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GEOSUR NEWSLETTER News of Interest to the Geospatial Community in the Americas (Original in Spanish)

January / August 2018, Volume 5, No. 1

WE KINDLY INVITE YOU TO FILL OUT A BRIEF GEOSUR SURVEY OF 7 QUESTIONS PLEASE CLICK HERE

The Editor’s Note Inside this issue, a call for a Survey for GEOSUR Users and a note on the 11th Meeting are found. The interview of the month focuses on the development of the LAMPv2 standard and its adoption in the Americas. The specialized contribution underlines ‘data as the oil of digital era.’ And the permanent columns, on one hand refer to the development of the Integrated Map of South America (MIAS) and on the other, to the strengthening of the National Sections’ commitment with the PAIGH and the support of GEOSUR to integrating cartography with statistics.

GEOSUR newsletter seeks to disseminate GEOSUR Program’s achievements and characteristics as well as events, projects and best practices for the application of geographic information into sustainable development and decision making in the region, as part of the Geospatial Data Infrastructure of the Americas. Please send your contributions and suggestions to: Nancy Aguirre, Editor of GEOSUR Newsletter, at cnaguirre@ipgh.org.

Inside this Issue: • The interview of the month with Pablo Morales, principal editor of LAMPv2, on the adoption of this standard in the Americas. • The specialized contribution of Antonio Rodriguez, Assistant Deputy Director of the CNIG, on data in the digital era. • The permanent columns of GEOSUR and PAIGH highlighting both the Integrated Map of South America (MIAS), and the support of GEOSUR to PAIGH on incorporating cartography with statistics.

Novelties in GEOSUR Survey for GEOSUR users

“The 11th GEOSUR Meeting will be held on October 25, 2018 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, in the framework of the 48th Meeting of the Directing Council of the PAIGH, which will take place on 22-26. During the 11th Meeting, in addition to other several activities, the 7th Competition of GEOSUR Award will be granted, with the winning project offering a technical presentation.”

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With the aim of better knowing our users, how they use services and geospatial information available in our geoportal, as well as to learn how to improve our services, we have organized a brief survey. We kindly invite you to fill out this brief 7-question survey, please click here.

GEOSUR Award is granted annually to the outstanding activity arising from the relationship of participating GEOSUR Program institutions based on the geospatial data available on the geoportal, on the institutions themselves, and on the use of geospatial information services offered in Latin America and the Caribbean.

11th GEOSUR Meeting and 7th Award The 11th GEOSUR Meeting will be held on October 25, 2018 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, in the framework of the 48th Meeting of the Directing Council of the PAIGH, which will take place on 22-26. During the 11th Meeting, in addition to other several activities, the 7th Competition of GEOSUR Award will be granted, with the winning project offering a technical presentation. The detailed agenda, both for the next GEOSUR Meeting and the PAIGH Executive Council may be accessed and downloaded here.

Winners of recent competitions Sixth award (2017): GEOEDUCA, interactive platform to support the learning of Geography (Ecuador). Fifth award (2016): Use of the Spatial Data Infrastructure of the Military Geographic Institute of Ecuador for the immediate response to a natural disaster; case of the earthquake of Ecuador in 2016. Fourth award (2015): Digital Map of Mexico, Institute of Statistics and Geography (Mexico). [Fuente: César Rodríguez Secretario General del IPGH]

Tomeo,

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GEOSUR NEWSLETTER News of Interest to the Geospatial Community in the Americas (Original in Spanish)

January / August 2018, Volume 5, No. 1

LAMPv2 standard will be adopted in the Americas The Latin American Metadata Profile, version 2 (LAMPv2), provides a standardized and efficient way to documenting geographic data and services, and allows finding, evaluating, accessing and using multiple types of resources, including digital datasets, images, and web map services, among others. Pablo Morales, principal editor of this profile, tells us about this development. Pablo Morales-Hermosilla, is a specialist in ISO 19100 digital geographic information standards. He has worked for 10 years at SDI Chile where he leads and coordinates multiple working groups on standardization and data management. He is Cartographer of the Metropolitan Technological University, with a Diploma on Spatial Data Infrastructures by the Polytechnic University of Madrid; he also holds a Master on Geography and Geomatics of the Catholic University of Chile, and a Master of Science in Governance of Risks and Resources of the Heidelberg University. He has various publications, and teaches postgraduate courses at a number of universities in his country.

How was the LAMPv2 established? PM: The process of developing LAMPv2 took around two years, with coordination of the PAIGH Cartography Commission and the GEOSUR Program, the specialized assistance of the National Geographic Information Center (CNIG) of the National Geographic Institute of Spain, and a specialized editorial team who submitted an initial proposal, edited the received comments and consolidated the final document. Once the initial proposal of LAMPv2 was produced —and taking into consideration the models followed by international standards bodies such as the ISO and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)—, an Ad-hoc working group coordinated by the main editor of LAMPv2 was established with the aim of achieving an international consensus regarding the new Latin American Profile. To this end, the collaboration of 13 PAIGH member countries provided technical counterparts specialized in the subject, with the purpose of presenting observations and reaching an agreement regarding the different elements and classes to be considered in LAMPv2.

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After two virtual videoconferences with representatives of participating countries a consensus was reached on the final elements that were counted in and included by the editing team in the final version, which in turn was reviewed by specialists of the CNIG. Finally, with the completed theoretical definition of the profile through a formal document in accordance to ISO requirements, an XML schema was developed for its implementation by integrating this into "Geonetwork", a specialized metadata management software; this task was conducted by the University of Zaragoza by recommendation of the CNIG of Spain. This XML implementation of LAMPv2 was reviewed as technical counterparts by the main editor and the CNIG specialists. What achievement LAMPv2?

stands

out

for

PM: During the 21st General Assembly of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH) held on October 25-27, 2017, in Panama City, Resolution 4 declared the Latin American Metadata Profile version 2 (LAMPv2) as PAIGH standard, and the National Sections were asked to cooperate with LAMPv2 dissemination and implementation efforts in their respective institutions and countries, including Geospatial Data Infrastructures, official cartographic agencies, the academy, and universities and organizations connected to geoinformation in Member States.

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LAMPv2 standard will be adopted… continues

“LAMPv2 is developed on current and recommended metadata-development ISO standards […] This makes LAMPv2 the most updated and current alternative for metadata documentation in the region; indeed its development was supported by outstanding metadata specialists from the Americas and Spain.”

“Use and implementation of LAMPv2 will promote and facilitate management and deployment of metadata catalogs, and thus will contribute to a documented use of geographic information, and to Spatial Data Infrastructure interoperability throughout our region.”

LAMPv2 is not the only metadata standard in use in the region, why its adoption is encouraged and what needs be taken into account? PM: LAMPv2 is developed on current and recommended metadatadevelopment ISO standards. Thus, the ISO 19115-1: 2014 Geographic Information —Metadata— Part 1: Fundamentals, was used for developing and determining elements and metadata classes; the ISO 19157: 2013 Geographic Information — Data Quality standard, was used for documenting quality elements; and the ISO/TS 19115-3: 2016 Geographic Information — Metadata — Part 3: XML Schema Implementation for Fundamental Concepts standard, helped developing its XML schema.

course of LAMPv2 for which 50 places were opened for PAIGH member countries. LAMPv2 documentation and XML schema may be downloaded from the PAIGH and GeoSUR websites: PAIGH: https://www.ipgh.org/documentosespecializados.html#lamp_v2 GEOSUR: https://www.geosur.info/geosur/index. php/es/ide-americas/perfil-lamp

This makes LAMPv2 the most updated and current alternative for metadata documentation in the region; indeed its development was supported by outstanding metadata specialists from the Americas and Spain. Use and implementation of LAMPv2 will promote and facilitate management and deployment of metadata catalogs, and thus will contribute to a documented use of geographic information, and to Spatial Data Infrastructure interoperability throughout our region. Additionally, a virtual course was offered through the web platform of the CNIG of Spain with the aim of creating capacity on LAMPv2 implementation in countries of the region. The main editor of LAMPv2 and a CNIG specialist collaborated to this end acting as tutors of the first virtual

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GEOSUR NEWSLETTER News of Interest to the Geospatial Community in the Americas (Original in Spanish)

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Data are oil in the digital era By Antonio F. Rodriguez, Assistant Deputy Director of the CNIG (IGN, Spain)

Antonio F. Rodriguez Assistant Deputy Director (CNIG, Spain)

“Data are oil in the digital era.” We have all heard that phrase in the last few months, a certainly curious and inspiring statement. Let's see where it comes from, what it means and what can be said about its specification to geographic data.”

“Providing often free or very cheap services, the power that the five big ones have accumulated is enormous. They may decide which things might be seen on the net and which do not (as naked, even artistic) regardless of users opinions.”

“Data are oil in the digital era.” We have all heard that phrase in the last few months, a certainly curious and inspiring statement. Let's see where it comes from, what it means and what can be said about its specification to geographic data. The expression comes from a background article published by “The Economist” in May, 2017, titled “The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data,” which argues that the new data economy requires novel approaches to antitrust rules. The text begins by stating that data play, in the radically globalized digital economy in which we live, the same role that oil played a century ago: A raw material around which flourishes the most lucrative legal business on the planet that requires antitrust laws to limiting the power of organizations controlling their flow and to guarantee free market and healthy competition. The five of the fame, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, are the five most valued companies currently and their profits exceeded $25,000 million in the first quarter of 2017. But their size is not the most worrying, but their power position that gives them control to a huge amount of data. Google sees what everyone is looking for, Facebook what everyone shares, Amazon what everyone buys and Twitter how everyone reacts. Big Data are theirs and the Intelligent Systems that feed on these and are

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enabled to predicting our behavior, seems that too. Without realizing this, we have become accustomed to selling larger and larger portions of our privacy in exchange for dazzling electronic services from which we have become dependent and addicted. We do not want to understand that any free service always involves some form of domination, as the thinker Richard Sennett has reminded us in an interview, because they easily generate dependence as to satisfy our needs. Providing often free or very cheap services, the power that the five big ones have accumulated is enormous. They may decide which things might be seen on the net and which do not (as naked, even artistic) regardless of users opinions. They can censor someone like Alex Jones, the crazy agitator and promoter of "conspiracy" theories who is really worth silencing. Or they can eliminate accounts that try to perversely influence policy in some countries. All these actions are apparently very good, but the question then is, as Enrique Dans, points out, what democratic and transparent power controls the big ones dominating networks?, How is freedom of expression guaranteed when is, in fact, in hands of four or five companies? Should we be reassured or worried that Facebook said will use a secret algorithm to give more or less credibility to users?

Besides, what good is it for governments to be transparent (which does not always happen) if the big power bubbles are not, and nobody knows for sure what personal data store the big companies and what benefits they get from that?

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Data are oil in the digital era… continues

“They have changed the world for us and we have not reasonable rules to regulating it. On the one hand, public and official cartographic services — which normally pursue the common good, provide services to society and are open—, have been displaced by spectacular proprietary services that attract streams of millions of users while spying on them and providing a valuable service to a few companies.”

On the other hand, the bulk of data collected by these companies are geographic data. Most of us carry a smartphone that is very difficult or impossible avoiding being tracked, our card purchases and payments leave a geographical trace and in the future probably all cars will be smart. They have changed the world for us and we have not reasonable rules to regulating it. On the one hand, public and official cartographic services — which normally pursue the common good, provide services to society and are open—, have been displaced by spectacular proprietary services that attract streams of millions of users while spying on them and providing a valuable service to a few companies. On the other hand, the board on which the game is now played has been globalized and lacks international laws, universal judiciary power and world police.

“It seems timely to remind once again the importance of the official cartography producers role, as generators of data and fundamental services —which in our opinion should always be open, that is, not only free, but also standard and universal.”

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Perhaps we are still used to thinking in terms of countries, while large power parcels are conquered by half a dozen large trans-national corporations that pay little tax, know

almost everything about us and are barely controlled. It seems timely to remind once again the importance of the official cartography producers role, as generators of data and fundamental services —which in our opinion should always be open, that is, not only free, but also standard and universal. While no one doubts the importance of other costly data types whose management requires specialization, such as statistical, geological or seismological data, we may not be giving geographic data the importance it deserves. Is the historical dialectic between cartographers who ask for more funds to make a good map and the emperor who bargains until the last cent and ends up losing wars for not having a good cartography still being reproduced? Topics for reflection… Our world is evolving too fast and it seems we were not able to foresee what is happening now, nor are we able to really understand the scope of all its consequences.

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GEOSUR NEWSLETTER News of Interest to the Geospatial Community in the Americas (Original in Spanish)

January / August 2018, Volume 5, No. 1

From the CAF-GEOSUR Program By Jesus Suniaga

Final steps for constructing the Integrated Map of South America (MIAS) Members of 13 Geographic Institutes of continental South American countries gathered on May 14-18, 2018, in Santiago, Chile responding to their commitment to attending the 4th Technical Cooperation Workshop established by CAF —Development Bank of Latin America— and the PanAmerican Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH) to supporting progresses of the Integrated Map of South America (MIAS). The auditorium of the Military Geographic Institute of Chile was the setting for the opening of a five-day workshop to determining progresses on topics making up the 1: 250,000 dataset of the South American digital map. This map, together with the Integrated Map of Central America (MIAC) concluded in 2013, cover the advancement to date of the Map of the Americas that is expected to be launched by 2020. To this end, Mexico, the United States and Canada are organizing their efforts to contributing their share corresponding to North America. Lieutenant Colonel Eduardo CayulAristondo, director of the Chilean Military Geographic Service, along with the staff of directors of this institution, offered the welcome words to the workshop participants. Other people present included: Alejandra Coll-Escanilla, Vice President of the PAIGH; Cesar Rodriguez-Tomeo, Secretary

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General of the PAIGH; Macarena Perez-Garcia, Executive Secretary of the Chilean SDI and Vice President of UNGGIM: Americas; Antonio Rodriguez-Pascual, Assistant Deputy Director of the National Geographic Information Center of Spain (CNIG facilitator of the group of cooperation workshops); and instructors Luis Miguel Blanco-Ortega (of CNIG) and Roberto Lugo (of USGS). Participants presented advancements made on issues such as river lines, watershed boundaries, hydrographic network calculations, miscellaneous, and height points, including pending works on data arranging for WMS / WMTS publication. I want to make a special mention to the efforts of countries recently joining the project: French Guyana and Venezuela, which have done their effort to both level with the remainder countries and be able to deliver their common themes. Likewise, Guyana and Suriname have made a notable effort on preparing their data. I specially thank the Military Geographic Institute of Ecuador for its camaraderie gesture towards Paraguay that has received support for digitizing 27 quadrants comprising its mosaic at scale of 1:250,000. A relevant issue for developing the MIAS is constructing the countries’ hydrographic network, activity led by Mr. Roberto Lugo who in this opportunity trained participants

Jesús Suniaga Coordinator of the GEOSUR Program

“Members of 13 Geographic Institutes of continental South American countries gathered on May 14-18, 2018, in Santiago, Chile responding to their commitment to attending the 4th Technical Cooperation Workshop established by CAF — Development Bank of Latin America— and the PanAmerican Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH) to supporting progresses of the Integrated Map of South America (MIAS).”

“This map, together with the Integrated Map of Central America (MIAC) concluded in 2013, cover the advancement to date of the Map of the Americas that is expected to be launched by 2020. To this end, Mexico, the United States and Canada are organizing their efforts to contributing their share corresponding to North America.”

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From the CAF-GEOSUR Program… continues on the use of the Utility Network Analyst application for generating Hydrographic Networks, which not only works for geometric issues and corrections; technicians were also trained on using tools to obtaining products such as this network that when integrated into a watershed mosaic without political borders will be an unprecedented product in the region. As part of conclusions to this 4th Workshop, the development of a fifth workshop to be held in Santa Cruz la Sierra, Bolivia was

considered necessary for evolving additional tasks including completion of watershed contours, the gazetteer, the hydrographic network and other services. It is anticipated that institutions deliver their finished products by the end of October as to closing this cooperation project. The integrated map of South America will be published before finishing 2018, together with the MIAC, in a novel thematic map viewer of the GEOSUR geoportal.

The 11th GEOSUR Meeting will be held on October 25, 2018 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, in the framework of the 48th Meeting of the Directing Council of the PAIGH, which will take place on 22-26.

“As part of conclusions to this 4th Workshop, the development of a fifth workshop to be held in Santa Cruz la Sierra, Bolivia was considered necessary for evolving additional tasks including completion of watershed contours, the gazetteer, the hydrographic network and other services.”

“It is anticipated that institutions deliver their finished products by the end of October as to closing this cooperation project. The integrated map of South America will be published before finishing 2018 […].”

GEOSUR Program: Basic Figures Years in Operation (2007-2018) Participating Institutions Beneficiary Countries GEOSUR Network Specialists Officials Trained Available Digital Maps Available Metadata Files Available Metadata in GEOSUR Catalog Map Services (WMS) (complying with OGC and ISO 19115 standards) WFS Services Map Viewers Catalog Services (CSW)

11 106 26 384 316 1,123 17,956 58,675 459 39 118 18

Webpage: http://www.geosur.info

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January / August 2018, Volume 5, No. 1

From the PAIGH’s Secretary General By Cesar Rodriguez-Tomeo It is a pleasure to express myself through this means to members of the Pan-American community, in particular those related to Geosciences.

Cesar Rodriguez-Tomeo, Secretary General of the PAIGH

“It is a pleasure to express myself through this means to members of the PanAmerican community, in particular those related to Geosciences […] The PAIGH undergoes a continuous improvement process emphasizing modernization, and teamwork, effort and commitment concepts.”

“The wished future to be built is grounded on abilities for sharing and generating synergies from such integration sought to strengthen the National Sections’ commitment with the PAIGH’s mission and vision.”

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The Pan American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH) is a specialized agency of the Organization of American States (OAS). It develops activities in four fields of knowledge: Cartography, Geography, History and Geophysics. Notwithstanding this technical delimitation, its field of action may be inscribed within the so-called Cultural Diplomacy, since it is a tool of approximation among peoples by stimulating dialogue, strengthening mutual understanding, and creating interest, trust and respect. The PAIGH undergoes a continuous improvement process emphasizing modernization, and teamwork, effort and commitment concepts. Guiding lines include the Organic Statutes as well as the Resolutions originated from competent authorities. This modernization process seeks establishing scientific, financial and administrative strategies aimed at strengthening the PAIGH’s usefulness as a tool. As part of this modernization process —and in order to reducing weaknesses on strategy-formulation—, the enhancement of bidirectional integration with governments, academia, companies and civil organizations to the usual relationships with National Sections is now promoted. The wished future to be built is grounded on abilities for sharing

and generating synergies from such integration sought to strengthen the National Sections’ commitment with the PAIGH’s mission and vision. The PAIGH strives for integrating countries as well as related organizations with same vocation; that is why there is a Joint Action Plan. In what follows, I will focus on the scientific strategy and its relationship with GEOSUR —supported by the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF). Is worth noting that this relationship has strengthened since its inception, its trajectory was clearly spelled out when first ten years of GEOSUR were accomplished last year. Broadly speaking, the following activities stand out among others: • Generation of a seamless, uniform and homogeneous integrated digital map —regarding geometry, objects, attributes and semantics—, of the following regions: - Central America Integrated Map - Northern Andes Integrated Map - South America Integrated Map (ending soon). - North America Integrated Map (in progress). • Geospatial information development and training at the regional level. • Granting GEOSUR awards to recognize geospatial information applications, service development or products.

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From the PAIGH’s Secretary General… continues “It is relevant pointing out that there have already been other "Integrated Maps of America" in the history of the PAIGH; the current one differs only in technology, but not the concept. It is important emphasizing that its elaboration impulse highlights the commitment and political will of States (both members and nonmembers of the PAIGH), to integrate and collaborate.”

 Consistent publication of the GEOSUR Newsletter with news of interest to the geospatial community of the Americas in paper and digital formats. It is relevant pointing out that there have already been other "Integrated Maps of America" in the history of the PAIGH; the current one differs only in technology, but not the concept. It is important emphasizing that its elaboration impulse highlights the commitment and political will of States (both members and non-members of the PAIGH), to integrate and collaborate. The very good results achieved encourage us to continue along this path and focus on what is to come. In this regard, the PAIGH has set out a series of initiatives on the geoscience arena.

“Within the current Joint Action Plan framework, the GEOSUR Program support is expected for implementing initiatives such as: […] Integrating cartography with statistics using as model what was done in Europe by INSPIRE (model that integrates statistics with the environment). The tangible objective is that these products become useful inputs for strategic decision-making processes in the region […].”

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Ultimately, these will allow having tools supporting decision-making processes of utmost importance to the region’s countries, on topics of infrastructure, knowledge generation and dissemination, regional integration, environment, energy, water, climate change, other. Within the current Joint Action Plan framework, the GEOSUR Program support is expected for implementing initiatives such as: • Producing a pilot Cost-Benefit study on geographic information investment. From this study, the resulting benefit of investing on information production may be quantified objectively as to justify required investments.

• Developing an extension of the Workshop for Senior Managers of Cartographic Agencies, on which we already have experience, which may be an adequate mechanism for exchanging best practices and debating common problems. • Integrating cartography with statistics using as model what was done in Europe by INSPIRE (model that integrates statistics with the environment). The tangible objective is that these products become useful inputs for strategic decision-making processes in the region, while intangible objectives may include the training of Agency staff, the standardization of criteria and objectives, and the consideration of novel ideas and eventual coordination of new projects, among others, all according to goals of the Joint Action Plan partners. In conclusion, in the framework of the Joint Action Plan, the PAIGH strives for emphasizing the role of accompanying the SOUTH-SOUTH experience, knowledge, and technology transfer, always in our fields of competence. Today, the PAIGH focuses on building its future. This construction undergoes a modernization process, which seeks to significantly improve bidirectional connections between governments, academia, companies and civil organizations, with a Pan-American spirit.

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How to discover and visualize data in GEOSUR? Navigation sequence of drawing and measurement tools of the GEOSUR viewer By Jesús Suniaga and Emily Carrera, GEOSUR Program.

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On this occasion we include a sequence on how to use the drawing and measuring tools of the GeoSUR Portal Regional Map Viewer (www.geosur.info). Please follow these steps: 1. In the GEOSUR Portal main menu, click on "Regional Map Viewer" (https://www.geosur.info).

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2. Place the cursor on "GEOSUR Applications" in the menu bar and select "Regional Map Viewer (RMV)" from the list of applications. 3. The RMV descriptive page will display (Figure 1). 4. Click on the "Open viewer" button (Figure 2).

Figure 3

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5. The RMV will be deployed. You may create a "Marker" for the area of interest (AOI) with the desired extension and working scale so you that may return to this area whenever you want (Figure 3). 6. Select the "Draw and Measure" tool from the toolbar located at the top left. A window will be displayed where you may choose the drawing tool you wish (point, line, square, circle, oval, or polygon) or chose to write a text. Additionally, you will find functionalities for measuring (in the case of geometries) and assigning styles for both geometries and texts (Figure 4). 7.

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For area delineation, select a polygon to use, and draw the desired contour by clicking on each of the vertices that will define the area. If you select the free polygon icon, just move the cursor to draw the outline of the desired area.

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How to discover and visualize…continues You may assign features such as fill color; fill style, transparency (Alpha), contour color, and contour line width, among others. Figure 6

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Select the option "Show measurements" to establish the area and perimeter measurement unit that will be displayed after ending each polygon (Figure 5).

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If you wish to modify a polygon, click on the desired area and its vertices will display. Modify it for your convenience by moving its vertices (Figure 6).

10. Make a second click on the area you want to move and a box will appear surrounding the polygon; drag it to the desired position (Figure 7). 11. For polygon deletion, click on a polygon and with the right mouse button select the "clean" option (Figure 8). 12. In the case of drawing text or labels, select the text function , determine desired properties (color, font type and size) and write the text in the dialog box. Then click on the position of the map where you want to locate the label (Figure 9).

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13. To move texts, click on the label to select and drag it to the desired position. 14. To eliminate any of the labels, just place the cursor over the text and with the right mouse button select the "clean" option. 15. Finally, print your map from the RMV toolbar (Figure 10). Figure 9

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Other events in the region CAF - Development Bank of Latin America investorinformation@caf.com www.caf.com

PAIGH secretariageneral@ipgh.org www.ipgh.org

GEOSUR Program geosur@caf.com www.geosur.info

CAF: CONFERENCE ON INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT OF LATIN AMERICA

FOR

THE

During 2018, the Conference has taken place both in April in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in July in Madrid, Spain. In the first Conference, authorities of local and national governments, representatives of international organizations and the private sector, the academy and media, discussed challenges facing the infrastructure sector in Latin America and shared good practices related to six main topics, including the use of big data for planning and infrastructure management. During the second Conference, the Ministers of Economy, Finance and Planning, representatives of the private sector and experts from Latin America and Spain analyzed opportunities for Latin American integration through infrastructure development and the logistic corridors approach, as well as challenges and opportunities for financing priority projects and investment programs for a regional integration agenda.

“In the first Conference, authorities of local and national governments, representatives of international organizations and the private sector, the academy and media, discussed challenges facing the infrastructure sector in Latin America and shared good practices related to six main topics […].”

[Source: CAF and CAF]

PARAGUAYAN CADASTER MODERNIZES AND LAUNCHES ELECTRONIC RECORDS

National Cadastral Service of Paraguay

The National Cadastral Service (NCS) online-service implementation process has been undertaken in three phases as from June 2018: 1) the instant provision of real estate data and tax assessment reports, in most cases; 2) the issuance of Cadastral Certificates that are now approximately 80% of the services provided by this institution; and 3) the promotion and presentation of graphic services. In the framework of the "National Cadastral Service Modernization" project, financed by a non-reimbursable loan from the CAF — Development Bank of Latin America—, the consultancy for assistance, advice and implementation of the Electronic File for Reengineering Processes, the Institutional Strategic Plan, and the Change Management, were undertaken. [Source: https://www.hoy.com.py by way of Jesús Suniaga and Emily Carrera, CAF]

6TH REGIONAL PLATFORM FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION IN THE AMERICAS

Having geographic data for risk knowledge is relevant to promoting resilient investments

The event took place on June 20-22, 2018 in Cartagena, Colombia. It was an opportunity for governments, the private sector, civil society and other actors in the region to exchanging experiences regarding implementation of the Regional Action Plan agreed upon in March 2017 in Montreal, Canada, as a guide for application of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in the Americas. [Source: http://eird.org/pr18/index.html by way of Jesús Suniaga and Emily Carrera, CAF]

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in GeoSUR Newsletter are solely the responsibility of their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of GEOSUR-Geospatial Network of Latin America and the Caribbean, the Pan-American Institute of Geography and History and / or the Editor, who may not be liable for any errors, mistakes, misprints or incorrect information from third parties. DR © 2018 Pan-American Institute of Geography and History - ISSN pending

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