Tag Archive | Geomatics

Responsible Geospatial Data Sharing: A Canadian Viewpoint

by Rodolphe Devillers, Spatial Data Infrastructure Magazine, March 19, 2012

This article summarizes the main research findings of a 4-year Canadian GEOIDE project that looked at law, data quality, public protection and ethics in relation to geospatial data. The project involved geomatics engineering professionals, geographers and lawyers, giving a multidisciplinary perspective on those questions. Relatively little work had previously been carried out in Canada on the legal framework related to geospatial data, including liability, privacy and intellectual property questions. This project, in collaboration with a number of government (e.g. Natural Resources Canada, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Transportation Canada), industry (i.e. Groupe Trifide) and international partners (e.g. CERTU, Eurogeographics, international Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)), laid important foundations in these areas. …

For full text of the article, visit Responsible Geospatial Data Sharing: A Canadian ViewpointSDI Magazine.

Webinar on Geospatial Privacy

Geospatial Privacy: Why You Should Know About it and How it Can be Handled

  • English Webinar: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 – 1:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
  • French Webinar: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 – 1:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

Webinar Overview
The GeoConnections Program invites you to learn about and discuss emerging issues in geospatial privacy and how these issues can be handled. GeoConnections has conducted a number of studies and supported the development of guidelines related to geospatial privacy. This webinar session will introduce Geospatial Privacy Awareness and Risk Management – Guide for Federal Agencies, a March 2010 guideline that was created to be widely applicable to not only the federal public sector but other levels of government, the private sector, the academic sector, non-governmental organizations, and the general public. In addition, you will learn about other recent GeoConnections work on this topic, including:

  • International Comparative Analysis of Geospatial Information Privacy, March 2010 – an overview of how other leading nations in the implementation of spatial data infrastructure are dealing with geospatial privacy issues
  • Research Related to Privacy and the Use of Geospatial Information, November 2009 – the results of public opinion research in Canada related to the implications of geospatial privacy
  • A Manager’s Guide to Public Health Geomatics , February 2010 – overview of privacy issues in public health geomatics
  • Anonymizing Geospatial Data, 2010 – introduction to web-based tools for anonymizing geospatial data (i.e., preventing the identification of individuals)
  • Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure Operational Policies Needs Analysis – Privacy, March 2011 – results of the recent analysis of the need for operational policy instruments in this area

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) will also speak about their work related to geospatial privacy…. If you would like to participate, please click here to register for this webinar. If you would like more information, please contact Kim Stephens by e-mail at kims [at] hickling [dot] ca, or by telephone at 613-237-2220, ext. 205.

India’s Government unveils new Remote Sensing Data Policy

From the GSDI announcements:

PTI, Jul 5, 2011

The government has unveiled a new remote sensing data policy which allows all data of resolutions up to 1 meter to be distributed on a non-discriminatory basis and on “as requested basis”. The Remote Sensing Data Policy 2011 (RSDP 2011) replaces a 2001 policy which allowed all data of resolutions up to 5.8 metres to be distributed on non-discriminatory and “as requested” basis. The RSDP 2011, apart from opening up the remote sensing sector, will remove certain restrictions to facilitate more users to access high resolution data for developmental activities. …

For full text of the article, visit Government unveils new Remote Sensing Data Policy – India – DNA.

34th International Symposium for Remote Sensing of the Environment

34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment

Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

10-15 April 2011

The GEOSS Era: Towards Operational Environmental Monitoring

Final Program

We are proud to invite International Airborne Science Community Researchers and Platform Users to participate in the symposium as well as the annual meeting of ISPRS WG I/1: Standardization of Airborne Platform Interface which will be convened in conjunction with ISRSE34.


The Organizing Committee of the 34th International Symposium for Remote Sensing of the Environment (ISRSE) cordially invites you to visit Sydney and participate in what promises to be an excellent high quality Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment.  The first of these Symposia was held in 1962 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA under the direction of the Willow Run Laboratories of the University of Michigan and it has continued in a similar form ever since.  The Symposia series is now guided by the international committee (ICRSE) comprising experts in the field of remote sensing who represent most of the world’s national space agencies.  ISRSE has become one of the main forums for programmatic discussions on remote sensing components of the ‘Global Earth Observation system of Systems– GEOSS”, currently being implemented through the Group on Earth Observation GEO, which (at the time of preparation) is composed of 80 member countries, 58 participating organizations and 5 observers.

For more information and program via 34th International Symposium for Remote Sensing of the Environment.

State of Remote Sensing Law Conference Papers Online

Journal of Space Law Volume 34 (2008) Now Available Online Without Charge

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, ResCommunis Blog, National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law, March 11, 2011

The Journal of Space Law Volume 34 (2008) is now available on-line.  The first part of the volume contains the papers from the The 2nd International Conference on the State of Remote Sensing Law: A Comprehensive Look at the State of Remote Sensing Law held at at the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law, 16-18 January 2008. The second part of the volume features a special section: The 50th Anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Act.  …

For full text of the article, visit Journal of Space Law Volume 34 (2008) Now Available Online Without Charge « Res Communis.

Earth-Observation Summit Endorses Global Data Sharing


by Richard Stone, Science Magazine, November 12, 2010

A veritable orchestra of Earth-observation systems is intended to make reams of data available and relevant to decision-makers. At the summit last week of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO)—the organization attempting to get this ensemble performing in synchrony—initiatives were unveiled to monitor land-cover changes and forest carbon stocks. And GEO delegates embraced plans to funnel data from platforms tracking everything from biodiversity to earthquake risks into a free and open database.

For full text of the article, click here.

Science 12 November 2010:
Vol. 330 no. 6006 p. 902
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6006.902

Keywords: Forest Carbon, REDD, SERVIR, Disaster / Crisis Response, Biodiversity

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