(5 - 9 April)

Training Program: Advancing Role of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure in World Economy, Society and Environment

Jointly Organized by
Strategic Partners

About the Training

The ‘Geospatial Way’ is the future. It is the most efficient and effective way to collect, process, integrate and utilize information for overall global, national and individual development. Geospatial Knowledge is the result, enabling us to identify, contextualize and understand the many challenges and opportunities facing society within a geographic context. However, realizing the potential of this future state, particularly for developing countries, requires three key enablers – partnerships, knowledge sharing and capacity building.

Therefore, in October 2019, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and Geospatial Media and Communications (Geospatial Media) agreed to develop a collaborative approach towards advancing the role of geospatial knowledge infrastructure in global society and economy. This partnership is mutually beneficial. UNSD facilitates the coordination of international geospatial activities and supports the functioning of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). With Member States, UN-GGIM has developed the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF), aiming to help all nations benefit from geospatial information. Geospatial Media, as an internationally recognized communications organisation, is committed to ‘making a difference through geospatial knowledge in world economy and society’. The Geospatial Readiness Index clearly indicates that countries with better geospatial institutional infrastructures and policies benefit most across almost every key socio-economic sector, furthering their sustainable development.

Number of similarly minded international partners from governments, industry and civil-society have joined this collaboration, together helping to project value, enhance adoption and evolve understanding of geospatial knowledge for social, economic and environmental development in this fast-changing digital age.

This training course is the first capacity-building initiative of this global partnership, and is aimed at national geospatial agencies in the broadest sense. Building upon the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework, which is rapidly being adopted by many nations, the course will help attendees understand the role of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure in the World Economy, Society and the Environment. It will be held at Geospatial World Forum 2020, deliberately providing an opportunity for attendees to learn about wider geospatial industry developments and hear from global geospatial leaders.


  • To understand the benefits/need for transformation
  • Understand need and components Integrated Geospatial Strategies and Policies
  • Know Innovative approaches and partnership models
  • Improve understanding of Integrated Geospatial Information Framework
  • Better able to communicate value of Geospatial Knowledge
  • Understand on how an up-to-date geospatial knowledge platform would help cater for improved socio-economic growth of the nation

Target Audience

  • National Mapping
  • Earth Observation/Space
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • Land and Cadastre
  • Geological Agencies
  • Hydrographic Survey


5th April
0930 - 1000 Ice breaker and expectation setting
1000 - 1100 Introduction:
  • Overview to Advancing Role of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure for World Economy, Society and Environment
  • Introduction to Integrated Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure

Key Topics:

  • What is Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure
  • Relevance of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure
  • Connection of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure with Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF)
  • Relevance of the training wrt Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure
1100 - 1130 Coffee Break
1130 - 1300 Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) and Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure (GKI)

Key Topics:

  • What is the need for IGIF?
  • Explanation of GKI in context of IGIF
  • The key components of the IGIF
  • The 9 Strategic Pathways
  • How to use the IGIF in nation
  • Leadership and Governance pathway deep dive
  • Overview of how the IGIF is being used globally, including practical IGIF national use/implementation, and the partners working on its delivery
1300 - 1400 Lunch Break
1400 - 1600 Benefits, Communication and Stakeholder Participation

Key Topics:

  • Reminder of the ecosystem we are talking about - Fundamental data themes, geospatial technologies, integration, value-applications to give knowledge
  • Introduce Key Social, environmental and economic benefits from a GKI
  • Key stakeholders and alignment with national priorities. Ministry and Sector level
  • The role of good communications. Describe audiences and benefits
  • Principles of good communications
  • Building a strategic message that works. Influences, steps and examples
  • Why have and use National Champions
  • Key elements of a Communications strategy
1600 - 1615 Coffee Break
1615 - 1745 Integrated Geospatial Policy Framework

Key Topics:

  • Policy challenge facing nations
  • Sectoral policies impacting geospatial domain
  • Development and Impact of Data Privacy policy
  • Components of geospatial policies
  • Geospatial policy principles (IGIF)
  • Integrated approach to all national geospatial policies
  • Policy on Licensing of geospatial data; options and issues
  • Open geospatial data
1800 - 1900 Welcome Reception
6th April
0900 - 1030 Positioning Infrastructure

Key Topics:

  • Why is positioning infrastructure critical and for who?
  • Components of a positioning infrastructure
    1. GNSS network
    2. GGRF and national geodetic infrastructure
    3. Gravity and height network
    4. National CORS network
    5. People and skills
  • How do you plan a modern positioning infrastructure
  • Case study on planning for and rolling out positioning infrastructure
  • Introduction to indoor positioning infrastructure
  • Getting more value from positioning infrastructures through partnerships
1030 - 1100 Coffee Break
1100 - 1230 Data Acquisition and Management Infrastructure

Key Topics:

  • Elements of Data Management: Fundamental data themes, custodianship, acquisition and management, data supply chains, data curation and delivery Data
  • Principles of data management
  • Actions for strengthening GIM:
    1. Current state
    2. Identifying use cases and future data requirements
    3. Capturing and acquiring data
    4. Data management
    5. Data Services
  • New data acquisition methods
  • Shared GIM infrastructure
1230 - 1330 Lunch Break
1330 - 1500 Standards for Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure

Key Topics:

  • The Tier approach to standards and Open Standards
  • Key types of geospatial standards (Tier 1 and Tier 2)
  • Geospatial standards for a geospatial knowledge infrastructure (Tier 3 and Tier 4)
  • How to use select and implement standards, both from an agency and from a national perspective
  • Organisations, literature on standards. Keeping up-to-date with emerging standards and best practices. Options for developing ‘in-house’ expertise
1500 - 1530 Coffee Break
1530 - 1700 Managing Transformation

Key Topics:

  • Why transform and the inherent risks and challenges
  • Techniques to effectively plan and implement successful transformation initiatives
  • Leadership of transformation
7th April
On this day, all training participants will attend the opening and plenary sessions of GWF 2020 and visit the exhibition, which will provide them with a broad vision of directions and advancements in this domain
0900 - 1800 Plenary Programs & Exhibition
1800 - 1930 Exhibition Reception
1930 - 2200 Gala Dinner & Geospatial World Leadership Awards
8th April
0900 - 1030 Partnerships and Business Models

Key Topics:

  • Definitions with a proposed continuum of PPP models that can be populated with Global examples
  • Context (SWOT) with respect to the models or examples enumerated above
  • Scope and Opportunities to co-create within existing models and emerging opportunities based on what the community knows
  • Development of a readiness or maturity model for subsequent use to analyse countries
1030 - 1100 Coffee Break
1100 - 1230 National Inter-Agency, Regional and Global Cooperation

Key Topics:

  • Need for cooperation
  • Barriers to effective collaboration
  • Geospatial Knowledge stakeholder engagement strategy; including with innovative government and industry service providers
  • Principles for Collaboration
  • National geospatial coordination mechanisms
  • Regional collaboration from formal to informal and the increasing range of use cases that require such collaboration
  • Global Cooperation; geospatial, donor and beneficiary institutions
1230 - 1430 Lunch Break and visit to exhibition
1430 - 1600 Geospatial Knowledge through Innovation Investment

Key Topics:

  • Role of governments, geospatial agencies, investors and partnerships in encouraging new businesses (start-ups and innovation ecosystem)
  • Describe models, with examples, for supporting start-ups and small businesses become ‘geospatial knowledge’ companies
  • Deep Dive, Case Study and questions for the two individuals as they have other engagements
  • Describe models, with examples, for supporting geospatial innovation in key business sectors
  • Describe models, with examples, for supporting geospatial innovation in government agencies
  • Consider the requirements for nations to consider geospatial in training and education
1600 - 1700 Coffee Break and visit to exhibition
1830 - 1930 Networking Reception
9th April
0900 - 1030 Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure – Integrating new technologies with national priorities

Key Topics:

  • Beyond Geospatial; a look at how technology companies are changing globally and what that means for national geospatial agencies
  • BIM – a description of BIM, its integration into GeoBIM and what this means for national geospatial agencies
  • Digital twins; a description of this example of geospatial knowledge, based upon the integration of many sources of geospatial data. Demonstrating how national geospatial agency fundamental data is core to this
  • AI and ML – a description of what these terms mean, how the technologies are being used and developing, and how they give opportunities for rapid feature collection and data maintenance
  • Resilient Cities - an understanding of what resilience means in a city environment, the importance of geospatial data and services
1030 - 1100 Coffee Break
1100 - 1230 Developing a National Geospatial Strategy and Action Plan

Key Topics:

  • Inter-relationship between policy, strategy and IGIF Action Plan
  • The steps in creating strategy: (or as appropriate)
    1. Institutional Arrangements for Strategy Development
    2. Current State
    3. Stakeholder need assessment and future state
    4. Developing the Vision and Strategic Options
    5. Gap analysis
    6. Identify strategic priority areas and develop the plan
  • Elements to be considered for building a national geospatial strategy and action plan – linked to the IGIF pathways
  • Implementing Strategy
1230 - 1330 Visit to exhibition, Coffee Break followed by Lunch
1330 - 1500 Wrap up, course evaluation and certificates
1500 - 1530 Coffee Break
1530 - 1700 GWF 2020 closing session


GREG SCOTT, Global Geospatial Information Management Section, Environment Statistics and Geospatial Information Branch, United Nations Statistics Division, USA


Environment Statistics and Geospatial Information Branch


Global Geospatial Information Management Section
Environment Statistics and Geospatial Information Branch
United Nations Statistics Division, USA
JOHN KEDAR, Geospatial Initiatives Ltd, United Kingdom


Geospatial Initiatives Ltd


Geospatial Initiatives Ltd
United Kingdom
DR DEREK CLARKE, Adviser, World Geospatial Industry Council,


World Geospatial Industry Council


World Geospatial Industry Council
ROB VANDE VELDE, Director, Geonovum, The Netherlands




The Netherlands
PRASHANT SHUKLE, President and CEO - Spatial Information Technology Consultants, Board Advisor Strategy and Outreach, Global Geospatial Group,


Global Geospatial Group


President and CEO - Spatial Information Technology Consultants, Board Advisor Strategy and Outreach
Global Geospatial Group
FRANCOIS ROBIDA, Deputy Director, BRGM - Infrastructure and Digital Services, France


BRGM - Infrastructure and Digital Services


Deputy Director
BRGM - Infrastructure and Digital Services
Victor Khoo, Director, Survey & Geomatics, Singapore Land Authority,

Victor Khoo

Singapore Land Authority


Director, Survey & Geomatics
Singapore Land Authority
DR ZAFFAR SADIQ MOHAMED-GHOUSE FRGS FSSSI, Executive Director - Strategic Consulting & International Relations, Spatial Vision, Australia


Spatial Vision


Executive Director - Strategic Consulting & International Relations
Spatial Vision


Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the Statistics Division, United Nations,

Stefan Schweinfest

United Nations


Director of the Statistics Division
United Nations
Sanjay Kumar, CEO, Geospatial Media and Communications,

Sanjay Kumar

Geospatial Media and Communications


Geospatial Media and Communications




CARL D. SHAPIRO, PH.D., Director, Science and Decisions Center Northeast Region, U.S. Geological Survey,


U.S. Geological Survey


Director, Science and Decisions Center Northeast Region
U.S. Geological Survey
WILLY GOVENDER, CEO, Data World, South Africa


Data World


Data World
South Africa
Basanta Shreshta, Director Strategic Communications, ICIMOD,

Basanta Shreshta



Director Strategic Communications
Ananya Narain, AEC Vertical Lead, Geospatial Media and Communications,

Ananya Narain

Geospatial Media and Communications


AEC Vertical Lead
Geospatial Media and Communications
Training Fees €1500

The fees entitles you to attend the training and all the programs of GWF