Monday, June 18, 2007

Caribbean SDI Resolutions

The strategic visioning session of the URISA 3rd Caribbean GIS Conference, held on Nov 2 2006 in The Bahamas, involved some 60 participants from 15 countries. The broad areas that were considered to be of significance to national and regional SDI development were:
  1. A Caribbean/Regional SDI Coordinating Body
  2. Capacity Building, GIS Training and Education
  3. Funding for GIS Development
  4. Information Technology
  5. Data Acquisition
  6. Data Access and Dissemination
  7. Institutional Arrangements
  8. SDI Policy/Legislation
  9. Contract Specifications and Consultancy Services
  10. Geodetic Infrastructure
Though well-considered, the Caribbean SDI Resolutions (66KB Word) are still essentially draft and not ratified by any regional authority.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Destination: Cayman Islands

URISA has hinted that the 4th Caribbean GIS Conference will be held on Aug 25 - 29, 2008 in the Cayman Islands. It'll be interesting to see what progress has been made with GIS in the Caribbean since the 2006 Conference.

ILWIS is now Freeware

As forewarned by Raj, ILWIS is now freeware; along with a few useful specialised geodetic utilities.