Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure (GKI) Summit Theme: Strategic Infrastructure for Future Geospatial Ecosystem

4-5 May 2023


Geospatial information, technology and applications have permeated into all spheres of modern life, providing competitive edge to businesses and becoming a daily necessity for digitally connected consumers. Users across key economic sectors are increasingly adopting geospatial technology and information in their workflows to enhance the sectoral outputs. With increased geospatial adoption across domains, there is an opportunity for the geospatial ecosystem to change and move along the value chain to the geospatial knowledge that users seek. Enhanced geospatial knowledge services based on user demand can be co-created through collaboration between geospatial, digital, and user industry. The future geospatial ecosystem will thus consist of stakeholders across the digital and user ecosystems in addition to the traditional geospatial stakeholders.

National geospatial agencies have traditionally been the custodians and curators of geospatial information in countries. But with the expansion and evolution of the geospatial stakeholder ecosystem, including technological enablers, it is imperative that these same national geospatial agencies re-evaluate their roles and responsibilities in line with the new and emerging opportunities to adapt towards an enabling ecosystem for enhanced adoption and use of geospatial knowledge across industry sectors and domains. The development of an enabling geospatial ecosystem necessitates the co-creation of integrated geospatial and digital strategies at the national level by engaging and collaborating with all stakeholders of the ecosystem, and thereby opening up new avenues for collaboration. This provides the added benefits of contributing to reducing the growing geospatial digital divide between developed and developing countries. The 2-day program on ‘Strategic Infrastructure for Future Geospatial Ecosystem’ will bring together diverse stakeholders of the future geospatial ecosystem to discuss and debate pathways that enhance socio-economic development and value through knowledge-centric national geospatial infrastructures.




To examine the role of knowledge-centric geospatial infrastructure, including the geospatial knowledge infrastructure (GKI), in attaining national development objectives
To demonstrate how global frameworks enable the evolving geospatial stakeholder ecosystem for both developed and developing countries
To debate on the components of integrated geospatial and digital strategies for building a knowledge-centric national geospatial infrastructure
To discuss the future role of national geospatial agencies: transformation or evolution?
To explore new forms of collaboration between national geospatial agencies, end users, and the geospatial and digital industry for enhanced geospatial knowledge products
Deadline: 30 November 2022


  • National geospatial agencies
  • Government geospatial and digital policymakers
  • Geospatial industry
  • 4IR technology companies
  • Users from key economic sectors
  • Global development organizations
  • Digital, analytics, and knowledge businesses
  • Academia and research
  • Civil society organizations


4th May
0930 – 1000 Opening Session: The case for change: geospatial knowledge supporting national development
  • The drive from data to knowledge to benefit humankind
  • Value proposition of geospatial knowledge in key economic sectors and contribution to national development
  • Maturity of national geospatial infrastructures across the world
1000 – 1130 Session 1: Future geospatial ecosystem stakeholders and their role in national development
  • User demand across industry sectors for development of fit-for-purpose knowledge services
  • Role of digital/ IT industry in making geospatial knowledge accessible to users
  • Impact of enhanced geospatial knowledge services on industry sectoral outputs and national development
1300 – 1430 Session 2: National geospatial agencies (NGAs) in the future geospatial ecosystem – evolving requirements, expectations, and mandates
  • Transition from data collector to knowledge enabler
  • NGAs adapting to the 4th Industrial Revolution and knowledge economy
  • Way forward for NGAs in the future geospatial ecosystem
1530 – 1700 Session 3: Global frameworks enabling transition to knowledge-centric future geospatial ecosystem
  • Relevance and impact of geospatial frameworks for national geospatial infrastructure development
  • UN-IGIF paving the way for an effective geospatial data ecosystem
  • GKI paving the way for the future knowledge ecosystem
5th May
0930 – 1000 Session 4: Collaborative development of integrated national policy frameworks for knowledge-centric infrastructure
  • Integrated geospatial and digital policies that enable national benefit through geospatial knowledge
  • Components of national strategy for development of knowledge-centric geospatial infrastructure
  • Pathways for development, implementation and adoption of national geospatial knowledge strategies
1230 – 1400 Session 5: Collaborative models for fit-for-purpose knowledge co-creation
  • Benefits and challenges of collaboration
  • New modes of collaboration for knowledge co-creation
  • Role of industry in transition from data to knowledge-centric geospatial infrastructure
  • Government/Industry/Academia thought leadership and knowledge exchange in the development of strategic knowledge infrastructures