Sixteen RESOLUTIONS were made at GSDI-6, which was held at Budapest from 15-19 September 2002. They are as follows:
Transition to GSDI Association
The participants in GSDI-6 support the existing Board of Directors and the need to expand the membership to strengthen the capacity and share the work of the transition of the GSDI organization to a permanent and sustainable status.
To further that aim, the following actions will be taken:
·The GSDI board and/or taskforce(s) should prepare a strategic plan (within a 6-month timeframe) for sustainability and related critical actions in 18 and 36 months;
·The board be expanded to include new members with the necessary skills and commitment to carry forward the creation of a sustainable organization;
·In a 6 month timeline, the board and/or assigned task force(s) should recommend an accountable governance model including membership categories for the GSDI board, advisory council and council.
Reaffirmation of Goals
The GSDI Association reaffirms the importance of working to the following goals:
•Support the establishment and expansion of local, national, and regional (multi-nation) spatial data infrastructures that are globally compatible,
•Provide an organization to foster international communication and collaborative efforts for advancing spatial data infrastructure innovations,
•Support interdisciplinary research and education activities that advance spatial data infrastructure concepts, theories and methods;
•Enable better public policy and scientific decision-making through spatial data infrastructure advancements;
•Promote the ethical use of and access to geographic information;
•Foster spatial data infrastructure developments in support of important worldwide needs such as:
Improving local to national economic competitiveness,
Addressing local to global environmental quality and change,
Increasing efficiency, effectiveness, and equity in all levels of government, and
Advancing the health, safety and social wellbeing of humankind in all nations.
The GSDI council and members will promote the engagement of local, state, national, and regional providers of all forms of spatial information, such as social and economic information, so that the geographic dimensions of this information are fully accommodated in the implementation of the Spatial Data Infrastructures.
Capacity Building for NSDI
The GSDI Association will give special attention to develop capacity building efforts with particular reference to obtaining resources for sustained capacity building in developing nations.
Regional SDI Groups
The GSDI Association recognises the important role played by regional SDI groups, and particularly groups such as ECA/CODI in developing regions, and resolves to support these groups in their efforts in capacity building and training, raising funds, increasing levels of participation, policy implementation in member states, and improving technology infrastructures.
The GSDI realizes the criticality of collaboration with other global organisations and will continue its efforts to find ways to develop combined initiatives in the areas of :
·Awareness and outreach
·Joint meetings, conferences, workshops
·Implementing SDI policies in developing nations.
The GSDI Association notes that the Plan of Implementation adopted at the World Summit on Sustainable Development included actions related to global spatial data. The GSDI Association recognises the efforts of ISCGM in achieving this outcome. The GSDI will take steps to become a type II organization under the WSSD and comply with the Plan of Implementation.
The GSDI should encourage national and regional SDI entities to make concerted efforts to disseminate the information to the regional SDI and the GSDI respectively, on upcoming events as well as the results of past forums (conferences, workshops, training etc).
Data Access and Interoperability
There is a recognized need to further demonstrate the utility of catalogs and map services for improving data access and integration of national, regional, and global data.
The GSDI Association will support operationalising Global Map and Global Land Cover by promoting and sustaining interoperable catalog, map, and data services for global to local access and use.
The continued involvement of representatives from the public, private, and academic sectors is critical to advance a Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI). It is important for the interests of all sectors to be adequately represented in both the planning and execution of future programs under the GSDI.
The GSDI Association will encourage broad but balanced participation among all sectors in the GSDI planning process and programs that follow.
SDI Best Practices
To accelerate the development and sharing of best practices in SDI implementation, increased participation is required on the Legal and Economic and Technical Working Groups to create and collate common information resources and guidance for global reference and adoption ticipation is required on the Legal and Economic and Technical Working Groups to create and collate common information resources and guidance for global reference.
India will host the GSDI-7 meeting in Bangalore in late January 2004. The Indian delegation has nominated Dr. Mukund Rao as the President-elect of the GSDI Association. By acclamation, the GSDI accepts these actions.
Acknowledging the opportunities to strengthen regional SDI groups to represent the interests of countries in Africa and the Middle East, and in support of working with other international organisations, the GSDI Secretariat will continue to explore opportunities with FIG and ECA/CODI for conducting the GSDI-8 meeting in Cairo, Egypt in conjunction with the FIG working week meeting in May 2005.
Thanks to Intergraph
The GSDI Board acknowledges the establishment of the Intergraph Open Interoperability Grant Program and thanks Preetha Pulusani, President of Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions.
Thanks to John Moeller
The GSDI recognizes the contributions by John Moeller as staff director of the US FGDC who had the vision and the willingness to contribute his time and the resources of the FGDC into GSDI. On the occasion of his recent retirement, we are sad to lose his personal participation, contributions, and positive personality, and wish him well in his future.
A special vote of thanks in recognition of the success of GSDI-6 is directly related to the hard work and tireless efforts of:
·HUNAGI, Gabor Remetey-Fulopp, and the local organizing committee here in Budapest
·EUROGI, Karen Levoleger, Anton Wolfkamp, Bino Marchesini, and Ian Masser
·The GSDI Secretariat, John Moeller and Alan Stevens
· Santiago Borrero