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SDI 2010 Conference

The international conference on Spatial Data Infrastructures 2010 (SDI 2010) was held 15-17 September 2010 at FON University in Skopje, Macedonia.

The conference was organized by Geo-SEE (South-East Europe Research Association on Geo Sciences) and supported by six co-organizers (FIG, EUROGI, Chamber of Authorized Surveyors of Macedonia, FON University, ITC and Geography department of SUT), two general sponsors (FON University and Evkartenn), two silver sponsors (Intergraph and Esri), four media sponsors (GeoConnexion, GIM International, vector1Media and Evkartenn), two sponsors (NIKO computers and Geoinformatika), 23 members of the international organizing committee, nine members of the local organizing committee, and 18 members of the international review commission.

Representatives of the Agency for Real Estate Cadastre of Macedonia, Kosova Cadastral Agency, Hungarian Association for Geo-information, FIG commission 3, Albanian National Institute of Statistics, Ministry of Agriculture of Kosova, Hungarian Cascadoss Association, Statistical Office of Kosovo, Ministry of Environment and Climate Protection of Germany, Kosovas Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, Macedonian Spatial Planning Agency, Macedonian Public Enterprise Makedonija Pat, Slovenian Forestry Institute ext. attended the conference also.

There were 114 participants/authors from 23 different countries (Hungary, Albania, Kosovo, Sweden, Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Macedonia, Slovenia, Belgium, Germany, Bulgaria, Austria, Czech Republic, Serbia, United Kingdom, Finland, Italy, USA, France, Scotland, Israel and Ireland). Proceedings comprised 31 peer-reviewed papers in both hard copy and digital form, published prior to the conference, and distributed to participants at the conference.

The conference was opened by host Prof. Aleksandar Nikolovksi, Rector of FON University. At the opening session, on behalf of the organizer Geo-SEE, its president Prof. Bashkim Idrizi gave certificates to all co-organizers and sponsors of all categories. Within the opening session, a certificate of merit was presented to Pro.f Boris Nikodinovski, president of Scientific Institution “Independent Researcher Dr. Boris Nikodinovski”, as main organizer and chair for ten successful conferences organized in the period 2001 to 2009.

Key note speeches were given by Prof. Chryssy Potsiou from Greece on behalf of FIG - “Spatial information management and the current rapid processes of urbanization”, and by Prof. Mauro Salvemini from Italy on behalf of EUROGI - “European and International dimension of GI management for societal and environmental  sustainability”.

The conference was organized in ten sessions, including the opening, six presentation sessions, two workshops and a closing session. The most discussed themes in the conference were NSDI, INSPIRE, WebGIS, geoportals, mapping, SDI, GSDI, regional and urban management, SDI development and assessment, commercial and open
source software, coordinate frames, cadastral data, land management, data harmonization, cooperation between stake holders, policy, strategy and legal aspects, ext. At the closing session, the document with conclusions was approved by the participants, as a conference resolution. The conference was closed by Prof. Chryssy Potsiou, representative of FIG.

Two workshops were organized, the first related to efforts for data harmonization through the Humboldt project, chaired by Mauro Salvemini from Italy and Anders Ostman from Sweden, and the second for the possibilities of Open Source software, chaired by Arnaud Deleurme from Greece and Naumce Lazarevski from Macedonia.
At the end of conference, participants agreed on the importance that Geo-SEE will organize a follow-up conference within 2-3 years to address the current SDI needs and assess th progress in the South-Eastern European region.

Article by Bashkim IDRIZI, Geo-SEE & State University of Tetova – contact: - – Proceedings from

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