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Session Overview
12-07: New Technology, Opportunities, Regulations, and Costs
Thursday, 23/Mar/2017:
2:45pm - 4:15pm

Session Chair: Fredrik Zetterquist, Swedesurvey, Sweden
Location: MC C1-200


Identifying Geospatial Data Requirements for the Goals, Targets and Indicators of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Timothy Trainor

UN-GGIM, United States of America

Geographic location is a basic precept to understanding the implications of data contributions for attaining the 17 Sustainable Development Goals outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The role of location relative to available statistics to measure the state and impacts of defined indicators for the 169 targets within the Sustainable Development Goals is vital. Determining the appropriate level of geography to meet, not only the basic indicator framework, but also ultimately the intersection of targets and indicators for more complex relationships is needed. Once useful geographic levels are determined, the existence and/or availability of geospatial data for every nation is required as a next step in this process. From this effort, geospatial data gaps can be determined as well as serve as a guide on the availability of statistical data and gaps. One task is to review the agreed-upon indicators and metadata through a geographic location lens and identify existing geospatial data gaps, methodological and measurements issues. This presentation outlines current efforts within the Expert Group, offers suggestions for consideration by the audience, as well as a path forward to respond to the geospatial requirements for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.


Mega tech trends on the near horizon for the land sector: Where innovation in the land profession innovation converges with technology disruption?

Christopher Barlow1, James Kavanagh2

1Thomson Reuters; 2Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Technology and innovation ignores boundaries; transforming and disrupting industries at an unprecedented pace. As macro trends in economics, demographics and communications converge with the rapid adoption of emerging technology, the public sector is ripe for an evolution that will radically change the role of the land administrator.

In the presentation we will introduce the trends to watch, the tech to pioneer, and how to prepare for a new era of e-Governance. Conference attendees will be challenged to consider the role of Big Data, ubiquitous connectivity, mobile-first environments, data visualization, and participatory valuation. How will this change impact land professionals and what is the future impact on and opportunities for their communities?

Also explored will be how technology advancement in one field augments progress for other fields. One example is how artificial intelligence is supporting drone technology. Logically in the near future, we may see drones being launched autonomously to survey communities, extracting feature details based on computer-learned traits, such associating color to building material quality.

RICS and Thomson Reuters have teamed up to introduce thoughts on how the 21st Century calls for public sector leaders to be prepared to adopt and utilize emerging technologies.


Legal and Policy Frameworks Governing Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Diana Cooper

Precision Hawk USA Inc., United States of America

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have the potential for use in a variety of applications including mining, search and rescue, wildlife management, precision agriculture and delivery. However, the promises of UAS also raise legitimate public concerns surrounding safety and privacy. This discussion will explore how such concerns can be effectively mitigated through legal and technical measures that are tailored to address public concerns while promoting innovation.


Open Source Tools for Geospatial

Arnulf Christl1, Markus Neteler2,3

1Metaspatial, Germany; 2OSGeo; 3mundialis GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

The goal of the MasterClass is to give participants an overview of geospatial Open Source software tools and libraries and give an insight to the quality assurance process provided by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). OSGeo is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support the collaborative development of highest quality open source geospatial software.

The MasterClass will start with a short introduction and explain the funddamentals of Open Source software (10 minutes) and the OSGeo Foundation (10 minutes). The second part (60 minutes) will be interactive. Participants are asked to present simple use cases from their daily work where geospatial software is required. The course instructor will then select from over 70 tools packaged on the geospatial software distribution „OSGeo Live“ and explain how they could be used to help solve the problem.

At the end the cource instructor will summarize the course and highlight the key points and ask participants for feedback and comments (10 minutes).