Saturday, February 24, 2007

Hungarian participation at the 1st UN SDI Global Partner Conference

First global conference of the UN SDI initiative gives timely chance to show the European potentials under the just approved INSPIRE legislative framework
HUCO and FÖMI will represent the Hungarian SDI community

Organised by the United Nations GI Working Group and hosted by the European Space Agency in Frascati, Italy the 1st UN SDI Global Partners Meeting will be held on 1-2 March 2007.
HUCO's Steering Committee ( will be represented by Pál Lévai of FÖMI, the Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing ( The HUCO presentation will be held by the head of HUCO based on recent contributions provided by stakeholders Hungarian Meteorological Service (, Ministry of Environment and Water (, Ministry of Defense Mapping Company ( and FÖMI.
UN SDI HUCO stakeholder VÁTI ( produced a poster dedicated to the event and flyers will be distributed for the participants introducing the Hungarian hot issues as reflected by the leading GIS journal Térinformatika and the national GI association called HUNAGI (

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Awards for the service in Agroinformatics

The Hungarian Association for Agroinformatics (MAGISZ) awarded second time persons with the Medal for Service in Agroinformatics
The Medal was submitted by MAGISZ President Prof. Dr. Miklós Herdon to
Prof. L. Kárpáti from Veszprém University at Keszthely (member of HUNAGI),
Head of Department of Agriculture Dr. É. Laczka at the National Statistical Office (member of HUNAGI) and Dr. G. Remetey-Fülöpp, Secretary General of HUNAGI.
The award winners present delivered short presentations at the MAGISZ Annual Assembly today in freely selected topics including "Milestones in the history of agroinformatics" and "Spatial Data Infrastructure - challenge and potentials". The SDI community of HUNAGI was well represented by the Hungarian Society of Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (MFTTT), the Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing (FÖMI), the Research Institute of Agroeconomics (AKI), Budapest Corvinus University Chair of Agroinformatics represented by Academician Harnos, and the Debrecen University.

GSDI Association designator to GEO nominated

GSDI Interim Executive Director Prof Dr. Harlan Onsrud nominated the Association's Secretary (from HUNAGI) as updated principal designator to GEO Secretariat.
The roadmap of the actions contains the preparation of a Ministerial-level Meeting at the GEO Secretariat hosted by the WMO in Geneva in November.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

$25 million Global Science and Technology Prize announced

Sir Richard Branson and Al Gore announced The Virgin Earth Challenge
It is anticipated "prizes of this nature will encourage technological advancements for the good of mankind"
Details on the Competition, Judges, Related Press Releases and How to Act Now are described at

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Letter to the Academia by the Director General of the 5th Conference Digital Earth

Call for Participation: International Digital Earth 3D Visualization Contest

"Dear University Colleagues:
An unprecedented International Digital Earth 3D Visualization contest has been launched, under sponsorship of Google, NASA, ESRI, and other technology leaders. This international contest will seek to discover the best examples of visualizing the challenging issues involved in bridging science to public understanding, policy, and action.
Please find contest rules and entry form at:
We would sincerely appreciate if you would share the attached poster and information above to your colleagues and students. Six winners will be flown to UC Berkeley for the 5th International Symposium on Digital Earth where they will experience a life-changing opportunity to debut their work and be recognized as the bright stars of our future.
Thank you for your support of this time-sensitive Grand Challenge.
Please send all inquiries to
Dr. Timothy W. Foresman,
Director-General, 5th International Symposium on Digital Earth"

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

EP approved in third reading the INSPIRE Directive yesterday

Approved by the European Parliament on 12th February, the INSPIRE Directive will come into force 20 days following its publication on the Official Journal of the European Union.

From our mailbox today:
Dear SDIC/LMO Contact person,
The European Parliament approved yesterday in third reading the INSPIRE Directive
The Directive will come into force 20 days following its publication on the Official Journal of the European Union.
The INSPIRE team

Friday, February 09, 2007

HUNAGI and CAGI experts in the Review and Advisory Board of HUMBOLDT Project

Enabling participating organizations across Europe to document, publish and harmonize their geospatial data
The just elected members of the Review and Advisory Board of the HUMBOLDT project involve to National GI Association representatives from the New EU Member Countries namely Czech Republic and Hungary:
Athina Trakas (Open Geospatial Consortium Europe)
Alessandro Annoni (SDI Unit, DG JRC)
Danielle Rizzi (EUROSTAT)
Hugo DeGroof (DG Envi)href="
Nick Land (EuroGeographics)
Petr Kubicek (CAGI)
Remetey-Fülöpp Gábor (HUNAGI)
More information on the project goals, objectives, members of the consortium:

Thursday, February 08, 2007

EU FP7 Kick-off Conference

The FP7 Open Day hosted by the Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences attracted several hundreds experts and researchers

Experiences and statistics on the previous FPs were summarized by top representatives of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Secretary General Prof. Atilla Meskó, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics Dr.Miklós Zrinyi, while the FP7 was introduced by Zoran Stancic, Deputy DG at DG Research, academician József Gyulai , and Dr. Ilona Vass, Deputy President of the National Agency for Research and Technology. The FP7 components People, Cooperation, Ideas and Capacities were highlighted by representatives of the European Commission. Practical information on rules for participation and on CORDIS, the gateway for participation were also introduced.
Program and presentations will be available for download at 9th February onward
Photo Gallery on the event: ...HUNAGI Photo collection.... Events....2007

Monday, February 05, 2007

Full listings of HUNAGI Members

Presentation slide illustrating the wide variety of members of HUNAGI.
Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2006

HUNAGI Members' Profile
Members .....Profiles

with direct links to the members' homepage

Full Members' listing available up-to date at:ÁG20070205pn.pdf

Saturday, February 03, 2007

HUNAGI registered at the Central Europa Digital Database

HUNAGI listed in the Central Europe Digital: a Database on Nodes and Hubs in Central Europe

The database Central Europe Digital presents to you relevant intermediary organisations in the area of information and communication technologies in Central Europe. The Hungarian GI association HUNAGI was invited by Manager Hans-Peter Ritt and registered on 30th January 2007.
If you are looking for contacts and partners in Central Europe, you will find the appropriate contact to associations, clusters, networks and other multipliers here.
As a registered user you will have an enhanced access to the database and it's features.
Register here

Thursday, February 01, 2007

MePAR, the Hungarian Agricultural Land Parcel Identification System

Header of one of the posters presented by FÖMI. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Orthophotos based on aerial survey flights taken in 2000 and 2005 support the operational activities

About one million annotated colour orthophoto prints have been produced by FÖMI RSC in 2006 in order to facilitate the applications of the farmers.
The number of applicants in 2006 were more than 200,000.

GPS, Remote Sensing and mobile office tools are used at the site controls, which are needed only in few percents of the applications.
County-tailored GIS-kits on CDs with full MePAR capability were distributed for use at 150 district level offices. Both the prime contractor and subcontractor are valued members of HUNAGI.

LPIS-HU Project Manager Gabor Csornai, Head of the Remote Sensing Center of FÖMI delivers his lecture. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

László G. Papócsi, Head of the Information Management at Szent István University's GAK Public benefit company overviews the extension services related to the electronic applications for the area based subsidies.
In 2006 nearly 50% of the invited 112 organisations took part in the pilot financed by eContent. In 2007 the number of the organisations to be invited will be about 4000. More details: and .



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