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Policy

Over the last few years AGI members will probably have heard of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (or UN-GGIM for short) – a new part of the UN structure which is focusing on issues relevant to our industry. The Committee meets once a year and the fifth session is being held from 5-7th August 2015.  Ordnance Survey and the Office for National Statistics will be attending and representing the United Kingdom.

OS and ONS are currently in the process of reviewing the published papers for the meeting, and formulating the UK’s position on each of the topics. In order for them to provide as detailed comments as possible, they have asked the AGI to provide comments on the papers. We would like to open up the opportunity for all AGI members to contribute their views to this process and we will continue to support members who want to engage in this area further through the AGI Policy Forum which will be used to discuss the outcomes of the meeting. Joining the Policy Forum can be done by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here is a flavour of the sort of topics covered:

  • Legal and policy frameworks, including issues related to authoritative data.
  • Implementation and adoption of standards for the global geospatial information community.
  • Application of geospatial information related to land administration and management.
  • Integration of geospatial, statistical and other information.

Links to the papers to be discussed, and the full list of topics can be found on the UN-GGIM website (http://ggim.un.org/ggim_committee.html), and your comments on any of the papers are welcomed. The Policy and Engagement Team within Ordnance Survey will then draw all the views received, pick out the key themes and draw them to a conclusion in a position document.

 So, if you would like to review and submit comments on the papers, please do so.

There is a short deadline for this – imposed by the fact that the UN only supplies the papers a short time before the meeting. We have a week! Please send your comments by Thursday 30th July to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copied to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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