Wednesday, May 20, 2009

2009 INTERGEO Preview

Experts at the INTERGEO preview in Karlsruhe hosted by former DVW President Hagen Graeff and addressing the topic “3D – dimensions of geodata” called for a change in mindset: People must get used to thinking three-dimensionally rather than seeing in three dimensions but thinking in two. The tenor of the discussion at Karlsruhe’s ZKM (Centre for Art and Media Technology) involving Karl-Otto Funk of the Landesamt für Geoinformation und Landentwicklung (Regional Authority for Geoinformation and Land Development), Thomas Hauenstein from the City of Karlsruhe's real estate office and Jörg Herrmann, CEO of Infoterra GmbH, was that an appropriate geodata infrastructure (GDI) needed to be created to expand the dimensional perspective. The preview also marked the debut of a new communication channel – INTERGEO TV.

The experts offering a taste of what is to come at INTERGEO – the world’s largest congress trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management, which is being held from 22 to 24 September 2009 in Karlsruhe – stressed the importance of a global coordinate system. However, Karl-Otto Funk demonstrated just how difficult it is to amalgamate data – even for a much smaller unit such as the German state of Baden-Württemberg – to implement the European Inspire directive. He explained that although the various administrative bodies – from surveying to nature conservation and veterinary services – have portals and have built up internal GDIs for the 35 administrative districts and 1,109 municipalities, “amalgamating them is difficult.” Funk added that, in order to develop a geodata infrastructure covering all these areas across the entire state (GDI-BW), the Ministry for Nutrition and Rural Areas had set up the GDI-BW supervisory committee to act as a coordination body. He also indicated that a GDI competence centre had been created at the Regional Authority for Geoinformation and Land Development for specialist/technical coordination.


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