International collaboration

International sharing of knowledge on authoritative geospatial information

PSMA Australia has signed a letter of intent mapping out steps for closer cooperation with EuroGeographics, the Development Bank of Latin America and the Pan-American Institute for Geography and History (PAIGH).

EuroGeographics, CAF (Development Bank of Latin America), the Pan-American Institute for Geography and History (PAIGH) and PSMA Australia Limited have just signed a letter of intent mapping out steps for closer cooperation.

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The collaboration will lead to an intercontinental agreement between the organisations with a key objective of contributing to the development of a practical global spatial data infrastructure. The aim is to share knowledge and support worldwide demand for consistent, authoritative geospatial information whilst also enhancing the individual capabilities and organisational capacities of each signatory.

“We’re delighted to be planning closer cooperation with our colleagues in CAF, PAIGH and PSMA,” says EuroGeographics’ Executive Director and Secretary General, Dave Lovell OBE. “Exchanging expertise across the three continents will help to advance the development of national, regional and global spatial data infrastructures. It will also support demands for consistent authoritative geospatial information from organisations such as the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and the UN Global Map for Sustainable Development project (UNGM4SD).”

CAF funds and coordinates the CAF/PAIGH GeoSUR Program, the Latin American and Caribbean Geospatial Information Network.

GeoSUR Program coordinator, Eric van Praag added: “This collaboration creates a number of very exciting opportunities, particularly in developing important datasets, establishing networks for sharing best practice and knowledge and, in doing so, increasing the capacity for building geographic information.”

Secretary General of PAIGH, Rodrigo Barriga-Vargas said: “Our organisations have much in common and we welcome the opportunity to learn from one another’s experience. Collaboration between us will greatly benefit the whole geospatial community.”

Chief Executive Officer, PSMA Australia, Dan Paull added: “Further cooperation between us opens up many possibilities for enhancing the delivery of geographic information using the latest ICT developments and leveraging Cloud services. We are really excited to be part of an initiative that focuses on meeting market demands and the needs of users.” The letter of intent was signed at the 8th INSPIRE Conference in Aalborg Denmark (overnight Australian time).

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NOTES TO EDITORS

EuroGeographics Connecting to the authoritative geo-information framework for Europe. EuroGeographics is an international not-for-profit organisation (AISBL/ IVZW under Belgian Law. BCE registration: 833 607 112) and the membership association for the European National Mapping, Land Registry and Cadastral Authorities. It brings together 61 members from 46 countries, from Portugal to the Ukraine and Iceland to Turkey. EuroGeographics members’ showcase.

CAF - Development Bank of Latin America CAF, established in 1970, is a development regional bank committed to sustainable development and regional integration that mobilizes resources from international markets to Latin America and its shareholder countries. CAF funds and coordinates the CAF/PAIGH GeoSUR Program, the Latin American and Caribbean Geospatial Information Network, a regional public good established for the benefit of the Latin American and Caribbean community. http://www.caf.com/en/areas-of-action/infrastructure/geosur

The Pan-American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH) is a technical and scientific body of the Organisation of American States specialising in the areas of cartography, geography, history and geophysics.

PSMA Australia PSMA was established in Australia as a government consortium in 1993. It is now an unlisted public company, which offers foundation national spatial information derived from the authoritative data sources of state, territory and Australian Governments. PSMA offers seven datasets, which the private and public sectors are incorporating into an ever-expanding range of business solutions.

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