Closer cooperation between experts involved in mapping and geographical information research across Europe will benefit the whole continent, says Keith Murray, the new President of EuroSDR – the Europe-wide spatial data research organisation.
“Europe is changing fast. The enlargement of the European Union to 25 members will bring with it new opportunities and new challenges,” says Keith, who is also Head of Geographic Information Strategy with Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency of Great Britain.
Eighteen countries are currently members of EuroSDR, from Ireland in the west to Turkey in the east. The roots of the organisation were set down over 50 years ago and today it brings together representatives of national mapping organisations, academic institutions, private companies and geographical data users to push the boundaries of research and technological developments and also share knowledge.
In his first presidential message to EuroSDR members, he says there are three areas he wants to develop over the two years of the UK presidency:
* Building closer links with a network of other European organisations “to help reuse proven capabilities and engender a common direction”.
* Progressing the sustainable development of a European spatial data infrastructure in cooperation with EuroGeographics and other stakeholders.
* Pursuing a programme of research coupled with workshops and projects aligned to topical issues affecting national mapping organisations, reacting dynamically to current issues and providing information in a timely way.
Keith Murray is a surveyor by training and, after obtaining his MSc, went on to specialise in photogrammetry before moving into research and development. More recently he has been directly involved in developing the concept of the Digital National Framework (DNF) at Ordnance Survey Great Britain. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetric Society.