Monday, April 30, 2007

Meeting with Astronaut Charles Simonyi

Charles Simonyi on the meeting with radio amateurs and students hosted by the Puskás Tivadar School for Telecommunications in Budapest.
Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Charles Simonyi, Spaceflight Participant, Soyuz TMA-10 visited Hungary on 30th April and met with professionals for a one-hour interactive talk.
If you are interested in details of his spaceflight, please visit
Wikipedia introduces Charles Simonyi starting:
" Charles Simonyi (Hungarian: Simonyi Károly; born September 10, 1948, Budapest) is a computer software executive who, as head of Microsoft's application software group, oversaw the creation of Microsoft's flagship office applications. He now heads his own company, Intentional Software, with the aim of developing and marketing his concept of Intentional programming. In 2007, he became the fifth space tourist and the second Hungarian in space. " Source:

Detailed report on the event is available in Hungarian at
Report in English will follow in the SDI/Digital Earth context on soon.
Photo collection taken during the event is available at
The Természet Világa (World of Nature), the journal of natural sciences in Hungary will devote its May issue to Charles Simonyi's spaceflight:

Thursday, April 26, 2007

INSPIRE will enter in force on May 15, 2007

From our daily mailbox:
We have just received the info note of Ms. Karen Fullerton of SDI Unit, DG JRC, Ispra as follows:
"The INSPIRE Directive was published in the Official Journal, yesterday, the 25th April 2007 This means that the INSPIRE directive will enter into force on the 15th May 2007. Full text of the directive (EN)The directive is available in the official languages in the Official Journal of the European Union "
For more information please visit

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Convention session during and Hungarian contribution to the ENVISAT symposium

Dr.Volker Liebig and Dr.Jeff Tschirley at the UGPM Meeting.
Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

On Tuesday 24 April 2007 a Convention session will take place in Montreaux during the ENVISAT symposium.
The context will be clarified by a Panel including Secretary General of the RAMSAR Convention as well as Volker Liebig, Director of ESA ESRIN and Jeff Tschirley, Chief of the Environmental Assessment and Management at FAO, both active drivers of UGPM, the UN spatial data infrastructure related meeting of the global partners held in Frascati 7 weeks ago.
There will be two sessions devoted to:
Understanding and Monitoring the Global Environment
including presentations on
"Land Cover Observations to support the Rio-Conventions"
"DUE GlobeCover - a Global Land Cover Service with MERIS"
Supporting the convention
Space for UNFCCC, the DUE Kyoto Inventory and GSE Forest Monitoring projects
Space for UNCCD and the DUE Desert Watch project
Space for RAMSAR and the DUE GlobeWetland project
Space for UNCBD and the DUE Biodiversity project
Space for the World Heritage Convention and the BEGo project

The ENVISAT Symposium will be actively participated by Hungarian scientists including Gabor Csornai, Head of the FÖMI Remote Sensing Centre and his team members. They will deliver two lectures as follow:
Disaster monitoring with the integrated utilization of ENVISAT and
other satellite data sets in the 2004-2006 period in Hungary
Gábor Csornai, Zsuzsanna Suba, Gizella Nádor, István László, Csaba Wirnhardt
Monitoring of forest damage caused by gypsy moth in Hungary using
ENVISAT MERIS data (2005-2006)
Gizella Nádor, István László, Zsuzsanna Suba ,Gábor Csornai

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

eContentPlus Programme Information Day at the European Commission

Luxembourg City from a landing airplane.
Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2005

eContentPlus Information Day in Luxembourg

According to the " Newsletter dated 17 April 2007" just received:
"On Thursday 24 May an Information Day will be held in Luxembourg for the third call for proposals of the eContentplus programme. Subject to the completion of all the necessary procedures, it is intended to launch the call in June 2007 with a provisional deadline for receipt of proposals on 4 October 2007.
Further information and the draft work programme as well as the draft call text can be found at "
or general information at
Information source:
Preparing for eContentplus a joint initiative of Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia focusing on co-operation in the field of digital content.
Address: A-1020 Vienna, Karmeliterplatz 1/15, phone: +43.1.212 85 22.14; fax: +43.1.212 85 22.9;

The Work Programme has been published (still as a draft) on April 16 at the site:
The news are that targeted projects are not any more in the programme but only TN. Information source: EUROGI (

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Partial list of presenters at the 5th Digital Earth Symposium

Golden Gate Bridge with the SF downtown area in the distance.
Digitally enhanced image. Source: Olympus Co., 2005

A partial list of the speakers :

John Garamendi, Lt. (Governor, State of California); Dr. Lu Yongxiang (President Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China); Dr. Berit Johne (Counselor for Science, Royal Norwegian Embassy);Dr. Tim Foresman (President, ICRSE, Baltimore, Maryland)Dr. Edgar Mitchell (Astronaut)Ambassador John McDonald (President, IMTD, Washington, DC)Dr. Doug Engelbart (Director, Bootstrap Alliance, Fremont, California)James H. Kuntsler (Author, Sarasota Springs, New York)Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris (Evolutionary Biologist, Author, Santa Barbara, California)Jack Dangermond (President, ESRI, Redlands, California)Michael T. Jones (CTO, Google Earth, Mountain View, California)Brig. General Peter Worden (Director, NASA Ames Research Center)Dr. Robert Corell (Director, Global Change, Heinz Center, Washington, DC)Dr. John Townshend (Chair, Geography, U of Maryland, College Park, Maryland)Professor Guo Huadong (Director, International Society for Digital Earth, Beijing, China)Steve Killelea (Chairman, Integrated Research, Sydney, Australia)Dr. Astrid Stuckelberger (Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Geneva)Dr. Lee Schwartz (Geographer, US State Department)Lars Bromley (AAAS, Washington, DC)Native Nations Accepting Governance Challenge Yukon Chiefs* (Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, Alaska)Governor Jim Geringer (ESRI, Wheatland, Wyoming)Councilman Richard Simpson (City of Auckland, New Zealand)Dr. John Francis (Planetwalk, Pt. Reyes, California)Dr. Hiromichi Fukui (Director, Digital Asian Network, Keio University, Japan)Prof. David Wortley (Director, Serious Games Institute, Coventry University, UK)Dr. Joseph Kerski (ESRI, Redlands, California)Frank Niepold (NOAA, Maryland)Dr. Michael Goodchild (NCGIA, U.C. Santa Barbara)Vice President Al Gore* (*working on it)Dr. Tetsuya Sato (Director, Earth Simulator, Tokyo, Japan)Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher (Director, NOAA, Washington, DC)John Graham (Senior Developer, SDSU Visualization Center, San Diego)Bill Gail, Virtual Earth (Microsoft)Chuck Stein, GeoMatrix Tool Kit (GeoFusion)Dr. David Maquire, ArcGIS Explorer, Server and On-Line (VP ESRI)Dr. Pat Hogan, World Wind (NASA)Brian McClendon, Google Earth (Google Earth)Dr. Gabor Remetey – Fülöpp (Budapest, Hungary)Dr. Mike Liebhold (Senior Scientists, Institute for the Future, Palo Alto, California)Dr. Glen Lauder (New Zealand)PlanetWorkBioneers
HUNAGI representative is also in the ISDE International Steering Committee
The event venue will be the University of California at Berkeley

Forrás: Rebecca Sheranian, Digital Earth Internship February, 2007

Official website:
Newsblog of the Organiser Tim Foresman dr:


HUNAGI Board Meeting made important decisions

Front side details of the historical building of MoARD. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Ministry of Agriculture and Regional Development hosted the extraordinary HUNAGI Presidential Board Meeting today chaired by Zsolt Sikolya, President of the Association.

The agenda focused on the preparation of the Annual General Assembly scheduled for 22nd May 2007 .

Snapshot taken during the Meeting can be found at the post on the

Friday, April 06, 2007

New Chapter of Global Warning Report of IPCC released

Smog in a big Mediterranean city. Image: HUNAGI Visuals Resource, 2007
EU agreed to reduce the CO2 emmission and the increase of the renewable energy sources

The impact of transportation on the pollution has the same magnitude as the industry itself.
The newest chapter of the report agreed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released in Brussels today. The document is available
Source and more information:
The European Commission's White Paper for a Community Strategy sets out a strategy to double the share of renewable energies in gross domestic energy consumption in the European Union by 2010 (from the present 6% to 12%).
More on the EU short term policy:

Thursday, April 05, 2007

EUROGI Annual General Meeting in Brussels

Prof. Mauro Salvemini at the TeIR poster of VÁTI at the UNSDI UGPM in Frascati. Image: HUNAI Visuals resource, 2007
AGM elected Prof. Mauro Salvemini as President of the Association

He is representing AM/FM Italia, was former President of AGILE and acting as Professor at the La Sapienza University in Roma. Congratultion for his new post in EUROGI which was supported also by HUNAGI (the proxy was given to Mr.Jiri Hiess of CAGI).

From the letter of EUROGI Secretary General Joao Geirinhas:
"Dear Member of EUROGI,
The Annual General Board Meeting of EUROGI was successfully held last March 30 in Brussels. Although most of the Members were present or represented, please find some highlights:
1. Mauro Salvemini (AM-FM Italia, IT) was elected President of EUROGI for 2007-2009 by a large majority of the votes cast. Please find attached the Press Release and feel free to spread the information among your correspondents.
2. Gabor Remetey-Fülöpp (HUNAGI, HU) has been elected to the Executive Committee, being John Leonard (AGI, UK) and Rui Pedro Julião (IGP, PT) both re-elected. The Executive Committee of EUROGI until the end of March 2008 is now composed by:
. Mauro Salvemini (President): AM-FM Italia (IT)
. René Sonney (Treasurer): SOGI (CH)
. François Salgé (Convenor WAG Datasets): AFIGEO (FR)
. Rui Pedro Julião (Convenor WAG User Access): IGP (PT)
. Daniel Holweg (Convenor WAG Applications): DDGI (DE)
. Bruce McCormack (Convenor WAG International Affairs): IRLOGI (IE)
. John Leonard (Convenor WAG Communication): AGI (UK)
. Sebastián Mas Mayoral: AESIG (ES)
. Antti Vertanen: PROGIS (FI)
. Gabor Remetey-Fülöpp: HUNAGI (HU).
3. NAVTEQ (D), GI Norden (E), Jean Poulit (F) and Bino Marchesini (F) are now Members of EUROGI, being their admission unanimously approved by the General Board.
4. The governance documents of EUROGI (Annual Report 2006, Financial Report 2006, Work Plan 2007 and Budget 2007) have been approved. The Work Plan 2007 will be further improved at the Executive Committee level.
Yours sincerely,
João Geirinhas
EUROGI Secretary General"

Monday, April 02, 2007


Host FIG COM3 Chair Chryssy Potsiou and FIG President Prof. Stig Enemark. Image: HUNAGI Visuals Resource, 2007
The Joint technical Workshops of FI and UNECE attracted over 120 participants from 45 countries
Report with details will be uploaded soon.
Photographic coverage on the event and the surrounding cultural, natural environment is at



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