Geospatial Hungary - News in 2008

Goal is to provide more visibility on Hungarian developments, achievements, applications and services related to spatial data infrastructure with special emphasis on the European and Global context. HUNAGI's comprehensive News, Links and Visual Resources. Keywords: SDI, GI, GIS, Earth Observation, Satellite Navigation & Positioning, Remote Sensing, Knowledge Networking. News are shared with the Hungarian Coordination Office for UN Spatial Data Infrastructure

Friday, 28 March 2008

EUROGI Annual General Board Meeting

EUROGI Members Day in Brussels - a success

Opening the Members Day. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008
The majority of the EUROGI Members were present listening the state of the play of programmes and projects running under the guidance and supervision of the European Commission. Among others GMES, GALILEO, ePSInet, eSDI-Netplus, PPP4SDI were introduced. For full programme please visit

EUROGI Informal ExCom Meeting in Brussels

Participants of the meeting. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008
The meeting chaired by EUROGI President Prof. Mauro Salvemini was hosted by the DG ENT where the GMES Bureau is located. The aim of the meeting was to make final arrangements of the preparation of the EUROGI Members Day and the 2008 Annual General Board Meeting. HUNAGI was represented by its Secretary General.
Some references on GMES
GMES website:
Next GMES Forum: Lille, September 2008
Some references on the hot institutions:
Enterprise Europe Network
Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry Policy
Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI)
DG ENT SME portal
Committee of the Regions
European Economic and Social Committee

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

EU CASCADOSS Project related Symposium and Workshop in Warsaw

CASCADOSS Symposium in Warsaw on 16 June, 2008
From Mr. Ádám Podolcsák of CompetTerra Ltd:
"Evaluating Free and Open Source Sofware for Geoinformation (FOSS4G) for Environmental Applications International Symposium and International Information Workshop
Both events are being offered to the international GIS community – in particular:
members of organizations dealing with geo-information (GI);
small- and medium entrepreneurs;
representatives of regional self-government authorities;
staff of institutions involved in implementation of the GMES Programme, including representatives of national GMES offices;
staff of National Mapping Authorities (NMAs);
other members of the Open-Source community
The main purpose of the International Symposium is to present results accomplished so far by the CASCADOSS Project partners, such as outcomes of an assessment of available FOSS4G tools and solutions, and to demonstrate the most promising and useful applications. We will also strive to address the following questions:
In what way open-source software can foster use of GI technologies (particularly in reference to the GMES Programme) in the public sector?
How the existing GI standards contribute to the development of open-source applications?
What are the current trends in this area?
How can FOSS4G services benefit from open-source solutions and stimulate the development of business-related GIS&RS applications?
Useful information Registration:For registration, please use the electronic registration form available at the Project website.Using this form, any prospective participant can register for either of the events (Symposium or Workshop), or for both. Please, note that participation in the International Symposium is limited to 100 participants, registrations will be done on the "first come – first serve" basis.
Deadline for registration: 2 May 2008
Participation in the event is free of charge (no registration fees).
Language: All presentations, sessions and other activities at the Symposium will be conducted in English. Similarly, all materials developed for/at the event will be in English. Travel and Accomodation: Travel and accommodation arrangements are upon own discretion of the participants. Travel and accommodation costs are not covered by the organizers. Please, visit the Accommodation section on the Project website for information that you may find helpful in your arrangements. Note for students: the organizers have arranged a limited number of budget-priced double rooms (about 20 Euro/person). Please, contact us directly if you are interested. The reservations will be made on the "first come – first serve" basis. Please, be ready to share your room with another person.
Posters:A poster session will be organized at the International Symposium. If you wish to submit a poster, please indicate this in the registration form. Please, note that the organizers reserve the right to make a selection of submitted posters in case their number would exceed available space.
Meals: Free lunches will be provided at both events. Participation in the social programme (that includes dinner) costs 30 Euro, payable directly to the organizers at the event. The social programme will be organized at both events so if you choose to participate in both, this would amount to a 60 Euro fee. Other matters: Wireless Internet access (WLAN) will be available – therefore, the participants are encouraged to bring along their laptop computer.
Additional info: PODOLCSÁK Ádám, 6721 Szeged, Kálvin tér 2. Email:

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Conference on eGovernment at the Central European University in Budapest

László Z.Karvalics introduced some constraints of the paradigm change with examples. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008
More information please visit

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

A new journal for a new vision!

International Journal of Digital Earth
Published quarterly and based at the Centre for Earth Observation and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China
Free table of contents alerting service:
Taylor & Francis
HUNAGI keeps excellent relations with a series of Publishers worldwide including the printed and the electronic media as GIM, GeoConnexion, International Journal for Spatial Data Research, Bernard Harzer, GSDI Newsletter, FIG Newsletter, ISPR Newsletter, EuroSDR Newsletter, ITC News, ePSIplus Newsletter and CORDIS. Periodica from Slovenia, Geodézia és Kartográfia as well as Térinformatika-online are partners too.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Forum GMES 2008

Forum GMES 2008
16-17 September, 2008
Lille, France
GMES: Global Monitoring for Environment and Security
A jointly organised by the French Ministry responsible for Reserch and Sustainable Development and the European Commission.
HUNAGI attended a GMES Forum in Baveno/Stresa in 2004 on behalf of the European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information.

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Local Space; Global Connections: Visualising cultural data through space and time

From the daily mail a letter from UC Berkeley:
Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI) Director’s Report March 2008
"We hope that you will join us for the 4th Congress of Cultural Atlases hosted by the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI) and Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. Local Space; Global Connections: Visualising cultural data through space and time will be held on 22-24 April 2008 on Curtin University’s beautiful campus in the vibrant Western Australian city of Perth. For more information, contact details and to register your interest, visit the web site at
Upcoming Events:
Association for Asian Studies 4/3/2008-4/6/2008 Location: Atlanta, Georgia Description: ECAI will hold a panel discussion at the 2008 meeting.
ECAI Congress of Cultural Atlases IV 4/21/2008-4/25/2008 Location: Curtin Technical University, Perth, Australia
United Nations Vesak Day Celebration 5/13/2008-5/17/2008 Location: Hanoi, Vietnam Description: ECAI will hold a number of workshops at the UN Day of Vesak and the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha.
International Joint GIS-IDEAS AND PNC/ECAI Conference 200812/2/2008-12/5/2008 Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
ECAI Congress of Cultural Atlases V3/22/2009-3/26/2009 Location: Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Friday, 14 March 2008

New Implementation Rule Draft and the 2008 INSPIRE Conference announced

From our daily mail:
INSPIRE Draft Implementing Rule for Monitoring and Reporting published
INSPIRE Draft Implementing Rules for Monitoring and Reporting is now available for public view and for comments from SDICs and LMOs. The deadline for receiving feedback is 11 May 2008. ..
Reports Published
The reports on the two recent questionnaires have been published today by the INSPIRE DT Data Specifications.
Questionnaire on the use of the elements of spatial and temporal schema: Report
Questionnaire on Unique Identifiers: Report
User Requirements Survey
The User Requirements Survey still open. The aim of this survey is to collect in a structured manner information related to user requirements that are relevant for the development of the specifications for the date themes that are part of Annex I, Annex II and Annex III of the INSPIRE Directive.
INSPIRE Conference 2008 call for papers
The call for papers for the INSPIRE Conference 2008 is open. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 31 March 2008. Details can be found on the
conference site.
Grantholder positions available at the Spatial Data Infrastructures Unit, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
The Spatial Data Infrastructures Unit, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission ( ), is soliciting applications for grant holders.

The following profiles are being sought:
IES-300821 - Geo-spatial data interoperability and modeling
IES-300822 - Socio-economic evaluation of spatial data infrastructure
IES-300823 - Policy analysis and information requirements in relation to INSPIRE and SEIS development
The first cut-off date for applications is 4 April 2008.

More information about the deadlines and conditions is available from Information:

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

First Conference in Hungary on GI/SDI support in Logistics in Hungary

Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2007
Spatial and temporal Dimensions in Logistics
Joint MLBKT-HUNAGI Conference

April 15, 2008 Budapest
Hotel Rubin

Working language is Hungarian
Program and Registration sheet
More information:

2008. 03. 12.
HUNAGI-MLBKT konferencia
A Magyar Logisztikai, Beszerzési és Készletezési Társaság ésa Magyar Térinformatika Társaság
tisztelettel meghívja Önt közös ankétjukra:
Tér és idő a logisztikában(Spatial and temporal dimensions in logistics)
2008. április 15. Hotel Rubin, Budapest
Emlékeznek a logisztikával kapcsolatos 5M meghatározásra? Ebből témánk szempontjából a "megfelelő időben" és "megfelelő helyen" momentumokat idézzük fel. A térinformatika logisztikai alkalmazása ezekre a kérdésekre adhat választ, összekapcsolva a hagyományosnak tekinthető adat- és információfeldolgozást a vizuális megjelenítéssel. Konferenciánk az MLBKT tavalyi őszi kongresszusán szervezett térinformatikai szekció szerves folytatása, és célja, hogy mélyebb ismereteket nyújtson ezeknek a megoldásoknak a lehetőségeiről a logisztikában.
Témák és előadókAz ITS rendszerek szerepe és lehetőségei az európai trend tükrébenDr.-habil. Lindenbach Ágnes (ITS Hungary Egyesület)Navigációs adatok szerepe a logisztika térinformatikai támogatásánálMitnyan Zoltán (graphIT Kft.) A BILK Kombiterminál logisztikai feladatainak támogatása DGPS megoldássalBartha Csaba (Navicom Bt.) - Fábián Zoltán (BILK Kombiterminál ZRt.) - Prajczer Tamás (GeoX Kft.)Szállítási feladatok optimalizálása térinformatikai alapokonBaranyi Péter (VARINEX Zrt.) - Nyúl Katalin (C.C Soft Kft.) RFID a logisztikai folyamatokbanSchmidt Pál - Kókai Ferenc (Konzorcia Kft.)RFID az agrárlogisztikában és a terméknyomonkövetésben Füzesi István - Herdon Miklós (Debreceni Egyetem)Térinformatikai alkalmazások a MOL Csoport logisztikai rendszerébenDacher A. Zoltán - Gilly Lóránt - Kálmán László - dr. Kenessey Gábor (MOL Nyrt.)A térinformatika alkalmazásának üzleti értékeHorváth Miklós (MASPED)Schwechat (Ausztria) ipari központból tudásközponttá alakításaPaul Andor Farkas (CEIT)
részletes program és a jelentkezési lap letölthető innen.
Jelentkezni a 267-9619-es fax számon illetve az e-mail címen lehet.
Jelentkezési határidő: 2008. április 4.

GIS Open 2008 Conference in Székesfehérvár started today

Zsolt Barkóczi CIO of VÁTI, President of HUNAGI in action. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008

Monday, 10 March 2008

IJDE is now online and the first issue free of charge

International Journal of Digital Earth is now accessible on-line

Dr.Wang Changlin wrote recently:
".... I am very pleased to let you know that the official journal of the International Society for Digital Earth ---the International Journal of Digital Earth (IJDE) has been published, and all contents of the first issue are freely available online .
Wang Changlin, Prof. Dr.
Secretariat Director, International Society for Digital Earth
Editorial Assistant, International Journal of Digital Earth
Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Sunday, 9 March 2008

eSDI-Net+ project - Identification and analysis of best practice

Under the spotlight:
Methodology for describing sub-national SDIs
Details will follow soon

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Organize the world's information geographically

Images: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008
Innovative approach generated GI users in a magnitude of hundreds of millions worldwide
Ed Parsons, the Geospatial Technologist of Google explains the simple but great realised vision of Google: organize the world's information geographically. The Google GeoWeb Search is actually a compliementary approach to the development of Global Spatial Data Infrastructures.

During the lunch, the experiences with HUNAGI blogs operated by Google's blogspot engines were discussed with Ed Parsons, in the cirlcle of Bruce McCormack, Vice-President of EUROGI and Leuven Catholic University representatives Ms.Katleen Janssen and Danny Vandenbroucke. This latter is the responsible for the monitoring of the development of NSDI in 32 European countries between 2002 and 2007, the so called "INSPIRE State of Play" It was mentioned, HUNAGI was just asked by MoEW to provide a service to complete the questionnaire related to the European survey.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Transport Hubs as Innovation Hubs,
May 19-21, Vienna International Airport
From our daily mail of 27/02/2008:
"Dear Dr. Remetey-Fülöpp, dear Gabor!
It´s a pleasure to inform you that the first draft of the program for REAL CORP 008: Mobility Nodes as Innovation Hubs

13th International Conference on Urban Planning in Information and Knowledge Society May 19th -21st 2008 at Vienna International Airport is available at (direct link:
The CALL FOR PAPERS for NON-REVIEWED PAPERS is still open (submission of abstracts until February 29th 2008, print-ready papers until March 31st 2008) and there are also several possibilities for buisness marketing - download our marketing folder at
Special workshops focus on
AIRCLIP: Airports and Climate Protection / Achieving Sustainability at Airports
SECURITY of CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE: Terrorist Challenge As A Threat To Current Urbanisation
SYSTEM DYNAMICS: international developments of SD application in the context of land use, transport and related fields of science.

Transport Hubs as Innovation Hubs
Transport hubs are nerve centers of our modern mobile society and rapidly become economic centers - the new "Airport Cities" are remarkable examples.Where many people come together information and knowledge is shared and new ideas are created, and so airports, train stations, motorway rests become knowledge- and innovation hubs. The international conference REAL CORP 008 focuses on these 21st-century-transport- and innovation-hubs that are exceptionally challenging for urban and transport planning, architecture and real estate development.
Some of the questions to be dealt with:
How can the role of transport hubs as innovation hubs be improved?
Which technologies ensure the reliable functioning of the hubs and what further improvement is needed?
How can anticipatory planning ensure the sustainable development of those structures?
How can unmeant spatial developments be avoided and environmental impacts be dealt with?
General information on CORP-conferences:
held annually since 1996, have become the biggest annual conference on "Urban Development in Information and Knowledge Society"
450 participants from all over the world
100+ presentations and workshops, social program, exhibition
experts and decision makers from private enterprises, politics, science and administration
all papers from 1996 on are published online at and can be downloaded for free
Photos of REAL CORP 007 (May 2007 at TechGateVienna) can be found at
Let me take the opportunity to refer to another extraordinary interesting conference this year, the annual conference of ISOCARP - International Society of City and Regional Planners, that will be held in China this upcoming September:
URBAN GROWTH without Sprawl

19-23 September 2008, Dalian - China
Kind regards, Manfred Schrenk
Manfred Schrenk, CEIT Central European Institute of Technologymanaging director
CEIT ALANOVADepartment for Urbanism, Transport, Environment and Information Society
Am Concordepark 2/FA-2320 Schwechat / Austria
fon +43 1 90360 1240fax +43 1 90360 1299mobile +43 664 8544390
Director CORP - Competence Center for Urban and Regional Planning, www.corp.atVice-President/Treasurer ISOCARP - International Society of City and Regional Planners, "