Geospatial Infrastructure and Role in National Economy

Date: 30 October 2020 // Time: 10:00 am -12:30 pm CET


The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged through countries across the world leaving the economies reeling in its aftermath, some more than others. With people being driven indoors and urged to avoid social gatherings, a new digital normal is arising, catalyzed by greater motivation and fewer barriers in utilizing technology-enabled solutions - especially geospatial technology-enabled solutions - in daily life. The mainstream recognition of geospatial technology as a crucial tool in making sense of data and decision-making can be considered as a silver lining.

The National Geospatial Agencies played a crucial role by making geospatial data accessible and is expected to play an even more crucial role in the economic recovery of nations, with its increased recognition as a facilitator in effective decision-making. With the mainstreaming of geospatial technology and its’ becoming of a crucial component in more sectors, it is therefore important to ensure the optimum utilization of geospatial data and knowledge. The availability and accessibility of data, common standards for data integration and interoperability, legal framework for data security and privacy, interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships etc. were identified as crucial areas in need of immediate intervention in order to maintain the momentum of geospatial adoption and thereby propel the global economy. The adoption of geospatial data and information is expected to increase further with the transition to a Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure which is driven by integration of geospatial data with 4IR technologies and building synergies with stakeholders from private sector, academia, and general populace for data collection, analysis, and dissemination. It aims to enable easy access to knowledge from geospatial data thereby making it useful to an even larger section of the society.


GeoBuiz Engage is an initiative by Geospatial Media and Communications to understand the role of National Geospatial Infrastructure in the national economy. The initiative consists of a series of regional roundtables focusing on technology innovation, market directions, business models and public policies. Broadly, the Engage will include deliberations on:

  • Evolving role and mandate of National geospatial agencies
  • Transformation of Business Model
  • Technology Innovation and Geospatial Infrastructure
  • Collaboration and Partnership

The Engage will be an exclusive space of approximately 30-35 professionals from the National Geospatial Agencies, associated government departments, private technology providers working closely with the geospatial agencies, and user organizations to discuss and deliberate on the focused topics mentioned above. The insights derived from the discussions, and the survey forms will be presented as qualitative (and if relevant) quantitative information in Geospatial Media’s annual GeoBuiz Report.

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Day and Date: Friday, 30 October 2020
Time: 10:00 am -12:30 pm CET
Industry Sector: Geospatial Infrastructure

Session Time Session Theme


Welcome and Introductions
Sanjay Kumar, CEO, Geospatial Media and Communications


Keynote Session: National Geospatial Infrastructure Strategy: Data to Knowledge
» Maarten Schurink, Secretary General, Ministry of Interior, The Netherlands
Topic: Geospatial Infrastructure and Policies: Empowering Next-Generation Digital Economy
» Stefan Baten, Vice President and Head of SAR Programs, Airbus Defence and Space
Topic: Space Infrastructure and its Role in National Economy
» Jonny Welle, Director General, Norwegian Mapping Authority
Topic: Geospatial Infrastructure and Digital Economy
Group Discussions


Panel Discussion: Evolving Role and Mandate of National Geospatial Agencies
The panel will deliberate on:

  • Re-assessing the role in the geospatial ecosystem
  • Adopting to ‘what people need approach’
  • Enabling knowledge-on-demand Infrastructure
  • Space Policy Directives and Cybersecurity Principles for Space Systems

» David Henderson, Chief Geospatial Officer, Ordnance Survey, UK
» Mick Cory, Former Secretary General, Eurogeographics
» Bengt Kjellson, Former Director General, Sweden National Mapping Agency


Panel Discussion: Transformation of Business Model
The panel will discuss:

  • Digital transformation creating new business models
  • New business models and new ‘data economy’
  • Data-driven innovation, new business models and digital applications changing the workings of science, governments, cities, and industry

Mark Boggett, CEO, Seraphim Capital, UK
Henk Scholten, CEO, Geodan, The Netherlands
Roberto Gigotti, Director e-Geos, Italy


Panel Discussion: Technology Innovation and Geospatial Infrastructure
The panel will highlight:

  • Automated data processing and sharing
  • Real-time data capture, integration and processing
  • Integrated standards
  • Positioning Infrastructure

Frank Pauli, CEO, Cyclomedia
Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist, Google


Panel Discussion: Collaboration and Partnership
The panel will deliberate on:

  • Stitching together the different pieces of data system
  • Fostering increased collaboration between the public and private sectors
  • Accountability and liability in a partnership model for project success

Dirk Barneveld, Ministry of Interior, The Netherlands
Robert Hoddenbach, Global Business Line Director, Fugro, The Netherlands
Eduard Escalona, European GNSS Agency, Czech Republic.


Closing Remarks


Ruban Jacob
Ruban Jacob

Industry Manager - Geospatial Infrastructure