Wednesday, July 11, 2007

GSDI 10 comes to Trinidad in 2008

Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) 10 will be held in Trinidad on 25-29 Feb, 2008, at the University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus.

GSDI-10 invites presentations covering the full range of practice, development and research experiences that advance the practice and theory of spatial data infrastructure development. Submissions relating to the GSDI-10 theme of "Small Island Perspectives on Global Challenges: The Role of Spatial Data in Supporting a Sustainable Future" are particularly attractive. The pressing needs of small island nations are a particular emphasis of the conference and include such concerns as:
  • Sustainable development
  • Disaster prevention, warning, management, response, and recovery
  • Alleviation of poverty and crime
  • Economic development
  • Lessening the digital divide including access to information technologies
  • Ensuring food security
  • Support of transportation, health and communication systems
  • Facilitating land ownership
Specific presentation topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Design and development of depositories, portals, and registries for geographic data, metadata and services.
  • Innovative methods for addressing technical, legal, economic or institutional challenges in implementing spatial data infrastructure concepts, components and systems.
  • Experiences with current spatial data infrastructures at local,regional, national and multi-national levels and their evaluation.
  • Emerging participatory, inclusive or collaborative approaches in developing content and building infrastructure (examples: PPGIS, GEOSS, UNSDI, Google Earth, Virtual Earth, data commons, open source software).
  • Challenges and approaches to standardization of data and interoperability of systems.
  • Barriers to sharing data and methods for achieving success in sharing.
  • Alternative methods and models for planning, financing and implementing spatial data infrastructure or related initiatives.
  • Policies supporting creation and responsible management of spatial data infrastructure resources.
  • Progress achieved by developing nations through information infrastructure development efforts.
  • Facilitation of international support for the development of spatial data infrastructure.
  • Analysis of practical cases to determine whether infrastructure initiatives are actually achieving goals such as increasing efficiency and effectiveness in the management of information or helping to advance health, education, social welfare, security, safety and similar social goals.
  • Education and capacity building efforts.
  • Basic and applied research in advancing spatial data infrastructure theory and concepts.
More information: Full Call for Papers. Two page poster.

Deadline for submission of Abstracts - Sept 15, 2007
Notification of Presentation/ Poster Acceptances - Oct 15, 2007
Deadline for submission of full Papers and Posters - Dec 15, 2007

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