Global associations

EuroGeographics is also active at the global level, working with a number of international groups and, particularly through its members, involved in a number of professional associations.

The GSDI Association is an inclusive organization of organizations, agencies, firms, and individuals from around the world. The purpose of the organization is to promote international cooperation and collaboration in support of local, national and international spatial data infrastructure developments that will allow nations to better address social, economic, and environmental issues of pressing importance http://www.gsdi.org/

United Nations - EuroGeographics is working with the UN on its SALB (Administrative Boundaries) project and contributes to its Geographic Information Working Group (UNGIWG).

EuroGeographics supports the UN Global Geospatial Information Management initiative and encourages this to recognise the importance of the INSPIRE directive in providing the framework for effective management of geospatial information in the EU. http://ggim.un.org/

Other information about UN activities relevant to our activities can be found at:

  • UNCS - United Nations Cartograhpic Section
  • UN Commission on Human Settlements (Habitat) which seeks to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adquate shelter for all
  • UNECE - United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Set up in 1947, this body aims to encourage greater economic cooperation among its member states. It focuses on economic analysis, environment and human settlements, statistics, sustainable energy, trade, industry and enterprise development, timber and transport.

FIG - International Federation of Surveyors. There are a number of groups dealing with different aspects of surveying and mapping. Those most relevant to EuroGeographics and its members are:

• Commission 3 – Spatial Information Management

• Commission 4 – Hydrography

• Commission 5 – Positioning and Measurement

• Commission 7 – Cadastre & Land Management

During the 2010 FIG Congress in Sydney Australia a Forum took place for the Director Generals of National Mapping, Cadastre and Land Registry organisations. The minutes and presentations are available to our members.

ISCGM - the International Steering Committee on Global Mapping was established to create Global Map, a 1:1 Million scale dataset. EuroGeogrpahics is a member of the steering committee and a contributing partner (through EuroGlobalMap) to the Global Map project

IAG - International Association of Geodesy is a scientific organisation in the field of geodesy. It promotes scientific cooperation and research in geodesy on a global scale. EuroGeographics woks most closely with EUREF, on of its sub-commissions.

ICA - International Cartography Association aims to promote the discipline and profession of cartography across the world.