Friday, November 30, 2007

Excellent, stimulating atmosphere at the GEO IV Summit in Cape Town

The Hungarian statement was made by GEO Delegate of Hungary Mr. Zoltan Dunkel.
GSDI statement will be given by Alternative Head of the Delegation GSDI ExCom member Mr. Ivan DeLoatch, actually Director of FGDC.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

GEO IV Plenary did good work

Sives Govender, Executive Director of the EIS-Africa, a network for the co-operative management of environmental information in Africa. Image: HUNAGI Visulas resource, 2007
EIS-AFRICA is partner of EUROGI and also HUNAGI according to the AESI-Align EU project elaborated by EUROGI Vice President Bruce McCormack.
The Plenary was co-chaired by Guoguang Zheng (China), Zoran Stancic (European Commission), Philemon Mjwara (DST, South Africa), Conrad Lautenbacher (NOAA). Executive Director of the GEO Secretariat José Achache was also member of the panel. Deputy Director-General of Research of the European Commission Zoran Stancic received an up-to-date leaflet on HUNAGI today.
Host of the GEO-event Phyl Mjwara

More news in the GEO context soon here.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

GEO Plenary and the associated Exhibition opened today

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tomorrow the GEO Ministerial Summit starts

Cape Town ready for the Summit. Picture was taken on the highway from a taxicab when entering the downtown from the airport. Image: HUNAGI visuals resource, 2007
Photos of the event will be accessible soon at and some tripshots on the magnificant vicinity will be available at the later today
A photographic coverage on the impressions will be available at the in a week.
Please note, this HUNAGI newsblog attracted visitors from 83 countries in November alone.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Cape Town, capital of the GEO for a week.

Icon of the city the Table Mountain, Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

GSDI/HUNAGI attends the GEO IV Plenary in Cape Town

Headquarters of the World Meteorological Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland, which hosts the GEO Secretariat headed by Prof. Jose Achache.

After Washington DC, Tokyo and Brussels, the 4th GEO Plenary will take place in Africa now.

HUNAGI representative registered to the UIC (User Interface Committee) a satellite event of the Plenary. On the Plenary the Hungarian member of the Delegation of the GSDI Association will attend the mainstream together with FGDC, USGS, ESRI, CIESIN and OGC experts. A visit has been tentatively arranged to the Department of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics of the Cape Town University for 30th November by Professor Heinz Rüther, Council Member of ISPRS and Dr. Julian Smit, Senior Lecturer of the Geomatics Division.

Conference GEOS 2008 in Prague, Czech Republic

On the Charles Bridge, Prague. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2006
From our daily mail:
Mr.Milan Talich, Ph.D. expert adviser of VUGTK, Prague sent the 1st Circular of the GEOS event yesterday:
"We have the pleasure to inform you that the international conference GEOS 2008 will take place in Prague during 27 February to 28 February 2008. The conference will be followed by the General Assembly meeting of the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors, that will take place in Prague immediately after the conference during 29 February to 1 March 2008. At the same time the International Fair of Geodesy and Cartography GEOS 2008 will be held during 28 February to 1 March. We take the honour to invite you this way to take part in the conference and fair.
The conference will be focused on the following subjects:
Wednesday, 27 February:
1) Our Profession in Europe without Barriers
2) Geoinformation and GIS, Cartography and Map Creation
3) Navigation Systems and Services Based on Location
Thursday, 28 February:
4) Basic Geodetic Control and Geodetic Work
5) Cadastre of Real Estate
6) Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
By the same letter, we appeal to you to send minutes of your papers to the conference in accordance with the above mentioned professional fields. Your papers should reflect the feature conference motto: Our Profession in Europe without Barriers .
Abstracts of papers in company with the names of authors have to be submitted to by 10 December 2007 at the latest. Enclosed please also find the presentation format requirements. The length of abstracts should be of about 10 to 40 lines. Information on submission of any paper to the conference programme will be given to you till 5 January 2008, and the full text of your paper has to be sent by 31 January 2008. Your presentation should not last longer than 25 minutes. It is also possible to send up papers for poster section.
Other information dealing with the conference will be included in the second circular, or you can find it at At this address you can further find information on registration for the conference that will be opened during January 2008. Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the above written e-mail address. "

Friday, November 23, 2007

New INTERREG IV C Proposal discussed by interested countries

Clock in the foyer of the Astoria Hotel. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Time for new action for the representatives of the land management experts of some European regions. Strategic talks in the Hotel Astoria, Budapest
Representatives of public institutions of the countries attended the FARLAND international conference on 21-22 November 2007 met this morning to discuss the topic and preparatory arrangements needed to launch a new project proposal in the INTERREG IVC programme of the European Commission.

The Hungarian point of contact Ms. Zsuzsa Flachner of RISSAC was represented by request by Gabor Remetey-Fülöpp at the meeting in the Astoria Hotel Podium Hall orchestrated by the project manager of the very successful FARLAND. Although not as an INTERREG partner on country level, there is a space also for NGOs to contribute to the new project's implementation on regional level.

This HUNAGI newsblog was read by visitors from 77 countries between 1-23 November 2007

Conference on the Meteorological Science

Atmosphere, Solid Earth and products, tools and services related to Earth Observation are the themes in a IYPE-related HUNAGI Proposal to be submitted to the HAS-UNESCO founded Hungarian IYPE National Committee for approval

The building of the Hungarian Academy of Science, venue of the 2-day conference. The second day was devoted to "Atmosphere".
After the event short talk was arranged with Acedemician György Major, about the proposal of HUNAGI as contribution of the UNESCO-Hungarian Academy of Science driven National Action Plan of the International Year of the Planet Earth 2007-2008-2009.
it was agreed, Dr. László Bozó, new President of the Hungarian Meteorological Service will be informed on this proposed action via Academician Major. The HUNAGI draft proposal elaborated by Viktor Pusztai of EOGEO Hungary has the intention to establish a Hungarian interface of the NASA Global Change Master Directory in close cooperation with NASA partly in the CEOS WGISS framework.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Geoinformatics Forum Salzburg scheduled for July 2008

From our daily mail:
Dear Hunagi Team!
We would appreciate if you could post the following announcement in the event calendar section of your website:

Geoinformatics Forum Salzburg (GI_Forum2008)
1-4 July, 2008, Salzburg University, Austria
More information:, Contact:

The interdisciplinary GI_Forum Salzburg focuses on an international GIScience audience sharing an interest in translating new methods and techniques into a broad range of application domains in geoinformatics. Young researchers and established scientists will find a vibrant GI community from academia, industry, and government to explore new research directions. Full papers and extended abstracts for publication are accepted until February 1, 2008.
Thank you very much.
With best regards from Salzburg,
Petra Jenewein
GI_Forum Team
Centre for Geoinformatics – University of Salzburg/Austria

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Future Approaches to Land Development - FARLAND Project Conference in Budapest attracted 200 experts from 25 countries

Full House at the Bliber Events Center. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007
8 of the participating Hungarian institutions and organisations are member of HUNAGI, the Hungarian Spatial Data Interest Community
The two-day Farland Conference was opened in the Bliber Events Hall today with the opening speaches delivered by Minister József Gráf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as Prof. Dr. Joachim Thomas, Chair of the Steering Committee of the INTERREG III C FARLAND.
FARLAND stands for "Future Approaches to Land Development". Among the 200 experts representatives of the HUNAGI member institutions including the Research Institute of the Agricultural Economy (AKII), the Research Institute of the Soil Sciences and Agrochemistry of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (RISSAC), Debrecen University, the University of West-Hungary Faculty of Geoinformatics, VÁTI, Capital Land Office, FAO SEUR were present.
HUNAGI and the coming EUROGI-DG JRC Workshop was mentioned to Mr. Frank van Holst, Chair and FARLAND project leader as a good opportunity to articulate the strategic message of the conference to the attendees of the Rome Workshop devoted to Public-Private Partnership for Spatial Data Infrastructure in the context of e-Government. The event was logistically organised by 4CLI (

Photographic portfolio of the opening session. Images: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

GSDI Telecon scanned the next actions today

The telecon was organised based on the infrastructure of the USGS. FGDC arranged the outgoing calls including HUNAGI on the list.

GSDI-10 with the Heads of the Dutch and Norvegian Mapping and Cadastral Offices

The Telecon addressed a series of GSDI actions foreseen in 2008 and 2009.

By the request of the Executive Director Prof. Harlan Onsrud, HUNAGI member of the Board will compile a Liasion report for the GSDI-10 covering the CEOS WGISS, the GEO-IV plenary and the UNSDI/UNGIWG developments.

Also information on the final preparation related to the attendance of the GSDI Delegation at the GEO-IV Plenary will be held in Cape Town later next week was shared and discussed. CODATA-GSDI talks will be foreseen arranged by the Executive Director of GSDI. Later today, HUNAGI as member of GSDI accepted the invitation to attend the User Interface Committee meeting organised by NASA between 26-27 November.

Monday, November 19, 2007

PPP4SDI in the e-Government context

The traditional EU Industry Day organised by EUROGI now with the Institute of Environment and Secirity of the DG Joint Research Centre will be devoted to the topic Public-Private Partnership for Spatial Data Infrastructure in the context of e-Government.
The venue will be at the La Sapienza University of Roma and the host will be Prof. Dr. Mauro Salvemini, President of EUROGI.
4 Member organisation of HUNAGI will deliver presentation: the Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing (FÖMI), DigiTerra Ltd and the IHLET Public-benefit non-profit company.
The announcement of the workshop:
The tentative programme of the Workshop:

Friday, November 16, 2007

UNIGIS exams at the WHU Faculty of Geoinformatics

The 2007 UNIGIS exams at the Faculty of Geoinformatics, West Hungary University were started on 16th November 2007 in Székesfehérvár. Two UNIGIS students of the 18 Ms.Lilla Lukács and Ferenc Speiser delivered their presentation in English and the Exam Panel chaired by Dean Prof. Béla Márkus had videoconnected via the internet and Skype with Prof. Strobl from the University of Salzburg to hear and discuss the presentations.
Just before the exams started, a working lunch with the Dean of the Faculty was an excellent opportunity to exchange of views and information on ongoing activities in UNIGIS, FIG, GSDI and EUROGI. Eg. after Los Angeles and Amsterdam, the next Annual Meeting of the UNIGIS Board will be hosted by Hungary.
Also an introductory talks with Ms. Chen Gaiyng of the Beijing University of Agriculture was kindly arranged by Prof.Márkus. The visiting scientist came last month for a 10-month stay at the WHU Faculty of Geoinformatics.
Some photographs were taken during the exams for the HUNAGI image archive. Images: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007
The kind assistence of György Busics, member of the Exam Panelists is acknowledged. Annotations will follow asap

Thursday, November 15, 2007

IHLET - HUNAGI support Contract Signed on the World GIS Day

Signature made on the World GIS Day Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

The contractwill bring mutual benefit also on cross-country environment both for IHLET and HUNAGI/EUROGI

A Support Contract was signed yesterday by IHLET's Programme Director Béla Jarolics and the SG of HUNAGI.
The scope of the financial support is to stabilizestrengthen the international presence of HUNAGI (including annual membership fees for 2007 and 2008) and partially covering costs related to actions approved by the HUNAGI General Assembly.
HUNAGI will support IHLET's cross-country activities providing professional services related to knowledge and know-how transfer.

Local Government applied for HUNAGI Membership

The Mayor of Zalaegerszeg applied for membership in HUNAGI. This local government will be the second in the HUNAGI community. It is anticipated, the local governments will be the most important players in the implementation and use of SDI and associated services. Hungary has more than 3000 local governments. This is a real challenge and opportunity by the way for HUNAGI.
If you want to learn on lessons learned in local government environment, please ask for the brochure "the 10 biggest misunderstanding related to GI at the local governments" (in German language) at Source: GIS - Zeitschrift für Geoinformatik 10/2007

GIS based solutions support logistics -

Péter Baranyi, Director of the GIS Branch of VARINEX in action. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Synergy using GI/GIS in logistics

At the 15th Congress of the Hungarian Association of Logistics, Purchasing and Inventory Management two sessions were dedicated to innovative IT-based solutions mainly around the bar-code, active-passive RFID tags and related middleware and information systems and discovery services, web and wireless internet based applications as well as satellite positioning and navigation based location based services. HUNAGI and MLBKT has MoU since 2006 with the aim to provide synergy with the cross-fertilisation of the technologies and know-how. In the two sessions chaired by SG of HUNAGI, six presentations were demonstrating the importance of location/time/global object identification/attributes. Adding the sensor webs from local to global and the emerging SDI, totally new, innovative R+TD and spin-off products and services are anticipated.
Hotel Ramada in Balatonaliga, County Veszprém, venue of the Congress. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

It was agreed, that a joint brainstorming-like workshop also serving as info-day will be arranged involving experts of logistics and spatial data management scheduled for Spring 2008.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Visit at Hiszi-Map Ltd, Member of HUNAGI in Gyula

Headquarters of the Company in the trendy Városház utca. Images: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007
Hiszi-Map orientation tables are popular street furnitures in Gyula and another thousand Hungarian settlements.
The products of the company covers all of cities and villages of Hungary, but also many in Transylvania, Romania

Monday, November 05, 2007

Celebrating the Hungarian Science

Academician Szilveszter E. Vizy, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences talks on the themes. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007

Themes: Knowledge, Ethics and Responsibility

The Opening of the Celebration of the Hungarian Science took place today at the Városmajor Gymnasium. Hosted by one of the best secondary school in the country well-known on its activities related to the global change and other hot issues on school-level and beyond, the event was participated by about 30 academicians, the most innovative representatives of the private sector and industry as well as by the pupils and their teachers. Academician Szilveszter E. Vizy, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences referred the importance of the interrelations of the education-science-economy as the challenging message of the 21st Century. Hungary will host the World Science Forum in the next days attracting so far five State Presidents, Head of UNESCO, The Club of Rome and more than 25 Ministers.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Student Contest Int'l Year of the Planet Earth

International Year of the Planet Earth
Student Contest Call

November 15, 2007

Suggested themes:
Earth and Health,
Earth Resources,
Deep Earth,
Earth and Life
Circulate the poster:ákpályázat.pdf
For more information:

INSPIRE Draft Implementing Rules on Metadata available for public comments

From our SDIC mail:
"Dear SDIC/LMO contact person,
The INSPIRE Draft Implementing Rules for Metadata (version 3) are now available for public view and comments. The call for comments is open for a period of eight weeks, until 21 December 2007. Only comments received by the deadline using the template provided will be considered. At the end of this phase of public consultation, the Commission will elaborate a revised proposal and submit it to the Regulatory Committee as required by the Directive.
Please see
Additional Material provided as part of this consultation include:
List of all the comments received to the previous draft Implementing Rule (Version 2) published in February 2007, together with action proposed by the Drafting Team Metadata on each comment
Synthesis of comments prepared by the Drafting Team Metadata and recommendations to the Commission
Documentation of the major changes introduced in Version 3 of the Implementing Rule by the Commission compared to V ersion 2
As an additional informative document, the relation between the proposed implementing rule and the European standards EN ISO 19115 and EN ISO 19119 is also available. This is an initial document that will be developed further in consultation with the stakeholders and relevant standardization organisations.
Further documents explaining the relationship to other standards such as Dublin Core, and guidelines for the implementation of the Metadata Implementing Rules will be published at a later date. Best regards, The INSPIRE team . "



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