INTERGEO 2011: Showcasing future trends in geoinformation

INTERGEO 2011: Showcasing future trends in geoinformation

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Nuremberg, Germany: The three-day INTERGEO 2011 conference and trade fair, being held here from 27 to 29 September, will focus on issues that will shape the future of geoinformation. The world’s leading trade fair and conference for geodesy, geoinformation and land management is expected to be attended by over 1,500 conference delegates and 17,500 trade fair visitors from more than 80 countries, who will share their experience and know-how in the field of geoinformation.
In his invitation to INTERGEO 2011, Professor Karl-Friedrich Thöne, President of the DVW (German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management) says, “Focal points include mobile cartography and historical reminiscences, INSPIRE, geoinformation in dialogue, geodesy in crisis management and its role in shaping global change.”Summing up the immense importance of the geo industry, Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich, German Federal Minister of the Interior says, “Our society needs a stable geodata infrastructure if it is to truly get to grips with social challenges ranging from crisis management to demographic change.”
The new additions – BarCamp and navigation conference
A new addition to INTERGEO is the OpenStreetMap BarCamp. This event, held in the style of an open-space conference, examines the potential of OpenStreetMap, an initiative aimed at creating a freely usable world map based on vector data. Besides, the event is also hosting the navigation conference for the first time. The event is being organised by German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) and the industry association BITKOM. “The market for satellite navigation applications offers major opportunities, especially for innovative small and medium-sized enterprises. The right partnerships are needed to give German companies what they need to face competition on the international market. Linking our navigation conference with the INTERGEO trade fair is a logical step in tapping new partnerships and synergies”, says Rainer Bomba, State Secretary at the BMVBS.
The significance of geographic data
The conference is an attempt to highlight the tremendous need for geodata with uniform access throughout Europe and for the appropriate mapping of socially relevant geographic data. Presentations, forums and panel discussions organised during the event will give delegates the opportunity and time to discuss topics including data collection and processing, INSPIRE, geodata infrastructure and innovative technical solutions such as “mobile application” and their efficiency in road building and agriculture.
It is clear that geodesy and satellite processes form the basis for highly accurate reference systems. As a result, these key issues are covered in six sessions of Geodetic Week and in a dedicated block of the presentation programme.
59th Cartographers’ Day
The 59th Cartographers’ Day, which runs in parallel with the conference, focuses on current trends and examines applications in mobile cartography, 3D urban modelling and OpenStreetMap. It also provides ample opportunities for participants to share their know-how with each other. A further key focal point will be the utilisation of geodata from the aspect of data protection.
GIS in schools
Now in its fourth year, the “GIS in Schools” competition for young people staged by the DVW e.V. has met with a staggering response. Young people from 20 schools of various types throughout Thuringia and Bavaria have delved into how geoinformation affects issues in their daily lives. And they have come up with some astoundingly smart ideas on how the modern tool of geoinformation can be linked up with other disciplines such as environmental protection, business, social studies, languages and applied IT. Nine schools are presenting their contributions during the final round of the competition on 29 September 2011. An independent panel of experts will then decide who takes home the prestigious award.