Forum addresses issues in Americas

Forum addresses issues in Americas


Hyderabad, India: Near-real time data to influence participation in 2010 census mail, also provided huge financial benefits, according to Timothy Trainer, Chief – Cartographic division, US Census Bureau. Trainer was addressing the National Mapping Organisation – Industry exchange forum, on the second day of pre-conference programme of Geospatial World Forum 2011, hosted by GIS Development. The forum was chaired by Prof. Orhan Altan, President, ISPRS.

In his speech, Trainer focussed on integration of technology, demographics and socio-economic data for development. He cited the case of annual household surveys, asserted the power of statistical data and the power of geospatial network.

Prashant Shukle, Director General – Mapping Information Branch, National Resources Canada identified challenges faced by national mapping organisations and how the organisations can respond to those challenges. He stressed on the need for measuring the relevance of work done through its impact and value, while trying to find out how to address technological changes, communicate with policy makers and find out what is relevant to one’s own department. To address the challenges that organisations face, he asserted on the need to look internally and try to get a voice.

Luiz Paulo Souto Fortes, Director of Geosciences, Executive Secretary of CONCAR, President, PC – IDEA, discussed the status and perspectives of IBGE’s (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica) geosciences production. He informed the audience about the organisation’s online tools and services, processing and combination centre of the SIRGAS-CON network, several seamless cartographic base projects at various scales, status of orthorectification in various states, and the role of IBGE in the national SDI, INDE, including being the producer of geospatial data and information and being the disseminator of procedures for electronic access of data and metadata. According to him, the future of geospatial information involves integration, with multinational organisations organising forums with national mapping agencies and governments in order to encourage the production, delivery, harmonisation, integration and sharing of geospatial information.

Offering industry perspective, Peter Large, Vice President, Trimble, discussed the interplay between technology, economics and policy and observed that the three are aligned – but it is easy to say, hard to do. He observed that as the ability to acquire and generate geospatial data increases exponentially, the ability to extract information from data becomes critical. He highlighted several instances where technological innovations can contribute to economics but are limited by policy constraints.

Source: Our Correspondent