National Mapping Summit: Theme: Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure for Global Economy

15-16 May 2024


Geospatial information, technology, and applications have become ubiquitous in modern life, offering businesses a competitive advantage and evolving into a daily necessity for digitally connected individuals. Users in various economic sectors are increasingly integrating geospatial technology and information into their workflows to amplify their sector-specific outcomes and therefore contributing to global economy. As geospatial technology adoption grows across sectors, there's an opportunity for the geospatial ecosystem to evolve towards providing the sought-after geospatial knowledge. To meet the escalating need for geospatial content, National Geospatial Agencies (NGAs) need to persist in updating their geospatial strategies and workflows. This evolution should enable them to accommodate the growing demand while ensuring effectiveness and cost-efficiency.

Advancements in Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies have revolutionized the process of capturing, managing, and generating geospatial data. A growing number of entities within various industries are actively involved in generating geospatial content. This ongoing contribution serves to broaden the geospatial value chain and its wider ecosystem. Sharing and collaboration around national data and downstream applications and services will not only create value but also forge new business models, benefiting both NGAs and the industry at large. Collaborative efforts between geospatial, digital, and user industries can co-create enhanced geospatial knowledge services tailored to user demands. Therefore, Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure involves not only traditional geospatial stakeholders but also participants from digital and user ecosystems.

Session Highlights

The Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure Summit with the theme ‘Mainstreaming Geospatial Knowledge Across Critical Economic Sectors’ will discuss the need for development of knowledge-focused national geospatial infrastructures, its role on the development of demand-driven geospatial knowledge products, and its impact on the workflow of critical economic sectors thereby supporting national development mandates.

Role and Relevance of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure (GKI) in National Development
  • What are knowledge-focused national geospatial infrastructures, and how can countries move up the knowledge value chain?
  • Role of knowledge-focused geospatial infrastructures in meeting national development mandates
  • Adoption and integration of geospatial knowledge in critical economic sectors
  • Socio-economic impact of knowledge-focused national geospatial infrastructures, and geospatial knowledge integration in critical economic sectors
Transitioning from Data to Knowledge: The Role of Contemporary National Geospatial Agencies (NGAs)
  • Trusted and authoritative foundation data and its importance in development of geospatial knowledge products and services
  • Development of future-ready geodetic infrastructure to meet diverse user needs
  • Positioning infrastructure for the future digital and autonomous society
  • User demand identification and development of demand-driven knowledge
  • Beyond data collection – Evolving mandates of NGAs
  • Digital transformation and modernization of NGAs
4IR Transforming Geospatial Knowledge Creation & Management
  • Implications of emerging technologies on data processing and knowledge generation
  • Cutting edge technologies (AI, ML, IoT etc.) and their integration into national mapping operations
  • IT strategies for NGAs enabling development of enhanced knowledge products and services through adoption of emerging technologies
  • Stakeholders of the future geospatial ecosystem and knowledge creation value chain
Next-gen Geospatial Content for Digital Consumers
  • Digital consumers of the future geospatial ecosystem
  • Features that define next-gen geospatial content (real-time data, interactivity, 3D mapping, AI-driven insights)
  • Importance of user-centric design and seamless integration of geospatial content across platforms
  • Standards for integrated geospatial knowledge creation and management
Evolving Business and Collaboration Models for Co-creating Knowledge-focused Geospatial Infrastructure
  • Leveraging geospatial industry expertise in integration of emerging technologies and development of next-gen geospatial content
  • Collaborations between NGAs and other entities (users, other government agencies, policy makers, private sector, research organisations and academia)
  • Business models and revenue streams associated with next-gen geospatial content
  • Case studies demonstrating successful partnerships and their impact on knowledge derived from geospatial data
Integrated National Geospatial Strategy and its Role in Powering the National Economy
  • Components of integrated geospatial strategies and their significance in national development
  • Alignment and integration of geospatial and wider national digital policies for delivering better knowledge services to users
  • Sectoral geospatial strategies and their role in enhancing geospatial knowledge integration in workflows
  • Role of national geospatial agencies, geospatial industry, and sectoral users in the development and implementation of integrated national geospatial strategies


National Geospatial and Digital Policymakers
National Topographic Mapping Agencies
Hydrographic Agencies
Geological Agencies
Spatial Data Infrastructure Agencies
Earth Observation Agencies
Land and Cadastre Agencies
Geospatial and Digital Technology Providers
Users from Critical Economic Sectors
Research and Academia