20th Session of UN Commission on Science and Technology Draft Resolution published

The Twentieth Session of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development was held from 08 – 12 May 2017 ,Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. More information is available at http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2017/05/the-twentieth-session-of-the-united-nations-commission-on-science-and-technology-for-development/ .

Open data and open principles in science and education are key for ensuring food security by 2030. Let us work together to eradicate extreme poverty and enable shared prosperity for all. Capacity building is strongly highlighted in the Science, technology and innovation for development draft resolution available at http://unctad.org/meetings/en/SessionalDocuments/ecn162017_DraftRes_STI_en.pdf

The European Commission's high-level advisers advocate open research and innovation as essential drivers for growth in Europe. Details at http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?pg=newsalert&year=2017&na=na-150517 .

Data integration experts lead Europe’s contribution to global Sustainable Development Goal Indicators

UN-GGIM: Europe has announced that its data integration working group will provide the region’s contribution to the global indicator framework for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Call for Papers for a Special Issue on VGI - Looking Towards the Next 10 Years

Although our COST Action may be finished, we hope that you are all still continuing your interesting research on VGI. A few of us are organizing a special issue called ‘VGI: Looking Towards the Next 10 Years’ in the Journal of Geographical Systems and we would welcome papers on any VGI-relevant topic as follows (or see the  PDF).

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Workshop on INSPIRE profile and extension, 20 – 21 June 2017, Marne-La-Vallée, France

The INSPIRE directive cover a broad range of themes, for which national stakeholders are obliged to make data available according to implementing rules and its supporting predefined specifications, the INSPIRE data specifications.

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A survey of official online sources of high-quality free-of-charge geospatial data for maritime GIS applications

Author(s): Christos Kalyvas , Athanasios Kokkos , Theodoros Tzouramanis,
Information Systems, Volume 65, April 2017, Pages 36–51

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GIS in Transit Conference Program Details Published

The National Center for Transit Research, URISA and the Transportation Research Board are pleased to share the program details for the 10th National GIS in Transit Conference*, taking place September 6-8, 2017 in Washington, DC. Early bird registration discounts are available until July 5.

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First Session of IHO Assembly calls for Hydrographic Offices to engage in Marine SDI 

Over 350 people, comprising delegations from 77 International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) Member States plus Associate Member States, UN bodies, industry partners and associated stakeholders, gathered in Monaco from 24-28 April for the First Session of the IHO Assembly. Much of the focus was on how hydrographic data is managed and shared, and how national Hydrographic Offices should engage in Marine SDI and the wider uses of hydrography.

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