Advancing Role of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure in World Economy and Society

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National Geospatial Agencies in any country, are not just only map producing organisations but play a significant role in driving country’s economy through the geospatial data, map content and geospatial services they provide. ‘Geospatial’ is considered to be the medium to connecting people, businesses, technologies, and national geospatial agencies play a fundamental role in facilitating the adoption of geospatial technologies. This, eventually enable higher productivity among businesses, people and the society at large. National geospatial agencies, therefore, are providing required ecosystem for adoption, usage and deriving the benefits of geospatial technologies. However, in this age of digital transformation importance of geospatial map content and its usage has increased significantly, in such rapidly changing digital environment national geospatial agencies have to evolve further and have to form strategies to cater to the demanding need.

Therefore, in such scenario, enabling a data knowledge platform is mandatory. Data economy, which stands for global digital ecosystem where data is gathered, organised and shared for socio-economic growth, depends largely on data infrastructure. The knowledge platform, thus will facilitate to enabling accurate data gathering, sharing and usages at optimum, providing accurate positioning system, maps in a higher scale including high definition maps.

Having said that, it is important to highlight that national geospatial agencies need to consider country’s respective geospatial readiness to further strategies to advance towards digital transformation. While there is a geospatial divide across the countries in the world, leading to adoption of geospatial technology at different levels, the transformation model will, therefore, be different for different countries. Hence, depending on the existing capability national mapping agencies need to strategies to cater to the need. Based on that a transformation model need to develop which should consider the facts such as geospatial readiness, existing capability, integrated policy framework etc.

To develop a transformation model, it is must for the national geospatial agencies to develop a collaboration and partnership model to co-create the geospatial knowledge platform, including government to government, government to private, government to funding agencies, also involving in the process the academia and research institutes. The public-private-partnership is essential to develop knowledge platform where private players can contribute providing high resolution maps and geospatial content developed integrating high-end technologies. Working in silos has become an entity of the past and collaboration and cooperation has become the strongest driver to increase the pace of digital transformation.


In the quest to strengthen the role of National Geospatial Agencies in transforming economy of digital age, Geospatial Media and Communications is organising an exclusive program on “Advancing Role of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure in World Economy and Society” to discuss the geospatial readiness of the country, eventual transformation model including existing and required integrated policy framework and most importantly enriching the knowledge platform adopting collaboration and partnership model.

National Mapping, Cadastral, Earth Observation and other Thematic Mapping Agencies, who are the primary custodians of geospatial content on the economic impact will be the key participants of the program. Over 200 key personals covering around 60 countries across the globe will be a part of the program.

The key objectives of the program are:

  • Deliberate on role of national geospatial agencies in digital age
  • Understand Geospatial readiness of the country and its impact on economy
  • Bridging geospatial divide
  • Co-creating geospatial knowledge platform
  • Region-wise discussion on geospatial opportunities, challenges, development of National geospatial framework, innovation and trends


Geospatial Media will develop a white paper on the topic “Advancing Role of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure in World Economy and Society”. The white paper will be based on the interactions with the stakeholders, encompassing a number of case studies to discuss and support the topic. The white paper will be presented at the workshop to set the momentum for the discussions to be held over the next two days.

Who Should Attend

National Mapping Agencies
Cadastral Agencies
Earth Observation & Space Agencies
Thematic Mapping Agencies
Geospatial Data/Content Custodians
Geological Agencies
Land Agencies
Spatial Data Infrastructure Agencies

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