Friday, August 31, 2007

Half of the barriers would be also too much... PSI implementation

Gerhard Wagner ePSI Analyst from Austria in action. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007
Summary of the discussed topics and some of the findings are under compilation.

Prof.Mauro Salvemini gave overview on EUROGI's activities in the ePSIplus content. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007
All the presentations will be available from the authentic website of ePSIplus. Look for the and by the way ask for the ePSIplus Newsletter.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

ePSInet Thematic Workshop will start tomorrow

The Öresund Bridge connecting Denmark to Sweden near to Copenhagen as seen at the sunrise light from the conference hotel in Frederiksberg. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

In August this blog was visited from 74 countries

A plug-seeker workaholic enjoys connectivity at the Lisbon Airport. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Connectivity is one of the strenght of HUNAGI

During the past several hours this blog was visited identifyably from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, from the College Eszterházy Károly, the European Institutions and the Slovak Academy of Sciences.
The breakdown of visitors of 70 countries as logged and calculated by ShinyStat till August 28 (During the last three days of the month 4 additional countries were identified):

Country Visits % Trend %
Hungary 213 37.97 % +28.4%
United States of America 73 13.01 % -20.4%
India 26 4.63 % +16.4%
Netherlands 18 3.21 % +9.3%
United Kingdom 18 3.21 % -19.4%
Canada 18 3.21 % +2.0%
Germany 18 3.21 % -33.5%
Others 17 3.03 % -3.6%
Israel 10 1.78 % +70.1%
Australia 10 1.78 % -5.5%
Romania 9 1.60 % +665.4%
France 8 1.43 % -24.4%
Austria 6 1.07 %
Brazil 6 1.07 % +70.1%
Czech Republic 5 0.89 % -39.3%
Latvia 5 0.89 %
Sweden 5 0.89 %
Colombia 4 0.71 % +240.2%
Portugal 4 0.71 % -32.0%
New Zealand 4 0.71 % +240.2%
Slovenia 4 0.71 % +240.2%
Belgium 4 0.71 % +13.4%
Nigeria 4 0.71 % -66.0%
Slovak Republic 4 0.71 % -43.3%
Italy 4 0.71 % -69.1%
Japan 4 0.71 % +13.4%
South Africa 4 0.71 % +240.2%
Turkey 3 0.53 % -36.2%
Norway 3 0.53 % +155.1%
Switzerland 3 0.53 % -36.2%
Denmark 2 0.36 % -15.0%
Kenya 2 0.36 % -43.3%
Republic of Korea 2 0.36 %
Finland 2 0.36 % -71.7%
Egypt 2 0.36 %
Cote D'Ivoire 2 0.36 % +70.1%
Bulgaria 2 0.36 %
Argentina 1 0.18 %
Bolivia 1 0.18 %
Zimbabwe 1 0.18 %
Yemen 1 0.18 %
Vietnam 1 0.18 %
Uruguay 1 0.18 %
Tanzania 1 0.18 % -15.0%
Taiwan 1 0.18 % -15.0%
Tunisia 1 0.18 %
Thailand 1 0.18 % -15.0%
Togo 1 0.18 %
Singapore 1 0.18 % -15.0%
Serbia and Montenegro 1 0.18 % -57.5%
Rwanda 1 0.18 %
Russian Federation 1 0.18 % -15.0%
Palestinian Territories 1 0.18 %
Poland 1 0.18 % -85.8%
Pakistan 1 0.18 % -15.0%
Philippines 1 0.18 % -57.5%
Peru 1 0.18 %
Panama 1 0.18 %
Malaysia 1 0.18 % -57.5%
Marocco 1 0.18 %
Luxembourg 1 0.18 % -15.0%
Lithuania 1 0.18 % -15.0%
Kuwait 1 0.18 %
Iran 1 0.18 % -57.5%
Ireland 1 0.18 % -57.5%
Hong Kong 1 0.18 %
Spain 1 0.18 % -90.6%
Greece 1 0.18 % -57.5%
Ghana 1 0.18 %
Georgia 1 0.18 % -15.0%

Monday, August 27, 2007

Prep Meeting in Budapest for the ePSIplus Thematic Workshop

Some of the participants: from left to right: Dr. J.Mlinarics, President of the Hungarian Association of Content Industry (MATISZ), Zs. Barkóczi, President of the Hungarian Association for Geo-information (HUNAGI), Zs. Ződi, commercial director of CompLex Publisher, Dr. Zs.Kerekes, Director General of the Office of the Ombudsman for Data protection, J.Fekete, Member of Board, , F.Hargitai and Ms.B.Sáfár (all MATISZ). Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Re-use of ePSI
Meeting organised by MATISZ and the Ministry of Economy and Transport and hosted by the CompLex Publisher today

Friday, August 24, 2007

HUNAGI invited to the Ihlet Workshop held in Ukraina

The Ihlet Tisza Development Workshop hosted by the European Parliament in June 2007. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Next Ihlet Workshop Round hosted by Partners from two European Neighbour Countries in September 2007

Hosted by the Ukrainan and Serbian partners of the Ihlet Tisza Development Programme a workshop will be organised in Ukraina. The Workshop will be held in Crimea and the closing event will be hosted by the Ukrainan Parliament. More information on the technical content and participants will follow as soon as the organisers made it public. This is the second time that HUNAGI received invitation to the series of workshops arranged by Ihlet public benefit company. Ihlet rejoined HUNAGI in 2007 and applied for membership in EUROGI as representative of a cross-border organisation having over 40 member institutions and organisations in all the five countries of the Tisza Watershed Area.

Monday, August 20, 2007

HUNAGI contribution to JSDE

The first JISDE Board Meeting held in Berkeley chaired by J. Genderen of ITC . Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Honor for HUNAGI and the Hungarian geo-informatics community

Secretary General of the International Society of Digital Earth Mr. Huo Guodang (Vice-Secretary General of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) invited HUNAGI SG to contribute to the work of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the International Society of Digital Earth on July 10, 2007. So far two articel reviews were accomplished.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Setting up the Scientific Programme Committee of ISDE Summit 'Geoinformation - Tools for Global Change Research'

Prof.Dr.Manfred Ehlers in action at the 5th ISDE Symposium hosted by UCBerkeley. Image: HUNAGI Visual resource, 2007

HUNAGI SG was invited to the ISDE Summit 2008 Scientific Programme Committee

From our daily mail: Prof. Dr. Manfred Ehlers, President of the Society for Geoinformatics (GfGI) wrote to the SG of HUNAGI today:
"...The Society for Geoinformatics (GfGI) and the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) are organizing the ISDE Summit on ‘Geoinformatics: Tools for Global Change Research’.
The Society for Geoinformatics (German: Gesellschaft für Geoinformatik - GfGI) is a non-profit association for the advancement of the new scientific discipline Geoinformatics. Despite its roots in geography, geodesy and computer science (Informatics), Geoinformatics has evolved into an innovative scientific discipline in its own rights with a broad application range. Geoinformatics technology is used in navigation systems, visualization of global change, business applications (geomarketing), spatial data infrastructures, and ‘geotainment’ solutions (like Google Earth or digital cities in 3D). The major task for the GfGI is the definition of core concepts for research and education in Geoinformatics. Scientists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are members of the GfGI. For more explanation see .

The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organization founded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Its principal role is the promotion of academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration. The purpose of the society is to promote international cooperation on the Digital Earth vision, and to enable the Digital Earth technology to play key roles inter alia, in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of human beings’ living standard. For more information see
Both societies, together with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the GeoResearchCenter Potsdam (GFZ), will be responsible for the organization and the contents of the ISDE Summit. On behalf of the GfGI, I invite you to join our Scientific Program Committee which consists of international scientists from the fields of Geoinformatics, Earth Observation, and Global and Climate Change research...."

The Albert Einstein Science Park in Potsdam's Telegrafenberg. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2001

The Digital Earth Summit on Geo-informatics: Tools for Global Change Research will be held in Berlin-Potsdam between 12-14 November 2008.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

UN-SPIDER Outreach Activities

UNO-City in Vienna, Austria. Image courtesy by the Hung.Met Service for HUNAGI Visual resources, 2005

From our daily mail: UN-SPIDER Programme Coordinator David Stevens wrote the following:

Invitation to contribute, attend and participate in the planned UN-SPIDER
Outreach Activities (Workshops and Expert Meetings)

"Dear Colleagues,
In its resolution 61/110 of 14 December 2006 the United Nations General
Assembly agreed to establish the “United Nations Platform for Space-based
Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response – UN-SPIDER”, as
a new programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, to
provide universal access to all countries and all relevant international
and regional organizations to all types of space-based information and
services relevant to disaster management to support the full disaster
management cycle by being a gateway to space information for disaster
management support, serving as a bridge to connect the disaster management
and space communities and being a facilitator of capacity-building and
institutional strengthening, in particular for developing countries.
Within its plan of work, UN-SPIDER is organizing a series of workshops and
expert meeting bringing together experts and relevant professionals from
around the world with the aim of discussing and shaping the future
activities of this new programme. We have already sent out the announcement
of the first workshop which will be held in Bonn, Germany. The deadline for
sending in your application to be considered for the Bonn workshop is
Monday, 27 August 2007. We would also like to make you aware of other
workshops and meetings also planned and we hope that your organisation or
institution would consider participating and contributing to at least one
of the planned events. The latest information and materials related to
these activities are available online at

1.) United Nations International UN-SPIDER Workshop: “Space-based
Information and Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response”
(Bonn, Germany, 29 to 31 October 2007).
Participation is limited to 80 persons.
Focus: Identification of relevant space-based information for Disaster
Management Support and Emergency Response; Definition of a Knowledge Portal
to ensure that relevant information is easily accessible and disseminated
to all interested end-users; Identification of existing and planned
Communities of Practice that contribute to bringing together the
space-based technology and disaster management communities; Discussion and
definition of a knowledge management and transfer framework; GEOSS Capacity
Building Task CB-07-02 - Knowledge Sharing for Improved Disaster Management
and Emergency Response, and; Harmonisation of the various existing
initiatives that are contributing to helping developing countries access
and use space-based technologies for disaster management and risk reduction

2.) 4th UN-wide Meeting on the Use of Space Technologies for Emergency
Response and Humanitarian Assistance (27 November 2007, Bangkok, Thailand -
back-to-back with the 8th UNGIWG meeting 28 – 30 November 2007, Bangkok,
Participation is limited to representatives from United Nations agencies
and from organisations and institutions interested in contributing to the
work of the United Nations in the area of space-based information for
disaster management, emergency response and humanitarian assistance. This
meeting is being organised together with UNESCAP.

3.) United Nations/China Regional UN-SPIDER Workshop: “Building Upon
Regional Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency
Response” (03-06 December 2007, Guangzhou, China).
Participation is limited to 40 persons.
Focus: Presentation of the current status of space technology for disaster
management and emergency response within the region; Discuss the UN-SPIDER
awareness raising strategy proposal building upon examples of similar
successful strategies carried out by other organisations within the region;
Discuss the development of country profiles, user input for the
establishment of a UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal and capacity building needs
in the region; Define ways and means of efficiently coordinating and
interacting with National Focal Points and the Network of Regional Support
Offices; Reflect on the best concepts for delivering support to both
national activities and to national planning and policies, that consider
the use of space-based technologies, and; Review and discuss activities to
be carried out by National Focal Points with the support from UN-SPIDER and
the Network of Regional Support Offices.

4.) United Nations/Sudan International UN-SPIDER Workshop: “Space-based
Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response” (09-12 December
2007, Khartoum, Sudan).
Participation is limited to 100 persons, except the first day which will
have a total of 250 participants.
Focus: Presentation of the current status of space technology for disaster
management and emergency response within the region; Special session on the
use of space-based technologies and solutions to support complex
emergencies; Define ways and means of efficiently coordinating and
interacting with National Focal Points and the Network of Regional Support
Offices; Reflect on the best concepts for delivering support to both
national activities and to national planning and policies, that consider
the use of space-based technologies; Review and discuss activities to be
carried out by National Focal Points with the support from UN-SPIDER and
the Network of Regional Support Offices; Discuss the development of country
profiles, user input for the establishment of a UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal
and capacity building needs in the region, and; Discussion and update of
“The Khartoum Vision: a Vision for Building Partnerships in the Use of
Space Technologies”.

5.) United Nations/Austria UN-SPIDER Workshop: Network of Regional Support
Offices (07-09 February 2008, Salzburg, Austria).
Participation is limited to 40 persons.
Focus: Bring together representatives of the Network of Regional Support
Offices to discuss and coordinate the implementation of the UN-SPIDER
activities for 2008-2009.
Should you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to
contact Mr. Georg Magerl (Tel:
+43-1-26060-4472, We are looking forward to seeing you at one or
more of these activities.
Yours sincerely,

David Stevens
Programme Coordinator
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Vienna - Austria
Tel. ++43-(1)-26060-5631 - Skype: tazarkount
FAX ++43-(1)-260607-5631 - E-Mail

Updated Programme of the Information Day Transportation and GIS

Illustration: scene from the slideshow on the Bolivian mountain roads. Source:from the HUNAGI mails, 2006

Transportation and GIS
27 September 2007
in Budapest

Organised by ITS-Hungary and HUNGIS Foundation
Requested by HUNGIS, HUNAGI will raise the awareness by disseminating the Call for Attention with the updated programme for the community of the Hungarian Association for Geo-information.
You will find the most updated programme here:
Additional information please visit

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

HUNAGI makes effort to fill the gap

Except the new Baltic Republics, Hungary is the only EU Member States, which is not represented in the European Council of Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE). Just before the CLGE's General Assembly will be held in Luxembourg based on the recent communication of Secretary General Ms. Gerda Schennach, HUNAGI started a promotional activity towards the Hungarian Chamber of Engineers, the Society of Hungarian Surveying Enterpreneurs and the Society of Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing to consider to fill this gap in the interest of the Hungarian surveyors community. As first action the awareness raising formulated in the Hungarian newsblog today will be shared with the relevant officers of the aforementioned organisations.

To be more familiar with the definition, objectives, boards and activities of CLGE, please visit the website

Sunday, August 12, 2007

HUNAGI among the Affiliates of ECAI

Globe in the Library of the Archabbey of Pannonhalma. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

From our daily mail: Co-Chair Prof.Dr.Michael Buckland welcomed representative of HUNAGI among the affiliates of the distinghuised community of the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI):
The URLs say "members" but that is a misleading term, and we now say "affiliate" which makes it clearer that there is some shared interestbut no obligation or commitment involved - wrote Professor Buckland in his letter today. HUNAGI will arrange the set up of a HistoryGIS Task Force with link to ECAI inviting experts, researchers and PhD students of acknowledged Hungarian workshops such as the ELTE Chair of Cartographic Science and Geoinformatics, Institute of Historical Science of the Hungarian Academy of Science, Faculty of Geoinformatics, West Hungary University.
" My colleague Professor Ray Larson, who handles the information retrieval aspects of our work and has published research on the ranking of geo-spatial data in retrieval systems, will be in Budapest in mid-September for the European Conference on Digital Libraries (Sept 16-21) and the Cross Language [Information Retrieval] Evaluation Forum, 19-21 September, where he is one of the organizers of the Cross-Language Geographical Information Retrieval (GeoCLEF) track " Professor Buckland wrote. This will give the opportunity to meet and share views and submit information on the achieved Hungarian results, ongoing activities and/or planned actions.

Friday, August 10, 2007

GSDI invited to the GEO-IV

Continents of the World. Source: GreenMapAtlas website
GSDI Association invited to the GEO-IV
After Washington DC, Tokyo and Brussels, the fourth Round will be in Cape Town, South Africa.
HUNAGI will report on the developments via the GSDI Association

Watershed & River Basin Management - an International Conference

Tisza Lake. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2005

Water is a challenge for the century
A specialised international conference will be held in Hungary in 2008

HUNAGI Member Prof. Dr. János Tamás of the Debrecen University sent this news recently:
The 11th International Specialised Conference will be held in Budapest between 4-5 September 2008 organised by the International Water Association

Thursday, August 09, 2007

GI and Development Cooperation Workshop

Brussels. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Seminar and Workshops

Development Cooperation

GI for Sustainable Development

Brussels, 11 and 12 October 2007

Develoment Cooperation and GI: Lessons from Practice
Developing a Best Practice Policy and Implementation Framework

Invited participants include EUROGI, UN Economic Commission for Africa, World Health Organisation (WHO),EIS Africa, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC, South Africa) Institutions of the European Commission donor organisations from the EU Member States as well as The World Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and diplomatic representatives of African Countries in Brussels.
The closed-shop event could be one of considerable significance on the long road to getting GI to play its full and beneficial role in development cooperation said Bruce McCormack, Vice President of EUROGI, driver of the EU project proposal Africa-Europe Spatial Infarstucture Align (where HUNAGI is member of the consortium as liasion for the EU Neighbour countries in Eastern Europe).

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Prof. emeritus Dr. István Joó passed away

Prof. emeritus Dr. Joó at the 30th anniversary meeting talks on the background scenery of the establishment of the FÖMI Satellite Geodetic Observatory. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2006

Prof. Dr. Sc. István Joó, maybe the most influencial Hungarian personality of the profession of geodesy, surveying and mapping died after five decades of active carrier on 5th August 2007

His activity established the fundaments of the Spatial Data Infrastructure and thanks to his vision and ambitions Hungary has two centres of excellence at FÖMI: the Satellite Geodetic Observatory and the worldwide known Remote Sensing Centre.

After leaving his leading position at the Department of Lands and Mapping in the Ministry of Agriculture, he became professor and director general of the College on Surveying Land Management (today: Faculty of Geoinformatics) of the University of West Hungary at Székesfehérvár, and Editor in Chief of the Journal Geodéza és Kartográfia. He was also re-elected President of the Hungarian Society of Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing. As distinguished member of the Committee of Geodetic Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences his contribution to the achievments in geosciences is also widely acknowledged.

ePSIplus and the Hungarian GI/GIS marketplace

InfoCentre sign inside the European Parliament in Brussels. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

EUROGI and HUNAGI participates the ePSInet Thematic Meeting focusing on PSI re-use business
The first European Associations Meeting maximising the re-use of PSI within Europe will be held in Copenhagen on 31 August 2007. EUROGI President Professor Mauro Salvemini will represent the organised pan-european GI communities in the session of the European Associations. Other entities include FEP and PRIMET.
In the session devoted to the National Associations HUNAGI is so far one of the 7 invited associations representing the e-content and GI/GIS communities from Bulgaria, Finland, Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia and United Kingdom. This session will be moderated by the Austrian Gerhard Wagner of ePSIplus. Additional presentations by national associations and projects will inlude ACCIS, ETIS and IntellectUK whilethe afternoon session will be devoted to debates around well defined issues moderated by Chris Corbin of ePSIplus former director of AGI and Member of the EUROGI Executive Committee.
Meeting Reference Materials as suggested by the ePSInet ( include a series of 3 reports published by the GINIE (Geographic Information Network in Europe) project (November 2003) providing comprehensive information about surveys and analysis of European Geographic Information (GI) organisations. These reports are excellent sources of information and remain relevant today. These reports are useful reference material for this meeting.
Access the report on Pan European Geographic Information Organisations Analysis
Access the Survey of Pan European Geographic Organisations (version 2)
Access Survey of Key GI Players within Europe
Actually, GINIE was a research project funded by the European Commission’s IST (Information Society Technology Programme) covering the period November 2001- January 2004. (Please note: on the HUNAGI website you can find 120 references to the GINIE project, even the executive summaries which were translated into Hungarian within the project framework. The length of the listing of the searched references on GINIE, ePSIplus and eContentplus at the and websites as well as at the Hungarian and English Newsblog of HUNAGI and UNSDI HUCO is nearly 100 pages!)
Read More about the GINIE Project
Additional Recommended Reading List by ePSInet:
Recommended Reading List for meeting participants (prepared by Gerhard Wagner, ePSIplus Analyst)
EU Ass Mtg Suggested Reading List (1 Aug 07).pdf
HUNAGI disseminate the information to its member organisations of the private sector but also to responsible bodies such as the Ministry of Economy and Transport and stakeholders of the UNSDI HUCO in order to facilitate the preparation of the Hungarian presentation. A consultation with member and partner organisations such as MFTTT, HUNGIS, MAGISZ and MATISZ is also anticipated.
Please note the differences and commons between the Aarhus Convention, the PSI Directive and INSPIRE!
Note: this is the 296th spot of this blog.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Space-based Information and Solutions for Disaster Management and Support

From our daily mail: Letter from UNOOSA of the UN Center in Vienna:
Dear Colleagues,
1. "United Nations International UN-SPIDER Workshop: Space-based Information and Solutions for Disaster Management and Support" The Information Note for the above workshop, to be held in Bonn, Germany from 29 - 31 October 2007, has already been posted to the UNOOSA website. It can be downloaded from the following web page:
The deadline for sending us your application form is 27 August 2007. There are two additional workshops being planned and we expect to finalise the Information Notes soon so that you can then decide which workshop(s) is/areof interest to you. We would be grateful if you could circulate this information to colleagues and known experts who could also benefit and contribute to this plannedworkshop.
2. GMOSS International Summer School 2007 This year's GMOSS International Summer School 2007 will be dedicated tothe theme of "Early Warning and Monitoring of Agreements" and will be hosted by the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca Facultad de Informáticaand European Satellite Center and supported by Salzburg University's Centre for Geoinformatics (Z_GIS) as partner of the EC FP6 Network of Excellence Global Monitoring for Security and Stability GMOSS (
This is a short intensive course with an open registration policy. All interested participants are welcome to Madrid from 2 - 9 September 2007.Check out further information on the following web page:
Even though the registration deadline has already passed they will beexceptionally considering registrations they receive by 15 August 2007. Applicants from Latin America in particular are encouraged to apply.Regards, David
David StevensProgramme Coordinator UN-SPIDER United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Vienna - AustriaTel. ++43-(1)-26060-5631 - Skype: tazarkount FAX ++43-(1)-260607-5631 - E-Mail

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

GEO Ministerial Summit Draft Declaration

Preparation of the GEO-IV and Ministerial Summit

The materials were sent by Mr. Jose Achache of the GEO Secretariat at WMO in Geneva today. HUNAGI got it as nominated delegate on behalf of and for the GSDI Association. The information are available also for the readers of the HUNAGI-UNSDI HUCO newsblog readers here.
The Cape Town draft Declaration(V.1):
Preliminary Agenda of the Ministerial Meeting scheduled for 30th November 2007 (V.2):
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