[Board] Fwd: Second Session of the UN Committee of Experts on GGGIM (13-15 August 2012)
Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Thu Aug 2 02:53:58 PDT 2012
This is good opportunity and i hope someone in OSGeo Board attends this and represents us. Also whoever is attending this, could i request them to also bring to the attention of any interested UN staff the free Hands-on Workshop on "Open Source GIS & WebMapping for UN staff" on 20-21 November 2012 in Vienna, Austria.
This workshop is tailored especially for members of staff of United Nations (UN) bodies and entities. No specific requirements and skills are needed for participation other than interest in finding out about the potential of open source, open standards and open data for geospatial domain. All course materials of the workshop (including data used for the exercises) will be made available through the website after the workshop, so that it reaches the wider community. This workshop is organized as part of our aim for spreading the benefits of geospatial technologies to all.
These hands on workshops are organised as part of the ICA-OSGeo MoU activities following the successful workshops at ICC 2011, AGILE 2012 etc. I am ccing Barend Köbben (ITC) who is the lecturer for the workshops and Prof. Georg Gartner (President, ICA) for info. I understand Georg will be attending GGIM representing ICA, so he will also be able to promote this.
Participation is free but those interested to attend need to register through the website. Details at http://kartoweb.itc.nl/kobben/SOMAP-OSGEO-workshop/
From: board-bounces at lists.osgeo.org [mailto:board-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Arnulf Christl
Sent: 02 August 2012 10:29
To: OSGeo Board
Subject: [Board] Fwd: Second Session of the UN Committee of Experts on GGGIM (13-15 August 2012)
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Board, OSGeo Advocates,
you might remember that I attended the 1st UN GGIM  meeting in South Korea last year and that following up we sent in a paper with a position (actually two) from OSGeo , .
GGIM translates into "Global Geographic Information Management" and it's mission is to provide a platform and forum for knowledge exchange around geospatial data, software and management for UN member nations.
UN GGIM recognizes OSGeo as an industry player and is interested in further engaging us in their process. To this effect we are invited to send a representative to attend the next UN GGIM meeting to be held in New York. For further details please read the PDF made available here . I would obviously be very interested in doing this myself but unfortunately I have a private event at that time which I cannot move.
Anybody who has ever attended a UN event of this size will know that it is kind of, well, formal and can be sort of 'boring' if I may say that. But last time we were also invited to a really effective hands on session where we could exchange ideas about different topics in a gloabl context. We are recognized at UN GGIM on par with industry reps from Oracle, Google, Samsung SDS, Hexagon (Intergraph, ERDAS, etc), Pitney Bowes, SmallWorld and so on. It would be a shame if we would let this opportunity pass.
I suggest that we try to get someone from the board to attend and in case nobody is available leverage our new advocate page  to find someone.
Unfortunately the mail with the invitation passed my attention due to me switching around mail system and there is now little time left, my apologies for this.
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Subject: Second Session of the UN Committee of Experts on GGGIM (13-15
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:56:27 -0400
From: Vilma Frani <frani at un.org>
CC: Paul Cheung <paul.cheung at un.org>, Stefan Schweinfest
<schweinfest at un.org>, Amor Laaribi <laaribi at un.org>, Gregory Scott <scott12 at un.org>, Ha Fung Ng <ngh at un.org>
On behalf of Mr. Paul Cheung, Director, GGIM Secretariat/United Nations Statistics Division, please find attached a letter regarding the Second Session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management which will be held in New York from 13-15 August 2012.
We look forward to your participation.
United Nations Statistics Division/DESA
2 United Nations Plaza - Room DC2-1664B
New York, N.Y. 10017
Phone: (917) 367-2903
e-mail: frani at un.org
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