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Briefing - Discussion Meeting on UNGIWG, UNSDI and UNSDI-NCO GeOMATICS BUSINESS PARK Marknesse, N.O.P 7 March 2006; 14.00 hrs

Jelle U. Hielkema FAO – UNGIWG Consultant


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THE ESSENCE OF MAPMAKING Are He had brought a large map representing the sea, Without the last vestige of land: And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be A map they could all understand. Lewis Carroll The hunting of the snark; an agony in eight fits.

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OUR WORLD IN A PERSPECTIVE


“Mapmaking fulfills one of our most ancient and deepseated desires: understanding the world around us and our place in it” Katharine Harmon Author of “ You are Here”


What is it? A voluntary network of UN specialised agencies, programmes and funds Established in March 2000 to: – Facilitate technical collaboration and formulate policies concerning geographic information in the UNsystem and with member states – Address common geospatial issues – maps, boundaries, data access and exchange, adherence to international standards, naming conventions and location – Provide a forum to discuss emerging technologies, experience with applications, and coordinate actions


Membership More than 30 UN Specialized Agencies, Programmes and Funds are currently members of UNGIWG – 7th Plenary Meeting in November 2006; Santiago, Chile


Overall Goal To build a United Nations Spatial Data Infrastructure (UNSDI) required to enhance spatial data and information sharing and exchange and promote and achieve sustainable development


Specific Objectives • improve the efficient use of geographic information for better decision-making; • promote standards and norms for maps and other geospatial information; • develop core maps and databases to avoid duplication; • build mechanisms for sharing, maintaining and assuring the quality of geographic information; • provide a forum for discussing common issues and emerging technological changes.


Organization


Activities & Task Groups • • • • • •

International and administrative boundaries Core Geo-Database Remote Sensing Interoperable Services GIS Map Production Guidelines Global Navigation Satellite Systems


Tangible Outputs • • • • •

Yearly Plenary Reports since 2000 Strategic plan 2001-2002 Inventory of globally consistent databases UN approved standard international boundaries De facto ISO and OpenGis compliant metadata standard - GeoNetwork • SALB/GAUL Administrative Boundaries • GIS map production guidelines


UNSDI Guiding Principles • Distinct SDI required for UN context • Groundwork already laid by UNGIWG • UNGIWG should closely coordinate with other global and national efforts toward SDI’s


UNSDI - Generic Elements • • • •

Data, metadata, standards, data sharing and exchange Develop common operational services Define an organizational and institutional environment Technical capacity building in developing countries and member organizations


UNSDI ‘Contours’ • • • •

Goals Decentralized coordination framework Standardization of tools Continuity and sustainability


UNSDI FORMULATION Barry L. Henricksen Rome •

6-8 February

FAO, WFP, UNJLC

Geneva 9-10 February • •

WHO, UNHCR, UNOSAT, UNEP/DEWA/DEPA GRID Nairobi telecon

New York • • • •

13-14 February

DPKO/UNCS, OCHA/FIS, UN-DESA, UN-DPA, DH Library GSDI - CIESIN (Chen, Yeatman) telecon (Onsrud) GIST telecons (Messick VAAF, Sawyer USAID/OFA & Holcomb ITOS) Hunter college NY (Ahearn)

Rome 16-17 February • FAO – WFP debriefing/review • To be continued during April – November period


Global Spatial Data Infrastructure GSDI

EU INSPIRE

GeoConnection / FGDC

UNSDI

GMES/GEOSS

NSDI National Spatial Data Infrastructures


Global Spatial Data Infrastructure GSDI Organizational / Institutional Structure

HR/Fin.

Policy (inclusions/exclusions) / Legal

Partners

Metadata Data

Standards

(Task Groups 1,2 ,3)

Task Groups (4,5,6)

Capacity Building

Services / Infrastructure NSDI National Spatial Data Infrastructure

- Partners - Regional Bodies


UNSDI- National SDI discussions being held with leading institutions in The Netherlands, the Czech Republic and F.R. Germany Over to UNSDI – NCO www.unsdi.nl


Oh la belle bleue!



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