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

Saturday, 29 November 2008

EUROGI Extended Member Meeting in Gothenburg

Some of the participants with the 3-member HUNAGI delegation. Image: Isabel Barros for HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008
Images: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008

Thursday, 27 November 2008

One of the ISDE father Prof. Chen Shupeng passed away

Prof Wang Changling, Secretary of the International Society Digital Earth submitted the following sad news from China which I would like to share also with the Hungarian GI/RS community. I personally met Prof. Chen at the ISDE-4 Symposium held in Tokyo and I was deeply impressed by his enormous contribution to the development of the R+D and applications of GI/RS also reflected by the introduced book entitled "Geo-Information Science and Digital Earth" published by Science Press.
Here you are the message of Prof. Wang he sent to the member of executive committee of ISDE yesterday:

"It is with my great sorrow and regret to let you know that our respected and renowned ISDE EC member, Prof. Chen Shupeng passed away at 20:05 on Nov. 25, 2008 at the age of 88.
Prof. Chen was a great scientist both in China and in the world. He was respected a father-figure person in China both in remote sensing and GIS fields. Further more, I need to say that he was one of the founders of the International Society for Digital Earth, and had played important role in advancing digital earth both in China and in the world.
Immediately after the speech of Mr. Al Gore in 1998, the Chinese Academy of Sciences organized several meetings to discuss the concept of Digital Earth, and Prof. Chen was one of the key scientists on supporting the Digital Earth.
In April 1999, he published a book "One Hundred Questions about Digital Earth" by Science Press, Beijing, and a paper "Digital earth as a global strategy and its master point " on Journal of Remote Sensing, China; "Digital Earth-challenge and some thoughts" on Remote Sensing Information ;
"Earth Observation and Digital Earth - Understanding and Development", Chen Shupeng and Guo Huadong. The 20th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing,1999.
At the 1st International Symposium on Digital Earth in Beijing, he presented "Geo-Graphic Information Science and Digital Earth",
In 2001, he published "Digital Earth Monitoring for World Forest" in Journal of Remote Sensing, China
At the 1st International Workshop on Geobrowser held in December 2002 in Beijing, he presented "Digital Earth in Progress";
In 2003, he wrote a chapter "Remote Sensing Applications and Digital Earth" , published at Science Press in China, Science Press";
In 2003, he published a paper "Digital Earth: Co-constructing and Sharing" at Scientific Consult, China
In 2003, at the 3rd ISDE in Brno, Czech Republic, he presented "Briging over the Digital gaps for sustainable development"
In 2004, he published a book with 740 pages "Geo-Information Science and Digital Earth", Science Press.
In 2005, at the 4th ISDe in Tokyo, he presented "Grid System for Digital Earth"
In 2007, He wrote "Digital Earth in Support of Global Change Research" with Co-author Prof. John van Genderen, which was published on the Inaugural Issue of the International Journal of Digital Earth. This paper was written when he was in hospital for his heart-attack treatment.
Above is only some of his publications for his work related to Digital Earth. From this you can see what a huge amount of great support he did for digital earth activities.
Prof. Chen was an advisor of the Development Strategy Committee of the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth, CAS, and he paid great care to the 6th International Symposium on Digital Earth to be held next year in Beijing. It was Prof. Chen who led a group of scientists on writting the Beijing Declaration on Digital Earth during the 1st ISDE in Beijing, which made series of International Symposium on Digital Earth as well as Digital Earth Summit become important events in the world, which aims to advancing the digital earth development and enabling digital earth to benifit all citizens in the world.
Prof. Chen's passing away is a great loss to the digital earth communiies in the world, and also to his family. His knowledge, character, personality and scientific contribution to the world will be with us forever...."

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
14F, Kedian Tower, No. 9 Beiyitiao Road, Zhongguancun, Beijing , 100190, China
Tel: 86-10-58887297, Fax: 86-10-58887302
For ISDE Secretariat: :

Thursday, 20 November 2008

GSDI and HUNAGI represented at the GEO Vth Plenary in Bucharest

President of GSDI delivers the Association's statement at the Opening session of GEO-V

GSDI labeled badge and the Week at a glance of the GEO -V Plenary

Prof Bas Kok, President of GSDI met with Dr. Pakorn Apaphant, Chair of CEOS WGISS

First high level talk between representatives of the International Society of Digital Earth, UNGIWG and GSDI Association arranged on 19th November 2008 in Bucharest. Left to right: Prof. Guo Huadong, Secretary General of ISDE, Lóránt Czárán of UNGIWG Co-Chair UNOOSA/SPIDER and Prof. Bas Kok, President of GSDI). Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008

The Romanian Parliament, venue of the GEO V Plenary.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

EUROGI and HUNAGI represented at the Digital Earth Summit 2008

Executive Committee Meeting of the Digital Earth in the Cupola of the Astrophysical Institute in Potsdam. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008
More on the event at

Monday, 10 November 2008

INSPIRE-related discussion list of EUROGI

Secretary General Joao Geirinhas of EUROGI will launch an announcement on the distribution list under preparation for discussing matters on the framework of the INSPIRE Committee (
At the beginning the secretariat (, Secretary General Joao Geirinhas (, President Prof. Dr. Mauro Salvemini (, Vice-President Bruce McCormack ( and ExCom Member Dr. Gabor Remetey-Fülöpp ( are included in the list.

More information:
João Geirinhas
EUROGI Secretary General
Rua Artilharia Um, 107
1099-052 LISBOA
Telephone: +351 213-819-624
Fax: +351 213-819-668

Global Geospatial Experts

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Saturday, 8 November 2008

Paradigma shift in Mapping the Real World

HUNAGI SG contribution to GIM Magazine's Insider View (Issue November, 2008) entitled:
Bright New GI Horizons
By invitation, the message of the paper was just submitted to the Osaka City University Research Team member Ms.Daniele M.Nascimento, who are working using the multidisciplinary trend analysis approach on the topic "The future of the GI related technologies" based on Delphi methodology.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

HUNAGI as invited partner attends the 9th UNGIWG Meeting's Open Sessions in Vienna

UN Vienna Conference Center site of the UNGIWG Meeting. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2008
UNOOSA hosted the 9th UNGIWG Meeting with invitation based Open Session started today.