Australia: EuroGeographics, CAF (Development Bank of Latin America), the Pan-American Institute for Geography and History (PAIGH) and PSMA Australia have signed a letter of intent mapping out steps for closer cooperation. The letter of intent was signed at the 8th INSPIRE Conference in Aalborg Denmark.
The collaboration will lead to an intercontinental agreement between the organisations with a key objective of contributing to the development of a practical global spatial data infrastructure. The aim is to share knowledge and support worldwide demand for consistent, authoritative geospatial information whilst also enhancing the individual capabilities and organisational capacities of each signatory.
EuroGeographics’ Executive Director and Secretary General, Dave Lovell OBE said, “Exchanging expertise across the three continents will help to advance the development of national, regional and global spatial data infrastructures. It will also support demands for consistent authoritative geospatial information from organisations such as the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and the UN Global Map for Sustainable Development project (UNGM4SD).”
CAF funds and coordinates the CAF/PAIGH GeoSUR Programme, the Latin American and Caribbean Geospatial Information Network. GeoSUR Program coordinator, Eric van Praag added, “This collaboration creates a number of very exciting opportunities, particularly in developing important datasets, establishing networks for sharing best practice and knowledge and, in doing so, increasing the capacity for building geographic information.”
Chief Executive Officer, PSMA Australia, Dan Paull added: “Further cooperation between us opens up many possibilities for enhancing the delivery of geographic information using the latest ICT developments and leveraging Cloud services.”