Friday, June 29, 2007

HUNAGI invited to the meeting organised by the Hungarian Member of the EU INSPIRE Committee

Host Dr. Szabolcs Mihály and Pál Bozó of the MoEW, Member of the EU INSPIRE Committee
Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

The Meeting was devoted to the roadmap of the Hungarian preparation.
News under compilation----

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Conclusions and Recommendations of the IHLET Tisza Development Programme Workshop

The slides are downloadable from the official Ihlet site:
or from here:

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New location for HUNAGI Secretariat inside MoARD

The classicist building of MoARD on the Kossuth Lajos Square.
Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007
HUNAGI will move to the third floor tomorrow. This is a side effect of the preparation to host FAO Regional Centre for Europe and Central Asia in the MoARD Building later this summer.
More information on HUNAGI's new coordinates will be announced here as soon as possible.

E-mail address of HUNAGI will be unchanged
The same for the mobile telephone number: +36 30 415 8276

Sunday, June 24, 2007

IHLET Tisza Development Programme Workshop a Success

Altiero Spinelli 3E2 Room, venue of the Kick-off Workshop of the IHLET Tisza Development Programme. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

News under compilation
The upload of the photographic portfolio has been started at
Chapter: HUNAGI Photo Collection
Subchapters: Cities, Events, Sites, People
Programme and the Workshop statement will be available at first

Thursday, June 21, 2007

2nd Day of the Ihlet workshop devoted to the local representatives

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

IHLET Tisza Development Programme Workshop attracted large number of participants

News will come soon

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Opening of the Geophysical Year (eGY) in Italy

From our daily mail: Chair of the CEOS WGISS Mr.Ivan Petiteville of ESA wrote a circular for the members of the Working Group referring the letter of Bill Peterson in the subject as follows:
"eGY officially runs from July 2007 to December 2008, 50 years after the IGY.
The eGY Opening celebration will be held in Perugia, Italy on July 7th during
the IUGG meeting there.
If you are in Perugia on July 7th, please join us. The schedule is below.
See the IUGG program for a description of the venues.
1:00-5:00: eGY posters, IGY+50 posters and eGY demos in the cloisters.
1:00-5:00: IGY+50 movies in the theater
2:00-3:15: Geosciences in Africa Lectures
3:00-5:00: Reception sponsored by WDC, IUGG and IAGA in the cloister garden.
5:00-7:00: eGY launch and IGY+50 celebration in the chapel.
5:05 The importance of the eGY and a vision for universal data access
(Charlie Barton)
5:15 IUGG role in eGY and why universal data access is important for the
geounions to champion (JoAnn Jocelyn)
5:25 The role that ICSU played in IGY and the impact that IGY had on
geosciences, as exemplified by the examples shown this evening (Thomas
5:35 The official opening of the eGY (Dan Baker)
5:45 How data access is changing space sciences (Chuck Holmes)
5:55 IGY message from the Space Station, taped for Paris IPY launch
6:00 What the world may look like with Vos in Auroral Science (Peter Fox)
6:10 Impact of IGY on auroral sciences -- taped message from Syun-Ichi
6:20 Impact of losing archives on climate science -- taped message from
Lonnie Thompson
6:30 The CO2 story from Mauna Loa -- Charles Keeling -- excerpt from NOVA's
"What's up with the Weather?"
6:35 The eGY/IGY seismology story (Tim Ahern)
6:50 The eGY/IGY polar exploration story (Mark Parsons)
7:05 End of the Evening (Emily CoBabe-Ammann)

W.K. (Bill) Peterson, (303)-492-0686
LASP University of Colorado
eGY Secretary,
1234 Innovation Drive, Boulder 80303 "

Monday, June 18, 2007

EUROGI raises awareness on INSPIRE

From our daily mail:

"Dear member of EUROGI,
Following the INSPIRE approval, EUROGI is now starting a series of documents intended to raise awareness about the Directive among non experts.
The first of this series is “To be INSPIREd or Not? - A brief Guide to the INSPIRE Directive”, containing basic information about the Directive and briefly describing its main framework.
EUROGI expects this action will contribute to support the members on their activities towards a broader dissemination of the Directive and, by doing so, create the capacity among all the GI related stakeholders for a higher empowerment in the process.
Attached you will find the ready to use English version of the document (.pdf) for printing or electronic dissemination. The full text (.doc) is also attached. Please feel free to translate it into any language you think appropriate.
Should any further assistance be needed please let us know.
We are looking forward to contribute for getting the best benefits from INSPIRE.
Best regards,

João Geirinhas
EUROGI Secretary General
Rua Artilharia Um, 107
1099-052 LISBOA
Telephone: +351 213-819-624
Fax: +351 213-819-668
Web: "
INSPIRE-EUROGI Guide IN01.pdf (108K)
View as HTML Download

Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial

Image courtesy by SB for HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2005

2007 Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G)
September 24-27, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Register prior to the July 27th Early Bird Deadline to
save on your registration fees! Join 600 other geospatial
professionals in exploring and explaining the world of
open source geospatial software. Workshops, labs,
presentations, and networking, all in the heart of beautiful
Victoria, British Columbia.
Register now at
For up-to-date information, registration and/or to submit a
presentation, please visit the conference website at
Submit a presentation online at
The deadline for submissions is June 29th, 2007.
FOSS4G presentations are 25 minute talks, with 5 minute
question and answer sessions at the end. Presentations
cover the use or development of open source geospatial
software. Anyone can submit a presentation proposal and
take part in the conference as a presenter. More
information is available on the presentations page on
the website.
For information on exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities,
see or contact Paul Ramsey,
Conference Chair via email at

The FOSS4G 2007 Conference Committee


Bodrog River near to Sárospatak. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2005
HUNAGI invited to the Farland Project Closing Workshop and related events.
Initiated by Ms Zsuzsanna Flachner of the HAS Research Institute for Soil Sciences and Agrochemistry, Hungarian manager of the Farland Project of 7 countries (LITH, NL, Fl-BE, NRW-D, Galicia-SP, PT and Hungary) and SG of HUNAGI had a talk in order to exchange views on some ongoing initiatives and projects. Issues as Land use assessments, Scenarios and impact analysis on land use and the climatic changes, Land utilisations in frequently flooded areas were addressed. HUNAGI was invited to the closing Workshop of Farland Project scheduled for November this year. A further talks on HUNAGI's President level will be planned later this month.

Check out NOAA's Virtual Island in Second Life...

The water and atmospheric resources a drop and a bubble compared to the volume of the Planet Earth as presented by Dr. Timothy W. Foresman at ISDE5. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration uses Second Life to teach society about environmental concerns.
This virtual exhibit - shown at the 5th Digital Earth Conference at the UC Berkeley, is an immersive educational experience that is both fun and enlightening.
To get a guided tour of NOAA's virtual world, please visit:
Source: Symposium & Exhibition folder of NOAA, ISDE5, 2007

Friday, June 15, 2007

2nd Call for the ISPRS Congress arrived to HUNAGI

Cover page of the Call for Paper of the next ISPRS Congress. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007
A package with folders arrived today from the Organisers. It was submitted to Peter Winkler, Deputy Director General of FÖMI for further dissemination among the ISPRS National Committee chair Dr. Árpád Barsi and other committee members. Dr. Jie Jiang, Chair of the ISPRS Working Group on Spatial Data Infrastructure (IV/1) is one of the organiser responsible for the scientific content.

Summer University on IT in Agriculture and Rural Development

HUNAGI is invited Partner
From our daily mail, Prof. Dr Miklós HERDON, President of the Hungarian Federation of Agroinformatics wrote:
"Dear Colleague,
We inform you that the
Summer University on Information Technology in Agriculture and Rural Development
will be held at 29 - 30 August 2007 * DEBRECEN - Hungary
University of Debrecen, Centre for Agricultural Science,
Faculty of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development and
Hungarian Association of Agricultural Informatics (HAAI) with other
partners are organizing the Summer University.
The purpose of the conference is to give a forum to exchange information
on education, research, applications and developments of Information Technologies in Agriculture and
Rural Development and publish the most recent results.
This forum is recommended for PhD students and of course everybody welcome!
(submission deadline 20 July 2007).
Detailed information:
Tel: +36 52.508.360"

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Hungarian RSOE Alert Map in The Wall Street Journal

The dynamic AlertMap provided by our partner organisation RSOE has been referred very positively in a long article of The Wall Street Journal.

By courtesy of Mr. Zsolt Böszörményi of RSOE you can download the paper here:

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Global Dawn - a Digital Earth novel written by Deborah Gelbard foreworded by Dr. Timothy W. Foresman

Global Dawn and an Unusual Approach to GIS

"Global Dawn is the story of Reuven, a GIS professional, whose personal mission is to awaken humankind to new levels of planetary information and perception. This is a man whose ideological drive is grounded in involvement with the Planet, its lines, its structure and its systems. Far from merely being the source of the bread on his plate, Geographical Information is the springboard of all his personal aspirations. He believes it to be the binding force to equalize nations and cultures, and he plans to build the Global Information Framework that will enable it to do so.
Reuven lives in a region historically seen as the cross-roads of the World – the Middle East. He plans to build the core of his Global Information Framework in Jerusalem, a city highly charged with the spirit, culture and energies of all the world's main religions and ethnic groups.
Reuven is a powerful orator, and his enthusiasm for maps and geographic information soon impregnates the soul of his close confidante, Ora. She says,
"He's got me delving into cartographic history and its connection with Jerusalem, as well as all sorts of other stuff about the future and how each of us has a role in shaping it."
He responds by saying:
"Cartography didn't spring up in a vacuum. The people who drew the early maps knew far more than we do now about the Earth's patterns and forces."
His goal is to uncover those natural patterns that empowered ancient peoples with cosmic knowledge, and to distribute such knowledge to all the citizens of the world through the global network he intends to create.
Global Dawn draws the threads of its inspiration from a multiplicity of sources related to cartography, global networking and belief systems old and new. The ancient concept of Mother Earth as a central energy source is bonded with such modern philosophies as those of R. Buckminster Fuller, Donald E. Ingber and former US Vice-President, Al Gore: Fuller's theories of natural synergy, Ingber's tract on the architecture of life and Gore, whose dream of constructing a Digital Earth was first developed at NASA and more recently taken up by Google Earth.
These themes are seamlessly joined into the infrastructure of a lively plot that draws the reader into the twists and turns of regular Israeli life against a background of war and natural disaster. In the words of Digital Earth pioneer, Dr. Timothy Foresman:
"Gelbard captures the hitherto unwritten passion of the Digital Earth Community. First articulated by former Vice President Al Gore in 1998, the Digital Earth envisages a virtual representation of the Earth linked to vast digital archives facilitating understanding of the Earth and of human activity upon it.
The author's insightful use of the natural design secrets of the universe in the structuring of Global Dawn is in harmony with contemporary thought among those who contemplate a sustainable future for humanity. She weaves science, art, mysticism and spiritual growth into an enticing drama that combines the joy and the angst of embracing a common destiny for humankind amid grim, present-day realities."

Let us take a look at Global Dawn's protagonist, Reuven as he sets out for a typical day's work as a land surveyor in the field:
"Some forty kilometers south of Tel-Aviv towards Ashkelon, he maneuvered the red Mini to a halt. He stepped out of the car, rummaged in the back to retrieve his surveying instruments and a map, and then walked briskly across the road. Rising to its mid-morning height, the sun caught the upward tilt of his wide oval face and the outline of his broad shoulders, slightly hunched over a generous physique. He cut a commanding figure, even dressed as he was in scruffy work clothes – crudely cut denim shorts, ragged T-shirt and boyish cotton socks tucked into the tops of field-worn sneakers.
As he climbed across a scanty verge, he noted angles and distances, and cross-checked them against indications on his map. He skirted a planted cotton field where the saline irrigation water had left a whitish residue on the sandy topsoil and a rank saltiness lingered in the air. Verifying existing measurements and calculating new ones, he moved ahead. The results of each of his surveys had to be entered with meticulous care into a computerized geographic information system or ‘GIS’. In it, each area’s defining features and boundaries, natural and man-made, were precisely referenced.
While striving for objective accuracy in his work, its political significance did not elude him. Struggles over land ownership were at the root of so many of the world’s wars, not least in the little country of Israel. He approached his work with a conviction of individual purpose. Master of borders and boundaries, he had the freedom to mark new territory and to re-divide the land according to his judgment. His chosen lines became accepted facts in the street and in the courtroom. He believed himself to be a designated agent of change."

To tell you any more of the central roles that maps, the mapping profession and one particular map all play in this unusual story, would really be to give too much away. I invite you to read and enjoy Global Dawn, remembering that is the only novel that was truly inspired by the GIS profession!
Deborah Gelbard"
The novellist at the ISDE5. Photo courtesy by D.Gelbard. HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

See Global Dawn: Gelbard, Deborah. Published, September 2006, Pendium Publishing. ISBN: 0-9724586-7-0.
Global Dawn is available for online purchase via or Barnes & Noble. A description and some relevant extracts are below, and further details can be found at:

A bit of the bio of the Author:
Deborah Gelbard, University of London honours graduate in French and Spanish literature, also has a Higher Diploma in French Studies from the University of Nice, France.
She has published academic essays on the work of Marcel Proust and is a former Technical Editor of Horizon, electronic magazine of the International Peace Research Association.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Final discussion on the last day of ISDE5

Output whiteboard sketch of the Earth Cafe Youth Discussions during the ISDE5.
Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Further news come here soon.

This symposium was much more as a technical one. It had strong NGO involvement and the active presence of the new generation was significant.
Links relevant to some of the the players and the topics covered (Source: Manu Vallyon of ecodigerati)

Bootstrap Institute
Club of Rome
Earth Simulator
Elisabet Sahtouris
Eyes on Darfur
Global Peace Index
Imaging Notes Magazine
International Polar Year 07/08
Leonardo Dicaprio
Prince El Hassan
UNEP Atlas
W3C Geospatial Incubator

Some of the links relevant to the topics:

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Supercomputers to support the Digital Earth Vision

John Graham of the San Diego Supercomputer Center in action.
Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

3rd Day of ISDE-5 devoted to the super- computers
Chief Scientist of the Visualisation Center of the San Diego State University John Graham highlighted the features, capabilities and partnership policy of the center. The 4o Tbyte main memory is capable to perform heavy computational tasks. The center hosts the FAO's GeoNetwork and he mentioned as fabolous achievement also the INSPIRE Directive in the context of metadata services. More info:

Dr.Tetsuya Sato, of the Japanese Earth Simulator.
Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007
Dr. Tetsuya Sato, Directar General of the Earth Simulator Center of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology introduced the vast simulation and prediction tasks the center dealing with.
More info:

Friday, June 08, 2007

Awards Ceremony at the 5th International Symposium on Digital Earth

The Grand Challenges Winner Showcase' s Award winners include:
Dan Deneau - SERVIR-VIZ
Marie Jaegly Jan Kolar - GRIFINOR
More information:
Denis Naumov - The 3D Commenting Tool
Arno Scharl IDIOM Media Watch on Climate Change
More information: ,
(appearently the address doesn't work, will be checked)
Ashbindu Singh - UNEP Atlas for our Changing Environment
More information:
(appearently the address doesn't work, will be checked)
Jim Wolff Andrea Sides - Tomorrow Calling
More information:

The ISDE Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Roger F. Tomlinson, Ms. Bonnie DeVarco and Ms. Joyce Lynn Foresman

Novel visualisation technologies exhibited at ISDE5

NOAA Science On a Sphere
More information at
Immersive display solutions -
visualise geospatial data spatially The Geodome
More information:
Illustration will follow soon

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Report from UCBerkeley, the site of the ISDE-5 Conference

For the latest news please visit

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Arrival to the site of the 5th Digital Earth Symposium

On the way: above the Hudson Strait and Baffinland
The Earth from 12000 m altitude. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007
Reports on the 5th Digital Earth Symposium can be read at



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