Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has become a major issue of concern, in the South East Asian Region. In lieu of that, Map Asia 2003 has been postponed to 13th – 15th October 2003. This decision was taken in the best interest of all the prospective participants of Map Asia and in consensus with various government, logistics and support agencies of Asia that play key roles in making the conference a success. Considering the fact that the attendees of Map Asia come from different parts of Asia, Americas, Australia and other countries and that they might be reluctant to travel to Kuala Lumpur during the month of July, this decision of postponement till October has been taken. The organizers are positive that the situation will be back to normal.
Founded in the year 2002, Map Asia 2003 is the 2nd Annual Asian Conference and Exhibition in the field of GIS, GPS, Aerial Photography and Remote Sensing. There has been an increase in the usage of mapping technology in Asia, with the growing awareness of utility of spatial data for developmental purposes. With the increasing penetration of information technology, usage of geographic information is finding more attention from multiple user segments. Information dissemination, about the latest technology developments, possible applications, and integration with allied technologies, has been playing a very important role towards promoting and propagating usage for overall development of the region.
Map Asia is evolving as a platform for all stakeholders like researchers, users, technology developers and policy makers to discuss, deliberate and share knowledge and experiences for the benefit of Asian Geoinformatics community.