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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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Greeting from Prof. Stig Enemark

Greeting from Prof. Stig Enemark, President of FIG
to the International Conference on SDI 2010

Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, 15-17 September 2010.

Dear Colleague,
It is my great pleasure as President of the International Federation of Surveyors, FIG, to co-sponsor the International Conference on Spatial Data Infrastructures, to be held in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, 15-17 September 2010.

The conference themes cover all aspects of SDI’s and will have a special focus on the
realization of the European INSPIRE directive in the countries of South East Europe. The conference has the potential to become the major SDI conference in the region and be influential for SDI development in general. The conference will show the importance of SDIs and their use, on local, national or regional level in the region of South East Europe and its relation to global initiatives.

Such global initiatives are also addressed through the work of FIG Commission 3 (Spatial Information Management) with a special focus on the challenges of the mega cities. I am therefore happy to know that the current Chair of FIG Commission 3 Mrs Chryssy Potsiou from Greece will attend the conference on behalf of FIG and ensure that the best possible synergies can be established.

FIG is “Building the Capacity” based on our current work plan in the sense that capacity is needed in developing countries to meet the challenges of fighting poverty and developing a basis for a sustainable future. At the same time capacity is needed in developed countries to meet the challenges of the future in terms of institutional and organisational development in the areas of surveying and land administration. Therefore I am looking forward with great expectations to the outcome of the conference in Skopje and further cooperation to enhance professional development in the region.

On behalf of FIG and the global surveying community I wish all the best for the SDI
Conference in Skopje.

Prof. Stig Enemark

President of FIG

Greeting from Prof. Mauro Salvemini

Greeting from Prof. Mauro Salvemini, President of EUROGI
to the International Conference on SDI 2010 - Skopje

We are definitely living in an ICT era where the geographic information is playing more and more a relevant role in the everyday life. Governments and private companies are basing and offering to citizens services placed on geographic
components of the information and , on the other hand, the final user demand of micro-knowledge about territory and environment is steadily increasing. This process is affecting all nations in different ways spanning from the essential cadastral information to advanced location based services.

Generally speaking the euphoria for the GI might drive the consideration that everything is easy to get in the field and that the achievement of final good results regarding GI is obvious. Unfortunately the reality demonstrates that relevant efforts are clearly needed nowadays and that every one involved in GI should be involved for a better and deeper useful exploitation of GI in modern society. Awareness needs to be fostered, capacity building has to be performed in order to create reactive users especially in public administrations and the research, as a pillar component of societal development, needs to be sustained.

In the present scene so well depicted by the INSPIRE Krakow Declaration , just recently approved, the role of non governmental organizations such as associations as EUROGI and his members absolutely fits the scene interpreting the final user needs for collaborating with the governments and public administrations for the benefit of the citizens.

In this sense EUROGI is proud to support the SKOPJE 2010 Conference also as a starting event representing the academic and societal interest of this European region for the themes of SDI and GI. The European Umbrella Organization for Geographic Information (EUROGI) is a non-aligned, non-profit pan European organization which aims at promoting the widespread and effective usage of Geographical Information. Its direct membership involves representation from 17 countries, and includes private sector companies and other pan-European organizations involved in GI matters. Through its national members EUROGI has representation of over 6500 organisations across Europe. It was established in 1994 arising from an initiative of the European Commission which at the time saw the need for a combined European voice on Geographical Information matters.

Mauro Salvemini
President of EUROGI
August 2010