee and the MoARD deputy DG responsible for relations with UN agencies in agriculture

The meeting offered excellent opportunity to summarize the results of the Kick-off meeting hosted by FÖMI and sharing personall impressions and expectations

Mr. Peter Gresiczki, Secretary General of the Hungarian National UNESCO Committee and Jelle U. Hielkema, representative of UNGIWG Image: HUNAGI Visuals Resource, 2006

The Secretary General of the Hungarian UNESCO Committee received the representative of the UNGIWG on 29th September 2006

The talks were underlined the importance of the Hungarian efforts to bring advanced technologies more closely to assist the implementation of UNESCO tasks via train the trainers.

More information on the UNGIWG, the GeoNetwork tool as well as the brand new SDI strategy here

Thursday, September 28, 2006

UNSDI Hungarian Coordination Office established

Successful Kick-off Meeting of 16 stakeholders on the establishment of UNSDI HUCO in Budapest, September 28, 2006

More on the Photo Collection.... Events..... 2006
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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

New appointments at the Department of Land Administration and Geoinformation, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Ms. Dr. Olga Nagy, Head of Department Image: HUNAGI Visuals Resource, 2006
Dr. Olga Nagy has been appointed as Head of the Department of Land Protection and Land Use

Her responsibilities include - among others - land protection, land valuation, land use, land-reorganisation, többek között a földvédelemmel, földminősítéssel, földhasználattal, re-cultivation, and many others tasks related to legislative measures and the preparation of decision making.

Mr. Sándor Tóth, Deputy Director General of DLAG Image: HUNAGI Visuals Resource, 2006
Mr. Sándor Tóth Deputy Director-General of the DLAG and Head of the Department of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation

His important earlier responsibilities include the supervision of the activities of the National Cadastral Program Public Benefit Company, Presidentship of the intersectorial Map Availability Coordination Committee and representing MoARD in the Organising Committee of the National GIS Conference held annually in Szolnok For more details on the Terms of Reference of the mentioned departments please visit and click on Minisztérium and SZMSZ. The description can be found on the pages 60-63.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Promotion for the Scientist: discussion forum on the future of Earth

Venue of the Promotion of science Image: HUNAGI Visuals Resource, 2006

Televised open discussion forum on the future of Earth. Millenium Park, 22nd September 2006
Global Change, sustainable development and over-consumation. These topics will be addressed by the discussion forum arranged by the Hungarian Academy of Science, University of All Knowledge and supported by the Hungarian Telecom.
Program here
As contribution a brand new NASA DVD was submitted to the organisers by HUNAGI to illustrate the impact of the global climatic change on the ice-covered areas of the Earth based on the visualisation of the systematic satellite monitoring of the changes. The DVD was introduced at the NASA workshop held in Annapolis on 13rd September. By request, it was offered for the today's event by Dr. Ken McDonald of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
On the same day, NASA made an announcement entitled Arctic Ice Meltdown Continues With Significantly Reduced Winter Ice Cover
As far as temperatures drop in the Arctic winter – on average to -34°C (-29°F) – a new study shows that in the last two years sea ice is shrinking on the surface of Arctic waters to record low levels. Using satellite data, scientists have observed unusually warm wintertime temperatures in the region and a resulting decline in the length of the Arctic seasonal ice. The maximum amount of sea ice in the Arctic winter has fallen by six percent over each of the last two winters, as compared to a loss of merely 1.5 percent per decade on average annually since the earliest satellite monitoring in 1979. This is happening as summer sea ice continues its retreat at an average of ten percent per decade.
More: here
Another relevant information is the agreed NASA GSFC-HUNAGI collaboration to establish the Hungarian language version of the Global Change Master Directory of NASA.
HUNAGI member EOGEO Foundation will play important role in this challenging work, but any voluntary contribution from the 113 member institutions and organisations of HUNAGI is welcomed.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Kick-off Meeting of the UNSDI HUCO scheduled for 28th September

Publications illustrating the emerging links of HUNAGI. Image: HUNAGI Visuals Resource, 2006
The UN Spatial Data Infra- structure initiative and Hungary

The kick-off meeting with the participation of the invited stakeholders will be hosted by the Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing.
Goal of the meeting is to reach a concensus on the establishment of the UNSDI Hungarian Coordination Office.
Mr. Jelle U. Hielkema will represent the United Nations Geographic Working Group (UNGIWG) on behalf of FAO and the World Food Programme (WFP),being the current UNGIWG co-chairs since 2005.
The screenplay and proposal prepared to be discussed by the attendees were elaborated by FÖMI and HUNAGI and was approved by the Hungarian National FAO Committee in early September.

According to the Agenda, the GeoNetwork and the UNSDI initiative together with the ESA Heterogenous Missions Accessibility (HMA) project will be highlighted by the FAO representative, while the Hungarian stakeholders will introduce their institutions according to the following topics:
General introduction of the organisation
Highlighting the importance of the SDI from the organisation' viewpoint
Mandated responsibilities related to the EU INSPIRE Annex I-III data
Participation in the Hungarian SDI development with flashback
Ongoing activities in the development/service/use of GI
Highlighting the European and World level professional relations
Highlighting any professional relations with UN organisations
Collaboration on international (including cross-border) projectsin the context
Conclusion: Expectations, expression of support and offered participation in the UNSDI Hungarian Coordination Board

Finally, the Proposal for the establishment of UNSDI HUCO will be presented by Dr. Mihály, Director General of FÖMI followed by a discussion and anticipated approval of a resolution based on concensus. If established, HUNAGI will be represented by President Zsolt Sikolya in the interagency UNSDI Coordination Board, while by recommendation, the operation of the Coordination Office would be outsourced to HUNAGI acknowledging its 12 years of experience in the SDI related developments and promotion in interdisciplinary and international collaborative (EUROGI, GSDI, INSPIRE) environment. Emphasis will be given to GMES and the GEO tasks taking into account the 2007-2009 action plan, which will be highlighted shortly.
Already existing UNSDI national coordination offices are in The Netherlands and in the Czech Republic

Saturday, September 16, 2006

CEOS WGISS - GSDI: Mutual interest in possible joint contribution to some GEO tasks

WGISS Chair Ivan Petiteville (ESA ESRIN, left) and Co-Chair Ken McDonald (NASA GSFC, right) with representative of the GSDI Association Gabor Remetey-Fülöpp (HUNAGI). Image: HUNAGI Visuals Resource, 2006

Proposal will be formulated for the GSDI Board on potential coordinated actions to contribute GEO task implemen-tation between 2007-2009
At the WGISS-21 Meeting held in Budapest, interest of the GSDI was expressed in possible collaboration with CEOS WGIS in actions formulated by GEO. As first step, the participation of the representative of GSDI Association was enabled by joint support provided by GSDI and HUNAGI in order to learn and understand the ongoing activities and further goals of WGISS Thematic Subgroups and Task Teams:
WGISS Information Infrastructure Task Team (WITT)
EO Data Portal Task Team
Global Data Sets Task Team
Natural Disaster Management Project
Technology & Services Subgroup
Interoperable Catalogue System Task Team (ICS)
Grid Task Team
Interoperability Handbook
Data and Services Task Team (DSTT)
Archive Task Team
International Directory Network Task Team
The WGISS-22 Meeting was enhanced with the NASA Workshop entitled: Guiding NASA's Earth Science Data Systems into the Future and followed by the WGISS Plenary. A full afternnoon session was devoted to discuss the potential WGISS contributions to selected GEO tasks. The agenda enabled presentations of the liasions including information on the forthcoming CODATA event in Beijing, the activities and achievements of the Chinese Remote Sensing Center (CCSDS), the eGeophysical Year, the EU's Information Society Program and Agency GEO activities including NOAA, NASA-USGEO, USGS EROS.
A possible GSDI-WGISS joint contribution in GEO tasks implementation was welcomed by Osamu Ochiai, Senior Program Officer of the GEO Secretariat hosted by the WMO in Geneva too. It should be mentioned, GSDI has multipath connnections to GEO: directly and through its member organisations on regional and country level. The UNSDI, GeoNetwork concepts and the forthcoming event in Budapest scheduled for 28th September was announced.
The report of the meeting will be discussed on the next week by CEOS SIT in La Jolla.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

NASA Workshop on Earth Observation

In spotlight: the EOSDIS of NASA Image: HUNAGI Visuals Resource, 2006

Host Workshop at the WGISS-22: Guiding NASA's Earth Science Data Systems into the Future - Presentations, Video, Q/As

The program
Missions to Measurements: Erich Stocker NASA központ
NASA's Strategy for Enabling the Discovery, Access and Use of Earth Science Data Frank Lindsay
Advanced Information System Technology Steve Smith
Evolution of EOSDIS Elements Ken McDonald NASA GSFC
Earth Science Data System Working Groups Kathy Fontaine, Richard Ullman and Robert Wolfe
Lola Olsen (NASA) offered the possibility to HUNAGI to establish a Hungarian version of the selected parts of the NASA Global Change Master Directory. It will be the third foreign language version after Japanese and Thai.
By request, a copy of the presented NASA GSFC video on the dramatic changes in the Earth's Cryosphere was offered via HUNAGI to the organisers of the coming Budapest event devoted to the Promotion of Sciences to be broadcoasted by two or more TV channels in October.

The Report on the Hungarian Space Research Activities submitted to the host institutions at the 22nd CEOS WGISS Meeting

The meeting was opened by Dr. Bryant Cramer, Acting Director of NASA's Earth Science Division. Image: HUNAGI Visuals Resource, 2006

The latest Report on the Hungarian Space Research were submitted to Earth Observation experts of ESA, NASA GSFC, NOAA, USGS EROS and GEO Secretariat during the CEOS WGISS-22 Meeting held in Annapolis between 11-15 September

Limited number of available copies of the brand new just published booklet of the Hungarian Space Research Office on the Hungarian Space Research 2004-2005 was disseminated for representatives of the meeting's host institutions. The chapter dedicated to Space Earth Sciences highligts the activities of leading institutions such as Space Research Group of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Geophysical and Geodetic Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Science, Eotvos Lorant University of Sciences, the Remote Sensing Center and the Satellite Geodetic Observatory of the Institute of Geodesy and Cartography as well as the Hungarian Meteorological Service.
The book was submitted to and acknowledged by:

Ivan Petiteville of ESA, Chair, CEOS WGISS (ESA)
Bruce R. Barkstrom (NOAA)
Lyndon Oleson (USGS EROS Data Center)
Kathy Fontaine (NASA GSFC)
Ken McDonald (NASA ESDIS), Co-Chair of CEOS WGISS
as well as
Osamu Ochiai of the GEO Secretariat, Geneva
The Hungarian participant was representing the GSDI Association appointed as liasion by the Board of Directors to CEOS WGISS. Report on the meeting with emphasis on the SDI aspects will follow soon.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

HUNAGI invited to the Opening of the Central European Institute of Technology

CEIT Central European Institute of Technology opens in Schwechat, Austria on 12 September 2006

The City Mayor Hannes Fazekas and Business Manager Helmut Paugger invited the Hunarian Umbrella Organisation for Geo-information to attend the Opening on 12 September 2006 at the Concorde Technology Center in Schwechat. Welcome Talks will be moderated by E. Lindau Chefredakteur Computerwelt. Lecturers will include the City Mayor, representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, the Austrian Chamber of Economy, the Austrian Research Organisation and the top officers of CEIT.
HUNAGI will be represented at the ceremony by Dr.Szilárd Szabó, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Térinformatika and his Editor Ms. Eszter Kiss.
More details on the Institute:

Friday, September 01, 2006

GI as enabling technology for the Information Society - HUNAGI paper for UNESCO.HU

Meeting of the Development Policy Subcommittee of the Interministerial Coordination Committee on Information Society at MoIC on 20th February 2006. At least two of the five priorities of the Operational Program for Information Society consist elements of the NSDI Image: HUNAGI Visuals Resource, 2006

GI as enabling technology for the emerging information society
Draft paper to be enhanced by comments and suggestions. Aim: By request of Secretary General Mr. Péter Gresiczki, a sketch for orientation has been prepared for the Hungarian National UNESCO Committee. It should be taken into account in the implementation of its 2006-2007 Action Plan maximizing the use and potentials of the integrated SDI/RS/SatNav technologies in the theme Communication and information. The text of the draft:

There is a worldwide acceleration in the development and operational use of
• digital mapping and geospatial data infrastructure,
• global satellite positioning and navigation,
• Earth observation.
To ensure equal opportunity for the decision makers, communities and citizens, the availability and useability of spatial data have to be inproved. There is a need for comprehensive and multilevel awareness raising, capacity building and concentrated actions.
Impacted areas include: education, research, sustainable management of renewable and no-renewable natural resources as well as communication and information. The common feature of these fields, the appropriate application of the mentioned technologies are beneficial for the economy, society and the preservation of the envirronment.
Due to the fact that integrated use of these novel technologies and services
combined with the advanced information and communication technologies (internet, mobil telephonia) has provides even more potentials by synergy.
UNESCO should also mobilise its national nodes and domestic networks to facilitate the process e.g. by strengthen the acknowledgement of the integrated GI-related technmologies as enabling tool for the emerging information society.

In this context Hungary paves the way for enabling geospatial data and related services FOR ALL on a non-discriminative basis with special emphasis on the INSPIRE initiative of the European Commission, a novel legislation framework anticipated to be introduced in Europe.

Well represented in the intergovernmental coordination body of Information Society, the proposal of HUNAGI to introduce geospatial data availability as indicator for the strategic planning and implementation of information society was accepted in 2006.

Milestones in this „Access for All” context in the field of land administration, surveying and digital mapping as well as in remote sensing include:
• Euro-conform Geodetic Reference Networks (100%)
• Standardised digital base map (70% in 2006)
• Digital cadastral map of rural areas (100% in 2006)
• Digital Cadastral map of built-up areas (100% in 2007)
• Land Registry (100%)
• Topographic map at 1:10 000 in raster (100%)
• Topographic maps in vector format at smaller scales (100%)
• Digital elevation model (5x5 m grid) (100%)
• National Digital Orthophoto Database (100% in 2000, fully renewed in 2006)
• National Agricultural Parcel Identification and Reference System MePAR (100%)
• Spatial registration of vineyards VINGIS (100%)
• High resolution CORINE Land cover database (100%, renewed more than 30%)
• Hungarian segment of the European renewed CORINE database (100%)
• Coverage of area by higher precision satellite positioning capability (70%)
• Multilevel administrative boundary database (100%)
Additional proven services of the Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing using operationally sat positioning, remote sensing and GIS technology include: crop monitoring and yield estimation, control by remote sensing for the area based agricultural subsidies, monitoring and mapping of natural disasters (erosion, flood, back-log waters, draught) or epidemy mitigation (allergic plant species).
If approved by the government, these products and services will be upgraded in 4 topics in the operational framework related to the Information Society as follow: Digital Land Offices, Capacity building of the FÖMI Remote Sensing Center (established in 1980), introduction of the EUPOS satellite navigation services and implementation of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure program.

GI-related education and vocational training is provided using multilevel approach, by more than 15 Hungarian universities and colleges. As recent action, the Hungarian version of Lothar Beckel’s Space Atlas for School (an ESA publication) has to be mentioned, which was realised by the cooperative efforts of the Hungarian Space Research Office, GeoData Ltd and the Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing. The book was released for geography teachers of primary and secondary schools first. A supplement with references to Hungary is also planned.

Importance of PPP and Public-NGO partnership: HUNAGI, the non-profit interdisciplinary GI community network of more than 100 academic, governmental institutions and private organisations was actively participated the World Summit on Information Society.

Other disciplines and sectors have also achivements in developing and use of geospatial data.
Here – after the recent changes in the governmental sector - the Ministry of Environment and Waters, Ministry of Transportation and the agencies Meteorological Service, the public benefit company of Urban and Regional Planning as well as the National Geological Institute have to be mentioned.
The involvement of the small and medium-sized enterprises is ensured mainly in the field of data production. SMEs are extremely active in facility management as solution providers in local environment of municipalities, but there is some small companies which enter the market with new, innovative (e.g. location-based) services.

The national level coordination and partnership is a must in order to reach the goals and fulfill international commitments.
HUNAGI Network provides an efficient forum for the dissemination of information, raising awareness and keep contact with the relevant European and Global associations such as EUROGI, EuroGeographics PCC, UNECE WPLA and FIG, ISPRS, ICA,GSDI Association, Digital Earth respectively.
In close collaboration with the main stakeholders, a series of spatial data infrastructure-related Open Days are organised or prepared to facilitate the INSPIRE implementation and/or introducing GI-related service towards the UN institutions. In this latter case the formal establishment of UNSDI Hungarian Coordination Office (HUCO) by the major stakeholders is anticipated by end of September.

Beneficiary areas include:
• Environment protection
• natural resource and ecosystem management,
• agriculture and sustainable rural development (with special emphasis on carefully planned land use transformation, water and forest management, soil and nature conservation, village renewal, land consolidation, rural turism),
• food and primary production,

• governmental agencies and regional/local governments (more efficient, less expensive and citizen-friendly),
• Natural hazards and disaster mitigation,
• Health,
• Transportation (better connectivity, LBS-based services),
• Urban and regional development and infrastructure,
• Improvement in business processes (Geomarketing, GI-based logistics, Enterprise GIS, Investment supporting services)
• Lifelong learning, knowledge transfer, networking, awareness raising, partnership, dissemination of information, better e-content services using advanced visualisation (by georeferencing, 3D, etc)

Version 1.1

Contributors so far:
G. Remetey-Fülöpp, HUNAGI (August 31, 2006)

eContentPlus, FP7, i2010, INSPIRE Initiative, GMES, Galileo, Operational Programme of the Information Society (ITOP), GVOP, National Development Plan Phase II 2007-2013 (NFT 2), UNSDI GeoNetwork

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