As the lead agency for geospatial innovation and development, the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has championed geospatial collaboration at various international seminars and conferences. These conferences are excellent platforms for agencies to exchange knowledge, best practices and spark collaboration.
United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management
The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) held its 7th session in New York from 2 - 4 August this year. Almost 400 delegates from about 90 countries discussed emerging and critical issues related to geospatial information management globally.
SLA was a Task Group leader in the Working Group on National Institutional Arrangements. Along with its Mexican and Spanish counterparts, SLA presented a framework for identifying guidelines for national geospatial organisational structures and management approaches. A compendium of 61 global good practices was showcased as part of the framework.
Several watershed events took place during the session. These included the signing of an UN-World Bank MOU to assist developing countries in preparing action plans for geospatial implementation, and the formation of a Working Group for Marine Geospatial Information. Singapore’s participation in the New York-based Underground Infrastructure Concept Development Study was highlighted as a global milestone in geospatial standards adoption. SLA’s participation in the UN-GGIM session this year would be key to advancing geospatial initiatives both locally and internationally.
GeoSmart Asia 2017 – Commercialisation and Commoditisation of Geospatial Information
GeoSmart Asia 2017 was held at Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), Malaysia from 22 – 24 August 2017. This year’s theme of “Commercialisation and Commoditisation of Geospatial Information” focused on enriching the geospatial ecosystem with market intelligence, technology trends, success stories, capacity building and exploring newer geospatial applications for governments, business and citizens.
More than 1,100 experts and delegates from over 30 countries attended the conference and shared their knowledge, experience and thoughts in defining and enabling the growth of geospatial information in the marketplace.
Mr Lim Liyang, Senior Manager, GeoSpatial Planning and Development presented at the Smart Cities session, titled “Digital Cities Enabling Urban Innovation – Geospatial Collaborative Perspective.” He shared SLA’s initiatives to facilitate collaboration across diverse industries, academia, public and the government to work towards Singapore’s Smart Nation model of urban innovation. Mr Lim further expounded on three key enablers underpinning this collaborative effort; open data and infrastructure, driving innovation and building capabilities.
The three-day conference highlighted the need for wider collaboration between the government, private sector and communities in order to foster greater commercialisation and commoditisation of geospatial information. With increased availability of open data driving adoption globally, it is envisioned that geospatial will offer greater opportunities for business, people and the government to address local and global challenges for sustainable development, commercialisation and a better quality of life.