Invitation to the Business meeting of ICA Commission on SDI and Standards

We now have the confirmation of the exact time and venue details for the next Business meeting of the ICA Commission on SDI and Standards. The full business meeting will take place in hybrid mode:

You are all invited and very welcome to join the Commission’s meetings and to share your input for our further programme.
Let us initiate further collaborative research on topics related to SDI and Standards as well potential activities in 2022 and 2023!

2021 March OGC Member Meeting summary available

Last week the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) completed its 118th Member Meeting. A set of public slides (over 400 MB!) from the Closing Plenary reports is available for download here:

As mentioned before ICA recently joined the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) as an associate member. As an international consortium of more than 500 businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities, the OGC focuses on the interoperability of geospatial data, applications and services “to make geospatial (location) information and services FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable” (

OGC membership makes it possible for ICA Commission Members to participate in standards development and gives them access to member-only content in the OGC portal. This includes attendance and participation in OGC meetings, voting rights in working groups, and insight into geospatial technology trends with recommendations for actions in the technology forecast report. Additional benefits are the awareness and promotion of the ICA and cartography to a broader public and further intensified contact with leading geospatial organisations.

Revised Dates for Papers and Abstracts for ICC2021

The dates for the ICC2021 in Florence Italy have been moved from July to December 14-18, 2021 in response to the current effects of the pandemic. With this extended period, the ICC2021 Local Organizing Committee very recently revised the dates for submitting full papers and abstracts. The new dates are posted on the website and also are provided below:

Full Papers Submission Closing March 19, 2021
Abstracts Submission Closing May 28, 2021
Notification Of Acceptance For Full Papers July 2, 2021
Notification Of Acceptance For Abstracts July 2, 2021
Submission Of Final Manuscripts July 30, 2021

Welcome for the first commission member from Zambia

We weclome a new member in our Commission: Gillie Cheelo!

Gillie Cheelo is currently working as a lecturer at the Copperbelt University teaching Cartography, remote sensing, and GIS. Holds a master of science degree in Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics, a Bachelor of Science degree in urban and regional planning, post-graduate certificates in rural and peri-urban land administration, sustainable land use planning, and climate change. Through his advanced training in Germany and experience, has developed a unique combination of skill set in geoinformatics, photogrammetry, remote sensing, and one of the recognizable GIS experts in Zambia. After attaining his Masters of Science Degree, he has risen quickly from being a GIS Technical Officer to being a GIS Specialist, then Chief Cartographer and now works at the Copperbelt University as a Lecturer sharing his knowledge and practical experience.

Gillie Cheelo |GIS/Remote Sensing and Land Use and Land Cover Change Expert

Gillie Cheelo from Zambia, |GIS/Remote Sensing and Land Use and Land Cover Change Expert

Some of his ardent achievements are awarded for his hard work and commitment with a Carey Eaton Mission award in 2018. Further, he has contributed to the setup of the first operational seamless integrated GIS System which includes Desktop GIS, Web GIS, and Mobile GIS system using ArcGIS Software suite – for Mulonga Water and Sewerage Company Limited and part of the team setting up GIS at the Provincial Planning Office in Zambia.

New venue for pre-ICC workshop SDI-Open 2019

We are very glad the SDI-Open 2019, which is going to take place next Monday, is now easily to reach from the ICA conference hall.
The new location is Rooom Mars, Miraikan – National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (conference venue). More details can be found here and on OpenStreetMap.

Registration is still possible here.

Here is the updated and extended programme.

Invitation to OGC workshop in Windhoek, Namibia

After the workshop at University of Pretoria in September, the ICA Commission on SDI & Standards, will organize again a two-day workshop on OGC specifications, 07-08 Nov 2018, presented by Prof Franz-Josef Behr from the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Co-Chair of the Commission. Delegates will be introduced to the technological foundations behind of OGC specifications, there will be hands-on sessions with specific implementations of OGC specifications, and an outlook into the future of OGC standardisation developments.

The workshops is co-organized by the Namibia Statistics Agency, coordinator of the NSDI for Namibia, and is part of the AGSE 2018 conference.

The programme for the workshop, to be held at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) on 08 and 09 November 2018 provides more details. If you would like to participate, please contact Franz-Josef Behr.